The competition in the restaurant industry is brutal. So, it's only natural that establishments want to offer people something the joint down the street still doesn't have on its menu. But if the sole purpose of standing out is simply to stand, it can quickly lead to something hilarious. Or ridiculous. Or even worse, both.

Bored Panda already wrote about restaurants trying to impress their customers too hard here, here, and here but people continue posting pictures of absurd food servings, so we continue covering them. From eating spaghetti off the fricking table to receiving your starter in a sink, continue scrolling to check out the newest batch of Gordon Ramsay's nightmares.

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#1

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

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Vanessa
Community Member
6 months ago

CUTE!

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Most of these pics were featured on We Want Plates, a community of regular people and dedicated foodies who came together to get restaurants to serve food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.”

“I started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board," Ross McGinnes, the founder of the We Want Plates said in an earlier Bored Panda interview. "It was captioned, unironically, 'That is a big meal!' It wasn't a big meal — he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense. I searched Twitter for an account which would allow me to vent my spleen with like-minded people, but found nothing. We Want Plates was born. Four years later we have over 150,000 followers on Twitter, and three quarters of a million across all social media platforms."

#2

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

"So I went on a date today and we went to a nice restaurant before going to the movies and I ordered the “iced grape popsicles” for dessert because I love grape Popsicles so why not right?…..so the waiter brings out the “iced grape popsicles” aND THEY WERE LITERALLY 3 FROZEN GRAPES ON STICKS…..I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE OFFENDED IN MY LIFE…SINCE WHEN ARE 3 [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES IN A [FRIGGIN] VASE AN ACCEPTABLE SINGLE DESSERT ORDER..ITS NOT EVEN FROZEN GRAPE JUICE OR SOMETHING ITS LITERALLY JUST A 0.02$ GRAPE THAT WAS PUT ON A STICK THEN FROZEN…LIKE SOMEONE ACTUALLY WROTE THIS DOWN ON THE MENU THINKING “OH YEAH PEOPLE [FRIGGIN] LOVE COLD GRAPES” AND SOME OTHER ASSHAT SAID “BRAH. HEAR ME OUT, HOW ABOUT WE PUT THEM ON STICKS AND SERVE THEM IN A VASE WITH NOTHING ELSE” LIKE YOU COULDNT EVEN SERVE IT WITH A [FRIGGIN] SECOND FRUIT OR EVEN [FRIGGIN] LEAVES OR WHATEVER… IM SO MAD. [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES ON A STICK.

AND THEY WERENT EVEN SEEDLESS GRAPES…"

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

Did you read the fine print under the description of the item you ordered? That was the exact fricken comment I got from a waiter once.

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As We Want Plates continues to grow, McGinnes said the worst food serving he has ever encountered was when he got a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. "It still gives me sleepless nights," he said.

It's style over content, and McGiness thinks too much time is spent faffing around balancing six chips in a mini wheelbarrow. When these stunts become the focus, the flavour becomes secondary. And that's not a good thing.

#3

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
6 months ago

I like it

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#4

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

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Nadine
Community Member
6 months ago

Ug! It reminds me of a bloot clot.

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#5

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

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lilu
Community Member
6 months ago

no couchpotato

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#6

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

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Woody
Community Member
6 months ago

Lol

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#7

Carrot Served On A Telephone

Carrot Served On A Telephone

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

Just...why?

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#8

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

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JuJu
Community Member
6 months ago

Flying spaghetti monster decided to land on your table to convert you?

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#9

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

One more: Did they hit that with a car?

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#10

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

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EA
Community Member
6 months ago

How is it possible to make one of the best meals to eat, universally loved, look SO unappealing...

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
6 months ago

It looks like a chestburster got it

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

That looks like something my 6 year old would make.

Kiss Army
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like it has already been consumed once...

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
6 months ago

That's what I was thinking.

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Danael Gabalova
Community Member
6 months ago

Before or after it was eaten?

