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Indirect Heat Oct 1, 2010 09:40 PM

Sure, there's plenty of delicious wine to be had in Paso Robles... But is there food worthy of a hound? Where should I have dinner in Paso Robles on a Saturday night?

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    Bruce in SLO Oct 2, 2010 06:39 AM

    There are many fine dining locations. I suggest you check Artisan, Bistro Laurent, Villa Creek,
    Buona Tavola and Basil Thai. There are a number of other, but we've not tried them recently.

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

    Buona Tavola
    1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Bistro Laurent
    1202 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

    Basil Thai Restaurant
    828 11th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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    1. re: Bruce in SLO
      Ed Dibble Oct 2, 2010 11:27 AM

      A good list of places to which I would add Thomas Hill Organics. But if I had only one meal to eat in Paso, it would be Artisan. I wrote up a couple of meals I had there a while back:


      Thomas Hill Organics
      1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

      1. re: Ed Dibble
        Indirect Heat Oct 3, 2010 05:30 PM

        We hit Artisan last night. That meal hit the spot. Thanks.

        1. re: Indirect Heat
          syrahgirl Oct 13, 2010 10:35 AM

          Glad you enjoyed Artisan, it's our favorite in Paso! :)

          1. re: syrahgirl
            rmw555 Jun 17, 2012 10:12 PM

            Thomas Hill has a really interesting menu (lots of locally sourced stuff, Middle Eastern influenced preparations) and good wines by the glass. But FYI: if there is a 6-top of obnoxiously loud, wasted people who are spilling glasses of wine into their dinner plates, bumping into the wait staff and generally ruining the experience of everyone within earshot on the night you're there -- don't expect the staff or management to do anything other than offer a limp apology after they have staggered out, when it's far too late to do anything. We ate at Artisan the previous evening and it was lovely.

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      stan D Oct 12, 2010 10:33 PM

      Il Cortile is a terrific restaurant. Italian, near the center of town.

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      1. re: stan D
        Scott M Oct 13, 2010 11:05 AM

        I have heard good things and have wanted to try it but noticed Costco sized containers of dried herbs visible in the kitchen from the dining room and it is a bit of a turn off that they would rely on bulk dry herbs for their dishes.

      2. Pzz Oct 21, 2010 01:39 PM

        I have to admit that I had a fairly disappointing experience at Buona Tavola where we found the food unremarkable and the prices alarming. None of the four of us was willing to return, based on quality versus price. Basil Thai is an attractive restaurant with pretty good food and attentive service; the pineapple fried rice is especially worthwhile. I've only been to Matthew's airport location, but have always enjoyed their food, and they now have a location near downtown Paso Robles. They do wonderful things with chicken.

        Basil Thai Restaurant
        828 11th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

        Buona Tavola
        943 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446

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          thranduil Dec 28, 2010 04:28 PM

          Just got back from a two day trip in Paso Robles, with dinner at Il Cortile (nice Southern Italian style) and Artisan (excellent all around). Lunch (roasted cauliflower puree, duck tacos, smoked salmon and avocado sandwich) at Thomas Hill Organics was the highlight though. And it is even more dangerous if you walk through WeOlive to get there.

          Thomas Hill Organics
          1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

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          1. re: thranduil
            ACdeecee Dec 3, 2012 07:40 PM

            Gotta agree on Thomas Hill... it's menu morphs regularly so no two visits are the same, but always a palette-tantalizing event.

          2. RhonelyInsanediego Dec 12, 2012 11:54 AM

            Been going to Paso since the Rodeo Bar was on the Park where Villa Creek is now. Here's my take.

            Villa creek hands down for local sourced wine and rustic food and Artisan for more French/Continental cuisine (dining room is loud!). Thomas Hill for lunch.

            The bar scene a Villa Creek is not to be missed. So maybe drinks and apps at VC and dinner at Artisan (or dinner at Artisan and after dinner drinks at VC) would be my best reco.

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            1. re: RhonelyInsanediego
              syrahgirl Mar 11, 2013 10:18 AM

              Had a great lunch at Robert's last week. Loved the elegant ambiance there. :)

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