Bistro Laurent

Bistro Laurent

1202 Pine Street
Paso Robles CA 93446
805-226-8191

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  • Sep 14, 2020 by galgosguy

    My wife and I were talking this morning and agreed the meal we had last night was one of the best we have ever had. Believe we have eaten well all over the world. The onion soup and crab/avocado salad were terrific. We split each others order. My wife's peas and ravioli were wonderful as was my halibut special. Service was attentive and the wine list well chosen. Not too many places offer full bottles that come close to the price of two glasses. The place is a gem

  • Sep 05, 2020 by floribel1

    I believe there was a change in ownership, as this restaurant was not the same as in the past. The salad was good, Food so, so. Servers unfriendly Not going back.

  • Jul 17, 2020 by Party2001

    We were looking forward to a delicious meal. Instead, we got ribeye that was too tough to cut and escargot that were dry. The deserts were just average. The one nice touch was being served a glass of champagne on arrival

  • Jul 15, 2020 by 91brandib

    This is a must for dinner in Paso Robles. The food is amazing and the staff are welcoming and on the ball. Every time we are in Paso Robles, we have dinner here.

  • Jul 04, 2020 by B5473BPpamm

    Good service with good wine and food in a pleasant setting. They have some prix fixe specials which we did not try, but might appeal to some, and I wasn’t crazy about the lobster bisque. We both had fish dishes which were perfectly cooked - one with risotto and the other with a rather thin sauce.

  • May 24, 2020 by sfcvacations

    My wife I had our anniversary dinner at this restaurant. HUGE HUGE disappoint. Experiences like this make me question TripAdvisor ratings. The food was way below average. The gnocchi were gummy. The portions per price was a joke even for French standards. Rolls were hard and unappetizing. What a disappointing evening and waste of money. The highlight of the evening was a small scoop of plain vanilla ice cream and single candle stuck in a single raspberry. Wow what creativity

  • May 01, 2020 by Terry A

    Since the lock down, we been ordering delivery/ take out from our favorite restaurants. BL Brasserie did not disappoint. The menu was more than I might have hoped, the food was wonderful, and the service first rate. While Iook forward to the time when we can sot at the restaurant, I am very happy with the wonderful food they delivered. As I write this, I am waiting for another meal to be delivered.

  • Mar 12, 2020 by nurfce

    We were q party of four out for some dinner after a day at Senario and wine tasting. Our reservation was at 6 and we were seated on time.The staff was friendly the table was comfortable and the service was exceptional. The food, unfortunately was far below our expectations. The mussels were not seasoned and without any broth. The French onion soup was blah, again it lacked any seasoning. I ordered the pork chop which came on a plate atop of a sauce. The presentation was bleak and the chop, although cooked well, was without any flavor. The noise level at BL Brasserie was off the chart. We could hardly have a conversation . We won't be returning

  • Mar 06, 2020 by yogiacomo

    This is a good restaurant and a pleasant service staff, but service takes time. Perhaps that’s why every thing tastes so good. Definitely worthwhile experience.

  • Feb 27, 2020 by morganjcrowe

    We regularly visit this charming French restaurant when in Paso Robles. The food and wine are consistently excellent. The atmosphere reminds us of being in France. No more needs to be said. Morgan & Joyce

  • Feb 21, 2020 by AnnieSantaCruz

    From being greeted by a host with a delightful French accent, to the creative and delicious food, our experience at BL Brasserie was wonderful! We ate on the patio, which was charming. We felt that we could have been in France having that meal!

  • Feb 08, 2020 by Mark F

    This is a reasonably priced high quality French Brasserie with a typical brasserie menu. I had a bouillabaisse that was outstanding, and my wife had a whitefish in a light tasty sauce which she said she loved. Service was great, and the wine list was large and fairly priced. We would definitely return.

  • Feb 06, 2020 by H2198LLdeborahc

    Small quaint restaurant in Paso Robles. We chose to sit at the bar as we could not get a reservation. We were greeted by the sommelier who offered us a glass of champagne. He did not mention we would be charge $16 a glass for it. The restaurant is very small and was covered with locals, we received good service but felt like outsiders. We started with french onion soup, delicious. We ordered for our entrees the duck with lentils as well as the fettuccine with mushrooms and truffles. Finished with Crème brûlée and French press coffee. Overall the meal was good but it’s very expensive.

  • Jan 26, 2020 by W9024SKrobertg

    One of my favorite restaurants of all time. Great service, wonderful food, especially the roast chicken, and great “bistro” ambiance. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Jan 24, 2020 by Michael B

    We've been to this restaurant many times over the last ten years or so but we definitely will never return after our last meal. I arranged a group of 8 for my birthday. Something was off from the start. It's not a cheap place and when I asked the waitress if they did a confit of the duck for the cassoulet, she did not understand my question. Service was not very attentive and the food was mediocre. My cassoulet was basically a can of Campbell's pork and beans with some ( very good) duck meat and sausage thrown in. Other dishes also didn't fare so well. The mushroom pasta was watery and the pasta was overcooked. ( FYI, the man at the table next to us also did not like his pasta and I later heard the ? manager tell him she'd take it off the bill.) I also think it's really tacky when you tell a restaurant it's your birthday dinner and they actually charge you for a dessert brought to the table with a candle you didn't order.... it's just not nice. I've never had this happen before. With so many other choices in the area, I'd really advise people to look elsewhere. It's a shame because we really used to like going there.

  • Jan 10, 2020 by paso57

    Our party of four very much enjoyed the food, setting and service at BL Brasserie. Consistently excellent with a nice variety of dishes and very reasonable prices on the luncheon menu. Highly recommended.

  • Jan 07, 2020 by Anastasia3052018

    This was our fourth time in Paso and our fourth visit to BL Brasserie. It is always elegant without being stuffy. The food is perfectly prepared - it looks beautiful, and tastes even better. The service is excellent and it is comfortable and a delight to be there. My husband had the risotto which was done in an unusual way, and he loved it. I had the special fish - it was Arctic char, and wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

  • Dec 31, 2019 by trinarl

    We went after receiving a recommendation from a couple we met wine tasting. They raved about their experience and told us there was a seasonal truffle menu. I had the wagyu beef steak with truffle. My husband had a filet with peppercorn sauce. The meat was the best ever. The filet was perfect! Everything from the champagne, wine, salad, main course and desserts (peach melba and apple beignets) were delightful. The food is pricey, but worth it for a special night out.

  • Dec 28, 2019 by Jim D

    We again visited BL for our final night dinner in Paso . Nice menu selection of French influenced food with an extensive wine list available. We prefer to bring wine from our daily winery tours and for that --corkage fee is $30/bottle. Enjoyed a nice dinner with good service in the quaint atmosphere of this restaurant.

  • Dec 26, 2019 by Sojourner818

    The good: charming ambience. Impressive selection of wines. Excellent French Onion Soup. The bad: Chicken main course was shockingly small and left everyone at our table speechless. I wish I had taken a picture. No crab to be found in the Crab risotto either and the taste reminded me more of hash browns served with a McDonald's breakfast. Service was achingly slow and waiter never inquired about our dinner. I had high hopes for this restaurant. Perhaps this was an off night for them. I certainly hope so but I won't be back.

  • Dec 16, 2019 by LANewsboy

    My wife and I have eaten dinner here twice with friends and we all had excellent meals both times. It's a cozy, adult restaurant, good for talking, no TVs on the walls. Excellent wine list and an interesting menu. Attentive staff. What's not to like? Nothing.

  • Nov 19, 2019 by JimboMalibu_CA

    We wanted a nice quiet sit down lunch and found BL to be outstanding. The onion soup was wonderful; best I have had since Quebec City some 40 years ago. We shared the cocque Mosieur (ham and cheese) with wonderful fries. We enjoyed a bottle of local wine and the leisurely lunch was a centerpoint of our day in Paso. Enjoy!

  • Nov 17, 2019 by TaxLass

    The evening started out well enough. We had reservations and were seated quickly. Our wait staff explained the specials and we ordered a bottle of wine from the sommelier. Actually, I ordered the wine. Maybe the sommelier wasn’t used to the wife ordering. At any rate, we had starter salads (had to ask for an explanation of the two choices as there was nothing descriptive in the menu). Had the bouillabaisse special and the hubs had scallops over sarda. Both pretty good. Ordered creme brûlée for dessert which had a nice flavor but was ice cold. Then came the bill. The bottle of wine was listed as ONE THIRD higher than it should have been. When we questioned it, the sommelier came over and said, “Well, it’s the same appellation.” That’s freaking awesome but you still charged me ONE THIRD more. No apology, just huffing and puffing. That, my friends, is how to turn a lovely dinner into a cluster in sixty seconds. Suggestion: If I was the owner, I would audit the sommelier’s history of orders, sales, and complaints. Ours isn’t the first complaint about his actions.

  • Oct 19, 2019 by Azapple

    We had dinner here two night in a row. The first night we had the peach and burrito salad, which was amazing. I had the sea bass in beurre blanc, which was fishy, so I was underwhelmed. Would probably not have gone back, except the second night we had a group reservation. I had the French onion soup which is different, but rich and flavorful. The first night our server had suggested their seasonal special, seafood in buerre blanc, served in a baked pumpkin, and I had opted for the disappointing fish. I did take her up on it the second night, and it was delicious…enough so that I wish I could go back NOW. The service is efficient, but not particularly warm and welcoming.

  • Sep 21, 2019 by GFFoodWineLover

    My HH and I had dinner two nights in a row last time we were here and loved it but unfortunately since changing to BL Brasserie this restaurant is NOT the same. In fact we had a terrible dinner and we will never return. We heard there is a NEW French restaurant COMING to Paso ~ Yay! On a not busy Tuesday evening in September we had reservations for dinner at 7 pm. The owner sat us and took our order. I asked him which of the 4 California Chardonnays on his wine list were “oaky”. He never answered my question but moved us to a French Chardonnay which he thought would pair well with my HH’s rabbit entrée special. Never mind want I asked about or wanted. The wine HE choose was not good and I never had another sip after my initial one. He probably makes more money on that French bottle of wine then the others. My appetizer was the Crab and Avocado Salad. It is not what one would expect, like chucks of crab and chucks of avocado on greens. Instead it was a flat molded mixture of crab and avocado which did not have any flavor and was over powered by the balsamic glaze on the top. It was NOT GOOD. My HH’s French onion soup was typical as was his entrée of rabbit. My rack of lamb which actually was presented as 4 chops (when we cook a rack of lamb, there are more than 4 chops) had 2 chops which were rare and inedible. The ‘mustard sauce’ did not taste like mustard. I am not sure what it was but it was unacceptable. The only good thing I had to eat was the potatoes/Gratin Dauphinoise. The service was poor also. My major pet peeve at restaurants which reveals if there is good service, is having my water refilled without asking. This evening I had to ask at BL. Things only got worst. Upon being seated the owner offered us a glass of champagne or Rose. On previous visits this initial glass was free but the owner charged us $16 a glass. We were ‘punished’ for telling him prior to the bill that the meal was BAD. Not a gracious host/owner!!!!

  • Sep 20, 2019 by GFFoodWineLover

    My HH and I had dinner two nights in a row last time we were here and loved it but unfortunately since changing to BL Brasserie this restaurant is NOT the same. In fact we had a terrible dinner and we will never return. We heard there is A NEW French restaurant COMING to Paso ~ Yay! On a not busy Tuesday evening in September we had reservations for dinner at 7 pm. The owner sat us and took our order. I asked him which of the 4 California Chardonnays on his wine list were “oaky”. He never answered my question but moved us to a French Chardonnay which he thought would pair well with my HH’s rabbit entrée special. Never mind want I asked about or wanted. The wine HE choose was not good and I never had another sip after my initial one. He probably makes more money on that French bottle of wine then the others. My appetizer was the Crab and Avocado Salad. It is not what one would expect, like chucks of crab and chucks of avocado on greens. Instead it was a flat molded mixture of crab and avocado which did not have any flavor and was over powered by the balsamic glaze on the top. It was NOT GOOD. My HH’s French onion soup was typical as was his entrée of rabbit. My rack of lamb which actually was presented as 4 chops (when we cook a rack of lamb, there are more than 4 chops) had 2 chops which were rare and inedible. The ‘mustard sauce’ did not taste like mustard. I am not sure what it was but it was unacceptable. The only good thing I had to eat was the potatoes/Gratin Dauphinoise. The service was poor also. My major pet peeve at restaurants which reveals if there is good service, is having my water refilled without asking. This evening I had to ask at BL.

  • Sep 14, 2019 by Comfort81

    There were 4 of us for dinner.I had the salmon over lentils which i enjoyed.However,the other 3 meals were not up to par.My wife had the rack of lamb which tasted like it was reheated.One friend had mussels that were very small.Another friend had the fish special that was ok but very small portion.Service was very good.The restaurant was noisey.

  • Sep 14, 2019 by Prathika A.

    We went to BL Brasserie as we were visiting Paso Robles and celebrating a birthday. I picked BL Brasserie after reviewing the Yelp reviews. The menu looked interesting and we decided to do it! We ordered the Crispy Crab Risotto with Sautéed shrimp for $32 and the Center Cut Pork chops for $35. The Risotto was creamy and yummy. The sauce for the pork chops was yummy but the pork chop itself was a bit dry. I am disappointed that for the birthday all they did was to "add" a candle to the dessert we ordered. We expected a bit more. The servers were attentive and the place was packed!

  • Sep 14, 2019 by Rachel C.

    Wow. Wow. Wow. From the perfect table to the wait staff and kitchen staff we were completely blown away. It was one of the best restaurants I have been to in my entire life. I will remember the experience forever. The salmon tart was so good, we ordered it twice. The steak tartare, deviled eggs, sea bass with lemon butter were all cooked to perfection. Looking forward to returning.

  • Sep 06, 2019 by Brynn O.

    I don't post a lot of yelp reviews, but my boyfriend and I had an incredible experience here and I have to share. We came in for our anniversary and were the only people here on a Tuesday night after Labor day. Regardless we were treated with the most amazing, attentive service that we could have expected. They really didn't miss a single beat. Our waitress was so kind and helpful. The lamb, quail, and scallops were all seriously ON point. We both work in restaurants and can be hard to please but we have no complaints about this place and will definitely be back. Seriously, this place is bomb!

  • Sep 05, 2019 by Allison M.

    Delicious, beautiful and special restaurant.  Excellent wine list, entrees and lovely ambiance.

  • Sep 03, 2019 by W9024SKrobertg

    My wife and I love this place. The most fantastic roast chicken....beat we’ve ever had. Also try the Steak Tartare.....it’s superb. Risotto with crab is my favorite. StAff is attentive and really great. Wine logistics is great and has many perfect pairings for each dish. I’d recommend BL Brasserie to anyone looking for the perfect meal after a day of wine tasting.

  • Sep 02, 2019 by Christina M M.

    I love this place. Every time I pick up my wine membership shipments (twice a year), I go here for dinner. My friends and I always do the wine pairing, and the wine sommelier (love his French accent) is super nice, helpful, and welcoming. Great food, excellent customer service, relaxing atmosphere.

  • Sep 01, 2019 by David J.

    Truly above par! Really excellent food and outstanding staff. Be sure to ask for specials and wine pairing. You will not be disappointed. Ordered the Coq au vin (off menu special) and suggested wine. Really tender and flavorful chicken and wine was the prefect pairing. First time visit. Completely plan to return in future.

  • Sep 01, 2019 by David M.

    Had a great dinner last night at this charming French Bistro!  I had the 10oz New York cut and my wife had White Fish with beurre blanc. Both dishes were spot on!  Great ambiance, great host and waitress!

  • Sep 01, 2019 by cookpias

    This used to be Bistro Laurent. The food we ordered was mostly really good (except the dozen oysters included 3 or 4 that were really tiny). The service however made us feel like the forgotten table. And if we asked for something (like a spoon for the soupI was just served) we often got a defensive response, "yes, I'll get to that". Also, the maitre'd was condescending and rude. Our server was sweet and helpful, but we really felt they should do better. We were here for a special birthday dinner celebration, so that was too bad.

  • Aug 21, 2019 by DiverDan88

    We were in Paso Robles to do some wine testing and went to BL Brasserie for dinner. What a great experience! the food was superb, we had what is probably the best halibut ever. Service was impeccable and it is a great ambiance. The wine selection is very good and they have local wines as well as french and others. If you bring your own wine there is corkage fee. At the end we had a chance to meet Laurent the chef and proprietor and had a nice chat.

  • Aug 16, 2019 by KT S.

    Wow! Best restaurant in town by FAR! Can't believe it took us so long to try it as it's 5 minutes from home! Thanks to bartender @ Wine Shine for the recommendation- you really know your stuff! We went to dinner here with dear friends who were visiting. Every single thing we had was exquisite. Recommended wine was perfect complement to our meal. Filets were the best we've ever had - and we are picky with our filet. Black peppercorn sauce was incredible.  Want to truly experience fine dining in Paso Robles? This is IT. Trust us, a lot of places in town are solid and may get more public accolades, but this is truly top notch.

  • Aug 10, 2019 by Bill W.

    First of all one star is about right here - not zero if it could be a choice... just wanted to make that clear... Beware... this isn't a French Restaurant, it's a restaurant for French Poodles. If you are hungry and need a portion of food to eat ABSOLUTELY DO NOT GO HERE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Now on the other hand, if food to you is like watching an artist oil painting... Hmmmm let me say that another way... If for you, a restaurant is a place you attend for a visual performance, then you might like this spot. For me, and most people (not just most people I know), restaurants are places we go to when we're HUNGRY. In my opinion La Brasserie is an insultingly over priced pompous disaster! While the service is quite professional, it is slow. Do you know that feeling when you are at a restaurant for the first time, the waiter has just left with your order, and now in the back of your head is the calculator fairy saying "hey buddy, you just ordered a $60 meal"... So now the tension really builds with what better be coming out on your plate. But it's downhill from here because when you start to actually look at your neighbor's plates and EVERY PORTION looks about right for a toy poodle, it can't be good. But maybe there's still a faint glimmer of hope, uh-uh, "that's no moon, it's a death star, and there is no escaping the tractor beam trap: your plate is here, and you've just flushed $60 into a portion of cat food: top sirloin that looks like a McDonald's patty with a French smile along with "side dishes" (common' really?) that can fit on a one-fork mouthful. Even if the taste is great, I'm sorry, after sitting through that horror story nothing is going to taste good: experience 100% ruined, and now I'm thinking what fast food place I'm going to have to go to in order to actually make up for a dinner after this terrorist ransomed snack. Enough said. You've been warned.

  • Aug 04, 2019 by Megan W.

    Maybe we came on a bad night but we had a pretty awful experience. We came up for our anniversary and was looking for a really nice restaurant - we waited a long time to get water, with no server in sight we asked whatever staff walking by for bread, we were told it was "made to order" so it took longer than normal. Once it was served several minutes later after our appetizer had arrive, the bread was only slightly warm and the butter was almost frozen. While the entrees did have good taste, I bit into something hard on the salmon and thought I broke my tooth (thankfully, I didn't). Finally, we ordered macaroons for desert and my fiancé bit into something hard and it appeared to be a piece of plastic. Furthermore, I believe the macaroons were from Trader Joe's since they were cold in the middle and I have bought them numerous times from their freezer section. Although we weren't charged for the macaroons, we did not enjoy our experience and would not suggest attending for a special occasion.

  • Jul 18, 2019 by Tom R

    We had been to a restaurant formerly occupying this location and weren't impressed. This restaurant is decidedly better. While the service was on the slow side, the server was very helpful and knowledgeable. We found the food to be very good but not fabulous.

  • Jul 07, 2019 by hoteljunkies

    The Bistro is now a Brasserie. Menu was limited. More steaks than French food. There was only one tart on the menu that was a signature appetizer. The Bistro was one of the main reasons we would stop off in Paso Robles, but it was not for us anymore unless we are craving steaks. It has also become more pricey. I guess they have to do what they need to do to stay in business. I guess all good things must come to an end. Sad for us. We will miss Bistro Laurent.

  • Jun 30, 2019 by Nerd G.

    One of the best orders of steak tartare I've ever had, and I've had a lot. Perfectly chopped. Plus salads lyonnaise and pommes frites, and champagne and rose and a warm evening sitting outside. I'm going to be in a food coma for a few hours, and I'm totally okay with that.

  • Jun 04, 2019 by LocalPeddler

    My wife and I just returned from an amazing trip to the Rhone region of France. Recently, we had an opportunity to dine with friends at Bistro Laurent which is now called BL Brasserie. I have more of an appreciation now for BL Brasserie than I did before our trip to Lyon and Avignon. It is a very special experience, both ambiance and culinary, that you should not pass up. There are too many good dishes to describe but I do love their Mussels Gratin with Curry. For my main course on this visit I had Steak Frites with their peppercorn sauce on the side. The flavor of the steak was excellent as was the sauce. My only wish is they would offer a Béarnaise sauce for their steaks. The restaurant is right on the corner of the Paso town square so you will have no difficulty finding it. Please check it out if you are interested in a French culinary experience.

  • May 31, 2019 by Cheryl K.

    We celebrated a friend's birthday here, and the food and service was terrific.  I had to send my filet back to the kitchen because all I could taste was salt, but it was replaced by a new steak that was perfectly seasoned.  It was a rather slow night ( only 8 diners), and it was quiet and peaceful.  This place is pricy, but you get what you pay for. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.

  • May 26, 2019 by Dizzy D.

    We were looking forward to dining at this restaurant.  We are from Los Angeles where there seems to be a shortage of great French Restaurants so we were hoping for a nice experience here.. DID NOT HAPPEN. Let me start with the good part.  The place is very pretty. We found the staff to be very pleasant.  Only 8 people dining, including us, so not much should go wrong. IT DID. VERY SORRY I DID NOT TAKE PICTURES. I do understand that every chef has their version of dishes but I did ask the hostess when I ordered the Onion Soup if it was prepared like a Gratin Soupe à L'Oignon.  Some places in the US will say Onion Soup on the menu and when it comes out it is a  yummy, cheesy gratin etc. The hostess assured me it was and said it was her favorite appetizer.  I then asked how the pan seared pork loin was and she also said it was her favorite...coincidence?  Whatever. I ordered the center cut pork loin and it comes with a side to chose from so I picked the haricots verts. While the onion soup was tasty it was it was the chefs version not what I expected and was told by the hostess.  The soup was brought out in a regular flat soup bowl...a very dark broth that was tasty but tasted more like onion jam diluted. There were 2 thin pieces of regular bread with a thin slice of cheese on top then broiled possibly for a minute.  OK that was not the worst part. Next my entrée arrived and it looked like something that had been hit by a car. An over cooked dry pork loin which had clearly been cooked at another time and reheated.  OMG I could not believe it. The worst part of all was the it sat surrounded by a sauce that was just like my onion soup without the onions.  This cut should have been juicy and fresh...Now the additional insult was the haricots verts, thin French string beans.  Even that was not correct.  They brought bowl of thick American string beans boiled and plain.  Most French places will serve sautéed in butter with shallots etc.  I understand for dietary reasons, salt and pepper can be done at the table but SERIOUSLY this was a bad joke. We were surprised because there were some good reviews but everybody has different tastes... Clearly, this a horrible experience.  We dine all over France. In particular, we have spent many summers in Mougins... a haven for French Chefs so we know our french food and the food I ordered here were nothing fancy so I was dumbfounded by the entire situation. How do you screw up onion soup and a pork loin.  NO EXCUSE. A bit interesting was the fact the the kitchen faces the dining room so you have a full view and the owner/chef has a full view of the 8 people dining and never once came out to ask how the food was....maybe he knew. The next day some people asked us where we dined and we told them and they too agreed they did not understand what was going on here.  They had dined here over the years and said it has changed since it reopened. Sadly not for the better.  Too bad because the room is so nice but you need more than a pretty room.  Sorry to leave a negative review but a very positive one will follow for a great place in Ojai.

  • May 21, 2019 by JulioB487

    Very excited about trying this place for the first time.... Very good service. But when it comes to food, disappointing. Mediocre. Great onion soup. That's all.. Clam and mussel soup tasted delicious but not a clam in flavor nor sight. Octopus salad looked like they ran out of Octopus. Pork chop was a reheated rubbery piece of meat. Desert was decent with some sweet chocolate sauce instead of fudge.

  • May 19, 2019 by dpotts2015

    You'll feel like you are sitting in a French bistro while wine tasting along the CA Central Coast wine country. The menu and authenticity of the food is excellant. Service is unparalleled, Mark your maitre d' is very professional and is very helpful when making menu choices both for food and wine. We unparalleled felt like we were are overseas when dining here. Highly recommend you give them a visit when in Paso Robles.

  • May 14, 2019 by Todd H.

    Was in town for my Birthday. Made reservations as we always do when in Paso. Arrived , greeted coldly at the front, seated. Things seemed to be in a bit of disarray with the staff. Maybe someone called in sick, the chef yelled at someone? Don't know but the energy was very bad between all staff and it spilled over to the service. Food was very good, starters and the wine. I ordered the Filet and some pommes frites. Got a great filet, cooked perfectly with peppercorn sauce and "french fries" not frites. Meaning they were underwhelming thick fries. Not sure what was going in behind the scenes but the food was good enough to encourage me to return again.

  • May 08, 2019 by Hedonicus

    We had a pleasant dinner the other evening. Good onion soup, nice steak frites. Attentive service. Good portion size.

  • Apr 30, 2019 by TXShannon

    I think this was our favorite meal of the trip! Fabulous in every way. Service was exceptional. Don't miss the French Onion Soup!

  • Apr 13, 2019 by Dana F.

    Visiting from out of town, and we were so  disappointed by our dinner tonight. One of our appetizers had zero taste and our entrees were so over salted that it was extremely difficult to eat them. I would have said something to our waitress however she never came to check on us!! I refused to allow my kids to order dessert there and took them elsewhere because I was so done and needed to get out. I will not be back!!

