Most people are oblivious to their own mistakes, but they can spot someone else doing something wrong from a faraway distance. It’s the same with restaurants: if you’re the owner, you probably think your place is great, but if you’re a customer, then you’ll most likely notice everything that’s wrong with the place in a jiffy. And sometimes restaurants mess up so badly without realizing it that customers can’t help but snap a picture and upload it to the popular ‘Crappy Designs’ subreddit.

For your perusing pleasure, here are the worst of the worst, the crème de la crème of horribly bad restaurant designs. We hope you like design fails as much as we do, so please enjoy this list in its entirety, click on the upvote button next to fails that you think are worth it, and remember to share with your friends.

You can find more of Bored Panda’s captivating lists about crappy designs and design fails here, here, here, here, here, and here. And here’s one more. So make some popcorn (and save some for us!) because there are plenty of designs to look at and make fun of!

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#1

This Was Hanging In The Bathroom In The Restaurant I Ate At Tonight. Only In China...

This Was Hanging In The Bathroom In The Restaurant I Ate At Tonight. Only In China...

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Thomas Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

the best sign in the world has been found

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#2

Two Different Restaurants. No Affiliation. Located Just Up Ahead

Two Different Restaurants. No Affiliation. Located Just Up Ahead

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Surya Amriza
Community Member
1 year ago

Hilarious! Hope this one will be voted up!

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#3

Stopped In Wisconsin Today... And I’d Rather Not

Stopped In Wisconsin Today... And I’d Rather Not

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That's too much calories for me to be honest.

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Bored Panda had previously reached out to the ‘Crappy Design’ subreddit’s moderators to learn a bit more about the community.

“The original motivation for the subreddit was to point out crappy designs. Nowadays, most subscribers probably come here for entertainment,” the subreddit’s team told Bored Panda. “However, it is common to have meaningful discussion here on why or why not something is crappy design.”

#4

I Love Eating At Restaurant Logo Here

I Love Eating At Restaurant Logo Here

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GodOfHyperdeath
Community Member
1 year ago

I kinda like this one.

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#5

The Wendy's Restaurant In Beaver, Utah Got A New Sign

The Wendy's Restaurant In Beaver, Utah Got A New Sign

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
1 year ago

I laughed hard after reading this.

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#6

Front Desk At Restaurant In Northern Virginia

Front Desk At Restaurant In Northern Virginia

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Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
1 year ago

is she from Firenze's herd?

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The community’s moderators also said that “the subreddit was created 8 years ago. Currently, there are 1.7 million subscribers with over 2 million page views per month. It is very popular.” At the time of the interview, the community was indeed 1.7 million people strong; since then, however, it has grown to a whopping 1.8 million followers!

#7

A Restaurant In Sicily That Just Ruined My Childhood

A Restaurant In Sicily That Just Ruined My Childhood

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

But in the picture there are calmars, not fish.

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#8

This Bowl My Friend's Dinner Came In

This Bowl My Friend's Dinner Came In

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago

Glad he didn't order soup then.

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#9

Saw This At A Local Mexican Restaurant... I Think I'll Wait

Saw This At A Local Mexican Restaurant... I Think I'll Wait

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Great way to keep people from staying in the bathroom for too long

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The Balance writes that there are several things you can do to improve your restaurant’s interior layout and design. For example, when thinking of how many seats you want to squash into your restaurant, you should aim for a golden balance between profit and atmosphere.

#10

Seen In A Restaurant In Texas

Seen In A Restaurant In Texas

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Thomas Murphy
Community Member
1 year ago

legend has it those images only appear on the anniversary of their death

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#11

This Restaurant In London (Waiters Love It)

This Restaurant In London (Waiters Love It)

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Jaffa Cake
Community Member
1 year ago

This place doesn't exist any more and hasn't for at least 10 years, it's now a supermarket.

Dr.Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

I can see why...

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Dianna Siever
Community Member
1 year ago

I think this place looks really cool. I love the idea! As someone who loves to climb, and lives cozy little niches, this looks like the right spot for me.

Thatllama
Community Member
1 year ago

What about the waiters tho

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Suzanne Clark
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just bad on so many levels (inadvertent pun).

