The Worst Rated Restaurants In America

By molly atherton 6 months ago
Welcome fearless foodies and brave gastronomic adventurers, to a journey through the culinary underworld of America's most cringe-worthy dining establishments! Get ready to don your metophorical hazmat suits and embark on a rollercoaster ride of tastebud terror as we unveil the gastronomic gallows that have earned the dubious distinction of being the worst rated restaurants across the land of stars, stripes and stomachaches. Some of these places really would make you question everything.

1. Sunrise Buffet - San Diego, CA

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of this culinary black hole, heed the warnings, and consider taking your taste buds on a safer journey elsewhere. Because when the Yelp reviews sound like a plotline from a horror movie, it might be wise to avoid making this particular buffet-style restaurant your next gastronomic gamble. May your stomach stay strong, and your Yelp reviews remain free from tales of gastrointestinal warfare!
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Lol - don't eat here. Yelp reviewers have said that food poisoning is common here, and there have even been jokes about making sure you have your Hepatitis shot before entering. This buffet style restaurant is not clean, and the food sits out way too long. There have been reports of mice droppings and mold growing. If you decide to brave it, 100% avoid the squid at least.Original content sourced from

2. Ho Mei Chinese Restaurant - Denver, CO

First and foremost, it seems the food here is very bad. Some customers have described it as mush, while others have said the meat is SO hard you can't even chew it. The place is apparently quite dirty. One user said that if you're going to eat here, you may as well go lick a bus seat. The restaurant had over $7,000 in health code violation fines back in 2012, so that tells you pretty much all you need to know!
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In the ever-evolving drama of dining disasters, this establishment stands as a testament to the surreal, where mush is mistaken for haute cuisine, meat is a dental challenge, and cleanliness is a concept as elusive as a mirage. So, if you find yourself contemplating a visit, consider this a gastronomic cautionary tale. Because when fines become a financial ode to health code violations, you might want to think twice before stepping into this culinary twilight zone.

3. The Copper Barrel - New York, NY

Let's start with the elephant in the dining room – the reviews. Like a collection of Yelp constellations, the feedback paints a mosaic of experiences, but one common thread ties them together: an overall rating that flirts with the abyss, lingering somewhere beneath the two-star mark. In the realm of restaurant ratings, this is the equivalent of a culinary red flag, waving ominously in the wind.
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This place has reportedly closed, and tbh after looking at the reviews, it's not that surprising. While some of the reviews are mixed, the overall rating is under two stars. Not a great sign. Customers complain of a major lack of professionalism on the owner's part as well as pretty mediocre food. Most have said that the food is pretty significantly overcooked and just not enjoyable!

4. Char West - Santa Barbara, CA

The biggest complaint at this place is that it's an ocean view restaurant that advertises fresh fish and chips. In actuality, it seems they serve tilapia instead of cod, and it's fish that was frozen and then double battered. They also fry their fish and potatoes in the same oil, so if you have any allergies, this is not the place for you!
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So, dear diners, if you're envisioning an authentic oceanic experience with the crispiest fish and the fluffiest chips, this might not be the port of call for you. As the waves crash against the shore outside, inside, a different kind of tempest rages – one fueled by tilapia, frozen mysteries, and a shared oil pool that leaves no room for culinary subtleties. May your future fishy escapades be free of such deceptions, and your fries never suffer from an identity crisis!

5. Pho 32 & Shabu - New York, NY

n a city where dining is an experience as diverse as its denizens, Pho 32 & Shabu finds itself at the crossroads of expectation and reality. Cleanliness and service stand as beacons, but the shadows of steep prices, diminutive portions, and flavor that doesn't quite hit the high notes create a narrative that resonates with the discerning palates of New York's food enthusiasts.
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If you're gonna be in New York, you gotta be good because there are SO many options. While Pho 32 & Shabu is said to be very clean and has good service, many customers have said that the prices are outrageous and the portions are very small. They've also said that the food itself is mid and lacking in flavor.

