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Season 12, Episode 6

Ambush: Fight to the Finish

Chef Robert Irvine is headed to New Kensington, Pa. to ambush Stacey, the owner of Stella's Dine-Inn Restaurant. Stacey's daughter reached out after witnessing constant, out-of-control fighting between her mother, who is desperate to keep the restaurant going in her late husband's memory, and her brother, Dom, who serves as the main cook. Robert must work hard to help this family from being torn apart while also facing design struggles with the very large restaurant space.

Jan 12
4am | 3c
Season 6, Episode 10

Kalico Kraziness

Chef Robert travels to Douglas, Mich., to save the Kalico Kitchen and longtime owner Catherine. Catherine is boisterous and blunt, with a vocabulary so colorful that it's turning the staff against her ... including her own son, Donny. Despite all the yelling, cursing and put downs, the staff hasn't been whipped into shape -- the restaurant is failing, the food is subpar and the kitchen is absolutely filthy! Robert has just two days to get the place cleaned up, the staff back on track and the owner to shape up.

Feb 16
4am | 3c
Season 7, Episode 7

Unlucky Number Seven

When engaged couple Tonya and Chad purchased the restaurant in La Porte, Ind., where Tonya used to work as a server, they named it Seven, in honor of their combined seven children. But this historically lucky number has been anything but for the restaurant. Chef Robert soon discovers that the food is bad, the management is worse, and the stained glass decor would better fit a church than a restaurant, but Seven's biggest problem may be Tonya's 19-year-old son, Jake, who is the main cook at the restaurant, despite his lack of training or passion.

Apr 13
4am | 3c
Season 0, Episode 11

Best Ambushes Ever

When Chef Robert Irvine surprises unsuspecting restaurant owners and announces he's there to save their failing business, anything can happen. With no time to prepare for his arrival, these owners often have very honest reactions, from shock to happiness to anger. Robert revisits some of these memorable ambushes, including Lake Arrowhead Sports Grill, Cape Horn Family Restaurant and La Casa Bianca. Plus, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how the surprise takeovers are set up and executed, and what went wrong along the way!

Apr 27
4am | 3c
Season 9, Episode 3

Bowling: Impossible

Paul's family has owned Paul's Bar & Bowling in Paterson, N.J., since 1929, but this neighborhood staple has been on a downward spiral for the past eight years, leaving Paul with no choice but to call in Chef Robert Irvine for help. Not only will Robert's design team have to renovate both the bar and the bowling alley, but Robert will have to yank Paul and his business into the 21st century.

May 11
4am | 3c
Season 8, Episode 4

Pizza: Impossible

The food at Mama Della's N.Y. City Pizzeria in Baton Rouge, La., is great, but stubborn owner Barry is the biggest obstacle to his restaurant's success. Chef Robert Irvine has a tough two days of fighting ahead of him to get Barry to change the "my way or the highway" attitude that's scaring away customers.

Jul 13
4am | 3c
Season 7, Episode 6

Soul Searching

Chef Robert travels to Hagerstown, Md., on a mission to save the Georgia Boy Cafe. The stress of the restaurant is ruining the once loving relationship between owners Chuck and Montez, who now avoid each other at all costs or end up screaming at each other in front of their guests. Robert also needs to address the heaping health hazards in the kitchen, but first, he needs to get the owners back on speaking terms.

Jul 27
4am | 3c
Season 7, Episode 10

Clueless in the Country

In Plains, Mont., Chef Robert Irvine may have met one of the most clueless owners he's encountered at Heather's Country Kitchen. In the three years since the former stay-at-home mom impulsively purchased her namesake restaurant, she seemingly hasn't picked up much at all. In the course of two days, Robert has to manage the very high food and labor costs and also get Heather to embrace working with her headstrong daughters.

Sep 14
4am | 3c
Season 8, Episode 5


Chef Robert Irvine is in Houston, Texas, for his latest mission, to help turn around Kevin's restaurant, gratifi kitchen + bar. In addition to a kitchen so filthy that Robert shuts it down just minutes into his visit, Kevin's sarcasm and poor attitude are a constant cause of tension between both Robert and the employees. Robert can usually handle fixing a filthy kitchen and a bickering staff, but combine those with a super-snarky owner and this may be a recipe for disaster.

Dec 7
4am | 3c
Season 9, Episode 4

Golf: Impossible

The Pomona Golf and Country Club in Egg Harbor City, N.J., is a nine-hole golf course and clubhouse that has been run by three cousins for the past decade. With few changes to the clubhouse in its 45 years, a lack of new and younger clients has prevented this business from turning a profit, straining the owners' relationships in the process. Chef Robert Irvine is tasked with coming up with a whole new business plan to get these owners' heads out of the sand.

Dec 21
4am | 3c
Season 9, Episode 3

Bowling: Impossible

Paul's family has owned Paul's Bar & Bowling in Paterson, N.J., since 1929, but this neighborhood staple has been on a downward spiral for the past eight years, leaving Paul with no choice but to call in Chef Robert Irvine for help. Not only will Robert's design team have to renovate both the bar and the bowling alley, but Robert will have to yank Paul and his business into the 21st century.

