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Tip: Use Google Search on Mobile to Quickly Find Restaurant Menus as Search Cards

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How often do you use Google to help you find a restaurant’s website so that you can hopefully checkout the spot’s menu? I do it at least a couple of times per week it seems like, especially when trying to decide where to meet friends at. The process, at least until today, has been extremely tedious.

You had to search for a restaurant, visit their website, scroll around looking for the “Menu” link, and then either seeing the menu directly on the site or downloading it as a PDF file, which would then take another tap. Google has fixed this painful process (at least in the U.S.), by adding all sorts of restaurant’s menus to search results that can be viewed on mobile and the web via card that pops up at the top of all listings.

All you need to do is tap the voice search button, and say, “show me the menu for…,” and finish it off with a restaurant name. As you can see below, I had great success with Portland restaurants, though it did miss one local brewery that I visit often.

The card does an “At a Glance” tab, followed by separate tabs for appetizers or salads or main entrees, depending on the restaurant. They even included pricing and arrows to help you get around without ever having to enter the restaurant’s website. It’s glorious.

Give it a shot!

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Via:  +Google
  • Chris

    Doesn’t seem to work at all for me.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    No luck so far for me.

  • DJ SPY

    Wow, how lazy are we becoming? “Extremely tedious” “OMG!!! I had to TAP 3 TIMES TO GET TO A MENU! KILL ME NOW!” geez…

  • John Davids

    I couldn’t get it to give me ANY chain restaurant menus, yet oddly enough it has the menu for a super small hole-in-the-wall bar in a town nearby with a population of a few thousand. All of Kellex’s examples worked perfect for me. I suspect this functionality was added in the latest Google Framework update, so people who can not get it to work at all, that is probably why. Obviously in very early beta but super promising. Now as soon as they take the beta tag off Google Now for desktops…THEN its going to explode in popularity…

    “Ok Google, who was Siri?”

    “Siri was a voice control platform that was purchased by Apple, Inc. and used in a variety of their flagship iPhone smartphones. In 2014 it was largely abandoned due to Google Now’s desktop rollout”

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    I can’t seem to get it to work for anything? I’ve tried “Gaslamp”, “Buffalo Wild Wings”, “Tokyo’s Japanese Steakhouse”, and “Sip Dao Thai”. All I get is the restaraunt card that shows the map. I am trying to typing it into google now, not speaking it. I am at work and don’t speak to google now here. Do you HAVE to speak it?

  • NBM

    Worked presumably well for a favorite local place. Didn’t work as well for a few chain restaurant attempts. I definitely look forward to the function’s improvement though.

  • duke69111

    Not working for me. I even tried your results and nothing.

  • jason

    This story is missing some important information regarding the tip. Mearly stating “show me the menu for…” Will not work. This is a really limited beta rollout. The information is coming from all menus.com and it seems to be using your location as to whether its going to show you anything at all, not to mention this won’t work on very many devices at this time. I Googled all this after it did not work for me to find out why… Maybe Googling some more for this tip would have been better.

    • NexusMan

      I just tried it on the Moto X, using Touchless Controls. I said “OK Google Now. Show me the menu for…” and it worked like a charm, just as stated in this post. And to boot, I did it completely hands free. Bravo Google and Droid Life for the tip!

      • Zounder99

        Same, except with a Nexus 4. “OK Google, show me the menu for…” and perfect results.

  • Chris

    chances are if the restaurant has a website, the menu will be on the site. Not sure how that is “painfull”

    • NexusMan

      Because many restaurants still have their menu’s in Flash, which many mobile devices can no longer view. Additionally, even if the site/menu is viewable, I’ve often times found restaurant websites so weighed down, that it takes forever for the page to load (especially if you are not in an area with an optimal connection), and then once the page is finally loaded, you must navigate through it to find exactly where they have the menu tab hidden, and as Kellen states in this article, instead of just letting you view it, many times you have to DOWNLOAD the menu to your mobile device, and THEN after that finishes, you have to open a PDF viewer to see the menu. This new google Search method, when available, is a much simpler alternative.

  • Mark G

    My Nexus 5 only crashes when I use Google Search and click on the resulting links.. am I the only one with this problem?

  • MacNificent

    None of the restaurants in my area or any area are working.
    What’s the deal?

    • xzero425x

      Same here!

    • Chris

      because none of them have websites?

  • Chris

    Yelp

  • Tyler

    What version of google search is this working on? I couldn’t get a menu for Applebees or any other popular restaurants nearby on version 3.2.17.1009776

    • Zounder99

      I’m running that version on my Nexus 4 and it is working perfectly. Only hasn’t found one small place that I go.

      • Tyler

        Got it to work, it just didn’t like the restaurants i originally tried.

  • aBabyPenguin

    Didn’t work for me on my Moto X. It might be the restaurants I chose.. (Red Robin, Famous Dave’s, and IHOP)

    • michael arazan

      I never get prices either, but most restaurants won’t list prices on their websites so it’s supposed to make you come in and find out the hard way or call them up.

  • David Shon

    Is this only for an updated Google search? When I do it, it doesn’t seem to work.
    I have a Galaxy Note 3 non root

  • Kyle Coppess

    Just tried it with a local vegan restaurant here in Dayton, Ohio, and it didn’t work :(

  • beerme828

    Hey, this __ guy is a pretty good writer!

  • reyalP

    Siri must be jealous!

    • Chris

      dobut it

      • Bryan

        Did you dictate that with Siri?

    • The Narrator

      She has been for a while. Siri sucks.

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    Hope they add more. Would like to know which ones were added in my area. lol Although I did just try the big steak house in Buffalo that I can’t afford and that worked. Very cool!

  • Zounder99

    Honestly, this will be one of the more useful voice commands for me. Awesome.

  • Pratik Holla

    Sweet, this is pretty handy. I always had to go to google maps to get the menu or find it in foursquare.

    • Chris Pinola

      huge fan of foursquare’s implementation of this. honestly still one of my favorite apps/services.

  • Tyler

    Awesome!

  • The Narrator

    I wish they would add nutrition labels too.

    • yolo

      One step at a time man

    • NexusMan

      Great idea. I can see that coming next.

      • Antoine Colson

        i am visualizing a tappable icon that pops up exactly that info.

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