123 Times Restaurant Designers Failed Miserably

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.

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#1 This Painting Inside A Local “Fancy” Restaurant

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#2 This Really “Artsy” Mirror At A Fancy Restaurant

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#3 Polish Restaurant – Three Cooks…

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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 Front Desk At Restaurant In Northern Virginia

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

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

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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

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#8 This Is The Logo For A “New York Style” Pizza Place In Ponce, Pr

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#9 Anyone Want Some Thai Food?

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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 This Restaurant In London (Waiters Love It)

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#11 Menu At A Local Restaurant

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#12 This Disastrous Thing In A German Restaurant

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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 Bathroom Mirror At A Bar In Italy

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#14 The Design Of These Plates At A Restaurant Makes It Look Like They Are Dirty

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#15 I Love Eating At Restaurant Logo Here

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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 Lights In Restaurant Look Like Dangling Condoms

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#17 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

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#18 Seen In A Restaurant In Texas

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#19 This Bowl My Friend’s Dinner Came In

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#20 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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#21 This Restaurant Wraps Their Menu Around A Wooden Stick… There Was Absolutely No Explanation Or Purpose To It

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#22 French Restaurant Menu

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#23 This Restaurant’s Sign Uses Both Papyrus And Comic Sans

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#24 Sewerage Pipe Running Through A Restaurant! The Meal And Staff Were Lovely, Just Couldn’t Get Over The Sound Of Poo Running Past Every Couple Of Minutes

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#25 Upscale Restaurant Washroom In London

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#26 This Restaurant Uses Semi-Transparent Frosted Glass For Its Bathroom Stalls

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#27 This Trash Can At The Bar Is A Box For A Trash Can

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

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#29 No, This Picture Isnt Blurry… The Menu Is

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#30 Ate At A Local Restaurant

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#31 At An Italian Restaurant….

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#32 Lets Just Put The Urinal Next To Where The Door Opens So Everyone In The Restaurant Can Watch Me Take A Piss

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#33 Shitting With A View – Restaurant In Germany

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#34 Bathroom With An Audience At A Chinese Restaurant

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#35 This Door In A Restaurant I Went To

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#36 This Statue At An Italian Restaurant

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#37 Stairs To The Ceiling In Restaurant In Turkey..

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#38 A Bar I Go To Never Cleans The Dripped Candle Wax

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#39 This Restaurant Just Has A Framed Picture Where A TV Used To Be

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#40 The Modern Art In This Mexican Restaurant Is Just Breathtaking

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#41 Walked Into A Chinese Restaurant. Found This In The Bathroom

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#42 This Menu At Cereal Killer Cafe, London

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#43 This Light I Found At A Restaurant Has A Swastika Hiding Inside It

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#44 This “Chandelier” In A Latvian Pub

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

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#46 No Alcohol Beyond This Point

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#47 Stopped In Wisconsin Today… And I’d Rather Not

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#48 Table For One Please

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#49 The “Crappy Design” Mother Lode

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#50 At A Bar. Almost Madea Terrible Mistake

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#51 This Nutella Cafe In Bali.

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#52 When A Trendy Restaurant Attempts To Reinvent The Bathroom Tap…

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#53 This Restaurant’s First Letter Is K, So They Put That Letter In Each Of The Windows…

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#54 Went To Go To The Bathroom At A Local Restaurant And Found A Literal “Crappy Design”

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#55 This Sign Is In A Hallway By The Bathroom. It’s The Mascot For A Restaurant In Tampa

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#56 This Clock I Saw At A Restaurant

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#57 You Can See Into The Toilet Room From Outside The Door At This Restaurant

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#58 Simple Impeccable Water Flow With This Restaurants Bathroom Sink

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#59 Spotted In A Nice Restaurant In Stockholm

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#60 This Sign Outside Of A Restaurant

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#61 Poor Taste At A Sushi Restaurant In Kansas City

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#62 This Giant Lampshade Was Above Our Table At A Restaurant, We Thought It Looked Like An Arsehole

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#63 Mexican Restaurant In Salt Lake City. Scared The Crap Out Of Me When I Opened The Door

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#64 This Sign Makes It Look Like Its Quoting A Fire Extinguisher

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#65 The Lighting On These Menus

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#66 Why Do They Make You Climb Up Into These Booths? Why Are There Barriers?

