From its inviting corner location at 12th and Pine streets in charming downtown Paso Robles, Artisan captures the essence of the Paso Robles wine country on every plate. Showcasing locally grown produce and handcrafted foods, Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi finds much of the inspiration for his dishes through regular trips to the farmer’s market; he combines regional American flavors in new and innovative ways. Artisan’s menu features local and organic produce, and proteins that are wild caught or sustainably farmed with no growth hormones or antibiotics. Chef Kobayashi’s insistence on freshness and quality complements his style which allows each ingredient to shine, but not overwhelm. Designed to complement its contemporary American cuisine, Artisan’s wine list offers a balanced selection of varietals that includes many wines from California regions in small or limited distribution. The staff of Artisan kindly look forward to serving you in the near future.
Hours of Operation:
Afternoon menu: 3:00pm - 5:15pm - Online reservations not available at this time.
Afternoon Menu:Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 2:00pm - Online reservations not available at this time.
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Dinner: Friday & Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
12th and Pine
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Contact:
Shandi Kobayashi: 8052378084x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Artisan Ratings and Reviews
I would go back to Artisan because the f ...
I would go back to Artisan because the food was outstanding! I would hesitate going back to Artisan because the hostess set an edgy tone right from the beginning. I had made reservations weeks before because we were coming from out of town so wanted to make sure we were set for dinner. When we arrived a few minutes early the restaurant was not crowded and there were lots of nice choices for seating. The hostess walked us waaaaay to the very last booth in a kind of darkish and chilly corner. I kind of felt like I did something bad! After sitting there for quite a few minutes we all looked at each other and said hey we are freezing so I went to the front and in a very nice way asked if we could switch tables. There were lots of choices...the hostess moved us to the booth next to our other one which was fine but her attitude was not gracious. If I were a hostess and 4 senior citizens came in who had made reservations weeks earlier I would probably do a heads up and seat them in one of the more pleasant spaces right away.
Fortunately the food was fabulous and our server was very attentive.
Pizza crust pretty looking but like whit ...
Pizza crust pretty looking but like white bread in texture (no chew), toppings were great. Venison great and the vegetarian special (mushroom Wellington) was interesting and satisfying. Wines list to include by the glass were was diverse and tasty.
We enjoyed their small outdoor patio. Me ...
We enjoyed their small outdoor patio. Menu offered very nice choices. We picked the Venison because it is not often on menus in the USA. It was perfectly prepared and delicious. Service was very slow, but that may be because they were very busy that evening. We will happily dine here next time in Paso Robles.
This restaurant is inventive and the foo ...
This restaurant is inventive and the food is always very good. We enjoyed the foie gras torchon, grilled octopus, venison, and bison on this visit. The house wine on tap is delicious, and the desserts are inventive and always delicious.
We wish we could give Artisan a great re ...
We wish we could give Artisan a great review--it used to be our absolute favorite restaurant in Paso, but we do feel it has slipped a lot. We were in on our last trip a couple of months ago, and wondered if we were imagining that it had slipped. But this past week, we dined again and couldn't ignore the problems. Our waitress insistently pushed a more expensive wine than we wanted, and when we resisted, we later found ourselves charged for it anyway. We waited ONE HOUR on a quiet Sunday evening, for our food. When it finally came, my steak was cold and way underdone. The food actually was tasty, but we were starving and annoyed by the problems, which pretty much ruined things. The waitress offered to comp our BREAD. (Bread?) After we expressed our dismay about the entree and waiting one hour, she said she would comp the steak. I felt bad about the comp since I did eat the steak, so she went ahead an un-comped it. Artisan hasn't been the same since it moved to its larger quarters and, strangely, the wait staff somehow changed for the worse when it did. They used to be so caring and attentive. Now not so much. If you are looking for great food and service, head to Il Cortile. Those people really know how to hire and train wait staff, and the food there is memorable.
The menu was unimaginative, kind of your ...
The menu was unimaginative, kind of your basic meat and potatoes kind of fair. Although they claim to source their food locally, there was almost no credit given to any farms on the menu. The recorded music added nothing to the ambiance but noise, and the lighting was erratic (very bright at some tables, but most patrons at other tables had their smart phone flashlights out to read the menu.
The menu is really different- and not in ...
