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
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).
Our service was incredibly slow. Our re ...
Our service was incredibly slow. Our requests were forgotten time and time again. For the cost of the food, the taste and service were inexcusable. I'm very sad that I missed out on other Paso Robles' restaurants by spending my evening at this one. I ordered the wild boar risotto and was very disappointed.
A wonderful dining experience. It was ou ...
A wonderful dining experience. It was our first time there, so it was really hard to narrow down what to order from so many good sounding dishes! They were also very accommodating; they allowed one of the orders to basically be reconstructed (completely customized)--and this was a busy Friday night to boot. Will definitely go back the next time I'm in the area.
We had an excellent dinner. The tomato c ...
We had an excellent dinner. The tomato cucumber salad is delicious and the chicken was perfect. Our only problem was the service. We waited almost an hour between appetizer and main course. Our servicer ignored us and we finally had to find the manager. Other than that the food was amazing.
An impressive and energetic kitchen staf ...
An impressive and energetic kitchen staff produces creative foods imagined by the executive chef/co-owner Michael Kobayashi. The wait staff pays good attention without be intrusive. Food presentation (what it looked like on the plate) was excellent. Co-owner Shandi Kobayoshi made appearances bringing ready plates to tables when things got busy and brought a personable touch to the restaurant diners. The restaurant has an interesting menu of "creative" cocktails in addition to the standard cocktails, none of which we tried. The wine list was moderate but well-rounded with a focus on many of the local wineries. Wine prices ranged from very affordable ($8/glass) to moderately high end (the most expensive bottle was $178) but there were many bottles from quality local wineries priced between $35 and $50. We dined on the Alaskan halibut with house kielbasa, succotash and romesco sauce as well as the Beewench Farm Chicken with kale, spring onion and mashed potatoes. Both were excellent, perfectly cooked and nicely presented. We will go back again on another outing to Paso Robles. This restaurant team deserves success!
Went to Artisan for our Anniversary It w ...
Went to Artisan for our Anniversary It was our first time dining there our server was so good she really the menu and guided us on what to order. You can not go wrong with anything on this menu. Everything was amazing.
Booking a table for 8pm (as that was the ...
Booking a table for 8pm (as that was the last available time slot). When we got there, we had the dining room to ourselves. Great inventive food. My dining companion thought there were too many flavors competing with each other on the dishes. I liked the different vibe and watching the kitchen in action.
We sat at the bar which often prefer to ...
We sat at the bar which often prefer to the main dining room of a restaurant. In the case of Artisan, the bar lighting and overall ambiance seemed much more inviting than the main dining room. Bartenders were busy but pleasant enough, occasionally conversing with us but mostly talking to one another or filling drink orders. Meal was good. We ordered the abalone (grapefruit and avocado salad it sat upon was fantastic but abalone was a bit too salty for my taste AND I like well seasoned food), meatball/ricotta gnocchi (very good) and bison ragu over ravioli (also very good). A solid, good choice for a meal.
The food was better than decent but the ...
The food was better than decent but the service was absolutely terrible. Our server was perfectly nice, but very inattentive. It is a casual restaurant, where most people were in shorts and t-shirts, yet it took two hours from our time of arrival until we finished eating. We were planning on ordering a dessert, but we didn't want to be stuck there waiting for another 30 minutes so we paid the check and left. We found out from a server at another restaurant that Artisan has gone downhill since new management took over.
Not really much to say about the food - ...
Not really much to say about the food - it is good, but money for value is out of sync.
Overpriced is the conclusion.
We ordered Charcuterie for starters and only had some small pieces of dry bread served with the dish for 4 persons. We asked for more bread, and the waitress asked us back if we would like to buy some of their freshly baked bread?
Sorry, Artisan, that is not how to treat customers paying this amount of money for their meals.
We had 3 meals in town, and the others were same level but much cheaper - and with an understanding of where to charge and where not to.
It has been awhile since we were last in ...
It has been awhile since we were last in Paso Robles and the Artesian Restaurant. Since we were last there the restaurant has moved to its new location which in my opinion has little or no ambiance like the old location. I liken it more like a diner with booths and small tables in a row. I was also disappointed with the menu. In fact, my wife and I had a couple of small plates and left. Pizza might have been good but nothing in the way of a dinner menu appealed to us.
It is too bad to see what was one of my favorite restaurants change course so dramatically. Over the past several years we have eaten there several times and considered Artesian as one of our favorite restaurants. Fortunately we found a couple of other restaurants such as Il Cortile and a Thai restaurant to be much more to our liking.
Whether a weekend in Paso or driving thr ...
Whether a weekend in Paso or driving through on the way to San Francisco. only a visit to Artisan makes the drive worthwhile. This trip we weren't as hungry as usual after tastings and both choose a small plate and dessert. Mine was the mushrooms on toast and my husband had the ravioli. They were both excellent. Chalk up another great meal at Artisan.