6. Wolfgang Puck Express - Denver Airport, CO

t's an unspoken truth that airport prices tend to flirt with the stratosphere, but the culinary ambush awaiting patrons at this particular pizza joint reaches new heights. Brace yourself for an encounter with the worst pizza you've ever had, a declaration that hangs heavy in the air like the haze of jet fuel.
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We're not sure how much you can expect from an airport food joint, but if you're looking for the worst pizza you've ever had, apparently this is the spot. The prices are, of course, extra high since it's in an airport terminal. It's said that everything on the menu is served overcooked and with slow service, which isn't ideal when waiting for a flight.

7. Palace Korean Bar and Grill - Bellevue, WA

A historical twist to this culinary tragedy, the restaurant's doors were slammed shut in 2011 due to a staggering tally of more than 90 critical violations. If walls could talk, these would likely whisper tales of culinary neglect and hygiene horrors, providing a chilling backdrop to the present-day dining dilemmas.
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This restaurant comes with very poor reviews. People have complained significantly about the customer service. Others have said that the tables and chairs are never clean and the food is tough and even bland, which is not what you should experience from KBBQ!  Eat at your own risk!

8. Bilbo Baggins - Alexandria, VA

At the forefront of the culinary calamity is the ominous cloud of horrible service, a lingering fog that shrouds the dining atmosphere in a palpable air of discontent. Patrons, brave enough to venture into this culinary labyrinth, find themselves navigating through a minefield of rudeness and indifference.
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Customers have said that the restaurant itself is unclean and that there have been sightings of mice in the restaurant. The term "gross" doesn't quite capture the magnitude of discomfort that such revelations bring, as patrons are left grappling with the unsettling reality that the very place meant to satisfy their culinary cravings falls short in the most fundamental aspects of hygiene.

9. Sun Taco - Los Angeles, CA

While the city is renowned for its banging Mexican food, Sun Taco emerges as a cautionary tale, a culinary black hole that seems to defy the very essence of what makes LA's taco culture legendary. One unfortunate Yelper's assessment stands out like a lone chili pepper in a sea of culinary enthusiasm – the best part of the taco was the soggy lettuce.
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The woes don't end with the flavor letdown; they extend into the very fabric of the restaurant itself. Violations for a dirty facility and parts of the building in disrepair emerge as glaring red flags. What should be a haven for culinary delight becomes a disheveled backdrop, a stark contrast to the vibrant energy that characterizes LA's bustling food scene.

10. Club Isabella - Cleveland, OH

Nestled within the heart of Ohio, there exists a culinary enigma, a restaurant that stands as a testament to the delicate balance between service, cuisine, and overall dining experience. Unfortunately, it's not a tale of triumph, but rather a descent into the depths of discontent, as this establishment earns the dubious honor of being the lowest-rated restaurant in the state.
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Service, the hallmark of a memorable dining encounter, crumbles like a house of cards in this gastronomic tragedy. Complaints echo through the reviews like a chorus of disgruntled patrons, lamenting the dual sins of rudeness and sluggishness. The once-cherished act of dining out becomes an unwelcome exercise in patience.

11. Philly Fresh Cheesesteaks - Portland, OR

In the vibrant gastronomic landscape of Portland, where culinary expectations soar like the towering trees of the Pacific Northwest, there exists a dining pitfall that seems to defy its own name. A restaurant, claiming to deliver freshness, instead becomes a cautionary tale of culinary disappointment, leaving patrons questioning the essence of a true dining experience.
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The meat emerges as an unseasoned protagonist in this dismal tale. Flavor, the lifeblood of any good dish, seems to have been forgotten in the kitchen, leaving patrons to grapple with a lackluster and forgettable encounter with what should be the star of the show.

12. Bistro Med - Washington, D.C.

This restaurant has seen 56 violations and was named the dirtiest restaurant in the entire city! Not the title you want. Consumers have said that the menu is weird and the pizza uses bad flower, bad cheese, and basically bad everything. Maybe you should steer clear.
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And if that weren't enough, the establishment bewilderingly adds insult to injury with a Turkish food menu that mirrors the inedibility of its pizza counterpart. In a city known for its culinary prowess, there are countless other establishments waiting to provide a truly delightful dining experience—one that doesn't leave a residue of regret lingering on the taste buds.

