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“Always Good!”
Review of Panolivo

Panolivo
Ranked #20 of 205 Restaurants in Paso Robles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 14th Street
Description: Tasty, comforting and healthy, French-inspired California cuisine, in a warm, inviting, casual chic atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served nonstop, all-day, everyday. Dedicated Vegan Menu. Dedicated Gluten free menu. Menu also featuring Mediterranean dishes from Jaffa Cafe.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

Panolivo is consistently a great place for lunch or dinner. The service is always good, the food is tasty, and the atmosphere is great. They have an area for sit-down dining or a more casual bakery area that also sells pastries. The bread and pastries alone make this establishment worth visiting. The menu includes both French inspired items as well as Middle Eastern fare. Recommend the french onion soup with 1/2 tuna sandwich with harissa mayo.

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Thank Mary A
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Just had a very good meal, all high quality at a reasonable cost and good service.Family owned resturant using best ingredients and cannot fault.

Thank Martin T
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We have had several meals now and have never been disappointed because of the wide variety of well foods, pleasant patient staff, and good wine list for the average customer. Last Friday we arrived for the weekend and needed a place for 8 for dinner. They had room in the back and quickly seated us. Although the ambience is not the usual type for a downtown Paso restaurant at supper, the food is definitely quality and interesting. From mustard glazed rack of lamb to butternut ravioli to a great Peachy Canyon red zin, we were very happy with everything from desserts to wine. The waitress, then sommelier, were very patient in trying to accomodate 8 people with different tastes and meals and it turned out fantastic. They were also patient with how long we stayed which was too long. We were family meeting up for the first time in almost a decade so the conversation just kept going.
One of the dinner guests with us remarked that they were very pleasantly surprised with the menu and quality of food because the restaurant deceptively looked more like a sandwich shop than a restaurant with beef bourgignon. They do have great burgers but they also have a fantastic salmon dish and homemade ice cream and desserts from their bakery. I've tried salads, hummus and more and never been disappointed. HIdden gem with seating available.

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Thank Txmagca
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

First, I'd rate this bistro 4 1/2 stars, but that's not a T-A option.

Second, go there for the food. The atmosphere is OK, but it's "glorified coffee shop"-style, clean and friendly, but not fancy.

The owners are from Paris, and it rubs off, in a pleasant way, if you like French food. We had both a dinner and a breakfast here, and both were very good, with a Parisian accent.

The French fries and breakfast omelet looked (and tasted) like they were straight out of a Parisian cafe. Thin-cut, fresh french-fries and an omelet with a thin egg layer, and lots of stuffing is expected in Paris, but unusual here. It was delicious! The breakfast pastries (as are all their pastries) are fresh-made on the premises, and taste like it.

For dinner, we had a filet steak, and the salmon. As you might expect in Paris, both were very good, but the biggest emphasis was on the sauces, the vegetables, and the presentation. Good, good, and better, but the hit of the night was the apple tatin, that was the best I've had since - you guessed it - Paris! And, again, like in France, the wine list included some pretty good wines by the glass, half-carafe, or carafe, as well as bottles of local wines and wines from France. Gutsy to serve French wines in Paso Robles, but you do have a choice.

Service was friendly, with the owner helping to pick up the slack by bringing us fresh, hot coffee within seconds of our arrival. The place seemed to be more popular for our late breakfast/early lunch than at dinner, but they did have a great looking breakfast menu. We'll be back - I can't wait to try the "breakfast burrito" (in a French-type bistro ???).

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Thank brngrp
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

Rarely do we get bad service and poor food from this type of establishment. Granted my review may be affected by being almost knocked over and my foot stepped on by one of the waiters, who simply turned around, said "Oops" and ran off, without checking to see if I was ok. The rest of the experience was not any better. Not sure if this type of service is "usual" as we are visiting and have never eaten there before. This place has been in business for over 10 years and has gotten local "best dining" awards in the past. We ordered lunch which totalled about $60.00 for a party of 3, and one person only ordered dessert. For the two meals, we got "good" soup, nothing to brag about, a GF sandwich with burnt bread, and some nice ravioli. I do think that the "bad service" might have affected the food quality, in that the server (different one from the football lineman hopeful who almost knocked me over) should have immediately sent the burnt sandwich back to the kitchen. We also ordered 3 desserts, 1 was ordered off the Gluten Free a menu and arrived with a cookie inserted into the whipped cream. When asked about the cookie, the server said that it would be removed along with the whipped cream and re-served. note - She did know about "cross contamination" issues as she informed us that we could not order the fries, due to these issues. The seating cause some discomfort for an older diner. Her back was hurting for hours after leaving the place.

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PanolivoRestaurant, Owner at Panolivo, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2013

I am sorry about your recent experience. Please be assured that this is not typical on how we handle special requests. I have addressed the issue with the individuals who have been involved and used this incident with the rest of our staff . I would appreciate if you can call me at the restaurant at 805-239-3366.

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Owner

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