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.

It was late night right before close when a couple came in to play some pool. I was about to do closing duties, but it was a busy night and I had a lot to do, so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to let the customers stay a little past close so they could get some beer and pool in.

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The night was tonight, six hours ago to be precise. It was almost ten at night and I was scheduled to be off of the floor once the overnight server showed up. Right at ten with the other server nowhere in sight, a large man walked in; I greeted him. “There will be sixteen of us,” he informs me. I silently laugh inside because this should have been the other server’s table.

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Being a waitress means dealing with the public and in case you were unaware, that means dealing with a lot of assholes. I work at a 24 hour breakfast style restaurant which means I see my fair share of cheap, rude, arrogant and inconsiderate people. Here are a few of my best stories:

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I work at a “family owned” pizza parlor in Tennessee. Everyone in town raves that we serve the best pizza they’ve ever had, and people come from all over the country for our famed volcano pizzas. It is not uncommon for us to get complaints about the price of our pizzas, or the wait time (we tend to fall behind occasionally). Since I am not a manager, I cannot give the customer any refunds or anything. I have to get a manager to do anything surrounding complaints.

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It all started one day when my family and I had gone to a chicken wing restaurant. Immediately we see a baby. Oh god, let it be behaved… Nope, it wasn’t. The family with the baby showed no signs of moving. Play with the baby for an hour; eat a bite too small for an ant.

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Let’s start with this: Mother’s Day is THE busiest day at any restaurant. Everyone wants to treat their lady to a nice dinner out, which is great. As a server, the more tables the more money, right? This particular table stands out in my mind. 

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I have never had to write about a horrible customer before so this may not be that entertaining, but I had to tell somebody besides my coworkers. They all know this couple and yes they are rude, but this time they went too far. And I also hope one day I could approach this couple and ask them why they were so rude to me.

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It was Tuesday morning, November 4th 2014, election day, when I received a phone call. The man on the line saw my resume and was looking for a part-time employee. He asked me to come in for an interview. I was more than amused when I found out who was calling. He was the food and beverage manager at the National Republican Capitol Hill Club (NRCHC), a private club for Republicans serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, located two blocks from the U.S. Capitol Building. The GOP must have known they were going to win big that day and that they needed more banquet help.

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Server’s Nutty Night: Forced Kiss & Diner’s Con

July 24, 2016 Diner Stories

I have been an overnight server for quite some time now, always taking the shifts no one else truly wants due to the tremendous amount of nut jobs that come in late at night. But I have always found that drunk people tip well and are actually pretty fun to wait on. However, to this […]

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Smart Phone Staring, Server-Shooing Patron

July 22, 2016 Diner Stories

It was seven-thirty on a Saturday night and I was deep in the weeds due to our third server calling in sick. Every single table in the restaurant was full. All of my tables contained at least three people with the exception of one – Table forty-three.

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Disappearing Waitress Disses Diners

June 27, 2016 Server Stories

My boyfriend’s mother took us, her other kids and their significant others, and her boyfriend (8 people) to lunch as a celebration of us all being in town. She chose a large, notoriously busy, and pricey Italian place. We were all excited for some good quality food.

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Diner Dupes Restaurant with Discount Request

June 25, 2016 Diner Stories

Ah, Mother’s Day brunch. A paradox to all servers. While we have to deal with not seeing our families and instead cater to loads of little fully awake children, we also have a great opportunity to make tons of money.

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