Come hungry, leave happy! Yes, Paso Robles is known for more than wine these days. If you’re looking to spend the day at the wineries and would prefer to enjoy your wine and food, these 6 Paso Robles wineries with restaurants are serving more than snacks.
OK, wine is still king, but the new culinary offerings are growing every year. The appetite for Paso Robles is insatiable, and foodies are flocking to these renowned tasting rooms for world class wine, incredible ambiance and creative culinary delights. These restaurants boast amazing menus with options to suit any taste and budget. Bon appetite and see you on the wine trail (but don’t forget to make your dining reservation before heading out)!
Villa San Juliette
Dine: Villa San Juliette’s in-house Chef, Yavanna Tuftee, believes that wine and food paired together is one of the best things in life. Allow the winery to pair a diverse wine selection with hand-crafted plates. Try the Manila clams with white wine, butter and herbs, a cheese board, caprese salad with roasted beets and fresh mozzarella and arugula, a chicken parmesan Panini with crispy chicken, fresh mozz, and pasta salad on the side, or an Italian braised beef sandwich with sautéed onions and peppers and flavorful au jus.
Why we love it: Villa San Juliette’s palace-like atmosphere is truly an experience to behold and the food is substantial, indeed. During January Restaurant Month, enjoy a $40, three-course prix-fixe menu.
Details: Open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday.
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Menu: Rustic pizza
Dine: Choose from a dazzling array of pizzas, including Italian Sausage, Margherita, Pizza Bueno (with caramelized onions, shrooms, grilled chicken, and white sauce), and a Chef’s Special (a rotating artisan pizza). You can also choose between artisan cheese and meats, sausages, or a fresh spring salad.
Why we love it: There’s nothing like sharing a gourmet ‘sea with friends. Taste from a lineup of great wines and spirits before or after your meal, or get a glass to enjoy with your food.
Details: Serving food from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Allegretto Vineyard Resort
Vibe: California villa
Menu: Mediterranean seasonal
Dine: Cello at Allegretto Vineyard Resort is where food, friends and flavors blend into perfect harmony. Executive Chef Justin Picard brings his extensive culinary experience to Cello Ristorante & Bar, where his formal training coupled with a talent for marrying domestic and international flavor profiles seamlessly combine. Cello is about fresh ingredients and artisan cookery, celebrating farmers, ranchers, and fisherman or the region.
Why we love it: Dine, sip on house made wine, or grab a cocktail made with local spirits. What more could you want? If you said “spa,” you are in luck! They’ve got that too.
Details: Breakfast, lunch and dinner served Saturday, Sunday, Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:30-2 p.m., 5 to 9 p.m. / Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 11:30 to 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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Menu: Central Coast classics
Dine: Opt to taste up at the bar or sit on our shaded veranda, the winery offers tableside tasting while you dine. Wine by the glass and bottles are also available for purchase. Nosh on a cheese and antipasto platter, crab cake salad, smoked chicken salad, Cesar salad, golden beet caprese salad, spinach and shaved Brussels sprout salad, a BLAST sandwich (bacon, baby lettuce, avocado and sundried tomato aioli), Benny Burger with house-cured bacon, bleu cheese, horseradish, and arugula, a pulled pork sandwich with house made bbq sauce, and more. Yes, there’s dessert, including Leo Leo Gelato www.leoleogelato.com handcrafted in Paso Robles and authentically Italian.
Why we love it: You can grab a large crowd and head out to Cass for a lunch that lasts for hours (especially with that wonderful table-side service).
Details: Cafe serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Barton Family Wines/Grey Wolf
Menu: Central Coast classics
Dine: Their on-site restaurant, Barton’s Kitchen Window, is open daily. From the vegetables to their meats, they use local California ingredients which allow a close connection to their food. Don’t miss the Flatbread of the day, the roasted sausage platter (with mustard selections and pretzel bread), and the seared Salmon served with quinoa, red beets, and tangerine dressing.
Why we love it: The Barton + Grey Wolf Tasting Room offers tastings from both Barton Family Wines and Grey Wolf, as well as samplings of their distilled spirits, Grain+Vine Craft Distillery.
Details: Open daily 11-4:30pm
Dine: JUSTIN’s beautifully redesigned restaurant offers the freshest local ingredients in dishes that reflect the changing seasons. Lunch, brunch and dinner are available, along with an award-winning wine list.
Why we love it: You can taste all of JUSTIN’s renowned wines (especially the red Bordeaux offerings the winery has become known worldwide for) while noshing on the freshest produce in an intimate dinning room. Everything is super seasonal, sensational, and totally Paso Robles.
Details: Brunch:11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Sundays) Lunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Thursday–Saturday). JUST In Time Menu: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Thursday–Saturday). Dinner: Three seatings available at 6, 6:30 & 7 p.m. by reservation only (Tuesday–Saturday). Note: The dinner menu is prix fixe and features seasonally inspired dishes crafted by Chef Paul.
Other Notable Wineries with Restaurants
Aaron Hill Bistro
At the AronHill Bistro enjoy fresh dishes made from seasonal and local ingredients, all paired with stunning hilltop views and of course, Aaron Hill wines.
Details: Serving lunch Daily, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon
With an elegant-yet-rustic wine tasting room on one side and a casual eatery on the other, this is the perfect place to stop when traveling through Cambria, no matter who’s in your party.
Details: Serving food daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
San Antonio Winery
The Riboli Family has been in the wine-making business for an astonishing 100 years. Their Paso Robles location offers tasting flights of their estate varietals, and their on-site restaurant offers freshly made pastas, pizza, salads, sandwiches, soups and more.
Details: Sunday – Friday: 10am-5pm and Saturday: 10am-6pm
Niner Wine Estates
Rated one of the “Best Winery Restaurants in America” by Food and Wine Magazine in 2017. They cook all of their food using locally sourced ingredients. Their restaurant is open daily by appointment.
Details: Open daily by reservation
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at [email protected] or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.