My little sister celebrated her birthday recently and my wife and I wanted to take her somewhere special. Back in August on our Central Coast “staycation,” we had a chance to eat at Artisan for lunch. We both loved it and decided this would be a great place to take her on her special day.
Artisan is located in downtown Paso Robles. The culinary team is led by Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi. He creates seasonal menu’s using local and organic produce, even some produce from their own organic garden in Templeton. All of the proteins at Artisan are either wild caught or sustainably farmed with no growth hormones or antibiotics. I liked that the beef options on the menu were from grass fed cows. Their wine list also supports many of the great local wineries in Paso Robles.
For dinner we split a couple of appetizers, each had an entree, and ended up sharing a trio of desserts. Everything I tasted I liked, but I would have to say that my favorite dish of the night was my wife’s rabbit porchetta. It was the best rabbit I have ever eaten.
Our dining experience at Artisan this time around was much like the first time we ate there. We had a very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable server who could answer our questions and give good menu recommendations. We had a great meal in a comfortable atmosphere. I definitely look forward to coming back to Artisan with friends and family to share great food, drinks, and conversation.