The menu is really different- and not in a good way. Was hard to find something to order! Friends selected a salad that came out wilted and bland. Also had a pizza but it was really bad. I ordered their burger that came out too rare and totally unseasoned. Not good at all. The place was practically empty so you'd think the kitchen would have had plenty of time to focus on our plates but that wasn't the case! Won't return to this place again!
We travel to Paso a couple of times a ye ...
We travel to Paso a couple of times a year and make it a point to dine here each trip. The meal this time was the best ever! We always have the wine flights with our meals as it helps us find new wineries to visit. Found a great one again this trip. We'll be back...
We had a table reservation but ended up ...
We had a table reservation but ended up sitting at the bar for a drink when we arrived early. There was a good football game on and the bartenders (Donny and Bill, I believe) were very friendly and fun, so we stayed to have dinner in the bar. We were glad that we did. The food was great (wood fired pizzas and cheddar grits were amazing), the service was awesome and it was my favorite meal out of three days in Paso Robles. We will definitely be back.
Artisan is worse than last year. The tro ...
Artisan is worse than last year. The trouble started when it took ten minutes for our server to greet us and take our drink order. Then the drinks came, including a different drink than we ordered! While that was quickly addressed (the only bright spot of service), other flaws remained: our cauliflower sat under the lights for ten minutes while the rest of the food was still be cooked. (And the cauliflower was supposed to be roasted, but was instead blanched and then broiled--far from roasted!) We never received a second serving of bread. The portions were smaller.
At the end of the evening, I was surprised to see they charged for bread ($4), the first time in five years we've been charged for bread! The explanation? They started charging last winter because they were throwing some out. I guess I am glad they forgot about the second order of bread! And $5 for a grapefruit juice seems steep to me.
I spoke with the manager, who took off the bread and grapefruit juice--and who profusely apologized for the poor service. He said the restaurant was not up to their standards that night. It was not up to ours, either. And he asked us to come back. But with so many great restaurants in Paso Robles, for the first time in five years, it looks like I will be visiting elsewhere next year for my annual visit.
Dinner service was slightly sluggish but ...
Dinner service was slightly sluggish but you can tell that it was meant to ensure their food was delicious. Definitely worth the wait. The abalone and venison were on point and extremely delicious. Mad props to the chef and his team.
We Will be back soon!
Waited 15 minutes for a bottle of beer. ...
Waited 15 minutes for a bottle of beer. After ordering second small plate, waited 30 minutes and food was served tepid. No explanation, no apologies.
Been here many times since it's original opening and this was worst experience ever
Since they have only 5 or 6 entrees on t ...
Since they have only 5 or 6 entrees on the menu, it was disappointing when they didn't have the one I wanted. So instead of halibut, I had the small plate of mussels. Very tasty. We had started with the abalone (haven't had it in years!) and were a bit disappointed. The presentation was beautiful and the dish well done, but the small piece of abalone was breaded (too much in my opinion) and therefore lacked some of the abalone flavor. We did share a desert (pumpkin cake) that was absolutely delicious!
Heard a lot about this place and it did ...
Heard a lot about this place and it did not disappoint. Cocktails were good, each with a little twist. We shared the burrata and carmelized onion pizza. My guests are the burger and short ribs while I hade the octopus salad and Brussel sprouts. We shared the fried apple pie. Good wine list and our server Cody was great!
Our server was a nice young man (does th ...
Our server was a nice young man (does that betray our age, party of 4, around 65?) who was able to get answers to our questions promptly. Also, he brought the right plates and such to easily share some of the dishes. He was intelligent and attentive.
After years of feasting at both the original location and this one, we were a bit disappointed in the menu selections for this Sunday night; they did not have anything particularly exotic or really special. Perhaps Sunday night is chef Chris's night off or a predictably slow night and they "dumb down" the menu. It was all good, but not outstanding. Perhaps they set the bar too high previously?
We'll return though, which says something positive!
Terrible and hugely disappointing. Very ...
Terrible and hugely disappointing. Very limited menu. A hamburger took 45 minutes to serve, and was raw. The French fries were over salted. Both were sent back and the return foodcwas poorly prepared as well. The manager came to our table and apologized, but offered no concessions.
