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Il Cortile Ristorante

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Slide 3 Welcome to Il Cortile Ristorante, Downtown Paso Robles’ fine dining Italian Restaurant. We invite you to join us to enjoy our seasonal menus created with the freshest ingredients sourced by our surrounding local and regional landscapes. Executive Chef Santos MacDonal, provides a vast array of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti. A top destination for exquisite wines, picturesque landscapes and beautiful weather, Paso Robles provides the perfect pairing for Il Cortile’s rustic Italian fine dining.
PRICE RANGE
$40 - $100
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Italian, Tuscan
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Il Cortile deserves its ranking as the best restaurant in Paso Robles. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. We sat on the patio that was enclosed to make it more comfortable in the cold evening. Everything we had was first class. We'll be...sure to return as soon as possible.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Exceptional food with very accommodating excellent service. Our party shared delicious white truffle risotto and stuffed squash blossom appetizers. The meat, seafood, and pasta dishes were all terrific. I love trying new restaurants, but I look forward to returning here

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely and quaint restaurant lives up to it's number one rating on Trip Advisor! The food and service were impeccable. The scallop appetizer was delicious and so interesting with its three dipping sauces. The osso buco was delicious as well. Even the bread was...delectable! I would highly recommend this restaurant!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022

We ate outside which was nice. The décor inside is pleasant. Food was good and the service excellent.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 23, 2022

WE always try to sit at the bar since we get to chat with the bartender and enjoy the whole evening. Make sure you ask for Krystal. WE had the Salmon and fresh Corn Ravioli. Both dishes were cooked and served in perfection. Juicy Salmon...with lots of fresh flavor and the Ravioli's like nothing I ever had before. Really many cudo's to the chef for this very creative dish. Excellent seating and formal white table cloths. Just perfect! CheersMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

Lovely meal and service. A place where regulars and visitors rub shoulders. Shout out to exceptional advice and attention from server Danny, and Kelly (kerry?) Who provided excellent guidance on wine list. The food itself solid, maybe I'm stingy but housemade ravioli missed 5 star...mark. Service, location, and ambiance, with solid cuisine and good wine list make this a nice dinner out.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

This was easily the best meal we had in Paso Robles. We showed up without a reservation and lucked out that they had a cancellation earlier in the day. The service from beginning to end was friendly and attentive. The decor is upscale and relaxing...and everything is spotlessly clean. We ordered a full dinner starting with a shared appetizer of grilled octopus which was excellent in every way. We then split an order of truffle risotto which was perfectly cooked and decadently delicious. My husband had beef fillet- again perfectly prepared and buttery tender. I had Chilean Sea Bass which was also excellent. We will definitely go back next time we’re in town. We highly recommend this place.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 1, 2022

We pretty much had a terrible experience dining at Il Cortile recently; we would not recommend this place. The food was mediocre at best, the service was kind of rude, and our entrees took an hour to arrive at our table even though we walked...in the door as soon as they opened. After being seated we ordered appetizers and a few minutes later, ordered our entree’s which consisted of Ravioli and the other was Gnocchi, certainly nothing too extravagant. The appetizer shows up in about 25 minutes, and then we basically sit and wait for another 40 minutes for our entrees. During this 40 minute wait, our server couldn't be bothered to stop by and ask if we needed more water, or another drink, or possibly another 4 tiny pieces of bread to tide us over. When my wife started to inquire about the wait, and the lack of service, they couldn't really care less. The food finally arrived, and like I said, it was mediocre at best. Ravioli was pretty much loaded with salt, and were barely filled with anything. The Gnocchi was so mushy; my wife really didn't even eat it. We had them package it up and we left. My wife and I are lucky and have done quite a bit of traveling and dining at many great restaurants... Some of the restaurants we have visited in the last year include Fresco by Scotto in Manhattan, Peter Luger's steak house in Brooklyn, The Ke'e Grill in Boca Raton, Jovanina's Broken Italian in Denver, Twist in Breckenridge Co. and more. Compared to these other restaurants that we have been to, Il Cortile is abysmal. Do yourself a favor, if you're visiting Paso Robles. Go to any other restaurant on 12th Street or the next block. You will have better food, better service, and probably save 10 to 20 % depending on what you order. We will NEVER go back to Il Cortile.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

