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.
Great gluten-free version of the grilled chicken sandwich at Sunday brunch! Also enjoyed the sorbet mimosa. Server was attentive, even with a very large party dining nearby. Timed things very well. I would love to see another gluten-free option on the dessert menu. Liked the local representation on the beverage menu.
Service was terrible. We got to the restaurant a little earlier than our reservation and decided to grab a drink at the bar. The bartender didn’t really seem to care that we were there. He asked what we wanted and handed the order off to another bartender who didn’t even get the order right. We decided to take our drinks and go sit in the dining area hoping to get better service. Once we were seated it took 10 min for the waitress to greet us. We only ordered a pizza and a couple glasses of wine. Our pizza came out before the wine! Just not what we expected for all the great reviews we saw online.
The food was ok. I always like the meatballs but it seems as if the portions have gotten smaller. They don't have the wine flights anymore, which I loved. My husband ordered the short ribs and the portion was small and mostly fat. The service is good, prices a little high for what you get though.
Service and food were wonderful, we will return next time in town.
Second time coming to this restaurant and it did not disappoint. Great suggestions for wine pairings and the food was really incredible - just the right amount of spicing (like a hint of fresh ginger with the wild boar) was really masterful. Alex just nailed it. Perfect portion sizes and friendly waitstaff.
We enjoyed the boar tenderloin at the bar with a great bartender.
Nous avons tous aimés notre repas.
We went here for New Year’s Eve and while this place was a bit more casual than the New Years dinner I had envisioned, the food was great, our server was lovely and the service was very good. Didn’t much care for the ambiance of some of the other diners. Get the Brussels sprouts!
We were not as impressed with Artisan this year. We came for the first time last New Years and LOVED IT so came back this year. The menu had changed, different owners and different chef. Not as good as last year. Waitress wasn’t happy, food was ok but really expensive for what we got. Probably won’t come back.
This was our second time eating at Artisan and it did not disappoint. The chicken was moist and delicious - and the cherries gave it such a distinct flavor - the gnocchi and meatballs were superb, the smoked pork like butter. You can't go wrong at this restaurant.
Still love this place! We only visit Paso once a year, but this restaurant is always a must. I crave the small plates (this time we chose the fondue with bread, sausage and broccoli for dipping), the potatoes and the beyond-amazing brussel sprouts. The men-folk had the meat dishes (one phenomenal hangar steak and one smoked pork dish) and the women split a Portobello mushroom pizza, which was heavenly. The wine list is full of goodies and Paso treats! We brought one wine in from our own stash, and bought one from the wine list, so corkage was waived. Our server was so engaging that we didn't want to leave, as she even held the front door open for us on the way out. Just wish we lived closer.
It was great. The food is fantastic. Can’t wait to return
Excellent food. My salad was excellent and had the wild boar which was a treat.
The boar was out of this world. Mushroom pizza was unreal as well.
We were disappointed. Menu was uninspiring, our meal was of very average quality. The kitchen appeared to be well staffed. We expected more.
We had been wine tasting and nibbling all day so we chose to keep it lighter and shareable. This restaurants was perfect for that. Waitress helped with recommendations. Mushroom pizza, pickled beets/goat cheese/truffle oil and meatballs were all delicious. Since we were wined-out, we choose cocktails....cant remember which but do remember we liked them!! Finished off with the yummy butterscotch pudding. Really enjoyed the whole experience. Would definitely go back on our next visit to Paso. Highly recommend.
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We wanted a nice light late meal and ordered the pickled beets/ arugula salad and the small plate meatball- gnocci dish, yum! A glass of Daou cab was perfect accompaniment.
I was very disappointed coming back a year later to this restaurant, after my first experience here in 2016 was glorious. New owners, lots of changes. They still have the same menu from a year ago on the website so I was really excited, but the actual food and wines have completely changed. Quality of both has dropped. Service was pleasant but unconcerned. A year ago this would have been my top recommendation in the area. Now it’s a solid grade C.
Great place for drinks and dinner! The pickle plate was excellent as well as the salads and pizza! Great spot in Paso Robles! Wonderful place for casual or special occasion dining! Thanks!