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“Go for the food, not the lighting”
Review of Artisan

Artisan
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Ranked #7 of 201 Restaurants in Paso Robles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$14 - US$36
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 12th and Pine
Description: Artisan is open everyday for lunch & dinner! And on Sundays we serve Brunch. * PLEASE NOTE: We only accept reservations for dinner. During the day we offer a more casual counter-style service with no reservations. * Artisan supports local, sustainable and organic practices.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Artisan always placed high on our list of exceptional eating establishments prior to the move to their present location. We recently visited them for two evening meals, one weekend and one midweek. Both of experiences were good but could have been better with a little forethought by the restaurant's architect - design maven. The problem is not the food which was for us as delicious as ever, beautifully presented, and professionally served. No the problem was the lighting; it is simply sub par. How do we know this? Well when you can't distinguish the print on the menu to read it you know there is a problem. This issue stems from the location of the overhead fixtures viz a vie the tables. The lighting - table locations are not in sync providing some bright spots but also some very shady locations. Woe to those in the shade unless of course you are with someone you don't want to be seen with. Our suggestion to Artisan: take out the suspended warehouse fixtures and replace them with lighting that provides each table with its own cone of comfort.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

We first dined at Artisan about three years ago, when they were in their old location. It was a memorable meal. The dinner we had a few days ago came nowhere near that standard. Most restaurants have an occasional menu item that does not deliver, but there were so many disappointments with this meal that we will not return. The pizza, even straight from the oven, was soggy. The boar was well cooked, but the carrot risotto that supported it was so salty that it was inedible. The steak was a poor piece of beef, even for a flatiron cut, and was finished with an overly sweet glaze — everyone at the table was surprised by how poor it was. The accompanying mashed potatoes were, again, far too salty. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and for this reason I give Artisan two stars instead of one.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I've eaten here multiple times and each time it's been an event. Their previous location felt like a more convivial space. My only complaint with the new space is that it's designed like a big city eatery trying to feel busy and hard to get into. The ceilings in the front area are high and the space is echoey. Unfortunately you have to raise your voice to be heard in a conversation. The dining area is a little better. Oh yeah, the food: it's always very good. No restaurant is perfect nor can it satisfy the finicky.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We had lunch here yesterday and it was an expensive disappointment. Having had a great dinner here a few years ago, I had expectations of a similar experience for lunch. Three of us shared the fondue which was nothing special. My husband and I had burgers which at $19 should be terrific, but sadly were not. They were greasy and very mundane. I have had much better burgers at upscale burger chains or sports bars. And the same goes for the fries. But what disappointed the most was lackadaisical service. I had to ask twice for salt and pepper while my burger was getting cold. And they were not very busy. Attention to little things like that makes a big difference in a dining experience and even makes mediocre food more palatable.

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1  Thank Mary S
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

Artisan Paso Robles we had a lunch and dinner the first week of May 2014. This is an excellent restaurant downtown on the square shopping then lunch or dinner. Lunch we were four eat in the bar had four different choices were liked by all, cocktail from bar excellent.

Dinner we were party of eight we had a large selection,boy did we have a good time great food. Will be back

Thank John N
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