Great Casual Restaurants in Paso Robles
October 27, 2022
After a long day of wine tasting in Paso Robles, sometimes you just want to be able to kick back, relax, and enjoy a casual dinner in town. Paso Robles offers a wide variety of casual dining restaurants in the region and we’re going to tell you about some of our favorites.
While Paso Robles is known as wine country and caters more to the wine drinker, there are plenty of casual restaurants in the area that will satisfy everyone. These restaurants are great for the whole family, kids included. So, if you’re looking for a more relaxed, and more reasonably priced meal while visiting Paso Robles, you’ll want to consider these casual restaurants.
Casual Dining in Paso Robles
Wine doesn’t always have to equate with fine dining. Let’s take a look at some of the more casual restaurants in the Paso Robles area that we recommend.
15 Degrees C
15 Degrees C is a wine shop & bar that offers up a delicious range of tapas (shared plates) and pizzas. The menu changes every season to ensure the best pairings of wine and casual bites. Enjoy a comfortable seat inside at the bar or venture out on the patio to soak in the sun or warmth from the fireplace on those chilly nights.
AMSTRDM is a coffee house and piano lounge that offers a small menu of food as well as delicious coffee beverages.
If you’re looking for a very casual, quick bite to eat before heading out for the day, the croissant sandwich or their brunch wrap is perfect. Small, light, and delicious, these sandwiches will give you the energy to kick off your day of wine tasting the right way.
Della’s Woodfired Pizza & Cocktails
Open for dinner only, Della’s has that upscale feeling with the casual environment. They serve up delicious woodfired pizzas as well as an incredible menu of small plates and entrees. The owners, who were raised on the east coast, brought their love of pizza to the central coast and have been impressing diners with their food.
If you’re looking for something more upscale/casual, then Della’s is a great place to grab a pizza and a cocktail… or glass of wine of course!
ETTO Pasta Bar
Finca is a casual Mexican-style restaurant with an emphasis on wood-grilled seafood and carne asada. This restaurant is located in a historic farmhouse of the Old Hometown Nursery in Paso Robles, next to the new Paso Robles Market Walk.
This isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill taco joint though. Expect to be blown away by the incredible selection of grilled meats with Mexican inspiration. Tacos and burritos will leave you wanting more, while the octopus and shrimp will have you questioning how you ever ate anywhere else. If you’re looking for modern upscale Mexican food, with a casual feel, then you’re going to want to bring the family to Finca.
Firestone Walker Taproom
While Paso Robles may be best known for their wineries and vineyards, there is also a budding craft beer community brewing as well.
The Firestone Walker Taproom is one of those breweries that creates incredible beers while also offering guests some delicious food. With upscale bar food like Ahi Poke Nachos, pizzas, and incredible smash burgers, the taproom at Firestone Walker is an excellent place for those that want to take a break from wine.
Hunter Ranch Bar & Grill
Located at the Hunter Ranch Golf course, the Hunter Ranch Bar & Grill is a great place to grab a quick breakfast or lunch. You’ll find more traditional American-style food here from bacon & eggs to chicken wings and burgers.
Whether you’re a golfer or not, the Hunter Ranch Bar & Grill is a perfect casual restaurant with great views.
Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ
We love good BBQ and while this may not be Texas or the south, Jeffry’s Wine Country BBQ offers up some of the best California-style-smoked meats. You’ll find BBQ sandwiches, BBQ tacos, salads, and more at this incredible restaurant.
The casual atmosphere is perfect for the whole family. Come enjoy a drink and a meal on the incredible patio while soaking up the beautiful Paso Robles weather.
Pappy McGregor’s is a casual gastropub serving up some of the most unique and delicious food you’ll find in the area. They specialize in high-end comfort food and seasonal craft cocktails that are sure to satisfy every member of your family.
Open since 2006, this Paso Robles staple has been voted “Best Pub” in San Luis Obispo County by the locals for 11 years straight. And with food like their famous mac & cheese and mom’s meatloaf, you can’t go wrong with this casual restaurant.
Red Scooter Deli
If you’re looking for a good breakfast or sandwich in Paso Robles, then look no further than the Red Scooter Deli. The breakfast sandwiches and deli sandwiches at the Red Scooter Deli have a reputation you just can’t deny and some of their sandwiches have even won awards!
They have been voted best sandwich on the central coast as well as the best-grilled cheese in San Luis Obispo County at the SLO Grilled Cheese Festival. With a sprawling menu that includes almost every type of sandwich you can think of, this is definitely a great casual restaurant if you’re looking for something a little quicker.
Roots on Railroad
Roots on Railroad is a unique outdoor diner experience, located at The Backyard on Thirteenth, with incredible food that is great for the whole family. Chef / Owner Chris Beckett takes pride in every dish that is put out and the space is extremely inviting. From hot fried chicken sandwiches and smash burgers to a flaming hot Cheetos burrito, you’re going to want to check this out.
It doesn’t get any more casual than this in Paso Robles, but don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you, this food is incredible.
Casual Food at Paso Robles Wineries
In addition to some great casual restaurants around Paso Robles, there are also some wineries in town that offer up casual eats to those that want to munch while they taste.
Not all wineries offer up food in their tasting rooms or on their properties, but there are a few that you should definitely slip into your wine-tasting schedule if you have the time. They’ll be sure to keep your belly full as you enjoy a nice glass of wine.
Ancient Peaks Café
Ancient Peaks Café offers up small plates as well as full entrees. The small plates are perfect to munch on while you’re enjoying a tasting or just passing through, while the entrees are great for lunch or dinner depending on your appetite.
While the menu is not large, the food you will find here is absolutely worth your time and we highly recommend giving it a shot. You’ll find everything from salads and burgers to mushroom sandwiches and pulled pork. All of the food from Ancient Peaks Café is farm-to-table that focuses on local sourcing and incredible flavors.
Bistro at San Antonio
The Bistro at the San Antonio Winery is a great place to relax and unwind with a casual meal and glass of wine.
All-natural, fresh ingredients are their specialty, and it shows in every dish they present. Pasta, pizza, salad, sandwiches, and more will satisfy the whole family. The large menu showcases all of the delicious food that can be created with a little ingenuity and passion.
Bistro at Vina Robles
The Bistro at Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery serves up lunch from 11am to 3pm Thursday through Monday. The casual, yet up-scale, menu offers a little bit of everything from avocado toast to chicken sandwiches.
This is a great place to eat while tasting wine or while traveling between wine tastings. You can choose between shared plates and full entrees depending on how you feel, and you can’t go wrong with any choice you make.
In addition to wine tasting in their tasting room, you can also take advantage of the Cass Café which is open from 11am to 5pm every day. If you’re looking for amazing casual dining with a winery atmosphere, this is the place to go. The menu is a bit larger than some of the other cafes and bistros located at the wineries, so you’ll be sure to find something you enjoy.
Burgers, wood-fired pizzas, salads, and incredible sandwiches are just some of what you’ll find on their menu. Bring the whole family for some great food and a great atmosphere.
Casual Eats in Paso Robles
Paso Robles may be known for its wineries and vineyards, but don’t sleep on the casual dining found in the area. Although they may advertise and market themselves as “casual” there is nothing casual about this food from a flavor perspective.
Be sure to visit these restaurants and more while you’re in town and see what the local chefs are creating with the ingredients they are sourcing from right here on the central coast of California.