Il Cortile Ristorante
Il Cortile Ristorante

Il Cortile Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcortileristorante.com/
  • Phone: (805) 226-0300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Santos MacDonal
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer seating for private parties in our courtyard.
  • Private Party Contact: Carole MacDonal 805-226-0300

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Spring Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Il Cortile Ristorante
Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles" newest fine dining Italian Restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients available sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes by Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile's rustic Italian fine dining.
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Il Cortile Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
124 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (100)neighborhood gem (62)special occasion (61)notable wine list (58)romantic (46)great for outdoor dining (39)hot spot (20)good for groups (17)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • epicureanVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The food was excellent with the exception of the Halibut that was overcooked, and it was not a severe issue, just more than should have been. The Rack of Lamb was excellent, the Carpaccio with black truffles was excellent, wine was Italian and first rate, moderately priced. Service was top notch and server was enjoyable. Had to report on the fish, but the rest was just a splendid evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    DrZeus
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is our second visit to Il Cortile and we were not disappointed. Food was outstanding again. This has become our go to restaurant in Paso Robles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Imaginative cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The dishes are rather more imaginative (interesting flavor contrasts, great sauces) than one would expect for a "small" town. I was also impressed by the attention to detail in every aspect of the operation. Bravo a tutti!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Ordered the Beef Cheeks with white polenta, Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu and a seafood pasta. The menu listed the pasta as having crab, but disappointingly the waitress informed us that there was no crab left, and the pasta would come with shrimp and clams. My wife asked for it with no shrimp, so it was great that they were accommodating in that fashion (we usually don't ask for substitutions, but since the shrimp & clams were subs from the menu anyway, we didn't see an issue with it). All three dishes were amazing! Kind of wish there was a tasting menu, since the primi portions were pretty large - or maybe an antipasta/primi/secondi/dolci prix fixe menu, so we could try more. Saw some secondi at other tables & the portions seemed huge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful creative menu
    Juice
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Superb menu - we loved the truffles served over fettucinne. Would absolutley return
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This was our 3rd time dining at the restaurant. Always and enjoyable experience. Veal chop was excellent. Special risotto with truffle was delicious but a little on the salty side. Lobster ravioli was also good. Cream sauce on beef carpaccio was a bit much. Overall the food was great. Eight of us for dinner and had an outstanding time. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Paso
    PinotPaulVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    While there are plenty of good restaurants in Paso, I believe this one is tops, at least for Italian food. Not your typical spaghetti and meatballs fare. On par with top Italian in NY or LA. It's on the expensive side so plan accordingly. However, it's money well spent for this level of quality. If you like truffles, try their risotto with shaved black truffle, WOW is all I can say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and apps are great!!!
    RayOVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We highly recommend this restaurant especially the beef carpatchio it is just perfect and the service is great. This is a must visit for Paso
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome again!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We spent a month in Paso this fall working on the harvest. We ate at most of the excellent restaurants in town multiple times. As stated, there are a lot of good restaurants, but in my book Il Cortile comes out on top for food. Ambiance is good, service lacks a bit of finesse but is not objectionable, but without question the food is outstanding, and was on multiple visits.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best food in paso robles
    Jill
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    when driving from l.a. to s.f., we always spend the night in paso in order to have wonderful dinner at il cortile. we've been going there ever since it opened 5 years ago. great wines, interesting food, never the same old menu. this time we gave a thumbs up the chef and he sent out a tira misu. locals, out of towners...everyone has a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    JackVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Our overall experience was good, but for $100 for two including tip for two appetizers, two glasses of wine and one entree it should have been great. For example, the person who delivered the drinks shouldn't have needed to ask who ordered which drink and the waiter should have checked to see if the food , delivered by someone else. , was as ordered before we were all but finished. They weren't busy so that wasn't the problem. This often comes with a team approach where others deliver whatever you ordered. Everything , including the food, was good but not great. Also, tables for two are too small and those on the right had one person facing a blank wall. Insist on a four top if you go at all. Or, go to Bella Sera for a great experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Excellent once again
    LaHabraCookieVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is my husband's "absolute must place" to dine every time we stay in Paso Robles. It has been consistently great. We'll come back again next time too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find.