We compared our experience with others we met during the weekend and we all had the same conclusions.
We had an excellent meal four years ago, when Artisan was the best restaurant in Paso Robles. It is now a noisy wine bar with mediocre food.
Food was delicious. Service was slow, no ...
Food was delicious. Service was slow, not enough servers. Our reservation was 1/2 hour late. Asked the waiter about spliting charge, he said a couple of dollars when in fact it was much higher. Had to ask twice for thing. However, the food was very good. Would go back again when they are less busy.
I was visiting Paso Robles for a wine ta ...
I was visiting Paso Robles for a wine tasting trip. I booked a reservation weeks out via Open Table after researching and getting recommendations from friends that Artisan was worth a visit. Our reservation was for 7:45pm on a Friday night. When we got there the restaurant was busy and we were told our table wasn't ready. That was fine, so we took a seat on the couches by the reservation desk. After waiting 25 minutes they came and asked us if we would be willing to sit outside under heat lamps. First we thought it might be okay, but then looking outside there was only one other table sitting outside, so we said no. So they literally brought an outdoor table in from outside and seated us in the bar area in the far corner. I felt like I was in trouble and being placed at the 'children's table". There were no apologies, no offering to buy us a drink or a complimentary appetizer...nothing! In fact the management didn't even talk to us. When we got seated our server was pleasant, but we waited again a long time to even get a drink. And everything we asked her about was 'her favorite'.....the food was okay. We had the mushroom toast, cauliflower and mussels. When I go back to Paso I would skip this place, as out of our 3 dinners in Paso this was my least favorite. Service was also not up to par.
This is our third time at Artisan over t ...
This is our third time at Artisan over the last few years. We do not live near the area and visit it only occasionally but if we have the time it's one of our first choices. It has small plates as well as full dinners and the food is always well prepared and fresh.
We were in Paso Robles over the weekend ...
We were in Paso Robles over the weekend and Artisan was recommneded by friends. We went on Open Table and got an 8:30 reservation. We sat outside with overhead heaters keeping the chill off. The fresh chowder was outstanding. Our waitperson was very personable and helpful with recommendations.
This restaurant is resting on its laurel ...
This restaurant is resting on its laurels. It did not meet my expectations that were developed over multiple visits over many years. It is in a new space (new for me, it has been in its current space for more than 2 years.) The new space is bland and looks like something that was hot in LA in the nineties. The walls are gray and uninteresting. It has a drop ceiling that looks like the floor of a data center.
The service was fantastic and for the most part the food was decent (except for the venison which was flavorless and boring and should be pulled from the menu.)
But, it no longer has a wow factor. I convinced my travel mates to go to Artisan rather than grill at our airbnb and it was a mistake. We would have been better off staying at home, which at the end of the day, is really the worst indictment that a restaurant can receive. When home is better, the restaurant is dead.
We got seated early which was nice. My ...
We got seated early which was nice. My dish was amazing, a ravioli bolognese. Delish! My other friends enjoyed theirs too. The corkage fee was very high $25 per bottle which we thought was ridiculous but had no choice. I'd recommend this place to others for sure just be prepared to bring your wallet!!!!
The food was out of this world. We chos ...
The food was out of this world. We chose to do several of the small plates. All of them were delicious, as was the home made bread. I highly recommend the mussels and the octopus. The juice in with the mussels is delicious, especially when you use the bread to soak it up. I have had plenty mussels before, but these were by far the best I have had.
The food was excellent and a good choice ...
The food was excellent and a good choice of wine selection. The tables were too close to each other so there were no privacy and we could hear all conversations. Also one from the staff knew the party next to us and stood there talking almost the entire dinner, beside my chair.
Extremely knowledgeable staff related to ...
Extremely knowledgeable staff related to both & wine. Food was excellent, fresh ingredients with unusual twists. Handcrafted & barrel-aged cocktails. Accommodating to personal needs. Sitting under a vent with quite a cool breeze. The waitress not only noticed my discomfort but shut off the a/c as the temperature did not warrant it's use.
Excellent experience all the way around. ...
Excellent experience all the way around. Food was creative and incredibly tasty. The heavily populated small plates section encourages sampling and there's no lack of great choices that highlight local/seasonal ingredients (including the wine, of course).
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