Mystery Diners

The BEST episodes of Mystery Diners

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

What happens in the food world when a bad employee starts to take down an otherwise thriving establishment or when restaurant owners suspect someone of not doing their job appropriately? They call in the Mystery Diners. These undercover operatives go into restaurants, bars and food service establishments with hidden cameras to find out what's really going on when the boss isn't around.

Last Updated: 5/5/2022Network: Food Network
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Missing Memorabilia
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9.00
1 votes

#1 - Missing Memorabilia

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/20/2014

The owners of Fenders Moto Cafe and Brew Pub in Portland, Ore., notice some of their valuable motorcycle memorabilia has gone missing.

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Cafe Coup
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8.80
5 votes

#2 - Cafe Coup

Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/6/2014

After purchasing Cafe Aldente in Studio City, Calif., and retaining most of the previous owner's staff, the new owners believe their employees are still practicing old policies. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Annalisa and Kiel to find out if anyone is ignoring the new rules.

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Crazy Hearts
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8.57
7 votes

#3 - Crazy Hearts

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/14/2013

The owner of Poppy's The Crazy Lobster in New Orleans fields complaints about constant fighting between the cooks. He also has a problem with his nephew bringing wild animals into the restaurant. The Mystery Diners point to a waitress who is playing the grill supervisor and cook against each other since she is dating the cook, and having an affair with the supervisor. The nephew has been bring wild animals in the bar to impress a Mystery Diner posing as a customer by showing off a baby alligator. During the confrontation, the cook lashes out against the grill supervisor upon what was revealed as the owner breaks up the argument. The waitress and grill supervisor are both fired while the cook and nephew are suspended. The narrator revealed that the former waitress and grill supervisor have stopped seeing other. The cook is training to be the grill supervisor. The nephew no longer brings wild animals into the restaurant.

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Vintage Scams
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8.38
13 votes

#4 - Vintage Scams

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 10/1/2014

Jimmy, owner of Rockabillies in Arvada, Colo., is concerned about a dip in sales, especially during his restaurant's summer vintage car show. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Amber and Kyle to investigate and discovers that his staff is breaking multiple rules.

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Armed Services
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8.22
9 votes

#5 - Armed Services

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 7/3/2013

The owner of Buttons Restaurant in Texas asks Charles Stiles to investigate after fielding complaints that his ex-military manager is being too strict. The Mystery Diners discover that the ex-military manager has made one employee (an ROTC trainee who looks up to the manager) do laps around the restaurant for messing up and caused one of the servers to quit. When confronted by the owner and Charles Stiles, the manager states that he was only keeping them in line and to fire him if he must. The owner decides not to fire him since the owner was also in the military, but wants the manager to mellow out on his job. Charles suggests to the owner that he should get the resigned server rehired. The narrator revealed that the manager is taking a positive approach to his job. The server who quit was rehired and promoted to head server.

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Employee Discount
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8.22
9 votes

#6 - Employee Discount

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/13/2014

The owner of 55 Degree Wine and Link-n-Hops in Los Angeles, believes discrepancies at both his wine shop and restaurant are somehow related.

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Lactose Intolerant
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8.20
5 votes

#7 - Lactose Intolerant

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/4/2013

The owner of Cheesie's Pub and Grill in Chicago, Illinois is concerned about cheating with his grilled-cheese-eating contest (too many petite women among the winners) and cost of his alcohol sales. The Mystery Diners point to bigger problems with his waiter and his cashier cheating to help the female contestants win and giving away free beverages. In spite of his waiter's pleas that it was good for Cheesie's during the confrontation, he and the cashier are fired. The narrator revealed that both former employees have apologized for their actions and moved on to other jobs. The owner has implemented new rules for his grilled cheese-eating contest to discourage cheating on both the customers' and staff's part.

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Menu Mayhem
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8.13
23 votes

#8 - Menu Mayhem

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/21/2013

Francesco, the owner of Zio Cecio in Dallas, begins hearing rave reviews about Tex-Mex food being served in his Italian restaurant. He had a right to be concerned with the head chef and floor manager running a side business serving Tex-Mex food. The floor manager also told the wait staff to push the Tex-Mex menu so they can get a cash incentive and was also poaching customers with plans to open their own restaurant in six months. During the confrontation, the head chef and floor manager are fired by Francesco. The narrator revealed that there is no indication if the former floor manager and head chef were successful in starting their own Tex-Mex restaurant or not.

