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
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.
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.
We had been to Artisan once before when ...
We had been to Artisan once before when it first opened several years ago when we went to Paso Robles for wine tasting. But I had forgotten about the restaurant. So since Robert's and Estrella had closed we thought we would try it again. I ordered the chicken wings with cider vinegar, yuzu kosho & togarashi and my spouse ordered the salami, italian sausage, pepperoncini, & oregano pizza. Both dishes were EXCELLENT. The chicken wings were the best I have ever tasted and I'm a wing fan. The deserts were also great, I got the peach crumble and my spouse got the chocolate tart. So 5 stars for the food. But the table they gave us was just ok. We were squeezed in between another couple and a group of 6. So it got kind of noisy. The best tables are the booths.
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!
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