Looking for a menu before you go out to eat might have just gotten easier: you can now type “show me the menu for” plus a restaurant name into Google and get the full menu in your search results. The feature was just made official today on Google’s blog, and it seems to be another way Google wants to expand its knowledge graph to give users exactly what they want without needing to dig through multiple web pages.
Here is a small but nifty update to Google Search: if you ask it to find a restaurant menu for you, it will now often just show you the menu right on the search results page. Try this for a search like “show me the menu for fogo de chao” and the menu will be right there. As far as I can see, this doesn’t work for every restaurant yet and it’s unclear where Google is getting this data from. Right now, the number of supported restaurants also seems to be limited. Most of my attempts to trigger the menu listings were actually unsuccessful, so your mileage may vary. The searches that did work tended to be for restaurants that are also listed on AllMenus.com, so chances are this is where Google is getting its data from.