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A Complete Guide to Google My Business for Restaurants

August 3, 2023 9 min
Senior Content Manager at Eat App
Reviewed by
Co-founder and CEO of Eat App

Imagine the incredible opportunity of promoting your restaurant and drawing in new customers without spending a dime. This is the true potential of having a business profile on Google.

Based on a Google study:

  • 4 out of 5 consumers utilize search engines to discover local information.
  • 50% of consumers who perform a local search on their smartphone end up visiting a store within a day.

What does this mean for you as a restaurant owner? One of your first tasks should be to develop and optimize your restaurant's business profile on Google in order to increase your local visibility and become a top consideration. In that way, you can reach the huge customer base that is looking for nearby businesses just like yours.

How to Use Google My Business to Grow Your Restaurant Business

Businesses can build a profile or listing on Google My Business for free, making it easier for customers to find and access important information.

When you create a business profile for your restaurant, the following text shows by default:

  • Your restaurant's name
  • Your restaurant's address
  • Your restaurant's phone number
  • Your restaurant's hours of operation
  • A link to your restaurant's website (if you have one)
  • A link to your restaurant's Google Maps listing
  • A link to reviews of your restaurant

Let’s review a few examples of Google My Business, and what your customers will see if they Google your restaurant.

​​1. First of all, your restaurant will appear at the upper right corner of the Google search results page.

Example for Google My Business for restaurants

2. Your restaurant location will also appear on Google Maps.

An example of a restaurant on Google Maps

3. The top businesses that appear in Google's local search results for your restaurant will also be included. This is also known as the "Local Pack". 

Google's local search results for your restaurant

You can also add other information to your business profile, such as your restaurant's menu, photos of your food, and information about your staff.

Having a complete and accurate Google My Business listing can help your restaurant to appear higher in Google search results, which can lead to more customers. It can also help you to connect with customers who are searching for restaurants in your area.

So, how can you get started?

Improve your restaurant's Google Business Profile in 9 easy steps

The majority of restaurants don't realize that there is more to a Google business listing than simply creating a profile and then claiming their listing.

The purpose of this listing is to be used as a tool for local marketing, which requires regular maintenance and optimization.

Check out these seven easy methods for optimizing the business profile of your restaurant.

1. Include a description of your restaurant

You are given 750 characters by Google to describe your restaurant in a brief way. Emphasize your restaurant's unique selling points and convey your main menu items here.

Rather than only focusing on sales or discounts, be sure to include information that will help the reader discover more about your restaurant.

Include words or phrases that people would use to describe your restaurant if they could.

Make sure to use terms like "Italian restaurant," "Italian dishes," or "Italian cuisine" if you serve Italian food, for instance. Your restaurant is more likely to show up on the first page of local search results if people search for the same terms in this exact way.

Here’s an example: 

Include a description of your restaurant

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard.
  2. Click on the Info tab.
  3. Click on the Add business description button.
  4. Enter your business description.
  5. Click on the Save button.

2. Choose the relevant business characteristics 

Customers can quickly learn about your restaurant via the Google My Business attributes.

  • The characteristics can be factual, such as whether or not the restaurant offers dine-in or takeaway, or they can be based on opinion, such as whether or not the restaurant is a good place to take kids or is popular for dinner.

You have control over subjective qualities, which are determined by the feedback left by customers who have eaten at your restaurant.

You need to include all the important, applicable, and applicable objective business attributes that apply to your restaurant. Giving as much information as possible is intended to influence dining choices.

Here’s an example: 

Choose the relevant business characteristics

Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard.
  2. Click on the Info tab.
  3. Click on the Add attributes tab.
  4. Select the attributes that apply to your business.
  5. If you are unsure of which attributes to select, you can use the Search bar to find specific attributes.
  6. Click on the Save button.

3. Make use of the “reserve now” button

The Reserve with Google option is one of the most effective Google services offered to restaurants. Customers are now able to book tables directly from Google Search thanks to this capability.

By including a reservation link on your company profile, users can more easily reserve a table with just the click of a button, potentially increasing reservations and income.

>>> Eat App is a registered Reserve with Google partner. Therefore, if you sign up for our reservation platform, we will list your restaurant on Google, and activate your reserve button for free.

