Dinners From Hell offers true stories about restaurant dining disasters written by diners, servers and chefs.

We've all had those dining experiences when things went dreadfully wrong. Perhaps it was a social blunder, an obnoxious diner, a waiter or waitress with an attitude, a temperamental chef, an embarrassing faux pas, or a food or beverage incident. Find out what others have had to endure by reading stories about dinners gone bad.

I love my family. Not a common way to start a culinary horror story, but I just want to make that clear. I love my siblings, no matter how silly or thoughtless or just plain idiotic they are.

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My friends and I, having finished rather lengthy and troublesome group work, decided to reward ourselves by going out to dinner at a decent restaurant nearby. It was about 9.30pm when we get to the restaurant. Once we walk through the door, we heard kids screaming. I was feeling a little apprehensive, but my boyfriend gave me a hug and asked that our party, since we were in college and liable to curse and discuss inappropriate topics, be seated far from children. The hostess said no problem and all six of us were led to our table.

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My husband and I, along with another couple, dined at a 5 star Italian restaurant to celebrate a birthday. We had been to this restaurant one other time and very much enjoyed our experience. We like to order plenty of appetizers to share while waiting for our dinner and all was very good.

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Recently, I had a girls’ night out with my mother, my sister, and my two grandmothers. We went shopping, saw a movie, and then went out to dinner at a local chain restaurant (full-service, mid-priced, not just some fast food joint). This restaurant is one of my family’s favorite places to go.

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What do you mean we have to pay for the food that we ordered?

What do you mean that you’re not going to comp us for our own ignorance in thinking we had to pay for the food we ordered?  

You’re supposed to give us free food out of fear of being Yelped about, aren’t you?

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This isn’t a “hell” story, but I thought it would be interesting to share nevertheless.

A couple of years ago, my parents and I (all adults) spent a three week vacation travelling across the USA, so naturally we visited many restaurants and diners along the way, and this is one that stood out.

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At my last job, my boss would yell at you as if someone had just spat on his mother’s face or something if one of the front of house (FOH) people crossed the fine line of the holy back of house (BOH) territory. Just try and dare to reach over and grab that plate of soufflé before it passes on over to the pick-up window. He would have cut your freaking head off. I never had to worry about impatient, grubby server hands getting all handsy on my turf.

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Alright kids, get ready for this joy ride.

Back in 2015 I was laid off from the best serving job ever. Unfortunately there were some investor issues and parties not getting along, so we had to close (another story for another day). Anyways, I had talked to a co-worker to see if her family was hiring at her parent’s breakfast diner. She said yes, I interviewed, and pretty much worked the following weekend. I’m not even sure where to begin with this. I worked there for five months and I can’t say I ever had a really good day.

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Customer Commands Sanitary Clean-Up

December 28, 2016 Diner Stories

Everyone knows and dreads those persnickety customers who come in looking for something to complain about. They’re on high alert their entire meal, waiting for the chance to ruin someone’s day. Well, they got me today.

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Pizza Delivery Guy Exacts Revenge

December 26, 2016 Fast Food Stories

I worked as a pizza delivery guy for a big corporate pizza company. This man had ordered a pizza to be delivered to his home. The advertised price was $12.99. The final price was $18:35 (tax and delivery charge). I took the worst cussing ever from a customer.

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Miserable Manager

December 21, 2016 Kitchen & Chef & Boss Stories

While there are tons of stories on here about customers or workers, I haven’t read one about a manager yet, so let me tell you about mine…

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Customer Leaves Hurtful Message on Credit Slip

December 16, 2016 Diner Stories

Several years ago my now husband and I moved from our relatively large home city to a small town in the Upper Midwest when he was offered an excellent job opportunity after college graduation. I had just finished an undergrad degree as well, but the town was based entirely around agriculture and petroleum and there […]

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