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My husband and I are heading to Paso Robles next weekend for my birthday. We are looking for something lively and fun for Friday and something nice for my birthday on Saturday. On Sunday we head for Ojai and are looking for a romantic place with a fun vibe.

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  1. We've had three meals so far at Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles and they've all been wonderful. Might fit the bill for your Saturday night. We live 7+ hours from there and are trying to think of reasons to go back - "it's just a little out of the way, right?"

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    Thomas Hill Organics
    1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

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    1. re: millvillemurphs

      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.

    2. For your nice dinner in PR check out Artisan and Il Cortile. Thai Basil on the park is a hoppin' place with great food.

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      1. re: PolarBear

        Artisan was excellent when we were there a couple of months ago. The night before we tried to walk in to Thomas Hill Organics but no luck as they were full. I highly recommend reservations at both.

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        Thomas Hill Organics
        1305 Park St, Paso Robles, CA

        1. re: PolarBear

          That last one should have been Basil Thai.

          Basil Thai
          828 11th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446
          (805) 238-9945

        2. I know this is long overdue, but we went to Ojai recently and enjoyed both Suzanne's Cuisine and Azu.

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          Suzanne's Cuisine
          502 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

          Azu
          457 E Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023