Miss Tess Dubai reserve button

Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Sign up for a Google My Business account.
  2. Verify your business.
  3. Add your business to Google Maps.
  4. Set up your business's online booking system, like Eat App.
  5. Link your online booking system to Google My Business.
  6. Activate the Google Reserve button.

"Our research shows that businesses that activate the Google Reserve button see a 22% increase in online bookings." - Pamela Newcomb, Senior Product Manager at Google

4. Add high-quality images and videos

The value of your Google My Business listing is boosted by photos and videos, which also help customers know what to expect. Profiles with photos reportedly generate 42% more requests for directions on Google Maps.

By selecting the "+" icon under Home, you can add them. Ensure that you stick to Google's suggested measurements.

For images:

  • Type: PNG or JPG
  • File size: Between 10 KB and 5 MB
  • Resolution: Minimum 720 px wide, 720 px tall
  • Quality: Realistic, well-lit, and without filters

For videos:

  • File size: Less than 75 MB
  • Length: Up to 30 seconds
  • Resolution: 720p or above

You'll see that there are several categories to select from when uploading photos, including Exterior, Interior, Menu, Products, etc. To give visitors a thorough understanding of your goods, be sure to include pertinent photos in each section.

The Google Street View app, which is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices, allows you to build a 360-degree virtual tour of your business.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard by going to and logging in with your Google account.
  2. Once you are logged in, you will see the Info tab on the left-hand side of the dashboard. Click on the Info tab.
  3. The Info tab will show you a summary of your business information. Scroll down to the Photos section.
  4. Click on the Photos tab to go to the Photos section.

5. Get your operating hours right

It goes without saying that customers are frustrated when they travel to a restaurant only to find it closed. This can be especially frustrating if the customer has traveled a long way. In the worst-case scenario, the customer may leave a negative review, which can damage your business.

To prevent this, it is important to make sure that your business hours are accurately listed. You can use the "Special Hours" feature to list any changes to your regular hours, such as if you are closed for a holiday or if you are open longer hours during a busy season.

For example, if you are a casual dining restaurant that will open five days a week instead of seven during the Christmas season, you can use the "Special Hours" feature to list your holiday hours. This will help to ensure that customers know when you are open and when you are closed.

By taking the time to accurately list your business hours, you can help to prevent customer frustration and protect your business reputation.

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Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard.
  2. Click on the Info tab.
  3. Click on the Hours tab.
  4. Click on the Add hours button.
  5. Select the days of the week that you are open.
  6. Enter the start and end times for each day.
  7. If you have any special hours, such as holiday hours, you can enter them here.
  8. Click on the Save button.

6. Manage reviews

Get interactive with your Google company profile! Guests can ask questions, rate your place, and share their experiences with images.

Reviews are essential, as 93% of customers check them before deciding. Encourage customers to leave reviews and be sure to respond to all feedback, positive or negative, to show you're listening.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard. You can do this by going to  and logging in with your Google account.
  2. Click on the Reviews tab. This will show you a list of all the reviews that have been left for your business.
  3. Find the review that you want to reply to. You can do this by scrolling through the list or by searching for the reviewer's name.
  4. Click on the Reply button below the review. This will open a message box where you can type your reply.
  5. Type your reply and click on the Post reply button. Your reply will then be posted to the review.

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7. Use real-time messaging

Direct messaging is a great way to provide real-time customer service to your restaurant guests. It can be especially helpful if you have customers who prefer to communicate online rather than by phone.

To use direct messaging, you will need to enable the feature in your Google My Business profile. Once you have enabled direct messaging, you will be able to see all of your customer messages in one place.

You can also set up a custom message to welcome customers and let them know how long you will take to respond.

It is important to reply to messages promptly. Google takes your average response time into account when ranking your business in search results. So, the faster you respond to messages, the better your business will appear in search results.

You can manage direct messaging from both your desktop and the Google My Business app. The app is especially useful if you are on the go.

Here are some tips for using direct messaging effectively:

  • Be responsive. Respond to messages promptly, ideally within the same day.
  • Be helpful. Answer customers' questions and address their concerns.
  • Be friendly. Use a warm and welcoming tone in your messages.
  • Be informative. Share information about your business, such as your hours of operation, menu, and specials.

By following these tips, you can use direct messaging to provide excellent customer service and improve your business's online reputation.

Here’s how it works: 

Visit the Business Messages developer site if you're interested in learning more about the chat API.

