Kitchen Nightmares (US)

The WORST episodes of Kitchen Nightmares (US)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Gordon Ramsay's British series gets made over for American Television. In this series, Ramsay will hit the road to help many a struggling restaurant find the path to success in just one week.

Last Updated: 5/17/2022Network: FOX
Revisited #1
321 votes

#1 - Revisited #1

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/21/2010

Chef Ramsay revisits Handlebar (Long Island), Casa Roma (Lancaster) and Black Pearl (New York).

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Revisited #2
311 votes

#2 - Revisited #2

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/9/2010

Chef Ramsay comes back to Sante La Brea and Giuseppi's to see if they have improved or not. He also takes a look at some of his noteworthy kitchen fights over that time.

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196 votes

#3 - Charlie's

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/17/2012

Chef Ramsay visits Charlie's in La Verne, CA to help the owners of the Italian bistro refresh its outdated look and update the menu's bland and unoriginal options. Displeased by the wishy-washy service, unappetizing dishes and old-fashioned ambiance, Chef Ramsay has his work cut out for him to turn the restaurant's luck around. Find out if Chef Ramsay can infuse the restaurant with authentic Italian elegance or if the restaurant's woes are too much for even Chef Ramsay to tackle.

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195 votes

#4 - Chiarella's

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/23/2012

Chef Ramsay visits the "City of Brotherly Love" to check in on family-owned Italian restaurant Chiarella's. Although the Philadelphia eatery boasts over 30 years of business, Chef Ramsay is shocked by the restaurant's outdated menu, sloppy service and disorganized staff. Find out if Chef Ramsay is able to infuse the restaurant with classic Italian flair and revive its lackluster dining experience.

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271 votes

#5 - Luigi's

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/14/2011

Chef Ramsay lends his expertise to the owners of a failing California eatery called Luigi's.

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Café Hon
218 votes

#6 - Café Hon

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/24/2012

Chef Ramsay heads to Baltimore, MD, and immediately has his hands full when he visits Café Hon, a Southern Comfort eatery in need not only of a restaurant renovation but also a public image makeover. The owner of Café Hon has come under fire from the city of Baltimore for trademarking the word "Hon," a term of endearment for Baltimore culture. Find out if the restaurant revamp and renewed public image will be enough to win back the city of Baltimore and revive its tradition of southern comfort cooking.

238 votes

#7 - Zocalo

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/30/2012

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits University City, Pennsylvania, in the heart of West Philadelphia. The thriving neighborhood houses Zocalo, an authentic Mexican restaurant run by longtime employees-turned-owners Greg and Mary Russell.

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Spin a Yarn
240 votes

#8 - Spin a Yarn

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/10/2012

Chef Ramsay visits Fremont, CA, to help out 50-year-old steakhouse and banquet center Spin-A-Yarn. Despite the restaurant's rich history as an old-time hideaway and meeting place, the restaurant's bland menu and outdated decor are long overdue for visual and culinary makeover. Shocked by the restaurant's inconsistent service and disorganized kitchen staff, Chef Ramsay is put to the test to give the steakhouse a refreshed menu and ambience. Find out if Chef Ramsay succeeds in updating the restaurant's image or if it will remain stuck in its old ways.

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Grasshopper Also
336 votes

#9 - Grasshopper Also

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/18/2011

Chef Ramsay visits Carlstadt, NJ, restaurant Grasshopper. Find out if Chef Ramsay will be able to turn the restaurant around or if it will be forced to close its doors forever.

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La Frite
512 votes

#10 - La Frite

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/29/2011

Chef Ramsay visits La Frite in Sherman Oaks, CA. Find out if his efforts to turn the restaurant around will be enough to keep the its doors open.

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Revisited #1
181 votes

#11 - Revisited #1

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/21/2011

Chef Ramsay returns to eateries he's helped in the past, including DownCity in Providence, R.I.; Classic American in West Babylon, N.Y.; and Davide in Boston.