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Fired Up
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8.12
17 votes

#9 - Fired Up

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/13/2014

The owner of Looney's BBQ in San Leandro, California asks Charles to investigate his staff when he hears that some of them are pranking customers with the restaurant's Devil's XXX hot sauce. He is shown why by the Mystery Diners when his waiter Matt and manager had been behind the pranks. The manager is disciplined by the owner and asked to be more friendly to the staff while Matt is fired. In his exit interview, Matt stated that he didn't regret his actions in giving some of the customers the XXX hot sauce because they were acting bad around him and he believed they deserved it. The narrator revealed that Matt had found employment elsewhere. The manager has adopted a more friendly approach and no longer hazes the staff.

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Comic Book Caper
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8.03
29 votes

#10 - Comic Book Caper

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/30/2015

The owner of a comic book-themed restaurant in Brooklyn discovers an employee is using their powers for evil.

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Bringing Down the Haus
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8.00
21 votes

#11 - Bringing Down the Haus

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/25/2012

Brett and Rose, the husband and wife owners of German restaurant Haus Murphy, disagree on almost everything, particularly the hiring of Rose's nephew as their new restaurant manager. Fearing he is unqualified for the job, the couple hires Charles Stiles and Mystery Diners Danny, Chris, and Deanna to go undercover and show them just how incompetent their nephew truly is. After the proof is shown, this leads to the confrontation where Rose ends up having to let her nephew go from his employment.

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Magic Hassle
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8.00
17 votes

#12 - Magic Hassle

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/16/2014

Rosele, owner of Sergio's Italian Gardens in Las Vegas, is concerned about a conflict between her longtime pianist and recently hired magician. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Hollie and John to find out which performer needs to go.

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Partner in Crime
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8.00
9 votes

#13 - Partner in Crime

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/8/2014

After noticing multiple register mistakes, Ondrea, owner of Black Rose Tavern in Los Angeles, fears that someone — either on her staff, one of the musicians in her nonprofit charity, or her new business partner — is taking advantage of her. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Amanda and Rob and discovers that someone is using her charity to line their pockets.

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Robbed Kabobs
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8.00
3 votes

#14 - Robbed Kabobs

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/27/2014

After noticing a discrepancy in supplies, Ghaith and Tiffany, owners of Dar Salam in Portland, Ore., fear a new Iraqi food cart that's competing with their restaurant is related to the problem. Charles sends in Mystery Diners Jamie and Brianna to investigate.

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Bad Credit
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8.00
2 votes

#15 - Bad Credit

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/7/2015

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Paranormal Activities
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7.92
13 votes

#16 - Paranormal Activities

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/10/2014

The owner of Taverna Mazi in Seattle believes his staff are getting too carried away with ghost stories and "haunted tours." The Mystery Diners shows him why with his waiter and busboy pulling pranks. During the confrontation, the waiter and busboy are fired for their actions. The narrator revealed that the former waiter and busboy have found employment elsewhere. Unfortunately, Taverna Mazi has closed down due to increased paranormal activities.

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Too Many Tourists
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7.92
24 votes

#17 - Too Many Tourists

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/1/2015

The owner of Marigny Brasserie in New Orleans notices an influx of rowdy tourists at his bar for locals.

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Deliver Us From Evil
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7.91
11 votes

#18 - Deliver Us From Evil

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/11/2013

The owner of Bella Luna Café in Chicago, Illinois contacts Charles Stiles because he is hearing customer complaints with his delivery service. The Mystery Diners not only point to one of the delivery serviceman not doing his regular routines when he had to do some errands in between his deliveries, but another serviceman who is charging extra delivery fees, eating delivery food, insulting customers who refused a messed up order, and showing road rage. While one of the serviceman is reprimanded for his actions during the confrontation, the other delivery serviceman is fired. The narrator revealed that the former serviceman has started working at another restaurant. The other serviceman stopped doing errands during his job.

