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“Even better than expected” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Il Cortile

Il Cortile
608,12th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446
805.226.0300
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Ranked #3 of 152 Restaurants in Paso Robles
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Spring Street
Bakersfield, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Even better than expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Lovely place with excellent food and service! Best in Paso for a romantic dining experience. Not on the main square which makes for easier parking

Visited July 2014
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English first
Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
159 reviews 159 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Very good food.......”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We went to this restaurant for the third time. As every time before, the restaurant was outstanding......the food was very good and very Italian in nature. There was a large group with us and we were all happy with our meals.
We will visit this restaurant again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Halifax, Canada
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“What a Gem of a Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We had a stopover stay in Paso Robles on our way from Los Angeles to Carmel on the Pacific Coast Highway. Typical yuppy wannabe tourists in search of good wine and touring in the convertible sports car we were. We arrived at a nearby hotel and decided to just walk around town in search of a restaurant. This was the last menu we decided to check before making a decision and we were so happy we stopped here. The food was superb. The service found the fine balance between friendly, informative and entertaining that is so hard to achieve. We started with Insalata di mare and Quaglia. Both were done right and good beginnings. We then had the beef tortellini and Tortellini parma cotto. We were in California for 5 days and this was the best meal we had and continue to reference this experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Central California
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106 reviews 106 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Creative menu.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Almost everyone we met in Paso Robles raved about Il Cortile and since we were in Paso to celebrate a special birthday, we had dinner there. The first thing I noticed from the menu was that there were only two entrees that appealed to me - salmon ($25) and fillet mignon ($33). I'm not a picky eater but boar, beef cheeks and squid ink pasta are a little out of my comfort zone. I ordered the salmon which was really good and the chopped salad ($9) which I thought was bland. We shared desserts and they were all very good. Our server was excellent and helped make the meal special for us. Il Cortile is a small restaurant so it would be a good idea to make a reservation.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I read the reviews before going to the restaurant. Were really not very helpful . After having eaten there, this won't be either. First of all, it is expensive for this area. A counterpoint, the service was immaculate. The menu was exotic. The food we ordered, every one agreed, was very good to excellent. So we're back to the sticking point, of price. If money is no object and you want to cover your bets by having a surefire meal, then this is certainly the place. Especially for a tourist who is at the mercy of the unknown. From my frame of reference, to justify the expense I personally need more atmosphere. Live music, a stunning visual view, a setting to remember. But that is just me

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