Rose the Cook
Community Member
6 months ago

That is the sloppiest presentation ever.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks like vomit!

Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Sigh...this looks like someone heaved all over it. And, how are you supposed to eat that without standing up?

Sonja
Community Member
6 months ago

eeew

Woody
Community Member
6 months ago

More like spaghetti bol on the plate rather than on the cone

Woets
Community Member
6 months ago

Why? Just.. Why?

Carole Reid
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like something hit the floor first.

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
5 months ago

SEND. IT. BACK. This is not a dish - this is something dropped and scooped off the floor...

Charlotte
Community Member
6 months ago

Trying to reinvent the bowl. Wonder what their take on the wheel will look like?

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a volcano barfed!

music_of_madness
Community Member
5 months ago

And spaghetti ice cream is born

STRANGER THINGS fan
Community Member
2 months ago

*contemplates* Would still eat it!

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
5 months ago

No, just no. Wouldn't touch that mess with a forty foot pole.

Yannick Bouret
Community Member
5 months ago

Wouach! Gross

Lily
Community Member
5 months ago

That's not baaaddddd

Slune
Community Member
5 months ago

Throwing up after a Taxi ride to the airport 4 am

Cathy Proctor
Community Member
5 months ago

I would have asked if they threw it up....lordy that's bad

Sue Sanders
Community Member
5 months ago

The server puked on it during the trip to our table. He feels better. We feel like going home.

Isa BR LOL
Community Member
5 months ago

what a what

Nya Crea Singer
Community Member
5 months ago

Please I'm Italian and sensitive to these kind of graphic content

OopsOuch
Community Member
5 months ago

it looks like the cone threw up

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes to add insult to injury it doesn't even look like nice spag bol

Paige Garberding
Community Member
5 months ago

Bad idea gone terribly wrong.

Jackie C.
Community Member
5 months ago

Bloody vomit

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
5 months ago

A spaghetti cone?

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
5 months ago

And plastic cups to help set the mood...

Maureen Peters
Community Member
5 months ago

You might as well eat from a trash can!

Just Carmen
Community Member
5 months ago

How do you eat that? I wouldn't even know where to begin.

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
5 months ago

How are you supposed to eat that? It didn't seem to come with a large enough plate.

Citizen Morena
Community Member
5 months ago

What is wrong with people

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
5 months ago

That is sadistic!

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
5 months ago

That's disgusting. It's as if it's regurgitating itself.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like a puking pasta volcano.

Inga Viviane
Community Member
5 months ago

And its a cheesy nightmare. Italians seeing this must go mad.

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Teresa Groth
Community Member
5 months ago

Do people go here so they can laugh and get sick also!

Emily Swoboda
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't even understand the logistics of this

Ann McNeil
Community Member
5 months ago

Uuuhhhhhgggggghhhhh!!!

Lana Jig-maker
Community Member
5 months ago

TF why?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone please explain to me how the hell this is appetizing?!?!?

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
5 months ago

They recycle their food don't they?

Laura Johnston
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

It looks like my dog's throw up after woofing it down too fast.

Mumof1
Community Member
5 months ago

Has soome thrown up in that glass!

Anna Dimino
Community Member
5 months ago

Disgusting.

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

no, just NO!

Cathryn Cade
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like someone already ate it, and then... well.

N S
Community Member
5 months ago

way too much cheese. must be in murica

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

No, that's just...no.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
5 months ago

I'd really like the names of these restaurants so I never go to any of them.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

IT'S PIZZA THE HUTT

Katie Allen
Community Member
5 months ago

no, it's Mr. Creosote!!

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Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
5 months ago

"Why does it look as if my food is throwing up itself?" The cheese makes me want to eat it, but still barf and no.

Tahani
Community Member
6 months ago

Did someone puke?

Jessica Cole
Community Member
6 months ago

I would eat the fucking shit out of this. What's the matter with you people?! LOOK at that CHEEESE

Kelly
Community Member
6 months ago

And spaghetti bolognese is a pretty American dish, not bolognese.

