Visiting Paso Robles for the first time, we went by several reviews that had Artisan as the tip or near tip of best restaurants in the area.
We visited on a quiet Tuesday evening. There were 16 patrons in the entire restaurant from when we arrived at 6:45 pm until we departed at 9:25. Note the amount of time we were there .
1. We waited more than 10 minutes after we were seated to be greeted by our server.
2. We only ordered 4 entrees with no salads or apps ordered. After she took our order (more than 35 minutes after being seated) our entrees were served 49 minutes after that.
3. After waiting for an unreasonable amount of time for our entrees, one Hanger Steak that was ordered to be cooked at medium rare plus, came bloody and near rare, rare. After sending it back, another 20 minutes to get it back.
3. We brought in a bottle of Paso Robles wine to drink as we had heard that if you brought a local wine in that the corkage fee would be waived. They charged us 25.00 for the privilege.
In summary, while the food was better than average, the experience here was an F. Don’t believe the internet hype. Finally, our 4 entrees with 3 deserts and the corkage fee was more than $220.00! Again, no salads or apps, just 4 entrees, some potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Ridiculous prices for a disappointing evening at Artisan.
We were excited to go Artisan based on other reviews, but once there, were disappointed. Not only was the ambiance lack-luster, reminding us of a nicer version of Denny's, but the kitchen also ran out of pizza dough. Thankfully, we walked over to another restaurant and had an amazing dinner.
Dined here our first night visiting Paso Robles and it will definitely be at the top of our list to revisit on our next trip! Pate was exceptional, brussel sprouts were some of the best we’ve had and the burrata pizza with chorizo was perfect. Excellent cocktails and wine selection. Service was outstanding - would give more stars for it if I could.
Our vegetarian friend loved the Brussels sprouts. My husband love the slow smoked pork. And my little meatballs with ricotta gnocchi were delicious. I just wish I had a bit more. The desserts were FUN! My favorite was chocolate and churros. Had to share, but didn’t want to.
Service was excellent! But, The presentation of the food was poor. Everything was brown. No color except faded green vegies. The steak tasted great, but the brown color of everything and the really salty sauce diminished the experience.
We arrived at the restaurant and were warmly greeted and taken to our table. The first thing we realized is that a religious song was playing loudly on the loud speakers, Elvis Presley singing "How Great Thou Art". We looked at each other in a puzzled way and said to each other that if this keeps up we will have to leave. The next series of songs were like something you'd hear at a hot dog stand. The ambiance of the music was horrible. We asked if they could change it but we were told the music was on an IPod owned and programmed by the owners and couldn't be changed. So, by this time we had ordered drinks because we previously were told they'd see what they could do. Long story short we paid $20.00 for our drinks which we couldn't finish and left without ordering food. We ended up at Buono Tavola and had an amazing meal so Valentine's dinner was a happy experience. Someone needs to have the music selections fit the restaurant. A Live music like jazzy guitar would be perfect.
Sauce on flank steak surprised us. Did not pair well with wine
Great service and the food was amazing
The food was very good. High quality fresh ingredients well prepared. I have some dietary restrictions and our server was super helpful in assisting me to get a healthy meal I really enjoyed.