Bernick's Prime Steakhouse [Paso Robles]
- PolarBear Feb 5, 2008 04:43 PM
Just noticed a wine tasting dinner at this place I've never heard of. Any locals have a firsthound experience or insight?
What caught my eye was the bone-in rib-eye and the hanger steak, also the wine list had a couple of notables, Alban Syrah and Windward Pinot.
835 13th Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446
Bernicks has only been open a few weeks. I have been by there, but have not eaten there. I have a friend who went the first and suggested we wait a month or so to let them work out their kinks. It is located on 13th Street, next to Vic's cafe which is a popular family owned diner. It is not uncommon for new places to be packed during thier first weeks of business. If you are just looking for a good steak, I would recommend Cool Hand Luke's on Riverside. The most expensive item on the menu is $22 bucks for a porterhouse and they raise their own beef on their ranch in the Central Valley.
My husband and I ate at Bernick's during their soft opening. We found the feel of the restaurant to be quite appealing. They didn't have a ton to offer at that point.... still getting the kinks out, but I think the overall rating was quite good considering. Paso needs a decent steakhouse and no offense to the reply below.... but Cool Hand Lukes is hardly that, nor do they raise their own beef in the valley, I've eaten twice and was told that they used Harris Ranch Beef.
As for the winelist, well it's quite good and I LOVE the fact that they're not stuck in the local only wine mindset, it's nice to have a change.
I wouldn't put much value in to the fact that they may source their beef from Harris Ranch. As far as I have ever seen, Harris Ranch is more or less a source of typical supermarket meat. You don't mention how the beef in this steak house tasted. Curious to know what the USDA grade is on the meat they sell and whether it is dry aged or wet aged.
It has to be the worst hamburger, worst bar service, and management was like the patients running the asylum. The newest news is that it is for sale and I am not shocked one bit.
My girlfriend and I stopped at Bernick's for dinner following a wine country day trip after a visit to see cousins at CP SLO. I had asked the staff at a few wineries about a local steakhouse and they seemed most excited about this one. Overall, I was really happy with the experience. The staff was friendly and the environment felt cozy with a good energy. What struck me first when we sat down was the extensive and varied wine list, as well as a solid selection of beers. I'd definitely recommend the hanger steak - it was well prepared and my girlfriend (vegetarian - lucky to get her into a steakhouse :) ) was really happy with her fish. I recently moved back from NY and was a steakhouse junkie there - this place definitely holds its own.
I have eaten at Bernick's five times now and will not be back unless it's to just have a drink at the bar. On the first visit I did enjoy a delicious baseball-cut steak that was cooked perfectly, but all the side dishes and appetizers were terrible. The service is amature, slow and awkward, I have never noticed a manager on the floor, and the food is just bad. I've had over-salted clams (why would you add salt to clams in the first place?), cold, metallic tasting broccoli, luke-warm, undercooked macaroni, an over-cooked fish special with a bland fruit sauce, not to mention several other poor dishes. I normally never complain or "vent' on the internet, but then again, I never had the opportunity to speak up to a manager on the floor. When I left an entire dish of asparagus barely touched, no one asked if I was unhappy with it. Anyway, I really wanted to like this place. I even went back when I heard it was under new management but none of these problems had been resolved. It looks great inside, but I wouldn't eat at Bernick's for fast food prices.
835 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446