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 Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Artisan Ratings and Reviews
Small plates are amazing. Try the raviol ...
Small plates are amazing. Try the ravioli. Crazy good. Beware the chicken wings! Great flavor but the heat just won't go away. If you're unsure about a dish, they'll give you a taste. What a great idea! We'll definitely be back.
I've been to this restaurant before and ...
I've been to this restaurant before and I've always loved it. However, this last time I was disappointed in the service. It took awhile for our waiter to get to our table and she also didn't put the order in for our starter until after we got our appetizers and complained that we had not received our starter first. All in all it was a tastey experience but I left feeling very disappointed in the service.
We'd been to Artisan a couple of times ~ ...
We'd been to Artisan a couple of times ~5 years ago when passing through Paso Robles, and so coming back this time we discovered a couple of big things had changed: first, the location ("new" as of a few years ago), and second, the ownership (about 2 weeks ago!). We chatted with one of the new owners for a few minutes and found her friendly and helpful. The service in general was good and we enjoyed our food for the most part. The best dish was the halibut, which tasted fresh and was perfectly cooked. My son's burger looked good and the fries I sampled off of his plate were thin and crisp. My biggest disappointment was the whole roasted cauliflower, which *looked* good, with nice dark edges, but tasted bland and undercooked, without the nice caramelized, roasty flavor I expected. Wine list was good with lots of local options. I'd come back again on our next visit to the area.
We had a lovely dinner just across the s ...
We had a lovely dinner just across the street from the Paso Robles town square where there were live bands performing. Try to get a reservation on their small sidewalk dining area - it was booked when we got there but it would have been nice. Food was very good and the service was as well. We would dine here again on next trip to Paso.
This used to be one of my favorite spots ...
This used to be one of my favorite spots in Paso - especially at their old location. It has been very hit or miss since they moved. While the Chef is great and I have had some great food from him at his old location, something happened when he moved. Their "special" was a pork dish that was gristly and lacked any real flavor. The chocolate desert was hard as a rock. There are simply too many good restaurants in Paso to risk another trip here.
Delicious, fresh locally sourced cuisine ...
Delicious, fresh locally sourced cuisine,passionately prepared and artfully served. We had the grilled octopus salad and an heirloom tomato, basil, point Reyes blue mousse salad to start, followed by a mushroom, leek and chèvre pizza and peach cobbler with corn gelato for dessert. Loved everything especially their spin on a vesper martini with Lillet Rouge.
Delicious food & great wine! We arrived ...
Delicious food & great wine! We arrived about an hour early & the hostess was able to seat us (we did have to wait though so we grabbed a drink in the bar). The waiter was very attentive even though the restaurant was busy. We were told our entrees would come out in 25 minutes but they arrived much soon. Well definitely be back!
The food was great, the Paella would hav ...
The food was great, the Paella would have been much better without the really sour olives, if you get it ask for it without the olives, interestingly enough after I made the comment to our server she said she orders it without the olives. We were there on a Tuesday night and had an 8:00pm dinner reservation. The server knew we were from out of town and failed to tell us the kitchen closes at 9:00, when we wanted to order a pizza to go she told us it was too late and kitchen was closed. We had only ordered 4 small dishes and had told her we'll wait on ordering an entree, she never checked with us or gave us an last call warning.
We've dined here before and the food was ...
We've dined here before and the food was far superior to what we had this time around , perhaps it was because it was a Monday night and the head chef was not there. We're not sure, but we were a tad disappointed. In terms of restaurants in the area, it's still one of the better ones.
Food was very good but not good enough t ...
Food was very good but not good enough to wait an hour for it ! The restaurant was not especially busy, lots of open tables, but we waited an hour for our food to come out of the kitchen. We were not offered any explanation, or bread or comped dessert or apology. A table of 10 next to us waited over 90 minutes for their meal. Locals told us this was typical experience for Artisan: good food if you want to wait a long time. We are in Paso 5-6 times a year but will not return to Artisan.
Great service and food. So many interest ...
Great service and food. So many interesting choices to make. The pizza was yummy and so was the mussels. We had sorbet for dessert that was excellent That along with a bottle of champagne made the night very special.
The food and the service was very good. ...
The food and the service was very good. We had a waiter in training serving us that night and he did a good job. Our only complaint was the cost of the corking fee. $25 seems pretty pricey, especially when we brought in local small production wines, that were not on the wine list, and we had purchased before dinner cocktails. As a reference, we were not charged a corking fee at the local restaurants we ate at on Friday and Saturday nights, and again, we brought in local small production wines.
Absolutely amazing, as always! Chef Kobe ...
Absolutely amazing, as always! Chef Kobe is a master at his craft. Food was truly delicious. Bob had the wild boar tenderloin (which he loved) and I had the Ling Cod special - fresh catch from Morro Bay! Artisan NEVER disappoints. Pricey, but worth every penny!
The reason we gave the food a 4 star rat ...
The reason we gave the food a 4 star rating was because of the disappointing cheese plate selection as an appetizer. In the past you had an extraordinary cheese plate which offered a variety of selections, fresh fruit, olives, almonds, honey and crackers or crostini. During this visit we ordered the cheese plate prior to our meal which has always been a treat for us as we have visited several times and were always impressed with the variety of cheeses served as well as the fruits and the local emphasis of the cheese served. On this visit that was not the case and it was disappointing to us, the crackers were stale the serving was portions were too small for three servings and we were charged for three! In the past this would have been typical of a single serving or less. As a result it started the meSl off on a bad note. We did advise the wait staff of our disappointment. We hope you reconsider your decision to reduce the quality of your cheese plate. This may sound as if it is not an issue of importance but the Artisan did have a reputation for its delicious cheese plate among its clients
A little disappointed this time.. We've ...
A little disappointed this time.. We've been to artisan a bunch of times - it has been our favorite restaurant in Paso for years. This is the first time that we have been to the new location... Have to say we miss the intimate feel of the original location.... Food was mostly good - the halibut was overlooked. Boar tenderloin was fabulous. Cocktails fun. They also stopped offering their secret wine list which was also part of the fun.
Celebrated our 3yr anniv and place was r ...
Celebrated our 3yr anniv and place was romantic and adorable. At one point, we had the place all for ourselves, not noticing they've closed for an hour. Check on this, as they do close at 9:00pm during the week.
Wonderful dinner, had the chill avocado soup, rabbitt paella and wild boar tenderloin. All of them at point, paired with their house wine.
Our server Steve was attentive and did a great job. Thanks!
Looking fwd to come back and recommend friends to visit Artisan.
The food is surprisingly lovely. The di ...
The food is surprisingly lovely. The dishes were unique and nicely prepared. My date and I both enjoyed our dishes (which I cannot recall at present). Unfortunately, the atmosphere and decor are rather blah, so our dinner was not as romantic as it could have been. And, as noted by other patrons, the service was spotty. Our first waitress took our drink order and literally disappeared. We never saw her again. Huh? Eventually, our thirst got the better of us and asked a passing waiter if he could find out about our drinks. Soon after that, a new waitress appeared, took our drink orders again and completed our dinner order. Our second waitress was attentive enough for us to enjoy our meal, but overall, we found the service to be lacking.
We have been eating at Artisan every tim ...
We have been eating at Artisan every time that we are in the Paso Robles area for several years.
The new location is a big plus. The scene is comfortable and the staff is both friendly and professional. The food is very good and definitely worth going back time after time...
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