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Artisan Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.artisanpasorobles.com
  • Email: info@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 had a great evening at Artisan. We started at the bar and followed the recommendations from our bartender to get a cocktail and a great white wine. Our waitress was excellent, recommending several items on the menu and tying in some great wines. We started with the appetizer special, a delicious gumbo, then my wife had the halibut and I had the steak. Both were outstanding. The wine list is a nice selection of reasonably priced local wines (including some we bought earlier in the day). An extremely nice touch was when the manager, Timothy, came by and checked on us. We had a great time talking and he came back several times to make sure everything was going well. All-in-all, we had a great evening and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Artisan had moved to a new location since we were last there. The new location, on the "square" in Paso Robles, is really lovely. The room is a little quieter than the old place and quite a bit roomier. The food did not suffer from the move. The menu is innovative, creative, and uses many locally grown and produced items. The service is attentive but not obtrusive. Our server was friendly and helpful. We are glad we made a return visit to this outstanding local restaurant and will definitely return the next time we are in Paso."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The Artisan is one of our favorite lunch places when we are traveling through Paso Robles. The menu always has interesting selections and the food is tasty and well presented. It is a great place to eat for unique healthy selections."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We arrived for a late lunch, and the staff was attentive and didn't rush us at all even though lunch service was ending. Loved the turkey b.l.t.a sandwich!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We did small plates versus the entrée meal. The fondue and BBQ pizza very excellent, but the desserts were even better. The chocolate orange budino and pb&j sundae were unbelievably good."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We did small plates of: * goat cheese & firestone ale fondue, garlic toast, broccolini, kielbasa * meatballs, ricotta gnocchi, piave, guanciale sauce * abalone ramen, buckwheat soba, quail egg, pork broth * garden greens, beets, chevre, walnuts, honey mustard The fondue was a tasty surprise as were the rest of the entrees. A great selection of unique flavors and ingredients. We finished off with the strawberry shortcake, blueberries, sweet biscuit, basil ice cream and a pb&j sundae, caramel, banana, peanut butter chip gelato. The shortcake was good, but needed more juice. The pb&j sundae was very good. The check was $140 including 3 premium drinks. We'll definitely be back to try some more of their very unique menu."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Excellent food but so loud it was hard to have a bood time."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "First time at the new location. Food is great as always. Didn't like the room. Super boring design and REALLyY loud. Why bother moving and not do an open kitchen or something better. Wine list is too expensive bring your own from tasting and pay the corkage."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fresh fresh fresh delicious. Save room for dessert"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Very good food. Fresh and creative. Small plates are excellent. Nice wine list and very reasonable wine flights that are above average wine. Great service. Next time I'm in town definitely going back for more."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "As always, my experience at Artisan was wonderful. It was my first time having brunch, but I was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the short rib and hash. I recommend the first date if you're looking for a bubbly drink to go with your brunch."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We came to Artisan for the 2nd time in about 5 years. We live about 5 hours away, and this time we brought our good friends with us. We had a wonderful meal, and there was really nothing to complain about! Artisan moved location since our last visit. We loved the old location, but this one is cool and trendy like the old one. We love this place!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance of this place - the seating was comfortable and the music was interesting, but not too loud. The full tables on a weeknight spoke for their local popularity. The cocktails were perfectly mixed - and the goat cheese fondue was to die for - really plate-licking good. I loved the fact that there were some lower-carb options for me (pancetta-wrapped monkfish on cauliflower puree - yum!) and plenty of other interesting option for my husband. You'll be very well taken care of by the friendly wait staff and management - our every request was cheerfully fulfilled. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had a great meal at Artisan. Nice little patio right across from the main square. Only downside was the service was not great, but will definitely eat there again."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We sat for much longer than the orders should have taken, and the food was almost room temperature when finally served. We have dined here several times and this was the first experience with any service or food quality issue."