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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
  • "We especially loved having so many wonderfully creative appetizers and small plates from which to choose. Our server Kelda was incredibly helpful and personable in making our choices in food and wine. Would love to return sometime!"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Interesting menu list and all food was well executed. Showcasing locally sourced fresh produce. Great experience all round."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting Paso Robles from SoCal, and heard about Artisan from one of the knowledgable employees at Justin Winery. So glad we took her advice! The relaxed, casual atmosphere, together with delicious food plates, and sophisticated wines made for a memorable evening. Service was tops, and happy to give out recipes, too. Love the philosophy of eating fresh seasonal and local, and they do it so well here."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "For all the hype around this place, I would have expected a lot more. Service was really slow, waiters consistently brought food to the wrong tables. Wine list was pretentious and snobby. Food was pretty good, I had the Boar Tenderloin, which was served medium rare. When I asked the server whether it is OK to eat pork not fully cooked (it is if from reputable source) she gave me the deer in the headlights look. Over priced and snobby in my humble opinion..."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This appears to be the top restaurant in a town that is trying to become the Napa of Central California, but isn't much succeeding. Stores shut at 5; lots of empty storefronts, etc. But Artisan was lively and clearly attempting to be innovative and au courant. A solid meal. Recommended."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Artisan….this time we brought friends. Service was outstanding and so was the food. Our San Francisco friends were very impressed at finding this gem in Paso Robles……I think they have a new-found respect for Paso Robles and Artisan can take some of the responsibility for that. We've also recommended Artisan to many other of our other friends who have also loved it. Thanks, Artisan!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "A friend recommended Artisan and we were so glad we went. There's a separate room for the bar, which was very inviting, and the dining room was very chic with a high ceiling and really cool decor. There's a wall separating the tables from the kitchen and the wall is covered with random windows, sort of shabby chic, which was a nice touch. The ambiance was not stuffy and our server was perfect. The food was delicious, fresh, and beautifully presented. Three of us shared the stuffed peppers, beet salad, cauliflower dish, and the cheese fondue, which was to die for. Paired with a nice wine, great service, and reasonable prices, this evening was a total winner for us."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "A stellar dining experience in downtown Paso Robles' wine country. A "must do" in dining destinations. A busy Saturday evening and no disappointments a feast for the senses!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We stuck with small plates. They actually were not small at all and we were stuffed with five between us. Each was excellent in its own way, featuring interesting combinations of flavors, imaginative presentations, and simply great taste. We asked about several dishes and ingredients and received gracious and full answers direct from the kitchen, maitre d and wait staff. It was our second visit. At our first we had full dinners and the chef even sent us the recipe for his spectacular rabbit ragout (which we made). We recommend Artisan without reservation."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant for lunch on the way to Southern CA. The wood-fired pizza was very delicious and one of the best we tasted recently. All ingredients are fresh and local. Service is great, too!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Probably the best meal I've had in years. Fantastic on all levels... Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Good food and nice looking restaurant. The waiters where not very professional and sometimes even akward. The quality of the food compensated the bad service, however it was a overpriced."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Excellent food with dazzling, delicious preparation. The boar (which I'd never tasted before) was great, as was the cauliflower."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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
  • "Food is consistently very good. The wine list is outstanding. We buy wine buy the glass and always find them fresh and outstanding. The menu is always interesting and changes every time we have been there. This is one of our favorites when visiting Paso Robles. We would recommend this restaurant to our friends who might be traveling to Paso Robles."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Artisan was the first restaurant for us on our first trip to Paso Robles! We had a wonderful time! Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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
  • "I've been before at the old location and loved everything. Brought some friends to the new location and...it was ok but not great. After my last experience, I was disappointed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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 decided to celebrate our anniversary at the restaurant, Artisan. Artisan is located right in downtown, scenic Paso Robles in a prime location and very easy to get to. When we arrived, we were seated at exactly our reservation time. The ambience is very romantic- a very cozy setting with just the right amount of energy. Our server was very nice and attentive. Since they use food from local farms, everything tasted fresh. The poutine with beef cheek,was full of flavor, as well as the quail- a must for appetizers! The boar tenderloin entree was incredible, and I also recommend the sea bass for lighter fare. The wine selection is top notch though I also recommend the French Linen cocktail! Artisan is a MUST if you're in Paso Robles!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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