  • Apr 13, 2019 by Jeremy M.

    This place has now become our new date night spot. Especially if you want a steak. They serve one of the best filets we've ever had! There was no pressure to hurry and order, my wife and I were able to enjoy a bottle of wine over some great conversation. I had the crispy risotto with shrimp, simply amazing. I highly recommend this place for a romantic evening or if you just want some amazing food. The wait staff were so nice and polite and the Maitre D was incredible.

  • Apr 07, 2019 by paso57

    Now "BL Brasserie", the restaurant has a new and somewhat larger lunch menu but retains much of the fine character it is known for. We very much enjoyed a light lunch of delicious French Onion Soup and Salad Lyonnaise - - we would happily order the same again. Looking forward to our next visit!

  • Apr 01, 2019 by Monika S.

    The food is delicious but the service is lacking. My fiancé and I had reservations for dinner on a Sunday evening. There was no host/hostess when we arrived. A hostess appeared after we stood there for a few minutes. Once we were seated, we had a question and the hostess could not answer it. We asked a second person who could not answer it either. The sommelier arrived and he was able to address our question. He was the only knowledgeable person at the restaurant and the only one who checked back. As for the rest of the staff, they appeared to be in their late teens, had not tried the food to make recommendations, appeared confused, and would forget to come back to check on the table. After we were done eating, we asked to have the remaining food packed. They took the food back and never brought it back. We waited 15-20 minutes in between each visit to check on water, take the dessert order, bring the check, etc. No one noticed us looking around trying to get service. The food was good. Fresh made bread straight out of the oven. I had the French onion soup and the crab and shrimp risotto. The risotto looked like a crab cake covered with shrimp but it was tasty. My fiancé had the filet mignon and it was also tasty. For dessert we tried the apple beignets and crem brûlée. The apple dessert was good, he thought the crem brûlée was okay.

  • Mar 19, 2019 by ValerieTingley

    We have now visited this quaint little spot multiple times and have loved every meal we've ordered. The name has been changed to the BL Brasserie - but the food and service and has remained the same! We're tried the escargot, quail legs, several of their menu staples and their specials and haven't been disappointed. Ask your server for recommendations - you will be happy you did!

  • Mar 11, 2019 by ClintM490

    I stopped in one night for a solo dinner and had a very lovely meal. Great oysters and wine. It was fairly packed for a wednesday night so I sat at the bar. I would definitely go back.

  • Mar 08, 2019 by Dolores P.

    Third year in a row to come back, this French restaurant has delicious food, we had the lobster risotto and oysters.  Oysters were fresh and tasty! The lobster risotto was accompanied by deliciously seasoned shrimp, really have to try it! This restaurant really in the gold standard for French cuisine! Can't want to come back!!

  • Mar 02, 2019 by ReneeEW

    Quaint French restaurant with lovely decor. I ordered the halibut special with bearer blanc and scalloped potato’s - delicious. My disband had the pork chop and pomme frites. The champagne was wonderful. Beer, champagne and wine only are served - no spirits however. Can’t wait to come back.

  • Mar 02, 2019 by david c.

    We were greeted by this bald intense man who looked like he was about to attack someone rather than being a waiter, after ordering some wine and fua Grau inspector Kojack start taking the orders from the neighboring tables standing with his back waiving his elbows selling that dog food leaning toward his prey. Did the same thing when was catering to us, man that guy should hide himself behind s computer away from food and people. I wanted to pinch his ass if wouldn't be for my wife. The food arrived, halibut with the asparagus, The fish was massacred in a few different ways.. cooked, over cooked , fried with bread crumbs or something and left to die in an heavy yellow creamy shitty souse. Most of it was left on the plate as a reminder to the one who made this disaster. Asparagus was ok, wifey ordered a steakI which was 6 out of 10. The bread and the butter were the best part.

  • Feb 28, 2019 by Louisa C.

    Amazing flavors in butternut squash soup and bistro salad was fresh and crisp with just the right amount of dressing! I would have given them a 5 star except for the greeter or more accurately the lack greeting of the MaitreDe' (Hope) was extremely rude... if not for a sweet waitress by the name of Felicity, I would have dropped it to 3 stars!  Why pay a MaitreDe' more if she is not putting the best face on for your business! Perhaps, because I was a single lady , she had no recognition or acknowledgement of me when I entered or continued to wait , standing  two feet from her,, after getting off the phone she left  without asking me if I wanted to be seated for lunch!!  My only criticism of the food would be regarding the lack of vegetarian choices!  Tartine or pasta or risotto dishes could expand to include vegetarians or even vegans! In this day and age , it is considerate to be inclusive! And if Laurent is truly trying to change his ambiance to a brassiere then it would be appropriate!

  • Feb 24, 2019 by obie s

    My wife and I had dinner at Bistro Laurant (now called BL Brasserie) last week. The food and service were good, but I was disappointed by the excessive corkage fee. We had been in Paso Robles visiting wineries for two days, at which we had purchased quite a few bottles. So, we took one to the restaurant to have with our dinner. I was very surprised to find a $30,00 corkage fee on our bill. Actually, the bottle had a screw cap, so I guess it was really a screwage fee.

  • Feb 24, 2019 by Kololia P.

    Food was fabulous, My daughter celebrated her Wedding Anniversary w/ friends. My daughter put her coat behind her and she began to smell a burning smell. A light had burned spot on it. Since there was no place to put her coat (she had her brand new Anniversary coat, she then folded) folded it. when my daughter alerted the waitress (on Saturday as soon as it happened) the waitress just said, "Oh". I believe this should be addressed so others may have a place to hang their coats or sweaters. Our family has visited this establishment a few times in the past.

  • Feb 10, 2019 by Waterloonie

    French chefs tend to use a lot of salt, and Laurent is no exception. Eight of us each chose a different entree and everyone commented on the heavy handed use of salt. Despite this criticism the food was quite delicious. Wine list is super with many rare bottles of local wines. Bustling atmosphere; tables are pretty close together but we did not find the noise level to be oppressive. Good choice friendly for dining in Paso Robles.

  • Feb 04, 2019 by JackfromMaine

    First, I believe the name has changed from Bistro Laurent to BL Brasserie. I think Tripadvisor has not caught up with the name change. We had just a superb lunch here. The French onion soup was as good an onion soup as we have had, and we have had onion soup in Paris, Lyon, Montreal, Quebec City, New York and elsewhere. I had the Eggs Meurette, which were two poached eggs in a red wine reduction with mushrooms and (if my failing memory serves) onions and bacon. It was fantastic. The wine list also was excellent. This should not be surprising given Paso Robles is one of California's best wine regions. But I chose a French Burgandy recommended by our waitress for the egg dish. It was excellent and a great match for the eggs. Very highly recommended although my sample size is just one occasion. :-)

  • Feb 03, 2019 by KenS238

    The former Bistro Laurent is now BL Brasserie. The staff is fun (and some are French), tue location great as is the food. The portions are small, so an appetizer or salad is probably a good idea. Dessert was outstanding, a chocolate tart that is flourless and delicious.

  • Feb 01, 2019 by David R.

    Had a great dining experiences in Paso Robles with one exception.  From the overly peppered French Onion soup to the missing birthday dessert with an arrogant host.  Not worth the time or the money...D

  • Jan 30, 2019 by Matt D.

    I would rank the filet with peppercorn sauce in the top 5 steaks in the US.  While this may sound like hyperbole, it's not, it is that good.   Diners should be prepared when visiting Bistro Laurent.....this is a venue for a nice meal that will take some time and will cost some money.  If you like excellent quality food, champagne to start the meal, a red or white wine to go with your meal and a dessert wine to go with your sorbets or beignets after an hour or two of great conversation with friends or loved ones, this is a great restaurant for you.

  • Jan 28, 2019 by Crickett E.

    Spent 2 hours enjoying a multi-course dinner with wine and no sense of hurrying. It was perfect. The butternut squash soup was fantastic and also the filet mignon was cooked to perfection. We absolutely loved every minute. The service was excellent and friendly. I definitely plan on going back next time I am in Paso!

  • Jan 19, 2019 by Lindsay L.

    Literally just walked out. Had reservations. Our wedding anniversary. Got our table. Completely ignored for 15 minutes. Bye. Edit: 10 minutes later I call to speak to a manager. Not in until Thursday....five days from now. Joke. Hope y'all fail.

  • Jan 18, 2019 by Mosen D.

    I have had two opportunities to eat at Bistro Laurent... Very authentically French, really top-notch as far as quality and dedication to the food and service, and just plain delicious. If you like quality food and you specially want to sample a French style cuisine with some of the best California Central Coast wines... You must try this Restaurant.

  • Jan 16, 2019 by 994randyb

    Bistro Laurent is now BL Brasserie, with a more casual and typical brasserie menu; oysters, escargot, pate, French onion soup, minimalist salads and other brasserie fare. The night we were there was a delicious clam and mussell soup. The entrees include roast chicken (half or quarter), two different fish (in white wine butter or red wine sauce), duck confit and a good number of grilled items (steak and lamb chops among others). The entrees come with sides ranging from pommes frites or pommes dauphinoise to various seasonal vegetables. The service is impeccable. White table cloths and napkins. The wine list is far ranging with a large number of French wines (some of which are quite pricey), but there are a number of California (esp. Central Coast) choices with many wines under $100.

  • Jan 12, 2019 by dmbd

    Longstanding town favorite Bistro Laurent has renamed and rebranded to BL Brasserie. My family had always gone to Bistro Laurent over the past 15years as our favorite fine dining location in the county. We tried the new BL Brasserie and we so very disappointed. The tasing menu (small dishes with price fix) is gone and the wine pairing is gone. The lovely French countryside decor is gone and the atmosphere is stark and cold. The overall cost is much higher. So sad to say goodbye to our favorite restaurant. This is example of why you should not change a good thing.

  • Jan 03, 2019 by Christine P.

    Had a wonderful dinner here last evening during a one night stay in Paso. Robust wine list & attentive staff.  Short wait for a table since the dining room was full. They offered a glass of champagne while we waited. The crab risotto & onion soup were excellent. My date had the bone in ribeye which was also prepared perfectly. Will come here again when visiting.

  • Jan 01, 2019 by Buzzard100

    Paso Robles is a perfect break for charm and good food when traveling on 101. Bistro Laurent has a small but interesting menu. Our noon visit even gave us the option of a number of egg dishes. We chose the simple French Cheese Omelet. It was perfectly prepared and the baked vegetable side dish, although not on the menu, was delicious. The restaurant is charming and strategically placed in the walkable and intriguing small downtown. Service was good and we had a very pleasant experience. I recommend this culinary treat but note: there are a number of great, simple alternatives in the vicinity - depending on your mood! Make the stop. You will not be disappointed.

  • Dec 29, 2018 by Marion M.

    Came here on 6 December for my birthday lunch. The menu is truly a very small, bistro- style menu. I had the Croque Monsieur with a small salad. It was well done and I enjoyed the sandwich. With that... the price was not realistic considering what I got and the portion size. The service was professional but cool. I have dined here before and the staff was much more warm and friendly. But overall it's still a nice place to come for a good lunch.

  • Dec 28, 2018 by W3694DLchris

    My husband and I came here for dinner tonight with the intention of not having any high expectations other than just having dinner while on vacation. The restaurant is small but nice, it also has a very nice outdoor covered patio area to dine. Service was excellent. I really wished I asked for their names so I could mention here. All the foods we ordered were very good. Yes, the portion is on a smaller size but I am OK to pay for good foods and good service. I would definitely return to this place should I come to town again. Thank you for a very nice experience.

  • Dec 27, 2018 by Jessica S.

    Went last night for dinner... and was back again today for lunch. I have finally found the delicious go-to French restaurant I've been looking for..it's really too bad I'm only in the area for a few days. Everything about this place is amazing- the staff, service, food. I can confidently say that the filet mignon is the best I've ever tasted. And that French onion soup... I wish I could pack this restaurant up and take it back home with me. Unbelievable taste and atmosphere... everything was beautiful.

  • Dec 11, 2018 by David D

    This is a great French restaurant to visit and most likely pair up with some wine you've just purchased on a day tasting from winery to winery. While their whole menu looked incredible I ordered the pork chop and was blown away. Not only was the cut itself cooked and seasoned perfectly but... since it is a French restaurant... it was the sauce that truly took things to the next level.

  • Dec 09, 2018 by J. C.

    Been back to this restaurant twice since the name changed and it is always a party and never disappoints. Although I miss the tasting menu, the new menu is also superb! Both times I've called ahead to request the duck, and both times they've come through! Wish they'd add this back to the permanent menu! The potatoes gratin are the best I've had. I always leave craving their food. Sadly there's nothing like this in LA. As for the cheap folks complaining about the champagne not being "free", shame on you; you are at a restaurant. It isn't free, obviously, any more than if your meal being free just because they ask if you would like the special.  if you're confused about it, ask!

  • Dec 06, 2018 by JanW188

    Hotel Cheval made a dining reservation for my husband and me on a Thanksgiving weekend. BL Brasserie is very charming, very delicious, warm atmosphere. Highly recommend!

  • Nov 26, 2018 by Rharrison79 ..

    Amazing dinner, don't go in expecting to be cheap but you get what you pay for. The french onion soup was the best I've ever had, the lamb and the pork were as well. Definitively, a great meal.

  • Nov 25, 2018 by Lance H.

    Lamb loin was amazing.  Our table enjoyed French onion soup.  Stay away from the rice pudding .

  • Nov 17, 2018 by MaryVacationer

    We were in France barely a month ago and BL Brasserie rivals anywhere we ate there. The staff is friendly and accommodating, the menu nicely varied and the quality of the preparation and the food is stellar. If I lived here I'd eat here every week. Thanks to Hope and Joanna for wonderful service. The Callebaut crispearls were the piece de resistance. (-:

  • Nov 07, 2018 by KanCheng

    The restaurant is renamed “BL Brasserie”. Very decent place, excellent services, hot plates, great wine. Great food.

  • Nov 04, 2018 by Memory S.

    Formerly Bistro Laurent no BL Brasserie.  Name has changed and nothing else.   Classic French Menu.  Portions small.  Corkage fee $30 even if wine is purchased by the bottle in their wine store.  Other restaurants either forgive corkage if drinking local wine or charge between $10 and $20. There are better restaurants in Paso Robles.  Try them

  • Nov 03, 2018 by memseaman

    Dinner was fair. Portions small. Corkage fee $30 per bottle even if you buy a bottle of wine in their wine shop. Better food elsewhere and some restaurants charge $0 if you have local wine. Name changed to BL Brasserie. Try another restaurant.

  • Nov 02, 2018 by Ellen F.

    The food was excellent and presented attractively.  The servers were very pleasant.  The elephant in the room was the $30 per bottle corkage fee.  That may play with the tourists, but as locals with lots of visitors and friends in the area who like to bring our own wines, it was a complete turn off.  We won't be returning.

  • Nov 01, 2018 by Peter T

    We were actually seriously looking forward to this dinner at the Brasserie Laurent in Paso Robles, but the meal turned out to be very ordinary and, for this bit of California, extraordinarily expensive. Never mind. Disappointments come in all shapes and sizes. Salad, charcuterie and a bit of chicken, accompanied by wine was well over $100.

  • Oct 17, 2018 by Brian F

    Outstanding food! Went for lunch and it was magnificent! Shared the escargot which were likely the best escargot we’ve ever enjoyed. Even in France! I had six oysters on the half shell and she had the potato, goat cheese, leek, pine nut salad. Simply outstanding!

  • Oct 17, 2018 by Sarah C

    Had a lovely time at this restaurant! Food was delicious, and we were able to be seated without having a prior reservation which was huge for a Friday night in this town evidently. Had the escargot to start and then we both had a shrimp risotto dish which was delicious. Don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu & the staff is extremely friendly & accommodating.

  • Oct 17, 2018 by Rick U

    Apparently, prior to the renaming / reopening in Sept.2018, this was a fairly good ''French' style restaurant. My wife and I had our first dinner here on a recent Saturday evening and were very disappointed! The menu was very limited, although the seafood stuffed pumpkin was good. No real 'French' style here, excepting the wine list. Service by the young staff was ok but the Maitre'd was a bit lax in attending to our bottle of Champagne. Nothing special here.

  • Oct 17, 2018 by Brian F.

    Outstanding food!  Went for lunch and it was magnificent!  Shared the escargot which were likely the best escargot we've ever enjoyed.  Even in France!  I had six oysters on the half shell and she had the potato, goat cheese, leek, pine nut salad. Simply outstanding!

  • Oct 17, 2018 by Sarah A.

    Had a lovely time at this restaurant! Food was delicious, and we were able to be seated without having a prior reservation which was huge for a Friday night in this town evidently. Had the escargot to start and then we both had a shrimp risotto dish which was delicious. Don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu & the staff is extremely friendly & accommodating.

  • Oct 14, 2018 by Kristi C.

    I would have given them 5 stars had they not offered my husband and I champagne to celebrate our honeymoon and then surreptitiously charged us $32. We understood it to have been complimentary. We found this to be very shady and unprofessional. Otherwise, the food was outstanding and the service was great. We enjoyed the escargot, Mussels Gratin with Curry, halibut in Beurre Blanc, the Filet Mignon and frites, and the creme brûlée. All of the above was cooked to perfection 10/10. Highly recommend.

  • Sep 29, 2018 by Harry M.

    I can't even begin how amazing every course was. Classic French cuisine , and the quail... wow!

  • Sep 16, 2018 by Tara T

    Really enjoyed the tasting menu here, few tables inside, had outdoor seating as well. Each dish was lovely and paired nicely with wine. The service was amazing!

  • Sep 12, 2018 by Bob S

    The crispy crab risotto topped with shrimp was good. The pork chop had a fantastic sauce and was cooked passed medium, over done for me. Enjoyed the atmosphere and wine but the glass of pinot noir cost nearly as much as a bottle at home.

  • Sep 04, 2018 by Kiki L.

    Had the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was an exquisite experience. Some pairing dinners rush you through the courses but not the case here. We had a long and leisurely meal and were delighted with the service. Inside was not really loud but a bit cramped, so I'm glad we opted for sitting outside where the tables seemed a little more spread out. The food was beyond description, a delicate balance of flavors and melt in your mouth goodness. Pro tip: buy the wines you love before you leave! We really loved 2 of the wines and are very disappointed we did not purchase from their wine store that night. Upon returning home I realized I couldn't find them locally.

  • Aug 20, 2018 by kejordan

    My husband and I were so looking forward to this experience and wow, how disappointed we left. It is clear that Chef has lost interest in providing a fine dining experience to his guests. We went on a Wednesday and one would think he'd have plenty of time to ensure the "chef's choice" tasting menu was unique and done with care. Instead, it seemed he was out about, talking with the host, visiting the bar, and really not paying attention to his guests or the kitchen whatsoever. Also, the staff was very obviously not interested in the food nor their guests as each of our 3 servers seemed "put out" when explaining what each dish was being served which was required given we left our tasting menu up to the chef decide. The cold tomato cucumber soup was below average though the fish with lentils was average. The most disappointing dish was the "rabbit" that was drenched in a thick and overwhelming sauce topped with a basic mashed potato cake. My husband and I love rabbit and truly question if that was actually rabbit given the amount of sauce it was swimming in and the fact that it was served boneless, giving no indication it was indeed rabbit. We were so disappointed we didn't even stick around for the dessert course. The wine pairings were not spectacular and to me, it seems they're cutting corners everywhere possible and it shows. Ex: The napkin our bread came wrapped in was FILTHY! Needless to say, we won't be back, ever.

  • Aug 13, 2018 by Originaldemonseed

    Wow, what a great meal! Exceptional in every way! We went with our friends as this is their favorite and they are friends with the owner/chef. The French Onion soup was one of the best I have ever had. The service was top notch! I had the crispy crab risotto topped with shrimp, my wife had the Chilean sea bass and our friends each had the filet with peppercorn sauce. Their steaks were cooked to perfection and all o& our dinners were over the top. As a first timer I can’t wait to go back!

  • Aug 12, 2018 by Tara K.

    What a Treat!  We had the tasting menu with wine pairing and enjoyed every bit of our meal!  The food was well prepared from the basket of bread to dessert and the wine pairings were nicely done!  We spent about 2 hours enjoying our meal, the wait staff was super nice, and ambiance is lovely.  They offer indoor and outdoor seating.  I would highly recommend this place!

  • Aug 06, 2018 by 1goofybird

    This was our second time eating here. The first was an unexpected,. pleasant surprise, this time, was also excellent. They were nice and let us bring our pet bird (sitting outside), which was a plus. We both had the tasting menu, which was excellent. Highly recommended.

  • Aug 02, 2018 by Andrew H.

    Cudos to Monsieur Laurent and his pursuit of culinary excellence! Did the chef's choice five course menu with wine pairing and was extremely impressed with the level of food quality and service.  I've been to Paso on many occasions and eaten at several establishments and I think this place tops them all for an overall exquisite experience.

  • Aug 01, 2018 by Scarlett C.

    Thank you for a great culinary and pairing experience! We are so blessed to have you in Paso Robles great company, stunning food and outstanding staff!

  • Jul 29, 2018 by michaelwD1220BQ

    Had a great meal, tasting menu, chef's choice, with wine pairings. Perfect evening sitting outside started with a glass of champagne and a nice amuse bouche. We looked forward to each course, each was deliciously and not one disappointed. The wine was excellent and the best deal of the night. Highly recommended for couples and let the chef set the menu for you.

  • Jul 27, 2018 by Richard N.

    My wife and I just returned from Paso Robles and TWO fantastic evenings at the Bistro. We tried it based on some of the reviews and instinct -- we have been to Bouchon and Bistro Jeanty in Napa and had a feeling this one would be right up there. It's up there and past there in my opinion...to the extent that after the first night and a five-course that we picked, we went back for seconds and the chef-selected five-course. It was that spectacular. The wine pairings were superb and the meals divine -- if you consider yourself a foodie you need to try this one, and if you're not, you will be! We will absolutely come back for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had. The staff was warm and personable and they made us feel like guests, which I truly admire. Kudos, Bistro Laurent!

  • Jul 23, 2018 by Val W.

    Had the tasting menu. The food & the wine pairing was great! Enjoyed the whole experience. Thanks!

  • Jul 17, 2018 by Brian J.

    This was a truly spectacular evening! We went with "chef's choice" for our 5 course dinner and every paring and dish was wonderful. I could tell my spouse enjoyed every bite! We have had some disappointing encounters in the past with folk advertising French cuisine, but this experience mirrored some of the tastes, expertise in cooking and presentation we had on a trip to Paris a few years back. They pared a lovely French Chablis with the scallops and a wonderful local Pino with the Lamb. The fish with a morel mushroom sauce was amazing too with the Chardonnay. Wow! Given that you are getting five amazing, savory dishes and wine parings with each, it was very reasonably priced. The service was most impressive. We will return if ever in Paso again!

  • Jul 14, 2018 by Daniel C.

    Delicious. Here now! Had the flat iron steak. Very good and I know my damn steak! Leek potato soup is good as hell. Shared it with my wife and wish she got her own but they ran out ! Not sure how as it was noon but hey there it is. Good service friendly and all. I'm a fan!

  • Jul 13, 2018 by Yelp G.

    It's a Bistro! And I do heart a Bistro Yes folks, not just in France - or even specifically Lyon - you can find them everywhere. Kinda Overpriced, thus the 4 not 5 stars. Still, it's California, right? Go, enjoy! Footnote: choose your wine on the light side, Big Paso reds and French food are not dorm room friends

  • Jul 09, 2018 by hoteljunkies

    Exceptional in every way. We have been coming here for over ten years. We even try to time our dinners when driving through Paso Robles so that we can dine here. We have enjoyed every single item we have ever eaten here. On our last visit we ordered all 10 items from the five course tasters menu, and each item was delectable. Even one of my picky children ate and enjoyed everything. Our server was flawless in her service - and serving our large family and multiple courses really does require extra service. She performed exactly as one would expect at a classy establishment like this. It was refreshing. I feel that considering the high quality of food and service, the prices are a good value. We can’t wait to dine here again. I am even considering driving all the way from the Bay Area just to have dinner there again.

  • Jul 09, 2018 by Glangenhoven

    We had the tasting menu which was delicious. The restaurant is small and quiet which made for a very pleasant dining experience. The service was great.

  • Jul 09, 2018 by anniebj90290

    Good service, great food. A little pricey and portions on the small side. Nice wine selection although a few more choices by the glass would be nice.

  • Jul 05, 2018 by paso57

    Our party of four had a great lunch again at Bistro Laurent. The food was excellent (most of us had the fish of the day) and the service attentive. A very enjoyable experience.

  • Jun 29, 2018 by Kayla S.

    One star based on the worst service ever experienced! We were seated right away without reservations, but that was the only promote service we received the rest of the evening. No one approached our table for about 20min, not even water. After 30min a waitress finally filled my water, and during that time I told her we were ready to order. She then said she didn't have a paper or pen and would be back. After sitting for 30min waiting on water I want to offer her a paper and pen from my purse, and I'm not a waitress. We ordered 6 courses, and drinks. They brought us our cheese platter which was great, after that we sat. No one removed our bread plates, the table was tiny and very cramped, any extra dishes were incredibly annoying. My husband finished his drink and we tried desperately to flag down anyone for another. We asked all three of the dining staff that were there what beers they had, all replied they weren't sure and not single person offered to go find out for us! Just they didn't know and that was it! At this point we had been done with the cheese platter for 40min, and it was still sitting in front of us and we had not even been severed our first course.  At 930 we got up and said we'd pay for our what we had been served and left. Extremely disappointed with our experience. My husband and I both work a lot, our time together is the most precious thing we have. It is rare that we have time to go out together for a nice meal, so this just added insult to injury.

