* AdoredByTheNetwork: If ''Series/{{Chopped}}'' or ''Series/DinersDriveInsAndDives'' isn't running on Food Network right now, chances are this show is. This was averted in 2014, however, with ''Restaurant: Impossible'' being restricted largely to Wednesday nights.
* [[TheCameo Celebrity Cameo]]: Professional wrestler Wrestling/GailKim appeared in one episode of the show, which is how she and Robert first met. They married in 2012.
* FollowTheLeader: Just as ''Series/RestaurantImpossible'' was inspired by ''Series/KitchenNightmares'', several other shows have adopted the same format of "celebrity X saves failing Y", including Creator/SpikeTV's ''Series/BarRescue'', the Travel Channel's ''Hotel Impossible'', and the Creator/FoodNetwork's own ''Series/RestaurantTakeover'', ''Series/RestaurantStakeout'', ''Series/MysteryDiners'', ''Series/RestaurantRedemption'' (focusing on Asian restaurants), and most recently, ''Save My Bakery''.
* RomanceOnTheSet: See Celebrity Cameo above.
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