Visiting Paso Robles - Dining Suggestions?
I will be in Paso Robles over the holiday weekend. Any suggestions on dining out? I have heard great things about The Range, but I am hoping for a few more options.
Any new boutique wineries worth checking out?
Was just there a couple weeks ago for 3 nights.
Villa Creek was my favorite for food, with Artisan as a very close second. I would say Artisan is a "safer" choice between the two, as Villa Creek is a bit more adventurous in their spices and combinations and will not please every palate. They are so close to each other, you could easily pursue the menu at each.
We also went to McPhee's and while the food was 'fine' - it was not remarkable and the service was horrid.
As for wineries, the locals were raving about Jade but they were closed the day we went by. I posted some thoughts about the trip and my favorite tasting spots on this thread. Hope it helps!
The Range is one of my favorites but in case you don't know, it's in Santa Margarita which is about 20 minutes south of Paso Robles. They also do not take reservations or credit cards. But I've never been disappointed in the food or service.
Artisan would my choice in Paso with Villa Creek and Bistro Laurent as also good choices.
As for wineries, there are so many. If you are on the east side of Paso there are several in an area they call "the backroads wineries." One to check is Cass which has a lovely setting, good wine and they serve lunch. The food is very good and you can do your wine tasting while eating. Their staff is extremely friendly (there's usually at least one family member serving). Another one in that same area is Chateau Margene which is very small but makes some very good wines.
On the west side, L'Aventure mkes some very good albeit pricey wines. Linne Calodo is a favorite with the wine critics and has some good wines but I usually find their staff not very friendly. A couple of other good, smaller places on the west side are Nadeau and Villicana.
If you are willing to drive a little west, I would recomend the SEA CHEST in Moonstone Beach. They are a bit quirky, only cash and no reservations, but they are directly on the water. They offer a variety of fresh fish that is simply prepared.
Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant
6216 Moonstone Beach Dr, Cambria, CA 93428
I have lurking here, waiting for an expert Chowhound to tell you to do a search and to post some fancy links, but I guess it's not gonna happen ( I suck at that kinda stuff, I barely have the basic 'posting and replying' skills here, sorry). Are you here for the whole weekend? Where are you staying? (in town, out in the country?). If you go downtown, park anywhere around City Park, you can walk to almost all the places recommended so far, and taste in 10 different tasting rooms. We have exceptional sushi at Goshi by the train station and there are two tasting rooms right there, D'Anbino and Anglim (I like the rose of Syrah at the latter). Then, if you make your way back toward the park, you can check out Orchid Hill (just tried them last week myself and enjoyed both the syrah and pinot noir), Arroyo Robles, Edward Cellars, Silverstone, and Pianetta. Then, I hope you have driver, because you will probably be snokered. Anyway, I realize you asked for dining recs and you have gotten all of my big faves already. There are few new things in town- Panolivo is doing tapas and wine on Fridays and Saturdays. I have not tried the tapas, but I have seen the menu and they sound divine and are reasonably priced. Each week they have a different featured winemaker. Bernick's is a new steakhouse. I have posted here before about them, they own other places in the area, but this is their 'upscale' venture. I was by there again a few weeks ago, and thankfully, the music wasn't blaring. They had a nice crowd. A lot of the usual suspects from Villa Creek have actually moved over to Level 4 in the basement at the new clock tower building. I have heard that the food has improved since they first opened last year, so they might be worth checking out as well. The bar is HOPPING on Friday and Saturday nights. Oh, we also tried 'Lo mejor de Michoacan" on 12th St. west of Spring. The food is very good, homemade, and fresh Mexican in case you get a hankering. I prefer them over Papi's which has really gone down hill since the owner's divorce (Papi's alcohol permit has been suspended as well). At any rate, enjoy your visit!
Range is great.
No one suggested 10th Street Cafe. Quite fun on the weekends. They do the family style Basque dinner. May be fun up already but worth a check.
10th Street Basque Cafe
249 10th St, San Miguel, CA 93451