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Il Cortile Ristorante

4.7
4.7
3429 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

7:00 PM


Booked 24 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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What 3,429 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Overall

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Food

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Fit for Foodies

  • 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

    Most Booked

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  1. EF

    EncinitasFoodie

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    The food and service here is outstanding. But in the colder months be very clear with them that you want an inside table and that the heated patio is not acceptable. I made my reservation 6 weeks in advance and ended up on the patio. It didn’t occur to me that we would be outside. Even with heaters it was freezing. They moved us to a warmer spot on the patio and then the heater ran out of gas. The server did what she could, but the patio is a space only for the warmer months, I’ll go back, but only if they can guarantee me an inside table. If I’m spending $100 per person for an excellent meal, I don’t expect to be cold.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time to this restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, our server was knowledgeable and we would definitely recommend to anyone.
  3. HO

    HalloweenOwl

    Fort Lauderdale

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and atmosphere was great. Wine list is impressive. V
  4. S

    Sandy

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We all enjoyed our meals very much. Service was excellent. Friendly and prompt. Would definitely check me back if in the area
  5. WG

    WilliamG

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Booked at Il Cortile for our 20th anniversary dinner. Reservation was for 8:30 pm. Arrived at 8:35 pm and there were no tables available. We didn’t mind waiting however I had a text at 8:00 AM indicating the table was ready. We waited about 30 minutes & 1 table became available which they setup quickly for us. It was the table at the very end of the restaurant by the entrance to the kitchen & the restrooms but it was fine. Just before they sat us down the host disappeared from her station. After a few more minutes one of the waitresses noticed we were still waiting even though the table was ready and seats us at the table. As soon as we sat down, 3 or 4 other tables become available which we would have preferred for this special occasion especially after waiting for 35 or 40 minutes. As we order our food the host reappears and sits at the table next to us and proceeds to have her dinner. Another waitress joins the host at the table and an intense conversation begins to the extend that at times I can’t hear my wife. Soon the restaurant is pretty empty except maybe 3 tables. When I made the reservations about a month ago I mentioned it was our anniversary but no one acknowledges that. The food was really good but overall it wasn’t a good experience especially if I’m a paying customer.
  6. RE

    RhondaE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lucked out and they had fresh truffles!! We had three dishes with black truffles and we were in heaven. Wait staff were friendly, helpful and just added to the experience. This is our go-to place when we get to town.
  7. j

    jj16374

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Cortile never disappoints! One of our favorite all time restaurants. Our server was also the bartender and was quite entertaining. When planning a trip to Paso Robles, Il Cortile is always the first reservation we make.
  8. RG

    RandelG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a delight to dine here!!
  9. LM

    LisaM

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing,,,great server Eric took great care of us…..YUMMY!!
  10. S

    Sarah

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    The special of the day that we ordered was $120 for a pasta. We were not alerted of the cost. Not going back.
  11. a

    alisont

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and we are still thinking about it this morning
  12. RS

    RobertSR

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Cortile remains at the top of our list for Italian restaurants. The only reason we don’t eat here more often is that we live over four hours away. Much better Italian food than anything available in Marin County.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25th anniversary
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I dined at Il Cortile around four years ago. We enjoyed it so much we decided to visit again during our recent trip to Paso Robles. If it had room for improvement they found a way to do it. Delicious specials and great service. Our favorite restaurant. It’s a must have when in PR.
  15. SD

    SusanD

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is reliably some of the best food we've found in Paso Robles. In our opinion, it's worthy of a Michelin listing or star. Great food and ambience!
  16. JB

    JimB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Great service. Too much meat and not enough alternative dishes. Food average. Really needs to reassess its menu.
  17. B

    Breakin79

    Tahoe

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding branzino and pappardelle (wild boar) and salsiccia pastas. Extensive wine list but most over $100. Great overall experience but very noisy. Still our favorite restaurant in Paso.
  18. RC

