Best known for its beautiful wine estate and olive groves, Paso Robles is home to many exquisite wineries, breweries, olive farms producing some of the best wines, craft beers, and olive-based products in the region. The area is also home to several exceptional restaurants, that offer fine dining at its best or a casual, laid-back wine-tasting experience. Here are some top spots to try for celebrating romance in California’s Paso Robles.
1. Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Lounge
© Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Lounge
Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Lounge is an inviting bistro and wine lounge in Park Street that serves a dynamic menu of bold, imaginative dishes made from organic, regionally-produced ingredients. Poultry, fish and grass-fed beef, lamb and exotic meats are supplied by local purveyors while fresh fruit and vegetables come from regional farmers to create a menu of fresh, creative food that reflects the bounty of the Central Californian coast. Signature dishes include smoked swordfish, black lentil tacos, pan-seared scallops and roasted rack of lamb, as well as an array of soups and salads, delicious appetizers and platters to share. The cuisine is paired with unique wines from the Central Coast and can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner every day of the week, as well as Sunday brunch.
1313 Park Street, Paso Robles, CA 93465, Phone: 805-226-5888
2. La Cosecha Bar and Restaurant
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La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant is a vibrant restaurant that serves Spanish and South American cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting. Meaning ‘harvest’ in Spanish, the eatery is owned by Chef Santos MacDonal who draws inspiration from his Honduran heritage to create sublime dishes with local farmer’s market-fresh produce, meats, and cheeses of California’s Central Coast. Signature dishes include steaming paella, gourmet wood-fired pizzas and fresh Ecuadorian shrimp, which are enhanced by herbs and spices from each dish’s nation of origin and paired with creative cocktails made from garden-fresh ingredients and locally-sourced artisanal spirits and Spanish wines. La Cosecha Bar + Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Wednesday through Monday.
835 12th St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-237-0019
3. The Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates
© The Restaurant at Niner Wine Estates
Located in the heart of the Paso Robles Wine Region, Niner Wine Estate is owned by Richard and Pam Niner and produces estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, as well as a broad range of varietals. Spread across three different vineyards and covering 212 acres, the farm’s wine is made at the LEED Certified Winery at Heart Hill Vineyard and visitors to the farm can enjoy daily wine tastings in the tasting room, as well as guided winery tours. Niner Wine Estate offers a seasonally inspired lunch service at their restaurant which serves a menu of sustainable farm-to-table fare paired with estate-grown wines. Visitors can also enjoy monthly chef-taught cooking classes and exclusive pop-up dinners designed to showcase produce from the estate and surrounding farms. In addition to private estate wines, Niner also produces their own extra-virgin olive oil, have a chicken hatchery and vegetable garden and work with local roaster Joebella to age and roast batch coffee, which is served in the restaurant.
2400 Highway 46 West, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-239-2233
4. Il Cortile Ristorante
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Il Cortile Ristorante is an award-winning fine dining Italian restaurant in Downtown Paso Robles. Decorated in warm tones of dark and light woods and rich creams, the restaurant exudes a warm and inviting ambiance with a menu to match. Executive Chef Santos MacDonal draws inspiration from the surrounding local and regional landscapes, which are world-renowned for their seasonal produce and exquisite wines, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create rustic Italian cuisine. The menu features selections in antipasti, primi and secondi courses along with an enticing mozzarella section, with signature dishes such as seared scallops and parmesan fonduta, lobster ravioli, and pan-seared venison medallions. The dessert menu offers sweet Italian delights while a selective wine list offers exquisite wines from the Paso Robles area along with excellent selections from Italy’s many wine regions. Il Cortile Ristorante is open for dinner every evening except Tuesday.
