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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (43)
Special Occasion (41)
Good for a Date (37)
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Notable Wine List (35)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Romantic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Authentic (22)
Cozy (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (10)
Healthy (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fantastic. We will be back. Filet great and desert was awesome.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had our New Years Eve Dinner at Il Cortile Ristorante, the food was fantastic. Amazing appetizers, Primi and Secondi with truffles, excellent wine list and just amazing food. Thank you for the evening.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed an excellent dinner on New Years eve. The food, service and ambience were all great.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 1, 2018

another home run for Il Cortile in Paso Robles. Sometimes the drive to Paso seems a bit far, but this restaurant makes the trip worthwhile. We went for NYE. The truffle risotto is absolutely the creamiest, richest risotto you will ever have. We are getting so many "we have to have this again" items on their menu will be need a cart for left overs. The grilled octopus appetizer was some of the freshest, most tender I have tasted. Also loved the burrata appetizer. My enter was pork osso buco which was great and we finished with the panna cotta, which was perfect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Ambiance was good. Il Cortile has great appetizers and mains.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent meal. I eat out all the time and I thought this was one of the best meals I have had.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fabulous food was exceptional

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, Great service, Great restaurant. It was our second time coming here for our anniversary and we may make it a yearly ritual.

Tags: Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Outstanding food and service! We will be back. Great vibe as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I've been here 3 times now and it's official; the food is way, way over salted!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My wife and I were enjoying a couple of days visiting Paso Robles, we very much enjoyed our meal at Il Cortile. We shared the octopus appetizer which was excellent and contained quite a bit of octopus. I had the Seafood (Lobster) Ravioli which was exquisite. Lynn also very much enjoyed the osso bucco which (I think was pork rather than veal?). Very tender and moist.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wow! Best pasta I have had in a long time! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Andrena our waitress, was also top notch! Intimately familiar with the menu, both for the food as well as wine, and was extremely attentive!

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food, great service, good value for the money, and thankfully the music was very quiet so it was a relaxing and peaceful evening!
Delicious meal from Chef. This restaurant is a great find in the small town of Paso Robles! Would be a great find in San Francsico even - that's how good it is!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was perfect, thank you Santos! The service was perfect, thank you Andrea! The company was perfect, thank you to our friends!

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was at Il Cortile with a friend for a pre birthday dinner and the place was just amazzinngg! I have had friends who told me about this restaurant already so off we went. The food was very good, the filet mignon was bomb! The grilled octopus was superb! We stayed for a little bit and talked to our server and he was just amazing. Told us a little bit about the owner, from which region in Italy their food is inspired, and just fun personal experience. Love that! staff were very friendly too! Grazie!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Il Cortile has been our go-to for at least our last three Anniversaries (and other occasions as well). The prices are high-end, but so is the food. Consistently delicious; never disappointed

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always our first stop when we get to Paso. Give it a try and you’ll be back too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We always have a great meal here. It's our families' "special occasion" restaurant. The pork oso buco was heavenly as always. Both of my daughters ALWAYS get the filet mignon with peppercorn sauce and we cannot leave without fighting over a panna cota. This time we also got a chocolate lava cake. Even the bread is divine. Can't wait to go back again. They always make us feel special.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our whole experience was excellent. We had the carpaccio appetizer special that was to die for. So much flavor! Everyone enjoyed their meals and the wait staff were wonderful!!!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

By far, the absolute best restaurant in Paso Robles. Fresh ingredients and stellar wines. Never a disappointment and always worth the wait. The food is pure delight.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Don't miss the polenta with black truffles! The dish also has a poached egg but the rich, creamy polenta with the earthy elegance of shavings of black truffles was "off the charts." The wild boar ragu was delicious as well. The only 'miss' was the Osso Bucco made with pork shank instead of veal/beef - of course, the controversy around veal is understood but the dish didn't deliver the rich flavors that it usually carries.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Anniversary dinner we sat at the bar and had a very pleasant evening. The food was delicious and service excellent. The chef wrote happy anniversary on our plate of cannolis nice touch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Creative and tasty Italian cuisine with very friendly and knowledgeable servers. Menu with some classic favorites, but also some interesting new entrees to try. Definitely worth a visit!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This is the best restaurant in the entire county
Santos is a genius with sauces and Carol is great too.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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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