13. Goo's Corner Cafe - Mount Pleasant, PA

frozen and canned foods grace the plates, casting a shadow over the notion of freshness. The very essence of culinary delight, the promise of farm-to-table allure, is replaced by the stark reality of pre-packaged ingredients. The freshness patrons crave is nothing more than an illusion, and the disappointment lingers with each lackluster bite.
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For starters, this place is cash only. In and of itself, not a bad thing, but customers have said it seems shady once you go. The food isn't good, and while the wait staff is nice, it's apparently VERY slow service. They serve frozen and canned foods, not quite gourmet is it?

14. Chart House - San Antonio, TX

There is a confounding enigma of unrealistic wait times. Patrons scratch their heads as they endure prolonged waits for food even in the absence of a bustling crowd. The echoes of complaints grow louder when confronted with the paradox of empty seats and excessive delays—a scenario that leaves diners pondering the mysteries that unfold within the restaurant's confines.
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This restaurant is said to have some of the worst service you can find at a restaurant in San Antonio. To top it off, visitors have said that the food is terribly overcooked and virtually inedible. Complaints have also been made about the cleanliness of the restaurant as well.

15. New China Buffet - Phoenix, AZ

In the realm of dining diversity, buffets stand as a double-edged sword. Buffets, by their nature, should be a carnival of flavors and aromas, a celebration of culinary diversity. Yet, this particular establishment in Phoenix leaves patrons grappling not with a feast for the senses but rather with a conundrum of texture that detracts from the overall dining experience.
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Overall, it seems like buffets are probably not the most high quality food establishments. While this isn't always the case, this place in Phoenix has pretty poor reviews. It's said the place is clean enough, but the food is not kept at a warm temperature.

16. Country Cookin - Fredericksburg, VA

The culinary stage, once graced with decent fare, now hosts a tragic performance of culinary decay. Reports trickle in, painting a portrait of old and burnt offerings, a far cry from the palatable dishes of yesteryear. The bathrooms, once a sanctuary for patrons seeking respite, now morph into chambers of disgust, further eroding the overall dining experience.
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This place leaves a lot to be desired. While long time customers have said that the service and food used to be decent, it's been noted that recently the wait staff are quite rude and the restaurant itself is quite dirty. They apparently also serve powdered eggs that aren't well-made.

17. Lincoln Spanish Restaurant - Tampa, FL

Diners, guided by reviews, find themselves navigating through a sea of mediocrity, where the simultaneous interplay of dryness and oiliness leaves the palate in a state of confusion. The quest for a harmonious marriage of textures and flavors becomes elusive, as each bite seems to oscillate between two undesirable extremes.
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For those contemplating a visit, the culinary and hygiene caution flags are glaring. The semi-decent roast pork stands as a lone island in a sea of disappointments, making one wonder whether the flavors are worth the potential compromise on health and hygiene.

18. Stir Cafe - New York, NY

Adding to the culinary discontent is the resounding critique that the food, in addition to being a financial letdown, lacks the very essence that defines a satisfying meal – seasoning. The absence of flavor nuances becomes a stark reminder that the culinary journey should be an exploration of tastes and aromas.
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The biggest complaint about this place is that the prices are too high and the food is not good. Customers have said that the portions don't match the prices, especially for comparable food in NY. It makes sense that this place isn't in operation currently.

19. Hulk Hogan's Pastamania! - Bloomington, MN

Famous wrestler Hulk Hogan tried to get his own fast-food Italian eatery off the ground. It's said that this place made Fazoli's look like five-star cuisine. Eek. The menu items did have some punny names like "Hulk-U's" and "Hulk-a-Roos." No idea what those are, or how they're Italian
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The bell tolled for Hogan's Italian eatery within a year of its grand entrance, signaling a swift submission in the competitive world of fast-food dining. The poor reviews acted as a referee's count, reaching the fatal three before the establishment could emerge victorious.

