Google has expanded restaurant reviews to allow users to choose the price range, type of meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc.) This feature is now available to mobile users on Android or iOS and is available for all restaurants in the US. More countries and categories will be introduced in the future.
Google’s advanced options for restaurant reviews. Image: Google.
Why we care
More detailed reviews give potential customers a better idea of what to expect before going to (or ordering from) a restaurant, which can make their decision on where to eat. This can also provide restaurant owners with more information that can be used to improve their customer experience.
At this time, users cannot filter searches based on this additional information, but at some point Google may introduce this feature. This would allow users to limit the results to restaurants in a certain price range, for example. Restaurant owners could also use this feature to identify their competitors at a given price.
And Google has announced that it will expand expanded ratings to additional categories so that the effects on the restaurant industry will eventually be felt in other local economic sectors as well.
More on the news
In addition to the expanded restaurant reviews, Google has also announced a number of user-oriented updates:
- The traffic density forecasts published for the first time in 2019 have been expanded to include more than 10,000 transport companies in 100 countries. In New York and Sydney, the company is testing the ability to display live information on congestion at the public transport level. This feature is also planned for a broader rollout.
- Google Maps users on Android can view the distance and time they have ridden, flown, bike or walked on a monthly basis via the new Timeline Insights tab. Users can also view the time they have spent in different locations, such as: B. in shops, restaurants and airports.
- Google Maps users on Android can also revisit their old trips by navigating to Trips on the Timeline tab. This section contains information such as places visited, kilometers traveled, etc.
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George Nguyen is an editor at Search Engine Land and specializes in organic search, podcasting, and e-commerce. His background is journalism and content marketing. Prior to entering the industry, he worked as a radio personality, writer, podcast host, and public school teacher.