DIRTY DINING: Health Inspectors Find Live, Dead Rats Inside Concord Hilton Restaurant

March 15, 2019 14:00 pm · 39 comments

The restaurant inside the Concord Hilton, located at 1970 Diamond Blvd. in Concord, was shut down on March 11 after inspectors from the Contra Costa County Department of Environmental Health say they found the following:

  • 1 fresh dead rodent and 1 live rodent on the monitoring trap on the floor inside the utensil storage room.
  • 3 rodent droppings on the floor near the employee locker and employee restroom.
  • 1 rodent dropping underneath the shelf that stored aprons.
  • 15+ rodent droppings inside the oven at the service room cook line.
  • 5+ small flies in the bar area.

The restaurant has since been re-inspected and reopened.

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Dorothy March 15, 2019 at 2:20 PM

The Hilton too? Oh my.

Derb March 15, 2019 at 3:03 PM


J March 18, 2019 at 11:03 PM

Why? How come ?

Fill Werrell March 15, 2019 at 3:04 PM

After Paris hanged out with Kim Khardasian , It went downhill from there

Cheers March 15, 2019 at 3:04 PM

I here there’s lots of bar flies in Concord…

BagsFlyFree March 15, 2019 at 3:49 PM

Best inspector in the bay!

Eat well!

BFF Out!

Ratso March 16, 2019 at 10:10 AM


Doh March 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM

New petting zoo.

palermo March 15, 2019 at 4:42 PM

What the heck is going on around here, every place is riddled with rats now?? Bring in the exterminators!

Dr. Jellyfinger March 15, 2019 at 4:53 PM

What no cockroaches?

Rats probably ate them all.

Those small flies found in the bar area were probably inside a bottle of booze… it happens alot, especially in those sweet liqueurs on the back bar that don’t sell too quickly. They have a few weeks to catch fruit flies.

william ramsay March 15, 2019 at 9:28 PM

Bar Flies 3 old men no doubt//

Why am I Hungry March 15, 2019 at 5:09 PM

My previous neighbor used to be an exterminator. She made a good living working in Concord and walnut Creek. She wouldn’t tell me where she treated but told me more than once she had to deal with live rats at restaurants. Not mice, RATS.

Silva March 15, 2019 at 6:51 PM

Rats get peckish too.

Concordejet March 15, 2019 at 5:48 PM

If I see a dead rat in my hotel room I would demand a free room

Did I Say That Out Loud March 15, 2019 at 9:21 PM

Dead rat in my room – Health Department phone call and I’m out of there.

Pony March 15, 2019 at 6:09 PM

This hotel butts up against the drain canal. You would see rats along there on a 100 degree mid afternoon. No surprise they would get in the kitchen

JazzMan March 15, 2019 at 7:38 PM

I guess even the higher class places aren’t exempt.

Clayton Squirrel March 15, 2019 at 8:55 PM

Quick death snap or electric traps are more humane anyway. The best way to deal with rats is to eliminate ways for them to enter the building and cleaning up landscape and trash where they can hide. Trim trees so that they are away from the building.

MattfromConcord March 15, 2019 at 9:07 PM

Rat traps and peanut butter work great.

MattfromConcord March 15, 2019 at 9:11 PM

Why are they not required to have a service come and take care of the on a monthly basis????? (If they had a service there would not be a problem) There is NO excuse for this to happen if you pay a service to take care of this. The restaurant can sue the service for the days their closed if they don’t clear out the rodents.

MattfromConcord March 15, 2019 at 9:13 PM

I don’t work at a restaurant and my work has a monthly service that checks for bugs and rodents once a month. What is wrong with these restaurants????

Did I Say That Out Loud March 15, 2019 at 9:19 PM

And so I am once more validated in my choice of not eating out anymore. It’s just not worth it in the Roulette Game of has the kitchen been cleaned properly, did they wash their hands, did they store this properly, is the food fresh, who is sick and should be home and not handling my food. In the last month closure after closure – the problem with vermin is either getting worse or the management are slobs, or both. Here’s to eating at home.

Paul Barnes March 15, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Rats need a lot of water to survive, as they use urine to mark their food and den routes. Not surprised that there’s so many issues, due to the rains, etc.

Gittyup March 15, 2019 at 11:11 PM

Unfortunately, when one place is closed and there is nothing available for them to eat, the rats and mice all move to the next nearest food source or restaurant. Same with cockroaches. It takes a coordinated effort, and they have to be removed over a broad area to solve the problem.

concord ygnacio March 16, 2019 at 12:07 PM

So what did the rodents do before there were restaurants? Why can’t they stay outside and eat like nature intended?

Gittyup March 17, 2019 at 12:02 AM

Before there were restaurants they dined in the Walnut orchards. They invade the restaurants because the cuisine is so much more interesting, and they don’t have to work so hard to get it. 😀

Petunia March 16, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Has anyone considered that almost
every time the Disposal Companies empty
dumpsters they leave the lids open? This creates
a huge feeding source for rats. These dumpsters
surround all the restaurants, apartments and
businesses throughout
the city of Concord and Pleasant Hill.

concord ygnacio March 16, 2019 at 12:09 PM

Well, the dumpsters are empty, so it does not matter. The employees can just close the lids next time they take out the trash.

concord ygnacio March 16, 2019 at 12:10 PM

Also, vagrants go through the trash at all times and leave the lids open. Or there is too much trash to be able to close the lids.

chuckie the troll March 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM

Dang! Went there with my mom last month! The combination of location (backing up to Walnut Creek), the homeless camps in the area, and less effective baits combine to make this a problem. I think the Elephant Bar had problems as well.

Ratso March 16, 2019 at 10:13 AM

Was this before The Crab Feed…or after?

Laura March 16, 2019 at 11:18 AM

So funny that people feel they can live in rodents free areas. There’s canals, hills, sewers, etc. Just because it’s Urban doesn’t mean anything. Rats are everywhere in the Eastbay. We had an infestation for a year. Orkin came out for a year. All they did was set traps. We still hear them in the walls. Let’s face it, there’s no such thing as rat free. We lost a ton of stuff because of rats. They chewed thru sheetrock, carpet, 5 gallon hard plastic buckets, got in thru tiny holes & cracks. They nested. They were aggressive and did a lot of damage. Welcome to earth.

Erin March 16, 2019 at 11:28 AM

This article is not completely true.
The hotel has mice NOT rats. Due to the creek and the constant rains there has been an overwhelming amount of rodents that the city has done NOTHING about. The same city that inspects restaurants.
Mice do not come in contact with food or drinks and overall this issue is ongoing throughout every city and EVERY restaurant has issues this is why every restaurant has a pest control service on speed dial. Ask anyone.

On top of everything there’s the issue of people using the bad review to try to get free food.

…a little respect people…a little respect.

concord ygnacio March 16, 2019 at 7:55 PM

I had a mouse/vole infestation in my home, and they definitely did come into contact with food.

Bob Foo March 17, 2019 at 12:46 PM

The city isn’t in charge of health inspections. The county is.

concord ygnacio March 16, 2019 at 12:08 PM

Really? If the restaurant keeps all outside holes and other entrances plugged, there should be no problem, at least with rodents.

Bob Foo March 16, 2019 at 10:37 PM

You’re right, to an extent. I think the issue is the LEVEL of infestation. Once you actually see evidence of vermin out in the open, then that means it’s pretty severe. If you can keep the infestation down low enough to where it’s not obvious, that’s good.

Sign from Above March 18, 2019 at 8:37 AM

Now the Health Department is mistaking Paris sightings for rat sightings! Well, they are similar!

Bill Bob March 18, 2019 at 8:44 AM

When you’re havin’ lunch with Mike, Phil and Herman

And the pasta carbonara tastes mildly of Vermin

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