608 12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-226-0300
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5. BL Brasserie
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Formerly known as Bistro Laurent, BL Brasserie is a colorful, unpretentious spot serving a multicourse tasting menu created by Chef Laurent Grangien and paired with local and French wines. The classy, yet comfortable brasserie serves contemporary French cuisine such as Croque Monsieur with Pomme Frites, Steak Frites, Roasted Chicken, Sarda with Sautéed Shrimp, and Mushroom Raviolis with Beurre Blanc, all of which are prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. A new oyster bar serves a selection of freshly shucked oysters, and a lovely outdoor patio is perfect for sipping fine wines under the stars. BL Brasserie is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
1202 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-226-8191
6. Buona Tavola
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Buona Tavola is a charming restaurant with a beautiful garden area and an entrancing back patio with twinkling lights that is an ideal spot for dinner with your significant other. The inviting eatery has an intimate vibe, and Chef-Owner Antonio Varia serves a creative menu of northern Italian-inspired cuisine with dishes of fresh seafood, prime beef and veal, homemade pasta and sauces, locally sourced salads, herbs and vegetables, and inspirational desserts. The delicious food is paired with a variety of libations, including wines from around the world, craft beers and brews, high-end spirits and classic cocktails. Buona Tavola is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on the weekends.
943 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-237-0600
7. Cass Vineyard and Winery
© Cass Vineyard and Winery
Nestled between Creston and Paso Robles in the oak-studded hills of California's Central Coast, Cass Vineyard, and Winery is a 145-acre estate vineyard that grows Rhone varieties and produces a range of crisp reds, wines, and rosés. The winery offers several experiences from guided wine tastings in the Tasting Room or on the shaded veranda and Library Tasting Experiences where guests can learn more about the history of Cass Winery to Sensory Wine Seminars and Private Wine Luncheons. The Cass Winery Café is open daily and serves seasonal menus of contemporary cuisine including gourmet sandwiches and salads, chicken and meat dishes, and fresh seafood.
7350 Linne Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-239-1730
8. Cello Ristorante & Bar
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Located at the luxurious Allegretto Vineyard Resort by Ayres in the picturesque Paso Robles wine country, Cello Ristorante & Bar serves traditional Northern Italian cuisine and its wines in an elegant and upscale environment. Executive Chef Justin Picard brings the sun-kissed tastes and flavors of the Mediterranean to the Central Coast with an upscale dining experience using seasonal ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cello's vibrant fare and adventurous offering of handcrafted food and wine will delight foodies and oenophiles alike with a variety of fine wines from the Allegretto Vineyard to pair with every dish. Cello Ristorante & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
2700 Buena Vista Dr #102, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-369-2503
9. Enoteca Restaurant andLounge
© Enoteca Restaurant & Lounge
Located in the La Bellasera Hotel & Suites, Enoteca Restaurant & Bar brings the best of Paso Robles Wine Country to the table with seasonal cuisine and innovative menu pairings presented in a stylish and sophisticated environment. The upscale, contemporary restaurant serves farm-to-table fare such as fire-grilled steaks, fresh seafood, organic salads, and vegetarian options and decadent desserts, all of which can be paired with award-winning Central Coast wines. Guests can enjoy the award-winning cuisine and wine next to the fire in the elegant dining room or on the heated outdoor patio against a backdrop of spectacular views and live jazz on Thursday nights. Enoteca Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
206 Alexa Ct, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-238-2834
10. Goshi Japanese Restaurant
© Goshi Japanese Restaurant
Located in the heart of Paso Robles, Goshi is a bustling restaurant with a simple décor that specializes in serving Japanese fusion and Asian cuisine. The stylishly appointed restaurant serves an extensive menu of Japanese cuisine prepared by professional chefs and presented with flair, including handmade sushi, sashimi, California rolls, tempura, tofu, fried rice, and noodles. Signature dishes include Fresh Water Eel, Teriyaki Salmon, Beef Tongue, and Baked Green Mussels. The bar serves a range of libations from Japanese beer to hot and cold sake, and handcrafted cocktails made with sake. Goshi Japanese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
772 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-227-4860
11. McPhee's Grill
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Established over 18 years ago, McPhee’s Grill is a casual restaurant that serves classic steakhouse fare in an inviting setting. Owned by the affable Ian McPhee, the restaurant is located in a beautifully restored building that dates back to 1885, and boasts contemporary country décor with comfortable tables and booths and a long bar that serves a variety of drinks from casual global wines, craft and draft beers on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and classic cocktails. The seasonal menu features comfort dishes of prime oak-grilled steaks and chops, organic chicken, fresh seafood like planked salmon, gourmet pizzas and fresh salads. McPhee’s Grill is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and dinner only on Sundays.