20. Colony Café - Miami Beach, FL

This restaurant has some of the worst reviews we've ever seen. It's been deemed the shadiest restaurant in America. They overcharge and over price their items, saying the food isn't even that good, and the bill always ends up to be way more than you expect it to be. How do they keep getting away with this?!
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The bill, always ends up being way more than anticipated. The culinary adventure transforms into a financial rollercoaster, with diners questioning not only the value of their meal but also the methods employed by this elusive eatery to keep patrons in perpetual suspense about the final tally.

21. American Delight & Taste of Africa (Plus Mexican Food) - Rockford, IL

Yes, this was the actual name of the restaurant. We think it's safe to say that if it takes you this much effort to come up with a very bad and confusing name, the menu and food is going to be equally bad. This place had some weird food combinations on the menu, if you couldn't guess from the name.
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Leading the charge in this gastronomic odyssey are the notorious Hot Dog and Peanut Stew Nachos—a concoction that transcends the boundaries of taste bud tolerance. The melding of hot dogs, peanuts, and stew atop a bed of nachos becomes a culinary riddle, challenging even the most adventurous palates to make sense of this bizarre amalgamation.

22. Wendy's  - Fredericksburg, VA

Specifically referring to the Wendy's in Fredericksburg, Yelp users say this one takes the cake as one of the worst fast food places. The customer service is so bad that it's received multitudes of 1-star reviews JUST to complain about the rudeness of the workers. Doesn't sound like a good vibe!
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The drive-thru, designed for swift transactions and convenient dining, becomes a stage for frustration as customers, rather than indulging in the joy of a fast-food fix, are left contending with a less-than-pleasant exchange. The frequency of 1-star reviews suggests a pattern of service-related discontent, transforming what should be a quick pitstop into a regrettable detour in the fast-food landscape.

23. Kissena Dominican Diner - Queens, N.Y.

This restaurant apparently boasts a lot of drug dealers. One customer also reported that they took a bite of chicken and there was a METAL STAPLE in the food. The food itself is apparently quite bad, with everything being boiled to the point of a rubbery consistency.
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Adding to the culinary calamities are sightings of mice, a revelation that leaves patrons questioning the restaurant's commitment to hygiene. The presence of rodents on the premises not only erodes the dining ambiance but also raises serious concerns about the overall cleanliness standards in place.

24. Magic Restroom Cafe - City of Industry, CA

Honestly, we can't make this stuff up. This restaurant in California is a restaurant/restroom hybrid. Why? Literally no one asked for this. We don't even know what kind of food this place served because literally no one wanted to go here ever.
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The true pièce de résistance of this strange hybrid emerges in the form of urinals placed in the open and toilets doubling as seats—unconventional design choices that defy both decorum and logic. The dining experience takes an unexpected turn as patrons find themselves perched on toilet-shaped bowls, questioning the sanity of the entire venture.

25. Dans le Noir? - New York, NY

We get it, people want new experiences. However, this restaurant that offers a "dining in the dark" experience has received pretty poor reviews. Apparently, people like to use their eyes and other senses when they're eating which doesn't really come as any surprise.
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For those considering a plunge into the darkness of this culinary experiment, the resounding sentiment seems to be a resounding "No, thanks!" The allure of a unique dining experience loses its charm when the very elements that should make it memorable—flavorful cuisine and an engaging atmosphere—fall short of expectations.

26. Jamaica Jamaica Island Grill - Washington D.C.

Customers have described smaller issues like an oversaturated menu and the soda fountain being out of order to bigger things like bland and overcooked food. The prices are said to be a bit high, considering most customers say this operates similar to a food court.
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While cleanliness may not be a prevalent issue, the overall dining experience falls short of the mark. The culinary landscape, marred by oversaturation and lackluster flavors, morphs into a realm where patrons grapple not only with their meals but also with the disillusionment of unmet expectations.

27. España Tapas House - Milwaukee, WI

Customers have said that the unused food is frozen and then reheated for future customers. There have been reports of the food being served cold and a health inspection revealed mouldy cheese and expired dairy in rotation. There was also seafood that was thawed improperly!
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In the shadows of this culinary calamity, the kitchen's cleanliness—or rather, the lack thereof—takes center stage. Reports of dead cockroaches add a visceral layer to the diners' collective disgust. The very heart of culinary creation, supposed to be a haven of cleanliness and precision, instead becomes a breeding ground for unsavory discoveries.