  • Jun 24, 2018 by Brett L

    If you can swing it, do the 5 course meal with the sommelier pairing the wines for you! What an amazing experience of food and wine! One of us had the meat based meals and the other had the seafood based meals, we would each eat half then trade! All of the staff were very friendly and helpful and the restaurant itself is gem! Go here, you won't be disappointed!

  • Jun 21, 2018 by TonyC1967

    We went here to celebrate my daughters graduation from Cal Poly this past Saturday and loved it. We did the chefs tasting menu and it couldn’t have been better. We had two vegetarians and one gluten free and they were so accommodating. Everyone loved their food. The wine pairings were great. A few killer local wines. Such a great place to celebrate special occasions but would also be great for a nice dinner.

  • Jun 18, 2018 by Molly B.

    A wonderful dinner paired excellently with wine and all enjoyed in a cozy setting. Our group decided to go with the 4 course dinner with wine pairing, and I cannot wait to go back to try the meals I didn't chose. First course was a lobster salad that was appropriately paired with a Sancerre. Second course was perfectly cooked scallops with some of the best pasta I've ever had, and ingeniously paired with a Santa Ynez Pinot Noir. Third course was the roasted duck on a bed of crispy potatoes and a red wine reduction with a Cote du Rhône. And the final course was a milk chocolate mousse with a piece of pastry dough and a raspberry sauce with a Porto. All of the wines were fantastic and meant to be enjoyed with the food. The last wine choice, the Porto, was almost a stand-alone selection but still brought out the depth of the chocolate. The wait staff are professional and attentive and the attention to detail from the table display, the light, the decorations, and restaurant set up were very well done and appreciated. I recommend this restaurant not only as a treat to yourself and/or others but even for a comfortable meal to put a smile on your face. Thank you for this experience, I will be back.

  • Jun 01, 2018 by SmileyJ0

    We went to California to celebrate our friends 70th birthday and celebrate we did! =) We went wine tasting in Paso Robles and finished up at Bistro Laurent. It is a very nice restaurant and the atmosphere is old time feeling. I had the roasted chicken dinner and it was amazing and the wine flowing was a nice ending to a fun day wine tasting! The birthday dessert was beautifully done! Berries dipped next to an espresso cup filled with chocolate and a cookie on top. for dipping! Well done! I hope you have a chance to visit and take some friends to enjoy an evening of laughter and fun! Cheers!

  • May 20, 2018 by Selena R

    Me and my husband try to come for lunch or dinner at least once every week. I havent had anything that I dont like....its all so delicious and we love to sit in the patio. One of my favs is the Sarda dish......come here and eat u wont regret it!!

  • May 10, 2018 by Madison H.

    This was one of the best meals I have ever had. Not only did they accommodate my dietary needs; the food was truthfully one of a kind. This was an experience that I'll never forget. Cheers!

  • May 08, 2018 by RhoneVoya...

    Deuxième repas dans cet établissement qui est une institution à Paso. La cuisine française est à l’honneur, le tout dans une ambiance chaleureuse et avec un service parfait. Le chef est très sympathique. En un mot : bravo !

  • May 06, 2018 by Helene T.

    Paso Robles is so lovely - I much prefer this area over other wine regions myself.  However, if Bistro Laurent is supposed to be the best of Paso in terms of food, then Paso may still have a ways to go after all. Experience was OK: the host and the wait staff seemed friendly and knowledgeable.  The food, however, was another thing.  I had the lamb and the boyfriend had the pork chop.  Both of which were just completely one note: fat and butter.  Considering that we have had seriously delicious French dining before, there were no layers of flavor in both our dishes here - no acid, no light, all fat. I think I saw another reviewer mention how Bistro is possibly stuck in decades old cooking?  Not sure if decades before us, preferred rich and heavy eating.  In other words, this place is just not good for people who like a fine dining experience of being brought to another level.

  • May 02, 2018 by Robin H.

    I love this restaurant!  They never disappoint me.  My husband and I recently went here for our wedding anniversary and it was lovely.  I always go with the wine pairing and they have never let me down.  Delicious and beautiful food with the most wonderful wines.  Can't wait to go back.

  • Apr 21, 2018 by Holly O

    Prior to wine tasting we had a lovely out door lunch I had the croque Miseur and pomme frites very tasty. The pizza with carmelized onions and sausage also excellent. I had a nice glass of local wine.

  • Apr 17, 2018 by CaliforniaBarb

    Bistro Laurent is a fantastic French restaurant with delicious food, attentive waitstaff, and the main dining room is just the right size to feel comfy and welcoming. The menu is a perfect compilation of choices for everyone's tastes. And the food is perfection!

  • Apr 08, 2018 by Poipuvisitor

    We were in town for just one night and the place had been recommended. Something seemed off from the moment we arrived. The man who greeted us (maybe the owner?) seemed cold and unwelcoming. But we were promptly seated and he asked if we would like to start with a glass of champagne. We did and it was good stuff. My husband ordered the john dory and I had a salmon dish. Neither of us was impressed. The john dory was just an ordinary white fish. My salmon was okay, but served very rare and was not particularly flavorful. The young woman who served us was very pleasant and helpful, which was perhaps the best thing I can say about the evening.

  • Apr 08, 2018 by WilliamNe

    My friends and I did the wine pairing dinner. I thought the price was reasonable for the high quality of food and wine. Both were exquisite.

  • Apr 08, 2018 by forbman

    Reservation at 7:30 meant seating at 8; ok; but server did not visit our table, acknowledge us for 20+ minutes. The maitre’d did and someone brought bread, but no water or anything. Server was not attentive to our table at all. Got our food well past 9:20 - if it was a problem in the kitchen she could have contacted us and told us. Took forever to get our wine. Overall, food and atmosphere were lovely: service a “C-“ for last night. We were disappointed in that.

  • Apr 03, 2018 by wagr

    We were looking for a French restaurant near the park in Paso Robles that my brother recommended. It is no longer there but Bistro Laurent was and we are so glad we found it. There is a lovely outside patio and a cozy interior. Service was excellent and the food was amazing. My husband ordered the French Onion soup and it is probably the best we have had. I had the crispy risotto with shrimp and my husband the fish of the day (John Dory). Both were excellent. The bread was so good that we ate too much and didn’t have room for dessert. The Sauvignon blanc that we ordered was not available so the maitre’d suggested a lovely Sancerre. We liked it so much that we purchased three bottles from their wine store next door to take with us. Overall, an excellent experience. We will be back!

  • Apr 01, 2018 by Thierry L

    Had a very great time with Marc the restaurant manager, the food was good and the environment nice and pleasant, thanks to the Chef for a succulent food, if I am in the area again I will return...

  • Mar 30, 2018 by toadandbear

    Planning for our trip to Paso Robles we narrowed our choices to three. As soon as we walked by the place we said yes. The greeting was genuine. We ordered a med. priced red wine and appetisers of Onion soup and salad. Real good soup. My sweet babboo had the tart w/ mozz. basil and tomatoe. I had as apparently several other reviewers had, Crispy crab risotto with shrimp on top. Good choice. With a dessert of two flavors of sorbet, we were very pleased. The service was excellent all meal long.

  • Mar 22, 2018 by Forrest W

    Had high expectations. Half of the items we had were outstanding and half were pathetic. My wife had a duck confit tart appetizer which was pretty much tart and greens. Perhaps there was some duck in there but not worth eating. She also had the bouillabaisse which was just plain sad; no clams, no mussels, no lobster, two lonely shrimp, a couple of small pieces of fish with skin and a lot of potato’s in a dishwater broth. We have had this dish all over the world and I have to say this place in Paso Robles was the absolute bottom of the list. To be fair, the pork chop was outstanding and the French onion soup was the best I ever had. I guess you just need to be careful what you order.

  • Mar 22, 2018 by Forrest W.

    Very disappointing. Bouillabaisse was pathetic. No clams, no mussels, no lobster, two lonely shrimp and a few pieces of fish with skin on in a dishwater broth with lots of potatoes. Not sure how you can even call it bouillabaisse. Duck confit tart was mostly tart and greens, with maybe a couple of morsels of duck - not worth the effort to eat it. On the plus side, the onion soup was the best I ever had, and the pork chop was very good.  I just don't want to play Russian Roulette with food at a restaurant. Sad that you can't count on all of the menu items to be decent. Will never come back.

  • Mar 20, 2018 by J B.

    Where I was going to dine was mysteriously closed. My Uber driver brought me here. Thanks Tim. Closed the menu and let the chef feed me. WOW. Happy and paired great with wines. Happy and I'm one of those from the world of Monterey Bay Foodies. Definitely need to come back. Maybe I'll see you here.

  • Mar 16, 2018 by Asima F.

    Excellent lunch fare with class!  The butternut squash soup was sublime!  Duck confit melted in my mouth!

  • Mar 13, 2018 by Mike M.

    What can I say, the best of the best. By far the best meal in Paso. Perhaps the most expensive but it's for the foody and the special occasion. The host is a som and very knowledgeable. I always take his recommendation. The filet is amazing, and the French onion soup is a must. If you're looking for something that's at the top of the list it's here. If you're looking for something pedestrian then go somewhere else, this place is the whole experience. It's always a good idea to let the chef prepare what he wants, you can't go wrong. Just exceptional and well trained staff, super sweet girls and guys working the floor. I can't say enough good things about it. If you don't like it, you're probably the subway sandwich type.

  • Mar 12, 2018 by Suzanne97210

    My husband and I visited Paso Robles on a wine tasting swing through central California. Bistro Laurent was a super discovery. The restaurant is nicely decorated with 20th century French posters and was crowded, but the noise level was certainly acceptable. (We are so tired of extremely noisy, ie "energetic," pricey places.) The crispy crab risotto was the choice of us both. The dish was delicious and beautifully presented; the risotto was shaped into a disc and sauted a bit (I guess), with shrimp arranged atop the disc. We paired it with a local wine, which was good and interesting to try. Chef Laurent took time from his busy kitchen to share a few words with us as we left. We hope to return when next in Paso Robles!

  • Mar 11, 2018 by Bernadette O.

    Had the tasting menu was excellent. The wine was superb and service fast and friendly.

  • Mar 09, 2018 by Gary N.

    Laurent is the epitome of French excellence in his cuisine, his staff/service and his wine list.  This charming and simply terrific restaurant stands out in our crowded Paso restaurant scene as a truly perfect place to socialize or simply have a date night with your significant other

  • Feb 23, 2018 by Hanafi F

    My wife and I visited this restaurant for my birthday celebration. It was a good choice. The biggest plus was a totally comfortable feeling of being in an authentic French restaurant. I really felt I could have been in France, And the experience of eating at a restaurant is often as important as the food. This place got high marks for creating the right environment. We decided to try the tasting menu, and go the whole 9 yards with the six course meal. You can also do a five course version version. Diners can select whether to include wine or not. I took pictures of the menu and the dishes. I hope that they attach successfully to this report. The grouper was perfectly cooked, although not perfectly fresh. The quail and lamb were delicious, but slightly on the tough side. The cheeseboard comes at an extra $25, and we split it between the two of us. Nice selection. The creme brûlée was a little too sweet for our liking, yet still enjoyable. Overall, this was a very successful evening and a fun experience in an authentic setting. We would thoroughly recommended it.

  • Feb 19, 2018 by Mia M.

    My husband and I went to Bistro Laurent for Valentines Day and they offered a fixed menu paired with wine that was just perfect. The service was attentive and friendly. I would go back again and again.

  • Feb 09, 2018 by San M

    This small and charming bistro serves great classic French food. I had the tasting menu and hubby had the "chef's surprise" tasting menu. We were both very pleased and he perhaps had the better dishes. The presentation on every dish was lovely. My only complaint is the service was pretty slow and since they were only about 75% full, it should have been better. But the food made up for it.

  • Feb 09, 2018 by theresestover

    So ... we LOVED this restaurant. It has the perfect ambiance and a delicious chef-driven menu - that je ne sais quoi - to make a meal or event memorable. We got engaged here, and are hoping to return every year. Can't say enough about this place, except ... bring your appetite and thirst (they have a fantastic wine list and a sommelier who pairs very well). Thanks, Laurent!

  • Feb 07, 2018 by GFFoodWineLover

    My HH and I had dinner two nights in a row. The first evening we had reservations at a restaurant across the street. We sat down and upon reading the menu, we both decided that there was nothing that appealed to us so we left. We had reservations the next night at Bistro Laurent. We walked down the street to check out other places but decided to come back and eat at Bistro. We were thrilled we did. We were greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival. We had the most gracious server and everything we ate was outstanding. There was no problem making my meal gluten free. I had the Crispy Crab Risotto and my HH had the Filet of Beef. The food and service were so wonderful, we came back the next evening and enjoyed their 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing. Again the food, wine and service were phenomenal. They made a point to be sure my food was again gluten free. Our server even remembered what my HH had wanted for dessert the previous night and brought it for dessert on our tasting menu. This is true French cuisine (the duck was excellent) and we only wish we lived closer.

  • Feb 04, 2018 by Michael P.

    OK food, but not a good value. Our group of 6 ordered the price fixed meal. The lamb was good, all other courses just OK. (Fish, salad, dessert). The waiter pushed his wine choices hard, but the prices on his choices were high for what we got. I wished I ordered my own choices for both food and wine.

  • Jan 21, 2018 by cnhhhhhh

    We enjoyed Bistro Laurent's food greatly, especially due to its light cooking after we asked them to accommodate our lactose intolerance. The result was splendid: food was complex, flavorful, but without overpowering heaviness we often encounter elsewhere.

  • Jan 20, 2018 by Sandy E.

    Delicious food, beautifully presented, with well-paired wine and an attentive staff. An excellent dining experience for a most reasonable price. I would highly recommend this establishment!

  • Jan 20, 2018 by jon c.

    We came here after a recommendation from a local winery and our party was very happy. We ordered the 4 course meal with wine pairing. Everything was delicious from the lobster bisque to the salmon and duck. Plus the wine pairings were spot on, both French and California wines were poured. Desert was a chocolate mousse with fruit and crisp pastry served with an excellent port. We hadn't had lunch, so we were all quite hungry and the proportions were just right, you won't leave here hungry! Coming from the Bay Area and being in the food business I've been lucky to eat at some of the best restaurants in the world. The owner's Michelin Star restaurant background shows through at Bistro Laurent.  If this restaurant was located in the Bay Area, you'd pay double the price for the quality and content. For a special meal in Paso Robles, put this restaurant on your list.

  • Jan 17, 2018 by Audrey C

    The atmosphere was great! Service was excellent! The food was amazing! We opted for the chef choice 4 course diner, with wine pairing. Everything was perfect! Ideal place for a romantic diner!

  • Jan 14, 2018 by E-Broockman

    What a great experience ! My wife and I went to Bistro Laurent to celebrate New Years. We had made reservations well in advance. We enjoyed their 5 course new years menu, which included a wine pairing with each course as well. The presentation was great. No rushing. Great service. Good was artfully prepared and delectable. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Paso.

  • Jan 11, 2018 by Louis-Philippe C

    A really amazing cuisine, great service, and pretty decent price. A wonderful experience overall! A+

  • Jan 06, 2018 by Judy B

    I great place to have a delicious lunch and feel like you are transported to France. I did order a Tables Creek white to compliment the wonderful French Onion Soup and Chicken Salad. My friend ordered the blue crab salad pictured below. My husband ordered the fresh fish which was local sea bass and he said it was excellent. We ordered the Macaroons that were transported from France to share. Delicious!

  • Jan 05, 2018 by edmund s

    We took a tasting menu with wine tasting. To start with drinks and to our really big surprise it would really be enough to go to Laurents just because of the winelist: PasomRobles for sure but really outstanding was the french winelist. We are jealous: many Rhone and Burgundy wines even cheaper than in Europe. WOW! Starting with a nice salad with a wonderful dressing. Truly fab rillettes...so good. Sweetbreads with mushroom in a red wine sauce tasted like heaven. Unfortunately our principal plates failed a little. Duck was too dry and I had like the suspicion that duck was just heated in a micro wave. Micro wave is a no go for us. May be I am wrong...I hope so.....but the plate reminded me a little bit of food in an aeroplane twenty years ago. Hanger steak with a superspicy peppersauce was not our favourite either. Deserts very nice. Coffee not—-hey guys you need an espressomachine. Yes champagne is very important. A good Espressomachine for a happy ending too. Superexperienced nice and friendy french waiter and chefsommelier. All in all we liked the restaurant a lot although there were issues.......

  • Jan 02, 2018 by 271diane

    It had been several years since dining at Bistro Laurent and we wanted to try it again. It did not disappoint. The intimate dining room is still as inviting as ever and the French Onion Soup is still a favorite. We thought the prices were reasonable and service was good. You won't be disapoointed if you go.

  • Jan 02, 2018 by donbdr

    Considered by many as one of the better fine dining restaurants in the area, Bistro Laurent offers a comfortable, European ambiance. It is priced accordingly and reservations are definitely recommended.

  • Dec 31, 2017 by Ashlea S.

    My husband and I have been to Bistro Laurent 3 times in the last year. Each experience was wonderful and we spent close to $300.00 each time getting the chef's menu with champagne before the meal etc. Tonight (New Years eve) we went in without a reservation which we thought there would be a slim chance we could get it but the food was so good it was worth a try. My husband, son, and myself went in and experenced the rudest waitress we have ever encountered. She was uninviting, rude and treated us like we could not afford to dine at the restaurant. We walked in and asked if there was possibility we could get a table for the three of us. She asked if we had a reservation, we told her we did not. She proceeded to tell us there is only outside available and they had a set menu which cost $110.00 per person while looking us up and down. She then practically threw the menu at my husband and walked away. Did not ask if we would like to be seated did not ask if we would be dining with them. It was so very rude. We went there with the intention of doing the set course which is $80.00 per person plus any extras and our sons meal. Money was not an issue and to be judged like that by the staff was absolutely unacceptable. We will not be returning and letting all of our friends and family about our experience. It is a shame this was one of our favorite date night restaurants.

  • Dec 30, 2017 by Colette Q.

    This place is "top cabin"! Elegant, but relaxed. Cuisine was fresh and delicious. We had the Chef's Choice which was excellent in every way. Each guest requests in our party were met without a snag. Did I say the food was delicious? Our large party was accommodated served well. We will definitely visit Bistro Laurent again when passing through Paso Robles!

  • Dec 28, 2017 by Gary C.

    We've been here twice.  Our experience pretty much mirrors the other 1-2 star reviews here.  Small portions.  High prices.  Spotty service with a hint of arrogance.  I'll eat elsewhere next time.

  • Dec 20, 2017 by traveldog007

    A friend recommended this bistro to me so I stopped for lunch while in Paso Robles. It was a nice menu and a cute place, but it was a little pricey for lunch and I would have been just as happy at another cafe I'd seen on the square that had outdoor seating in the sun. Cafe Laurent did have some outdoor seating but it was just a little shady and chilly to ask for, so sitting inside a cozy restaurant on a beautiful, sunny day wasn't optimal. The food was good, service was good. No complaints, just didn't see food on the menu that seemed extraordinary.

  • Dec 19, 2017 by paso57

    Our party of four each had different a la carte selections for dinner and each enjoyed our choices. The fillet steak was perfectly prepared (and a good size), with the outstanding peppercorn sauce that Bistro is known for.

  • Dec 09, 2017 by Jane S.

    This was our second experience with Bistro Laurent, and my husband and I were just as delighted with our experience as we were on our first visit. Both times we have ordered the chef's menu with wine pairing, and both times the quality of the food and wine were remarkable.  At $86 per person, this is a fantastic deal.  While all our courses last night were delicious, the salmon and braised lentils was a real standout.  The wine pairings are well considered, and include both international and local selections. This restaurant is not for someone who wants to get in and out quickly.  This is an intimate dining experience, so plan to be there about two hours.  Each course is individually prepared and is presented at a leisurely pace which permits time to enjoy each dish and pairing and converse with the members of your party. The staff is incredibly well trained.  Each course includes a separate setting of flatware and wine glasses.  The Maître'd  oversees everything and is responsible for the wine selections.   Reservations are a must so plan ahead if you are visiting Paso.  We can't wait to go back.

  • Dec 06, 2017 by Isabel S

    This is the first time we had dinner at Bistro Laurent and I am wondering what took us so long to get there. Probably the reason was we are not big fans of heavy French food. Our dinner was delicious and a far cry from the creamy sauces I thought would be served. Give it a try, we will be going back again.

  • Nov 13, 2017 by Antonio B.

    food was good. Decor is needs some touch ups. Prepare to wait , even you have reservation.

  • Nov 12, 2017 by Gloria R.

    Must have reservations on a Friday night.  My family of four was turned away around 6:30pm due to lack of a reservation and Bistro Laurent was unable to accommodate us.  Seems appealing from the reviews, but doubt we'll try eating there again.

  • Nov 12, 2017 by mouseangel

    This is a charming spot in Paso Robles. We were in town to do some wine tasting and had dinner at Bistro Laurent. The menu had a variety of classic french dishes, and a chef's tasting menu. It was a nice spot for a relaxing dining experience.

  • Nov 11, 2017 by Melanie B.

    Having visited Paso Robles many times, we have favorite restaurants to which we must return. Bistro Laurent has always been one of them. Tonight, we returned to celebrate my husband's 55th bday. Sadly, tonight marked quite a departure from past experiences. We booked at 630pm, as we had an early start tomorrow. From the moment she approached our table, the waitress was clearly not interested in us nor her job. She never told us the fish course, nor offered my husband a drink nor offered us the chef's choice dinner. We chose to order off the standard menu. We were famished and had no lunch today anticipating a great meal. We ordered glasses of champagne, a Kir Royale,and a beer. Drinks arrived promptly and chilled. We ordered a bottle of wine for our meals. Looked like it was going to be another memorable dining experience. Well it was; but not in a good way. I started with a lovely ravioli in beurre blanc with mushrooms and it was delicious. My son and husband had the far too sweet and disappointing French onion soup. Neither cared for it, though my husband did finish it due to missing lunch. My son's girlfriend had the butternut squash soup with truffle oil and thought it ok. Our empty champagne glasses would sit on our table until after we asked for our dinner plates to be cleared away. This lack of attention to detail was to set the tone for our whole experience; things being ignored or overlooked. Both my husband and I had ordered rare lamb chops in garlic jus and ratatouille. Mine arrived medium well with considerable brown around the edges of the meat. My husband's lamb was positively well-done; how any chef or any waitress could let well-done lamb chops leave a kitchen is beyond me. Yet, both of them did so. There is a tremendous difference between a rare and a well done preparation with meat. They could not have mistaken the one for the other. Proper care was not taken either in the kitchen nor by the waitstaff who served the lamb to both of us. We did not return the chops to the kitchen because we don't like to waste food. The garlic jus was very tasty however. My son's Crispy crab risotto was so horribly over-salted that he couldn't tolerate it. He did manage to eat the crab risotto cake itself. My husband rinsed the shrimp atop the risotto with some jus from my plate and managed to eat our son's shrimp himself. After we had been done with our meal for 35 mns, and having not seen our waitress since the order was taken (others served the main meal), I finally called the bus girl/_assistant over to clear our dinner table. She cleared the table, including the champagne glasses that were empty for ages now. We then waited another 20 mns and no one ever approached our table to offer us dessert menus, nor take our dessert order. Still no sign of our waitress. I finally called the bus boy/assistant server over and asked for the manager. The manager was not pleased that I was complaining about lack of service and poor attention. He apologized about the slow service and said he hadn't realized we had never been offered dessert. He didn't even let me finish telling him we hadn't seen our waitress in ages before he walked away; our dinner dishes were finally cleaned only after I called the girl The manager returned with dessert menus. He took our order himself (we never did have our waitress so much as approach our table after she took our original order), and then...another 30 mns passed before dessert finally arrived! He came by at one point and said "beignet take a long time." (My Husband had ordered the beignet for dessert). They were not worth waiting for. We have had them in the past and they were lovely. Not so happy with them tonight. A bit dry and uninteresting. My son's girlfriend had the creme brûlée. It was pointed out by him that the top of the creme brûlée was actually more carbonized than brûlée. So horrifically hard that it was unenjoyable to eat. The final Insult was that they stuck a candle in my son's macaroons when they served them for his dessert, when in fact  it was my husbands birthday we were celebrating. I ask you...who puts a candle in a plate of macaroons?!?! That was truly insulting. And by the way, I had made it clear when I booked that it was my husbands bday, not my son's. Once again, this showed a terrible lack of attention tonight and outright thoughtlessness. After all of this, I can only assume either a new chef, a careless waitstaff and manager were terribly unfit for work tonight...or a once great restaurant has truly fallen. The manager knew very well that the service had been subpar and that we were very unhappy. If I were management, I would never let a customer leave without expressing my sincere apologies and asking for another opportunity to do a better job in the future. What a disappointing bday dinner for my husband...and all of us as well.

  • Nov 10, 2017 by Pasogurl O

    Bistro Laurent is our favorite restaurant in town. Laurent creates classic French and modern favorites with seasonal ingredients. His tenderloin with brandy peppercorn sauce is my husband's favorite meal of all time. With extra bread for the peppercorn sauce. I have tried every item on the menu from Vichyssoise to rack of lamb. I've never had a bad meal here. You can order a complete tasting meal with or without wine (great value to try 3 or 4 courses) or you can get anything a la carte. I've done both, just depends on your appetite and the occasion. Either way, don't feel pressured. They really are cool and are selling the experience, not just food. The service is good. The best front of house staff in town has usually trained here.

  • Nov 09, 2017 by WingcoNick

    At last, a restaurant in America that knows how to season food. All too often, food in American restaurants tastes bland and dull because of lack of seasoning. Here, at Laurent, the chef has obviously had European training and understands flavour. We ate with friends who live locally and for whom this is their favourite restaurant and one can understand why. In sea of fine eating places in Paso Robles, Bistro Laurent stands out as something different. This may not appeal to American tastes or culture but, for European visitors, an oasis of quality in a desert of blandness.