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Boss Hog
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7.89
19 votes

#19 - Boss Hog

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/28/2013

The owner of Stroker's Ice House, a biker bar and grill in Dallas, named Rick Fairless and his mother call in Charles Stiles to investigate a dip in revenue which may be related to Rick's motorcycle shop. The Mystery Diners point to problems with two waitresses that have been stealing money behind the manager Chris's back, and the waitress Sammi is stealing and selling motorcycle parts with her mechanic boyfriend Lobo who works at the motorcycle shop run by Rick. When the couple are confronted, they are both fired by Rick and his mother tells them to take the other waitress with them. The narrator revealed that Lobo, Sammi, and the other former waitress have found new employment. Chris has been demoted to bartender only to resign. The owner's mother has temporary come back to work and is looking for new managers.

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What a Drag
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7.86
14 votes

#20 - What a Drag

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/2/2013

Bob, the owner of Venture Inn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is hearing complaints from both his regular and cross-dressing customers that the weekly quiz night is rigged. He suspects his manager is involved. The Mystery Diners discover that the manager Joe is not behind the rigging. Instead, it was the bartender who has stolen the answer sheets in Joe's office and giving them to a reigning Drag Queen champion named Brigette Jones, via an ear phone in her ear. When confronted by Bob for rigging the quiz night, the bartender is fired for being behind the scam and is to inform Brigette Jones to never return to the restaurant. In his exit interview, the former bartender maintained he did nothing wrong and mentions that he hopes Stiles is happy for firing an innocent man. Joe is spared when Bob realized he had nothing to do with the rigging. The narrator revealed that the former bartender has found employment elsewhere. Brigette Jones no longer attends quiz night. Joe added a password on his computer. There has been a different winner each week.

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Love Hurts
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7.83
24 votes

#21 - Love Hurts

Season 11 - Episode 13 - Aired 4/13/2016

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Dining in the Dark
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7.79
29 votes

#22 - Dining in the Dark

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/19/2013

The owner of Catharsis in Miami, Florida receives complaints about inappropriate touching and theft of items during the restaurants "Dining in the Dark" event. The targets are three newly hired servers (two waiters, and one waitress). The Mystery Diners head into the restaurant and discover that the new waitress and waiter have created a game by screwing with both the customers and food and stealing from them. The waiter and waitress are both fired during the confrontation. The narrator revealed that the former servers have gone their separate ways. The remaining new server has been promoted to head server.

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Money on the Side
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7.78
18 votes

#23 - Money on the Side

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/20/2014

Charles Stiles investigates a rumor of a new manager who is running unauthorized promotions at Rocco's Cafe in San Francisco (which has a photo gallery of famous people on it's wall) upon being called in by Don Dial. Don had a right to be concerned with his manager running his own get rich quick scheme by having his friend pose as Jamie Foxx and giving customers a photo of Jamie Foxx and/or an autograph for a fee. Don was incensed and states to Charles that he would not give even the Mayor of San Francisco exclusive seating. In addition, it was also discovered that a busboy has been eating on the job and lying about not speaking English. During the confrontation, Don fired the busboy for his actions and lies. When the manager tries to justify his actions, he is also fired. The narrator revealed that the former manager have found new employment. In addition, the former busboy has since stopped lying about not speaking English. The waitress has been promoted to manager.

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Missing Links
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7.77
13 votes

#24 - Missing Links

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/22/2015

Jeff, general manager of Emerald Hills Golf Course in Hollywood, Fla., contacts Charles after fielding complaints about non-members playing for free. Mystery Diners Jamie and Brianna go undercover and discover a bigger problem inside the dining room.

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Strange Brew
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7.76
21 votes

#25 - Strange Brew

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/31/2013

Michael, the owner of Newport Beach Brewing Company in Newport Beach, California, asks Charles to investigate his onsite brewmaster who is suspected of running a side business. The Mystery Diners go undercover and discover that his brewmaster is not behind the side business. Instead, they discover big problems with his bartender Mike who is running a side business with a waiter. The bartender admits to brewing his own flavor brands of beer from his own home and promoting it in the Newport Beach Brewing Company. During the confrontation, Michael fires Mike. In his exit interview, Mike remained unremorseful for his actions claiming that Michael lost an opportunity to market and sell his flavor beer brands that could've helped his business. The narrator revealed that Mike has been unsuccessful in promoting his own beer. The waiter has also been terminated for his involvement and has found employment elsewhere. The brewmaster continues to be a valuable employee.

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