28. Famous Original Ray's - New York, NY

There are SO many amazing pizza spots in NYC, so you definitely don't want to waste your time and money on the bad ones. Famous Original Ray's is said to be decent when it's slow, BUT if it's busy, they said the staff is quite rude and your slice is never warmed properly. There have also been reports of it simply being too overpriced for the quality.
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Adding to the litany of disappointments is the resounding complaint that Famous Original Ray's may demand a princely sum for an experience that, sadly, doesn't match the expected quality. The marriage of high prices and perceived subpar pizza craftsmanship becomes a recurring grievance, prompting diners to question whether the culinary adventure is worth the financial investment.

29. Papa Rocco's - Gulf Shores, AL

If you want terrible service, then check out the lowest rated restaurant in Alabama. Papa Rocco's customers have said that no one will check on you, and you will likely have to ask someone to take your drink order. Customers have reported such slow service that they've actually ended up getting up and walking out!
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For those daring to venture into the culinary embrace of Papa Rocco's, the tales of service despair serve as a stark warning. The lowest-rated status may not only reflect the culinary offerings but also the degree of attentiveness that patrons can expect. In a state renowned for its warm hospitality, this establishment stands as an outlier.

30. Pasta T' Go - Washington D.C.

This place is also reportedly closed after many violations and bad food. People have said that the food is cold and has dark spots (mold?!) in it? Customers have said they have literally had to spit out their food, which is obviously not a great sign when you're paying for food.
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ven the seemingly humble garlic bread, a beacon of comfort in many culinary journeys, succumbs to the restaurant's culinary misfortunes. Described as rubbery with no discernible flavor, the very essence of this staple side dish becomes a metaphor for the overall dining experience—an unappetizing encounter bereft of the expected delights.

31. On The Border

One of the reasons that this US restaurant chain has been downrated is because it's being a bit 'shady' about the nutrition stats included for its meals - and when you're trying to hide them, that can only mean one thing - the food must seriously be unhealthy and they don't want to put off too health conscious people!
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The underlying assumption becomes clear—an intentional effort to obscure nutritional details may signify a conscious choice to downplay the potential health ramifications of the menu. The clandestine maneuver hints at a delicate dance between culinary indulgence and health consciousness.

32. Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesdays is another restaurant a lot of people want to avoid because of missing nutrition values, specifically sugar, trans fat and saturated fat, which is something a lot of people need to know about ahead of time if they have health conditions or are watching their weight. The fact that Ruby isn't disclosing this information is a sign customers know the food should be avoided for health reasons.
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As health becomes an increasingly central consideration in the dining decision-making process, Ruby Tuesdays finds itself at a crossroads—a juncture where the choice to disclose or withhold nutritional information can significantly impact the perception of its offerings.

33. Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most popular restaurants in the US, but it's also considered one of the worst in terms of its mindset about not caring if customer consume unhealthy fats. Sure, that's the customer's choice, but when you don't put the nutritional information on your menu, your customers don't actually know the extent of it. So it's definitely not considered a 'diet friendly' option!
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In a world where dietary considerations are increasingly pivotal, The Cheesecake Factory's reputation as a diet-friendly option takes a hit. The lack of transparency is a red flag, signaling to customers that, while indulgence is encouraged, understanding the full extent of nutritional consequences might be deliberately obscured.

34. Denny's

Once piece of information that's come out in recent years about fast food restaurants is that some poultry has been raised on antiobiotics. When the truth came out, some restaurants made promises to stop using poultry on antibiotics. and unfortunately, Denny's wasn't one of them.
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The poultry predicament at Denny's takes center stage as it becomes apparent that, unlike some of its counterparts, the commitment to antibiotic-free sourcing has yet to be etched into the restaurant's culinary ethos. In an era where consumers are increasingly attuned to the implications of their food choices, the absence of a pledge to abandon antibiotic usage in poultry raises eyebrows.