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#67 I Don’t Think They Understand How This Works

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#68 The Wendy’s Restaurant In Beaver, Utah Got A New Sign

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

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#70 The Decorations On This Hotel Restaurant

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#71 Found This Masterpiece At A Local Restaurant

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#72 This Image In The Restaurant Will Haunt Me Forever

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#73 Two Different Restaurants. No Affiliation. Located Just Up Ahead

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#74 This Chopstick At A Sushi Restaurant

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#75 In A Chinese Restaurant

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#76 The Bathroom Walls In A King’s Restaurant

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#77 I’m Concerned About Health Standards In This Restaurant

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#78 Seen At A Restaurant In A 5-Star Hotel In Los Angeles

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#79 This Restaurant’s Logo That Looks Like A Health Grade

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#80 The Salt And Pepper Shakers At My Restaurant Job, Not Only Is There No Way To Tell Which One Is Which From The Outside, But The Only Way To Refill Them Is From A Rubber Butt Plug In The Bottom, Which Means You Have To Turn Them Upside Down And Get Stuff Everywhere

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#81 A Restaurant Name In Comic Sans. On A Building. Enjoy

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#82 This Restaurant’s Menu Has Pictures Of Their Kids Everywhere And Misspellings That I Can’t Understand For The Life Of Me

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#83 Truly Inspirational Wall Design In A Local Restaurant

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#84 Bathroom Sign At A Restaurant In Swansea

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#85 Staying At A Hotel And This Is On The Ceiling In The Hotel Restaurant. Had To Ask One Of The Waitresses What It Meant

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#86 The Door In The Bathroom Of This Restaurant Is Made Of Glass

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#87 Guess What This Restaurant Is Called (Ping Pong)

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#88 What If The Restaurant’s Name Is Sample Text?

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#89 Braille Is A Language For The Blind, But It’s Not Like They Have Working Eyes To Read It With… This Restaurant My Bil Went To Didn’t Get It

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#90 Plates At Japanese Restaurant Look Dirty When They’re Clean

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#91 This Plate I Got At A Restaurant

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#92 The Designer For This Restaurant’s Bathroom Clearly Forgot About The Existence Of Curious Children

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#93 This Sign For A New Mongolian Restaurant

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#94 Went To A Fairly New Restaurant, Bathrooms Were Nice Apart From The Sinks, It Was Real Rust

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#95 This Multi-Screen Setup In A Restaurant

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#96 This Soap Dispenser Above The Trash Can In A Local Restaurant

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#97 These Slanted Glasses At A Restaurant

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#98 This Urinal In A Restaurant

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#99 Disgusting Restaurant Tiles

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#100 Hey, Let’s Make Our Restaurant Tables Tile, Food Particles Totally Won’t Get Stuck Between The Edges And Be Impossible To Clean

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#101 Crappy Design? Bathroom At Restaurant Carpeted

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#102 These Tables At A Restaurant That Will Destroy Your Kneecaps

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#103 Is Diet Ice Better For You?

#104 Saw This At A Local Mexican Restaurant… I Think I’ll Wait

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#105 This Is What I Have To Look At While Eating At McDonald’s

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#106 The Fork And Knife At This Restaurant Are Very Awkward

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#107 Clearly Missing The Point Of A Digital Menu

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#108 Nice Tile Job

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#109 This Bar Put Up A Braille Sign In Lights

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#110 In Oakville At A Chinese Szechuan Restaurant. Both Fascinated And Confused By The Men’s Washroom Setup

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#111 This Restaurant Sign Isn’t Centered

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#112 Sports Bar’s Undue Effort

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#113 This Cocktail Lounge I Went To Has Bars Of Soap Mounted To The Wall In The Bathroom

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#114 No Extended Bar And Uncomfortable Stools

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#115 Clearly A Tall Man Designed This Bathroom

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#116 I Can’t Get Service?

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#117 The Slightly Sexist Toilet Doors In A Restaurant In Germany

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

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#119 I’m Glad Restaurants Are Starting To Recognize My Social Place In This World

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#120 Sinks I Found In A Bar

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#121 This Sign With The Name Of The Bar

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#122 Toilet Door Design In A Birmingham, UK Bar.

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#123 Not Sure Wether I‘M At A Restaurant Or A Gay Bar…

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