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Good n fresh. Amazing desserts but don't do the tiramisu late if caffeine keeps u up -deeeelish but very strong"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We were a good size group and we enjoyed our meals and drinks. Our server. Lisa, was outstanding."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Artisan is a great place to eat, if you want to experience an inventive and imaginative menu. I would recommend ordering several small plates and share them -- since the portions are generous and it's worth trying several of the menu items."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Amazing and creative chocolate infused with orange dessert. Scallops and steaks were well prepared."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Went here late (9pm) on a Friday. First time we have been here since their move. Same great service and delicious food....only a bigger place and a much more happening bar. Bar has some unusual flights now which seemed like they would be fun to try. Food was more than you could ask for. Split two small plates, abalone and fried quail and then had the pork large plate. So full we couldn't even have there churros and chocolate. Highly recommend. They even got my husband when he had a phone call to let us know that LA had an earthquake and to check in with our daughter. Loved it!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This place was recommended by a couple of friends and locals. I was dining alone, but I never felt neglected. I had the option of eating indoors or out and dining hall or table in the lounge, I chose the lounge so as to look outside and people watch. I ordered the fondue....creamy and delish. After that I chose a couple of small plates, followed by dessert, the PB and J sundae. The menu changes often, so as to keep things fresh. I would return anytime."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We enjoyed our anniversary at Artisan. The service was excellent. Our mushroom toast was tasty and different. My wife had the halibut with lemon risotto that was very good. Overall, a really good meal but not perfect."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was delicious and hearty. The portions was generous and very well prepared. Reservation were available online (easy) as well as over the phone. Overall we give it 5 stars with two small quibbles, the wait for food was overly long (they did apologize and produced a small sampler of cheese, olive and very delicious roasted almonds) and the noise which was a little too loud (too many hard surfaces). Even so the sound while too loud was much less than other places. Thankfully also there was no background music, nor any need for it. After asking first, they presented my Mother in Law a nice three sorbet desert complete with candle."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Chose this restaurant because it was recommended. It was very loud and didn't have the romantic feel we were looking for. Food selection was more for foodies, however we did enjoy our dinner very much. I had the steelhead, my wife had a lamb dish both very good. We shared tiramisu dessert. It was different and very good. My wife is not a dessert eater however, she did love this one. Being in Central Coast wine country, I thought the wine list was disappointing. Had martini's instead. I wish I could remember our waitresses name because she was very attentive and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our third trip to this restaurant in the last 6 years. New location seems more drab than the old one, but now they have a lounge as part of the bar. Food selection limited, in order to maintain fresh ingredients and quality. The special we had was goat shoulder on polenta. Good, but heavy. Some of the small plates were winners, some were not. Our first trip there some years ago was a fun surprise. They are still good, but I think other restaurants may be catching up. They are still the restaurant to go to in Paso Robles (at least once). The whole Paso Robles wine tasting scene is developing that commercial finish, which tends to mute any sense of adventure. It's something you'll tire of the second time around."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have had dinner at the old location a handful of times. This was our first time at the new site. A midweek lunch and the food was spectacular! One perfectly cooked burger, one BLT with turkey, burrata and pesto on grilled sourdough, and one spicy shrimp sandwich, all were scrumptious. We were delighted with our choices. The new space is rustic and has some neat design elements like old windows in indoor areas. The old space was more cozy and a little more classic. Noise might be a problem when more crowed, as it is all wood surfaces. Service was good, it was our server's first day on her own. Had a little problem reciting the specials, but we were empathetic, and she was sweet, and efficient. We will go back to Artisan for dinner soon!!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Artisan is still our favorite place to go for a beautiful dinner in Paso Robles. Be sure to listen to the specials before deciding on dinner -- they are often the best items of the night! This visit we ordered a selection of appetizers as a meal and it was perfect. The mushroom toast was simply divine!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We enjoyed our Artisan Dining experience. All of the ingredients tasted fresh. We loved our 805 beer and absolutely loved the Churos with Chocolate we had for dessert. The only dish that did not work was a dessert selection which included carmelized apple slices and a cherry granita or sorbet. This dessert was not up to the caliber of all of the other dishes we had which included the puffy fish tacos, duck ravioli and a green salad with pig's ears."