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Paso Robles, CA 93446
Estrella is a tapas bar that specializes in authentic Latin American cuisine. The interior of the restaurant is modern and trendy, with dining tables spaced widely apart to ensure a private and comfortable dining experience. At the same time, larger groups can be accommodated easily. If you will be dining with a large group, remember to reserve your table ahead of time. Enjoy your meal at Estrella with a glass of wine from its extensive wine menu.
Begin your meal with a selection from the wide range of tapas on the menu, including black mussels steamed in chorizo-smoked chile cream sauce or crispy masa cakes topped with slow cooked shredded chicken, chipotle-tomatillo sauce, sour cream and spicy cabbage salad. Estrella's entrées include signature dishes like Kahlua-glazed pork chop served with garlic mashed potatoes and Argentinian-style grilled ribeye. For dessert, try a popular Latin bread pudding called capirotada.
Latin / Spanish, Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Lunch: Friday- Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Dinner: Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Full Catering Division lead by Chef Garret Cowan and team, directed by Amanda Landon. Tables, linens, fully upholstered chairs, decor and experienced service staff. 5 years experience gives a multitude of menus and menu options to the guest. Past reviews speak to surprisingly reasonable rates.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Month Guest Brewery Dinners! Every month Estrella invites a new Beer Brewery to pair their latin menu, and the guest reap the rewards!
Abundant plates of delicious food and tall glasses of chilled beer are dispensed, while guests learn about various beer making techniques and unusual styles and components of both the brews and the food. Executive Chef Travis Borba, Chef Mike Learned, as well as manager Aric Grimes love to create and host these dinners that end up being a good time sell out.
Went on a night that they did not have t ...
Went on a night that they did not have their liquor license due to transition of ownership. Needless to say on a Friday night in Paso Robles, the place was pretty empty. My date and I had our fill of wine tastings so we were more concerned about eating. The mussels and empanadas were really good and the half chicken very flavorful . Two apps and an entree was more than enough to two. Would come back once they get their liquor license squared away.
Estrella is exquisite!
I had the enchiladas with both sauces! The rice, the corn, the chips and salsa (especially the chips) were great. Huge portions. Great waiter, so accommodating. My sangria was really tasting and their wine list had a really good selection of local wines. Highly recommended.
Vibrant place with fantastic food.
Plenty of interesting and delicious menu choices. I had the Argentinian steak and it was all it was billed to be, and more. Other dinner companions had steak and salmon dishes...all were exquisite. There were two large and loud parties going on in the restaurant during our meal, but the dining room seems to accommodate the noise well. Service was personable and prompt and pleasant.
We will be back!
We don't go out to eat often and when we do it's to restaurants we already know we love. We decided to gamble and try something new. We are very happy we did. Estrella was fantastic . The ambiance inviting. I loved the exposed brick and the beautiful wood. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Everything on the menu sounded wonderful and we both had a hard time deciding what to eat. I don't like fish, but one of the fish dishes sounded so good I almost ordered it anyway! The plating was beautiful and the food delicious. I look forward to eating at Estrella again in the future and would recommend it to friends and family.
Great place for a slow meal with friends
This place has fantastic energy and some interesting items on the menu like like cactus mushroom soup. Everything was delicious. We had the Jamaican Seafood Curry which came with generous pieces of fish, scallops, prawns, mussels, and clams. That dish was done well and slightly too rich. The second dish was the grilled pork with some sort of maple sauce. The pork chop was done PERFECTLY, which can be very difficult. The sauce was a tad bit too sweet and overwhelming with maple.
The service was very slow and the servers were extremely understaffed. Our server was knowledgeable and had good recommendations for pairings. Our two person dinner lasted about 2 hours.
Really interesting menu--Latin/Argentinian. Starting with chips and salsa (restaurant cooked black beans, fresh corn and tomatoes), to the salad (jicama/mandarin orange), to the lovely rib eye, everything was excellent. The hot pepper-infused jicama was a bit picante for my husband, but just right for me.
We'll come back again!
Fantastic food and attentive service.
We were a party of 4 who had dinner here to celebrate a birthday! The food was fantastic! The Carnitas Chile Relleno was outstanding, different but the best I have ever had! Others dining had the Seafood Curry and Grilled Ribeye that were also outstanding choices! Our server was thoughtful and attentive too! Great place to dine, I would recommend it to others.
Great night out!
We met our friends here before a concert. Great variety of food and even though the menu was small, we all loved our choices. Service was attentive but not rushed, even on a Saturday night. Thanks, Estrella's, for making our evening so enjoyable!
Anytime we are on the road in the direct ...
Anytime we are on the road in the direction of San Luis Obispo, or on the way back from visiting relatives in Las Vegas, we keep finding excuses to swing by Paso Robles. One of the main reasons is to eat supper at Estrella. Often it's a great break in the drive back to SF. Consistently great food and service. Eric (again) maintains a great wine list and always provides samples to ensure the best wine for a meal. We can't seem to get away from the Jamaican seafood curry - yum. Dependable, relaxing, and always delicious.