  • Nov 02, 2017 by cherylj489

    What a lovely find in the heart of Paso Robles. A charming French bistro complete with a host out of central casting for a charming Frenchman. The food was excellent! Try the salmon with lentils or the rack of lamb. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and Bistro Laurant provided a romantic back drop for the occasion.

  • Oct 31, 2017 by Susan B

    We had a wonderful dinner here with friends. Had the 4 course tasting menu, with wine. More than enough food. Had a wonderful smoked salmon salad, cooked pumpkin soup and duck. We appreciated that the wine was French, after tasting the last few days in the area. Nice change.

  • Oct 30, 2017 by Robert O.

    This is a fine establishment. Definitely some wonderful history here. Fabulous ambiance, great food. Their servers are an astute bunch. A wonderful selection of wines. Dining here takes you to another place. Give it a try and taste some of the French countryside in the heart of downtown Paso Robles.

  • Oct 30, 2017 by tb911

    Came in for the four course tasting menu. Place was crowded, reservations a must. Not too noisy though, which is always nice. The staff was very helpful and friendly, decor comfortable and fitting to the mood. Wine pairings were all French wines, which on the one hand seems a shame (restaurants should highlight the local specialties) but on the other hand, was a nice change from tasting the local wines all day long. Food was terrific. Chef's surprise. Huge portion of smoked salmon on a salad of greens. Edible baby pumpkin "bowl" of scallop and shrimp soup, Duck breast on scalloped potatoes. I don't remember dessert, but there was nothing wrong with it, I guess it just didn't stand out as much as the rest (or the wine was kicking in). But everything tasted wonderful!

  • Oct 27, 2017 by SojournerDrew

    But this place wasnt what it thinks it is. If you are looking for pretentious people that like to get plastered at dinner go here. Food was waaaaaaaaay overly salted, only thing we liked was the "Crisp."

  • Oct 07, 2017 by Yvette J.

    WOW! As a party of 6 we all ordered the four course meal with wine pairing. We briefly described our dislikes and allergies, the staff did the rest. We were pleasantly surprised from one course to the next. This was not a cheap dinner by any means but so worth it. Every bite was a masterpiece of culinary freedom!

  • Sep 25, 2017 by TravelMonster54

    I have now had two opportunities to dine at Bistro Laurent...the only negative of that is that those two opportunities were about three years apart. On the most recent occasion, Saturday, September 23,2017, we enjoyed a specially prepared Chef's Tasting Menu and it was fabulous. From the vichyssoise to the vast variet of desserts prepared by Chef Laurent and his staff, it was a treat to the palate. Fresh, creative, flavorful coupled withheld beautiful presentation of each course, it was award winning. The only competi that Laurent has may be his former culinary delight, La Chateau de Chevire de Ore in the beautiful village of Eze, France.

  • Sep 23, 2017 by DoctorTraveller1959

    We enjoyed our dinner at the restaurant in every sense. A great location, pleasant dining area and excellent staff. Then there is the food. We could not manage the tasting menu (definitely for the next visit). We shared an excellent appetizer (one of the crispy tarts) and then there was a delicious and perfectly cooked rack of lamb. A great selection of typical bistro type dishes and a varied and reasonably priced wine list (by the glass or by the bottle). We were there mid-week and it was busy; so making a reservation is probably a good idea.

  • Sep 23, 2017 by ArtnCindy

    First time eating at this comfy bistro feeling... very french restaurant. Amazing how the crew can operate in this small kitchen...and in spite of the service being a bit slow...just sit back... drink your wine and see the pleasures that await you. This restaurant has some mixed reviews(I an never understand.."too expensive" but then again maybe they drive a "Yugo"). For $86 bucks you can order a 4 course menu of fabulous food that's creative and fresh. A very relaxing...enjoyable meal

  • Sep 22, 2017 by Eorchant

    I read some reviews in advance, so we decided to try the 4 course chef's choice menu paired with wine. We loved it!! It was a wonderful evening!

  • Sep 16, 2017 by MaraFromToronto

    This place was recommended by a local winery owner as his favourite, and it was SO GOOD. We enjoyed the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and everything, from start to finish, was excellent. The staff are amazing.......and friendly. The food was perfection. This restaurant is a work of passion from the chef and deserves your time and money <3

  • Sep 06, 2017 by harrypotter60

    Have only done lunch there, but now can't wait to do dinner. We had the lamb special of the day and the scallop dish. Both were superbly presented and wonderful tasty. The waiter was very helpful and suggested a great wine to accompany both meals and we followed with as good a creme brule as we have ever had. Will be back soon.

  • Sep 05, 2017 by Matthew R.

    Absolutely delicious crispy crab risotto. Great service as usual can't go here to often.

  • Aug 30, 2017 by Ginnie M.

    Absolutely delicious choice for my partner's birthday dinner. I had onion soup, which was fabulous and a tomato tart. All delicious. He had a 4 course chefs choice with wine. 4 delicious courses including tomatoes,  halibut and lentils, duck with a blueberry reduction and finishing with a delicious creme brulee. All of these were matched with delicious wines. Perfect host in Monsieur Laurent and staff. Highly recommended.

  • Aug 19, 2017 by dcypher2016

    My husband and I recently had our second meal here in 5 years on a wine-tasting trip to Paso Robles. It was even better than we remembered last time. Every dish was delicious, beautifully presented and paired expertly with wine. The wait staff was very pleasant and efficient, and the price is a very good value, especially if you enjoy skilled wine pairings. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys French cuisine or just the best fine dining available.

  • Aug 18, 2017 by Roger P.

    Classic French fare in a casual setting.

  • Aug 17, 2017 by Nerida H.

    This was a very special place to celebrate our 10yr wedding anniversary. We did 4 course with wine pairing and had chef choose--memorable night.

  • Aug 14, 2017 by Yuko T.

    We came here hoping to try the Chef's special menu. Upon asking about it, our server told us that the only tasting menu available was the one printed in the menu. We accept that and order. Two courses in we see that tables around us are ordering the chef's special, and ask what happened. Well as it turns out you CAN order a chef's special menu, but our server managed to tell us the EXACT OPPOSITE even when that is exactly what we asked for. To their credit, two courses in they did switch us over to the chef's menu when we complained (and hence the 2 stars). The food was fine, but not worth the price. The Ravioles de Romans was incredibly salty, and I found a piece of bone in my rabbit. There's much better out there for the price. They're trying, but they just don't deliver. Seated next to us was a man who had clearly had too much wine and was yelling offensive things like "All Asian girls are f*cked up" (I'm Asian) and was grabbing the servers to yell things to them too. I don't know why Bistro Laurent thought this was acceptable behavior because they continued to serve the man wine and didn't even make any motions of attempting to remove him. He was clearly making everyone around him uncomfortable and the manager(?) was right there and yet it seemed no one from the restaurant cared. Apparently they're OK with drunken ranting ruining everyone else's dinner.

  • Aug 12, 2017 by malibuirishmike

    Had dinner here with my wife and son. Friendly greeting and seated promptly. Marc, the maitre'd, suggested we close our menus and let the chef choose our dishes while he paired the wines. We did that and were very happy. Appetizer of crab and avocado, John Dory fish course (our son doesn't eat fish, so they gave him a delicious scallop entree), a sublime pork loin entree and a very good tarts rating to finish. All of the paired wines (all but one French) were excellent and appropriate. And here's the really good bit --it's not expensive relative to the quality on offer. An older crowd, so not a raucous spot by any means, but good atmosphere. We will be back on our next visit to Paso.

  • Aug 12, 2017 by Kari H.

    Expensive and worth it!  We loved every minute and every bite of our dinner! Just the right amount of service, without being stuffy, and a lovely wine list to boot. This was our last dinner of our vacation and we went out with a bang. This is the perfect place for a celebratory dinner, even the patio was comfortable.

  • Aug 11, 2017 by Nichole C.

    Came for Dessert one night, everyone around us seemed to be having rice pudding but that's just not for me. The server sat us but yet the busser came by to attempt to take our order. She recommended the apple beignets and since I LOVE donuts we went for it. Upon having a underage busser taking our order we did want a wine to be paired with the dessert. She explained she wasn't old enough and she would ask. But aside from the fact that the server was rarely around to serve... we received the beignets and they were incredibly undercooked. We ate it because we are never looking for a free meal but it was terrible! To be honest there really isn't any apple flavor even with the pieces of apple it's lost. The caramel was grainy. The dessert was underwhelming and not so sure I'm confident enough to come try it out for dinner.

  • Aug 05, 2017 by floribel1

    W have seen this restaurant about seven times and finally decided to try it. The food was very good, served in a classic French style. We did sit outside, which was a bit cool, as the outside seating area is shaded, so a wrap is needed.

  • Aug 02, 2017 by Briann F.

    Bistro Laurent is like a slice of France here in Paso Robles. It's a cozy restaurant with great customer service. The decor makes you feel like you're in France the drool worthy smells coming from the kitchen transport you there. If you come for lunch they have a special menu for le petit marcel, which is a little bit more reasonable than their dinner menu, and it's still delicious. They also have a little wine shop, and if you enjoy your wine you got with lunch you can purchase it to enjoy later. I've had many dishes from the menu and have never been disappointed. If you're in search of a romantic dinner spot, or a place to have a special lunch or dinner Bistro Laurent should be your choice.

  • Aug 01, 2017 by macfarlanewh

    Located in the central square of Paso Robles, this restaurant is exceptionally excellent specializing in French nouvelle cuisine. Equal to any fine dining experience in big cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

  • Jul 31, 2017 by John D.

    This is my favorite restaurant in Paso. We had dinner Saturday evening. Service is prompt and top quality, but this is not a place you want to enter and leave quickly. The food is amazing, try the Chef's table as others have mentioned, and the wine pairings are perfect. Laurent never fails to delight!

  • Jul 29, 2017 by nsulse2017

    From the moment we got there, we knew we were in for a treat. We started with a lovely glass of champagne and the maitre d', after just enough time for us to enjoy our first few sips, arrived to go over the menu and any questions we might have. He suggested the prix fix chef's menu, and carefully asked if we had allergies or if there was something we particularly didn't like. We went that route, paired with wine for my husband and I, and there wasn't a dish we didn't like or a spot of food left on the plate (truth be told we would have licked the plate if wasn't too gauche). The courses came out evenly, the wines paired beautifully, and the service was understated -- professional, responsive, attention-to-detail, friendly but not obsequious. There was just enough food to where we felt full and satiated but not overstuffed. Our 19- and 17-year-old daughters enjoyed it as much as we did (without the wine poor dears), and thankfully were there to drive us home lol. It was a wonderful experience. We will be back - is tonight too soon?

  • Jul 29, 2017 by Timothy E.

    Went here for our 20th anniversary and chose the "chef's choice" for our dinner. Great atmosphere and amazing food to celebrate time with my beautiful bride. Well worth the price.

  • Jul 28, 2017 by EDD1967_83

    Out of town friends came and we spent two days wine tasting in the Paso Robles area. BOTH nights we had reservations at Bistro Laurent. The first night we chose the Chef's Surprise Menu. You tell the waiter/ess any allergies or foods you don't like and the rest is up to Laurent. He will prepare you a 4 or 5 course meal, your choice, and also can add cheese at the end. The Somm will also pair wines with each course, if you like. All four of us were 'wowed' by the quality of the presentations. Worth the charge. The next night we went 'lighter.' The Moule Gratin, and tarts were starters. Entrees were Chicken, risotto with shrimp and two orders of Red Fish. All were exceptional. Also has an extensive and wonderful wine list. Enjoy.

  • Jul 28, 2017 by Max R.

    My favorite bistro in the central coast, I have yet to find anything better. My girlfriend and I love this place, it's special to us.

  • Jul 24, 2017 by Steve J

    After leaving in disgust from neighboring Artisan, see accompanying review, we stumbled across the street at 9:15 p.m. on a Saturday night to Bistro Laurent. We were seated immediately. Our greeter could tell the night was not going well and offered us a drink as we were seated. He brought out a wonderful glass of champagne for both of us and suggested the pre-fix menu. He indicated that we were free to chose our selections from the menu or he was more than willing to select for us if we would inform him of any food allergies. We accepted his offer and proceeded on an extraordinary culinary adventure. The first course was some sort of octopus salad. I thought we were starting off on the wrong foot because I usually find octopus to be horribly rubbery. To my surprise it was the best octopus I have ever had. The sauce that accompanied it was marvelous. The second court was a lincod dish again covered in one of the best sauces I have ever had. That was followed by an excellent duck on a potato pancake dish. The meal was finished with a chocolate mousse and berries. Each course was accompanied by perfectly matched wines. This meal was the best I have had in a long time. The service was extraordinary. It was heaven compared to the Artisian hell we had just underwent. I will return.

  • Jul 24, 2017 by Laura J.

    After an execrable experience at another restaurant across the street, Bistro Laurent saved our Saturday night. The gracious host immediately sat us at a lovely table and offered us champagne. We let him choose our courses for us and everything was amazing, including the wine pairings. The service was impeccable and the restaurant quiet enough to have a conversation. Such a pleasure and worth every penny.

  • Jul 10, 2017 by winewiz

    Bistro Laurent has been one of the steady restaurants in Paso Robles for the past fifteen years. Not brilliant; not average. Somewhere in between.

  • Jul 06, 2017 by r k

    Our wine group chose this well-established restaurant for one of our evening meals together. The 'head waiter' was a delight and his French accent enjoyed by all. The French Onion soup (of course!), was sooooooo good ! My filet was perfectly grilled as were the dishes of those eating with us. We were welcomed with a glass of champagne as we were seated....a great French tradition. Definitely a must to try for many reasons. The interior is 'vintage french motif' and so nicely quaint. Would return for seconds!

  • Jul 04, 2017 by Nancy K.

    We were in Paris three months ago, so it is hard to top the meals we had there. The ambiance was nice, and we enjoyed the warm bread and butter. However, the rest of the food was just slightly above average. We got the French onion soup as an appetizer. It was okay, but nothing special. My son ordered the tart with fresh mozarella, tomato and basil and did not care for it at all. I ordered the Filet of Beef. The portion size was large, but the meat was average tasting, and it was quite expensive. My husband ordered the salmon, he was not very impressed either. My daughter got the Crispy Crab Risotto. The portion was small and dried out. The wine selections were nice and we had two very good glasses of wine. We were disappointed since we spent a lot of money for mediocre food.

  • Jun 30, 2017 by happytravelingfamily

    In contradiction to some of the reviews here, we found the service was very good. We were greeted quickly with water and offered champagne, which we declined but also a delicious little amuse bouche. The host checked in with us many times, and our server was knowledgeable and professional. The crowd here is older, and the space is visually busy and sort of reminiscent of the 90's, but it is a cozy and intimate room. I noticed there was outside seating as well which would be nice for lunch. The food is French bistro and solid. I had a delicious vichyssoise, and a crab risotto that was more like a risotto cake, very rich with a cream sauce, accompanied by a lovely rose which was refreshing after a hot day. My friend had the chef's choice 4-course meal which she really loved. A couple next to us told us they had each had the 4-course, one chosen by the diner and one going with the chef's choice, and they felt the chef's choice was consistently better course by course, so I think that is a good recommendation for it. It's not inexpensive, but probably not unreasonable for the area. A good place to have a nice meal and conversation with a friend you want to catch up with, or a romantic date.

  • Jun 25, 2017 by Gayle P.

    I would give this restaurant 10 stars! We ordered fine French wine by the glass and the King Salmon. Couldn't have been more impressed. The salmon was perfectly cooked and was accompanied by a red wine sauce - fabulous. The side dish was veggies sliced thinly and rounded and then placed across the dish for a beautiful presentation. The veggies included eggplant, tomato and zucchini. The service was professional, friendly and efficient. We had been seated next to the kitchen which proved too hot for us given the unusually warm day and we were moved to another table quickly and without issue. Our experience was like eating in a fine French restaurant on the Champs de Elysee. Can't wait to return!

  • Jun 11, 2017 by Todd H.

    This place was simply incredible. If you like fine dining, this is the place to go in Paso. We opted to get the chefs tasting menu where you say anything you dislike or are allergic to. The food was stunning. Toasted baguette with caramelized onion and goat cheese, crab and basil soup, salmon and lentils, rack of lamb in Ratatouille, and chocolate mousse. All dishes were perfectly paired with local wine. One of the best meals I've had in the last several years, and that includes major cities like LA, Vegas, New York, and Boston. it's pretty simple. Go here.

  • May 27, 2017 by Bonnie M.

    I had the Chefs 4 course pick .........it was fabulous. Service was the best I have ever had. Highly recommend this place for a lovely elegant dinner out.

  • May 10, 2017 by Brandon S.

    Close your eyes once you sit down. You can smell, hear, and feel France in Bistro Laurent. The ambiance combined with a killer wine list and a world class chef in Laurent makes this a can't miss destination in Paso Robles. My wife and I frequent here often. I could ramble for quite a bit but I can be blunt. Don't walk past this gem. You will surely enjoy it as much as I!

  • May 07, 2017 by Diane R

    My husband and I were in town doing the Three Speckled Hens antique and old stuff show and decided to have a nice, relaxing dinner would be a treat. Our last minute decision meant Il Cortile and Artisan were booked but we had no trouble getting a reservation here for 8:00, and I'm glad we did! The food was excellent, service stellar! I read a review that complained about the French onion soup (not being the standard fare with melted cheese on top) well, to that reviewer I have to say that if you had ever been to France it's not served that way. That is an American version of French. The food was very authentic here. Wonderful experience. Great wine list very accommodating staff.

  • May 05, 2017 by Joe S.

    First, I will give an unqualified excellent rating for the food.  We each had the crispy crab risotto with shrimp, and it couldn't have been prepared better in terms of taste, crispyness (not soggy), texture, and freshness of ingredients.  My low rating is because of the SCAM the maitre de engages in.  If you look down in the Yelp comments, you will see that I am not the only one who has experienced this.  So BEWARE.  You will be seated quite gratiously and then offered champagne ("Can I get you some Champagne.")  Every other restaurant I've been to when they say this, there is an implication that it is on the house.  The restaurant takes advantage of this and you later find that you've been charged $15 for each little glass of the champagne (albeit it was quite excellent).   BEWARE

  • Apr 30, 2017 by Yog-Sothoth

    Dined here on an overnight trip to Paso Robles. This was a real standout in terms of classy ambiance, professional service and really delicious food. Kind of a grownup place. I cannot recommend the risotto too highly.

  • Apr 29, 2017 by Julie C.

    Found this place through Yelp while we were visiting Paso one weekend. What a wonderful surprise! Trying to find a restaurant open "late" (10:00 pm), we went here. I got the pork chop, my husband got the steak. Both were some of the best we've ever eaten. We'll seek this restaurant out again for sure in the future!

  • Apr 27, 2017 by Michael K.

    We let the chef choose our courses and while the dishes were well prepared they were small and pricey. I would rather pick my own if we come back. Service was indifferent.

  • Apr 23, 2017 by jtlerman

    Good news: nice atmosphere, good menu choices, decent wine list. Bad news: under seasoned, then over seasoned, and most important, who makes French onion soup like that! Onion soup is served in individual ramekins with the cheese and bread toasted and browned. Here, it was served in a shallow bowl with a slice of what looked like processed cheese on top. Soup was bland. Yeech. Entree was seared scallops. Way over seasoned. Dessert was best of the night. There must be better places to spend $120 per couple.

  • Apr 20, 2017 by Terence M

    This is American food trying to pass itself off as French. The food was at best mediocre, the wine list is OK but horribly priced, and the service is condescending. Go up the street to Il Cortile

  • Apr 20, 2017 by Christi C.

    We ate at Bistro Laurent last night and were very impressed with our meal and the service in general, however I must say that we were surprised and disappointed that the champagne that we offered upon arrival (along with other guests) was charged to our bill. We really felt that the waiter/maître d' should have told us not complementary. It was an additional $30 extra for the two of us and we felt manipulated in the end. Unfortunate, and I feel others should be warned.

  • Apr 10, 2017 by Mary S

    wonderful attention to detail. the tasting menu is well thought out and the wines with each course pair in a delightful manner. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and we will be back.

  • Apr 10, 2017 by Scruz101

    We were on a wine tasting trip to area and started with a lunch stop in Paso Robles. Limited menu choice but everyone in our group enjoyed their choices. A bit expensive for lunch though. We got hot bread right out of the oven and it was fantastic!

  • Apr 10, 2017 by Nathalie E

    The service was exceptional, thank you Samantha! The food was excellent, the French onion soup was outstanding, the croque Monsieur very solid, salade Niçoise French & very good & lastly the pork sandwich on ciabatta was out of this world! Thank you chef Laurent!

  • Apr 05, 2017 by Lover-of-Travels

    Our evening meal is a atmospheric room with wonderful French Cuisine.......nice menu and wine list. We chose from the ala carte menu but took advice of expert for wine. Started with a glass of champagne, soup - husband had French Onion and me, butternut squash and both were wonderfully tasty. Moved on to Main - beef steak for him and crispy crab risotto for me, a red wine and a white wine respectively. We shared a great sweet, So left happy !! Hope to return another time.

  • Mar 31, 2017 by Delphine7...

    En salle, tout est fait pour rappeler la France avec de grandes publicités murales encadrées des années 50 et 60 qui tranchent nettement avec les autres restaurants locaux de Paso Robles. La cuisine, elle, est 100% classique française, ce qui est normal quand on apprend que le chef est un ancien de chez Michel Guérard et de chez Michel Rostang… Mis en confiance, nous avons choisi le « menu à l’aveugle » avec 4 plats assortis à 4 vins différents, et ce fut un véritable succès. Salade de crabe bleu aux rattes à la moutarde en entrée avec un surprenant PicPoul blanc d’Adelaide à Paso Robles au goût de coing, de tilleul et de pamplemousse. Un beau bar à l’unilatéral ratatouille et beure blanc était ensuite accompagné d’un Château d’Agueville, côte du Rhône blanc très équilibré avec un mélange à parts égale de clairette, de Viognier et de Roussane. Le clou du dîner a été les petites côtelettes d’agneau aux légumes du pays d’une tendresse absolument incroyable –pas besoin de couteaux ! avec un « High on the Hog » de chez Mc Price 100% grenache au goût de réglisse et de fruits noirs. En dessert nous avons eu un très imprévu « far breton » aux pruneaux rehaussé par un vieux Madeira Leacock’s Rainwater medium dry… quel formidable dîner à un prix imbattable, et quels bons choix d’accords entre les plats et les vins ! En prime, nous avons eu avant de parti la visite du sympathique chef Laurent Grangien, complètement américanisé, mais toujours amoureux fou de la France et de sa cuisine traditionnelle. Bravo Laurent !

  • Mar 30, 2017 by R1andR2

    Reservations are usually necessary even during the week, but worth it. The food, service, and wine list are all first class.

  • Mar 30, 2017 by PW40

    Stopped by here for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. Both of our dishes (scallops and the fish special, catfish) were excellent. Not fast (it was crowded and the small staff was scurrying to keep up) but worth the wait.

  • Mar 30, 2017 by Stephen D

    Top off your wine country visit with dinner prepared by one of the best French chefs in California. Don't skip a soup - butternut squash or french onion or whatever tempts you. The entrees are affordable and a delight - the seafood special will be fresh from the fisherman to your lips.

  • Mar 15, 2017 by Kallie M.

    This place came recommended and I'm so happy we were able to make it on our trip up to Paso. Came for dinner and got the crispy crab and shrimp risotto. Best shrimp I've ever had hands down- was cooked perfectly and was simple but so delicious. My boyfriend got the filet mignon which was also up there with some of the best steak I've ever eaten. I wanted to give this place 4 stars based on service- we are a young couple and noticeably did not get the same service or attention from the staff as some of the older couples around us, even though we ordered the same amount of food, wine, dessert as the others around us (if not more). But the food is SO good. Make reservations ahead of time and Bistro Laurent will not disappoint!!

  • Mar 14, 2017 by Mary Ann W

    We recommended making reservations to dine at bistro laurent with friends who had never been here. We have enjoyed this establishment for many years and thought it to be a superb choice in Paso Robles and knew our guests would too. We have dined here no fewer than a dozen times including a party we hosted for 20 people in dec 2014. Upon our arrival I asked the hostess if the Maitre d' , Ian was working tonight. I received a very chilly "he doesn't work here any more" response. That was a very big clue things would not be the same. We sat for what seemed like 10 minutes but was probably more like 4-5, before being acknowledged. No greeting, just a cool "would you like flat, still or sparkling water". Without going into all the disappointments, I will recap: 1. Obviously, No longer "French" service, women are not served first, poured first or asked for their choice first . 2. Dishes were not removed in a timely fashion. 3. Service was slow and we didn't ever know who our server was. Nor was there ever a suggestion of wine to pair with our appetizers or entrees. 4. Gone was the warm vibe and ambiance of a fun place to be. 5. Cool coffee was poured at the table with a huge thermos! Did I mention the coffee wasn't hot? 6. When asked for a refill, the server came yet again with the thermos and neglected 2 of the guests. (The thermos reminded me of taking my kids to IHOP!) 7. The steak was good and flavorful and the peppercorn sauce was delicious. 8. The pork chop was nice and very tender. 9. The halibut was dry and the dark reduction sauce was quite odd with this dish. 10. Desserts were unremarkable. Overall not a great experience. We miss Ian and his hospitality and his knowledge of wines and pairings.

  • Mar 14, 2017 by Nancy M.

    What a wonderful experience at this place. The food and service was all so tasty. Would highly recommend the restaurant!

  • Mar 09, 2017 by paso57

    The Bistro offers excellent food and service, with a reasonable priced option for lunch. If the weather is good, seating is outside; if not, inside is available. The lunch menu is not long but very adequate. There is a Bistro Special that appears to change weekly; each time it has been an excellent option. Cannot wait to go back!

  • Mar 05, 2017 by Rich B.

