My personal favourite was a banquet order for a Caesar’s salad (for a party of about 100 people) that, 20 minutes before plating, was updated saying that the Caesar dressing couldn’t have anchovies, garlic, or egg. What do you even say to that?

Just Jim

“I’m very allergic to garlic, is there any in the special?” “Yes, there is a little” “Well, as long as I can’t see it I’ll be okay. I’ll have the special.”

Shi Chang Chu

I want the stuffed salmon. I don’t like the taste of salmon though, so don’t make it taste like salmon.


Order for well done burger. Not unusual, but the guest told the server, “My doctor told me I can’t have any red meat” and was dead serious.


Today’s special was sirloin a la plancha and a customer asked my wife if we could make it vegetarian…


Customer complains after eating her omelette that the menu didn’t explicitly state that it contained “so much egg…”

Just Jim

“Can I get the special with fettuccine? I’m allergic to penne.” “You’re allergic to a shape?”

Sergeant Pepper

Obligatory hybrid temperatures on steaks.


Well-done steak tartare.

Good to go

Mid-rare osso bucco.


We had a guest claim that they were allergic to all fish then order a Caesar salad, when I said that the dressing contained anchovies they got annoyed and said “I eat it all the time, it’s fine!”


French onion soup, no onions.


The other day I got a ticket that read: “Cheese plate (no dairy).”

Sergeant Pepper

Vegetarian filet mignon.


On a flight from NYC to Madrid, some woman ordered diet water…


Lady asks to see me during brunch. She tells me she wants a low-fat eggs Benedict. She wants no yolks. At all. I try to explain that yolks are a key ingredient [in] the sauce. She tells me that a good chef should be able to make it happen. She got meringue-covered egg whites.

Ramiro Exposito Gaspe

Paella without rice please.


Order for burger with cheese on the side… melted. “So you want me to melt the cheese on a plate?” “Yes.”

RedBeerd Cantu

Just the other day, we got an order for our shrimp entree, hold the Manchego, “because I’m vegetarian, but please leave the chorizo on.”


I’ll have the French trimmed rack of lamb, but not from France. I don’t like my food to come from so far away.


Veggie burger, well done, no blood.


Chilean sea bass, hold the chilli.


Chicken Cordon Bleu with the ham and cheese on the side.


Lasagna, no meat, no béchamel.


Sauerkraut, hold the cabbage.


Shrimp cocktail sent back. The complaint, “It’s cold.”


I had a woman nearly brought to tears and anxiety-ridden after she viewed the pasta special dish (that SHE ordered) when brought to her table. She placed her head in her hands and kept repeating “Oh no … I can’t eat that … I won’t eat that … Oh no … I can’t…” The husband finally looks at me: “She won’t eat that,” I ask: “Ummmmm WHY?” The husband replies; “It has lines on it.” (She had ordered a rigatoni special). YOU try bringing that back into the kitchen with that excuse, and expect a chef to cook something else.


“No burger, no onions, no tomato, no egg, no bacon, no pickles, no fries, no anything, Just buns.”


“Can you make another larger pizza for my buddies, 1/2 regular dough and 1/2 gluten free?”


Steven Wong

A scoop of vanilla ice cream with the vanilla seed removed.

Craig Ross

Woman sent a scotch egg back with this excuse – ‘If I knew a scotch egg had an egg in it I wouldn’t have ordered it.’

Carl Dillahay

Potatoes without carbohydrates.

Austin Finn

I once was asked for a cappuccino with the foam on the side.

Sarah Pugh

$22 Caesar salad, add chicken. No dressing, no cheese, no marinated onions, no croutons, no salt, no pepper, no oil on chicken. And yes, this was three weeks into new year’s resolution diet season.

Benjamin Maiorano

I had an older customer send her food back because she was ‘allergic’ to large portions. They overwhelm me.’

Salvador Franco

Order of pasta well done and fries medium-well.

Raynan RayneFoo

I want my steak in a heart shape.

Giga Leszay

Can I have a Caprese salad, but with no tomato, no mozzarella

Anthony Scott

I got one two days ago… “Is the ice cream soft or hard, I am allergic to soft ice cream…”

Katya Layfield

A woman asked if I could remove the “sour” out of the sourdough bread we served.

Mike C Perez

“I ordered ‘tuna’… what’s this pink stuff? I want real tuna! You know, from the can!

Mike C Perez

“What the hell do you mean you don’t have vegan mayo!!? I want vegan mayo on my egg salad sandwich!!”

Hallgrímur Jóhann Hallgrímsson

I work in a hotel as a receptionist and one time guest came to me and asked me “when do they turn on the northern lights.” I told them that they can’t be turned on, but they are very shy sometimes.

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