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Artisan Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artisanpasorobles.com
  • Phone: (805) 237-8084
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Kobayashi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Shandi Kobayashi (805) 237-8084

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and Pine
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Artisan
From its inviting corner location at 12th and Pine streets in charming downtown Paso Robles, Artisan captures the essence of the Paso Robles wine country on every plate. Showcasing locally grown produce and handcrafted foods, Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi finds much of the inspiration for his dishes through regular trips to the farmer’s market; he combines regional American flavors in new and innovative ways. Artisan’s menu features local and organic produce, and proteins that are wild caught or sustainably farmed with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Chef Kobayashi’s insistence on freshness and quality complements his style which allows each ingredient to shine, but not overwhelm. Designed to complement its contemporary American cuisine, Artisan’s wine list offers a balanced selection of varietals that includes many wines from California regions in small or limited distribution. The staff of Artisan kindly look forward to serving you in the near future.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Everyone we asked said that Artisan was the place to eat in Paso Robles....a lot of hype and not very good food."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Nobody cares as much as this chef. Superb service. Wish there were more like it in PR."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Artisan was a spectacular find and experience for my friends and I. I rate Chris Kobayashi as one of the best chefs in California. The entire experience, from custom cocktails to the extensive wine list, small dishes, entrees, ambience, service, and the subtle, tasteful interior of the restaiant was nothing short of spectacular! Who would have guessed that a gin and tonic with mulled arugula would open up an entire world of new ideas for a standard cocktail? Fantastic! Every dish surprised, amazed, and was excellent, creative, different; never at the cost of being novel for novelties sake. The butterscotch pudding under a salty caramel crust ended a night of dining that my guests and I will never forget. I can't wait to get back to Artisan!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "If you have a choice and Nicole is the bartender, sit at the bar and have dinner. She provides excellent service and makes a great drink."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Wine selection was poor and wait service was not interested in out party after we declined to select a wine from the poor list. Food was good but a limited variety of healthy choices. Won't be going back which is a shame. Nice location and decor. Needs better management of selection and service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had not dined at Artisan in a year and was a bit worried when I saw the new location. The decor was totally different from the original location. But, the menu was amazing and all the dishes we sampled were fantastic. Chef has not lost his touch even though he went with a new design. Adored the brioche mushroom appetizer - decadent! The by-the-glass wine list was a bit smaller than I recalled it being in the past. But, found a good glass of wine to have with dinner. Every time I am in Paso Robles I visit Artisan and am looking forward to going back next year."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Artisan is one of a number of culinary treats to be found in the Paso Robles food scene. Our recent lunch there was exceptional and makes us want to return for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Artisan was highly recommended to us by several friends. We had a good meal there. The food was tasty and well-prepared. But unfortunately it just did not live up to the hype. We were satisfied with our meal, but not blown away. So while we would recommend the food, we would also caution visitors not to have unrealistically high expectations. We did have one complaint--- the meal felt rushed. We barely finished one course and another was on the table. We had flights of wine that were served before the previous flight was finished."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We rreally enjoyed our first time at artisan. We were seated in a comfy booth. The mushroom toast o brioche was rich and yummy. Seabass was also a winner. Wine list is extensive but not overwhelming and reasonable. There are a good number of wines by the glass available as well."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Friendly, professional, and satisfying. Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Artisan is on the corner of Pine & 12th, right on the city square. The small patio out front on the sidewalk has only enough room for about 5 tables of 2, but if you can snag one, it's a great place for dinner. Inside was also packed with a very lively crowd. The dishes were creative and tasty, although the sea bass was overshadowed by large chunks of Andouille sausage. The flatiron with mushrooms was very yummy. Wines by the glass were mainly local and reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Wine prices are reasonable (had 2 reds). We had 4 small plates: 1) pickled beets with chevre 2) Bar-B-Q pig wings 3) abalone/corn/avocado gazpacho 4) charred eggplant with burrata and 1 entree, a special: beef cheeks on polenta. We finished with blueberry crisp!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Artisan was the perfect cap to day of wine tasting. We ordered all small plates. The pizza was wonderful- crust was soft and crispy at the same time. Beet salad was refreshing. The space is airy and the service was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Artisan is a wonderful addition to Paso Robles. The Cedar Plank Shrimp and Grits was YUMMY! Our server was delightful!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Elegant environment. We enjoyed the Friday evening Summer concert in the park while enjoying a delicious meal! Our waitress was very accommodating as our party number increased and they made special seating for us. The waitress gauged out party and let us take time for several servings of cocktails, appetizers and then allowed us to order dinner when ready. She also made sure to accommodate the vegetarian in the group with special suggestions from the chef. Very nice experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were celebrating two 60-year old birthdays over a three-day trip to Paso Robles, followed by a stop in Los Olivos and then to Santa Barbara. Our meal at Artisan was wonderful. The Salmon was perfectly cooked in a miraculous green tea and Trumpet mushroom type of au jus. It was absolutely fabulous. The service (Laruen) was spot on and our walk to and from our hotel, Hotel Cheval, was extremely pleasant. A perfect evening with a perfect meal."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I have been a customer for a few years and I enjoy dinner at Artisan every time. The chef is creative, the dinners are wonderful and the staff are great. If you're in Paso, don't miss it."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I've had two wonderful meals at this restaurant. Also love the interior design with blends modern elemtnat with natural materials."