35. Applebee's

Applebee's is another restaurant in the same position that some people might now choose to avoid because of the truth about poultry and antibiotics. Applebee's hasn't said that it's going to stop sourcing that type of meat, which has led the fish or vegetarian options in this restaurant chain looking like the more appealing option...
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Yet, the quandary extends beyond the poultry issue. A closer inspection of Applebee's menu reveals a trove of items that tiptoe along the fine line between indulgence and nutritional caution. The litany of seriously unhealthy offerings raises questions about the restaurant's commitment to providing a diverse menu that caters to both taste and well-being.

36. Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut has long been rated quite low in the restaurant pool of America, because it tried to branch out too much in its menu so now it just serves a whole load of mediocre things rather than one superior product. Whether it's pizza, pasta or salad, it's never very memorable from here compared to other restaurants.
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Compounding the challenge is the glaring absence of a healthier alternative. Even the pasta, touted as a potential reprieve for those seeking a lighter option, fails to secure a place on the health-conscious diner's menu. The result is a culinary landscape where none of the offerings emerges as a beacon of health or exceptional taste.

37. Uno Chicago Grill

Uno is home of the deep-dish pizza, and while that's delicious and popular, there's no denying that as a restaurant, it's voted very, very low due to the sheer amount of calories you can expect from this place's food - so it's not popular with people trying to watch their health.
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Uno's desserts, particularly the sundaes, emerge as unsuspecting calorie behemoths. The revelation that one of their sundaes packs the caloric equivalent of 14 Krispy Kreme donuts sends shockwaves through the conscientious dining community. The dessert becomes a symbol of indulgence on an unparalleled scale, leaving patrons questioning the boundaries of culinary excess.

38. IHOP

IHOP was another restaurant in recent years holding back on releasing its nutritional information - and when it did, it was obvious why, with the jaw dropping amount of calories. The reason a lot of people don't trust this restaurant or want to dine there is that the menu feels a little too deceptive.
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For those seeking a dining experience that aligns with their health-conscious choices, the deceptive menu becomes a hurdle. The sense of betrayal emerges as patrons navigate a landscape where the allure of seemingly healthy options collides with the stark reality of their nutritional impact.

39. California Pizza Kitchen

Not only is this one of the worst restaurants in America for nutritional value, it's also one of the worst for salads! The salads at this place will see you eating up a whopping amount of calories.  So it's really not at the top of the list for an eating experience.
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Adding to the paradox, the 'healthier' thin crust pizzas, intended as a respite for calorie-conscious patrons, unveil a counterintuitive truth. Instead of offering a lighter alternative, these pizzas stealthily surpass the caloric toll of their traditional counterparts, casting a shadow over the concept of health-conscious pizza indulgence.

40. Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings has to be one of the worst restaurants for trans fats - which, as we know, are a big problem for our health in many ways. The boneless wings are packed with salt and artificial fats, and while you can avoid the worst culprits by only ordering certain things on the menu!
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Buffalo Wild Wings, known for its vibrant sports-bar ambiance, now contends with the paradox of being a go-to destination for indulgent flavors, yet fraught with the health implications of trans fats. The culinary conundrum leaves patrons questioning the justifiability of their fast-food guilt.

41. Five Guys

Five Guys might be rated in terms of popularity and consumers who still steadfastly go there, but there's no denying most people are disappointed when they go - not least because they're wondering whether ALL those trans fats were really worth the food they ate and paid for...
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Five Guys might be one of the favourites, but many have voiced disappointment in the fact that it might be nice and easy to get in a pinch, but you might be better off finding some more satisfying and health-conscious alternatives which could taste even better.

42. P.F. Chang's

P. F. Chang's has done a lot over the years to make its food more nutritional so that it's more appealing, but not a lot of people can forget the whopping amount of sodium in certain menu items (including their hot and sour soup). Even though the food might be delicious, there are so many items on its menu that are dripping with sodium.
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P.F Chang's no faces the challenge of trying to navigate the ever evolving world and landscape of people's nutritional expectations. The food might taste great, but if they don't change something soon then people's concerns might run them in to trouble.