    Funforsix
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our group of six was very pleased with our dining experience. We all had different entries and were delighted with the rich flavors and presentations of the delicious meals. Our waitress was knowledgable about the food and wine and enthusiastically answered our questions. Would definitely go there on our next trip to Paso.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accolades are accurate
    LawyerBob
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We went to this restaurant because it was highly rated on OT. Well deserved praise. It was packed in a Tuesday night, but the service and food were exceptional. It was the only restaurant we were able to try in Paso, but hard to believe that any could be better. The Osso buco was fabulous and the pappardelle that my wife had was also excellent. The desserts were good but not exceptional like the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aim to please
    albeefoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been here previously and they are consistently very good, all around. They greet you immediately and make sure you are comfortable if your table isn't quite ready. I had the asparagus ravioli's, simple, but amazing. They don't overpour your wine glasses, and they don't come by every 5 minutes and top off your glass. I like that, so much more relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chef Santos is the best!!!
    LagunaDave
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Chef Santos is the best chef in Paso Robles. Excellent pastas and appetizers. Good wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indulgent, Fun Dishes
    Saki
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    What wonderful food! Such a great selection of dishes and specials that we struggled mightily to even decide on our meal, ultimately resulting in our eyes being larger than our appetites and leaving us with delicious leftovers. We selected a nightly special beef Carpaccio topped with a cream sauce and shaved truffles as well as a sweet corn soufflé. Both were indulgent and delicious, with the soufflé being surprisingly light. We then shared a small serving of house made fettuccini with shaved truffles and a cream sauce. Finally, for our entrees rack of lamb and venison loin with a red wine reduction sauce. Everything was great, the staff accommodating and friendly. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paso Gem
    SportivoVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    There are a number of fine eateries in Paso Robles area, but Il Cortile is one of the highest rated. While small, it is nicely appointed, and brings a relaxed atmosphere to the dining experience. The menu is eclectic, with additional special dishes offered each night. The food is expertly prepared and presented, and the wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Choice
    FATTraveler
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The four of us were seated outdoor, on the patio, as I requested, on Open Table. The food and the service were both great. the octopus appetizer and the seafood risotto were outstanding. The tap water, though filtered, is terrible--go for the Pelegrino.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    WineLVR
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We had another great meal here. The food was delightful, the wine paired very well, and the service was excellent. What more could you want!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    First visit, very impressed! Awesome food, wine list, service, and indoor feel. I'll be back!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    we made a reservation for outdoor dining at 8PM we arrived at 7:50 to be told by the hostess that a couple or foursome with no reservation asked for that table and that she told them they had to be out by 8PM to honor our reservation. They were just about starting their entreat 7:50 so of course we did not have outside dining. I realize all requests can not be honored but her reasoning and inability to make us feel welcome left us with a bad taste. Our server was excellent but i doubt that we would ever go back there
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste of Tuscany in paso robles
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband and I spent our 15th anniversary in Tuscany. We had never eaten such delicious, fresh food like we had there....until our meal at Il cortille.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Speechless....
    expat7VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    After 2 excellent appetizers (Quail and a Caprese Salad), my wife asked me if my veal chop with porcini mushrooms was all right - I had gone silent. I pushed over a mouthful and she said nothing. Then we both said WOW! It was spectacular. After 3 courses, we talked about starting again - we were "still hungry". Don't get me wrong, the portions were fine - we just wanted more and more! The best Italian food I have tasted on the Central Coast, no question.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DE-lish!
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We always dine here when we are in the area. I have had risotto with truffles every time.....it is fabulous!! We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Paso Must
    Skipp
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We celebrated my wifes birthday and everything was great. I would like to mention Dustin our waitperson. He was helpful on selections and spot on for service. The food was perfect and we will come again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place in Paso
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food at Il Cortile is so authentic. My favorite is the charred Octopus with White Beans…and the Tiramisu. Carole and Chef Santos make you feel right at home.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be happier.
