Come hungry, leave happy! Yes, Paso Robles is known for more than wine these days. OK, wine is still king, but the new culinary offerings are growing in the New Year. Seems 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 six wineries are serving more than snacks—they boast their own restaurants. Bon appetite and see you on the wine trail (but don’t forget to make your dining reservation before heading out)!
Menu: Seasonal fresh
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.
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.
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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Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon
Vibe: Old School
Dine: Sebastian’s General Store (located next door to Hearst Ranch Winery in San Simeon – north of Cambria) has carried on through the generations. Originally built in 1852 by Captain Joseph Clark at the peak of the whaling industry, the Clarks provided goods and services to whalers, fishermen, miners and neighboring ranches. Now, it’s an incredible place to enjoy Hearst Ranch beef. Grab a classic beef sandwich, hot meat loaf sandwich, a burger, a patty melt, and (of course) a big side of fries.
Why we love it: 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.
This blog was written by Hayley Thomas Cain, food and wine writer for SLO New Times and PasoRoblesWineries.net. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on instagram @flavorslo.
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.
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.
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.
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®
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.
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.
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.