Villa Creek Restaurant
Villa Creek Restaurant

Villa Creek Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.villacreek.com/
  • Phone: (805) 238-3000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar/Tapas open daily at 4 p.m.

    Dinner Service

    Sunday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 10 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tom Fundaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Villa Creek can accommodate up to 32 people, either in a private room or in the outdoor courtyard.
  • Private Party Contact: Tom Fundaro 8052383000x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th and Pine
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Villa Creek Restaurant
Working with local farmers since 1998. Villa Creek's Chef Tom Fundaro prepares local, organically or sustainably farmed products in rustic preparations. A local and international compilation of wines and a premium bar selection complement the fresh inspiring cuisine.
"It seems that practically everyone visiting Paso Robles wine country passes through Villa Creek. That's easy to understand, because this winemaker hangout serves up youthful energy, satisfying food and an exciting wine list with excellent prices."
Wine Spectator.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Villa Creek Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (18)neighborhood gem (12)vibrant bar scene (10)special occasion (8)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)romantic (6)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great food and service, seats not comfortable
    LionCatSquirrel
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Easy location, right on the square in Paso Robles. Unusual and tasty food. I had the special salad of the day which was good, but the squash was a little tough to eat and the duck mole nachos - yummy and unusual. Too much for one person, better to split it. However, the hard wooden bench was not very comfortable and the back was at a strange incline, so you needed a pillow or something. Overall, the food was very good as was the service. Still a little pricy, so save for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance...
    MTSoahls
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We had a great dining experience at Villa Creek. The service was fantastic. David was a wonderful server with terrific suggestions and helpful guidance through the menu. The dinner was delicious. The hanger steak and smoked scalloped risotto were both amazing, as well as the coconut lemongrass mussels and curry butternut squash soup. But the real winner of the meal was the baked apple bread pudding with cinnamon gelato. In all, a wonderful experience and meal I will remember fondly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Nachos & Drinks
    LaurieGab
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We had made reservations for the restaurant but were not terribly hungry, so we opted for a table in the bar where the four of us shared two wine flights and two orders of "Not Nachos". It ended up being the perfect light meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy the great service
    winetraveler
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Food was very good. Service was exceptional. The server took extra pains to ensure all items served were gluten free. Food was fresh. Presentation was lovely. Abalone serving was a little small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the same
    TimandDonnie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Went back to Villa Creek after not eating there for some time. Our meal and was good and our server was excellent. However, there are two problems present that did not used to be there and for that reason, we will not be going back 1) Their menu has become very minimal without a lot of choice. They have also went to using steaks like flatirons and hangers as their beef dishes which is just using low quality meats with a lot of sauces, etc. and charging a lot for it. They do offer a bone in 20 ounce rib steak for 2 for $90.00 but that is a little silly and outrageous. 2) They have become very overpriced for all of their dishes. So, in conclusion, the server was great and the meal was good but not a lot of choice and pretty pricy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taco Tuesday gem
    OCVisitor
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We've enjoyed eating at Villa Creek befor, but their taco Tuesday is amazing. Everyone is unique and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    LongBeachFoodies
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We always make sure to eat at Villa Creek! Their food is always delicious and we've never been disappointed. We recommend Villa Creek if your a foodie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paso Excellence
    BroadwayFanVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A perfect dining experience: attentive and smart wait staff, tasty cocktails, and small and large plates that have full, robust, balanced flavors and are easy to share! The decor is elegantly simple. Avoid the bar area (loud and crowded) or outdoor seating on the small patio (smokers), unless that's your scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great evening with friends
    SLOnurse14
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had dinner at Villa Creek last Friday and it was amazing!! We started in the bar until our table was ready. The duck nachos were delicious!! Also had a great bottle of fiddlehead wine. Dinner did not disappoint! I loved the corn risotto with shrimp and scallops. I just wish it would have been alittle warmer. My husband's sea bass was off the charts! Very moist and flavorful. The star of the meal was the chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream, fudge sauce and peanut butter mousse...should have ordered 2!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service lacking & expensive
    Cosmo4
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Quaint little restaurant with interesting menu however They had run out of dough so no pizzetas available ( disappointing for my teen)I ordered Seabees which was 20% fish and 80% beans. Waiter did nothing to correct our dissatisfaction.wont return or recommend v expensive
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Passing through
    whatafindVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a trip planned which had us passing through Paso Robles on the way home. A friend recommended Villa Creek and we're so glad he did. The food was excellent! We found interesting items on the menu and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Downtown Paso
    alohaboydeanVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Nice spot in downtown Paso...the food is good to very good. Nice wine list, but doesn't feature as many of their wines as I had hoped although their Villa Creek tasting flight was a bargain at $25. Service was good and the restaurant had a special feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant!
