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Il Cortile Ristorante

4.7
4.7
3204 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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Booked 26 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

Popular dishes

Menu

$20 corkage / Two bottles limit please; $2 Split charge

Antipasti

  • Poached Egg$17.00

    over white polenta and parmesan fonduta with shaved black truffles

    • Grilled Octopus$15.00

      with fresh vegetables marinati in a spicy vinaigrette

      • Capesante$21.00

        seared scallops on a bed of celery root puree, portabello mushroom with a parmesan fonduta

        • Quaglia$15.00

          pan seared quail breast, parma prosciutto, sage and caciocavallo topped with seared fois gras in a marsala reduction

          • Carpaccio di Anatra$15.00

            duck carpaccio with gorgonzola sauce, balsamic reduction and caramelized onions

            • Insalate Tre Colori$9.00

              radicchio, endive and arugula topped with shaved parmigiano and balsamic vinaigrette

              • Crostini con Burrata$13.00

                caramelized fennel, basil and crispy pancetta in a balsamic reduction

                • Piatto di Formaggio$17.00

                  Cheese plate with a variety of imported Italian cheeses

                  Primi

                  All our pastas are homemade

                  • Pappardelle al Cinghiale$23.00

                    Homemade pappardelle with wild boar ragu

                    • Fettuccine Salsicia$23.00

                      Spinach fettuccine with house made sausage, white wine and pecorino romano

                      • Tagliatelle al Ragu di Quaglia Arrosto$23.00

                        Red beet tagliatelle with roasted quail ragu

                        • Ravioli di Aragosta$21.00

                          Homemade raviolis with lobster, shrimp and zucchini in a light pomodoro sauce

                          • Agnolotti di Carne$25.00

                            Agnolotti with ground filet, a touch of truffle oil in pecorino sauce, mushrooms and shaved black truffles

                            • Ricotta Gnocchi$23.00

                              Ricotta and spinach gnocchi with a creamy gorgonzola sauce

                              • Risotto del Giorno

                                Risotto of the day

                                • MP

                              Secondi

                              All Secondi entrees are accompanied with fresh vegetables in season. Side of fresh vegetables $5

                              • Filetto al Pepe Verde$38.00

                                Filet mignon with a green peppercorn sauce

                                • Costate di Agnello$38.00

                                  Grilled rack of lamb in an aromatic herb sauce

                                  • Vitello ai Funghi Porcini$46.00

                                    Veal chop with porcini mushroom sauce

                                    • Bistecca$42.00

                                      Grilled rib eye finished with Olea extra virgin olive oil

                                      • Filetto di Salmone$25.00

                                        Grilled salmon with fresh olive oil, lemon and herbs

                                        Beverages

                                        • Sparkling Water$3.50

                                          • Flat Water$3.50

                                            • Orangina$3.50

                                              • Limonata$3.50

                                                • Iced Tea$2.00

                                                  • Espresso$3.00

                                                    • Cappuccino$3.50

                                                      • Caffé Latte$3.50

                                                        • Caffé Americano$2.50

                                                          Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                          What 3,204 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
                                                          • 4.7Service
                                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                                          • 4.4Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

                                                          Loved For

                                                          • California Central Coast

                                                            Fit for Foodies

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                                                            Notable Wine List

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                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Best Italian food I’ve had on the west coast

                                                          2. CS

                                                            CraigS

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            We selected Il Cortile based on the recommendation from the owners of the Airbnb/Winery/Distillery where we stayed for 3 days celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. The evening couldn't have been better. We started with fettuccine with a Parmigiano/butter/cream sauce and shaved truffles. For secondi we had a bistecca with seasonal vegetables and an unexpected pork osso bucco with risotto. For dessert a berry tart. Three hours of truly exceptional Italian cuisine.

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                                                            Brae

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                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had a lovely and delicious dinner. Definitely would return ✅

                                                          4. GR

                                                            GiaRay

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            38 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            38 reviews

                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                            Came from Southern California for our wedding anniversary. I loved the Chilean Sea Bass. My husband ordered spaghetti with shrimp and clams and he said it lacked flavor. We ordered tiramisu for dessert which was ok

                                                          5. G

                                                            Geno

                                                            Central Coast

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined 2 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We always look forward to dining here when we are in town the food is delicious!