Nunya
Community Member
1 year ago

Well of course the waitstaff love it. What other restaurant would make it so that your best option to deliver food is to throw it at the customers?

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Elevated floor, no onions please!

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 year ago

this comment is underrated :D

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Annam5562
Community Member
1 year ago

I've been here! Don't actually remember the food - it's in London, def went within last 10 years. We sat up top - waiters stood on ladder to take orders and hand over food - more annoying for underneath tables I imagine!

Christy Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

What a horrible concept, who the hell would put themselves through that, the tips couldn't have possibly been enough.

aurora50
Community Member
1 year ago

I get vertigo just looking at the picture!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Don’t drink too much.

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

that's the kind of place my wife would forget about the ladder after 5 min.

Danish Dynomummy
Community Member
1 year ago

Am... am I your wife?

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Malek Basata
Community Member
2 months ago

imagine being full and going down the ladder

JennyBee
Community Member
3 months ago

oh oh gosh this was just plain stupid

-AestheticDevil-
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice idea, but it would definitely suck for the waiters

Satirical Duchess
Community Member
1 year ago

My cousin went there once

love life you only live once
Community Member
1 year ago

I would love to eat there no joke

Candice Dodson-Gates
Community Member
1 year ago

This place was called Desperados. It was a Mexican in Greenwich London near to the Cutty Sark. It was the weirdest set up and not good after a few margaritas!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

No wonder this ridiculous restaurant doesn’t exist anymore.

Rhiannon Heysmond
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a picture of the Bangalore Express which is no longer around. However there is a place called The Jam in Chelsea which has the same set up. Little Italian place. Decent food.

spirit wolf
Community Member
1 year ago

Mains are always served with a side of claustrophobia here.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

So many ways to have an accident.

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

These upper level tables could only work if they rigged up some sort of rail system on the ceiling so that the servers could load your food into a box, hoist it up on the rail system, and slide it down to those high spots.

Just Me
Community Member
1 year ago

HA!!!

Minnie-me
Community Member
1 year ago

that's the stupidest thing I have ever seen

Molly A. Block
Community Member
1 year ago

All I'm seeing are lawsuits.

Ekaterina Sidyakova
Community Member
1 year ago

This place is still there and it's actually a very popular one

Pinkjoelle
Community Member
1 year ago

I would kill myself trying to get down after a few drinks.

Something
Community Member
1 year ago

There are plenty of ways to make something like this work.

boredhuman
Community Member
1 year ago

"Here catch!"

Daniela-Iulia Balaciu
Community Member
1 year ago

yes, I had this imagine in my mind - regarding the office space -. They (here) are reducing the bureau size - cutting them, to squeeze more in the same space, I've told my colleagues, that they should make overlay desks - we have enough height. I certainly will distribute this imagine as a support for my opinion.

Ben Bishop
Community Member
1 year ago

I ate here was a Greek restaurant

Hanneke Legerstee
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope it was Indian! It's near waterloo station but now closed :(

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GamerX🖥
Community Member
1 year ago

How will the waiters get up there for heavens sake?!

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

ladders-very carefully i hope

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Alex Call
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks like a former hostel.

Daniel Mason
Community Member
1 year ago

Don't wear a skirt there and climb the ladders

Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Whomever sat up there ended up falling, restaurant went broke paying for medical bills.

Martti Laurson
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1 year ago

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#12

This Painting Inside A Local “Fancy” Restaurant

This Painting Inside A Local “Fancy” Restaurant

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why did they have to choose the most unappetising painting possible??

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Furthermore, some tables are naturally considered to be ‘bad’ if they’re near the main entrance, the bathrooms or the kitchen; partitions, plants or even screens can help improve the situation.

#13

Wall Painting, That Included Shutterstock Watermark. Took This Photo In Some Cafe In Vietnam

Wall Painting, That Included Shutterstock Watermark. Took This Photo In Some Cafe In Vietnam

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Slinkman
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Well at least they are honest that the design isn't theirs ;)

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#14

This Image In The Restaurant Will Haunt Me Forever

This Image In The Restaurant Will Haunt Me Forever

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Surya Amriza
Community Member
1 year ago

Cannibal! :D

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#15

Anyone Want Some Thai Food?