    warmknitter
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went here spur of the moment based on reviews online. We were thrilled. Ambiance was nice, food was so yummy and we discovered some new wine favorites. I wouldn't eat anywhere else the next time I travel to Paso Robles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taco Tuesday is Fun!
    prlocalVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    On Tuesday nights, they offer a variety of six or eight excellent gourmet soft tacos, including vegetarian, chicken, beef, fish... that are very distinct and delicious, and a bargain at just @2.50 each. They also feature a "wine of the night" by the glass for a bargain price. We love dining here!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We have visited this reataurant four times and on all four occasions the service and the food was less than desireable. The food was not prepared to order and the quality was not in keeping with the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • too high a price for value
    quicktopick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Villa creek was just ok. for the price of a dinner we dont feel we got our monies worth...other reataurants with similar prices were exceptional compared to VC
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 500 reviews are from the Villa Creek Restaurant reviews archive.
  • We had a great time!
    LoveToWineAndDineVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Everything was wonderful! Thank you! We will be back on our next trip!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bellacucina55
    bellacucina55
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I would say overall the food was good. My husband's sea bass was delicious. I was somewhat disappointed in the steak. It was a sirloin served al a carte. I ordered mashed potatoes which were only warm. The steak should have been sizzling. If I wanted a vegetable, I would have had to order that separately as well. My meal could have easily topped $40.00. I am not a novice to fine dining and I will be happy to pay for an outstanding meal. I would have been happier with a different cut of meat, say a filet, and have a vegetable and starch included.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Claude
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was fantastic. The restaurant is beautiful. The service was attentive and the food was out of this world. What a beautiful little town square to stroll after a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect night in Paso Robles
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife surprised me with an anniversary weekend at lovely Summerwood B&B just outside Paso Robles and on the recommendation of resident chef Kelly we grabbed an available reservation at VC. On hearing it was our anniversary our terrific waitperson brought over complimentary sparkling wine, which we followed with excellent signature cocktails. My wife had an asparagus and English pea salad and I had a special market salad of goat cheese, greens and stone fruit. Her salad was delicious. Mine was among the best I've ever had. We split an aged locally bred ribeye which was done perfectly and served with herb mashed potatoes so creamy good I wanted to take some back to the room like a squirrel hoarding for the winter. A great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Remarkably tasty
    Pyrarraz
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our third or fourth timing dining at VC. never disappointed, but thus time both good and service were over the top! Phenomenal ceviche, incredible salad, and a very tasty mushroom pasta entree. Both the wines by the glass and the dessert were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing, again!
    MMFandENFmom
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Once again, Villa Creek did not disappoint! The ambiance, the food, and the service were impeccable!! We celebrated our 23rd anniversary at VC this past Saturday and couldn't ask for better! Lindsey, our server, was THE BEST, and it was only her second day on the job! The food is something we are still talking about! We enjoyed the Shepherd's platter, a house salad, the pork shoulder roast, and the show stopper, the steamed chocolate cake!! Still dreaming about that dessert! Our wine paring with the pork was recommended to us; we had the Lone Madrone Zin! Simply wonderful! Everything was just amazing. We are headed back in September and we are making our reservations once again!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect End to Wine Country Tour
    Cordovians
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This was our third time at Villa Creek and it was better than ever. The service was top-notch and the menu was full of the perfect food to complement a wine touring day. From vegetarian dishes to the roasted pork shoulder, everything we had was imaginative and highlighted the local, seasonal ingredients in the best light. We impressed our friends with this suggestion and now we cannot wait for our next opportunity to enjoy this Paso gem!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Flavor Layers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    On June 20, my wife and I had an exceptional meal at Villa Creek. We were a little worried at first because there wasn't any venison on the menu. And I had an incredible buffalo rib eye steak there a few years ago. My pork was masterfully cooked as were the green beans and potatoes. My wife had a pasta dish with a meatless ragout that was so flavorful you would swear it had a beef-based reduction sauce poured over it. Their variation on chocolate mousse capped off the meal perfectly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dogs
    DiningwithWallyBoy
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Notified them we would need to eat outside because traveling with a dog. Did not get a response. When we arrived we were told we could eat on the bar patio with the bar menu as back patio was closed. Tim the manager was called and he did accommodate us by opening the back patio for us.we were the only people out there and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Have taken clients to VC 3 times in 5 months - all guests agree - one of the best food experiences at a restaurant, anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be. Overpriced
    Ppikem1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The look was the same as the last time we came. But wow. The prices were over the top. Menu boring and expensive. If your going to have prices that high you better offer something special. And that wasn't the case. Sorry. Can't recommend and won't be back.
