The Worst Rated Restaurants In America

By Nick Hadji 10 months ago

1. Sunrise Buffet - San Diego, CA

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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 Femanin.com

2. Ho Mei Chinese Restaurant - Denver, CO

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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!

3. The Copper Barrel - New York, NY

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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

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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!

5. Pho 32 & Shabu - New York, NY

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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

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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

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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! The restaurant was shut down for a while in 2011 because of more than 90 critical violations. Eat at your own risk!

8. Bilbo Baggins - Alexandria, VA

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This restaurant is said to have horrible service and horrible management. There have been several complaints about the rude owner. Customers have said that the restaurant itself is unclean and that there have been sightings of mice in the restaurant. Gross.

9. Sun Taco - Los Angeles, CA

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Everyone knows that LA has banging Mexican food. But if that's what you're after, maybe avoid Sun Taco. One Yelp review said that the best part of the taco was the lettuce, which was soggy. Hehe. Many have said they've gotten food poisoning from this place and that the food is inedible. They've received violations for their dirty facility and parts of the building being in disrepair.

10. Club Isabella - Cleveland, OH

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This restaurant has a whole host of complaints from rude and slow service to bad food. They don't cook fresh, so a lot of the food is mediocre at best. The prices are high for the quality of what's been given. It's the lowest rated restaurant in the state of Ohio! Yikes.

11. Philly Fresh Cheesesteaks - Portland, OR

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This place does not live up to its name in terms of freshness. Patrons have said the fries are served cold and the cheesesteak uses low grade meat, and the cheese isn't even melted on the sandwich. People have also said that the meat is unseasoned, and it's served on a hot dog bun. It's considered the worst restaurant in Portland for good reason!

12. Bistro Med - Washington, D.C.

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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. The pizza place also is said to have a Turkish food menu, which is equally inedible. So maybe steer clear!

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

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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, and customers have said nothing is fresh!

14. Chart House - San Antonio, TX

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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 as the unrealistic wait times for food when the restaurant is empty. We would recommend avoiding!

15. New China Buffet - Phoenix, AZ

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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. It's also clear the food sits out too long and is often chewy or soggy or hard.

16. Country Cookin - Fredericksburg, VA

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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. There have been reports of food being old and burnt, with disgusting bathrooms. They apparently also serve powdered eggs that aren't well-made.

17. Lincoln Spanish Restaurant - Tampa, FL

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According to reviews, the only thing that is semi-decent here is the roast pork. The rest of the food has been said to be simultaneously dry and oily, with the restaurant covering food in sauces to hide the flavor. The restaurant has received over 70 violations, including flies, cockroaches, rodents, mold in the ice machine, and a warm walk-in fridge. Eek.

18. Stir Cafe - New York, NY

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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. They've also said that the food lacks any sort of seasoning. It makes sense that this place isn't in operation currently.

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

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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. But this place got such poor reviews it closed within a year.

20. Colony Café - Miami Beach, FL

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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 priced 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?!

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

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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. One of the worst reviewed? Hot dog and peanut stew nachos.

22. Wendy's  - Fredericksburg, VA

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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!

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

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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. Customers have also seen mice on the premise.

24. Magic Restroom Cafe - City of Industry, CA

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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. There are urinals... out in the open... and toilets for seats, and toilet shaped bowls. Like WHY!

25. Dans le Noir? - New York, NY

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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. Customers also complained that the food was way overpriced and bland. No thanks!

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

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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. While it doesn't seem that cleanliness is as much of an issue, it doesn't seem like it will be a great dining experience!

27. España Tapas House - Milwaukee, WI

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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 moldy cheese and expired dairy in rotation. There was also seafood that was thawed improperly and a very dirty kitchen with dead cockroaches.

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

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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.

29. Papa Rocco's - Gulf Shores, AL

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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!

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

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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. The reports say that even the garlic bread is rubbery with no flavor. So this is probably a skip from us!

31. On The Border

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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! Its menus don't have any information about sugar or trans fats.

32. Ruby Tuesday

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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.

33. Cheesecake Factory

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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!

34. Denny's

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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. They have made attempts to source free roam poultry, but nothing on not using antibiotics.

35. Applebee's

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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... Not only that, a ton of its menu items is seriously unhealthy.

36. Pizza Hut

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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. And none of it is healthy, either, not even the pasta alternative.

37. Uno Chicago Grill

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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. One of their sundaes has equivalent to 14 Krispy Kreme donuts, and even the salads aren't much better!

38. IHOP

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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, with some items sounding like they should be healthy when they're actually not.

39. California Pizza Kitchen

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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. It even has 'healthier' thin crust pizzas which for some reason are worse than regular pizzas in terms of calories. So it's really not at the top of the list for an eating experience.

40. Buffalo Wild Wings

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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, it's just not one of those restaurants people can justify the guilt about for having fast food!

41. Five Guys

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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... it's great in a pinch, but there are definitely nicer (and healthier) restaurants.

42. P.F. Chang's

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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 - which more and more consumers are cottoning onto.

43. Chili's

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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. Their worst has to be the Texas Cheese Fries for salt content!

44. Burger King

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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 - but one of its worst points is that it's found it difficult to keep up with trends over the years and really keep up with its consumers like some other big fast food giants.

45. Long John Silver's

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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!). One of the things some consumers really don't like is that they kept unhealthy soda on the kid's menu when a lot of other fast food places took it off in a bid to be more healthy!

46. Panda Express

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Panda Express only has around a 75% popularity rating, which might not seem that bad, but when it comes to the amount of successful food options in America, you really want to be aiming for 99.9%! The reason it's more poorly rated is because it often tries to claim 'gourmet' Chinese food when the meals are then quite plain and only standard, really - and sometimes too pricey for its own good.

47. Taco Bell

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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. You know you're not getting gourmet food at Taco Bell, but you still expect it to be fresh!

48. Little Caesars

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The main problem with Little Caesars is that it tried very hard to market its food and ingredients as super high quality and fresh - which means there's a lot of pressure to deliver that when people come into eat. Sadly, they haven't had a great track record of delivering on that promise, which most people ranking it low on the freshness and quality scale.

49. Domino's

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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. That being said, polite servers brought it up a notch!

50. CiCi's Pizza

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Cici's Pizza has done well enough in the US to open restaurants in 34 states since its opening back in the 1980s - but well enough doesn't mean one of the best ranked. Its mostly been voted down for the cleanliness of its eateries, as well as the quality of food. While the serving staff make up for that with speedy deliveries, it still means the food is disappointing even though it arrives quickly!