    We went to Bistro Laurent for dinner with our Beagle. We were the only folks on the patio since we had a dog and it was so cold outside. The staff made all of us very comfortable. The dinner was great.  Both of us had meals off the regular menu. I had the fillet and my wife had the lamb. The staff was very attentive even though we were alone on the patio. We returned two nights later. This time we had the four course dinner from the tasting menu with wine. The dinner, especially the duck, was wonderful and the service was impeccable. Next time we're in Paso Robles, wewill go back to Bistro Laurent, even if we don't have the Beagle.

  • Feb 26, 2017 by Sridevi K.

    We were in Paso Robles for a Friday night dinner. The  maitre'd asked our preference of likes and dislikes and allergies. He organized a 4-course dinner with wine pairing, with salmon tartare, sea bass, followed by lamb. Finished with chocolate dessert. Very Parisan setting and hosting. Liked the overall experience.

  • Feb 22, 2017 by relaxed53

    I came here for lunch mid-week as a solo diner and was very impressed with the food, service, ambience, and comfort. Most of the indoor seats are soft and comfortable, not like so many restaurants these days that have stiff, though hip, rock-hard wooden chairs that poke your body. Even the outdoor patio seats looked ergonomically acceptable. The server was friendly and attentive. The large bowl of rich and creamy butternut squash soup with the French bread could have been a meal in itself (as it was for a solo gentleman diner I spotted), but I still moved on to a pork special with lentils that was hearty and delicious, and could easily have been for two (I doggy-bagged the remainder). A dessert of berries with creme fraiche finished off this outstanding meal. My only criticism, which is very minor, is that they did not have very many wines on the lunch menu (but I found one that worked:) and I had to ask them to bring the bread, which they did immediately. I plan to return here with friends and/or family when back in the area.

  • Feb 22, 2017 by Liz T.

    I came here for lunch mid-week as a solo diner and was very impressed with the food, service, ambience, and comfort.  Most of the indoor seats are soft and comfortable, not like so many restaurants these days that have stiff, though hip, rock-hard wooden chairs that poke your body.  Even the outdoor patio seats looked ergonomically acceptable. The server was friendly and attentive.  The large bowl of rich and creamy butternut squash soup with the French bread could have been a meal in itself (as it was for a solo gentleman diner I spotted), but I still moved on to a pork special with lentils that was hearty and delicious, and could easily have been for two (I doggy-bagged the remainder). A dessert of berries with creme fraiche finished off this outstanding meal. My only criticism, which is very minor, is that they did not have very many wines on the lunch menu (but I found one that worked:)  and I had to ask them to bring the bread, which they did immediately. I plan to return here with friends and/or family when back in the area.

  • Feb 18, 2017 by Tony M.

    One of the best meals we've ever had! No Jive No Joke, this place has it totally put together!  Filet of beef and lamb sirloin were absolutely divine. And if you're not into red meat our table neighbors had delicious looking salmon and shrimp dishes. If you are just a bit adventurous you can opt for the "chefs tasting menu" where Laurent himself will custom pair dishes with wines for you. Wine list is excellent and if you opt for the lamb I'd heartily recommend the Alban Patrina. It paired perfectly with the lamb. . Bistro Laurent is decorated perfectly with exposed brick walls and oversized French bistro poster art. There's some wonderful up-lighting accents and an overall luminance that's just right. Someone clearly ponied up for the interior decor. Unfortunately though, theres one moderate flaw. Perhaps it's just a peeve but at Bistro Laurent there is a large open portal to the kitchen. OK, that's cool we love all the aromas wafting out and such. What I don't really like is that a ton of time and attention has been paid (quite literally I'm sure) to the lighting and ambience of the dining room, yet the kitchen is blasted with 4 giant fluorescent fixtures that spill the ghoulish blue/green light into the beautiful and warmly lit dining room. This should probably be mitigated somehow. I know it's nitpicking and many people won't care about things like this, but at this level people have an aesthetic. Anyhow, we will certainly go back to Bistro Laurent as many times as possible even if we sit right in the darn kitchen, because both food and service are absolutely exemplary!

  • Feb 15, 2017 by bigbaddad69

    Wow! Can't compliment enough! Superb service, food and drink! Best on our long trip from Florida... Had chicken and steak with great desert .. Don't miss this one!

  • Feb 15, 2017 by Antoinette A.

    Amazing French food, foie gras was amazing and the pot de crème was to die for. Service was impeccable and the ambience even better. Definitely a Paso Must Go!

  • Feb 07, 2017 by Ron C

    We had heard about this place and the recommendations were spot on. We elected to order ala carte rather than the very tempting tasting menu. The started tart was flaky and melted in your mouth, lamb was excellent. The service was attentive without hovering. Looking around downtown, this has to be the best option. We would return if in town again.

  • Feb 06, 2017 by AmyF91764

    Thursday night, no reservation, we wander in around 8 pm. My husband puts his fate in the hands of the chef for a 5 course tasting menu. I did the 4 course tasting menu that was offered during restaurant month. The food was well-prepared and presented. The wine pairings were phenomenal. Just a point or two off for providing back-to-back dishes with the same red wine reduction, but otherwise, good stuff.

  • Feb 06, 2017 by Whyland1

    Now we are talking great food and service and ambiance here!! Don't delay- just go there and for sure try the mussels!!!

  • Feb 06, 2017 by Alleycat0

    Our party of three had an amazing evening...definitely go for the set menu option with wine pairings. The food/wine is divine and plentiful. What was best? Salmon, salad, pork, dessert...? Quaint, comfortable and walkable from Hotel Cheval.

  • Jan 29, 2017 by Carol B

    Each time we travel to Paso Robles, we make a dinner stop at Bistro Laurent to enjoy well prepared French food. Our dinner was superb. We ordered al la carte this time although the choices on the tasting menu looked interesting but we were not that hungry. The wine list is excellent and offers many reasonably priced wines from the Central Coast and France. Very enjoyable evening and of course we will return.

  • Jan 27, 2017 by philippe...

    Une bonne adresse pour manger sur paso robles , belle carte des vins et cuisine d'inspiration française , saint jacques poêlée , steak aux poivre et french frites .

  • Jan 22, 2017 by Stephen H

    Arguably the best restaurant on the Central Coast if not the best restaurant, hands down, between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This sublimely refined french bistro restaurant rivals anything you will find in Paris. Charming, sophisticated and cozy, the cuisine, the service and the open wine list and the menu wine pairings are beyond description. So, just go there for a foodie nirvana experience you will never forget.

  • Jan 03, 2017 by Bluesistr84

    Finest dining experience that I've had in Paso Robles. Authentic French cuisine with décor and service to match. Anything especially with chicken is good. Fine selection of local wines, too!

  • Jan 03, 2017 by Jeffry W

    Bistro Laurent is our favorite "Special Occasion" restaurant. We love the charming atmosphere and decor, the fabulous French wine list and of course the Amazing food, that seems to bring us back to Paris, every time we dine there. You can't go wrong with the Chef's tasting menu, which is usually what we do. The service is wonderful and desserts are not to be missed. This place is a must visit, if you enjoy world class continental cuisine.

  • Jan 02, 2017 by panoramarick

    For our anniversary on December 31 we went here for lunch. The food was fantastic. I had a seafood fricassee and used my spoon to get every delicious drop of liquid. My wife had a beurre blanc fish dish (salmon). We could not have been happier with our food. The atmosphere is impressive. You feel like you are in a high-end restaurant, and you are. We brought a bottle of wine and the corkage fee was a reasonable $20. We cannot wait to return.

  • Dec 29, 2016 by J P

    Bistro Laurent is charming. Really. It's just that Le Chef de Cuisine seems to have missed out on the last 50 years of culinary progress. The 4 course tasting menu was so meh, yet the room, the service and the wine were so excellent . . . I wanted to go into the kitchen and ask is anyone here paying attention?! This wasn't awful food by any means, just a big disappointment in contrast to the exceptionally well run front of the house. We enjoyed a romantic date at Bistro Laurent; but seriously for nearly $350 ($100 of this was wine) in one of the premier wine regions of North America, the food should be world class, not reminiscent of 1960s hotel dining

  • Dec 29, 2016 by J P.

    Bistro Laurent is charming. Really. It's just that Le Chef de Cuisine seems to have missed out on the last 50 years of culinary progress. The 4 course tasting menu was so meh, yet the room. the service and the wine were so excellent . . . I wanted to go into the kitchen and ask is anyone here paying attention?! The "amuse bouche" was a small piece of dry leftover steak with a piece of onion on a slice of stale baguette, served unpleasantly chilled. 1st course was some nice smoked salmon on top of a tough puff pastry round topped with arugula - again unpleasantly chilled. 2nd course - what's with the $40 extra for the dry tasteless old truffles shredded over the mini ravioli? Were they added just for texture? If so, it's a bad idea - stop it. If you can't get good truffles you can't serve your guests truffles. 3rd course - Hasn't anyone at Bistro Laurent learned how to use a demiglace without turning a reduction into glue? The lamb itself was lovely, but the sauce was overwhelmingly sticky. I literally dipped my napkin in my waterglass to unglue my lips . . . 4th course - Dessert was a microwaved brownie bite with a small scoop of gelato. Not exaggerating. This wasn't awful food by any means, just a disappointment in contrast to the exceptionally well run front of the house. We did enjoy a romantic date at Bistro Laurent, but seriously for nearly $350 ($100 of this was wine) in one of the premier wine regions of North America, the food should be world class, not reminiscent of 1960s hotel dining.

  • Dec 28, 2016 by Suz D

    We wanted to go with local Paso wines , but the owner suggested French which were outstanding. I've considered joining his wine club for French wines. I had the tasting menu paired with wines while my husband ordered from the menu. The pairings were perfect. Intimate and cozy ambiance, great service and yummy cuisine created a lovely evening. If I lived closer, I'd dine there weekly. Th entire evening was such a pleasure.

  • Dec 27, 2016 by melgrey1

    I had read quite a few good reviews on this restaurant, and our hotel recommended it. But from the moment we sat down, until the time we left, it was a disappointing experience. To begin with, our food server seemed totally uninterested in serving us. We had to ask other servers for recommendations. We finally decided to start with the crispy tart appetizer - was dry & lacking in flavor. Three of the four of us ordered the filet, (which one of the food servers raved about). It was overcooked, and obviously a lower quality cut of beef (not quite filet mignon). The pork chop was a nice-sized portion, but again, over cooked & dry. None of the servers checked in on us during our meal. Overall, between the inattentive food server and hugely disappointing food, I wouldn't return. Neither would the 3 others I was with. Not sure why everyone raves about this place. Not worth the money.

  • Dec 14, 2016 by MrsF T.

    Loved it all.... from the atmosphere,  the friendly service, the appetizer, salad, entree, dessert..... all excellent.

  • Dec 13, 2016 by Justin V.

    Felt like I was actually in France while I was there. The food was good leading up to the main course, where it fell apart for me. Lamb sirloin was chewy and the side of breakfast style country potatoes with the bell peppers didn't do it for me. I was a little confused on that ensemble. I'd scratch that effort off the menu. Other than that it was a good experience.

  • Dec 09, 2016 by Beverly K

    Our friends recommended this restaurant for the four of us. They were excited to try it as they had dined at the bistro in the past when all meals were prix fixe. The wine selection was difficult for us northern Californians to choose but ultimately enjoyable. The food was delectable and substantial.

  • Nov 23, 2016 by Doug L.

    As people who love food and wine, we decided to make our first visit to Paso Robles last month.  Let me say that if you enjoy food and wine and haven't been to Paso, you really need to get yourself up there.  It's like Sonoma was probably about 10 years ago.  Very special. But, on the the review of Bistro Laurent.  From the moment we walked in the door of this delightful French bistro, we were impressed.  The ambiance is romantic, cozy and welcoming.  Our host seated us and immediately offered us a glass of champagne (Taittinger Brut, not free but very reasonably priced) which was so delicious, crisp and refreshing. My wife started with a tart with pesto, ratatouille, goat cheese and escargot.  The tart was light and flaky, and she said the blend of flavors was amazing and she absolutely loved it.   I had the French Onion Soup, again, really delicious but with a fresh take on the presentation.  Rather than the traditional crock, it was served in a shallow bowl. For my entree, I had the Filet of Beef with a wonderful black peppercorn sauce and a purée of potatoes...the beef was perfectly prepared.  It was so tender, moist and delicious.  My wife had the fish special and while I can't remember now what exactly it was, she really raved about how great it was. We enjoyed a great bottle of Tobin James, 2012 James Gang Zinfandel with our meal and have added that wine to our favorites list.  The restaurant has a broad selection of wines local to Paso Robles at all price ranges. Bistro Laurent is a must if you are in Paso Robles.  It is the very top of our list of restaurant experiences during our visit there.

  • Nov 20, 2016 by Gary K.

    Had reservations for 8 people for 7:30.   At 7:55 we were still not seated.  After waiting out in the cold for 25 minutes we left and had a great meal across the street. A $600 tab missed out due to poor management

  • Nov 19, 2016 by doodlebug68

    Stopped for lunch. Ordered NY steak and frites. Fantastic quality steak, beautifully cooked medium rare. Great waiting staff....polite and unobtrusive.

  • Nov 13, 2016 by Randall-Anne

    We often find ourselves in Paso Robles about lunchtime when traveling to or from Lodi to points on the coast--this time we were on our way home after a latish start from Santa Barbara. Last time on our way through we were leaning towards Bistro Laurent when we received a very persuasive recommendation to try Villa Creek Restaurant by a couple we met on the street. It was a good recommendations but so was our intuition. Bistro Laurent was perfect for us. We ate outside but were both very impressed by the "Frenchness" of the inside dining area. We visit France once or twice a year and Anne is a big fan of the Salad Nicoise she has become addicted to at a couple of bistros in Paris . . she rated the one she had here as one of the best she has ever tried (we hope its current absence from the lunch menu is simply a seasonal variation). I was in the mood for a light refreshing lunch and opted for the bistro salad with roasted chicken. A very subtle vinaigrette was most pleasing. This was a very inexpensive appetizer salad (only $10.50)--I think a full entree sized salad with much more chicken for $15 or so could go over very well in the summer. One of my favorite dinners in France is rack of lamb . . . I noticed a picture of a wonderful rack on Laurent's website but no listing on the menu. Guess we won't plan an overnight stop in Paso Robles :-) I've got to learn not to make menu assumptions based on pretty pictures..

  • Nov 07, 2016 by Lopaka Z.

    An early Tuesday evening following Paso Roble's famous downtown Halloween night. Ample southeast corner bench, with an ample view of the restaurant, at times hearing Chef Grangien planning another menu revision, [Oysters!] and the wonder here is how the menu may wonderfully change. While we made decisions up to the morning before on the rather well updated website - some items evolved by this night, for me a great sign of quality. We selected the listed tasting menu and wine pairing. I thought the wine pairings were excellent, especially the one chosen for the lamb - brilliant, as it had mint notes on its first taste. On we go to a start of sparking wine, and an amuse bouche of concentrated tomato flavor, then salads, we preferred my more base roasted beet and goat cheese perhaps more than her more acidic wine poached pear and blue. We each ordered the Lobster and Mushroom fricasee, wonderfully sweet tails though slightly tough. As good as the Lobster was, the Scallops with Truffle Oil that followed was.. superb. We *eventually* found the 5 course menu to be too filling - the scallops would have been enough. There are 4 selections amongst courses 2 and 3 to discuss choosing while enjoying the bread and freshly churned butter. Her Lamb Sirloin, my Duck Breast, both excellent in texture, doneness, and especially flavor of the meat, a proper lamb, a proper duck. And barely enough room for dessert.. hard to resist, though I should know by now sugar and sleep don't go hand in hand. Cheese course rather than dessert to finish upon the next visit which is hopefully soon. Outstanding.

  • Nov 05, 2016 by William W.

    Enjoyed the service and the confidence of Laurent. Our dishes were delightful and the wine pairings really worked. All in all, a great surprise.

  • Oct 17, 2016 by Scott C

    One of the best meals I've had in several years. Let the chef pic your courses and pare the wines. You won't regret it

  • Oct 16, 2016 by bahamas333

    My wife and I had dinner at Bistro Laurent and the food was just outstanding. I had one of the best pork chop in my life. Beautiful piece of meat perfectly cooked. They also have a good wine list. I understand that there are few taxis in Paso Robles. Therefore make certain you order a taxi on time to return home.

  • Oct 12, 2016 by Sandy B

    Beautiful indoor decor. We ate outdoors, lovely salad with shredded chicken, judicious use of dressing. Wine shop next door has some unique offerings, we purchased 3 French roses.

  • Oct 12, 2016 by CDS19

    Bistro Laurent has been our favorite Paso restautantrant since it opened many years. Continental preparation at its finest. Impecible service

  • Oct 06, 2016 by Jen M.

    We stopped in for lunch on a weekday and were unexpectedly delighted.  The service was a little slow but it was outweighed by the delicious food.  I had a steak with pomme frites.  The steak was cooked perfectly but it was the sauce that had me wanting to lick the plate clean!!!

  • Oct 05, 2016 by Mary D.

    Had a wonderful dinner at Bistro Laurent last night! Really great food and service was good too. We opted for the five course meal with wines. The red wine reduction on the scallops- amazing! The sweetbreads were so tasty - I'm craving them as I write! This is a serious restaurant, a foodie Mecca!

  • Sep 25, 2016 by Dennis S

    At a J Lohr event in early August we met a couple from the area and they recommended Bistro Laurent. Did not have a chance to try it then, but did this past weekend we could for a Saturday evening dinner. We enjoyed the atmosphere, the menu and the staff was courteous and professional, especially after we managed to knock over a water glass ...! When in Paso Robles and in need of French cuisine, this is the pace to dine.

  • Sep 25, 2016 by Betty L.

    Had the 5 course tasting.  And it was amazing.  First was the tuna tartare, not a dish I have often.  Don't know how to describe the flavor, but there was no bad fishy taste at all.  The tomato garlic soup was very nice.  The shrimp thing was my favorite.  Shrimps were very good, so much flavor.  The mushroom sarda was great.  Never had it before.  Loved every bite.  Steak was very good.  Cooked to medium rare by default.  How do you make mashed potatoes better?  Add fried potatoes on top!  The chocolate pots de creme was the weakest of the course.  I don't care for bananas so I went with chocolate.  It had a texture on top that tasted like a skin that may have been sitting for quite a while.  The bottom was very smooth and creamy though.  I obviously still ate it all, but was not impressed.  All and all, it was an amazing dinner.  The price was indeed hefty and so was the only other French coursed dinner I've had (in Tokyo).  Service was great throughout the night.  Everyone was very polite and attentive and did not rush us.

  • Sep 23, 2016 by Mike P.

    Food quality was fantastic!  The shrimp were huge and well prepared, and the French Onion soup was amazing.

  • Sep 20, 2016 by Tusto

    It was a very hot day and the inside of the restaurant was still warm from the day, so we choose to eat out on the patio, good move, there was a nice breeze and we were very comfortable. The only complaint was the R&R crossing went on for 60 minutes. The food was very good, a little pricey but you have to expect that from a French Restaurant. I had the lamb and my wife had the pork chop, both were very tasty.

  • Sep 13, 2016 by minal s.

    Had a wonderful meal here after a long day of wine tastings. We were a party of 7 and they seated us outside. They offered to do the chef menu for the large party after asking our allergies and food preferences. What a great idea it turned out to be. Started with a crostini, followed with salad and broiled goat cheese block, delicious! For next course it was a fish filet in a super flavorful broth with lima beans, i thought that was our main, but turns out the next dish of duck with a most creamy potato cake in a sauce was our final course before the dessert arrived. I cant even talk about the dessert the most decadent plate of goodness. We had paired the wines with it so the whole meal left us belly full, and light wallets!

  • Aug 06, 2016 by Lisa Z.

    Had an amazing meal here and they served a party of eight as efficiently as a party of two. The food and wine pairings were perfect. They even managed to change the mind of a member of the group about duck. Let's just say he is no longer a hater. Great food, great wine pairings and reasonably priced. We will be back the next time we are in Paso Robles.

  • Jul 24, 2016 by Nathanael F.

    This is a great restaurant however...THEY ARE NOT OPEN ON SUNDAY! To the owners, please fix your hours of operation and continue to make amazing food!

  • Jul 17, 2016 by T G.

    I would never recommend this restaurant again to anyone!! Huge disappointment. We had reservations last night and went to celebrate our birthday and anniversary. We were. seated by the maître d', Ian, and the completely abandoned after that. We waited for 25 minutes with our menus and only served water. Others that arrived later than us were served and attended to. Only did the waitress approached us after I had to get up and ask the maître d' if we could be served at some point. We chose to leave as his demeanor towards me was of complete indifference. Sadly we tried to explain to him why we were leaving and he simply shrugged his shoulders at me. He then proceeded to blame and  quote that it was the "Kitchens fault". He assumed no responsibility for the fact that we never even giving the opportunity to order!! Very unprofessional on his part and incredibly disappointing! This place is known for a certain snobbery that is not true to the town of Paso Robles. We have lived here for 11 years and know the restaurant community well. Save your money and choose a different restaurant! There are many other excellent places to choose from where you will be treated very well and where you can celebrate your special occasions.

  • Jun 30, 2016 by Robert D.

    WATCH OUT!   They have excellent food, good service, fine wine and nice atmosphere, but they are dishonest. One star because their prices are a third more than they show on their website. When I asked the Maitre D about this he said the website menus we're lunch prices. When I showed him that the website said "Dinner", he said that there was a broken link on the website. Then he suggested I was misreading the menu. I don't mind being overcharged if the food is good, but being lied to and taken advantage of created a negative mood that made what could have been a wonderful meal a very bad memory.

  • Jun 07, 2016 by Wen S.

    Good is great. Service is good. Well, this place does not accept  Express. So un-American LOLz

  • May 24, 2016 by Pat M.

    I have never been to a restaurant where you are expected to just eat what the chef wants to give you without you even knowing what you will get.  The maitre d' sat us and asked if we had any food allergies and told us they don't have a menu and that they have a 4 or 5 course meal that is paired with wine for $88.00 per person.  Since we don't drink this s is a total rip off.  When I explained this to the maitre d' he said you can get the same meal for $77.00 if you don't want the wine pairings.  Not much of a savings when every restaurant charges at least $14.00 for a glass of wine and they are saving four glasses of wine if you don't do the pairings.   If I am going to pay over $200.00 for a dinner I really want to know what I am going to be eating and not let the chef decide what I would like for dinner.  We left and ate at a delightful restaurant Il Cortile Ristorante close by.

  • May 22, 2016 by LJ D.

    Well- I gotta tell ya.. This was our third dinner at Bistro Laurent, and after offering recommendations to friends, we were very disappointed with our experience this past weekend.   Normally you can order from a limited course menu so you and your dining partner can experience different courses, and the wine pairings always represented some portion of regional wines.   This year we were disappointed to discover: 1-  Tasting menu is blind.  No visibility into courses.  This was ok as the food is always delicious, but the delivery of the new policy was resolute with no apology.   2- After tasting varied red varietals in the afternoon we requested a red only pairing menu with some local label representation.  After serving a french rose and french malbec, we expressed a desire to expand beyond the french labels.   The next courses were a french Bordeaux blend and a french sauternes (white).   Although the wines were nice, the host did not regard our preferences at all and really did what he preferred... The approach was off putting and aloof which impacted our impression of the entire experience.     Perhaps the non customer approach to the menu and wines is why the restaurant was only half full on a Saturday evening during prime time.  Hopefully the chef/somm team will go back to their prior style of sharing their expertise with A more collaborative customer approach... For $100 pp we were not thrilled with the outcome this year.

  • Apr 18, 2016 by C J.

    WILDLY OVERPRICED. We came here for a Saturday dinner expecting to order a meal off the menu. Was told that we can ONLY order off the 4 or 5 course tasting menu, which comes with wine. The meal was good, but my wife got two fish dishes in a row that she didn't like, and sent the second one back. They didn't offer to replace the dish, just took it away with no comment. Our bill for TWO people came to $240 with tip. We almost had a heart attack. We've been here several times before, but this was our last time. Not worth the price.

  • Apr 09, 2016 by Lucy S.

    We came to bistro Laurent for my birthday and extremely happy with the food and the service. The food is really good and on point, and the service is superb. We had the lobster salad, fish with lentils and rack of lamb. Everything was super delicious. The manager was extremely nice to us, he pour us some really excellent wine that is not on the menu. Really pleasantly surprise of the kind gesture. We will definitely coming back! Highly recommend this place to everyone that is in the area.

  • Apr 08, 2016 by Jim U.

    Excellent service and impressive tasting menu. I'm not sure if I paid corkage for the bottle I brought or not as the bill was difficult to decipher. The other wines we had paired with our meal were very good. The price was rather high but not outlandish as some French restaurants we've been to. Perhaps cost could be contained by fewer waiters, waitresses, bus people, hosts, and the plethora of others who visited our table during the evening. I'm still not sure who was the waiter in charge of us!?? Overall a very good meal.

  • Mar 14, 2016 by Melissa M.

    We love French food and reserved a table at Bistro Laurent as part of a special weekend away.  Although it is lovely inside, we were unimpressed by the pris fixe menu.  The wine pairings were sensational, but the food was disappointing.   At the beginning of the meal, the waiter asks about allergies/sensitivities, etc.  We specifically requested no garlic in anything.  Our main course was two very thin ribs from a lamb rack with garlic reduction sauce.  We questioned the garlic and they immediately took it back to the kitchen.  They replaced it with very well-done (as in overcooked, maybe microwaved to reheat??) thin lamb ribs with a not too tasty wine reduction sauce - no garlic... we didn't have the nerve to send it back again, but the meat was tasteless and a bit too chewy. For dessert, while the table next to us was exclaiming over their crème brulees, we were served a dried-out square of pineapple tart.  Uninspiring and possibly leftover from the day before... We truly wanted to love this place, but it missed the mark.

  • Feb 28, 2016 by Jess O.

