* 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.
* FollowTheLeader: Spawned many, ''many'' copycats on other Scripps Media-owned networks (and quite a few that aren't): ''Hotel Impossible''; ''Save My Bakery''; arguably ''Mystery Diner''; ''Bar Rescue''; ''Tattoo Rescue'' (the latter two on SpikeTV).
* NauseaFuel - Sometimes, one of the problems that must be addressed is the kitchen being absolutely ''filthy''.
** One of the restaurants was SO filthy that they had to clean it in HAZMAT suits and had to spend half the budget on a professional kitchen cleaning crew who worked hours longer than they were supposed to, and still missed some of the filth. [[spoiler:This included 19 DEAD RATS.]]
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''Series/DinnerImpossible''
* {{Squick}}: One of the items on the menu at the Wagon Wheel in Delaware is ''muskrat.'' Robert tries it and spits it out but the owner defends it's inclusion by saying that it's a draw and it makes pretty good money (about $12 a plate more than it costs to make it).
--> '''Robert:''' It has ''rat'' in the name. Do you know anyone who likes to eat rats?
* WhatAnIdiot - Several restaurants would end up completely disregarding Robert's advice on how to improve themselves despite all of the benefits. The majority of them would end up closing down because of it.