These two series set in restaurants have a lot more in common than just that. Both were specifically targeted at older viewers, resulting in older characters and more mature plots than your average anime; and both have a calm, slice-of-life feel with a bit of romance added for flavor.
Both are set in restaurants and have a mature theme. Both feature very attractive, mature men and have unusual art. They are slice of life stories with a calm atmosphere, a bit slow paced and have some romance.
Gay Cake (Antique Bakery) and Notsogay Restaurant (Ristorante Paradiso) both focus on amazing food (desert/entrees, all food is amazing). Gay Cake had a much more amusing plot. Notsogay Restaurant's strong point was fantastic animation. Gay Cake wasn't weak in that area per se, but couldn't win in that category. Bad Eyesight/glasses Motif included in both anime.
Both are dramas revolving around gourmet European-food restaurants with all-male staff. Have slightly unusual art styles, and odd romantic escapades on the side (a young woman falling in love with an older man, a flaming gay chef).
Antique additionally has a mystery, while Ristorante is just drama.
Both series are:
-aimed at pleasing the influx of customers gracing their restaurants. In particular the older, mature generation gap.
-focuses mainly on customer satisfaction but also includes the many interactions amongst the workers.
-mainly for a more mature audience as it is relaxing.
To be honest these two series are quite different, but Bartender is in itself departure from classic format of storytelling so it would be hard to find something which is more similar.
Both series are more adult oriented, stories and conflicts are from everyday life. Tone of both series is more grounded in reality. Both series has reccuring characters but given nonlinear form of Bartender, in Ristorante Paradise they are more prominent. Although it is non descriptive they have similar feel to them, they feel more like people you would meet on the street. Both are more dramatic, with very little comedic moments (although Ristorante is more lighthearthed)
Bartender is however very episodic with little to none overall story and is more of a salute to Bar culture.
Ristorante Paradiso has more substantial overall story and has more insight in Restaurant culture. read more
It has the same style of music and gives you the same feeling that you are in another capital of one of Europe's countries. It also relaxes you and could be placed in a new genre together with Aria and Ristorante Paradiso.
both are set in European countries Ikoku Meiro no Croisee is set in Paris and Ristorante Paradiso is set in Rome, both have the same music composers which is a blend of beautiful western music with accordion, piano, violin and guitar, both give off the feeling of elite sensations, both tend to explore the different cultures and exaggerate in the artistic values of European things like Food and Architecture
Both titles are very similar in their music (apparently they are listed as played by the same band "ko-ko-ya" here in mal). While Ristorante Paradiso is set in modern day Italia, Ikoku Meiro explores 19th century Paris, while sometimes talking about 19th century Japan.
Ristorante Paradiso is a Josei and Koi wa Ameagari no You ni is a Seinen, two series dedicated to appealing to older audiences. Both series feature a main female character who has an attraction to a much older gentleman. Plenty of romance and slice of life elements, complete with mature and realistic characters.
Same premises, young girls having certain problems with their lives start to work in a restaurant, and falling in love with older gentlemen in their respective places.
Ristorante has more unique characters, while Koi shines in it's depiction and artworks.
These anime actually have more in common more than the synopsis of a runaway mother and an abandoned daughter. They share:
･ Delightful, quaint settings of a traditional Japanese inn (Iroha) and an elegant Italian restaurant (Paradiso), both of which is presented with charming visuals.
･ An insight into the service industry, particularly food in Paradiso and overall hospitality in Iroha. The eclectic staff and the inner workings of the inn/restaurant is tinged with realism and is rather fascinating to watch.
･ Female leads who start off fresh-faced and bitter about their mothers, and go through personal growth as they experience life in their new environments. Both were very likeable.