    My fiancée and I came here for dinner the night before Valentine's Day and they had a pre fix menu that was set. The couple next to us were regular's so they were offered a completely different menu because let's face it they came often so they knew the owners and servers. The couple that got a different menu suggested we ask for their menu as it was excellent. We proceeded to ask our server if we could get that menu and they said no. I made a slight fit about it cause that's really not cool to offer "select" people one menu. They ended up giving us a choice of hanger steak instead of the fish they were serving and we gladly accepted. It was really really good so thank you! Right near downtown, awesome wines, and excellent food. We'll be back and hopefully can bump up our stars to five :)

  • Feb 22, 2016 by Pennie H.

    The best way to describe Bistro Laurant is just to say it's amazing! We go every year for the four course chefs choice. It's always absolutely delicious and includes wine pairings.

  • Feb 13, 2016 by Ben M.

    $200+ for two people. The food and wine should be significantly better for that price.  The host wasn't very welcoming and acted like a doosh.

  • Dec 28, 2015 by Shar A.

    Recently dined here with 10 people on a Saturday night. We enjoyed having the chef decide our dinner and wine (4 courses, 4 wines). Service was fast, but perhaps not so friendly. We liked each dish prepared for us and everyone liked at least one of the wines. Great choice for a group because we don't have to think about ordering and bill pay is a breeze. Also, it's a great deal! Recommended.

  • Nov 09, 2015 by Janet S.

    Very cute bistro right across from the park.  Had a seafood penne pasta, in a light saffron cream sauce which was very good.  Hubby ordered the goat cheese/sausage pizza which was loaded with cheese.  Friends had a salmon salad and a shrimp salad.  Everyone was please w/ their meals.

  • Oct 26, 2015 by Jason M.

    This dining experience was worth the 3 hour drive. The 5 course with wine pairings was phenomenal. Highlights were the homemade ravioli and the beef filet cooked to medium rare gloriousness.

  • Oct 25, 2015 by Alan H.

    This was the best and most memorable dinner my wife and I have ever had. Anywhere.  Thank you Chef!  We are vegetarians and tend to avoid French restaurants because French cuisine is so heavily meat focused but it was my birthday dinner and this seemed like one of the better restaurants in Paso.  The menu looked like a lot of meat and seafood but the Maitre d assured us that accommodations could be made.  There is a set price for four or five course meal, including wine.  We opted for the four course meal and it was filling.  The Chef designed our meal around the fact that we are vegetarian--and we were asked if we had any food allergies.  We noticed other tables getting different food and wine so truly each meal was uniquely prepared.  First course was a lovely salad along with a potato and goat cheese side, which was very tasty.  We are not big fans of goat cheese because it can be so over powering  but the cheese and other flavors were perfect!  And the white wine that accompanied it, a Pinto Grigio, was perfect also.  The next course was a squash soup with truffle oil with a fine Cabernet.  The main course were lovely little ravioli with wonderful mushrooms and a light cream sauce that was delicious, accompanied by an earthy, Pinto Noir, that brought out the flavor of the mushrooms.  And dessert!  Dessert was a sugar crepe with grand marnier, vanilla ice cream and fruit and a fruity muscat. The service was outstanding--it seemed like there were three or four people taking care of us. Tasty and warm bread was served gratis. Best meal ever!  They have indoor or outdoor seating and we enjoyed being outside on the patio.  I'll go back whenever I travel to Paso again.

  • Oct 19, 2015 by Laroo L.

    Small & intimate setting. Suggest trying their Pairing Menu, food tastes best when paired with Wine! I would have given another Star if portions were a little bigger.  I know my husband would have left hungry, but being with an all girl group we were well fed.

  • Oct 11, 2015 by David N.

    After being seated, we were told that we would have to order from the right side of the menu.  We were told that we could order either the fixed price four course meal or the five course meal.  The chef would select our food and it would be different from what was served at the other tables in the restaurant.  The left side of the menu had a three course meal with several options for each of us.  We were confused about why the three course meal was on the menu if we could not order it.  Finally, my wife insisted that we ask if we could not order what we wanted from the left side of the menu.  We were told somewhat reluctantly by the Maitre D' that we could.   The onion soup and the salad were very good. The second course was a crispy tart somewhat like a mini pizza and was just all right.  The main course was very good.  I had the wild salmon, my son-in-law had the filet mignon.  My wife and daughter had a crab and shrimp dish of some kind that they both liked.  We were not allowed to pick our own bottle of wine, but had to give an approximate price range.  My son-in-law stated $40.  They brought us a very nice Hearst Ranch Winery Cabernet Sauvignon for $55.  Both of the desserts we ordered were not good.  My daughter and son-in-law tried the rice pudding.  It was not very sweet and my daughter thought it more a rice cake than a pudding.  My wife and I shared the berries anc crème fraiche with crispy puff pastry, but there was no crème fraiche.  The total bill without tip was $277 (my wife and daughter shared their three course meal).  Service was good except for the pushy Maitre D'.  Nearby street parking places are hard to find on a Sunday night..

  • Oct 04, 2015 by B B.

    We have a mixed review.  The maitre d sort of ruined the overall experience for us, unfriendly, unwelcoming, cold and short, felt like we were just one of the numbers that passed through the restaurant and not at all the Parisian type of maitre d we were used to when dining in Paris.  The rest of the staff are professional, robotic, unsmiling, which is why the maitre d is so important to make the guests feel welcomed and should be warm and conversational.  Ours did not make eye contact, poured wine while uttering under his breath what the wine was and at one point when serving the port I commented that I didn't know this winery had port and while he walked away from our table, he said "Well now you do".  The food was both excellent and then just so/so on different courses.  The first course, cold piece of shrimp on a cold toast, just ok.  Then the lobster bisque with truffle oil, magnificent!  Then a beautiful piece of fish on a lentil and smoked salmon base was the star of the show, but after that came two scallops, chewy and boring.  The last thing to note is my husband told whomever took the reservation that this was our anniversary, and while other tables enjoyed a celebratory small dessert with a candle and a pleasant "Happy Anniversary", our server flopped the bill on our table asking if we needed anything else.

  • Sep 28, 2015 by Chuckin B.

    We came in and had a wonderful dinner. I take one star away based on two experiences. 1st, after placing our 1st course order our me yes were taken. Interesting. So our course came. French onion soup. Highly recommended. It was wonderful. Rich and savory. Great Crustini's and melted Gruyere. We also tried the  smoked salmon tart. Great. Our plates were collected. At which time we were asked if there was anything else we could have been given. We caught him off gaurd I think when we said yes. We'd like to order entrees. We had the filet mignon and the lobster risotto. Both were great. Potatoes on the filet were world class. Filet cooked perfectly. 8 to 10oz cut. Pan seared. It was over salted on the seared side. Making difficult to truly enjoy. But nonetheless still good.

  • Sep 24, 2015 by Mike K.

    Four of us had dinner here and the place was amazing.  The decor and ambiance make the place very comfortable.  The service was warm and very attentive.  Most of us ordered the chef's special tasting menu with wine pairings.  The food was excellent with great flavors which were highlighted by the wine pairings - someone certainly knows what they are doing here. And for what we got it was a great value.  We had eaten at Il Cortille the night before which was very good but not in the same league as Bistro Laurent.  Highly recomended.

  • Sep 20, 2015 by Umily H.

    Third times I have been here.  Dinner was good.  not much of wine selection nor beer.  Price pretty high.  Lunch - is good here. however, sittings are all outside so it can get pretty warm during the summer.  pesto pizza was great, ham/cheese sandwich more cheese than  ham,  ravioli dish was good, seafood pasta was great, roast beef sandwich was ok.  special pork pate was awesome.  Serive was good.  We'll be back for lunch if we can't decide on other places.

  • Sep 15, 2015 by Pepper T.

    Bistro Laurant is French Classic Cuisine paired with local ingredients fueled by an experienced Chef with Michelin Star Experience. This is a small bistro in downtown Paso Robles every time I've been here I noticed that every seat gets filled early so you do indeed need a reservation to get in. For dinner you can choose to order a la carte or a multiple course tasting. They show you a menu for the multi course but our waiter insisted on ordering for us after discussing dislikes and or allergies. I got several courses I never would have ordered on my own and also missed a few I would have enjoyed but this dinner still turned out to be very enjoyable and was my most memorable and favorite dinner in Paso Robles. I do recommend going with the wine pairing if your doing the multi course tasting. The wines paired really well and they were very generous pours. We got started with an amuse bouche crostini topped with sweet breads and apples. Then got vichyssoise is was light but rich with more leek flavor than potato. The tomato cheese basil tart was light as a cloud and was divine. I wish someone would deliver me one every day. Raviolis were perfection -my husband happily helped me with them for precious stomach room. The filet was absolutely perfect. Flavorful, buttery medium rare, seasoned just enough with a slight crust, in a delicious sauce. Fluffy buttery potatoes with an accent of crispy onions. Then came the CHEESE PLATE THAT WAS TO DIE FOR....... Maybe the presentation was very basic but it was like I never tasted very good cheese before. The cheese they gave us was amazing. (the list of cheese I had is on my blog under Best Forking Cheese Plate I ever Had!) Lately came an amazing dessert called floating Island. It was a meringue with a hard candy crust floating on a rich but thin cream with fruit. It was delicious and light as a feather. This was among the best meals I had this year. For me this is a must go to dinner destination in Paso Robles

  • Aug 15, 2015 by Madame M.

    Simply the best restaurant in Paso Robles, whether for a special occasion or for a regular night out.  The 4 or 5 course dinners are always special and don't shy away from having Chef Laurent surprise you.  You can always say what your preferences or favorites are or what you don't like.  And the a la carte menu items are very reasonably priced, actually a better value than what you find at more casual restaurants in town.  Given the service and ambience, it's a great value and always special.  The wine selection is broad since they have a wine shop next door.

  • Aug 12, 2015 by Gayle Phillips

    Great vischysoisse and charming garden! Love the French and local wines. Great locals place. My foodie friend brought me here and I would definitely come back'

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  • Aug 12, 2015 by JJ E.

    Last time we came to Paso we were deeply disappointed to discover that the restaurant was closed since we had heard such amazing things about it. In planning our current stay here, we arranged it to be certain not to miss what we anticipated being a fun, yummy food experience. We were served our 1st course of heirloom tomatoes, a few slices of mozzarella and some greens along with a "light pour" of wine. Fine. Our next small sampling  of sturgeon on top of a bed of mushrooms over a wine reduction was good enough--this time accompanied by a short pour of white. We were still happy  & eagerly anticipating our meal. While waiting for our next course we glanced over at our dining neighbors & noticed that the 1st course they were served was a blue crab salad. Hmmmm while curious we were still doing ok. We were then served what was shockingly referred to as our main course since it was 4 thin strips of chewy pork (think bacon) over some mashed potatoes. While chomping on our dish we noticed that our other neighbors were being served lobster salad with large chunks of lobster.  Much less happy now, I still remained naively optimistic that the best was yet to come, actually believing our next course was being lovingly prepared in the kitchen. Sadly when our desert---a small thin square of chocolate cake was delivered, and I realized our "dining experience " of 20 minutes had come to an end, I was obviously no longer happy. I asked to speak to Ian, the sommelier & manager, and calmly and respectfully addressed both my confusion & disappointment he responded with defensiveness & excuses--declaring that heirloom tomatoes were much more expensive than lobster---wow--can you say speechless!!!! He then stomped off only to return for round 2 of rude, nasty comments like are you calling me a liar when I tell you that the pork & tomatoes cost more than lobster or crab--really!!!! We left, Unsatisfied, disappointed and regretful of our time wasted at this restaurant.

  • Jul 21, 2015 by Melissa R.

    I went here for the very first time for my 6 year work anniversary, and it was such a nice and relaxing experience. I sat outside underneath some trees, and it felt like I was in another country. The food was rich and flavorful, and it was a nice quiet atmosphere. What really made my experience special was my complimentary creme brûlée. So nice! Definitely plan on going back.

  • Jul 16, 2015 by Stephanie S.

    Dined here on a Friday night in January 2015 and we decided to order the 5-course pre-fix with wine pairings.  We also added a cheese course.  Each wine was very good and the notes we were given with each wine were spot on and added to our enjoyment of the wines. The cheeses presented were amazing, but could have used some jams, berries or honey to break up the richness of the cheese.  The food was delicious across the board.  This was the best of the restaurants we went to during our long weekend.  I would definitely come back if I was in Paso Robles!

  • Jul 12, 2015 by Cris V.

    My wife and I have been fortunate enough to have done a fair bit of traveling and eaten at some amazing restaurants around the world. I believe we are in agreement when I say that this is our favorite restaurant. We always get the five course meal, paired with wine. We never order from the menu, but instead trust the chef to select every course. It's always fun to guess what the next course will be, and then be blown away by whatever it is. The wine pairing is always spot on too. It's a mixture of French and local Paso wines. We've discovered so many great wineries this way. I was tempted to not write this review, simply because I selfishly don't want it to become too crowded and hard to reserve a table. But these guys deserve the 5 stars. Do yourself a favor a come here!

  • Jun 28, 2015 by Mindy T.

    Horrible experience all around. So so disappointed. Basically $100 for boiled chicken and mashed potatoes. Someone needs to put life back into the food. Service: We were greeted at the front and everything seemed fine. The host/waiter/manager sat us at a table for four. Restaurant was freezing so right away I was uncomfortable. It was probably more for him than keeping guests comfortable. It was a cold windy day in Paso. He said there's two ways to order. You can close the menu and the chef will make what he wants, which is a four course meal. $60 something with no wine pairing. Or you can order by item. We asked a few questions and while my husband was right in the middle of talking he walked away! We couldn't believe how rude he was. It was that feeling like he thought we didn't have enough money to be eating there. He came back and rushed us through our ordering. I wasn't quite ready and he seemed super annoyed. Felt like he wasn't even listening and later found out wasn't as our appetizer order was completely messed up. Food: My salad was soaked in dressing. So green lettuce, dressing and carrots for $10.00. I ordered the chicken and it was rubbery and was definitely boiled and then quickly grilled. The mashed potatoes had an old oil, box taste. $29.50. Husband got salmon. Not fresh and the vegetables were so oily they were clear. Just horrible and $33.00. Please don't go here. Not worth your time and hard earned money. Maybe at one time this was a delicious place to eat but is now a has been and needs to be on the show Restaurant Impossible.

  • Jun 28, 2015 by Kim P.

    I had the four course dinner with my friends.  The wine portions are ample for the price so it's worth ordering it with the wine option for the price.  My favorite part of dinner was the beef with the bordeaux sauce and the creamy mashed potatoes.  I also really like the crudite with olive tapenade and salmon but wished I could have two more of those instead of the cold potatoe soup with lump crab---just a preference for me. The chef changes it up so you may get something else and you can tell your waiter what you don't want and what you like.  Another member of my party's favorite was the salmon with lentils...and it was great.  But, as much as I hate to admit, my favorite of the night was the dessert and we were all hemming and hawing over it.  A chocolate ganache/mousse dessert with fresh berries and a crisp.  It just was, the pièce de résistance.  Attentive staff, but not over bearing and the chef comes out to look over the tables, very hands on but not intrusive.

  • Jun 28, 2015 by Teri W.

    While visiting Paso we had dinner one evening at Bistro Laurent. We chose the 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings. The chef determines the dishes served. Honestly we were not impressed with the food. The service seemed rushed between courses even though the restaurant was half full on a Saturday night, so no need to turn the tables quickly. I have eaten at many French restaurants and I was quite dissapointed with this one. Dine across the street at Artisan it's much better!

  • Jun 13, 2015 by Ryan O.

    This is always a must visit spot for me when in Paso Robles for either lunch or dinner.   I had my first lunch here today and it was as good as the several dinners I've enjoyed.  It reminded me of a true European dining experience where lunch is often the largest and central part of the day.  I enjoyed a nicoise salad and my wife had an excellent crab and avocado salad.  Throw in a couple glasses of terrific farmer fizz champagne and a pot of french press coffee and it made for a memorable lazy Saturday.  You can't beat this place for quality, service, and attention to detail.  Very highly recommended.

  • Jun 05, 2015 by Michele S.

    The food was fantastic! The service was excellent. First time here and we will be back. My Niçoise Salad was so good it reminded me of being in Paris.

  • Apr 26, 2015 by George A.

    Great lunch here!!!  I had the special Beef Bourgjig on, it was fabulous. I don't like mushrooms generally but I ate them all as they had absorbed the fabulous sauce. I can't wait for my next trip to Paso so I can try this place for dinner.

  • Apr 21, 2015 by Jennifer A.

    My wife and I ate early on a Saturday night and opted for the five course dinner with wine pairing, and added the cheese plate as well.  We were offered a complementary bruschetta-style appetizer, which was a nice tasty treat.  This was followed by a green salad (less than memorable), a cold asparagus soup with basil (very nice), a fillet of halibut over brown lentils (perfectly cooked, but a little plain), a medallion of beef in a wonderful brown sauce (also perfectly cooked to medium rare but without accompaniment), the cheese plate with a nice selection of four cheeses (this added $25 to our bill and was disappointing as it was not served with anything unusual in the way of bread or sauce - I would skip this next time), and the dinner finished with a delightful, but unexciting chocolate moose.  The wine pairings were good, but nothing wowed me.  In fact, my overall impression was that the chef was competent, but unimaginative and I would not try his tasting menu again. Next time, I would either select something off the established menu or try another restaurant.

  • Apr 19, 2015 by Pam Y.

    We opted for the 4 course dinner. We received a complementary appetizer. Every plate was paired with wine. A great meal, great wine, great pairing. The crab salad was paired with a dry rosé. The salmon lentil was paired with Adelaida Pinot Noir. The duck with raspberry sauce and potato hash was paired with a really good syrah. Lastly,  the creme brulee was paired with a Port Blanc. We enjoyed our dinner here very much.

  • Apr 17, 2015 by Lucy S.

    The food and paired wines are fantastic although we did have a somewhat fishy tasting dish.  Our biggest complaint it that the maitre d,  insists on shaking everyone hands with his sweaty hands and it's not a sanitary thing to do.  We all felt that we needed to wash our hands afterward.  He has to stop doing that.  If we go back and he's still doing that we will never go back again.

  • Apr 12, 2015 by Stephanie B.

    Amazing, chefs tasting menu is the best!! A must go restaurant in Paso Robles!! I've gone nearly every time I go to Paso Robles and it never disappoints. The best option is just closing the menu and letting the chef create his own tasting menu, also the one they have on menu is always outstanding. They also have a great wine shop that you can grab bottles at. I wish I lived closer to frequent Bistro Laurent more often.

  • Apr 11, 2015 by Eddie C.

    Bistro Laurent is a quaint and elegant bistro in the center of Paso Robles. Paso Robles is known for good eateries and wineries, so when we rolled into town for lunch on our way to Monterey, I was ready to shake off the road dust and enjoy a good meal. I decide on the special of the day - Seafood Francaise, a seafood style soup/stew. The seafood consisted mostly of fish and a couple of scallops and a shrimp. There were at least 3 types of fish cooked (and some overcooked) with the skin on, this gave the broth quite a strong fish flavor, maybe even overpowering. I felt the broth did not complement the fish. It lack any flavors to balance the strong flavor of the fish yet the wine used came out much too prominent. The variety of the fishes and cuts of the fishes were good yet the skin on belly cuts gave the dish an overall fatty fishiness that I just did not enjoy. Next time? I will order off the menu.

  • Mar 30, 2015 by Derek

    Straight-ahead, very good French-style bistro

  • Mar 09, 2015 by Lanelle D.

    My favorite restaurant in Paso! I've been to many of the top rated restaurants there and this is my go to. I always get the tasting menu with wine pairing. Delicious French food, great service, great wine, and a good value for the quality and price. I pay twice as much in my city for a comparable meal. I highly recommend it!

  • Mar 04, 2015 by Crystal V.

    We did the wine pairing meal. The chef did an exceptional JOB! Eating there was like being in a movie. They sat us parallel to other couples. Lighting was perfect for a romantic dinner. Truly AMAZING!!

  • Feb 28, 2015 by C P.

    Nice patio seating! Steak frites for lunch rival those in Paris. Steak had a perfect seared crust on the outside and the exact MR inside swimming in a delicious peppercorn sauce. I would have licked the plate if I wasn't with company. Grab a local beer while your at it and enjoy the great service. I'm already planning my next visit back.

  • Feb 16, 2015 by Jenny B.

    Pros: DELICIOUS Better than some French dishes I had in France. Beautiful presentation Cons: Everyone has to order either the tasting menu or a la carte. They cannot be mixed. Wine pairings. They served room temperature white wine. Could not believe.

  • Feb 09, 2015 by Jamie B.

    Probably 3-1/2 stars here.  We had dinner on 2/6/15 and partook of the tasting menu.  My wife has a seafood allergy and a number of the courses including the chef's complimentary taste were seafood based.  Appropriately we were offered alternatives however, the seafood still showed up and needed to be replaced.  Overall, the 4 course tasting menu was nice...small plates as you can imagine.  The fish dish (sturgeon) was unfortunately dry.  The "main" dish of duck breast was 3-4 small slices of duck breast cooked quite rare.  The dishes were served with local wines which regrettably, were quite unremarkable.  Very average wines and our server provided little to no information about the wine or why it was selected.  For a meal that is centered around food and wine pairings, this is a mistake.  The pours on the other hand were ample.  Our bill for the evening with tip was around $200 for two of us.  Compared to other similar high quality restaurants in town, we all (there were several couples) felt this was overpriced considering value, quality and quantity.  It was a nice dinner but we will probably move on when we visit Paso again.

  • Jan 06, 2015 by Faith F.

    This is one of our favorite all time restaurants. The waiter told us about the tasting menu and we were hesitant because there were some specific things we wanted to try. But we decided to do it and were so glad. The chef chooses a different menu for each table. The waiter asked us if there was anything we don't like and the chef will customize for dietary needs/dislikes. We absolutely LOVED each course. Classic french technique with amazing flavors. Wished we could have gone there every night!

  • Jan 01, 2015 by Marc F.

    It's located in town, and we think it's a really cute town that we want to explore more then next time we are there.  Despite having a reservation, the table they had for us was right under the window to the kitchen.  We asked for something a little further from the clanking of the plates and pans and so forth.  There was nothing.  After awhile, we realized no matter where we sat, based on the open kitchen design, we probably would have heard it all through the restaurant, anyway. My wife was salivating over the tasting menu.  Unfortunately, you can't do the tasting menu for one, and since I was either allergic to most of the foods on that menu and didn't like others, there was no way i was interested in it.  Their website, and frankly their menu, do not mention it's a whole table thing for the tasting. We both ordered from the menu and the food was really good.   It's a typical French small restaurant - the owner/manager seats you and takes your order.  He was also on the stuffy, unfriendly side. Although the food was good, i doubt we will be back until we try the other places in town.

  • Nov 10, 2014 by Rebecca R.

    This is by far my favorite restaurant in Paso Robles,   I cant say enough good things about the food.  If you are from out of town don't waste your time going anywhere else.  There are way too many overpriced restaurants in this town, but here you get a great value for top quality dishes.  The service is hands down the best service too.  You wont leave hungry or disappointed.

  • Nov 02, 2014 by Guy B.

    This place is absolutely amazing.  A must dinning experience.  I took my wife here for her 50th birthday.  We ordered the five course dinner with wine pairings that the chef picks!   I honestly would not have chosen the lobster in cream sauce or duck tart myself but every dish was spectacular.  My wife thoroughly enjoyed hers as well.  The portion size was very generous.  Thank you for such a rememberable experience!  My wife gave me high marks!

  • Oct 31, 2014 by Marilyn F.

    Had lunch there the other day. We sat on the patio on a beautiful sunny day. I ordered the Butternut Squash Soup and my husband  ordered the French Onion. His was better. My soup had too much butter or cream in it and it was too rich. We split a ham and cheese sandwich that was good but also very rich as the outside had been grilled with more cheese. Then also the French fries that were really good but it all gave me a terrible guilt trip over the calories but every now and then you have to splurge. Service was excellent. A little pricey but everywhere is like that in downtown Paso.

  • Oct 25, 2014 by B. C.

    Thank you, Bistro Laurent, for an absolutely wonderful dining experience.  My boyfriend and I and both ordered the 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings. The maitre'd asks you whether you have any allergies or dislikes and then the chef creates a menu for your table. You don't actually order your courses, so you get to be a bit adventurous. (The downside to this, though, is that you and your companion get the same dish; you can't order different things and eat off each others' plates!) I was surprised at the size of the courses. I expected very small portions of food since it is a tasting menu, but we were absolutely stuffed by the end. I couldn't even finish courses 3 and 4. Our least favorite dish, which was the salmon over lentils, was still delicious. Everything was so fresh and tasty. I'm not much of a wine drinker, but it was fun to sample different wines with each plate. My boyfriend, who is a wine drinker, very much enjoyed the reds that were served (a pinot noir, a grenache, and a blend). Neither of us liked the dessert port at the end -- oh well! Overall, it was a fantastic experience and the service was top-notch. We loved it!

  • Sep 16, 2014 by Bettie P.

    2 Guests - Us, well traveled food industry folks 4 Course Tasting menu - 55 website vs menu 75... expected 75 but deceptive if on a budget. Service - 9 Outstanding Wine - 5 Eh - Too many local mediocre  wines paired Food - 3 Not so great Only serve mashed potatoes when they have flavor, you serve fried onions on two courses... I don't get it! Pork was over cooked and had no taste. Desert was a chocolate something, it tasted like it was in the fridge for way to long. Overall the tasting menu courses did not have any range of taste; it all tasted the same, bland. Our bill was around $200.00 Owner-Please update your website and rethink Tasting Menu- it was awefull!

  • Sep 10, 2014 by CJ M.