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had a leisurely brunch for 4 on Father's Day. Ordered mostly small plates, goat cheese & ale fondue, golden pacific oysters, breakfast breads (Including housemade beignets and a delicious concoction version of monkey bread), bacon tater tots, pate plate and others. All excellent, especially the pate de compagne. Chef Ben also sent over a little specialty, a poutine made with popcorn gravy, fresh white corn kernels, dotted with Rinconada Dairy fresh goat cheese and garnished with corn sprouts (that was a new one, and very interesting). Dessert was housemade sorbets and ice cream. The strawberry and nectarine sorbets were spectacular. And service, too, was attentive but not intrusive. Terrific meal. We just love this place!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Inventive, diverse new American food. Fun cocktails, mushroom brioche toast was the standout course."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I've eaten there several times in the last several months and have found that how they view their customers is substandard depending on your status, looks, ethnicity, etc. very disappointing because I have previously recommended Artisan to others but will likely not do so moving forward."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent dinner! I was in a party of 4 and we decided to order several dishes and split them. The abalone and cauliflower dishes were the best! The mushroom toast can't be missed. The wild boar was excellent. The asparagus were good, but I would get two orders of cauliflower instead. No matter how full you are you need to end with the strawberry shortcake and basil ice cream, so simple yet so good!! My husband got the blueberry crisp that is good, not great. It did stain his teeth a crazy deep blue so if you are on a date I would skip it :)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've loved Artisan in the past. This was my first visit to their new location and I had high hopes - BUT I showed up early (5pm) and had the lunch menu. So, the changes I saw (low energy, few people, quiet... etc, etc) are my fault. BUT - I don't think the new space can live up to their old one. It is a very large space, divided up, way too much gray gray gray and the energy will be divided by 2 in the "L" shape. And that very large, windowless dining room? More gray again?! Add in the long trek through drab institutional hallways to the drab institutional lavatory... well, I'm just sorry to see it. I wish these guys well, but I think they forgot to pack the charm, excitement and energy of the old place. still...mmmm... the food!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Artisan never fails to live up to an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Four or us enjoyed a terrific weekend of wine adventure in Paso Robles- and Artisan provided the dining highlight. Interesting dishes with generous entree portions. We are still talking about the basil ice cream with the strawberry shortcake!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Another great dinner at Artisan - they do an excellent job. I had scallops with potato risotto, peas and fiddlenecks with oysters to start and strawberry rhubarb shortcake for dessert - everything was delicious. Artisan is one of my favorites in the SLO area, worth the drive."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had the Anchovies appetizer very good. Did not care for the Salmon tartare it had too much lemon I could not even taste the salmon. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Food was clever and well done. Service was outstanding."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Besides having terrific food and great service, the staff let us eat on the patio with our little dog. They were very attentive to us and to him, bringing him water to drink. We look forward to the next time we can visist."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Artisan is fabulous! The food is outstanding - the best Oysters Rockefeller ever! Everything was simply wonderful, the scallops, salmon, boar, the desserts - exquisite! The service was excellent - very knowledgeable and personable. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Loved that the dog could sit with us on the outdoor patio. Scallops were amazing!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was our second trip to Artisan. The first was about a year ago and we stopped in for brunch after reading a rave review. When we decided to head north to Paso for a weekend of wine tasting to celebrate our anniversary, we knew exactly where we wanted to have dinner. The new location on the square is wonderful and the actual space is very tasteful. We had a dinner of small plates and great wine. Definately one of our favorite spots!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Artisan is a terrific restaurant in downtown Paso Robles. My wife and I came here for our anniversary dinner based on all the great reviews, and were not disappointed. We both loved our dishes. I had the lamb paella special which was tender and succulent. My wife had the mushroom pizza. Our server was very attentive and recommended a good local Pinot to accompany our dishes. If we had one complaint, it was a bit louder than we expected for a place labeled "romaintic" by other reviewers. But we would absolutely return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was our anniversary, so my wife and I wanted to celebrate by going to the best restaurant in San Luis Obispo County, The Artisan. We were there only a few weeks ago, so normally we might have tried one of the other really good restaurants in the area, but the Artisan is so great, we had to do it. My wife didn't want to order something as mundane as chicken, but she did because she loved what it was served with, and that's really what's so wonderful, is the flavors that the main item is served with. I had the boar, and it wasn't just that the boar was so wonderful, it was how fantastic everything was that came with it. One flavor doesn't end and another begin, they work together. We had an incredible dinner, and a great evening. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Party of four. seated on time by very nice Paso team. Excellent service. Knowledgable, attentive staff. We loved the fondue, charcuterie and cheese plats. My strip stack was perfectly prepared as was the roast boar with carrot risotto. Highly recommended, best food in Paso."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This was my first visit to the new location. Eleven dollars for half a beer isn't within my budget. The small pizza wasn't anything special at the price. The dessert menu was limited. We ended up at McPhee's for dessert and Molly Pitcher for beer. I won't be back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had a great lunch here with family. They specialize in local organic food with a great wine list and full bar."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Best food in the area by far..The soup I had was the best ever.My main was the boar.Even my wife who avoids red meats was impressed.Our server was very helpful.Food came out at just the right time.I would rate the food as inventive but not so abstract as to frighten the timid.I went for the Rhone style flight which was best with the boar for me.The wines are fairly priced and most are local. I find their selections helpful in finding new wineries to visit.We come through Paso very often and always eat here.It is very advisable to make reservations as far in advance as it can be filled.Any day will be crowded as the locals are often the largest group .In short I admire the food service and presentation."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Went to check out the place. It was great! service was prompt, recommendations were appreciated, and food delicious. Next time we'll go and dine at the bar when bro Tom is working."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Chilaquiles are outstanding, their toast with mushrooms, to die for. Everything is mouth watering. I keep going back all the time."
    Dined on 5/18/2014