Chefs Share Restaurant “Red Flags” That People Should Look Out

21. I have a family member who’s worked in multiple different restaurants, and they always advise me never to get drinks with ice because too many places don’t keep their ice machines cleaned because it’s so often overlooked compared to other kitchen equipment

AllyMarie93,Beatrice Murch

22. Don’t order fish on Sundays. Most places get their fish deliveries on a Monday and on a Thursday. Fish goes off fairly quickly, and on a Sunday it’s really not great

thefabulousbomb,Andriyko Podilnyk

23. Never order the bouillabaisse/cioppino/seafood stew if it’s being run as a special. That means the chef has a lot of old seafood to get rid of and is putting it all in a flavorful broth to hide the taste

restaurant red flagsnihongojoe,Jason Leung

24. Seeing fruit flies. Fruit flies are an indication of a dirty kitchen

restaurant red flagsbucklepuss,John Tann

25. How does the place actually smell? Does it smell like good food? Then it likely is. But if it smells like perfume or something sterile? That could be a sign that they are trying to hide something unpleasant


26. Stay away from buffets and salad bars. A lot of the time it is the same stuff that just gets refilled over and over. Super gross.


27. When there are pictures of food on the menu that clearly aren’t from the restaurant


28. A $4 steak is not a good steak.

InuMiroLover,José Ignacio Pompé