8. Use Google Q&A to answer customers' questions

Google Q&A is a feature on Google My Business that allows customers to ask questions about your business. Anyone can answer questions, not just the business owner.

Questions and answers can be seen on Google Search and Maps. It's important to answer questions promptly and thoroughly to build trust with potential customers.

You can start by answering the most frequently asked questions on your website or share other information about your business. By answering questions on Google Q&A, you can attract new customers.

Here are some tips for using Google Q&A:

  • Answer questions promptly. The sooner you answer a question, the more likely it is that the person asking the question will visit your business.
  • Answer questions thoroughly. Provide as much information as possible in your answer. This will help potential customers to get a better understanding of your business.
  • Be helpful. Your goal is to help potential customers, so make sure your answers are clear and informative.
  • Be polite. Even if the question is negative, be polite in your response. This will show potential customers that you are professional and respectful.

By following these tips, you can use Google Q&A to improve your business's online reputation and attract new customers.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to your Google My Business dashboard.
  2. Click the Questions & Answers tab.
  3. You will see all the questions that have been asked about your business.
  4. To answer a question, click the Answer button.
  5. Type your answer in the text box.
  6. Click the Post button.

9. Configure your delivery service area

By defining your service area on Google My Business, you can help customers find out if you deliver to their location. This can lead to more orders, as customers who are able to order delivery are more likely to do so.

In addition, Google uses your service area to determine which businesses show up in search results for delivery-related queries. So, by having a well-defined service area, you can increase your chances of being seen by potential customers.

Here are some tips for configuring your delivery service area on Google My Business:

  • Be as specific as possible. Don't just list your city or state. Instead, list the specific neighborhoods or areas that you deliver to.
  • Update your service area regularly. If you change your delivery area, be sure to update your Google My Business listing.
  • Use the "suggested service areas" feature. Google can suggest service areas based on your business address and other factors. This can be a helpful way to get started.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Go to your Google My Business profile.
  2. Click the Edit button next to Location.
  3. In the Location and areas section, click the Service area tab.
  4. If you don't see the Service area tab, click the Add a service area button.
  5. Select the Suggested service areas option or enter your own service area.
  6. Click the Save button.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when configuring your delivery service area:

  • You can define up to 20 service areas.
  • Your service areas should be within a two-hour drive from your business location.
  • You can update your service areas at any time.

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Key Takeaways

  • To grow your restaurant business complete your Google My Business listing - it's free.

  • Then, add high-quality photos and videos.

  • Write a clear and concise description of your restaurant.

  • Choose the right business attributes. For example, dine-in or takeaway.

  • With a table management system, like Eat App you can set up your "Reserve with Google" button and increase online bookings.

  • Encourage customers to leave reviews and be sure to respond to all feedback.

  • Use real-time messaging. It can be especially helpful for customers who prefer to communicate online.



Frequently Ask Questions

How do I create a Google restaurant page?
  • Go to Google My Business:

  • Click Create a Business.

  • Enter your business name, address, and phone number.

  • Select the category of your business.

  • Verify your business.

  • Add photos and videos of your restaurant.

  • Add your business hours.

  • Add your menu.

  • Answer questions from customers.

  • Promote your business on Google.

How can I promote my restaurant on Google?
  • Optimize your website for search engines (SEO).

  • Provide valuable information about your menu and prices.

  • Start a blog or use social media to promote your restaurant.

  • Get involved in your community.

  • Provide excellent customer service.

Is Google My Business free?

Yes, creating a Google My Business (GMB) profile and listing your business on Google is free. You can manage your business directly from Google Search and Maps to start reaching more customers.

How do I add a menu link to Google My Business?

Here are the steps on how to add a menu link to your Google My Business profile:

  1. Go to your Google My Business profile. You can find your profile by searching for your business name on Google Maps or Google Search.
  2. Click Edit profile.
  3. In the Business information section, click Contact.
  4. Under Menu link, enter the URL of your menu.
  5. Click Save.




Senior Content Manager at Eat App

Elana Kroon used to work in restaurants before becoming a journalist and expert restaurant industry content creator at Eat App.

Reviewed by

Nezar Kadhem

Nezar Kadhem

Co-founder and CEO of Eat App

He is a regular speaker and panelist at industry events, contributing on topics such as digital transformation in the hospitality industry, revenue channel optimization and dine-in experience.

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