Paso Robles is an amazing town with wonderful dining opportunities… Most are located in the downtown Paso Robles area, right off the park!
Bistro Laurent—-1202 Pine–226-8191 (closed Sun. & Mon.)
The general consensus is that it’s one of the finest in the
area. The chef(Laurent Grangien)is French. It was written up in the
LA Times awhile ago as “the best restaurant on the Central Coast”.
Yummy for lunch or dinner. Sit inside or outside on the lovely patio
in back. This restaurant is housed in a very historic old brick building
and the inside is historic in feel with lots of wood. Wine only. Reservations
French Mediterranean. The owners(the Cops) are French.
Yummy French pastries can be found here and the faire is light French
for breakfast and lunch. Wine only served. Outdoor seating. Dinner
served on Friday and Saturday 5PM to 9PM.
Villa Creek—Pine and 12th—238-3000
Spanish decor. Dining in and out. There is a full lively bar partially
inside and partially outside over looking the central park. Sit in
the bar area, have some tapas and livations, and watch the Paso world
wander by. There is a nice dining room inside and an outside back patio
with a free standing fire chimney fireplace. Reservations recommended
for busy times.
Buona Tavola—943 Spring St.—237-0600
Wonderful Northern Italian fare. Sit at the intimate
full bar, or at the inside dining area as well as on the small outdoor
patio on the street. The Italian chef/owner Antonio Varia is fabulous.
There’s another Buona Tavola in San Luis Obispo that has a gorgeous outdoor
patio in which to dine. I sometime ago had dinner there and met Rachel
Ray there doing a TV presentation. I had a very interesting evening
with her.(You can ask me about that as well). Reservations seriously
Plain American Fare
McClintocks-on Park –1234 Park—–238-2233
Big full bar and fun American dining. for breakfast,
items like Cowboy Benedict (the benedict is country gravy), Joe’s Special & Chicken
Fried Steak Breakfast,(7am on); lunch and dinner.
Odysey World Café—1214 Pine St. –237-7516
Good for any time of the day, you can dine in or on their tiny outdoor
patio in back or in front on the street. Definitely kid friendly. They
make delicious ice mocha frappes.
Mara’s Cafe 1401 14th Street–239-1002
Wonderful healthy breads and great healthy sandwiches.
Chico’s 834 11th St., —239-3332 (next to Basils)
The breakfasts are reasonably priced and wonderful. 7am to 11am. But, it gets better. The lunches are really yummy, especially the soups. Chico is a gourmet chef for
most everything, but when you crave fabulous stock and soup, he’s
the best. The rest of the lunch menu is great too. Then comes the white
tablecloth/candle lit dinners—it’s mostly fish because
he was the chef at the Sea Chest in Cambria for 8 years-but there is
steak as well. Dinner is divine. You’ll love meeting Chico. He’s
so understated, modest, and enthusiastic. We are so lucky to have this
lovely little hole in the wall restaurant with a beautiful park view
here in Paso. Wine, beer, and outdoor seating.
Gourmet American Fare
Artisan-1401 Park St.—237-8084
A relatively new restaurant in town featuring classic American cuisine.
Sophisticated atmosphere, an interesting varying menu and a definite
competition for the Bistro. The food is really fabulous. It has a cute
wine bar where you can dine if you wish. Owners Mike and Chris Kobayashi
make sure that you are happy with your dining experience in their restaurant.
RESERVATIONS DEFINITELY NEEDED.
Bernick’s – 835 13th St.—226-9400
Serious steaks for discerning meat lovers. Everything is a la carte.
Upscale contemporary atmosphere with a very neat aged brick wall, deep
cherry wood tables, black leather chairs, high cielings and a 30′ long
bar. It’s usually bustling with customers dining at the bar or at the
bistro-style tables. Hours: Tues, Wed. 2pm to midnight; Thurs.,Fri.
2pm to 2am; and Sun. 11.30 to midnight. Closed Mon.
Contemporary Bistro Fare
Berry Hill Bistro-1114 Pine Street 805-238-3929
listen to the Paso concerts in the Park. The friendly service sometimes is a bit rushed or slow, but their full bar drinks are yummy as is their platter of Tempura Shrimp
served with Asian slaw and spicy peanut sauce on a bed of crispy wontons.
