A Food Network
original Reality Show
(2012-), starring Willie Degel, a restauranteur. The shows employs hidden cameras, watching the happenings of a restaurant, with the help of the owner.
Restaurant Stakeout provides examples of the following tropes:
- Follow the Leader: Mystery Diners popped up on the Food Network soon after Restaurant Stakeout. The only difference seems to be a different company in charge of surveillance and undercover operations.
- Hired for Their Looks: In one episode, Willie suspected that the general manager of a restaurant partook in this. He had two undercover women attempt job interviews for waitressing with this manager, and confirmed Willie's suspicions when he hired the young, inexperienced teenage girl over the older, but vastly more qualified woman. He even went so far as attempting to flirt with her.
- Shout-Out: The Nikko's episode features the microwave being taken out to the alley, and destroyed with baseball bats, Office Space-style.