Feb 1
4am | 3c
Season 8, Episode 2

A Lot to Lose

Eileen's restaurant, Tootie's Texas BBQ in Cathedral City, Calif., started a deep decline while Eileen was battling cancer. Weeks away from closing for good, she calls on Chef Robert Irvine for a rescue. Robert immediately identifies the tasteless barbecue, poor service and the fact that Tootie's isn't bringing in the lunch crowd as the problems causing the restaurant's downfall. Robert has just two days to give Eileen a second chance at success.

Feb 22
4am | 3c
Season 11, Episode 7

The Ambush

Normally, struggling restaurant owners know well in advance when Chef Robert Irvine and his team are coming, but this is not a normal mission. To get a truer picture of the problems facing the restaurant, Robert ambushes the owners of Tornatore's Pizzeria in Orlando, Florida, and no one -- the owners, the design team, the crew, not even Robert himself -- knows what's to come.

Mar 1
4am | 3c
Season 11, Episode 4

When Life Gives You Lemons ...

Chef Robert Irvine's in for a 2-in-1 challenge when he's tasked with fixing the Zest Bistro, located inside the Lemon Tree Grocer in Downers Grove, Ill. Best friends Shaun and Tim opened their gourmet grocery store with a full-service bistro almost five years ago, and now both sides of the business are failing and the debts are climbing high. In just two days, Robert will need to reorganize the grocery store, renovate the bistro and ease the growing tension between the owners.

Mar 22
4am | 3c
Season 9, Episode 10

Drama at Mamma's

Chef Robert Irvine travels to Mamma Lucrezia's restaurant in Bellefonte, Pa., which is losing thousands of dollars a month and causing multiple family rifts. The decade-old restaurant is owned by feuding sisters Maria and Stefania, who are also faced with a competing Italian restaurant across the street, which happens to be owned by their brother. With excellent food coming from the kitchen, Robert focuses on the issues holding these sisters back.

Mar 29
4am | 3c
Season 10, Episode 4

Mystic Mystery

Mike and Erika opened Mystic Treats in Ashland, Ore., three years ago, hoping to attract customers with their vegetarian and offbeat pizzas. Three years and multiple failed concepts later, they've called in Chef Robert Irvine for help. Robert will have to start from scratch, educating the owners, choosing an identity, focusing the menu and creating a design vision -- all in just two days.

Apr 5
4am | 3c
Season 12, Episode 3

Ambush: Son Sneak Attack

Chef Robert Irvine's next mission takes him to Lake Arrowhead Sports Grill in Blue Jay, Calif., where Konner, son of owners Keith and Karen, begs Robert for help. To Konnor, it seems that everything is falling apart: the five-year-old business, his parents' marriage, his dad's interest in the restaurant, and his mom's health. Robert must uncover the heart of the issues and help rebuild this family that has lost its way.

Apr 12
4am | 3c
Season 9, Episode 9

Military: Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine is in Fort Bragg, N.C., the largest U.S. Army installation in the world, where he is on a special mission to breathe new life into one of the only full-service restaurants on the post, the Green Beret Club. Robert must find a way to keep the tradition of the restaurant alive, while giving it a much needed update.

Apr 19
4am | 3c
Season 13, Episode 8

Ambush: Third Ambush Is the Charm

Chef Robert Irvine receives a heart-wrenching plea from Yianni, the son of the owner of Broad Street Bistro in North Versailles, Pa. Owner Tasso has only had the restaurant for a year and a half, but he's struggling to keep it afloat as it is dirty and dark with subpar food and a helpless staff. Tasso's wife, Kathy, is unhappy with all of the time he spends at the restaurant, and Yianni, a trained chef, tried to help out but his father would not listen. After ambushing both Kathy and Tasso, Robert plans a third surprise ambush that will keep everyone guessing.

Apr 26
4am | 3c

About the Show

Turning around a failing restaurant is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it in just two days with only $10,000 may be impossible. But Chef Robert Irvine is ready to take on the challenge. He'll channel MacGyver and use a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate places from complete collapse. Can one man, in two days, with just $10,000, turn the tide of a failing restaurant and pave the road to a successful future? Find out as Robert Irvine takes on Restaurant: Impossible.

About the Host

Robert Irvine

Robert is ready for any challenge on his shows, Restaurant Express, Restaurant: Impossible and Dinner: Impossible.

Most Popular Recipes

All Restaurant: Impossible Recipes

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Seared Scallops with Caper, Shiitake and Green Onion Relish

Drunken Penne Pasta

Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and a Mushroom Madeira Sauce

Crab Cakes

Pasta Dough

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Grilled Tuna Nicoise

Blue Cheese Spinach Orzo Sauce

Salmon and Cod Cake

Braised Pork Green Chili


Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli Rabe

Tomato Hollandaise

Pan Seared Salmon and Haricot Verts Potato Salad

Lobster Taco

Veal Marsala

Beef Ravioli

Shrimp Mousse Topped Salmon

Dessert Nachos

Pork Bolognese Pappardelle

Turkey Gumbo

Chicken BBQ Sandwich

Curry Fries with Bacon and Feta

Croque Madame

Oxtail Hot Pot

Spanakopita Eggrolls