Wine and dine with a sit-down meal in Paso Robles Wine Country. No, we’re not talking about a traditional restaurant! With a year-round growing season and plenty of fresh produce and artisanal treats to savor, Paso Robles tasting rooms are catering to wine enthusiasts and foodies alike. If you’re seeking more than a simple cheese plate with your next wine tasting, you’re in luck. These 6 Paso Robles tasting rooms offer expertly paired culinary creations made to order.
1. Parrish Family Vineyard
Vibe: Warm, welcoming with vineyard views forever (pictured above)
Menu: New American foodies’ dream
Dine: Parrish Family Vineyard’s cozy lounge is perfect for taking in vineyard views, grabbing a shared plate with a group of friends or chowing down on a thick steak, made just the way you like it. Be sure to try the house-made sourdough bread made with yeast cultivated from the estate vineyard grapes, always a crowd favorite.
Why we love it: Parrish Family Vineyard boasts deep ties to the area dating back 70 years. That reverence for the land, paired with incredible Bordeaux wines, sharable plates, paired tasting flights and heavenly brunch offerings—makes for a dining experience that feels both down home and high brow.
Standout dishes: Mussels on the half shell paired with 2017 Sauvignon Blanc; Peek-aboo Wagyu beef paired with 2016 Silken blend.
Details: Serving food Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Vibe: Intimate and innovative
Menu: Seasonal fresh
Dine: JUSTIN’s beautifully designed restaurant offers the freshest local ingredients spotlighted in creative dishes that reflect the changing seasons. Lunch, brunch and dinner are all works of art—especially when paired with an award-winning wine list, flights, and special tasting experiences. If you want to understand the “how” and “why” behind the pairing, this is the place for you. Take notes!
Why we love it: You can taste all of JUSTIN’s renowned wines (especially the Cabernet Sauvignon blends the winery has become known worldwide for) while noshing on the freshest produce in an intimate dinning room. Everything is super seasonal, sensational, and iconically Paso Robles.
Standout dishes: Crispy skin Berkshire pork with braised mustard greens, bluebonnet squash and pork jus paired with 2016 JUSTIN Isosceles; Chilaquiles with sunny-side-up eggs, salsa verde, house made chips, queso fresco and avocado.
Details: Brunch served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lunch served Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner features three seatings available at 6:00, 6:30 & 7:00 p.m. by reservation only (Tuesday–Saturday). Note: The dinner menu is prix fixe.
3. Villa San Juliette
Vibe: Sophisticated Villa
Menu: Italian inspired
Dine: Whether you sit in the well appointed tasting room of Villa San Juliette or sprawl out on the sun dappled patio, you’ll feel like you’re on a European vacation far, far away. Allow the winery to pair a diverse wine selection with hand-crafted plates to round out the fantasy.
Why we love it: Villa San Juliette’s palace-like tasting room is truly opulent, and the food is perhaps the crowning jewel (well, after the wine, of course). The owners, lifelong friends and producers of the hit television show, American Idol, aimed to create a lavish oasis for their luxurious Bordeaux wines. The result is a sensory experience that begins at first sip and lingers long after your meal is over.
Standout dishes: Chicken Parmesan panini with fresh basil and salad; crab cakes with house made remoulade and lemon paired with the winery’s fresh Sauvignon Blanc.
Details: Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
Vibe: Laid back luxury
Menu: Wood-fired pizza
Dine: At Opolo, “food friendly” is taken to a whole new level. Choose from a dazzling array of pizzas, including Italian Sausage and Margherita, fresh salads, and savory sausage plates paired with fantastic food-loving wines. Known for Bordeaux and Italian wines—including an array of bold blends—you’ll also find Rhone whites, sparkling offers and even grappa made in-house. Hope you like a bit of everything.
Why we love it: There’s nothing like sharing a gourmet wood-fired ‘za with friends. Taste from a lineup of wines and spirits before or after your meal, or get a bottle and enjoy your food. We certainly recommend the latter.
Standout dishes: Pizza Bueno with caramelized onions, mushrooms and grilled chicken over seasoned white sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese; Tri Kobasice plate with three house-made sausages and dipping sauce served with seasonal vegetables, cheese and focaccia. Pair with any of the winery’s red offerings, especially their famous Mountain Zinfandel.
Details: Serving food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
5. Cello at Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Vibe: Wine Country Resort
Menu: Mediterranean seasonal
Dine: Check in to flavor. Cello at Allegretto Vineyard Resort is where food, friends and flavors blend into perfect harmony. Executive Chef Justin Picard shows off his talent for marrying domestic and international flavor profiles in an array of dishes paired with local and house made wines. Isn’t it nice when you don’t have to leave the hotel for spa services, wine tasting and fabulous food?
Why we love it: Cello is about fresh ingredients and artisan cookery, celebrating farmers, ranchers, and fisherman or the region. Sip on house made red or white wine, or grab a cocktail made with local spirits. What more could you want? If you said “a massage,” you are in luck! The resort has that, too.
Standout dishes: Raw Vegan Zucchini Spaghettini with foraged greens, fresh herbs, sweet onion broth, fennel, cherry tomato and house made hummus; oak pit grilled Angus beef filet mignon with garlic smashed Yukon Gold potato, red wine demi-glace and horseradish marscapone. Enjoy either with a local wine flight or house made offerings.
Details: Breakfast served from 7:30 to 11 a.m.; Lunch served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner served Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
6. Cass Winery
Vibe: Breezy and casual
Menu: Central Coast cool
Dine: Opt to taste up at the bar or sit on the winery’s the shaded veranda—your choice. This chill tasting room offers table-side wine offerings while you dine, which is which is especially helpful when you’re busy savoring all that delicious food.
Why we love it: You can grab a large crowd and head out to Cass for a lunch that lasts for hours (in fact, we say you should plan on it). The view is pastoral with a capital “P,” featuring rolling vineyards, oak trees, and blue skies. Happy wine attendants are on hand to bring you tastes of award winning Rhone and Bordeaux wines (and yes, there’s locally made Leo Leo Gelato for dessert).
Standout dishes: The Figgy Piggy sandwich with Speck Prosciutto and Prosciutto Cotto, fig jam, whipped goat cheese and French Baguette; Benny Burger with estate-raised gras fed beef, house cured bacon, Hook’s Paradise bleu cheese, horseradish aioli, pickled onions and Edna’s Bakery seeded brioche bun (add a Loo Loo Farm fried organic duck egg if you’re feeling frisky). Pair with a tasting flight of your choosing.
Details: Cafe serving lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at astoldbyhayley.com.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves. TOUR VIRTUALLY
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.