After a bad experience we crossed this r ...
After a bad experience we crossed this restaurant off our to-go list, but decided to give it another chance at its new location. Sorry to say we were underwhelmed, which might explain why it was very empty on a Monday night. There is now a $4.00 charge for bread and butter, however, the napkins are still free. My husband had a steak which was tough but tasty. I had the wild boar tenderloin which was extremely under done. We had a butterscotch pudding for dessert which was good but over priced at $10.00. So sadly Artisan is off our list again.
We had a great meal that was memorable. ...
We had a great meal that was memorable. This is our first time at the new location. The food is just as great. We met the new co-owner who made sure we were pleased with our experience. I will be sure to go back as we pass through from Pasadena to the Bay area.
Great team service. Food phenomenal. D ...
Great team service. Food phenomenal. Drinks great. I'm sharing this story because I found it off putting. Note that I did tell the manager on my way out in attempt to fix this moving forward... We arrived, was seated, and perused the menu for a moment when the waiter arrived to tell us the specials. He asked if we were ready to order drinks when we responded we needed some more time. He then said, "would you like some waters for the table?" We said yes. Then he said "and how about some sourdough bread and butter" in which we responded sure. After further review of the menu there was bread and butter on the appetizer menu for $4 but we didn't think that was the same bread he just offered to bring us with the water. Sure enough it was on the bill which wasn't a big deal, I paid it since we did eat some however we wouldn't have agreed for him to bring it if we knew were being charged. It is common for restaurants to give complementary bread and butter so for us to assume that was complementary by the way he offered to bring it wasn't to unheard of.
Use to love this place. Last Saturday ni ...
Use to love this place. Last Saturday night was horrible there.. Sat down at 6:45 and our dinner came at 8:00! We had to pay for bread . Fondue tasted like watered soup. It use to be good.
Abalone was ok. Didn't finished the fishy fish or eggplant.
The cost was over $ 100.00 . Won't be back.
This was a casual restaurant, lots of lo ...
This was a casual restaurant, lots of local people, that is a small plate or pizza driven menu. The small plates we had were all very good. We shared an appetizer and had two small plates per person. We felt we were well fed. As is true in this area, the wine list was quite nice.
This was my second visit to Artisan, and ...
This was my second visit to Artisan, and I came back since my first experience was great. I talked the restaurant up with my husband and he was looking forward to the experience. Instead, he ended up telling me he doesn't ever need to go there again.
We had numerous problems during our recent visit.
The hostess was completely disconnected and didn't seem to care. Her attitude was horrible and she appeared to be unhappy to be there from the moment we walked in. I noticed the same disposition towards others that night too. She told me at first we were too early for our reservation...I said fine. I asked that we be retrieved from the bar when we could be seated in the dining room, as we had a concert to attend...she did not come and get us when the dining area was officially open. ..I had to be forward and get up to be seated. She sat us in a booth without a food server...no one came by for 15 minutes, nor said hello, and our server ended up telling us that he just got into work. Oh, and this hostess saw us leave, as well as some other hostesses, with no smile, no thank you and no good bye on our way out, even though they saw us and we're not engaged with any other customer.
Other issues: We had no ice water we requested at the time of food order until AFTER our appetizer was served. Our cocktails that we ordered at the time of food order did not arrive until we were more than halfway done with our meal. I heard there was a computer glitch, but no apology given. Plus, no one asked how our food was.
Even though the food is good, I don't come back to restaurants where I don't feel welcomed or feel anyone cares.
We had a great meal at Artisan and can a ...
We had a great meal at Artisan and can absolutely recommend it! The food was tremendous and the service was highly efficient and easy going. Non one was rushed but everything came perfectly executed. Garrett, one of the co-owners, made a point to welcome us and made sure we had a great experience.
A little too expensive for what you get. ...
A little too expensive for what you get. Our chicken was undercooked and had to be sent back. Four dollars for bread that did not have much flavor. I think this restaurant fancies themselves as a fine dining place. I think they should be simpler with better food and cheaper prices. They would probably get more people in the door.
We found this restaurant scrolling throu ...
We found this restaurant scrolling through Open Table for a good lunch spot on a Sunday. The food was amazing, heirloom tomatoes fantastic, meatballs with gnocchi outstanding, abalone spectacular! Will definitely visit again!
Meal was outstanding; salmon tartar with ...
Meal was outstanding; salmon tartar with über thin perfectly cooked red potato chips and fried oysters both great appetizer specials. Wild King salmon entree was also delicious and done so middle of fillet was just the way we like it...slightly translucent.
Only minor issue was large group adjacent to us on long wall table so was a bit noisy for two.
As we had early reservation to accommodate a concert, we missed most of the prime time amped up sound.
Definitely will be back.
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