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Get the mushroom brioche with egg on top. The grass fed beef was surprisingly tough even though medium-rare. Scallop entree was not big but pricy. I wanted the love it more than I did."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is our third dinner at Artisan. Never disappointed. When we travel to Paso Robles this is a definite - must visit place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I went to Artisan expecting a fine dining experience unparalleled in Paso Robles and I was not disappointed. Working at a winery myself I was looking for a restaurant that appreciated the art of decanting and also had a good wine list as well. I ordered the lamb cassoulet to be paired with my 2006 Isosceles, and the table ordered the mushroom toast to enjoy as a starter. Everything was expertly prepared and there are windows where you can see into the kitchen from the dining room. For dessert we ordered the Tiramisu (which was deconstructed so it was a little different) and the outstanding PB&J sundae. I cannot wait to return again!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "When we don't feel like cooking, Artisan is our first stop. It's our home away from home for dining out! The staff are always friendly and attentive without being pushy. The food is wonderful and shows off the best of Mother Nature. If you love farm-to-table and environmentally-friendly practices, this is the place for you. Chef Chris has a profound respect for where his ingredients are sources, whether it be their farm or local farmers/fisherman. Their mixologist regularly develops new and innovative drinks. We are there almost weekly at times and don't get bored with the liquor/food offerings because there are always new and tasty creations to choose from (to drink and to eat)! Go. You will be glad!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We've been to Artisan many times. This time was slightly disappointing. The ambiance certainly has gone down since they moved - the new place is more of a hipster hangout than a nice restaurant. The food is also not as good as it once was - now it seems aimed at putting as many exotic ingredients into a dish as possible, rather than making basically simple but very tasty items. And the service could be better - on of our group ordered a steak medium rare, and it came medium. The server claimed they would check back and see if it was OK. No one ever checked back, which is rather tacky."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "We attended one of Artisan's special Monday Night Suppers and as usual the food was outstanding and generously proportioned. No nits to pick on this visit, all was perfect."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "The scallops served with spaghetti squash on a cedar plank was amazing. The scallops were perfectly cooked and had just a hint of smokiness. The squash was fabulous and the other additions were all positive. The dish was served with pork-fried rice and the restaurant readily fixed the rice without pork to comply with my dietary preferences."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Fit for foodies. Pricing on the high end overall. Thought that the wine list was limited for the area and quite pricey. We ordered a 750ml decanter of the house red blend that was quite good for $36. $20 corkage if you bring your own wine."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Locally-sourced food and wine from the Paso Robles region keep Artisan at the top of the growing list of great small restaurants in this town. The wine flights afford the opportunity to try several of the top notch wines and can spur you to plan a winery tasting visit the next day. The new space is not as warm as the old dining room on the next block was but the bar is a relaxed place to sit and sample the extensive beer and local wine list. Good and unpretentious service. Food was exceptional and surprisingly large portions left us almost too full for the dessert. Glad we did not skip it though. Chocolate boudini with pistachios and soaked cherries went very well with the last of the Rangeland Cab."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "The truffle pizza was very tasty, but the special skirt steak was tough and did not have any special taste. Wine prices are fair."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was great and server (Kaili) was kindest, sweetest person ever. Awesome service. Not sure if she is one of the owners but definitely represents the place extremely well with great pride of ownership. Love the wine flights."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "....and 'Average Artisan' is a pretty high standard for us. We would consider ourselves 'regulars', which to us means we dine at your restaurant whenever we can get out, which is usually ever couple months(busy raising our kids). Our experience on Feb. 15th was great! My wife had the seafood past special, and I had the New York Strip Special (med. rare). As always the beef was cooked perfectly. I've had every steak on your menu over the years, and I think this special was the best I've ever had! My wife absolutely loved the special. She remarked it was probably the best meal she ever had at your restaurant. As note, her last favorite meal at your place was when she 'took a chance' on the Veal Wellington....a few years ago. Thank you"
    Dined on 2/15/2014