Karen's Diner comes to Portsmouth - this is what customers can expect

The ‘rudest restaurant in the world’ Karen’s Diner is returning to Portsmouth after its successful visit this summer.

The restaurant, which prides itself on providing customers with the worst service possible, is coming back to Southsea Drift on Saturday, December 16 for a festive visit as part of its UK tour this year with tickets costing £22.50. It is also returning in April and August 2024.

So what is it about the diner which has got people so excited?

We took a look at its permanent branch in Sheffield with Karen’s Diner one of South Yorkshire’s most-booked restaurants, according to OpenTable, to give customers in the south experience an idea of what they have in store for them if they book to go along. One staff member previously told a reporter at our sister publication The Star in Sheffield that the goal of the restaurant was not to upset anyone, but to provide escapism from the real world, and to engage in some back-and-forth banter with the servers. Karen's Diner also paid a visit to Southsea Drift this summer and customers were thoroughly entertained by the staff, whilst still enjoying some wonderful food.

The American-style restaurant originated in Australia and branched out to multiple cities in the UK after rave reviews including the Sheffield branch in April last year. The diner has played host to many hilarious videos of people luring their unsuspecting friends and family members into the venue only to become the victims of abuse and ridicule.

It takes its name from the internet reference to ‘Karen’ being used to describe an obnoxious, and entitled woman who frequently wants to speak to the manager. However at Karen’s Diner, the staff simply do not care for any complaints and will give any attitude straight back. It is described as an interactive and absurdly fun experience in which the waiters are required to be less than accommodating to their customers. The menu includes burgers, hotdogs, waffles and milkshakes.

To book a table or sign up for more information about the Southsea venue visit the Karen’s Diner website.