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Il Cortile Ristorante

4.7
4.7
3243 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
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.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 226-0300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Santos MacDonal

  • Private party facilities

    We offer seating for private parties in our courtyard.

  • Private party contact

    Carole MacDonal: (805) 226-0300

  • Neighborhood

    Paso Robles

  • Cross street

    Spring Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Notable Wine List

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Service

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Value

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood Gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Notable Wine List

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Special Occasion

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a very long time. Everything was prepared perfectly and balanced. We will definitely go there again.
  2. BG

    BeverlyG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service from the bartender Nicky was great, however, our Branzino dinner was disappointing. The fish was overdone and vegetables only so-so. Charming interior. Too hot & dry to sit outside and even the interior was warm. Maybe we hit an off-night as a friend recommended it.
  3. MS

    MyraS

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Il Cortile. Our waiter was very personable and we appreciated his honesty. We were starting to wonder why the other diners were getting their food even though we had ordered before them. He said the kitchen had overcooked the lamb chops and they were therefore making new ones. The food arrived and it was perfect. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service. At the last minute we needed to add 2 more to our reservation. They happily accommodated us, even though the restaurant was quite full. We’ll dine there again.
  5. BR

    BrianR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first-time visit. Every dish was delicious and the service was impeccable. The server gave good advice about choosing a wine. We will go back!
  6. MM

    MichaelM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every year we visit the central coast for our anniversary. We select a number of fine dining restaurants from Monterey to San Luis Obispo. Il Cortile is by far one of the best. Highly recommended!
  7. TE

    ThomasE

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation As always one of the best restaurant in Paso Robles. Stayed Nextdoor at Piccolo which I also highly recommend
  8. KM

    KenM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best restaurants in Paso Robles. The food is fantastic, the service is great, and their wine selection is outstanding.
  9. DC

    DanC

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a wonderful time at Il Cortile. The service was fantastic and was our meal. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thank you very much.
  10. m

    mas13

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We weren't impressed with the food at all. My husband had lamb anglonotti; the sauce had good flavor (albeit very salty), but the pasta was very heavy and thick, and the filling was scant, at best. My pappardelle with boar ragu was a bigger disappointment. The pasta was well cooked, but the boar had the flavor and texture of chuck roast (I've had boar quite frequently in Italy, New York, and at a few local Italian restaurants, so it wasn't my first rodeo), and the flavor was sorely lacking.
  11. JD

    JakobD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal meal, pricing was a pleasant surprise coming from LA.
  12. JH

    JamieH

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our best meals in California this trip. Everything we ordered from the wine, entrees and dessert were exceptional. I ordered the scallops and octopus appetizers for my meal and both were expertly prepared. My husband ordered the peppercorn filet, and he loved it. The tiramisu was definitely in my top five of all time - absolutely delicious!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurant meals we’ve had. Everything was great from start to finish.
  14. SJ

    SJSJ

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner can not wait to return. The veal chop melted in your mouth. The pasta was so fresh and the octopus reminded us of Athens. Highly recommended.
  15. T

    Taurus

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and wine was superb! The wait staff were attentive and pleasant. The only negative was that the sun was in my eyes for about half of the meal. I loved sitting outside, but a shade screen to block the early evening sun would be a nice addition.
  16. D

    Denise

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Next time I would like to eat inside. It was a bit tight outside. Overall a wonderful experience.
  17. MB

    MaxB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food and we even met some new friends.
  19. RA

    RAH205

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Google search for a dinner prior to seeing the lights exhibit in Paso directed us to ll Cortile. We made early reservations on OT. Upon arrival We saw Chef Santos standing out front and we greeted each other then entered. They have a covered outside area in front of the restaurant. The interior is small but quaint. Small bar seating to the right and kitchen window to the rear. We were seated to the back left before the hallway to the kitchen and restrooms. Our table Was fine. We were seated given menus and Water and then Ivan our server approached. He was not personable,he was abrupt and pretentious. Did not seem like he even cares if we were there. Definitely no greeting or small talk. Upon asking questions about the items on the menu he Talked around them and became frustrated when I Kept asking for an answer. Example was I Asked what type of oysters are you offering Answer Washington. Specifically I Asked The names and was told medium to Large. Finally he admitted he did not know which was fine but he talked around it As opposed to going to the kitchen to find out. Same thing went with describing a special. So the great was the Polenta, poached egg and truffle appetizer. After experiencing this flavor bomb I asked Ivan to let the Chef know how Pleased We were with this dish. I saw he did not so I did. We ordered the sea bass special which came with sautéed vegetables. The entire dish lacked flavor. We also Ordered pappardelle with wild boar. The pasta was great the ragú had good flavor but was lacking that wow factor. Cocktails were excellent. We would definitely go Back for the polenta dish and a different server. Hopefully it was just a bad evening for Ivan. Regardless if the food is spectacular service definitely puts a shadow over it.
  20. M

    Morewineplease

    Los Angeles

    178 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    178 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our friends with us for their first visit to Paso. The food was outstanding as usual. Our friends had the oso buco and were over them moon. Thanks!
  21. SP

