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)
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1 month ago

That monstrosity doesn’t even deserve the name bruschetta.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!!)

BusLady
Community Member
1 month ago

Wait, there's actually chicken in there?

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like you got the shredded chicken quesadilla. Actually pretty good.

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
1 month ago

Where is your Taco Bell? I have never received a burrito from them that looked like that.

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

That's BS!! One is the chicken burrito and the other is the chicken quesadilla listed 2 lines down on the receipt. If they're gonna bitch, do it right and honest.

Bellatrix Lestrange
Community Member
1 month ago

I had this exact burrito yesterday and it was nothing like either of these. It wasn't like the one in the ad but it actually had food in it. I think this is just lazy employees.

Isabel Rocha
Community Member
1 month ago

It's so sad

J. Kasilo
Community Member
1 month ago

Like I said above, I am usually happy with the looks of Taco Bell's food!

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

Nope. This person did not get what they ordered, this looks like a quesadilla. The burritos there are always big.

Louchebert
Community Member
1 month ago

Guess that chicken prematurely crossed the road... no?

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 day ago

They are cooked by ironing them!

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Sometimes their nachos bell grande is junk

Doris Bennett
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Disgusting!

Madeline Rose
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Shredded Chicken Burrito.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 weeks ago

WTH!?!?! Why bother, go home and make yourself a good sandwich!!!!

Billy the kid
Community Member
3 weeks ago

A great disappointment to us carnivores out there. so sad : (

JD Lee
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That’s an empty relationship my friend.

Dawn K
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I think they ate everything except for the very end.

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Thats more like a quesidilla not even that by much

Picture Queen
Community Member
4 weeks ago (edited)

Taco Bell is so gross. Why not go to a local Mexican place for about the same prices & get better food? Plus you're supporting a small business.

Lisa Connell
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Surprised but not surprised. Typical of Taco Bell AKA Taco Hell.

Genevieve Warner
Community Member
4 weeks ago

It looks deflated 😂🤣

Daenarys
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Actually, if you look at the receipt you can see the 3rd item is 1 Chicken Quesadilla, which is exactly what the person who posted this took a picture of. This is not the Chicken Burrito.

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
4 weeks ago

thats a new low

Debby Hartinger
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Looks like the filling might have fallen out.

Saphira
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I wouldn't have expected it to be like the pic, but I wouldn't have expected *that*

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Taco Bulls**t... No 2

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Lost the ingredients ?

WildBerry
Community Member
4 weeks ago

More bogus pics !!!!

Eileen Schwab
Community Member
1 month ago

More like a quesadilla, shapewise

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

That's no burrito on the right...quesadilla?

smash17
Community Member
1 month ago

More like a quesadilla than a burrito. rofl.

Purezz
Community Member
1 month ago

It may be one of two things. It's TOO blurred, (too much that we can't see it) or there's nothing there.

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm sorry for your lunch...

Donna Leske
Community Member
1 month ago

I hate how our TB puts any sour cream the item gets all AT ONE END, zero attempt to spread it along the filling. They think we should unroll a burrito or crack our taco to smoosh it ourselves? Taco Bell Corporate - IF YOU'RE READING THIS - put an end to this cruel practice. My zip is 98520.

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
1 month ago

Something got shredded, but I think it was your wallet, Dude!

The Dave
Community Member
1 month ago

It amazes me that Taco Bell stays in business. They consistently have horrible service, especially at drive thru windows. You can pretty well guarantee if you order something from the Taco Bell Drive Thru, something will be wrong.

Kinga Złotkowska
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't have to see it anymore :/

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 month ago

When I used to eat at Taco Bell, this was my favorite order. I would get no rice, double chicken. And the amount of chicken would vary wildly from location to location. Sadly (for me), almost all fast food turns my stomach, so no more shredded chicken burritos for me.

Kolina E.
Community Member
1 month ago

Taco Bell is the worst fast food in America IMHO

Damsel in the Dark
Community Member
1 month ago

i bought it once... It WAS NOT LIKE THAT. Idiotic liar.

Misty Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

News flash, different people make the food and sometimes it turns out differently!

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Olivia Agave
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't even live in the Americas and I've eaten a better burrito than that...not burrito. Hm, note to self, return to that amazing burrito place in Cardiff when I can, divine burritos.

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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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