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PJ's Steakhouse
561 votes

#12 - PJ's Steakhouse

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/4/2011

Chef Ramsay visits PJ's Steakhouse in Queens, NY, determined to breathe new life and energy into the establishment. Husband-and-wife owners Joe and Madalyn have given up their home and belongings in order to preserve the memory of Joe's beloved brother, PJ, but the restaurant's inconsistent food, lackluster service, and uncooperative chef may prove to be too much a labor of love. Ramsay steps in to evaluate the restaurant's hospitality and food quality, but he makes startling discoveries within the restaurant's operations that force him to make tough changes. He gives the owners and chef one last chance to turn things around, but will a revamped menu and fresh professional outlook be enough to save PJ's Steakhouse?

Revisited: Gordon Returns
231 votes

#13 - Revisited: Gordon Returns

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/4/2008

Chef Gordon Ramsay wants to see if all of his hard work paid off, when he returns to check up on six of the failing restaurants he helped turn around.

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259 votes

#14 - Blackberry's

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/23/2011

Chef Ramsay heads to New Jersey in hope of helping the owners of Blackberry's improve their service and food quality.

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Revisited #2
310 votes

#15 - Revisited #2

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/18/2011

Over the years, Chef Gordon Ramsay has helped numerous restaurant owners get back on their feet by laying the groundwork for their failing restaurants to succeed. It's been a while since Chef Ramsay first paid a visit to these restaurants, so he decides to check in with some of the restaurant owners he has helped in the past and find out if his advice has been put to good use. Find out if he will be pleased with the restaurants' progress or if he will find even more problems than before.

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Cafe 36
279 votes

#16 - Cafe 36

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 1/15/2009

The season finale finds Chef Ramsey visiting a French-American eatery in La Grange, Illinois, named Cafe 36. The owners have very little experience in running a restaurant and need a hand with their shortage of customers and the head chef, who doesn't practice quality control.

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396 votes

#17 - Davide

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/25/2011

Chef Ramsay visits Davide, a restaurant in Boston, MA. Find out if he will be able to turn the restaurant around or if it will be forced to close its doors forever.

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Hot Potato Café
463 votes

#18 - Hot Potato Café

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/29/2010

Philadelphia is known as "The City of Brotherly Love," but one restaurant, the Hot Potato Cafe, is tearing a family apart. Passion, motivation and spirit fueled the restaurant when it was founded two years ago, but all of these mandatory ingredients are now in short supply.

223 votes

#19 - Leone's

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/30/2011

Chef Ramsay visits Leone's, an Italian eatery in Montclair, N.J., in hope of keeping the restaurant from being closed.

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Black Pearl
330 votes

#20 - Black Pearl

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 9/25/2008

Chef Gordon Ramsey visits a seafood restaurant in New York where three different owners run the kitchen, leading to a lack of consistency in food and service, and one of the owners is a "know-it-all," challenging each of Ramsey's changes.

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Fiesta Sunrise
234 votes

#21 - Fiesta Sunrise

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 11/13/2008

Chef Ramsey heads to West Nyack, N.Y. and the Fiesta Sunrise, a Mexican restaurant, and meets up with a stubborn owner who seems to be ruining his own business. Ramsey gives the place an inspection and shuts the place down, declaring it is unsanitary.

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Kingston Cafe
380 votes

#22 - Kingston Cafe

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/15/2011

Chef Ramsay tries to help a struggling restaurant in Pasadena, Calif.

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Mike and Nellie's
239 votes

#23 - Mike and Nellie's

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/7/2011

Ramsay tries to help the owners of an Oakhurst, N.J., restaurant called Mike and Nellie's turn their business around.

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Café Tavolini
441 votes

#24 - Café Tavolini

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 3/25/2011

Chef Ramsay's next restaurant project is Café Tavolini in Bridgeport, CT. Find out if his experience and expertise will help transform the eatery into a success or if Café Tavolini will have to shut its doors.

297 votes

#25 - Sabatiello's

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 11/13/2008

Chef Ramsey visits Stamford, Conn. and Sabatiello's, an Italian restaurant which is owned by a hot-tempered and has poor customer service. His staff has turned against the owner and Ramsey's offer of criticism, that he decides he will shut the place down himself.

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