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About Il Cortile Ristorante

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.

608 12th St.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays.

Cross Street:
Spring Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 226-0300

Website:
http://www.ilcortileristorante.com/

Executive Chef:
Santos MacDonal

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Il Cortile Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (48)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Good for a Date (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (40)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Notable Wine List (32)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Romantic (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Authentic (24)
Cozy (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Local Ingredients (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (8)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

My daughter had the seafood pasta with tomato sauce and she loved it. I had the basil gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce. The gnocchi was small and nice the Gorgonzola sauce tasted more like blue cheese and was just ok. We shared the Terimisu light and nice.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful dinner. Food was fabulous. Small restaurant. Make reservations to be sure you get a place to sit. Wine and Beer only, no cocktails. We would definitely come back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Jeff waited on us and provided great service. The food was impeccable. I had the osso buco and my wife the spinach gnocchi. I recommend both but doubt you could go wrong ordering anything. Will definitely dine there again next time in Paso Robles.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Il Cortile never fails to amaze. The beef carpaccio with shaved truffles is amazing and the homemade pasta seals the deal. Great wine list. We will return again!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Outstanding food and service as always. Unfortunately, there was a table of screeching young women that were disturbing what otherwise would have been a quiet, romantic dinner. We waited too long to complain to the hostess, but she immediately addressed the situation.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went to Il Cortile on a recommendation from Carriage Vineyards B&B and were not disappointed. The wine was excellent (Thacher - Constant Variable) and food was awesome. Try the lobster ravioli. Service was over the top. We highly recommend and will definitely come back when we are in the area.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our first time here. Now it moves to our #1 in Paso. Food was fresh and perfectly prepared - grilled octopus starter with a sort of vege ratatouille underneath. Rack of lamb perfectly prepared with spinach and some roasted organic local sweet potato - ample entre to split after a starter. Excellent service and a mix of local and Italian wines. It's not a large place but
not too noisy and only one slightly obnoxious table where one guy had perhaps done too much wine tasting,

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Fabulous as always. All 6 of us loved our dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent food. A few specials with fresh truffles...done well....need I say more.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ambiance: This is a small restaurant and it is pretty loud. My husband and I were seated in the worst possible seat in the restaurant. It was one of those half booths where you are sitting against a wall and the people next to you are SO close you might as well be sitting with the people next to you. We also were at the seat that is right next to the kitchen. I asked to move and they did move us to another table after a little while so things were better after that.
Food. The food was good but I was strongly discouraged from making any changes to my desired item. I guess the chef doesn't like to change the dishes but there is such a thing as personal preferences. I think that the diner should be allowed to make small modifications according to likes and dislikes.
Service. The service was actually the best part. Our waiter was very nice and he gave us a good wine recommendation.
Wine list. There is a very good wine list mostly including Italian wines and local Paso Robles wines. There are many more choices for bottles and less options for wines by the glass.

Here are my recommendations to the restaurant if they choose to read my review:
1) If possible, get a larger space for this restaurant. It felt very cramped and noisy and the people waiting for tables were just standing in the restaurant with nowhere to sit.
2) get rid of that 2 person half booth by the kitchen. Use the extra space to add a few inches between the other half booths against the wall. Trust me, no one who sits in that seat has a good experience so why have it?
3) offer more wines by the glass for those of us who don't drink a whole bottle but still want to drink a nice wine.
4) Encourage your chef to be a little more open minded to modifications in the menu items
5) consider making a homemade gluten-free pasta? Maybe one item on the menu for some of the gluten-sensitive?

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wedding Anniversary

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great Italian food with attentive service. The menu was creative and the food delicious. Enjoyed the beef carpaccio with the parmesan fondue and the branzino was perfectly prepared over risotto. Pasta is made fresh. The wine list was good but they also allowed outside wines with a minimal corking fee. Dinner was so good we came back the next night.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We invited our friends fro Hawaii to join us on a wine tasting trip to Paso Robles and made reservations for Il Cortile after looking at reviews/ratings. The food was fabulous and lived up to the recommendations of others. The only slightly negative issue was that it was super crowded with a line out the door (great for their business but a bit noisy for our preferences).

