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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
3 months ago

If so it didn't work. They killed him and are feasting on his remains

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

If toddlers ran the restaurant tables maybe? Yuck.

Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

This looks just gross.

desert29rat
Community Member
3 months ago

Food on a naked table? Oh H#LL no!

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
3 months ago

It's on a table-cloth or paper. Still a big no from me. One person's utensils goes in, utensils go in mouth, utensils return to communal food along with mouth germs. No thanks.

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

Was it the dishwasher's night off?

ebony1k124 touch
Community Member
3 months ago

Did plates go on strike?

Jodie Johnson
Community Member
3 months ago

That is nasty.

SupriyaG
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my god! What is this?

Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

Spaghetti family style?

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Communal dining. No, thanks.

JessG
Community Member
3 months ago

Discustipating!

elfin
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess it would keep people from putting their elbows on the table.

Laura Johnston
Community Member
3 months ago

My Italian grandmother would have been so insulted seeing this. Every Sunday she made Homemade pasta with Homemade meatballs and sausage for Sunday dinner for our family.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

If a four year old child did this they would be asked to leave after paying the check.

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting.

B
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess the 'restaurant' saved on washing dishes, at least.

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
3 months ago

I remember a song about this when I was a kid: "On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese. I lost my poor meatball...."

Maureen Peters
Community Member
3 months ago

Buon appetito! What's the name of this restaurant? Is it..."The Merry Italian Dustbin"?

Just Carmen
Community Member
3 months ago

What idiot is thinking this is cool? It's just gross!

Gitte Løyche
Community Member
3 months ago

Spilling out your guts?

Mel Schmidt
Community Member
3 months ago

how unsanitary that would be I mean like wow!

Not Marsha
Community Member
3 months ago

why is everyone ignoring the "sausages"?

Emily Swoboda
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

I don't understand what I'm seeing. The horror is right!

Carmen Flores
Community Member
3 months ago

Someone was dewormed it seems. They picked the wrong place to get rid of the result.

Donna Leske
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like someone had a massive vomiting episode.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

These restaurants are very strange!!

Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago

They want you to relive your childhood

hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like someone lay down on a bunch of pasta and tried to make snow angels

Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like thay laid down something...but they aren't spagetti angels. (look at the sausage)

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Woody
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Messy eaters...

avery31415
Community Member
1 month ago

This is... interesting...

Faith Nicole
Community Member
3 months ago

When you ask to take home the rest what do they do, just grab the ends of the tablecloth and throw it over the top & say here ya go!

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm with the 'Want a Plate' people. I'm not three. I'm not going to play with my food or fingerpaint with it. I want a plate.

Jackie Wacky
Community Member
3 months ago

That looks like having to eat your way through a violent accident.

Yannick Bouret
Community Member
3 months ago

Absolutely gross! To broke to hire someone to fill in, start and empty the dishwasher?

Grace Smith
Community Member
3 months ago

Nooooo nonono

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
3 months ago

wth is wrong with these people !!!!

Megan Navonod
Community Member
3 months ago

Did the server trip?

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
3 months ago

ug! guess they wont eat with their elbows on the table

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
3 months ago

That is just plain disgusting. Just because they want to be Avant garde!

NWB
Community Member
3 months ago

dear god that is terrible!!!

Sue Sanders
Community Member
3 months ago

I need the backstory about this scene. It must be a winner!

Trish Greene
Community Member
3 months ago

We did this once...at a birthday party...at home. NOT at a restaurant. And we were kids!

Sue Clifford
Community Member
3 months ago

Yuck II

Katherine Gilleland
Community Member
3 months ago

I’ve had this before, but it wasn’t at a restaurant. It was when a coworker said that we were having family style spaghetti after shows were done taping. That was a fun job.

Rosemari Ferreira Gebbran
Community Member
3 months ago

This just can not be a higienic choice. No.

Brenda Owens
Community Member
3 months ago

Ha, ha, haaaaaa!

Kate Swartz
Community Member
3 months ago

Omg

Elizabeth
Community Member
3 months ago

At least the restaurant doesn't have to worry about cleaning plates

Wendy Lam
Community Member
3 months ago

Ack! What? Very poor presentation!

Nya Crea Singer
Community Member
3 months ago

No no no and no!

Brandie Howard
Community Member
3 months ago

When ur drunk & know u will make a mess..who needs a plate anyway.

Paige Garberding
Community Member
3 months ago

What!? Their dishwasher quit!? This is disgusting!

Wilma Sliwiak
Community Member
3 months ago

Cleanup on table 4

Jackie C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's the health department?

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewwwww... what a waste of food. Hope that table is clean.

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
3 months ago

A spaghetti explosion?

Caroline Driver
Community Member
3 months ago

Cos people love cold food that looks like road kill

Ceri Mcclellan
Community Member
3 months ago

The f**k?

Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
3 months ago

That is so gross.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
3 months ago

Gross

Lyone Fein
Community Member
3 months ago

Yuck

Aileen Cann
Community Member
3 months ago

I hope the table clothe was cleaned. And no I am not going to wash it.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
3 months ago

The germs and mess and lap droppings, Big Bad Place To Go Too!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
3 months ago

"Lady and the tramp" remake!

Maddy Wright
Community Member
3 months ago

what is it!!!??

Caprice Percle
Community Member
3 months ago

I guess the dishwasher broke!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 months ago

No, just no!!!!!

Pippa Runs
Community Member
3 months ago

Ewww

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

What IS that?

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

uh uh gag uk.

Cathryn Cade
Community Member
3 months ago

So all the servers and the manager are wasted... and this is their idea of a joke?

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
3 months ago

What? They can’t afford plates?

Virginia Souza
Community Member
3 months ago

Easy cleanup after the meal!

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

This can't be how it was served.

AJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Just...why??!

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this the human version of a trough? Why? To be used during family dinners to make the fights break out sooner?

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
3 months ago

Pretentious holes like that do get Michelin stars. For pretentiousness.

zims
Community Member
3 months ago

Reminds me of a dish I had once, a giant pile of spaghetti served on a plastic tablecloth on the ground, we were expected to eat with our hands. It was a school event, trying to invoke the experience of being a caveman. They slopped some chocolate pudding on the tablecloth when we were done with the spaghetti. I walked away in disgust (and hunger.) All I can remember is being miserable and our parents getting a good laugh out of it, can't imagine a restaurant charging for the experience.

Katie Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't think real cavemen had spaghetti, it must have been some BS someone saw on the Flinstones and they were absolutely so dumb they thought it was real

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RJ
Community Member
3 months ago

Lady and the tramp were served better.

Katie Allen
Community Member
3 months ago

and they were dogs

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Cold Contagious
Community Member
3 months ago

That's insanity.

Bobbie Morris
Community Member
3 months ago

WTH is that 😳

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
3 months ago

Disgusting!

Damon Gates
Community Member
3 months ago

Sorry, this is actually "WHEN SPAGHETTI ATTACKS!"

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
3 months ago

How?

Harley Hans Hoglin
Community Member
3 months ago

A set of genitals serverd over spaghetti, and dumped on your table. I'll have spam.

Chancey
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF????

DKS 001
Community Member
3 months ago

wtf? is that even sanitary?

Kelly Gore
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like this chef has taken a page out of the "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" playbook...

Mr Red
Community Member
3 months ago

Dishwasher called in sick probably

chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

Thanks, I'm already full.

Miztre
Community Member
3 months ago

What are those... things?

The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay I admit fully...I almost puked at this one. Literally.

George-Florin Constantin
Community Member
3 months ago

That would look horrible even if properly plated.

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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
3 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
3 months ago

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

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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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

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