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Panolivo

4.1
287 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

Tasty, comforting and healthy, French-inspired California cuisine, in a warm, inviting, casual chic atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served nonstop, all-day, everyday.
Dedicated Gluten free menu. Dedicated Vegan Menu.
Menu also featuring Mediterranean dishes from Jaffa Cafe.
Spectacular desserts and French pastries, reasonably priced French and local wines. Extensive kids menu and outdoor dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American, Mediterranean, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 12:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 4:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Friday and Saturday : 4:00pm - Last seating 8:30 pm. Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - Last seating 8:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 239-3366
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Beatrice Cop
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Catering
Breakfast and lunch off-site catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th Street
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Parking details
Easy on-street parking and private parking alongside the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
3.9
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

What a hidden gem here in Paso! The breakfast servers were always friendly and efficient & the food was just right. I'm so sorry to see this place close in the next few days. Thanks and good luck to the owners and all the staff!

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Love this place. But we've heard that this is the last week they're open. The owners are retiring. We're going to miss this wonderful restaurant.

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3.0Dined on November 4, 2017

It was okay. The salmon was cooked perfectly. French onion soup was barely that, not placed in the oven, cheese on top was still shredded when it was served to me, not even melted, let alone crisp on top. Crab cakes we're certainly frozen. But the pita and hummus was tasty. I probably won't be back, as there's so much great food in this town.

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3.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Have been to this restaurant a number of times. Love the variety of menu. Great club sandwich. Real roasted turkey. However, soup came cold. hmmmm

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Great breakfast, loved the brioche french toast! Fast & friendly service.

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4.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Very good food and service. We opened the place at 7:30 AM before we left Paso Robles. The manager was very gracious and provided good service as she opened the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Very empressed with the food quality!!!! Atmosphere gives a sense of a fast food restaurant but the quality of the food was amazing 👌

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2017

After reading all of the good reviews, we were really looking forward to dining at Panolivo. We made reservations and arrived early on a Friday evening. There were several tables seated and the restaurant was not crowded.

We started with appetizers. The crab cake puffs were crab cakes on a puff pastry with an aioli on the side. The puff pastry did not add anything to the crab cakes. All three of us found them somewhat bland and blah. My wife had the tomato fennel soup and I had the french onion. Our friend ordered the baked brie.

The tomato soup was more like a gruel - you could eat it with a fork. It might have been OK over pasta or in lasagna, but as a soup it was inedible. The french onion soup was average (I order it a lot at restaurants). It didn't really have much flavor. Our friend like the baked brie.

When my wife mentioned that the soup was much too thick to our waitress, she did offer to take it off the bill.

Our waitress was polite, but disconnected and distant. She may have checked with us once during the meal. We chatted for a while after finishing, but she never checked back to see if we wanted coffee or anything else.

As we left, the restaurant was still largely empty - it definitely does not draw a crowd on a Friday night which might be a sign that it is not popular among the locals. With so many other dining options in Paso Robles, I don't think we will be back.

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2.0Dined on October 1, 2017

When we walked in for our dinner reservation at 7PM, we were the only ones in the restaurant. It was all down hill from there. The atmosphere is more like a lunch time coffee shop as food was OK but not great and service was almost non-existent. They could not even remove a cork from a wine bottle in less than 3 pieces.....

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

We love to eat at Panolivo whenever we are in Paso, which is quite often. One of us has Celiac and there is a gluten free menu. The wine list was expanded and the prices are very reasonable. There is a great cross section of food choices from seafood and steaks to pasta and burgers. This week we enjoyed dinner. In past trips we have also enjoyed breakfast at Panolivo. The service is good and the ambiance in casual and comfortable.

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4.0Dined on September 15, 2017

The Boef Bourguignon needed salt this time around, but we love your reasonable wine menu and great food!

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We wanted to find a nice place to eat before heading to a concert at Vina Robles. This place was perfect! Great food with a lot of variety, fantastic service and just a nice environment. They also had a nice selection of wines. Would definitely come here again.

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

The food was fine, nothing super special. We both got the grilled veggie pita. It was just a bit disturbing watching a couple with a small dog, who were allowing their dog to walk and sit on the table (on the patio). Its privates were rubbing all over it! Gross. No one told them anything. I'm fine with dogs on the patio, but not on the table. Call me crazy. Other than that, it was fine.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Pleasantly surprised by the nice variety of both gluten free and vegan options. Service was super friendly - unexpected and made the experience even better. Outdoor seating available outfront as well which is nice.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Very average
Nothing to complain about in particular but also nothing to cause one to want to come back

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Each of the four of us absolutely enjoyed our choices. Two ordered the Scottish salmon and raved. Another loved his boeuf bourguignon. I chose the butternut squash ravioli, and it was good, too. I would go back and order the salmon and bourguignon myself because of my friends' reviews.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2017

Liked that there was outdoor seating. Staff was very nice. Loved that they had a vegan menu and that it included dessert! Food was very good. My daughter and I ordered the veg burger to share along with soup and sweet potato fries. We thought we had possibly ordered too much but were grateful that we had because the burger, although both beautiful and delicious, was quite small. Overall, a great experience and will definitely return when we're in Paso. Thank you so much for plant based options!!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2017

