23 People Confess Their Worst Restaurant Experiences


Placed our orders, kid’s was not what she wanted. Sent it back. Manager comes out and starts explaining to 8 year old that she is being wasteful. We interrupt, he gets mad and starts yelling at us because he’ll have to throw away this sandwich! Fine, just bring us what we ordered. No, you people can gtfo! So we left. He ran out after us, yelling “aren’t you going to pay?!” No, sorry, crazy manager man. Happily his little restaurant closed about a year later.


A few years ago, we had just moved back to the US after living in Japan. I let my jetlagged kids pick the restaurant, and they chose Olive Garden (I know, I know.). The 7 year old ordered a pizza off the kids’ menu. When it arrived, the crust looked awfully charred. She turned it over to see if the bottom was as burnt as the sides. We found a piece of broken glass embedded into the crust. It was the same blueish/green color that their drink glasses are made of. It was pretty clear that the dough had fallen on the floor, and when they picked it back up, the glass was stuck in the dough and then baked into place. I asked for the manager, and pointed it out. He didn’t even notice the glass at first and thought we were just annoyed about the burned crust. I said that was also unacceptable, but I was really mad about the glass. He actually accused me of planting it. I wasn’t looking for a free meal, I just wanted an apology and food that wouldn’t injure my kid. I was so pissed.


I was at a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant when I was visiting California as a kid. A car drove through the entrance. Didn’t get any of my food yet. We went somewhere else for lunch after that.


That one time when I was enjoying my fajita on a hungover Sunday lunch, and one of the cooks decided that mixing ammonia and bleach was a good idea. At first my friends and I just saw people running out of the restaurant, which we thought was just a family dining and dashing, but then all of sudden we got hit with this train of light headedness and a burning sensation in your nose. Before you know it the entire place is in mass chaos as everyone is trying to fight their way out of the restaurant. 10/10 would do again since the food was free.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.