Anyone Want Some Thai Food?

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GodOfHyperdeath
Community Member
1 year ago

Are you kitten me?

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Cleanliness in restaurant bathrooms should be one of the top priorities, as should be good air conditioning and pleasant music to keep your customers comfortable. However, even these helpful tips might not be enough to hide serious design fails in some restaurants.

#16

Polish Restaurant - Three Cooks...

Polish Restaurant - Three Cooks...

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
1 year ago

3 cocks morelike.

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#17

This Sign For A New Mongolian Restaurant

This Sign For A New Mongolian Restaurant

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Iris Engler
Community Member
1 year ago

That "coming soon" makes it even more funny

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#18

French Restaurant Menu

French Restaurant Menu

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

The final anal? Sounds like a bad porno

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#19

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

“Lets Just Make Our Plates Look Like They Haven’t Been Washed In 4 Years”

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GamerX🖥
Community Member
1 year ago

Ooooffff

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#20

A Bar I Go To Never Cleans The Dripped Candle Wax

A Bar I Go To Never Cleans The Dripped Candle Wax

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
1 year ago

They probably do that on purpose, thinking it looks cool. But I wouldn't think so.

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#21

One Of My Favorite Restaurants. I Hate To Put Them On Blast, But This Is Too Good Not To Share. The Restaurant Is Called Let’s Do Greek!”

One Of My Favorite Restaurants. I Hate To Put Them On Blast, But This Is Too Good Not To Share. The Restaurant Is Called Let’s Do Greek!”

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Aw, you can choose the kids you'll have?

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#22

No, This Picture Isnt Blurry... The Menu Is

No, This Picture Isnt Blurry... The Menu Is

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Sonya Jersey
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd get a Saturday, it seems like it has more food.

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#23

This Sign Makes It Look Like Its Quoting A Fire Extinguisher

This Sign Makes It Look Like Its Quoting A Fire Extinguisher

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Sonya Jersey
Community Member
1 year ago

You're welcome, Mr. Extinguisher !

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#24

The Stylization On This Carl's Jr Makes It Look Like It Got A One Star Rating

The Stylization On This Carl's Jr Makes It Look Like It Got A One Star Rating

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Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like the painter just quit after one star

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#25

These Images Give Me Anxiety Everytime I Visit This Cafe. There Are 4 More

These Images Give Me Anxiety Everytime I Visit This Cafe. There Are 4 More

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Aidyn06
Community Member
1 year ago

is he... putting someone's old coffee into a new cup...

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#26

This Indian Restaurant Was In A Basement, But Wanted To Created The Sense That It Wasn't. They Created An Entire Wall Of Fake Windows Looking Out Into Pictures Of A Parking Lot

This Indian Restaurant Was In A Basement, But Wanted To Created The Sense That It Wasn't. They Created An Entire Wall Of Fake Windows Looking Out Into Pictures Of A Parking Lot

JoffreyGoldblum Report

Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that's kind of nice though! Maybe they could've picked a nicer view outside, but at least this is realistic and doesn't make you lose your appetite like some of the other "works of art"

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#27

This Really “Artsy” Mirror At A Fancy Restaurant

This Really “Artsy” Mirror At A Fancy Restaurant

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks old and dirty, not fancy at all. And useless, how can I paint my lips with it?

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#28

Bathroom Mirror At A Bar In Italy

Bathroom Mirror At A Bar In Italy

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
1 year ago

When you can recognize yourself in the mirror, it's time to stop drinking

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#29

This Is The Logo For A "New York Style" Pizza Place In Ponce, Pr

This Is The Logo For A "New York Style" Pizza Place In Ponce, Pr

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Oh, that's a big no, no. This crossed the line.

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#30

All Plates At This Restaurant Have This Pattern That Resembles A Single Human Hair Stuck At The Edge

All Plates At This Restaurant Have This Pattern That Resembles A Single Human Hair Stuck At The Edge

7-methyltheophylline Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

I know a panda who will love it!

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