That along with a pomegranate martini is just perfect. The bistro faces
the park so it’s a great place to sit, sip, and people watch. Dogs
out on the patio are allowed. Other menu items are panini sandwiches;
starters and small plates; hand-crafted sandwiches; salads and soups;
entres and house specialties. It’s open 7 days a week serving lunch
Thomas Hill Organics
(Debbie and Joe Thomas) –1305 Park Street
(the old Wine Attic)
Sun.,Mon, and Wed. 11-7 Thurs, Fri, Sat. 11-8 CLOSED TUESDAYS
Brand new in town and so conveniently located, is a restaurant that
brings the family farm to you. Their farm is located in the East hills
of Paso and is dedicated to organically grown, unique, hierloom varieties
of fruit, veggies, and nuts. Want to know the origins, history, whatever
that is grown on their farm; Debbie will divulge all sorts of info.
So, what you are eating is totally fresh and organic; even that which
is provided by the local livestock and fish purveyors. Of course wine
is featured as well. A friend and I had a little lunch the other day
in their charming interior. We shared a Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich with
bacon and aioli and a grilled cheese sandwich with Taleggio, melted
onions and Romesco all put together by their super chef, Antanas Sudenas.
It was delicious!!! They will be serving outside(as well as inside)
soon and are putting in on the patio a big oven for making speciality
pizzas. This is a fun and yummy place to eat. You can also order veggies
from their farms and pick them up at the bistro.
Papis Tacos and Gorditas–840
13th St., Suite C (really on Pine street South of 13th)
Written up in Sunset magazine several years ago, it’s authentic,
delicious, and homemade. It’s also oh so financially reasonable
and the service ever so friendly. Dine inside or out.
Basils—828 11th St.—238-9945
It’s a family run restaurant and it has terrifically good authentic
Thai food in lovely surroundings with a view of the Park. Wine only
and seating is inside–but it’s so light and airy with big
windows that you feel like you are outside. Their food is authentic
and you can have spicy and non-spicy food. Their hot ginger tea is
Goshis (at the Pine Street Train Station) 722 Pine–227-4860
Family run and Yum is all I can say. Fresh fish(not frozen) and a
super Sushi Chef in Yugo. Inside seating only. Of course the sushi
bar is always fun and lively; but then so is the table seating. Every
now and then the train goes by and that’s fun to experience.
Yanagi Sushi—1221 Park St.— 226-8867
Owner/Sushi Chef Jay Chung, world-renowned chef previously owned Ariake
in Beverly Hills. Standing behind the sushi counter dressed in traditional
Japanese cooking atire, Chef Chung with over 20 years of experience,
is there to ensure the satisfaction of every customer. This restaurant
features a wide array of Japanese dishes. There is also a separate
room with a Teppanyaki Grill for steaks, fish foods, and veggies.
For The Younger Set and The Young at Heart
Pappy MacGregor’s–1122 Pine Street–238-7070
The name speaks for itself. Irish fare and lots of brew. Fun, boisterous and a has live music night and a comedy night.. Their scampi is pretty yummy.
El Paso de Robles Inn–a historic inn on Spring Street between
12th and 11th
Opened in Oct., 1891, it used to look like the Del Coronado Hotel
and then sadly burned down on 12/12/40. Because of WWII it wasn’t
rebuilt the same and so it has now a whole different look except for
the Ball Room in back of the inn which still remains today. The hotel
is very historic because of various famous celebrities who stayed there,
including, the composer Paderewski who also was the president of Poland.
He also originated the Zin grapes here in our area.
Lovely gardens with indoor and outdoor seating. Also an old fashion
soda fountain bar to enjoy food and beverages. The vivacious drink
bar is upstairs and looks over the Park. The historic tale of this
bar is of a horse and rider going up the stairs for a light livation.
Lunch, breakfast, and dinner is available here.
A Good Sandwhich/Soup Bakery and Café
Moras 1401 14th Street
239-1002 next to Artisan
Home/natural baked breads and wonderful big sandwiches and cookies.
DiRaimondo’s Italian Market and Cheese Shop—-822 13th St. —238-1268
Walk in and smell the cheeses. No, you are not in Europe, but you
could be. Over 100 cheeses from around the world–it’s cheese
heaven. Ask John or Jean for slivers to try and buy your favorites.
You can also order a delicious lunch to go of salamis, cheese, bread,
We Olive —-Park Street
The next big thing here in this beautiful area are olives. We even
have a fabulous Olive Festival in the park on the 4th Sat. in Aug..
It’s a big fun event full of olive , wine, and food tastings.
and definitely worth while visiting.
Yes, there is a life outside of Paso (though sometimes I doubt it)
Justins Winery—11680 Chimney Rock Road, West Paso Robles-237-4149
This winery has a fabulous restaurant(Deborah’s Room) for both
lunch and dinner. Dining is inside and outside. Brunches for summer
Sundays are a must. You are on top of the world here in the middle
of serious wine country. You’ll love their wines as well. Reservations
are recommended and please call for dining times because they do change.