We brought balloons to decorate, different each evening. There were six adults and three children. One family. We did bring our own wines. The staff were amazing both nights. The chef was beyond amazing both nights. They accommodated our 8 year old grandson who is...a vegetarian. He could not wait to come back the second evening. The sweetcorn ricotta with guanciale, blue oyster mushrooms in a light fontina sauce. I had ordered it for the table the first evening. We ordered five orders the second evening. The snap pea soup was a real winner. We wished to order the second evening but it was not on the menu. We collectively ordered the filet mignon with a green peppercorn sauce. Rack of lamb grilled in an aromatic herb sauce. Grilled salmon with fresh olive oil, lemon and herbs. I had the veal chop a true medium rare, with porcini mushroom sauce. Each evening we had a dish with truffles shaved on it. One was a risotto and the other was a fettuccini. Absolutely brilliant in each case. Lots of shaved truffles too! That and the sauces were amazing. We had a chocolate birthday cake first evening and the second evening we had tiramisu cake with lady fingers. We came all the way from Los Angeles to have this incredible food and service. Our first night our server was Andrea. She was very professional and waited on us perfectly. I am embarrassed that I forget the second night waitress. She was also great. Both being very attentive. I cannot wait to make the trip back up and eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022 via mobile

Our first time at this place and it was not a very good one. We were a party of four and one of us has celiac and they had many gluten free options, so this was a good place we thought. We had reservations in...advance and were the first party to be seated, and also brought in our own wine for dinner. As we began asking about specials and the gluten free options the waiter took our questions and then return stating they had no gluten free pastas of any kind and that they were all out. We asked for items that were available and there was maybe 3 items. We asked if there could be some accommodations to the menu about not placing sauce on certain food to avoid the gluten and the waiter went to ask the cooks and they said they could not accommodate in anyway. They stated we had to pay the same amount for less food on a plate and could not substitute any items. When we asked they waiter why we couldn’t substitute a side dish for a non gluten side dish he laughed and walked away. I guess having a disease is something to laugh about. So no kind of accommodations and when asked it they could compensate the corkage fee the waiter again laughed and walked away. Needless to say we will not be going back to that place and as a gluten free reviewer. I wanted to let others know that they will not make any type of accommodations for you or others seeking that, so you may want to try a different place more accommodating.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 28, 2022 via mobile

I chose this place to celebrate my bday because multiple sources said it was delicious. The wait staff was knowledgeable and helpful with food recommendations. The food was incredibly fresh.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022

We've eaten at Il Cortile before and it's been stellar. But our last visit topped all the previous ones. It was memorable. Everything we had was really well done. The wild boar ragu and the osso buco were heavenly. Service was spot on. When you...see ownership there - you know they really care about the product. Needless to say - we'll be back.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2022

Food - 5 Service - 4 Location / Ambience - 2 The food at Il Cortile is top notch. Some of the best Italian food I've had on this side of the Atlantic. My wife and I both loved our pasta (Squid Ink Shrimp and...Boar Ragu) and the Grilled Octopus was great too. I also love their selection of wines by the glass, which is one of the more extensive lists I've seen. They have a good mix of local Paso Robles wines and wines from Italy. I think the best way to describe the service is efficient. Our waitress was not chatty, but she was attentive enough especially given how busy this place is. She did bring me the wrong wine but quickly fixed the issue once I pointed it out. As for the location and ambience of the restaurant, let's just say Paso Robles is definitely not Yountville. We sat outside, and the tables right near the sidewalk are not very nice at all. There's parked cars a few feet away from you, there's random people walking right nearby on the sidewalk, and there's really no decoration to speak of in their outside area. There's a lack of plants, lack of any decorative lighting, or really anything that would make the space more inviting. My wife wasn't happy with the place when we first sat down because of how it looked, but once the food came out we understood why people come here.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 13, 2022 via mobile

Fabulous Italian restaurant! The food we ordered was wonderful - my husband had the osso buco which was so flavorful and fall-off-the-bone tender, and I had the fettuccine salsiccia, which also had great flavor (and the pasta is homemade!). The restaurant is small so definitely...make reservations. We throughly enjoyed our meal and experience there and will dine at Il Cortile again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 30, 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful find in Paso Robles. This restaurant was lovely. We had the fish special and the risotto of the day and both were delicious. We also had a nice bottle of local wine and the cannoli- yum and yum. Our waiter was attentive,...nice, funny and handsome. The owner stopped by the table to check on us. We will definitely be back to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Response from WillieMacfan | Reviewed this property |
There is a patio in the front. When you make your preferred eating area
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Sure do - there's also a nice patio area if it's a comfortable temperature.
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Il Cortile Ristorante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4