Booked this restaurant based on reviews. I was a bit worried when none of the locals we met recommended it. It turns out the locals were right! Very nice ambiance and our server was engaging however that is about it. The grilled scallop cerviche was a joke. it was some scallops with no grill flavor mixed with diced mango in what tasted like the juice in a jar of mango s. My Mahi Mahi with Jumbo Prawns was overcooked, dry' with no real flavor. And the the prawns were by no means "jumbo". My wife's Jamaican seafood curry was OK. Also the wait for our food was so long that the server had to apologize for it. Overall not a place I would recommend.
First visit for me and my family. The ambiance is elegant yet family friendly. My son is a very picky eater and loved the steak. The waiter was excellent and very accommodating. We really enjoyed the sangria and queso fundido! I had the rib eye steak and it was cooked perfectly! My side of squash was also super yummy and I'm not a fan of squash :) we will definitely go there again and I will recommend to all of my friends.
More like comfort food than fine dining
Dinner for 4 while visiting Paso. Food was all well prepared. I had the pork chop special and it was excellent, but like I titled the review, it is more like comfort food than a fine dining experience. Our server was great and everyone enjoyed their meals. The scallop ceviche was quite good as a starter. Portions were nice without being overwhelming. Overall, a nice find.
Flavor that excites your taste buds!!
Estrella was awesome from begging to end..... Javier our waiter was exceptional. Attentive, kind and very nice. the food is the bomb. Yucca fries so good and the Coconut fish burst with flavor every bite makes your mouth happy. This place is a must, you will not be disappointed.
First visit and we loved it!
The food was original Spanish food. Our waiter was very helpful in helping us decided what food and wine to pair together. He even put the spicey saice for my duck tamales on the side without my asking. The tamales and the nightly special Chili Rellleno with short ribs was amazing. We cannot wait to go again!
In the area for winetasting and spring scenery, we had noticed the food on the plates of diners on small front patio in walking around town, but the restaurant was packed on that Saturday night. We returned the next evening for an earlier dinner, and found the food to be as tasteful as it was beautifully presented. Portions are large so we enjoyed the delicious leftover chicken leg the next day.
Romantic dinner in Paso Robles
Passing Through Paso Robles stop to have dinner Estrella was a small place with great ambiance in and out side dinning. The menu had small verity of tapas and very basic it was good but not exciting or original in selection I ordered the Sea bass special, fish was fresh and tasty but didn't care for the sauce, my husband on the other hand did enjoy it our dinner came with rice and vegetables kind of bland be cooked well. While desert menu was limited wind list was very good.
What a fabulous place, for a group or just 2.
We started and ended our wine weekend in Paso Robles at this restaurant and just loved it. Our group of foodies thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine. Great selection of tapas, entrees. Great energy to the restaurant, wonderful service. We just set a new tradition for our annual wine trip. One tip: just keep asking for more bread to get every drop of sauce from the muscles with chorizo....or you could tip the bowl and drink it!
Frequent LA visitors to PR...but our fir ...
Frequent LA visitors to PR...but our first time here. We enjoyed meal and service and although it was a weekday we felt the ambiance fell short. Lighting was bright rather than romantic. Music was very low which did nothing to enhance the restaurants Latin fusion inspiration. Ambiance is an essential component to any restaurant and often is at least part of the consideration when choosing a place to dine. Estrella may benefit as a result.
An excellent choice
We decided to try the number 2 restaurant from Trip Advisor. The food was amazing and wonderfully creative. Our server was excellent and directed us if we asked him. Empanades were wonderful and the apple dessert was exceptional. Recommend them highly.
Great Valentines Experience
I took my wife here for Valentines day. We were fortunate to have the manager wait on us and he did a great job. They went over and above on everything. Very knowledgeable. It was not our first time and it will definitely not be our last.
AWESOME! I took my husband and our son ...
AWESOME! I took my husband and our son for an early Valentine dinner. The food was fantastic and our waiter Javier (I think) was amazing, and despite him being extremely busy he always had a smile to share and was attentive to us and the others enjoying the evening... THANK YOU! We will recommend Estrella to our friends and are looking forward to going back to try another fabulous dish.
Great Concept - Just Needs To Step Up A Notch
Would like to see some better choices offered in regards to protein and gluten. This concept would be awesome if it could step up to some grass fed/pasture meats and wild (not farmed) seafood offerings on the menu. It's also frustrating trying to uncover the sources of gluten for those with sensitivities. If the plantains need to be covered in flour before frying better choice would be rice flour.
Service was awesome as Cindy was very kind and sincerely generous to our group. She was just flat out great. Though would honestly be happier with average service and quality of food stepped up a notch. See too much of that on menu. Concept is great and some of the items are brilliant and well thought out. Just step up the sourcing of higher quality to meet the needs of today's nutrition. More and more people are also willing to pay for that.
Will come back...
My husband loved his luncheon sandwich. I was disappointed that I forgot to let wait staff know that needed lo sodium chicken for my southwest club. Lunch was well presented and staff cheerful and friendly. As it was my oversight, will definitely come back and look forward to ordering one of the chef's special creations.
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