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 customer, 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.

Calamari Confusion

October 25, 2007 Server Stories

Not long ago I went to a restaurant to celebrate Oktoberfest with my boyfriend and a friend. We ordered few beers and some appetizers. Fifteen long minutes later we received our drinks, and it took an additional half hour for the food. Apparently there are two calamari dishes, the appetizer and a sandwich. We thought […]

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Would You Like Toast With That?

October 25, 2007 Server Stories

My father wanted to have lunch for the purpose of making an important announcement, he had decided to remarry, and so we went to a restaurant near my sister’s home. It was a nice enough looking place, I’d describe it as a step up from the “flare” type of eatery, and since it was lunch […]

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There’s Always A Way To Get Around the Regs

October 20, 2007 Non-Story Archives

German restaurateur’s solution to a smoking ban. Read about the “butt holes.” © Free Republic [Note: One or more links in the story were updated since the original publicaton date.]

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Server Bites Her Tongue

October 17, 2007 Diner Stories

This story is actually coming from a waitress, and my dinner from hell, as a server. It started at 3 pm on a Wednesday. The restaurant I worked at had happy hour from 4-7 pm and it was only IN THE BAR… not at the restaurant tables. So this 30ish couple come in and the […]

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Almost Brained By A Crashing Chandelier

October 16, 2007 Accident & Mishap Stories

This is a combo: dinner AND holiday from hell story. When I was 11 years old we went to a restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. This was in New Jersey and we went to a famous inn with roots back to the revolutionary war. My parents, grandmother, and three siblings were seated in the “ballroom” at […]

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Everything Is “Extra” At This Restaurant

October 16, 2007 Illness/Medical Stories

My husband and I went to a local Italian restaurant with a printed out coupon, intending to use it since there was no expiry date on it. We were told we couldn’t use it (even though it was theirs), and that was the beginning of our troubles. I can’t eat tomatoes, so I ordered a […]

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Sick For The Holidays

October 16, 2007 Illness/Medical Stories

It was my 36th birthday which lands right before Xmas. My family and I decided to have dinner in San Francisco, which would be all decked out and gorgeous for the holidays. I love old fashioned 50s diners and there was a very popular one by the water that I had been dying to try […]

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Poor Tipper

October 12, 2007 Non-Story Archives

Hey Dev, My boyfriend is a tightwad. He insists on paying 12% for a tip, regardless of the quality of service. What amount do you think is sufficient? – Jen Dear Jen, Servers have a tough job. They have to keep up with constant demands from multiple tables, deal with the kitchen, bite their tongues […]

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Food Prep Footwork

October 12, 2007 Non-Story Archives

View a news clip about garlic being crushed by a restaurant employee – with his foot!

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Underwater Dinner Party

September 30, 2007 Non-Story Archives

In 2007, 500 people set the Guiness world record for the largest underwater formal dinner party. The 3 course meal was served in a swimming pool in Acton, England. More than likely the dinner conversation was kept to a minimum. Hopefully the taste of the wine shown being poured in the video below wasn’t affected […]

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Steak Preparation

September 11, 2007 Non-Story Archives

Hey Dev, I like my steak prepared medium-well. All too often, however, I receive it overcooked and dry. I hate to go through the trouble of ordering it undercooked and rare. What do you suggest? – Chad Where I live, everything is on the crispy side, if you know what I mean. Personally, I’m a […]

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Hubby Abandoned At The Dinner Table

August 17, 2007 Couples Stories

My wife and I were on vacation in the Caribbean. We were eating in a nice restaurant by the beach, enjoying a leisurely dinner. For reasons I can’t remember, we got into an argument and she ended up leaving the restaurant. Unfortunately, I had left my wallet in my hotel room and therefore had no […]

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