restaurant downtown paso robles
Photo by: Fish Gaucho

On the Central Coast, Paso Robles may be known as wine country, but it also is the haven of another tasty sector. It has dozens of mouth-watering restaurants, making it a food lover’s paradise. Instead of our usual wine, spirits, or beer adventures, get ready to go on a food one.

Fair warning in advance: if you keep reading, you may experience stomach growling, slight drooling, and a desire to run off to Paso Robles and eat everything.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s move to the main course of this article, the food! No matter if you’re looking for a bite to eat on a night out on the town on a dinner charter or are hungry after a wine tour, or on some other venture, we’ve got you covered.

best bbq in paso robles
Photo by: Jeffrey’s Wine Country BBQ

 

Tastes of Summer

It’s summer and you know what that means: summer food is back on the menu! Below you’ll find some of the best places in Paso Robles with the best BBQ, tri-tip, hamburgers, pizza and more.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

They’re well known throughout California for their 805 beer, but they also have a wide array of tasty crafts.  805 is a light, refreshing blonde ale created for the laid back California lifestyle. Grab a glass and sit down at their restaurant in Paso Robles, (only feet away from their brewery). Here we suggest ordering the meaty Central Coast Burger, made up of two smashed patties, cheddar, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, homemade 1000 island, a potato bun and bear fries. They also offer an array of smaller dishes like their buffalo wings, mac n’ cheese, pretzels and more. Perfect for summer snacking.

Check out their full menu here.

Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stop after or during a wine tour, you’ve found it. Located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles, this restaurant has been serving up some of the best BBQ on the Central Coast for years. When stopping here, we suggest ordering their Signature Smoked Tri-Tip Sandwich, made up of dry-rubbed, slow-smoked, and thinly sliced tri-tip, topped with housemade BBQ sauce, on a toasted french roll. They also put a tasty spin on mac n’ cheese, adding everything from tri-tip, pulled pork to garlic and five cheese sauces.
Check out their full menu here.

 

best restaurant in paso robles
Photo by: Fish Gaucho

Classy Dinners

Hit the town with an evening charter and cruise around downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy some pre-dinner drinks at some of the many wine tasting rooms like JUSTIN Vineyard & Winery, Sea Shell Cellars and others. Then grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous places below.

Fish Gaucho

Upon stepping into this rustic restaurant, you’ll find unique furniture pieces everywhere you look. All of the furniture as made custom for this restaurant and are just as novel as every dish here. They pride themselves in their full tequila bar. We fully endorse a drink or two from their incredible bar. Here you’ll be able to enjoy some of the finest tequilas and margaritas in Paso Robles. Once you have your drink, order their BBQ Chicken Burro, made up of grilled chicken, dirty rice, black beans, artisanal cheese, chipotle salsa barbacoa, guacamole, crispy potato strips and avocado tomatillo salsa. There’s nothing fishy about the quality of food you’ll find here!
Check out their full menu here.

 

BL Brasserie

Here you can enjoy traditional brasserie-style fare with a casual feel in an elegant setting, utilizing local ingredients paired perfectly with both local and French wines. We recommend starting with a selection from their Oyster Bar, here on the Central Coast, only miles away from the ocean you can always trust that the seafood here is phenomenal. Then follow that up with a Steak Frites and a glass of local Paso Robles wine.
Check out their full menu here.

 

ice cream in tin city
Photo by: Negranti Creamery

Sweet Treats

Last but certainly not least on our journey to find the tastiest places in Paso Robles are our dessert stops. You’ll find that these are must-stops, and you may even have to make an exception to have dessert before your dinner.


Negranti Creamery

A little off the beaten track of downtown Paso Robles, you’ll find this mouth-watering creamery in the heart of Tin City, a small industrial hub of wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries. What makes this place stand out from all other ice cream shops on the Central Coast is that, in addition to regular cow’s milk ice cream, they make sheep milk ice cream. Choose from 16 fresh churned artisan flavors, sprinkle on some toppings and enjoy!
Learn more here.

SloDoCo

While not a Paso Robles dessert place, you can find this artisan donut shop in the city of Atascadero, right next door. They offer over 100 different donuts, including vegan and gluten-free options. Grab a glass of cold milk and sit down and try delights like the Milk & Cookie donut, the Boysenberry Cream Cheese donut, Chia Cream Cheese donut, Circus Animal donut and more!

Hungry yet? Give us a call! We’re happy to help you coordinate reservations for lunches in between your wine tour, arrangements with restaurants for dinner charters, and more! Give our team a call at (805) 620-7233.