On the following, it seems zu Mittag does not add any essential information. Isn't

Um wie viel Uhr isst du am Wochenende zu Mittag?

the same as

Um wie viel Uhr isst du am Wochenende?

On my Google translator both seem to translate to

What time do you have lunch at the weekend?

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    Manche Menschen essen auch Frühstück und Abendessen. YMMV. Jan 30 at 20:10
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    Google Translator doesn't know German (or, for that matter, any other language). Please read up on how Google translations work, before you use them. Briefly: Google collects documents from the web that exist in two languages and compares them. Google does not take into account that translations may be false, incomplete, or not made by native speakers and therefore stylistically awkward.
    – user47230
    Feb 2 at 7:53

"Zu Mittag" means lunch. So if you add "zu Mittag" to your question, you ask specifically at which time you eat lunch on weekends. Otherwise (without "zu Mittag") you ask generally at which time you eat meals on weekends (including breakfast, dinner, and tea). So your two question are not the same.

Wann essen Sie am Wochenende zu Mittag?

"At what time do you have lunch on weekends?"

Wann essen Sie am Wochenende?

"At what times do you eat on weekends?"

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    Also, when I put the second sentence in Google Translate I get "What time do you eat on the weekend? " -- no mention of "lunch". This is the second time in three days that someone is asking to explain GT when, at far as I can tell, GT isn't making the claimed translations. I'm not sure what's going on with this.
    – RDBury
    Jan 30 at 4:53
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    Yes exactly, but I don't know whether it is really due to google translator or the use of google translate. Jan 30 at 6:29

The "zu Mittag" explains that the person is asking about lunch, without it you're generally asking when someone is eating this weekend.

"Wann essen Sie am Wochenende zu Mittag?" = "When are you having lunch this weekend?"

"Wann essen Sie am Wochenende?" = "When are you eating this weekend?"

  • "Am Wochenende" bedeutet nicht "this weekend", sondern "on weekends"!
    – user47230
    Feb 2 at 7:51
  • Am Wochenende ist doch Einzahl. "On weekends" wäre An Wochenenden Feb 3 at 14:24
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    Wann essen Sie am Wochenende zu Mittag? fragt nach einer allgemeinen Angewohnheit: Wann isst die Person an den Wochenenden im Unterschied zu den Wochentagen? Würde man ein bestimmtes Wochenende meinen, würde man fragen: Wann essen Sie an diesem (oder am kommenden usw.) Wochenende zu Mittag? –– Dass man alle Wochenenden meint, drückt man auf Englisch mit on weekends aus.
    – user47230
    Feb 3 at 15:39

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