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xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 10:08 AM

Next week, we are traveling to Paso Robles on a continued eating week. First night we are dining at Il Cortile. Second night is where I need guidance. Doesn't have to be "upscale", just good food in a nice atmosphere. Thanks in advance for you input.

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    araknd Aug 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    My wife and I have always enjoyed dinner at Bistro Laurent. They do a prix fixe menu with a pairing of local vintages.

    We have also had dinner at Villa Creek, which is just across the street at the square.

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      xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 11:17 AM

      I know of both of these and certainly both worth trying. Guess I was looking for something I am not aware of.

    2. moto Aug 18, 2013 07:04 PM

      if you're looking for an informal, inexpensive lunch, tacqueria/calif-mex, Papi's is very reliable. above average salsa bar.

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        xoxohh Aug 18, 2013 07:35 PM

        Actually, we are looking for dinners. We are covered otherwise...Thanks!

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        glbtrtr Aug 18, 2013 07:17 PM

        We had a nice lunch at The Artisan across from the park just last week. Kind of a smart casual shabby chic industrial touch to the decor - creative menu items, nicely done.

        Paso has come a long way, baby. (First memory of dining in Paso was Jasper's! in the converted old chuch -that was high style Paso back then before the vines.)

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          glbtrtr Aug 18, 2013 11:08 PM

          Artisan is open for dinners.

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          mike0989 Aug 19, 2013 06:42 AM

          Artisan is quite good and open for diner. The chef is a two James Beard Award nominee. You might also look at Thomas Hill Organic. Don't let the name fool you, it's not some health food restaurant. It has more to do with how they are sourcing their ingrediants.

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            tavmark Aug 19, 2013 04:39 PM

            I second Bistro Laurent and Thomas Hill. I absolutely refuse t endorse in any way shape or form Artisan given the horrendous experience I had there last time.

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              xoxohh Aug 19, 2013 06:58 PM

              I love the hounds. Always helpful. I think it's between Laurent and Hill......

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                glbtrtr Aug 19, 2013 09:57 PM

                Sorry to hear about the bad time you had at Artisan. Just last week our lunch experience was friendly, personable, professional and spot on.

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                  jblee Aug 19, 2013 10:35 PM

                  Second Artisan. My favorite in Paso Robles.

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                    PattyC Oct 1, 2013 05:42 PM

                    We thoroughly enjoyed lunch at Artisan today. Here's a pic of my crispy shrimp flatbread sandwich:

                     
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                  tardigrade Aug 22, 2013 08:49 PM

                  Artisan was so-so to OK the first time I was there, and really good the last time (for lunch). I wish you'd expound on your bad experience: was it food or service?

                  I also second Bistro Laurent.

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                    sam1 Aug 24, 2013 11:13 PM

                    i went to artisan last week for the first time based on the chowhound recommendations. it was a total 'meh.'

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                      glbtrtr Aug 25, 2013 10:40 AM

                      Best not to measure it against SF or LA standards. This is Paso Robles.

                3. cometraveler Aug 20, 2013 07:53 PM

                  I also like Il Cortile, though, like you, would be interested in some other choices, especially a more casual option, to switch off to. We have tried Bistro Laurent a couple of times, both for lunch and dinner. The first time, lunch was good, so we went back and did not enjoy it as much, either for another lunch or for dinner.Especially for dinner, we were not thrilled with the quality of the food. Only one of the appetizers that we ordered was worth eating. Main courses, especially the sauces, were mediocre at best. Have not tried Artisan, but it seems to get a lot of good reviews here.

                  1. toodie jane Sep 8, 2013 10:32 AM

                    Thomas Hill Organics gets good mentions

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