    SteveP

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    This restaurant routinely shows up as the best in Paso. I cannot say I was similarly impressed. The ambiance and layout of the restaurant is good, and the noise level was fine. Very clean and elegant. Regarding the food. Scallop appetizer was good, far from great, and grossly overpriced at $19 for three scallops. We're in a period of inflation, I get it, but that is absurd. The scallops themselves were very tender and perfectly cooked. Matched with a fairly ordinary sweet potato puree, which was not a particularly creative or good pairing. The caprese salad was an absolute joke for an Italian restaurant in the middle of the agriculture capital of the world. Tough mozzarella, bland and terrible tomatoes and a totally ordinary dressing. We shared the squid ink pasta with seafood, which was outstanding. Served very hot. Excellent pasta and sauce. Wine was good but nothing special. The server was among the worst I have experienced in years. Totally uninterested in communicating at all. Should not be in a public service field if she doesn't like people. Perhaps having a bad day, but still very poor. This place seems to be riding its reputation, and the owners would do well to send in a tester to see what's really going on. Not recommended.
  22. JK

    JenniferK

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Highly recommend! Every time we’re in Paso we dine here and it never disappoints.
  23. M

    Mushi2

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    We have eaten at Il Cortile before, but this was the last time! We had a good waiter, a nice cocktail but the food, for the price, was a serious disappointment! For a $27 asparagus pasta dish, there wasn’t even one Whole asparagus 😣. They rarely have fresh greens. The portions are so chintzy- tasty, but a rip off. Done!
  24. JR

    JeffreyR

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish an excellent experience. A must visit while in town, you will not be disappointed. 5 stars all the way.
  25. l

    lsbg

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant and ambience. I would prefer more people to wear masks but the CDC has temporarily let us down. The food was absolutely excellent and the wine list suitably expensive and costly in a reasonable way. Will happily go there again when we come back in several months
  26. KJ

    KJL1532

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience was lovely at Il Cortile. Andrea took great care of me at the bar and all the staff I came in contact with were professional yet warm and personable. The food was wonderful- thank you for a fabulous experience!
  27. SN

    SherrieN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was disappointing when we arrived and had reservations for over 3 weeks for our anniversary and the table for two was literally next to the service bar for the kitchen. We asked to sit at another table and the hostess said those are for a party of 3 or more. So we were offered a 4 top table outside(?). Food was very good and so was service but ambiance on patio lacking.
  28. MP

    MichaelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is, bar-none my favorite Italian restaurant. Anywhere. It is always a treat, a consistently great experience, every time. Thanks!
  29. t

    teachermom1954

    Central Coast

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is AMAZING!!! We had to wait for our table so we sat at the bar. The bartender,Niki, was so very helpful. She went over all the specials with us so we knew when we got to our table exactly what we wanted. We had the soup which was a sugar pea purée and it was fantastic. My husband had the Osso Bucco and I had the rack of lamb. Both bishes were outstanding. Great service and wonderful food. We’re recommend to anyone
  30. MB

    MichaelB

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the dining experience so much the first evening that we returned the next evening... two fabulous evenings of great flavors, service and atmosphere... one can almost just work your way through the apps and have a fabulous dining experience... good bartender and wine list!!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always make a point to eat here in our drive up from SoCal to Santa Clara. We’ve never been disappointed. The risotto, sea bass, caprese salad plus dessert were amazing. The service has always been excellent.
  32. DC

    DonnaC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding !!!! I believe her name was Cassie ? (short, curly blondish hair) She was attentive, friendly & professional. Bravo to the entire staff & chefs !!
  33. T

    Titan

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The owner Carol was wonderful and Ashley the bartender made the experience Awesome! They both suggested the Veal Chop and it was spot on! Thank You for a great night out! Dr Turek
  34. W

    Watchwait

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dining experience from the moment we entered the premises. We grabbed a last-minute reservation for two on the Memorial Day weekend. Ivan and Giovanni took impeccable care of our needs from start to finish. Service was polished, professional...but not "stuffy". We love it when a serving team is willing to actually "engage" with their clients - as were Ivan and Giovanni. With white truffles in season, we took full advantage of them on several dishes. Too, I had forgotten how exquisite your homemade, ribbon-thin fettuccini in a parmesan cream sauce can be when enhanced with white truffles. Again, my highest compliments to both the front and back-end staff...as well as the ownership/management team who realizes what it takes to consistently achieve excellence. Steve & Bonnie Sidwell Paso Robles residents!
  35. CB

    CarylB

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding.. we LOVE sitting on the patio in any weather. Staff is so knowledgeable-LOVE everything about every meal!
  36. SJ

    SkylarJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I come here alll the time it’s my favorite place to go for date night. There food is to die for and their service is wonderful I have nothing bad to say about this place
  37. MO

    MOnn

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great spot when we wanted a more formal dinner out in Paso Robles
  38. d

    doemarie

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely amazing! My husband said his martini was the best ever!
  39. AO

    AnnO

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    My husband does not drink and the owner has chosen not to serve soda pop. This was a problem until the server said she would send the bus person next door to buy a coke for him. I have a hard time understanding the owner's view for consumers who don't drink. We will not ever eat there again.
  40. SP

    SaraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and wine-what’s not to love?

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Il Cortile Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 3243 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Il Cortile Ristorante

608 12th St. Paso Robles, CA 93446

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spring Street

  • Neighborhood

    Paso Robles

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Santos MacDonal

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 226-0300

  • Private party facilities

    We offer seating for private parties in our courtyard.

  • Private party contact

    Carole MacDonal: (805) 226-0300

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