    4freedom
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I've been here twice now and both times left me extremely happy. I couldn't be happier with the service. The waitstaff was extremely fast and courteous. The second time we went we started the meal off with a savory corn and cheese soufflé and a cheese bruschetta appetizer. I ordered a lobster ravioli and my wife ordered a tortellini with a truffle sauce. Both were delicious but I think hers was better. All of their pastas are homemade. We shared a cannoli dessert which was pretty good. Great food. I recommend. Worth every penny!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible dinner, a very rude chef!
    Skywalker71VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    On our way from wonderful Napa Valley, we went to il Cortile restaurant at Paso Robles for dinner. Three of us ordered pasta special with truffles. The waitresses were very good but we had an issue with the food (it had an odd smell). We sent it back. The owner chef brings out the same food that was sent back. He yelled at us and kicked us out of the restaurant as we were the last customers. I thought about calling 911 but chose to pay whatever bill they brought (did not charge us for the truffles) and leave ASAP to protect my family from his potential outrage. He does not understand anything about customer experience which are the key for any business. We are very disappointed, and now know where we should avoid on our upcoming trips.
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  • Not as impressed as my score
    Foodie831
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I hesitate to be too critical of food since it's a per person view. It would be nice to have some beverages for us ugly Americans who do not imbibe but provide DD services for others. Our dinner were very good. We shared our entres and got great reviews. I don't mean Really shared, one bite only. Helps for our next trip to Il Cortile. I personally found the hype better than the actual, but I didn't leave hungry. Isn't that what's great about food. Even if it's not "to die for" we will never go hungry. 😃. You can serve me the lemon desert any day of the week, loved it.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Italian Restaurant
    LovegoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We are in Italy many times during the year and this restaurant is one of the best authentic Italian cuisine along the entire coast including LA. Have been coming for many years and last weekend was once again as perfect as always. Fantastic Octopus, Burrata Cheese is always great and the pasta main courses are truly homemade and very good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy but a little light
    WineDineDivine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    DH and I went out for a long overdue date night. Beef Carpaccio was everything that we hoped it would be. Lobster ravioli was delicious. The steak was perfectly done. Our only complaint is that portion vs. price was a little light. We should have known better being the only couple under age 45 on a Friday night. Our final bill was over $130 and we still felt hungry when we left. Our mistake for sharing an appetizer, I ordered only a primi item, DH ordered only a secondi. We each got our own dessert (which we NEVER do) because we were just plain hungry (ironically tiramisu was a very large portion LOL). IMO there are other restaurants in Paso with the same quality and price point, but you don't leave hungry.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience!
    HoosierFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great Italian menu, great food, great wine, great service! What more can I say?
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb in every respect
    Duke
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    A delightful restaurant with a great local wine list, pasta prepared just the way you remember it in Italy, and a friendly and professional staff will convince you to return. We visited while on vacation, and wish we could take this establishment with us.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic Meal
    AnnaBVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Every bite delicious. Scallops amazing and the Osso Buco was out of this world
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    PasoEd
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    There are a number of fine dining restaurants in Paso Robles to choose from now. This wasn't the case 20 years ago. Il Cortile has been around for a number of years and has managed to always hold its own and then some against the newer arrivals. This is our go to spot when out of town guests come for a visit. Great food and service with imaginative delicious dishes. Be sure to request Eric for a server if he's working. Superb service and great knowledge of the food and wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a Hit
    TimboVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was a wonderful experience, especially the Osso Buco, the Justin Cab by the glass and the asparagras ravioli. Our waiter, Erik was excellent and patience and knowledgable. One of our best dining experiences ever in Paso Robles. We will return.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Italy in Paso
    CoreywbVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    A wonderful romantic meal in a very nice setting. My wife had the veal and fettucine which was outstanding. I had lobster ravioli cooked in a delicious red shrimp sauce that had just enough spice to liven up the dish. Prosciutto with melon was excellent and one of the best crostinis we have had to date. All in all a lovely experience.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Paso's Best Dinner
    ELNY
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was our anniversary and Il Cortile certainly did not disappoint. Everything was excellent !!!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • traveler
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    this restaurant is perhaps the best in Paso Robles. The menu is certainly the most unique
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