    RichardC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Il Cortile on Friday Nov.11th was one of the BEST dinners we have ever had!!! The lobster and the pork Osso buco were AMAZING!!! We told some friends about our dinner, they went Saturday getting the same things and said it was one of the best dinners they had ever had!
  19. NC

    NicoleC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was exceptional. The Ossobuco is hands down one of the best meals we have ever had. When we travel to Paso we make it appoint to eat here.
  20. ER

    EllenR

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always busy and always fantastic! There is a delicious mix of homemade pasta options as well as fish and meat.
  21. MP

    MarkP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a terrific dinner we had! The caprese salad with burrata and two types of fresh tomatoes is the best we've ever eaten. The fresh bread with olive oil and balsamic was delicious, with high quality oil and vinegar. Our entrees were well done and we ate every bite. Dessert was panna cotta and it was exceptional too! Service was perfect and we will be back. Now I've made myself hungry!
  22. MH

    MaryH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and our server was very knowledgeable about wine! Would definitely recommend this restaurant
  23. DB

    DougB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  24. R

    Robin

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Disappointed the beef cheek ravioli was not available. However, our wild boar ragu and filet mignonette were outstanding as a second nd choice.
  25. k

    kens

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had heard your restaurant was the best in Paso. We love it. I could suggest that you offer a salad that does not include arugula. Best cannolis we ever had
  26. u

    uk2la

    Los Angeles

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints, it is always consistent and the food is delicious.
  27. JO

    JackieO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ll Cortile is my favorite restaurant Chef Santos and his staff never disappoint. Everything on the menu is delicious
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every item on the menu was absolutely phenomenal
  29. SS

    SandyS

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had table reservations and waited at the bar. The bartender, Krystal, was so kind and attentive, we decided to stay at the bar for dinner. It also was a little quieter where we were sitting. I had the special, a whole lobster on spaghetti. The lobster was cooked perfectly! Unfortunately, try as much as I could, I had to leave one half tail untouched. I want to give Krystal a special recommendation. She really is a reason to go to Il Cortile. We’re going back again in the Spring and will ask for bar seats.
  30. GS

    GerryS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good Italian food , good service and relatively quiet surroundings,
  31. AM

    AnitaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at ILCortile. Everything was wonderful! We wanted to sit inside but they put us outside in the front patio which was fine. We loved all our dishes and drinks. The best Osso. Buco we ever had and the beef cheeks ravioli was delicious. We even met chef Santos. The best chef in Paso Robles. Can’t wait to go to his other restaurant La Cosecha.
  32. PG

    PeterG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Excellent wonderful food & service Would highly recommend!
  33. DC

    DinerCH

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Totally recommend.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  35. CL

    CLRS

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t have been more lovely!
  36. DT

    DoninTemecula

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Small place with great food and attentive service. Would definitely recommend.
  37. KB

    KBRAM

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We saw great reviews for the II Cortile and we were staying next door at the Piccolo and had to visit. After traveling all day, we wanted a quiet meal and didn't order any appetizers or salads. We had been snacking all day. Since we ordered only entrees, our server decided that would be when he would provide the bread. So we sat there for 20 minutes with nothing but a glass of wine. Our seats were right beside the server station by the chef's open window. Very noisy and congested. Food was very good to excellent. My husband had the salmon and I had the gnocchi. Our server was just ok.
  38. MG

    MaryG

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quaint restaurant downtown Paso. We had a wonderful meal with excellent service. Some entries were a little pricey but overall worth the money. Didn’t experience the wines but excellent list to choice from for dinner.
  39. S

    Spinmom

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    We went for my husband’s birthday. He offered our server a taste of our special wine which she accepted but never thanked us for. The food was good. Nothing special and the server was efficient but no warmth. Never even wished my husband a happy birthday. We mentioned the experience to the manager/owner and she basically just said she was surprised that the server is usually very good. I wouldn’t go back when there are so many other places to try.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    anniversary dinner. loved the food. hostess and waitress absolutely lovely . wonderful evening, thank you.

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 3429 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 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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