Skip the line: restaurant wait times on Search and Maps

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The new feature expands on Google showing consumers looking to change their oil and get their hair cut how busy local businesses typically are.

According to the Huffington Post, Google hopes to have the wait times ready for most grocery stores by Thanksgiving, so you can plan your turkey purchasing accordingly. So not only will you be able to see the times a restaurant is busy or if it might be busier than usual at the moment, you'll also know just how long you might have to wait for a table should you show up. To access it, you look up the restaurant on Google, then go to the Popular Times tab that populates on the right-hand side of the search page. This anonymized data is taken from people who agree to be tracked via the Google Location History feature that the company uses to target people with better recommendations based on places they have visited.

You can also click an hour other than the current one to see Google's guess for that time of day, if you're trying to plan ahead.

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Google says the feature begins rolling out today, and once live, you'll see the times in the restaurant listings on both mobile and desktop.

After typing a restaurant's name, access the Wait Times feature by opening the listing and clicking on the hour bars for more estimates.

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