From a moody server to dirty silverware to an overloaded menu there are many warning signs to a bad restaurant.
Here are some red flags to look for before you sit down for a meal.
You can predict your dining experience even before you step out of your car.
If the parking lot is full of trash, open dumpsters and cigarette butts, you might want to find a different place to eat.
When you walk in the door, you should be greeted warmly by a host or hostess.
The way staff members welcome you often reflects what kind of dining experience you will have.
A server should also come to your table within 60 seconds of being seated.
Unsurprisingly, a dirty menu or silverware can be a telltale sign of a mediocre restaurant.
And if you’re sitting in an empty room, it’s safe to assume you’re not at a highly rated establishment.
Finally, take a good look at the menu.
If there are too many options, it may be a sign that the chef doesn’t specialize in anything.