                                                          6. FK

                                                            FranK

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                            Polenta with poached egg and truffles is killer.

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                                                            daisymiiller

                                                            San Diego

                                                            51 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            51 reviews

                                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            This venue is always a pleasure. Great food. Outstanding Rosso buck and pastas.

                                                          8. a

                                                            arthur003

                                                            Las Vegas

                                                            15 reviews

                                                            2.0

                                                            15 reviews

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience5

                                                            A server who had an attitude like he was too impressed with himself to bother with serving polite and properly dressed people. The room was sophisticated and reminded us of a big city restaurant. Or server who seemed to fancy himself as a down on his luck actor was abrupt and rude as hell. Our carpaccio came out 3 minutes after an order was placed and swimming in so much sauce we should have ordered a lifeguard as a side order too. Utensils were missing and so too were serving plates. Our pasta order came almost as quickly as the carpaccio. All told unremarkable and unpleasant experience. Times are tough but restaurants should not be.

                                                          9. AP

                                                            AmyP

                                                            Orange County

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                                            overall3food4service1ambience2

                                                            Food was very good, except for the Molten Chocolate Cake. Had to send it back, it was really dry, and no molten. Tasted like a frozen cake that was microwaved. We brought friends who had never dined at Il Cortile, and had the worst waiter, ever.

                                                          10. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Andrea was our server and was fabulous! She is fun, personable and very professional. She made our great meal even more wonderful!!

                                                          11. JV

                                                            JenniferVT

                                                            San Diego

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            What an amazing memorable birthday meal! The octopus and burrata appetizers were delicious and the fresh truffle risotto was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten in my life! We enjoyed a great bottle of Daou and had impeccable service by Andrea.

                                                          12. PG

                                                            PGraziadei

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Il Cortile is always an incredible experience. With exquisite culinary expertise, every course component is thoughtfully and craftily prepared. Ivan is the most attentive and knowledgeable server and always pairs our wine perfectly with each course. The ambiance is warm and elegant with tasteful jazz playing in the background. Il Cortile is, without question, the best fine dining experience in all of North San Luis Obispo County.

                                                          13. JM

                                                            JoeM

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            8 reviews

                                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food great vibe and the only place you can get a great meal with a10 PM reservation. Outstanding!!!

                                                          14. T

                                                            Timbo

                                                            Orange County

                                                            71 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            71 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Best in Paso! Food always good. Service very pleasant. Oso Buco really delicious

                                                          15. E

                                                            Edgar

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            35 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            35 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Delicious food. Top service, up to the smallest detail. Definitely a most to go restaurant while in El Paso de Robles City.

                                                          16. GF

                                                            GloriaF

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            3.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                            Was there for our anniversary. We originally made 5:30 reservations but were told only 5:00 was available for an outdoor table. When we checked in they asked if wanted inside or outside. We bother changing our reservation if we had a choice. Although I stated we were celebrating our Anniversary, there was no mention at check in nor was there a Happy Anniversary dessert. My branzino was ok. We felt rushed by the waiter. The outdoor area was hot, we had to ask twice to have the retractable roof opened for some ventilation. Out table faced the street, they could have put some plants or something to cover the street and parked cars. Our dinner at Allegretto’s restaurant was much better and beautiful.

                                                          17. K

                                                            Kels

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            3.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service3ambience1

                                                            This review is based on the ambiance. Service was good. The inside tables are two feet apart. Not good for private conversations at all. I am not Covid sensitive but it was awkward… SUPER awkward. We were right next to the kitchen when the servers are running food? Our table was wobbly, and we were never offered fresh ground pepper or cheese. Pasta is extremely mediocre, not al dente at all. Thank you to our server for working on Mother’s Day he was great. I hope management fixes the table settings and improves the menu. Do not recommend unless you like being packed like sardines. It’s as if Covid didn’t teach Paso anything.