The Loading Chute –6350 Webster Rd., Creston 237-1259
You have to drive to the TINY town of Creston (about 15 miles East)
to experience this historic wonderful steak, prime rib, and hearty
meat place.(They do have chicken and fish as well.) It’s down
home and fun to dine with all of the local ranchers and residents.
Dining is inside and outside. You’ll never forget it and if you
love meat, you’ll have this on your mind whenever you visit Paso.
Note the VERY FANCY barns/stables on your left as you drive out!
Other Further Out Restaurants
Cambria ,Templeton, San Miguel and San Luis Obispo
have wonderful restaurants as well.
Templeton has two American Food restaurants I would recommend and
a wonderful Sat. Morn Farmers’ Market.
San Miguel has a phenomenal Basque restaurant, Tenth
Street Vineyard Cafe.
805-467-3141 “CASH ONLY”.
Cambria has two yummy fish restaurants on Moonstone Drive which overlook
the ocean. One has a wonderful Oyster Bar. Cambria also has 2 quality
restaurants on the East side.
San Luis Obispo of course has a whole host of delectable eateries
in town. Thursday nights from 6PM to 9PM is the Farmers Market in San
Luis and a lot of the restaurants have stands outside so that you can
try and taste. It’s a very entertaining evening with lots of
live music and entertainment as well.
Templeton–Good Ole’ American Cusine(steak and such)
Ian McPhee’s Grill 416 S. Main St. 434-3204
AJ Spurs 508 S. Main St. 434-2700
Sat. Morns 10Am to 1PM Farmer’s Market in the Templeton Park
is very wonderful.
The Brambles Burton Dr. 927-4716
Robins Burton Dr. 927-5007
W. Cambria on Moonstone (Fish and Oysters plus Whale and Dolphin sightings)
Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill -6550 Moon Stone Beach Dr. 927-3859
The Sea Chest- Moon Stone Beach Dr. No reservations . Opens @5:30
There is always a line to get in. Has a great Oyster Bar, Table Seating,
and a cozy sit down area to have a livation and play some set out games.
San Luis Obispo
Native Lounge-1023 Chorro St.
(closed Mon. Happy Hour
4 to 7PM)
In the shadow of the Mission, here’s a chic alternative to the traditional
for happy hour wining, dining, and eating tapas. It’s a trendy new
lounge-style restaurant and posh night club. The food is great and
so are their wide array of drinks. Try their Pomegranate Martini–YUM.
Korberl at Blue–998 Monterey St. 783-1135
Chic Continental cuisine by outstanding Chef/Owner Eric Korbel. Often
music and fun chic bar and atmosphere
Giusippes- 1010 Court Street 541-9922
Indoor/Outdoor Urban Italian. No Reservations
Buno Tavola-1037 Monterrey 545-8000
Chef/owner Antonio Verde creates FINE Italian cuisine-gorgeous outdoor
(There are many other wonderful restaurants in SLO, but the 3 above
are some of my favorites.)
San Miguel (7 minutes—on Hwy.101— North of Paso)
10th Street Vineyard Café——CASH ONLY
249 10th Street 467-3141
Basque Feasting—–Yummy and FUN!
Prix Fixe: $24.95—No credit cards accepted—–CASH ONLY
“Dinner at the 10th Street Vineyard Café in San Miguel
made us feel as though we had been invited to a terrific party. Three
nights a week, Caren and Dallas Holt turn their 46-seat café into
a Basque and French feast, served family-style at long tables. There
is just one seating, 7 pm (6pm on Sun.)and reservations are strongly
recommended. Wearing red berets and banging a wooden spoon on a pot
lid for attention, the Holts gave a preview of our dishes….While
we were eating, Dallas introduced everyone to the bota bag, a suede
wine bag that was tipped so a steam of wine hit the back of the mouth
without dripping onto clothing…Our party lasted nearly three hours.” Los
“Get there early if you want to choose your seat. Between the
vibes of the grinning boar above the fireplace and the communal wine,
it’s a wild time” San Luis Obispo Tribune
And Even Further Out
Brothers Restaurant at Mattei’s Tavern-2350 Railway Ave.–688-4820
In the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley,(about 1 ½ hr. South) is
the lovely quaint artsy town of Los Olivos. Brothers Restaurant, at
Mattei’s Tavern, is a must stop on the main drag in. You’ll
love the atmosphere and the food.
Far Western Tavern–899 Guadalupe Street(Hwy.1) 343-2211