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great place for dinner!! Wonderful food good wine great service.

Tags: Authentic, Vegan, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Our only night in Paso Robles was well spent at Il Cortile Ristorante. Wonderful fresh flavors in the best tradition of the Italian kitchen, and great advice from the sommelier gave us a wine experience to match the tasty menu. Would definitely return!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Il Cortile was much less expensive than expected. With the varied menu, almost any budget can be accommodated.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wonderful ambience, food and service! Great place to celebrate that special day!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great local producer wine list. Food is always good. Wait staff are friendly.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was exceptional! My husband and I went for our anniversary and they did not disappoint! Our dessert even had a special anniversary wish! We already look forward to our next visit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Delicious food! Cozy environment, great service, better to make a reservation in advance

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Everything about II Cortile Ristorante was terrific, from the beginning; Hostess, Server and Chef /staff great job. The Osso Bucco was so flavorful and tender it was done just right not over filling, my Husband had the rack of lamb and loved it. I would recommend this restaurant as a must.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary with a trip to California and this restaurant was recommended by a family member who lives inthe area. Food was very good and the service was great. Great night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was spectacular as was the service. The tables for 2 were a little too close together. Hard to get in and out as seat against the wall was a continuance bench. Really hard to have any conversation without next table hearing everything and you hearing everything next table had to say

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful Italian pastas. I had the lobster and shrimp ravioli a and it was a special plate of delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Cozy ambiance with a comfortable atmosphere. Food was delicious and service very professional.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Wonderful restaurant in every respect.
Outstanding food and service!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Fantastic food, intimate setting, good wine selection, too!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything in the restaurant was pretty amazing. It was weird that they didn’t have any soft drinks. I don’t drink any alcohol and their non-alcoholic beverage selection was minimal. Also, the dishes they served although absolutely amazing all were missing vegetables. They make you buy them separately for $5 which I think is a little off putting. Other than that the place is great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Delicious food! Every single bite was so fresh and flavorful! The waitress also recommended the perfect bottle of wine.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Top to bottom, a superb dining experience with creative food preparation and attentive service. Definitely plan to return on our next visit to Paso Robles.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Really enjoyed our visit here. It 's a little tight but cozy. The food was outstanding with service to match.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Risotto with wild truffles was really good. Ricotta gnocchi was just okay.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We've been to Il Cortile before and couldn't wait to return. We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful experience! The prosciutto and melon starter was amazing - gluten/dairy free. We loved the rack of lamb, too. The food and service are fantastic!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Gnocchi in pesto sauce was amazing. Shared the osso bucco with my sister and it was delicious!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 14, 2017

An outstanding dinner to begin a marvelous weekend in the wine country. We started off with insalata caprese and a bottle of wine. The heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella melted in your mouth. The service was attentive but never pushing to turn the table. After dinner we were able to enjoy each other's company while holding hands and finishing our wine. The atmosphere was lively but the acoustics in the restaurant were so good never did we have to shout to hear each other. If you're looking for Italian don't go anywhere else. This place cannot be beat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food was very good, the service was a little slow, however our waiter was as attentive and pleasant as the crowded circumstances allowed. It was obvious that they weren't expecting such a full house on a Wednesday evening or they were short handed. The table where we sat was a little too close to the bar, where people were standing two to three deep, and they were leaning against one of our party's chair and knocking into her....was uncomfortable at times. I think the outdoor seating provides a more intimate setting.
I would definitely return for the food!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

My wife and I have been there several times with friends and for special occasions. Serve is great and the food is exceptional.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Too expensive for the quality of meal presented. Memorable only for the size of the bill

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This restaurant is one of my favorites in Central California. The food is fantastic. The kitchen and restaurant overall is food-centric. Not fussy but all is made with extreme care and the best of ingredients. The fresh pasta is about the best you’ll find anywhere.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This was our first visit to Il Cortile and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our anniversary was acknowledged, the food delicious and the service fantastic. We’ll be back when we’re in town again. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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