                                                          18. G

                                                            George

                                                            1 review

                                                            1.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall1food5service3ambience1

                                                            Very small place, no room for food on the table, very noisy, can’t relax at all. Very bad ambience. If you want quietness and relaxation, this is not a place for you. If you are here only for the food, it’s awesome.

                                                          19. PE

                                                            PatrickE

                                                            Palm Springs

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                            Very good Italian cuisine. Patio was noisy, but not unbearably so. Food was excellent. Service was very good, but occasionally slow. We enjoyed the restaurant, and certainly will visit again.

                                                          20. LG

                                                            LisaG

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Amazing food & service. One of the best restaurant experiences we’ve had in quite awhile.

                                                          21. N

                                                            Nick

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful evening as always!

                                                          22. s

                                                            smallplates2

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            30 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            30 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We enjoyed this dining experience. We feel we can always count on Il Cortile for a wonderful, relaxed meal when we are visiting Paso Robles.

                                                          23. SW

                                                            StuartW

                                                            Austin

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            I'm hesitant to give Il Cortile a good recommendation because, as a local, it will likely make it harder to get a reservation. But, the food is is outstanding! The wine list is impressive too. A tad pricey but worth it imho

                                                          24. JP

                                                            JoeP

                                                            Central Coast

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                            Tables crammed together and too small. Wine prices are outrageous. Felt rushed.

                                                          25. p

                                                            pmp0611

                                                            New York Area

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great service, food and atmosphere

                                                          26. JN

                                                            JeffN

                                                            New Orleans

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The server, Daniel, was informative and attentive. The wine selection complemented the food well. As far as the food, it was exceptional. The grilled octopus was remarkably tender and flavorful. The entrees were well balanced with generous portions. The cannolis were well executed. Nothing to mark down about the entire evening.

                                                          27. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            San Diego

                                                            18 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            18 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Elegant but unstuffy; excellent food moderately priced. Perfect!

                                                          28. JC

                                                            JulieC

                                                            Los Angeles

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The service was impeccable! Thank you for a lovely evening.

                                                          29. i

                                                            iamfinicky

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            31 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Authentic Italian food, great wine list, knowledgeable and professional staff. We drive 2 hours to have dinner here. This time we had the branzino and fava pasta with tiramisu for dessert. Delicious!

                                                          30. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall3food3service3ambience4

                                                            Our table was not ready upon arrival. We had to wait about 15 to 20 minutes. The quality of the food was not great as it was on prior visits. The octopus was chewy and the ravioli was mushy with little flavor. The waiter kept filling our already filled glasses of wine, which made us feel rushed. He did ask but we felt like he was trying to move us on. Still a favorite spot but will try other restaurants on our next visit.

                                                          31. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            1 review

                                                            3.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                            overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                            Appetizers and desserts were good. Oh my God, but the main course was not, specially the salmon.

                                                          32. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Tahoe

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Wine country tour

                                                          33. RM

                                                            RMacias

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            This is our favorite restaurant in Paso Robles - wonderful food, service ambiance!

                                                          34. JS

                                                            JohnS

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            16 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            16 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            all good except for A/C ceiling vent over our table. Frigid!!

                                                          35. LN

                                                            LisaN

                                                            Dallas

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            13 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                            It was good. Pricy but we split and had plenty. Quality food and great service!

                                                          36. KI

                                                            KImJ

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The service and food were absolutely outstanding. We will be back and recommend to friends. Fabulous dinner!!

                                                          37. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            Milwaukee

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent food, solid service

                                                          38. M

                                                            Munky10

                                                            Central Coast

                                                            55 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            55 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Thank you for a fantastic dinner, always!

                                                          39. CW

                                                            CarolW

                                                            Denver

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                            Dinner was very good, and the soup (celery and fennel root) was fantastic!

                                                          40. P

                                                            Pkanter

                                                            San Francisco

                                                            119 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            119 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Outstanding food & service. Don’t miss this place when you are visiting Paso Robles.

                                                          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 3204 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                          Booked 26 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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