Donna Leske
Community Member
6 months ago

I hurl, you hurl, we all hurl. Into this tidy little bread cone.

suramura
Community Member
6 months ago

looks like somebody just threw that up

zims
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like puke, which is not a word I use lightly.

Lizzy
Community Member
6 months ago

GAG!!!

Cold Contagious
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope...

Bobbie Morris
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like slop

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
6 months ago

Makes me want to vomit!

Jodie Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

I once saw this movie called "The Incredible Melting Man" don't know why I'm thinking about that.

Katie Allen
Community Member
5 months ago

hahaha on MST3K! my friend actually had the b@ll$ to watch that while eating lasagna!

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MissyTheUniverse
Community Member
6 months ago

If gordon ramsey was there..... 🤬🤬🤬

Damon Gates
Community Member
6 months ago

WHEN SPAGHETTI ATTACKS!

Ingrid
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like something from a horror movie poster

Lauren Lee
Community Member
6 months ago

Nah

My O My
Community Member
6 months ago

Is that a plastic cup in the background??

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
6 months ago

What an incredibly stupid way to serve spaghetti anything.

pebs
Community Member
6 months ago

Awful.

desert29rat
Community Member
6 months ago

Nope, nope, nope.

LittleMissLotus
Community Member
6 months ago

how the hell do you even eat that????

Agfox
Community Member
6 months ago

In this instance, it's appropriate to apply the motto of Colostomy bag wearers everywhere, namely, better out than in!

dena masoomi
Community Member
6 months ago

I don’t care, just give it to me

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#11

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

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Sonja
Community Member
6 months ago

wash your hands...oh...wait a sec...

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#12

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

Why would you want food on some decrepit, dirty, yard sale find?

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#13

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

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Natalie Scott
Community Member
6 months ago

This would be better if the waiter whispered 'they're not rocks' after his warning, then walked away and left you guessing what they are.

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#14

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm a woman but oh that is just utterly disgusting.

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#15

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

This is the worst one. Waste of perfectly good chocolate syrup.

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#16

Just Why??

Just Why??

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

What the F*** were they thinking?

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#17

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

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nanashi
Community Member
6 months ago

that's what you get for a few cents from a street hawker, not in a fancy ass restaurant where you pay extra for dine in service.

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#18

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

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EA
Community Member
6 months ago

That thing looks nasty. Absolutely filthy.

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#19

We Demand Plates

We Demand Plates

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

This literally is box mac and cheese with dinosaur chicken nuggets. You can do this at home with a plate.

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#20

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

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R L
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Dinner in Hannibal Lecter's house.

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#21

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

Look at the rim of the hatband. They do not clean this plate.

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#22

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

Just 4 pieces? That better be gold flakes on the sh*t if I got to pry it off of Bob wire.

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#23

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
6 months ago

That portion is minuscule anyways to be able to fit in a lightbulb.

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#24

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

I have a friend who cannot stand it when her food touches each other. This is her nightmare.

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#25

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm certain they will not clean the drawers properly.

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#26

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

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Hans
Community Member
6 months ago

This is just stupid.

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#27

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
6 months ago

Nah! Just a really big worm in the tequila bottle. (Okay maybe a tapeworm).

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#28

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

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Valquerys
Community Member
6 months ago

Wait, isn’t this from kitchen nightmares?

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#29

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
6 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
6 months ago

Hello, salmonea, my old friend..

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#31

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

Gummy bear chunks

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#32

At A Conference In Houston

At A Conference In Houston

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Slinkman
Community Member
6 months ago

ohno... The chef has kicked the bucket.

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#33

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

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Blackheart
Community Member
6 months ago

Again with hot liquids in glass.

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#34

This Is Not Acceptable.

This Is Not Acceptable.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
6 months ago

I can't decide what's worse, the duck or the bag.

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#35

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

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elia 84631
Community Member
6 months ago

Actually, it isn't bad idea to use a fancy bottle

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