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Il Cortile Ristorante
Il Cortile Ristorante

Il Cortile Ristorante Details

  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Small place, nicely decorated. The food was excellent, although the truffled beef carpaccio was too heavy on the truffle. The crostini with burrata was absolutely delicious and we also enjoyed the spaghetti with seafood and bottarga. They are chintzy with the bread for the table (which could be better quality) but the accompanying spread was wonderful. Unfortunately there are no cocktails due to the liquor license, which is disappointing for a fine dining restaurant like Il Cortile. Also a bummer is the cold air pouring down from the ceiling air conditioner vents."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ate at this restaurant last year and enjoyed it so much we returned this year. Again, we were not disappointed. The restaurant is attractive and comfortable. The wine list is varied and there are great choices by the glass or by the bottle. The sommelier was very helpful and knowledgeable. The menu had interesting choices, and we really liked the specials. We had salads, split a pasta course with truffles and split a main course of a veal chop, all of which were quite large and all delicious. Excellent wines by the glass went perfectly with the food. Altogether a terrific dinner. We liked that the owners, the chef and his wife, were both in the restaurant working along with the other staff. We'll be back next visit to Paso!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Terrific restaurant all around -- We're used to fine dining and this did NOT disappoint. Hubby had venison tenderloin medium rare (a bit too blue for my taste, but he thoroughly enjoyed). I had the salmon; actually crispy on the outside and barely heated in the middle --perfectly cooked, alongside fresh pappardelle noodles. We chose two different "wine flights," both red, one from local wineries and one from Italian wineries. Our service was a delightful balance of attentive and 'out of sight.' I can say with confidence that YOU will enjoy dining here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Excellent in every way! Quality, taste, presentation and service. We will all be back again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, very good wine list. Every dish was a winner!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We researched the reviews for a number of restaurants in Paso Robles before deciding to dine at Il Cortile and our expectations were surpassed. Food was superb, both for flavor and presentation and our waiter was very well-informed on the best wines to complement our meal."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I'll Cortile is truly the one place to put on your to do list when in Paso Robles. The wait staff is very attentive. Impeccable service! The menu changes with the seasons to offer only the freshest ingredients. The asparagus with buratta & balsamic reduction is great starter, as well as the caprese salad. The tomatoes always ripened to sweet perfection. For the pasta course I have not been able to stray from the fresh paparadelli noodles with a wild boar. If they have the lobster special try it. Whole split lobster grilled with tomatoes in a light sauce & fresh pasta on the side. The braised beef shank with risotto will keep you going back for more! To end the meal the tiramisu, & panna cotta divine. All I can say is yum!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Consistantly a great place to dine with our favorite wine"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food superb. Service impeccable. Wines reasonably priced. We visit every time we get to paso Robles"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Wow, what a find!!! I ordered their specials, which included Pork Osso Bucco and Caprese Antipasti. But another item on the menu intrigued me, the Pappardelle al Aragosta. But how can I have two meals in one sitting! How can I make this work? Well, luckily, the dish my husband had planned to order, Fettuccini con Buffalo, was advised to be on the sweeter side. So instead, our server suggested either the Pappardelle al Aragosta or Spaghetti nero alla bortargga. My husband chose the Pappardelle. That dish was plate licking delicious, as was my Pork Osso Bucco and its accompanying risotto. Desserts hit another high note. Service that evening was gracious and flawless. We left sated and longing for our next visit to Il Cortile."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We were in town meeting friends from across the country. Food was exemplary and service outstanding. The recommendation from friends and local establishments were dead on, this is a great place. Comfortable setting and loved our waiter. Can't lose here."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Even wine by the glass should be served at an appropriate temperature. Serving ice-cold wine because management doesn't want to be bothered with ice buckets just doesn't cut it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We returned to Il Cortile a second time, and like the first, were equally wowed. The octopus appetizer is exquisite and addicting. The standout dish was the grilled lobster, with spaghetti in a mild arabiatta sauce. This was so good, that it makes it difficult to consider trying anything else on the menu! The service was extremely attentive and knowledgeable; although we brought our own wine, the wine list showed some outstanding wines which we were familiar with and have had in the past. Would not hesitate to recommend this gem of a restaurant to anyone who relishes great food! We will be regulars here."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always a great food experience. Started with a Caprese Salad that was very creative with pears, heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and organic greens with perfect amount of aged basalmic vinegar. Our next course was a shared plate of truffled risotto, generous shavings of truffle over the piping hot risotto. I had the oso bucco and my wife had an outstanding shrimp on spaghetti with a special burrata topping. Our wine was a rose from Tablas Creek. Dinner was the molten chocalate cake with a scoop of vanilla gelato, yumm!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "What a wonderful find. Caprese salad with tomatoes that tasted like they were right off the vine. Fabulous risotto with truffles -- must have if available. Delightful salmon done perfectly. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Such a treat to our discriminating pallets and a wonderful dining experience we recently had while staying in Paso Robles! We'd read a lot about this place and were expecting great food, but it even surpassed our expectations! The salad was well balanced and perfectly dressed. The scallop appetizer was served on a bed of squid ink polenta and was the best I've ever had! Both my husband and I ordered the homemade pappardelle pasta, his with scrumptious, tender pieces of wild boar, and mine (black from squid ink) with luscious chucks of lobster! Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! The staff was friendly and very knowledgeable while adding to our fine dining experience with terrific service. We highly recommend this wonderful restaurant ;-) Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I have eaten here several times and is NEVER disappoints. Food, wine, service - the best you'll find in Paso or anywhere. Carol is just as great as the food!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We love Il Cortile. The food is always fabulous. The dinner standouts were the duck carpaccio with caramelized onion and gorgonzola as well as the wild boar parpadelle. Recommend to make reservation a few days before."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Il Cortile Ristorante is one of the best restaurants in Paso Robles. Food is fabulous."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Chef Santos continues to create outstanding Italian food. The wine list is an excellent representation of local Paso Robles wines. Erik is one of the best servers ever!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The meal was out of this world. The fresh pasta's and sauces are to die for."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Love Il Cortile, we eat here every time we are in town, wish they would open a restaurant in Montana!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were recommended to dine at Il Cortile, which as described is a foodie paradise for Italian style cuisine. Excellent service, outstanding menu. Nice to have the owner come around to each table to say hello too. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Everything we had was so good. We can see why it was so highly recommended by every single person who we asked for a high end restaurant in Paso."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • " great find. will go back when I visit Paso again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I am from out of town; I ate here about 2 years ago and it was excellent. I was taking my husband away for Father's Day weekend and chose to eat here again (first time for him). It was even better than I remember. The food is outstanding along with the service. Next trip back we will eat here again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the crostini with burrata cheese to the simply amazing white sweet potatoes served with perfectly prepared steak---all was exquisite. I am craving more!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This was the best pasta and risotto we have had since our trip to northern Italy last fall. The heirloom tomato appetizer was at excellent start to the meal. Wine list has a good selection of both local and Italian wines. Vanessa provided outstanding service, including providing a great recommendation on an Italian red to pair with our dinner. She also provided recommendations on local wineries we should visit for tastings."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Chef Santos and his team delight us with each visit. I haven't been able to make my way around the regular menu, because there are always specials based on the best of seasonal produce or fish. And their homemade pastas are truly the best I've had outside of Italy."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "What a fantastic restaurant! We try to go to Il Cortile whenever up in Paso Robles. Again the entire staff from the chef, his crew and our waitress were superb! We will go again, as there is a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had the best food for dinner at Il Cortile. We ordered the squid ink pasta with seafood. It was superb. I was reminded of the Seafood & Squid ink pasta I always order in Venice, Italy. The wine list was notable."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Vacation dinner out. The food was delicious, and the wait staff was helpful with recommendations and the exact right amount of attention. Would recommend this for anyone stopping in Paso Robles."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food and attentive staff. We live in Paso Robles and have eaten here several times. On this occaision we were celebrating a friend's birthday. It was her first time dining at Il Cortille Restorante - she was wowed!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "While visiting this area our hotel concierge recommended and we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by having dinner at Il Cortile. We were warmly welcomed, seated promptly, and Capri, our server, was knowledgeable and delightfully described the specials! Hubby began with quail and I with the scallops. Both were perfect. His main course was tagliatelle with buffalo Ravi, I had the salmon; another home run for the chef. Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We were delighted with the food and service at Il Cortile! The pappardelle with lobster ragu and squid ink was outstanding as was the black truffle risotto!!! Each of our entrees was fabulous but the veal chop was a standout. The service was impeccable and very friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This is the third time visiting this restaurant, and, each time the food just keeps getting better. One of the best Italian restaurants I have ever visited, including restaurants in Italy."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We eat here every time we come through Paso Robles. It has yet to disappoint."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great menu that appeals to all tastes. The service was first class. The food was prepared as described and was better than expected. The waiter Adam was very accommodating and gave great suggestions about items on the menu. Six of us sat in front of the kitchen window which was a treat watching the Chef and his cooks prepare dishes in synchronized fashion without a hint of stress or frustration during a busy rush. The courses were perfectly staged to accommodate three bottles of wine and plenty of laughter and conversation. We were not rushed nor did we have to wait on the next course. The Chef sent out two featured desserts along with our order of three of the best Tiramisu plates I have ever tasted. Awesome place for any occasion! "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "The budino that my wife and I split as a first course was outstanding. My fettuccine con bufalo rose to the same high standards. Unfortunately my wife's fish was a disappointment. The menu said it was Chilean sea bass, but it seemed much more like branzino (Mediterranean sea bass), which is drier and thinner. The restaurant graciously waived corkage on a bottle we brought because we ordered one of their wine list (but their markups seem rather high, e.g. the Alban viognier, which retails for $25 at the Crushed Grape in San Luis Obispo, here is $55). We will definitely return in the near future and hope my wife has better luck with her choice of main course."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is always on our agenda when we travle to Paso Robles. The food has never been good, its always been excellent. The wait staff have been personable, attentive, and never rushing when we are the last table in the restaurant"
    Dined on 5/25/2014