    I am genuinely bummed that anyone would give this place a bad review. Bistro Laurent was a highlight of our honeymoon last year, the best place I've been to in Paso Robles or wine country in general north or south, and possibly the best dining experience of my life. We enjoyed ourselves before even going in. Our GPS, which normally pronounces nothing correctly, said the restaurant name in a bizarrely perfect French accent. On entering, we were seated right away. They were aware that we had just been married the day before. My first memory of our meal was that I had a bacon-endive salad that was positively orgasmic and that our waiter brought us a bottle of wine, uncorked it, said the name of the wine and "bone dry" in a very serious voice. Boy was it! And a perfect complement to the salad, which is pretty high on my culinary list for an appetizer salad. My wife had a tarte with escargots, which is normally something that she would not order, and she loved it. I had a duck confit that was fabulous. By this point and our second glass of (a different) wine, we were head over heels in love with this place. I remember it vividly over a year later. Another fun bit of the evening was that we were seated next to a group of boisterous French speakers who seemed to be discussing the wine trade and enjoying their wine and food almost as much as us. After the left we were informed that they were a group of big-wigs in the French wine industry. Apparently the word is even out in France about Bistro Laurent. There are few meals so good that you actually have dreamt about them, that you can almost now still taste on your tongue. For us, this was one of them. Not only would I recommend this restaurant, not only would I return, but I dream of the day!

  • Aug 29, 2014 by Nedra C.

    Enjoyed the wine pairing meal and the food was delicious.  I would definitely recommend this restaurant as a great wine experience.

  • Aug 24, 2014 by Sam H.

    We ate at this restaurant during a one day wine tasting trip to Paso. French is my favorite cuisine and based on the reviews of this place, I was looking forward to the tasting menu. I was blown away. The chef brought out whatever he wanted for our four course meal and everything we tried was fantastic (creamy crayfish appetizer, escargot tart with herbs, duck in a blueberry compote sauce, and chocolate mousse). The restaurant has a charming, romantic, quiet atmosphere which is perfect for a dinner for two. We will be returning on our next trip.

  • Aug 18, 2014 by Manda Bear B.

    ********************* 1135 *********************    Bistro Laurent was more than what Yelp gave me. Reading through Yelp reviews, all good, but not nearly any Yelpers explain deeply the caliber of this wonderful French bistro hidden gem in downtown Paso Robles.     Laurent Bistro is an old school red brick wall. The entrance was on the side tucks behind the outdoor patio area. With plenty of French pictures on the wall, reminds you of an old but goodie French countryside bistro. It's a bit stuffy on a hot evening, I wish more light or open window for a warm summer night; but it's cozy and charming in its own way.    Chef Laurent tasting menu 4-5 courses, pairs with local and French wines.  Or enjoy over many dishes available a la carte only if you come with less than 4 people. There was 6 of us, so we had to let chef made the decision of what we eat, all the same for our table.  Chef Laurent has owned and operated Bistro Laurent for 17 years.  He is the only chef in the area who cooked and ran European Michelin star restaurants.       GM and Sommelier and Master of Wine candidate Ian Adamo was simply fantastic as what he does. Well, to find out he also manage  hard to find local and international wines.   Saxum, Booker, Torrin, Linne Collado, Alban and many more. They also offer International wines include more than 2000 hard to find allocated benchmark wines.       With a few hiccups when we first sat down in this small dining room, less than 10 tables, on a Thursday night, only 2 tables left. We arrive at 8:30 PM right before they close. Each table offers fresh herb plant as centerpiece. I love the concept, although I wouldn't want the rosemary on my table. Its aromatic would kill my nose while I'm sipping my wines.     For only $69, 4 courses with pairing wines included, I've never heard of such a bargain. The portion is too generous, you can see my photos, and the wines pairing was amazing. - Amuse bouche - tomato, cheese, on toast, similar to Bruschetta. -  Ahi tuna, crispy beet, was refreshing, light, and perfect; paired with Pierre Boniface - Les Rocailles 2013 Gamay Rosé - Filet of steelhead, braised lentils - this dish was such a generous portion, perfectly moiste inside, the lentils was so soft, tasty and flavorful; paired with Adelaida 2012 Pinot Noir Estate - Roasted duck breast, pomme macaire, red wine blue berries sauce - the duck was pink in color, the skin on was tasty, the berries sauce wine reudtion was light,  a classic French dish that hits the spot; paired with Anonimo red wine blend. It couldn't be any better serving than this!     THANK YOU GM & SOMM Ian, for this treat, only 1 barrrel made, Anonimo is currently releasing a 2011 red wine blend hand crafted by winemaker Soren Christensen in Paso Robles, California. It is a blend of 59% Sangiovese, 24% Syrah and 17% Nebbiolo selected from small, family farmed vineyards on the west side of  Paso Robles. What's a nice treat, Paso Robles is known for GSM Granache, Syrah, Mourvedre but Nebbiolo and Sangiovese? Italian grapes, WOW. I was like a kid in a candy store. I was the only one in my group that got all excited, is it because I'm a Somm? - Apple gratin with almonds and ice cream; paired with Stephen's Cellars, Merry One 2011 Dry Sherry, Merry (Sherry) was in the same new barrels for 10 years until the first bottling in July 2011. This was also a nice treat.     Service was good, but the high light was GM & Somm Ian, he surely made my experience as a whole and I'm looking forward to come back soon.     This is a god classic French Bistro, amazing wine list, good service, and the most VALUABLE wine & food paring that I've ever experience in my life. Central Coast and Paso Robles, I need to visit you more often!

  • Aug 15, 2014 by Jenn H.

    BIG Bomb!  We had reservations for a special event. Made them about a month ago. 7 of us showed up for the festivities and they did not have our reservation. Not only that but they showed zero interest in resolving the issue. They, without remorse, sent us out to the street. Terrible!!!!!

  • Jul 27, 2014 by Tefitt H.

    A place with a very pleasant atmosphere. FOOD: I'd rate it as 9.9/10. It's certainly not the most delicious in the world, but the level is quite high and the taste sublime. I have lower than "great" to say about it. SERVICE: This place possibly has one of the best service. The servers are extremely kind and friendly, but at the same time they don't overdo with familiarity and draw a perfect line between "business manners" and "friendly manners". It reminds me of Europe, where servers treat guests like V.I.P.s, as opposed to U.S., where most servers act familiar/friendly toward customers. PLACE: The place is very clean and neat, even outdoors it is kept organized. The dirty dishes are taken and table cleaned as soon as the customers leave. I LOVE IT, and I have to say it's rare to see restaurants clean the tables so fast. I'll be sure to stop by again, when I need to go to LA. P.S. Parking is a tiny problem. It's hard to find an open spot.

  • Jul 27, 2014 by C P.

    My husband and I had a wonderful dinner here last night. Spent, tired and hungry after a day of wine tasting in the heat, we were welcomed warmly and taken very good care of by the staff here. Service, food and ambiance were outstanding. We ordered the crab and shrimp risotto and the fish of the day and shared both plates. Both just excellent. The best coffee and Apple Beignets with French vanilla ice cream for dessert. Can't wait to go back and try their tasting menu on our next trip to Paso Robles.

  • May 15, 2014 by Bridget B.

    My husband loved the blood sausage with apples. Escargot of course.My steak sandwich is excellent

  • Apr 28, 2014 by Mike G.

    Read the reviews and the menu before dinner and was prepared for a new experience. 3 in my party chose the tasting menu which they all enjoyed. The tasting menu is commonly picked as many diners are not quite sure what to order in a French restaurant. This option is unique in that each diner who chose the tasting menu received 4 courses each different from the other members of our party. They also do not get to pick what they want. They were asked what they don't want and if they liked fish, meat, or were they allergic to anything. Then the menus are collected and you wait for dinner! It's basically a surprise and they were all delighted as each dish was brought out and the waiter explained it to each diner. The wines were also shown and explained and again no choice on the tasting menu. Wines received were good but not exemplary. I was with picky eaters and real foodies and they loved what they got. I tasted many of their dishes and I concurred they were prepared and presented well with great sauces. The portions were small but adequate. I ordered the risotto with shrimp and was very happy with it. It was not the creamy risotto I have had in Italy but this was grilled lightly and covered in large shrimp with great sauce. We were greeted with a handshake when we arrived and when we left. Expensive for San Luis Obispo County but worth a splurge now and then.

  • Apr 25, 2014 by David B.

    We dined here because it was highly recommended by a few people. The ambiance  was great. The food  was strictly OK, but nothing to write home about. We brought our own wine, a good bottle that we tasted at a vineyard earlier that day. Our table was set with white wine glasses, and the owner, who opened and served the wine, couldn't be bothered to get glasses appropriate to red wine, figured he wasn't too happy about our bringing our own wine, and decided to show his displeasure in that way.  He need not worry about our bringing our own wine next time, since there won't be a next time;  despite the beautiful ambiance and good service (otter than the wine part), the food was OK, but far from living up to the reputation, and the costs not commensurate with quality, relative to otter Paso Robles restaurants.

  • Mar 30, 2014 by Kevin P.

    We attended the cute small restaurant downtown Paso Robles via reservation since the place only holds 49. There is no place to wait and no bar so if you come early, you can have a drink across the street at the Artisan. We decided to try the chef'a selection with the wine pairing and I am so glad we did.  We are pescetarian but host told us that would be no problem. We chose te 4 course meal which was the right amount of food. The 5th course is a cheese selection which I didn't want. The food was excellent!  We started with an interesting coconut shrimp salad with champagne, followed by a lobster bisque soup with a French Sauvigon Blanc.  Next was a haibut with lentils and a big French red, very nice!  Dessert was good but not over the top like the other 3 courses but it was paired with a nice chocolatey port. The host does all the interaction with guests and the servers just serve. Different but nice. I look forward to my next visit.

  • Mar 25, 2014 by Haydee L.

    Bistro Laurent was a dining experience like none other!!!!  My husband and I arrived a little late for our reservations, but were seated immediately.  I had the 4 course meal and my husband had the same but also did the wine pairings.  We just told them to choose the courses and my husband and I both had different things to try.  Needless to say each and every one of them was spectacular!!!!!  My husband also said that the wines were absolutely delicious... Cannot wait to come here again!

  • Mar 10, 2014 by Karen S.

    Beautiful tasting menu with great wine pairings.  Impeccable service.  I can"t wait to go back!

  • Feb 01, 2014 by Jaime P.

    Lesson learned: ** If you fall for the "let us order for you"... make sure you direct them to keep the total bill -including tip- under a fixed amount- otherwise you will be unpleasantly surprised *** ----------------  History of an unpleasant experience ------------------ 1/29- While the food, wine and service is pretty good - the prices and the way the handled my credit card was outrageous.  I approved $853 (dinner for 6) with my signature and after I had left they over-charged my credit card $152 without my consent. Charging any amount -after the fact- above what I had authorized is theft. They had no right to unilaterally add anything more than what I authorized. 1/31 - Sent letter to the restaurant telling them to remove charge or I would inform authorities. I also immediately filed dispute w/credit card company   2/4 - Received call back from restaurant they acknowledged error will credit back agreed amount.  Hope they learn not to EVER do this to another customer.

  • Jan 05, 2014 by Gida L.

    We visited on a week-end evening, without reservations. The maitre'd was somewhat aloof regarding our assumption there would be a free table, even though my son explained that he tried every time he was in Paso to get reservations to no avail. After the maitre'd grudgingly let us in, explaining it was a "slow night," everything immediately became sublime. We all had the 4 plate tasting meals, and all our dishes were outstanding. I fell in love with the ravioles de romans and didn't want to go any farther. Incredible minute ravioles (think fingernail size!) in an incredible wild mushroom broth. It just doesn't get any better. The service was excellent. Think we were visited at one time or the other by almost every server there, including the maitre'd! Incredible meal.

  • Dec 24, 2013 by Mad M.

    French onion soup is fantastic!  Been here three times in the past 2 years.  Always a good experience.  Wait staff is attentive.  KInda pricey, but if you stick to the appeitzers you can make yourself a meal out of the reasonably priced items on that.

  • Dec 15, 2013 by Helen Y.

    We had Saturday reservations for my sister-in-law's birthday celebration.  When we arrived for our 6:30 dinner reservation, the hostess did not find our name.  They decided to "squeeze" us in, we should have left...but my sister wanted to try it out. We sat for 15 minutes before we were greeted.  Throughout the entire evening, I felt that we were ignored and treated very poorly.  Both my sister and sister-in-law had the tasting menu ($10 more for the cheese plate, but no wine pairing with it...but if you ordered the dessert then the wine is included????).  The tasting menu along with the wine pairing was good. My husband had a steak and it was definitely not worth the money.  I had the shrimp, which was so-so and risotto, the only one good thing that was flavorful. After our food came out, we never saw our waiter nor were we ever asked how our meal was...although the water boy was great, our glasses were always full.  There is a young busboy who was extremely rude.  He hit my chair quite hard and did not apologize.  His attitude was very sarcastic and unprofessional. If you decide to try this place, food is good, but service is terrible.  Call back to be sure you have a reservation too.

  • Dec 03, 2013 by Karen W.

    This was our second visit to Bistro Laurent.  We once again had a fabulous meal as well as a wonderful evening.  The staff is attentive and informative.  Like last time we went with the suggestion of our waiter to "let the kitchen decide" our courses.  GOOD Decision!  We also ordered the meal with the wine  pairing.  Another GOOD decision. Each course was impressive - most memorable was the stuffed pumpkin with scallops.  The pumpkin was cooked, the flesh removed, mashed and combined with scallops, herbs and butter and replaced into the pumpkin.  Oh man! Yum! Not to mention a festive presentation. I gave the restaurant 4 stars last time - that's the highest I ever give on a first visit, but having such a good experience again this time it certainly deserves 5 stars.

  • Nov 22, 2013 by Christina C.

    Embarrassingly after living here for 4.5 years, this was my first Time here. Wish I would've come earlier. Have heard great things about the food and the wine pairings. Came in with my parents tonight with an 04 terry Hoage Syrah and 10 epoch veracity... I was hesitant on the wine pairing meal (where you bring a bottle of wine and the chef creates a coursed meal to pair with it) but Chef prepared an amazing meal. Butternut squash soup with a dollop Of mashed potatoes and scallop, raviloi with chanterelle mushroom light sauce, white fish with lentil base (with salmon), lamb (I don't like lamb but it was delicious) and mashed potatoes, dessert. OMG food was fabulous. I'm a foodie so I really enjoyed this and I didn't have to make any decisions, just choosing what wine to bring. I will definitely go back. Great service, nice ambiance, I was missing out! Thank you Ian/chef and the team. ;)

  • Nov 21, 2013 by Jewel L.

    Excellent. We did the tasting menu with wine. Great service, great wine pairings.

  • Nov 04, 2013 by Dan C.

    I am fortunate to have a dear friend that introduced me to Bistro Laurent.  As a result, every time I travel to Paso I enjoy a dinner outing with good friends in an excellent restaurant. We always enjoy the selections offered with Laurent's tasting and great wine pairings selected by Ian.  The food and service are always excellent and when coupled with the company of good friends, it makes for a great evening! Highly recommend this excellent French bistro!

  • Nov 04, 2013 by Larry A.

    We've eaten at Bistro Laurent several times before, and the food - as usual - was excellent.  The crispy crab risotto, topped with 5 large shrimp, was especially good.  One glass of wine, a Cabernet, was kind of meh, however the second glass, a Petite Verdot, was quite good. The only disappointment, and this is not usual, was the service. Our waitress was inattentive, delivered our food to the wrong table, and took forever to being the bill ... and then another forever to run the credit card.

  • Oct 28, 2013 by Mike R.

    My girlfriend and I visited Bistro Laurent this past Saturday.  She has been there a few times and raved about the food, as did her brother and his wife (they live in town).  We were advised that the best thing to do is to not open the menu, but just pick the 4 or 5 course meal with wine. We arrived right on time for our reservation and were seated promptly.  In traditional bistro style, the tables are very close together but still very cozy.  The table wobbled quite a bit, but a friendly waitress quickly fixed it. Soon after, the maitre d' arrived and mentioned that we were best to just let the chef pick from the choices on the 4 or 5 course meal.  We chose the 4 course meal with  wine pairing and let decided to let the chef surprise us (we did look at the choices per course though!!). The first course was a cold soup, it was somewhat bland but I was NOT expecting a cold soup in the fall...especially as it wasn't one of the choices the first course from , what we remembered.  Cold soup in July, sure...in late October...not so much. The other courses were much better, including the osso buco.   During the courses, we had three different waiters and were not paid much attention to.  I had to stop waiters for water a few times, as glasses sat empty for upwards of 10 minutes.   We finished the course before dessert and our plates sat there for 15 minutes.  During this time, the water glasses sat empty as did the wine.  I finally stopped a waitress and asked her to clear the plates as they had sat there for quite some time.  She apologized and I asked her who our server was as we had been served by at least 4 different people.  She explained that they tackle the serving as a group, which in my opinion should have been explained so we knew what to expect. Dessert came after another 15 minutes and it was a rice pudding...two bites and it was sent back in favor of a chocolate mousse which was to die for....although there was no wine pairing for it as we sent the other dessert back. At this point, we were happy to get out of there.  My girlfriend excused herself to the restroom and I happened to look over to my right and was looking at the cooks through the open kitchen window and noticed the chef, Laurent.  to his immediate right was a tall, slender guy with dark hair who was picking his face with his fingers.  I stared, unable to look away as he would scratch his neck and chin. My girlfriend came back, informed me that there was no lock in the stall for the ladies room and that she had to lock the main door to the restroom to ensure that no one pushed the stall door in on her by accident. I paid the check, left a 20% tip (the red haired waitress who fixed the table, took the dessert back and attended to us once she was aware we were neglected stepped up to the plate)...I hope she got the tip and didn't have to share it with the others... On the way out, I stopped in the restroom and while inside my girlfriend was asked by the maitre d' how the meal was and she honestly said "not great" and informed him of the broken lock on the ladies stall in the restroom. I emerged from the restroom and the waitress who came to our rescue was at the hostess stand.  She apologized about the lack of service and honestly seemed to care about our experience. Would I go back?  As an out of towner, I would say no as I wouldn't want to leave my experience to chance as there are other fabulous restaurants in town to try.

  • Oct 18, 2013 by Don P.

    Service without assumption, please! My wife and I were referred to try the venue this weekend while we celebrated her birthday. Upon arrival, the restaurant was empty, we decided to come back later to inquire about future reservations. After enjoying several tastings in town, we began our walk to find our dinner spot for tomorrow - though we typically look over menus and get a feel for the vibe while scheduling a reservation (qualifying dress code, crowd feel, etc.) When we asked for a menu, the Host or Maitre'd comes up and immediately says he's booked solid, full.  That's not such bad news as we weren't looking to dine that night...but that TONE. I don't mind people when they attempt to look down the bridge of their nose at me as I have nothing to prove, but wow - no courtesy, no chance. After reluctantly giving us a menu, he continued to state that he's a small restaurant and he's booked.  (Meanwhile, we have never stated when we wanted to reserve). Upon asking if they are open for lunch, he was slow to admit, they are, and they are open seating - they don't take reservations...hmmmmm...his tone, posture, etc. said it all. If my wife and I were not invited in for whatever pretense or assumption he made of us - enough said. It's nearly laughable that this experience happened amidst so many other amazing, friendly places. Find another local place worth your time, money, and you'll reap the rewards

  • Oct 11, 2013 by L.A.

    Delightful Exsperience. They offer a regular menu and tasting menus of 4-5 courses and you also have the option of letting the chef make up what ever he wants. We tried the 4 and 5 course tasting menus and were happy with everything we tried. It was a delightful dinner out paired with wine. The service is very professional we had a great time.

  • Oct 09, 2013 by Lynn W.

    Amanda at Jada recommended Bistro Laurent, and we're so happy we took her suggestion! We had the Chef's four course tasting menu, and it was fantastic. Our waiter asked us if there were any foods we disliked(fish w/faces, beets, snails), and then let the Chef go to work. We had pate, perfectly cooked lamb, lentils w/sturgeon, a fresh fig tart w/homemade ice cream, and wine with each course. Such a wonderful experience.

  • Oct 03, 2013 by Gina Q.

    Okay, so I bookmarked this restaurant five years ago as a potential place to eat on our honeymoon. We didn't come here then, we ate elsewhere. However, five years later and still having not been here, we decided to eat dinner one night while visiting. I called to make reservations. When we arrived, the place had a few tables occupied. Turns out, I probably didn't need to make the reservation. I wasn't sure since it was during the olive festival weekend. We were debating to do the tasting menu or go a la carte. The Maitre d' / Sommelier informed us we could do the tasting menu, but with a few surprises and changes. He'd still pair wines to go with our courses. He asked if we were allergic to anything or didn't like certain foods. We let him know we were game to try whatever they served us. We started with a nice salmon crostini, a prosciutto/apple/slaw salad, sea bass with lentils and salmon, lamb with mashed potatoes, a cheese course, and then rice pudding with a berry coulis for dessert. The meal was very good. We walked out stuffed. The service was top notch. The only drawback I saw for the evening was that the bottle of Pellegrino we ordered left our table at some point (still with water) and was chilling in the wine bucket. Then it ended up with the table next to us who had also ordered sparking water (but a different brand). :( The Somm never realized his mistake. I wanted to say something, but my husband convinced me not to. I would still come back here on a future visit.

  • Sep 23, 2013 by Mag D.

    Great value because of the great food, superb service and wonderful wine pairings. We all ate prix fixe for 4 selections so a large variety of food was enjoyed at our table: sturgeon, ahi tuna, lamb, osso bucco - all were wonderful.  Everyone was more than satisfied with the flavors, reductions, preparation. The wine pairings and service were excellent and made for an enjoyable  evening of conversation. Service such as they have is so very rare! Quietly things appear and disappear on and off the table while the wine and conversation flow. I wish that I had had 5 selections but we ordered the cheese plate after the meal and that helped fill me up. To be fair, I was the only one that proclaimed to still be hungry. We had wine so I am unsure about other alcohol offerings. We were all dressed casually and did not dismay anyone when we were seated. We had to take early 6 PM reservations because we booked on Saturday and other time options were all already taken for the evening. We did see a large group of 14 or so being served and they looked quite happy throughout their dinner.

  • Sep 05, 2013 by Isie Bee Z.

    We had a wonderful chef inspired pairing menu. The ahi tartare was fresh and delicious. The sea bass over lentil was cooked perfectly. The sea bass was on point..the lentils complimented. The veal was great..love braise winey flavors. The wine pairing were great, yummy local paso wines. The maitre d shared some special wine as well. Charming like being back in Bourgogne.

  • Sep 03, 2013 by Fritz

    Salad nicoise was great, seared tuna, slightly crispy on the outside. My dad also enjoyed his veal liver and frites.

  • Aug 20, 2013 by Heather G.

    Bistro Laurent is a French Country Bistro with wonderful cuisine, wine, and perfect service. We have been going to Bistro Laurent ever since moving to the area 16 years ago. When Laurent opened the Bistro, there really wasn't any other truly fine dining restaurants around the park. My favorite thing to do while dining is his prix fixe menu that changes weekly. Laurent and Ian perfectly pair courses of delectable food with the amazing wines that Paso Robles has to offer. (sometimes, you may even get a fabulous French wine paired as well) We frequent Bistro Laurent often and always go back for excellent food and service. Enjoy!!

  • Aug 14, 2013 by Dawn S.

    I have been a regular at Bistro Laurent since it opened.  Before deciding to move to the wine-oriented Central Coast to open a bistro, Laurent worked in some of the finest kitchens in France and Los Angeles. His classic French food is precisely executed, beautifully presented, and, most importantly, tantalizingly tasty. It is no surprise that this is one of the favorite lunch and dinner venues for local winemakers. His French onion soup is better than any I have had in my many trips to France or elsewhere; I was surprised to learn that Laurent makes the rich beef-flavored broth with only vegetables.  During warm months, he makes fabulous, refreshing chilled soups. Prix Fixe 4 or 5 course dinners paired with local and French wines are a good choice for those who want to sample several different dishes. Any of the items on the prix fixe menu can be ordered individually, as well. My biggest complaint is that the menu seems somewhat simplified from that of a typical bistro, perhaps to be more appealing to some of the locals who might be unfamiliar or intimidated by French food. However, my experience is those people rarely go to French restaurants anyway. On holidays or special events, Laurent's dishes are more elevated and more traditionally French. During these special events, he usually has a singing French accordion player, which makes for an authentic and convivial experience. Lunch is Provençal-based, with great salads, pizzas, Croque Monsieur (traditional French ham sandwich topped with cheese) accompanied by delicious pommes frites (French fries) with garlicky aioli, as well as hearty entrees for the hungrier lot. My son who is the chocolate expert declares Laurent's warm chocolate tart with vanilla sauce to be the best chocolate desert in northern San Luis Obispo County.  I have always found Ian Adamo, maitre d'/Master Sommeiler to be friendly, professional, and accommodating, with suggestions for wine pairings that match my palate. The service is impeccable, in my opinion, the best in town. They are open to at least 10 p.m., in contrast to many other local restaurants which roll up earlier. Outdoor patio seating is available.

  • Aug 09, 2013 by Matt H.

    Half empty restaurant, empty patio, and an reservation book with no names yet they won't seat me. Pretentious? Perhaps they make too much money or ran out of food?

  • Jul 31, 2013 by Casey S.

    Bistro Laurent offers real fine French cuisine. It's definitely a place you can spend hours just chatting and eating...which is exactly what I did with my group... The specialty here is the five course menu, but I'd advise against it -- while the food is good, many people in our party were filling up halfway through. Still, if you're going to brave it, go for the filet of beef -- it's delicious!

  • Jul 30, 2013 by Cynthia B.