416 S Main St, Templeton, CA 93465, Phone: 805-434-3204
12. Paso Terra
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Paso Terra is a family-owned and operated seafood-centric restaurant in the heart of downtown Paso Robles that serves a seasonal menu of fresh seafood, along with classic French, American and other international dishes. Co-owners Cristina and Andre Averseng pride themselves on using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients and regional produce, such as Atlantic and Pacific seafood, prime USDA steaks and chops, and organic fruits, herbs, salads, and vegetables. The quaint restaurant has a charming sidewalk patio where diners can watch the world go by while sipping casual wines, or creative cocktails. Paso Terra is open for dinner, Wednesday through Saturday.
1032 Pine St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-227-4100
13. Springside Restaurant
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Springside Restaurant is a cozy, family-friendly, art-filled eatery that serves delicious Californian fare in a warm setting. The comfortable restaurant serves a menu of New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients and boasting a wealth of international flavors. Dishes range from fresh salads, and homemade soups to chicken dishes, prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood and fish plates and decadent desserts. A full-service bar serves an extensive selection of casual wines, craft and draft beers, and specialty cocktails, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1646 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-238-2629
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14. The Hatch Rotisserie and Bar
© The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar
Based in the historic Grangers Union Building just off the town square in the heart of downtown Paso Robles wine country, the Hatch Rotisserie & Bar is a simple eatery with a bustling atmosphere that specializes in serving food hot off the fire. Exuding an intimate and romantic ambiance with cozy banquette seating, high wood tables for groups, and a long bar with bar stools for cocktail-lovers, the restaurant is an excellent spot for a fun night out or a quiet dinner for two. The seasonally-changing, comfort food-driven menu focuses on food cooked on the wood-fired rotisserie with sauces are made in-house daily and salads made from scratch. The full-service bar offers a wide range of craft cocktails, local wine, beer, and cider, and an extensive whiskey selection. The Hatch Rotisserie & Bar is open for dinner, daily.
835 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-221-5727
15. The Restaurant at Justin
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Justin Vineyards and Winery was established in 1981 by Justin Baldwin with a vision of making exclusive Bordeaux-style blends. Combining traditional Old World methods of hand harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak with New World winemaking technology, Justin Vineyards produces a range of award-winning wines and varietals. Daily wine tastings of the estate’s wines, including vintages and limited releases can be enjoyed in the contemporary Tasting Room, which boasts beautiful views over the vineyards, followed by lunch in the recently renovated Restaurant at Justin that serves a seasonal menu of locally sourced cuisine such as poached hen eggs, chilled asparagus soup, Morro Bay albacore, braised short ribs, and prime hangar steak. The cuisine is paired with a wine list Justin’s wines and other fine wines from around the world, and the restaurant is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-238-6932
16. The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn
© The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn
Located in the charming Paso Robles Inn, the Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn is a sophisticated restaurant with an elegant dining space that serves classic steakhouse fare in a refined setting. Offering both indoor fireside dining surrounded by dark wood and leather accents, and alfresco-style patio dining beneath the stars, the steakhouse serves a menu of thick house-butchered cuts of USDA choice steaks, free-range chicken and pork, fresh seafood and a range of vegetarian options. The full-service bar has an extensive menu of fine wines from around the world, which can be enjoyed by the glass or bottle, craft beers on tap or by the bottle, and handcrafted cocktails. The Steakhouse at Paso Robles Inn is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
1103 Spring St, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: 805-226-4925
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