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Permanently Closed - Villa Creek Restaurant

4.1
686 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Vibrant Bar Scene

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Working with local farmers since 1998. Villa Creek prepares local, organically or sustainably farmed products in rustic preparations. A local and international compilation of wines and a premium bar selection complement the fresh inspiring cuisine. Contact 805-238-3000 for more information.
"It seems that practically everyone visiting Paso Robles wine country passes through Villa Creek. That's easy to understand, because this winemaker hangout serves up youthful energy, satisfying food and an exciting wine list with excellent prices."
Wine Spectator.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Open Tuesday - Saturday

Tuesday - Thursday 4:30-9:00
Friday- Saturday 4:30-10:00

Closed - Sunday and Monday

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Phone number
(805) 238-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Veatch
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th and Pine
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on August 4, 2017

I was able to make a reservation on Open Table - then it was cancelled by ther restaurant, with no explanation. I figured it was a glitch - so I made ANOTHER reservation, and it took. Only to discover, one we had driven 4 hours, that the restaurant was CLOSED - all the windows papered up and "Stay Tuned" written on a window. Very disappointed that Open Table did not make it CLEAR in the initial cancellation WHY it was cancelled.

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1.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Restaurant was closedfor good, but you still could book it on opentable!!!! what a shame!

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2017

We had a confirmed reservation on 7/5/17 @ 7Pm confirmed and reminded by Open Table, we showed up, our first night in Paso, we were greeted by a paper sign in the window say they were closed.

We ate at Artisan across the street and had a great dinner watching may others being greeted by the closed sign at Villa Creek.

There won't be a second chance.

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2017

I made a reservation and when I arrived there was a note on the door that the restaurant was closed. Very disappointed, thus the rating.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2017

It was very noisy. Lot more kids than I would have expected which made for little to no ambiance.

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2017

I've been to Villa Creek 3 times and it this was my last. It has gotten progressively worse. The service was terrible, our waitress didn't know what she was talking about so when we ordered food, it came out different than what she told us - not good if you have allergies or eating restrictions. Our waitress had an attitude with us from the start and was unavailable until we were paying the bill. We had to ask 3x just to get a glass of water, and when you are in wine country, water is important! I hope they can improve their service because it made our meal a terrible experience.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Was disappointed by the fact that they were out of the yellow carrot soup and the burrita for the appetizer when it was clearly not very busy, maybe 4 tables at 7 pm. Won't be back. Clearly poor planning in the kitchen. Sad disappointment when it was highly recommended. Nothing special.

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1.0Dined on June 20, 2017

We had a bad experience with waiter and left. Attitude issue.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The menu is very limited- only 5 dinner entrees. I felt it was pricey, without the "wow" factor. We spent a lot to sit on hard wooden bench to eat. Underwhelmed to say the least.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2017

The night we dined it was exstreamly quiet. It's a new chef that has created a new menu that changes. Food and service was great.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Chef Tim & Team have brought back create melding of flavors the the locally grown groceries!
bravo!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Love this restaurant and had a great dinner. Definitely miss some of the old favorites on the menu though - please bring back the Not Nachos and the Squash enchiladas and the delicious tortillas!

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Driving thru Paso, old food stop, not lived up to memories. Food okay, service still good.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner and met the new chef Tim. Tim made us one of his signature desserts- Lime Pudding to share. We'll be back soon.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

Traveling the world and being born in Italy, being a foodie is in my DNA. It all starts with the service: Tiffany is a great host and made us feel at home. Every request was acknowledged with a smile and satisfied in a timely fashion.
Then the food: even if paid for, the bread is amazing and the Sicilian cauliflower to write home about it! And then the entrees : very well chosen and balanced, despite of the limited selection.
Overall a great experience and the manager stopping at the table was informative and showed care.
A Restauranteur textbook experience!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Everything was great, but the desserts were the highlight! All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

Great food and plenty of it. Great service. Wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Eli and the whole staff were great.
Food was outstanding!
Octopus was the best I have ever had.
Very creative; rivals Napa Valley restaurants.
Maybe better!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2017

I have no particular complaints, but the waitress while very friendly was not especially helpful, and the food while perfectly good was nothing special. We were not pleased when they delivered our entrees before we'd finished first courses. And it's not inexpensive. However, it seems to be on par with the other restaurants in the area.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Seated inside restaurant - at first seemed kind of cavernous and empty but then more tables arrived and it got warm and cozy. We split the fried chicken (waitress suggestion) and an order of their roasted potatoes - ALOT of food - chicken was very good. We each had a margarita (pretty good, but in short stubby glasses - not my fave) - I ordered the $25 red wine flight - 4 glasses of Villa Creek's reds - enjoyed them all. Would likelnreturn.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

We selected multiple items off the appetizer menu and weren't disappointed by any.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Great dinner! The octopus and fried chicken was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2017

EXCELLENT!!! We loved Villa Creek! The food was amazing, fresh, creative and delicious! Lots of options for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. We will definitely be returning over and over again. Thank you Villa Creek!!!

