When you don’t have any expectations, you can’t get disappointed. But when there’s an advertisement for a delicious meal shoved right up in your face but you get served a big pile of cheap-looking cooking, you can’t help but get angry.

Nobody expects picture-perfect food at restaurants. However, some of these meals are so incomparable to their ads, Bored Panda just had to show you side-by-side examples. Check them out below, upvote the most egregious cuisine lies, and let us know about the times when a restaurant has made you swear like a souped-up version of Gordon Ramsay.

We’re not talking just about fast food here. Restaurants in seemingly good standing are also known to violate the most basic tenet of human relations ever: don’t mess with someone’s food. (Though, come to think of it, can you really expect anything good from places that have pictures of food on their menus? Kidding! Haha! Just kidding! Please don’t hurt me, Picture Menu Restaurant Mafia.)

#1

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

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Leroy Fong
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1 month ago

look like someone took a sh*t on it

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#2

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

That monstrosity doesn’t even deserve the name bruschetta.

BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

It doesn't even deserve the name pizza.

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not Bruschetta, that's burnt dough, with the remains of a tomato chucked on top.. Horrible..

Hilary Mol
Community Member
1 month ago

I think somebody meant to write "briquette" and not "bruschetta".

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Bruscheeta is easy to make at home. 1 French Bread cut as think as you want, dice up 4 Roma tomatoes, dice up 1/2 clove of garlic, dice some basil, 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the garlic in a bit of butter just enough that it turns brown. Mix it all together in a bowl and put on top of your toasted bread. Bread too big to fit in toaster??? After you cook the garlic, butter your bread lightly and put it in the uncleaned pan. The bread will soak up the garlic flavor. While one side is Browning, butter the other side and when ready turn it.

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 month ago

Want to change it up a bit, make hamburgers and put the Brucshetta mix on top of the burger and use the French Bread as a bun.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

Hope you called for a refund

MonicaChicagoGal
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks more like Barfchetta!

Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

Burneta...

glowworm2
Community Member
1 month ago

How do you even mess up something so simple and delicious?

im normal
Community Member
1 month ago

its a lil crispy

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

Dang, even I could do better than that

Molly Block
Community Member
1 month ago

Should be called, "Barf-sh*tta"!

CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
1 month ago

This looks like a piece of bread you'd find behind a dumpster.

Jayda Estrella
Community Member
1 month ago

That first pic looked like someone trying a before and after challenge on Pinterest 😂

Isabel Rocha
Community Member
1 month ago

Make your own food

Lou
Community Member
1 month ago

The Quasimodo of bruschettas. Please be kind to it.

Janet Bird
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha! :D I'd still eat it... crunchy is tasty sometimes.

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

Bruschetta is also great on salmon...

Olivia Agave
Community Member
1 month ago

Egads!

Red rockin lobster
Community Member
1 month ago

The pizza guy using some hard drugs

Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Scraped off the bottom of an old abandoned oven in the ruins of an 18th century house overgrown with brambles

Grace Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

Brushetta? More like BRUH-shetta

CrazyPlantLady
Community Member
1 month ago

I swear these places just search up images online and copy and paste, since when I searched up Bruschetta, that was one of the first images.

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
1 month ago

that is burnt dough with chunked tomato

Cupcakezzz
Community Member
1 month ago

It looks reeeeaaalllly crunchy lol

Siv Øiesvold
Community Member
1 month ago

Did they make it on the floor..?

Just a Marine Veteran
Community Member
1 month ago

Nah, I'd send that right back. They didn't even try to care.

Pavlina G
Community Member
1 month ago

No.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
1 month ago

Yuck

Nate Hull
Community Member
1 month ago

Just looks like burnt pizza.

Brett Layton
Community Member
1 month ago

Just gotta ask, who is dumb enough to think that the picture will look like the actual food. Id be more impressed to see an example of where it does match.

PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
1 month ago

🤮

Linda HS
Community Member
1 month ago

No!

Lori Spins
Community Member
1 month ago

no i would demand a refund

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 days ago

Uninspired by minimum wage.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 days ago

EXtremely well done.

Bradly Briggs
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Wouldn't take it...

Jenny Li
Community Member
3 weeks ago

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Mumof1
Community Member
4 weeks ago

What!

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I've seen roof tiles look better...

Lin Jinn Kenobi
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like some one burn toast and put as little tomato as possible. nasty.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope you got your money back!!!

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope they got their money back

Nicholas Williams
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it has mold on it

Madeline Rose
Community Member
1 month ago

Haha losers

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

I would so turn that around fast and send it back!!!

Billy the kid
Community Member
1 month ago

really! it looks like someone used it as a car tyre

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

You must have accidentally ordered “Burned sh*tta”.

Madison Wilson
Community Member
1 month ago

doesn't even look good

Dawn K
Community Member
1 month ago

ewwww! looks disgusting.

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
1 month ago

Burnt! Yuk. If paid by cc, cancel transaction and never order from there again.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just sad.