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  • Atlantabound
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Whenever we visit Paso Robles, we make sure we have reservations for at least meal. We are long time fans of Villa Creek's (Cris Cherry) wines also. Thanks Cris for making our last visit so memorable, your wine selections were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My, how things have changed!
    KillColl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Changed for the better, that is... My wife had been to Villa Creek last year, and had a lovely dinner. So she suggested, on this trip up to the central coast we go to Villa Creek for dinner. What neither of us expected was the change that had occurred in this restaurant. Somewhere between later year and last weekend the world of fine dinning has a new front runner in Paso Robles. She had the Asparagus & Fresh Pea salad (which, after a little taste test, I could barely keep my mitts off it. Even though I manage to keep my face buried in the chilled Meyer Lemon and Carrot soup. Gonna run out of letter soon. So - go there! Get the salad above, get the linguini with poached tuna, but mostly... get any desert with buttermilk gellato!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always our first pick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We have always appreciated Villa Creek. Over the years they have always been our first choice when we wanted to do something special for ourselves, and with friends and family. We are always reminded by dinning here how blessed we are to live in Paso Robles, and have this location to call part of our home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Value
    Good
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food is generally good (e.g. short ribs) but way overpriced (e.g. $32 for a dry half chicken), so this is a poor value. Corkage is $20 even if wine is local - twice what it is at Robert's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better restaurants in the area
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    First of all we ordered sparkling water. The waitress brought us an unmarked bottle & poured water into our glasses. The water was sweet - sugary sweet. So, I tied to get her attention and she saw me but waived her finger at me to wait a minute and she would be back. We explained about the water, she said this is all they had without checking the water herself or apologize. We ordered a hatch chile appetizer that was not quite as flavorful as hatch chile can be. Our entrees - pork chop and short rib dishes were nice looking and good size portion but way too salty. We don't live in Paso but come here often. There are too many better restaurants to dine at. Hope they get their act together.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    What great food - service was fantastic! Would go back and recommend to anyone!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous dining experience!
    Dobefoto
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Villa Creek came highly recommended, so I stopped there (as a single diner) on my overnight road trip from LA. The Ahi Tuna Ceviche was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! It went perfectly with a spicy cocktail recommended by my friendly efficient waitress! Don't recall the name of the cocktail, but it comes with a slice of jalapeño on top. If you like drinks with a kick, don't miss this one. The entree special of the night, a beautifully done snow white Halibut was lovely. I can't wait to return and try other things on the interesting fresh menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GourmeterVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We left because it was Tuesday Taco nite and it was way too noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This experience was unimpressive. The young lady at the front desk sat us near the front doors with sunlight & cold air when doors opened & noise from busy lounge and front desk. She appeared unhappy about moving us and when we resisted another table, she put us in the very back room, until the front room spilled into the back, yet there were only one or two other tables in the whole place full at the time. Attitude and judgment problems. Both waitresses were delightful and served us well; the menu was too unusual for our taste, and what we had was OK at best-not the remarkable place we had read about. Just a fair experience; would not recommend; will not return. Bad start, not saved by due to weak fare!
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  • Again did not disappoint!
    Brutus70VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Villa Creek has become one of our go to spots for dinner while we are visiting Paso Robles, CA. The chef is innovative and uses a lot of locally farmed and grown items to make his dishes. The restaurant is casual and the wait staff is friendly, helpful, and attentive. We enjoyed our dinner very much. One of the items they are known for are their Duck Natchos. I ordered them this time and they are delicious. The bar part of the restaurant is very busy and energetic. Great place to go to when you are in the area. By the way, the prices are very far.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    2good
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The bar was very busy, a little noisy. Service was great. Food delicious! I had the sea bass and it was tender, flavorful and served on baby greens. My date had the pasta Bolognese. Also very good.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place, menu needs editing
    xo1riderVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Very nice spot for dinner with excellent food, especially good for vegetarians or vegans. I had an issue with the detail of the menu, not enough description of the dishes to avoid surprises. I ordered a seafood dish that was advertised as good for two people for my wife and myself. I even spoke to the server about the type of fish. The menu never mentioned nor did the server that we would be getting a whole fish, head and tail. Left on her own my wife would have sent it back, I was happy to bone the fish and serve my wife and it was delicious but that omission almost ruined the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar Date Night!
    smith
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The menu is diverse and delicious. The dessert menu was remarkable as well. This was a wonderful place for an anniversary dinner after visiting the local tasting rooms. The only complaint (and it's a trivial one) the corkage fee was a bit steep otherwise, the meal was well worth the money spent. Truly a grand dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate