Death Row Diner is a satirical take on Diner Dash set inside a prison cafeteria, where you're placed in control of a lunchlady who has to serve inmates their meal and clean up their mess afterwards. Prisoners will start a fight if the service is too slow, and if that happens you'll have to break them up before it ends in bloddshed. Players will have to retry the stage if too many fatalities occur in one day.

The game starts out real easy so that you can get used to queuing up tasks, and things will only begin to get hectic when the prison warden decides to join the inmates for lunch. Unlike Diner Dash, prisoners in Death Row Diner comes in twos and fours, and there's never really anything to buy, upgrade or renovate in your cafeteria during the entire three weeks of your job in the prison.