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Hey chowhounds!,

My parents will be passing through Paso Robles May 7 en route to Big Sur. They will be spending the night. Its my moms 60th that weekend and my dad asked me for help with a restaurant. I don't know anything up there. American/ Italian would probably be best but they are not picky at all. Price isn't really a huge issue i mean not a 500 dollar dinner by any means but with wine maybe 50-70 pp. Let me know any recs! Please and Thank you.

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  1. I've always been happy with Artisan, now right downtown. Their menu is a bit limited, but it's very good American food.

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    1. re: tardigrade

      yeah i read about that...looks very good definitely an option!

    2. Artisan was good.

      1. Buona Tavola is an Italian option. I’ve eaten at the SLO restaurant several times and it has always been good. The Owner is actually up in Paso so I’d expect it to be as good. I’ve also heard good things about Il Cortile.

        1. Il Cortile is a solid choice. The menu is recognizable and familiar while not being boring. Atmosphere is semi-formal, with the "buzz" noise but not an all out cacophony.

          Artisan reads a little trendier. I'm in the SF Area, so I don't bother going there when I'm in Paso as it is very reminiscent of the "cal cuisine" we have everywhere. It's a solid example of the genre.

          We like Thomas Hill Organics for lunch (and they have a really pretty patio if the weather is good). Dinner is pretty solid as well.

          1. I would second both Artisan and Thomas Hill Organics. Couldn't go wrong with either one.