Laura Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

looks disgusting

Nikki Hilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh hell no

Steven Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s trash, hopefully you got your money back!

Frogladysharon
Community Member
1 month ago

That is terrible, I hope you sent it back!!!

Quazmodic
Community Member
1 month ago

You DID refuse to pay for it, right?

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
1 month ago

Oof burnt food is the abselute WORST

Rad Dot
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh hell to the no!!!

Ayla Smith
Community Member
1 month ago

send it back!

Mari Bryant
Community Member
1 month ago

Stop. Omg, i would have driven down there. That is ridiculous.

Patricia Brown
Community Member
1 month ago

morelike "brushatta"

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
1 month ago

seems more a "burn-etta"... ;-)

German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
1 month ago

i feel like a rat or something will crawl out of that.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

They obviously do not know what Bruschetta is.. the top one looks like mine!!

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
1 month ago

It was recycled from the bottom of the dumpster.

Blackheart
Community Member
1 month ago

burntchetta

Melissa Oreskovic
Community Member
1 month ago

No b'yyyyye.

Queen fhk
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

OMG dat looks hideous

Lydia Coy
Community Member
1 month ago

>:[

Jane Doe
Community Member
1 month ago

What the hell is that? Combine with photo #1 and it’s a complete dining s**t show..

Riween
Community Member
1 month ago

Who the f**k should make that

Latka Knows Better
Community Member
1 month ago

BRUTAL

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#3

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

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Rose the Cook
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1 month ago

Is the cheese colour natural?

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As I see it, there are two main problems when it comes to sloppy reality being far from the picture-perfect gourmet meals you expect to receive. And they have a lot to do with our expectations. The problems are all about the actual cooking standards and the way food adverts can raise our expectations too high.

The first issue is very human: sometimes, the people making your food don’t 'five a guck' about what you’ll get served or they mess up and decide to put the meals out anyway. They might be overworked and burned out. Or they might be lazy and inattentive.

The solution here is simple (and incredibly hard at the same time)—the kitchen staff need to find the inner motivation to take pride in their work. Meanwhile, management needs to maintain acceptable standards. If you wouldn’t eat something you make, why would you expect your customer to? It’s better for the food to be late but presentable instead of rushed and disappointing.

#4

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
1 month ago

The second looks like when you throw all the leftovers in the fridge together at 2 am because you have the munchies

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#5

This Is So Outrageous

This Is So Outrageous

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Erin Presley-Froemke
Community Member
1 month ago

Jameson and Ginger had been online dating for a while, when the day came where they would finally meet.....

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#6

Subway Pizza

Subway Pizza

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Is the base uncooked?

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The second problem, however, is directly related to how things are advertised. What you see on the menus are the ‘perfect’ versions of meals that restaurants want you to see. While some restaurants go for amateur snaps, others go all out and hire professional food stylists to turn grub into glamor shots.

Food styling is an art. Pros can end up using a whole array of tools, from tweezers and tape to blowtorches and paint. So when you take so much time and effort to create a work of art, can somebody in the kitchen who is under pressure really deliver something that’s comparable? Sometimes? Yes! Always? Dear Lord, no.

#7

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

The title though! 😂

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#8

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

They forgot the filling.

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#9

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

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Adam C
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

for one second I thought the sausage was missing.

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#10

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

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postboredom
Community Member
1 month ago

School lunch?!?!? Seriously? Those poor kids..

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#11

A Texas Sized Disappointment

A Texas Sized Disappointment

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Apparently, they don't know the meaning of the word BIG.

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#12

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 month ago

its a taco which shows you its future

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#13

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Weight watchers version.

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#14

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks dried out.

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#15

Expectation vs. 2020

Expectation vs. 2020

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Sums up 2020?

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#16

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 month ago

Shred Chicken BLur (I hardly see it!!)

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#17

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

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Call Me Mars
Community Member
1 month ago

Now you know they have a sponser from Babybel!

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#18

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
1 month ago

You don't remember the great avocado shortage of 2017?

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#19

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

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BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

All the other Froot Loops left, because they were ashamed.

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#20

Jack In The Box Tacos

Jack In The Box Tacos

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Samantha Lomb
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1 month ago

eww

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#21

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

Okay but the first pciture is photoshopped af.

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#22

Fungi Toastie From Subway

Fungi Toastie From Subway

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Thats not even the same item!

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#23

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
1 month ago

So... they don´t "have the meats" after all... (as opposed to the Arby´s tv commercials declaring "We have the meats")

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#24

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like the grass my dog pooped out

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#25

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

These companies really shouldn't be allowed to get away with this...

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#26

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

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BusLady
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1 month ago

Even the one in the ad doesn't look that great.

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#27

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

You want pizza with that sauce.

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#28

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

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Olivia Agave
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1 month ago

They threatened it with the cheese.

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#29

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 month ago

Eww. These must all be franchisee run businesses skimping for the biggest profit. I can only assume they live in highly populated areas where they can still survive, even if no one ever goes twice.

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#30

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Well... what a bugger.

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