We came to visit family in town and I looked up places to eat and found Panolivo! Super friendly staff, excellent and impressive food and to die for tarts for dessert! We enjoyed and will be coming back next time in town!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Great little bistro,creative and well crafted menu. Servers were attentive,knowledgeable and all seemed to want your experience to be a good one.could not have been better.
I will return,and highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Very fast service, food was amazing, was surprised to find a vegan menu with many options.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2017

We had a very nice dinner here. I loved the multigrain mushroom risotto and my husband enjoyed his seafood puffed pastry. The owner recommended a nice bottle of French wine that paired perfectly with both our meals. We'll visit again next time we're in town.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Decent local diner with good food but a little pricey for the decor. Our waitress convinced us to go with the special inclusive offer because our selected items would be included, but when we got our check that was not the case. She apologized for misinforming us but we were still charged up charges and left feeling quite displeased with the whole experience. We would not return.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Luncheonette atmosphere with white table cloth prices

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2017

My wife and I made this place as our stop when we are on the road between LA and SF . This is quite authentic french cuisine served in relaxed and professional way. The ambiance is simple but still very pleasant. the food is excellent and authentic (french).

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Delicious food, great service and lots of vegan and GF options. Would definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2017

The service was VERY SLOW on a Sunday afternoon with a full wait staff milling about folding napkins, wrapping silverware and standing around talking. The restaurant was not crowded so there was no excuse for the waitress to take 15 minutes to come back to our table after we were seated to take our order.

Once the order was taken the dining experience was very pleasant. The food was great and the portion sizes were reasonably priced for the quantity and quality of food.

We would definitely go back!😊👍

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2017

Always a good choice for eating out. Glad a vegan menu was added.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2017

The food was pretty good; the wine was well priced; the servers were very friendly and attentive. The ambiance is very casual and relaxed; a table with 3 small kids was eating and the kids were having a good time & running around. Never became irritating or loud, so no problem for us, and the restaurant didn't seem to mind either. I liked that feel, but be aware that's the sort of family place this is. If I lived nearby I'd probably eat here often. But it's not a fancy night out or a date-night sort of place.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants for a delicious meal any time of day. being on the north side of 13th means you dont have to fight parking around city park. we frequently go here for sunday breakfast, as well as mid week dinners. if you like to bring your pooch everywhere you go this is your place beacause they have dog friendly sidewalk seating!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Loved it! Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Our server was Lydia -- she was fabulous. Everybody who worked there was so nice. Even upon our arrival, a man came out from the kitchen to make sure we were attended to in a timely fashion. The food was good and nicely presented.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Staff was very accomodating...We were a group of 11...Food was excellent...Came out quickly and hot.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2017

If you are looking for a casual place to enjoy very good homey food, with no pretension and not fancy this may be it. We enjoyed a quiet dinner here after a day of wine tasting. The soup tasted homemade and was delicious. The menu had a good choice of appetizers and we just wanted a simple sandwich & salad, which were easily found on Panolivo's menu.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Very nice Vegan menu.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was great and the wine selection and the prices are really great. And that's really what counts in my book. However, there is something to a little bit better ambiance. The deli section is interesting and unique so that's not the problem. But they could have nicer tables and chairs and dim the lights a bit and my wife would have felt she just had a REALLY nice and romantic dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I rarely do the commercialized Valentine's Day celebration, but this year, we wanted to treat ourselves to a nice dinner. Panolivo was the perfect restaurant. Rather than offering a prix fixe only menu, they featured a la carte items as well: soups and salads, lighter bites and entrees, and of course, dessert. Their standard beverage list was on hand, with a good variety of local and international of wine and beer.

To start, I had a glass of their French sparkling wine with the Delicious Salad: greens with dried cherries, roasted almonds, goat cheese, oranges, and a Rasperry Champagne vinaigrette. It was, indeed, delicious. My husband had Cleopatra's Favorite, a Caesar with house made croutons.

For entrees, I ordered the Vegan Lover N'Crab Cakes, and they were yummy! They were also adorable, served on hollowed out mini brioche with slaw and a side of red bell pepper vegan mayo. (They sounded so good, I ordered an extra one!) My husband went for the Vegan Lover Mushroom Bourguignon in a Cabernet wine sauce with a side of linguini. (He added parmesan cheese and made it vegetarian, much to the hard-to-disguise dismay of the owner, Didier.)

I had a glass of Hearst Ranch GSM, which was perfect, as I love red blends. My husband had the Daou Cabernet Sauvignon and let me share some. It was worth the price. We saved a few sips to partner with our dessert choice, the Be Mine heart-shaped chocolate cake (which was more like a huge truffle, with its rich, thick dark chocolate ganache) served with a raspberry coulis.

Service was excellent: Jeannie was gracious, had good timing, and spent time chatting with us about wine, travel, and retirement.

Panolivo is my favorite restaurant in Paso Robles because of their wine list, the outstanding baked goods, the vast array of food including vegetarian and vegan offerings, and the casual bistro-like atmosphere. Didier and Beatrice have created a neighborhood gem, and I will continue to visit and recommend Panolivo.

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4.0Dined on February 12, 2017

First time here, and won't be the last. The girls were super friendly and helpful. Everything we ordered was great, including the mimosas. Lots of options for salads which was a huge plus and even had leftovers to take home with us! Great place with a local, laid back feel.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Always a wonderful experience at PanOlivo! Great hospitality, well priced menu and wine list! Definitely going back soon 🍷

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

Great service and tasty, clean food. I had the crab sandwich.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

GREAT food, service and location! The service was really friendly and fast, the food was authentically GREAT!

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