What It’s Really Like to Work in a Restaurant

Instagram's #RestaurantLife hashtag offers a warts-and-all look at the sometimes unglamorous, sometimes awesome reality of working in the food biz.

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Photo: @mattch2

You probably have very little idea what the life of a server, cook, or restaurant manager looks like if you’ve never been one. Thankfully, there’s the Instagram hashtag #RestaurantLife, which offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the daily existence of these intrepid souls. People who live the #RestaurantLife know all about the burns, the animal organs, the camaraderie, and the occasional tomfoolery that it brings with it. If you relate to the photos below, you’ve probably lived the restaurant life at one point or another.

You might work at a restaurant if…

You burn the shit out of your hands on the reg (and have too much fun with your burn cream).

Your pastry scale starts talking to you.

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Photo: @allythehuman


You know how to cut the organs out of wild animals.

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Photo: @krd204

You’ve turned vegetables unto humorous characters to amuse your bored coworkers.


You have seen things like “the remnants of sticky toffee pecan topping and hot fudge from brunch pastries” leftover in the kitchen, and you’ve eaten them with impunity.

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Photo: @sheefner

You routinely shotgun Red Bulls before your shift.

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Photo: @heavenjirak


You start to detest groups of young kids who haven’t been taught basic human decency by their parents.

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Photo: dflow97

You have an obscene amount of $1 bills, which might be why the bodega cashier thinks you’re a stripper.

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Photo: @rgerringer


You start playing with food in your free time.

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Photo: @jordanhagy

You realize the dishwasher is the hardest working employee in the kitchen and deserves an annual salary of $50,000.

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Photo: @beleek


You expect people to fuck with your shit (especially electronics).

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Photo: @mattch2

You start fantasizing about switching over from working front of the house to the kitchen, because the sous chef makes cooking look so incredibly badass.

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Photo: @aframela


You realize going out with your coworkers means getting blackout and ending up at a Chinese restaurant at 6am.

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Photo: @drinkingchef

You get ridiculously excited when you show up for work and find the manager cut you from the floor…only to have to stay and roll silverware.

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Photo: @keelycolours

Your “weekend” falls on a Monday and Tuesday.

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Photo: @mdatlee

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  • Dr_Goblin

    This is so true it’s ridiculous.

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