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2017

We went to this restaurant on a Tuesday at 8pm. It was practically empty. The most I can say about the food was that it was bland and boring. Had the fried cauliflower appetizer, and it tasted like nothing. The unknown sauce on the plate was slapped on chuck wagon style. Same thing for the fried chicken. Carrots were served cold (not supposed to be). The potatoes were decent. Again, I won't call the food bad or inedible. It just wasn't noteworthy. Their presentation was also sloppy. Finally, they cut our server in the middle of the meal so it took exceptionally long to get our check.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

We had a lovely evening with friends at Villa Creek. It was the perfect way to end a day of wine tasting at local vineyards. The food was excellent and the service was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2017

The food was good but a little overpriced. We dined on a Tuesday evening & there were few patrons in the restaurant which kept any noise level to a minimum, but the service was a bit pushy as if they would have liked to close rather then serve only a few customers. We did eat at better restaurants while in Paso Robles although I would still say that this is a good restaurant but not my favorite.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2017

The cauliflower appetizer was amazing as was the sourdough bread. The fried chicken was deboned and the most succulent chicken ever

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

My only disappointment is it was my birthday and first time a restaurant didn't bring out a small dessert

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Great food. Loved the octopus appetizer and three of us had delicious perfectly cooked duck breast with red cabbage and tiny carrots. The lingcod was good too. Chris Cherry, the owner stopped by to pay his respects. We've met him but he wasn't doing it because of that. It's just good restaurant practice for the owner to be there and talk with the guests.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We enjoyed a great Valentine's Day dinner at Villa Creek. We ordered from both the regular menu and the special menu created for the occasion. Everything we ordered was fabulous in taste, presentation, use of local, healthy ingredients, and absolutely the freshest tastes. The food was sophisticated without being "stuffy". Our wait person was very friendly , professional and attentive without being overbearing. We will definitely go back to try other offerings from their eclectic and delicious menu. We love the festive atmosphere, but some might find the noise level to be annoying....they have gorgeous high ceilings and "mission" style architecture that is great but somewhat conducive to creating a noisy dining room. doesn't bother us!!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2017

The new chef rocks!! I'm still dreaming about the Chanterelle Risotto and the mouth-wateringly fantastic steak...

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

My boyfriend and I had our NYE dinner here and they sat us at a corner table which was perfect, as we like to sit near each other. The food was good and the service was great. We never had to look for our server! The food came out promptly and met our expectations. I would definitely come back again the next time I'm in town.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Went for dinner New Year's Eve before a party. Loved the fried chicken and gumbo. Our server was very attentive and actually ran into some Buckeye fans. Will go back.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

No longer near the top of Paso dining. The duck confit mole nachos are still a decent communal appetizer but items like the skirt steak with beans are a cold, unappetizing mess.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2016

The food was good but not great. We were the only party eating dinner.

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2016

We left feeling we didn't need to visit again anytime soon. The menu didn't resonate with us. It's a rather small menu, which sometimes can be made up for in breath (a good thing), but the menu felt both small and constrained. Food was fine, but didn't stand out either in innovation or presentation. Ambiance is meh....

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2016

My husband and I each had different salads followed by the very tender, boneless shortribs over celery root mash. The flavors were superb!

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2016

My friends and I had the best time at Villa Creek. We sat in the bar and had a great meal with great beer, wine and champagne. The food was outstanding and the service, exceptional. We will definitely return, again and again. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2016

The Duck Confit Nachos were heaven! The wait staff attentive and cordial even though it was a very busy night.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2016

A bit of a disappointment. Paid a visit this past weekend with my bestie. The restaurant and bar were bustling, which I took to be a good sign. The food was well, just really disappointing. Had some lavash with this teeny tiny little container of cheese, garlic and honey. It really just wasn't enough to give the dryness of the bread any life. Then I ordered the steak medium rare and it was soooooo well done on the ends and while the middle was a cool pink, it was so tough that it was just not fit to eat. Our server did seem graciously apologetic but said they could comp the $9 lavash but not the $40 steak that I didn't eat. And honestly, I get that; I could have powered through the middle that was cooked to order or said something earlier in the meal. As my grandmother would say, "Ain't no lesson like a bought lesson." Wouldn't go back...not really my thing.

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