Bon appétit to all the foodies out there with Google's latest update on search results for restaurant menus. Google's experiment has now gone official with Google+ announcing that restaurant menus are just a click away.
Users can view menus right on the search results page without having to browse through the complete websites of restaurants and eateries. The menus will pop up on top of the search page as soon as you type “show me the menu for” followed by the restaurant name.
The search engine is showing restaurant menus as a OneBox-style answer at the top of its search results. Multiple food options are segregated into different categories, depending on whether it is an individually owned restaurant or a chain. Various tabs may be like lunch, dinner, sandwiches and more, displaying the menu options along with the prices.
Google has not yet verified where it is getting the data from. It may be from sites like AllMenus.com and Gayot.com, but nothing is officially said. It is only a guess for now if Google has made a deal with the sources to put up the menus, or the information is just scraped. Google is also silent on what a restaurant needs to do if it wants its menu the exposure, or if it does not content to the menu showing for any reason, or often the information will be updated.
As for now, there is a slight hitch – the service covers only a limited number of supported restaurants and is available only in the US right now.Google Serving Restaurant Menus Right at Search Results Page Now!,