･ The mother/daughter thing - relationships between the different generations of women (3 in Iroha) are shown as complex and flawed. It's explored well enough to appreciate and subtly enough to feel real. On the whole, a rather impressive portrayal of women of different ages. read more
Both series are quite relaxing. Both female leads are basically abandoned by their mothers at a young age. Therefore, both female leads initially hate their mothers. However, they realize that their mothers can be great sources of moral support and they don't have the worst intentions for their daughters. Both female leads also are thrown into an environment where they have to immediately figure out what they want to do. Both are thrown into a job that they're not really familiar with, but they do it anyway, and learn a lot from the process. I'd say Hanasaku Iroha has many more dramatic events than Ristorante Paradiso, but either one is pretty relaxing. read more
Both titles take place in a restaurant, and have to do with the joys and sorrows of working with others.
Though "Working!!" is more comedy based, while "Ristorante Paradiso" is more about character relations.
Both protagonists are really similar. They move into a new field that they are not used to, and they learn and help out all their peers each episode. Both anime also have some nice, relaxing openings in my opinion.
-Both are about groups of very handsome men being in charge of cozy restaurants
-Both are a very relaxing slice of life anime series that put a lot of care and attention to the details of the foods available in the restaurant
From the same original author, Natsume Ono. Apart from the story itself, they are totally different genre, although both contain a bit of slice of life in it, I can see them heading totally different direction.
However, there is noticeable similarity inside the character design, especially the male character. If you enjoy characters with mysteriousness, 'Ristorante Paradiso' is also going to be an enjoyable romance for you.
I think these animes are both intended for the same target group.
Both show different complex female/male-relationship between adults/ older adults .
Otona Joshi no Anime Time is more poetic and focuses on the women while Ristorante Paradiso shows the relationships mostly from the male perspective and has more steady art.
1) Tone: Ristorante Paradiso and Red Garden have a similar relaxed mood that is felt as soon as the opening credits and then carries on throughout. A realistic style of art is shared, which helps set the tone of the series, as well. There no crazy-looking eyes that take up half of the face or exaggerated emotions.
2) Location: Red Garden and Ristorante Paradiso are both set in real and popular cities--Ristorante Paradiso in Rome, and Red Garden in New York City.
1) Age and gender: The characters in Ristorante Paradiso are all adults and mostly male, while Red Garden's main characters are high school girls.
(*I think it's important to note that, even though the characters in Red Garden are in high school, there are no school uniforms, which may be a relief for fans of more mature and slowly paced anime who have had it with that whole scene.)
2) Plot: Ristorante Paradiso has a lighter plot with a romance angle, while Red Garden has a dark subject matter with a mystery angle.  read more
Both share the same formula regarding character’s design: No need for extravagant hair colors or big sparkly eyes, just simple and “realistic” character designs. That, and the character’ personality is all you need to love them. Both are set up in the real actual world. Different premises, similar atmosphere, similar protagonist: a young 20 years old lady.
The waiters in Ristorante not only capture the hearts of their customers like the boys of the Ouran Host Club, but they also all have their own unique attributes despite most of them wearing glasses. Nicoletta, like Haruhi, questions the strange yet entrancing ways of these gentlemen and eventually becomes fond of the warm atmosphere surrounding them and the restaurant they call home. If you want a more European version of Ouran without all the frills and sparkles (and a bit of pasta, too), then give Ristorante Paradiso a try.
Both shows are adaptations of Ono Natsume's works, and even though the genres are quite different, they both share the same skill of writing you'd expect. Worth checking out if you want more from Ono Natsume, who tends to do works aimed more at adults.
The subject matter is completely different, but they are similar in that they deal with more mature themes from a female perspective. There is quirky lighthearted humor in both shows and there are adult situations and complicated or serious issues which are addressed and portrayed in a realistic dramatic manner.
Ristorante Paradiso gives the same feeling as Yakitate!! Japan. Even though Ristorante Paradiso is more based on elderly men serving women than cooking itself, there are parts where characters try hard to improve their cooking, creating something new, wanting to get better at what they do. It also shows the hardship of becoming a chef. And generally the human relationships, characters' lives and difficulties that come along.