43. Chili's

Chili's is the place you know you'll regret going to after you've eaten, because it's always the way it feels okay at the time you're super hungry, but not worth the salt and fat content afterwards! Chili's has to be one of the worst for salt, calories and fat in their menu items, which includes the baby back ribs and tacos.
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At the pinnacle of Chili's regrettable indulgences stands the Texas Cheese Fries—a seemingly innocent side dish that, upon scrutiny, reveals itself as a sodium heavyweight. The regrettable truth unfolds as diners confront the salt content, a culinary excess that overshadows the initial allure of gooey cheese and crispy fries.

44. Burger King

Now, Burger King is of course highly rated in the fast food world, because it's held onto its popularity, but that's not to say the food itself is highly rated. At least with Burger King you know what you're getting when you go there - namely, unhealthy fast food.
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As the fast-food giants engage in a culinary arms race, Burger King faces the dilemma of balancing tradition with the demand for innovation. The once-unassailable monarch grapples with the need to reinvent itself, introducing new flavors, sustainable options, and culinary trends that resonate with the ever-evolving palate of its patrons.

45. Long John Silver's

Speaking of not keeping up with consumers... Long John Silver's has to be one of the worst rated for an outdated feel, as well as an outdated website vibe (which in this day and age is just a no-no!). It really makes people feel as though this isn't a place they want to go!
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Long John Silver's stands as a holdout, resisting the winds of change that ushered in healthier alternatives at other fast-food establishments. They still offer unhealthy sodas on their children's menus whereas most other chains have tried to make them healthier for the younger eaters.

46. Panda Express

In the bustling realm of American culinary diversity, Panda Express finds itself meandering through the maze of consumer expectations, striving for distinction in a landscape where success is often measured by an almost unattainable 99.9% popularity rating.
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The discontent deepens as patrons grapple with the juxtaposition of the perceived plainness of the offerings against the backdrop of claims to gourmet excellence. The desire for an elevated Chinese dining experience becomes entangled with the realization that the fare, while satisfying, may fall short of the elevated expectations set by the 'gourmet' label.

47. Taco Bell

We know that Taco Bell is one of the best known restaurants in the US, and it sees a wealth of customers all the time - but its been ranked as the worst Mexican food chain restaurant in the US, and this is mainly due to the freshness of its food, as well as the quality.
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No one is expecting the food they get from Taco Bell to be gourmet, but at least they expect their food to be somewhat fresh. Instead many people complain about getting cold and soggy food which only makes them want to leave and never return for a meal again.

48. Little Caesars

Alright, so here's the scoop on Little Caesars – they went all out trying to convince us that their pizza is the cream of the crop, top-notch, fresher-than-fresh masterpiece. I mean, they even threw around words like "super high quality" and "fresh" like confetti at a party. Now, that's a bold move, especially when people are walking in expecting pizza nirvana.
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So, when the smoke clears and the pizza boxes are empty, what you're left with is a lot of people scratching their heads, wondering where the "super high quality" party went. Little Caesars, in its zest to market itself as a fresh and fabulous pizza haven, now faces the challenge of getting back on track and convincing pizza lovers that the dream of top-tier quality is more than just a marketing mirage.

49. Domino's

Another pizza chain to dominate the US, Domino's is also another one to disappoint! The thing with a fast food chain that you can sit down in is that you not only have to deliver on great food, but great service, too. And Domino's has been ranked fairly low on the quality of its food as well as the hygiene in its dining areas, and the slow, long-wait service.
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But hold up – here's a twist! Polite servers swoop in like culinary superheroes, giving Domino's a boost in the ratings. It's like they brought a sprinkle of manners to the pizza party, and people noticed. At least they've got something going for them then!

50. CiCi's Pizza

Alright, folks, let's talk about Cici's Pizza – the pizza joint that's been dishing out slices across 34 states since the good ol' '80s. Now, opening in that many states is no small feat, but here's the kicker – doing well enough to be everywhere doesn't automatically mean you're sitting at the cool table in the pizza world.
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Oh, the pizza dreams that turned into pizza disappointments. Quality matters, especially when you're claiming your spot in the pizza big leagues. But alas, Cici's got a few thumbs-down for not quite hitting the mark on the taste buds. Soggy crusts and lackluster toppings? Not exactly the pizza party everyone was hoping for.