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Paso Robles - Panolivo / McPhee's?

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Has anyone been to either of these two restaurants recently? I am trying to decide between the two of them for dinner. I have dined many times at Artisan and Villa Creek - both have always been good - but want to "change it up" a little this time.

I have never had dinner at Panolivo and my last dinner at McPhee's (~ 2 years ago) was not nearly up to par as compared to prior visits.

Thanks.

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Villa Creek Restaurant
1144 Pine St., Paso Robles, CA 93446

Panolivo
1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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  1. How about Enoteca @ the BellaSerra Hotel? I've heard great things about it, the hotel is gorgeous! :)

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    Enoteca Restaurant & Bar
    206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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    1. re: syrahgirl

      I've been to Enoteca and it was very good. Highly recommend it!

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      Enoteca Restaurant & Bar
      206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446

    2. I would skip Panolivo. It's a decent place for brunch but I wouldn't consider it for dinner. McPhee's is not what it used to be and is just average in my opinion.

      I would try Il Cortile Ristorante, which is recently opened Italian in Paso

      http://www.ilcortileristorante.com

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      Panolivo
      1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

      1. I would go with Il Cortile also. Had a very fine meal there last month.

        Nix on Panolivo, not for the food but on principle. Three years ago I had a reservation for eight out of town friends there on the Wine Festival weekend, and they cancelled me two days before. Seems they got a bigger res from some winery. Luckily I found space at Villa Creek, and vowed to never go to Panolivio again.

        1. Is Bistro Laurent still going? 5-8 years ago, I ate there several times and generally enjoyed it. But the last few times I was in town, BL was going through an earthquake retrofit or closed on the days I was there, so I have eaten elsewhere (and fallen in love with Artisan). Anyway, I wonder why it hasn't entered this discussion.

          Last summer, we had an outstanding meal at Thomas Hill Organics. Is it still going and still chowworthy? Based on our lunches there, I would think that it would be a good dinner choice as well.

          http://mmm-yoso.typepad.com/mmmyoso/2...

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          Thomas Hill Organics
          1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

          Bistro Laurent
          1202 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

          1. Wow, I'm surprised to see all the negatives for Panolivo :( I took my partner there for her birthday dinner in May of last year (the weekend after Memorial day) and we had a fabulous dinner with attentive service. They have a three course meal for $38, which we both had. She started with their baked goat cheese appetizer, and I had the onion soup. We both opted for the Steak Beurre Maitre d’Hotel entree, and she went with the creme brulee for dessert, while I chose the two chocolate bread pudding, which was the sole disappointment of the night.

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            Panolivo
            1344 Park St, Paso Robles, CA 93446