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Artisan

4.2
2493 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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From its inviting corner location at 12th and Pine streets in charming downtown Paso Robles, Artisan captures the essence of the Paso Robles wine country on every plate. Showcasing locally grown produce and handcrafted foods, Executive Chef Kyle Baca finds much of the inspiration for his dishes through regular trips to the farmer’s market; he combines regional American flavors in new and innovative ways. Artisan’s menu features local and organic produce, and proteins that are wild caught or sustainably farmed with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Chef Baca's insistence on freshness and quality complements his style which allows each ingredient to shine, but not overwhelm. Designed to complement its contemporary American cuisine, Artisan’s wine list offers a balanced selection of varietals that includes many wines from California regions in small or limited distribution. The staff of Artisan kindly look forward to serving you in the near future.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Afternoon Menu
Daily 4:30 pm–5:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(805) 237-8084
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kyle Baca
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Cross street
12th and Pine
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2493 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined a day ago

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.

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RedSox14 (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

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Holcomb33 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Consistently good!

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vipOCfoodie (Portland)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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Sherrill (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Sauce on flank steak surprised us. Did not pair well with wine

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great service and the food was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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.

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vipChet (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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Brenna (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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NoFlem (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Service and food were wonderful, we will return next time in town.

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StanOnMars (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

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.

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vipDeniseD (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We enjoyed the boar tenderloin at the bar with a great bartender.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Nous avons tous aimés notre repas.
Nous recommandons!

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vipvk255 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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vipDeauxdy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

It was great. The food is fantastic. Can’t wait to return

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food. My salad was excellent and had the wild boar which was a treat.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

The boar was out of this world. Mushroom pizza was unreal as well.

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Committedfoodie (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 3, 2017

We were disappointed. Menu was uninspiring, our meal was of very average quality. The kitchen appeared to be well staffed. We expected more.

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Lisatn (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 27, 2017

Where or where is the option for the best reason to recommend this restaurant:

GOOD FOOD!

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robin (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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vipJesseya1 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

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