    Bistro Laurent is authentic French Bistro Cuisine. We felt adventurous after a day at the vineyards and went for the surprise prix fixe menu. Started with a fresh garden salad garnished with a beautifully prepared Prawn Second was the Onion, Duck Comfit tart which was delicious Main course was Lamb Fillet and the lightest, fluffiest whipped potatoes I've ever experienced; the Lamb was cooked to perfection Our dessert was a light, delightful Pineapple torte with sorbet We complemented our meal with a wonderful bottle of DAOU Service was 150% perfect Price is very fair Ambiance is very French inside and outside is more casual I prefer Bistro Laurent over the other popular restaurant downtown Paso Robles. Bon Appetit

  • Jul 17, 2013 by . ..

    It is located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. It was the perfect conclusion to a little getaway I arranged for a special lady. We sat outside by the sidewalk. Not wanting to fuss with the menu, we ordered the 5 course menu, but instead of each of us having the same 5 dishes, we requested that they bring 10 unique dishes ..and we shared everything. It was great! Everything tasted clean and fresh. Would come again.

  • Jul 07, 2013 by Amy S.

    My husband and I ate both dinner and lunch at Bistro Laurent over this past weekend.  The dinner was only okay, but the lunch was a true French treat.   For lunch, the food seemed to be at its most authentic and delicious.  We both had the French onion soup (absolutely tasty!).  My husband also had the Parisian-style croque Monsieur - crisp layers of salty ham and french style bread enveloped by wonderfully melted cheese.  I ordered the calves liver.  it arrived expertly prepared (thinly sliced and lightly seared) in a rich, red wine reduction - yummy! Dinner was a bit of a disappointment.  We both ordered the tasting menu, mine with wine pairings.  Neither of us enjoyed our first courses - my husband's crispy shrimp salad was bland and my ratatouille had a rubbery texture and an over-poached egg.  The chilled pea soup was delightful as our second course.  But then the third course arrived and we were back to average taste (for my lamb rack) and small, but tasty for my husbands scallops.  Dessert was also underwhelming - both my chocolate tart and my husband's creme brulee were only okay. My other observation was that the wine pairings seemed a bit haphazard.  There were several options for each of the courses on the menu.  And Bistro Laurent has an award-winning wine cellar.  So I was a bit confused as to why every diner in the resturant seemed to be served the exact same wines for each course - wouldn't they change depending on the dish ordered?  The wines also didn't necessarily compliment the food I was eating, leaving me a tad disappointed for a wine-paired dinner in wine country.

  • Jul 04, 2013 by Lori C.

    My husband and I had dinner at Bistro Laurent on a recommendation from a local wine expert, Dorothy. We selected  a menu tasting and wine pairing that was incredible. My lamb was cooked to perfection and the salmon on lentils were amazing. The restaurant is intimate and very friendly and personable- one would appreciate in a small town. Thank you, merci Laurent for making our first visit to Paso Robles a memorable experience on our anniversary, we will return soon and send our friends!

  • Jun 22, 2013 by Chris Y.

    Awesome restaurant in downtown Paso. Super charming exposed brick walls, intimate dining area, great ambiance. I got engaged here, and with all due respect to the quality of the food I was so nervous I could barely enjoy my dinner while I waited to get through the main course. I had emailed Ian earlier in the week and he was helping me with my plan to propose by bringing out a "surprise" menu at dessert with my proposal written on it (we kept the menu).   The plan had been for my fiance and I to order the prix fixe menu but when we got there my unsuspecting girlfriend (at the time) decided she wasn't that hungry and wanted to order a la carte. No problem, without any instruction Ian and his team rolled with it and brought out the dessert menu anyhow when I suggested to my fiance that we just "check out the menu to see what was on there". After a long time on one knee while my shocked girlfriend tried to process what was happening (she was really so surprised) she finally said yes and Ian was there with glasses of champagne for us to toast our engagement to. It was a great evening and I really appreciated everything Ian and his team did. I got to meet Chef Laurent afterward and thank him for everything and he and Ian couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating for someone they had never seen or met before that night. I will definitely be back again, hopefully under less stressful circumstances, to finally enjoy the prix fixe meal!

  • Jun 02, 2013 by S C.

    Really wonderful.  Stand-outs were the warm lobster salad and the duck confit, but what I appreciated most was the ambiance and impeccable service.  It was a bit odd to have a potted plant on the table, but I guess it was memorable.

  • May 23, 2013 by Cathy P.

    Had a wonderful lunch on the Bistro Laurent patio with a partial sideways view of the beautiful downtown plaza/park. We decided to share a brick oven baked chicken pesto pizza with goat cheese and a nice thin crust, and each try one of the soups. I had the fabulous & buttery French onion and my husband tried the special that day, an equally fabulous potato leek. Good thing we shared the pizza because the soup portions were very generous. Along with our meals we each had a glass of the 2009 Opolo Mountain Zinfandel that can only be described as heaven in a glass! Our waitress was attentive, pleasant and very knowledgeable about the menu. Being a weekday the restaurant wasn't crowded and everything was very relaxed. We'll definitely go back next time we're in Paso.

  • May 12, 2013 by R B.

    A wonderful little gem in the central coast region of California.  Paso Robles is coming to be known for its fine wines as more wineries pop up, and this little causally elegant restaurant is the perfect pairing for your tastes in the region.   Our wonderful dinner last night had my lady and I confronted with our first waiter suggesting that we simply close our menus and let the chefs create our evening meal.  The prix fixe meal arrived to us in successive courses of expertly prepared plates, each with its own excellent wine pairing in just the right timing.   The roasted duck on a pomme macaire with the Hug cab was near perfect.  Try the cheese plate, too towards the end.  Luscious.   Laurent's establishment has been in Paso for over 15 years and having visiting Paso for over 30 years I know of no other spot of its kind.  Also great service.

  • Mar 12, 2013 by Andrea M.

    Small town restaurant with great food! Try everything

  • Feb 25, 2013 by Michael D.

    This is the third time our group has visited Bistro Laurent and the third time we allowed the host to select the food and pair the wines.  We love this place and we'd always enjoyed ourselves. For the most part the meal was a winner--we started with lobster salad, then to a fish (he said trout, I say salmon) cooked in a lentil sauce (great whichever the fish), followed by duck and a dessert.  The odd pairing was Clayhouse Adobe Red with the fish/lentils.  I could care less about white/red protocols but the Adobe is a Zin-based wine and full of fruit so demur it is not. That it overwhelmed the fish is an understatement.   Other than that minor kerfuffle, we had a great time. Curiously I visited the Clayhouse tasting room two days later and the host was puzzled that they served Adobe Red as the sommelier there told her they were not adding any more wines to the menu.  She too agreed the pairing was odd--so maybe there is some truth to the reviews here which suggest the restaurant is dumping some wines on unsuspecting diners.   To be clear, we all felt it odd.

  • Feb 10, 2013 by Tess S.

    Bistro Laurent is the best restaurant in Paso Robles. As the story goes, Laurent Grangien wanted to open a "simple" dining place when he opened his bistro about 17 years ago. (A "bistro"  serves moderately priced, simple meals). Hence, the name.  The food is consistently delicious and very European. The menu changes depending on availability of ingredients. Lunch service and even some dinner services during the year are a little spotty because of the demand of local wineries to have Laurent do their winemaker dinners. Fun fact: the restaurant is actually named "le petit Marcel" at lunch, after Laurent's son. Now for the food, my husband's hands down, all time favorite dish is filet of beef in peppercorn sauce. If it's on the menu, and you like steak, order it. I love the all the different preparations of lamb chops I've had over the years, the rabbit fricasse, endive salads, lobster salad, potato leek soup, mussels in curry, shrimp in crispy filo. Most importantly, we have NEVER been disappointed with a prix fixe meal here. The wine list is extensive, they definitely have something for everybody. His creme brulee is fabulous- with bits of vanilla bean visible when you get to the bottom, and the warm chocolate cake with homemade ice cream is divine. The two most important reasons Bistro Laurent is the best are the fact that the food is consistently good. We've been enjoying lunch or dinner here for 14 years and have never been disappointed. And secondly, it is reasonably priced. We have done Valentine's day dinners, and other pairings with wine for less than $75 per person.

  • Jan 26, 2013 by Edward R.

    Let me preface this review by offering THIS qualifying statement:   my wife and I have been to Napa Valley countless times (visiting Auberge du Soleil, Press, Solbar, Mustards) and Yountville in particular  (including Bistro Jeanty, Ad Hoc, Redd, Bouchon, and Etoile), and, as we are not in "the biz," the reputation of any particular establishment means very little to us.  In other words, experiencing is believing. That being said:  Bistro Laurent compares favorably to ALL of those esteemed Napa establishments.  We have dined at Laurent  two or three times a year for almost ten years, and we were strangers there only once.  The service is warm and attentive, and one immediately feels at home there.  There is NONE of the snootiness one finds at Bouchon or Etoile, or the pretentiousness that characterizes Etoile, Solbar, and Auberge du Soleil.  And as great as Press and Bistro Jeanty are, Bistro Laurent is more consistent in terms of the quality of its food and service.   If some reviewers found the food uninspiring - well, "de gustibus non disputandum est."  One man's "subtlety" is another man's "blandness."  For our part, we think the food is terrific, and have been impressed with the great diversity of the offerings from one year to the next (as opposed to, say, Auberge du Soleil in Napa where the menu doesn't change).  Obviously, not everyone will agree, but it's (still) a free country, right? The wine offerings are also very impressive.  There are wines at all price levels, all reasonably "marked up," and the local wineries are exhaustively represented (you are in Paso, after all, and you can't expect the local restauranteurs to subscribe to the delusion that the world of great wine consists solely of France, Napa, and Sonoma), although there are wines from other regions as well.  Typically, we ask the sommelier/maitre d' to find us a Central Coast wine that we haven't tried, and he almost always remembers what we have tasted on our previous visits, and in the process has introduced us to some incredible wines. For us, it has been, and remains, a great place to eat.  Everyone visiting Paso Robles should go there, experience it for themselves, and draw their own conclusions.

  • Jan 06, 2013 by Karla K.

    It isn't often I rate a restaurant 5 stars!  I love this place.  The food was amazing.  My husband and I did the tasting sampling with wine and we were not disappointed.  The duck was delicious and so was the hanger steak.  The rice pudding was wonderful as well.  they did a fantastic job pairing wines for the selections.  Will go back again!

  • Dec 30, 2012 by Gus D.

    My duck potato cake entree could have been better,  potato cake was overdone. And who wants to complain in the middle of dinner and get your dinner late when every else is done. I thought they would comp my meal instead of me having to argue with them. When they didn't,  My only choice was not to leave a tip which I hate doing but was only choice without a scene. Would not go there again.

  • Dec 07, 2012 by Dave M.

    This is my favorite place in town.  After moving here from Washington DC a number of years ago, I was very pleased to find top quality French food.  This place can hold its own with those in any big city.  Enjoy! This is French food, not cowboy food.  If you want cowboy food go some place else to find happiness.

  • Nov 18, 2012 by Maura O.

    Fantastic atmosphere, very French and romantic.  Had a memorable dinner date there, a very fun company Christmas party on their covered patio and many fantastic lunches on their patio.  Chef Laurent is gifted and brilliant.  If looking for upscale food in a quaint atmosphere while in Paso Robles, hit them up.  You will not be disappointed.  Fantastic wine (including sparkling) list as well.

  • Oct 23, 2012 by Marie S.

    This is a wonderful restaurant--intimate, delicious food and great service! When we walked in, Ian, the maitre d' and sommelier, offered the fixed price menus, the a la carte and then said, of course, if you want, we can surprise you. I opted for a four-course "surprise" and was delighted with my choice. Ian's choices for the wine pairings were excellent. My meal included salmon on toasted baguette, ahi tuna tartare, lobster soup in a mini-pumpkin, veal cheek in wonderful red wine sauce and a huckleberry tart. I'm looking forward to our next trip to Paso and another wonderful meal.

  • Oct 14, 2012 by Ron R.

    We enjoyed one of the most memorable dinners that we've had in years last night at Bistro Laurent. The four of us all decided to order off the tasting menu, with one opting for the "chef's surprise" -- allowing the chef to choose each of his 5 courses.  Without exception, every single dish was impeccably presented by the fine wait team of the restaurant.  The portions were perfect, and the flavors were distinctive. We opted for the wine pairings, which further enhanced our wonderful experience.  The wines were very well-paired to the courses, and were excellent quality selections. Concluding our meal, the desserts were as amazing as the other courses!  My favorite was the rice pudding, however the caramelized apples and other choices also got rave reactions from our table.   Look no further.  This has to be the finest restaurant in Paso Robles!!!

  • Oct 03, 2012 by James M.

    I'm spoiled. I'm spoiled because have experienced some of the greatest foods a chef can craft. I'm spoiled because I have experienced food and wine pairing in amazing symmetry. I'm spoiled because my reaction to Bistro Laurant was meh. Let me start by stating that the service was top notch. Choosing the chef selection tasting menu with wine pairing seemed to be the way to go and the food was good but not to the level I expect for the price point. The amuse bouche was a toasted slice of baguette with a mix of diced veggies and sweatbreads in a green indian curry seasoning.  It was quite good but when the first course following was muscles in the very same sauce I was somewhat disappointed.  The dish was good but using the same sauce in two dishes one after the other was well it was meh. In general I found each dish as lacking and questioned whether the chefs choice was the best choice.  In addition I would have preferred ordering/bringing a bottle instead of getting the wine pairing because it didn't do much for me. I think that my reaction to this place is meh because I have tasted.the cuisine of some of the finest chefs around.  Bistro Larant is not a bad restaurant by any means but I've had better. I suggest that when a couple comes to this restaurant and orders the tasting menu that the chef should provide different bites at each course so each individual can experience more of the chef's flair.

  • Sep 30, 2012 by Erin C.

    We went to this restaurant to celebrate my husband's birthday.  It was a lovely night so we sat outside.  The maitre d / waiter offered to make a tasting menu that was slightly different than the tasting menu that was offered so we can taste their best dishes.  My husband went with that tasting menu with the wine parings while I ordered the Alaskan halibut with the roasted tomato (which was very good!).  His first dish was a warm potato salad with goat cheese.  Even though we're not into goat cheese, this was delicious!  The second dish was the seared scallops with braised lentils.  YUM!  The third dish was venison with red wine sauce on top of a mashed potatoes that was crisp on the outside.  The red wine sauce really paired nicely with the venison and potatoes along with the wine that he brought out.  The maitre d was quite generous with the wine that was paired with all of the dishes.  My husband ended the evening with the apple beignets with ice cream and berries. The presentation was great, dishes were delicious, wines were great, service was very good, and the price for the entire evening was quite reasonable!  Highly recommended if you're in the area!

  • Sep 19, 2012 by Lee S.

    I can't recommend this delightful OUTSTANDING gastronomic delight too highly. Everything was simply amazing from the Chef's Choice Tasting Menu to the exquisite wine parings ! I cannot wait to return !

  • Sep 08, 2012 by BonApetit

    Avoid the Pompous Attitude. While visiting this town our hotel highly recommended this restaurant. Big mistake! The minute we walked in, the pompous host looked at us in horror or dismay since we didn't have reservations and we had children (well-mannered, mind you). The restaurant was 80% EMPTY and he said he simply could NOT seat us, even in the empty patio. Really? Worst service ever, we are avid travelers and rarely do we witness this condescending unprofessional attitude from a business. We ended up at Estrella down the street--What a difference!!! We were greeted by the owner here and they gave us a table immediately when it was almost full. He even talked to us for a few minutes. Beware of this snooty French bistro, little do they know who they rudely turned away. We believe in giving and receiving excellent, respectful service no matter where you go, and anything less than that in a restaurant like this is unacceptable. We came back an hour later and though it was busy, it was NOT full, especially the patio. He lied to us. Avoid it!

  • Sep 07, 2012 by Rosie K.

    While visiting this town our hotel highly recommended this restaurant.  Big mistake! The minute we walked in, the pompous host looked at us in horror or dismay since we didn't have reservations and we had children (well-mannered, mind you). The restaurant was 80% EMPTY and he said he simply could NOT seat us, even in the empty patio. Really? Worst service ever, we are avid travelers and rarely do we witness this condescending unprofessional attitude from a business. We ended up at Estrella down the street--What a difference!!! We were greeted by the owner here and they gave us a table immediately when it was almost full. He even talked to us for a few minutes. Beware of this snooty French bistro, little do they know who they rudely turned away.  We believe in giving and receiving excellent, respectful service no matter where you go, and anything less than that in a restaurant like this is unacceptable.  We came back an hour later and though it was busy, it was NOT full, especially the patio.  He lied to us.  Avoid it!

  • Sep 06, 2012 by Lars T.

    Every course was executed to perfection. Flavors were top tier. Wine Pairings in sync with the chefs direction. One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Thank You BL for a genuinely memorable experience.

  • Aug 09, 2012 by Rachael C.

    My BF and I decided to have one fancy option on our trip to Paso Robles and decided on Bistro Laurent. We both went for the 5 course tasting menu (without wine) The cost per tasting is $67.00. You can have the tasting as is, or if you prefer you can close the menu and the chef will make little tweaks throughout. We opted to keep it simple and go with what was on the menu. I had the warm lobster salad for starters. While the portions of lobster were small they were done well and very soft. The Arugula salad was a nice addition. Second course I had the Rabbit tart which again had Arugula. I know rabbit is pretty gamey and is often spiced up, but I found the Arugula to be a little overpowering. Still it was tasty. My third was a lamb chop that I ordered medium rare. The flavor was good but was a tad overdone. My fourth course was salmon with lentils which was good. The salmon was cooked right and flaked easily. Finally my last course was the creme de pot chocolate which was tasty but forgettable. Staff was decent but not overly friendly. Besides the little hiccups here and there I would still recommend the place over the many options in Paso Robles.

  • Aug 06, 2012 by Ryan C.

    My favorite restaurant in Paso Robles, hands down. I love this place. My wife and I have been here many times... in fact, it's staggering to me that I haven't written a review for this place yet. The restaurant is perfect for lunch. The outdoor seating is fantastic, even in the hot summer months. The wine list is not large, but it always offers great choices. There are two soups I've had here that always stick out in my mind: cold cucumber-tomato soup and vichyssoise. Every time I go, I hope they have them. As for the entrees, you can not make a bad choice, everything I've had here is really good. I can't recommend this restaurant enough. Go here.

  • Aug 03, 2012 by Kate F.

    I have been here twice for dinner, and both times have just closed my menu and ordered the tasting menu with wine.  Everything, on both occasions, was nothing short of amazing! We did make reservations, which I think was a good idea for this popular spot.  The service was attentive and accommodating, without being pretentious.   I truly enjoyed EVERY course that I've eaten here.  The dishes that stood out the most were the Citrus Lobster Salad, King Salmon over Lentils and the Chocolate Mousse.   I was so impressed by the knowledge of the staff, as they served  different  wines with each course.  It was nice to be told some things about the wine we were served, beyond the label and origin. Now...I brought my fiance here, who is a picky cowboy, and he unfortunately did not care for the food at all.  I should have known that this wasn't the place for my man when they one, didn't have a full bar, and two, didn't serve domestic beers.  He ordered a la carte, and although he said the pork chops were good, he wouldn't touch the salad (no ranch dressing).  He told me that the next time that I wanted to go here, he'd give me the money for my dinner, and have me go with a friend.    :(  Therefore, if you have an all-American, meat 'n potatoes kind of appetite, like my fiance, you may want to think twice.   I am SO disappointed that my fiance doesn't like this place, but that will not keep me from coming here with friends!    :)

  • Jul 13, 2012 by David B.

    First off, both my wife and I love French food.  Though we didn't hope for top notch metropolitan French cuisine, we did expect reasonably tasty food and attentive service.  Sadly, we received neither.  The restaurant has a la carte items and a prix fixe tasting menu.  With wine and four courses, the bill is $63.00 (in 2012), and $84.00 for the full five course meal.  The tasting menu has far more interesing dishes than the carte, which is quite limited. After a full afternoon of tasting at the local vinyards, neither of us wanted to indulge in the prix fixe dinner.  Here is where the wheels started to come off.  First, my wife wanted to order a dry white to go with her salmon.  Except that the wines by the glass did not include a white drier than a Chablis.  After a brief argument with the maitre d' during which he tried to talk us into believing that a Chablis could be dry, he brought a sample.  No surprise, it wasn't dry.  In a nice touch, he did bring her a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, even though it wasn't on the by the glass wine list.  My Cote du Rhone was dark and full bodied. The real problem was that we hadn't ordered the tasting menu, which is what the staff push.  After it became clear that we weren't going for the very highest price meal, it seemed as if the wait staff considered us to be second class customers.  Service was slow, or non-existent.  Acts as fundamental as refilling water glasses didn't happen unless we caught a server's eye. Now to the food.  To be honest, it was bland.  We each had the bistro salad, which was the Bistro's version of a Caesar.  It tasted like lettuce and parmesan cheese with a bit of olive oil on it.  The afore mentioned salmon was passable, but flat and uninteresting.  I had the filet in peppercorn sauce.  Leaving aside that the maitre d' presumptuously thought to order the meat medium rare on my behalf (I prefer rare, thank you very much), the meat was flavorless, and the sauce, while decent, wasn't up to working double duty on the taste front.  The filet came with mashed potatoes which continued the dull theme of the meal. In an ironic twist, the manager told us as we were leaving (and telling him what we thought) that we could have ordered ala carte off the prix fixe menu.  That would have been nice to know at the outset, but as we aren't mind readers, and no one told us, it was an opportunity lost.

  • Jul 02, 2012 by Harry S.

    Let me preface this review by offering this qualifying statement:  My wife and friends have dined at virtually all the Thomas Keller restaurants, the Tyler Florence holdings, as well as Michael Chiarello's Bottega's in Yountville.  What the four of us experienced at Bistro Laurent in Paso Robles last Saturday night was extremely disappointing.  We started the experience with the Maitre 'd automatically making the assumption HE should choose our selections and pairings and immediately took the menus away from our party without so much as offering us a view of our potential courses. In fact the only disclaimer he provided to our party was "Is anyone in your party particularly allergic to any type of food"?  With that, he was off and running (to the other table that is).   From that point on, the rest of the experience was pretty much downhill.  Oddly enough, the maitre 'd (who by credentials is a  Sommelier/Manager ) was either having a bad day for wine selections or just pushing the wines that needed to be removed from inventory.  The Chablis this particular night was flat and lacked any real character, non-descriptive, at best.  Next we were paired with a Red Rhone and Sea Bass.  This was not only a huge faux pas from a pairing perspective, but to add insult to injury, the sea bass was overcooked!  The Rhone faired a little better with the next course, a duck with a reduction sauce.  The duck was very bland and seemed to be a  problem consistently noted by other yelpers.  In addition, the reduction lacked any sweetness often used to bring out the favorable qualities of duck. In observing the staff's attentiveness and attention to the customer's every need, my spouse said it best, "they could be described as perfunctory".   While I do not take any pleasure in writing this particular type of review, I do feel future patrons considering this establishment should remember the old adage "forewarned is forearmed" .  My biggest regret is that I let the maitre 'd take over our experience and for that I am at fault.  I am usually very perceptive as to the qualifications and knowledge of people entrusted with helping others make decisions, but obviously I was wrong in letting this happen and letting it ruin an otherwise delightful evening.

  • Jun 03, 2012 by Marilyn T.

    We were attracted by the cute patio setting with a French flag blowing in the wind and the very reasonably priced pre fixe options.   It's nice that not everyone has to do the tasting.  They offer 4 or 5 courses, and I did the 4 course, which included very generous wine pours for only $12 more (much better value than by the glass).  The paired wines were mostly from France, and all matched the courses well.  They do suggest that you go for a chef's whim on the tasting, but there were specific menu items I had in mind. We started with an amuse of toasted baguette with mustard butter and salami.  The bread basket had a baguette, olive bread, and a walnut raisin bread. My first course was the warm lobster salad, which had large pieces with greens.  The greens were over-dressed for my liking, but the warm orange vinaigrette worked well with the lobster meat.  My date had the curried mussels, which are removed from the shell, and the curry sauce had  a lot of flavor and a beautiful yellow color. Next, I had the ravioli (not a big sweetbread or escargot person, which were the other two options).  This dish was disappointing, as the ravioli were so small that the cheese filling was nearly non-existent.  The sauce was  a simple chopped tomato and basil but had way too much olive oil.  It could have used more salt and more substance. For my entree, scallops were seared well, served with a ratatouille and a beautiful deeper colored sauce, which is less commonly seen with scallops.  It worked well and paired well with the pinot.  My date had the pork chop, which was so flavorful, tender, and had an amazing reduction with it.  The pork chop was off the a la carte menu, and I'd definitely recommend it. For dessert, I had the chocolate pot de creme, which wasn't too sweet and was just the right amount to satisfy my chocolate craving.  The paired port was strong and matched the chocolate well. It's a cute French bistro setting, and it's not that big, so definitely call ahead for a reservation.  For the price of the tasting option, it's a great value for a romantic dining experience.

  • May 29, 2012 by Jessica P.

    This place was AMAZING!!!! My boyfriend and I went here for dinner Thursday night. We were looking for a nice romantic restaurant that was open kinda late on a Thursday. There were a few options, but French food sounded the best! We got to the restaurant about 9:15. There was only one other group there, but they still treated us VERY well. The manager helped us himself. Got us set up with some wine and gave us some suggestions from the menu. We ended up ordering the smoked salmon tart for the appetizer. OMG!!! Absolutely amazing!!! My boyfriend ordered the salmon for dinner and I had the lamb with ratatoullie. It was SOOOO delicious! Me and my boyfriend are total foodies and have very refined palattes. This was one of the best meals that we had ever had! By the time it was dessert time, we were both too full for any dessert, but I really wanted the warm rapberry dessert. The next day we were looking for a place for lunch. We were both thinking of Bistro Laurent, but felt like maybe we should try something else. We walked around the whole park looking at other menus, but the taste for Laurent made us go back. We were definitely not disappointed! AMAzing meal again. Had the smoked salmon tart again. We also had the pork sandwich special and the chicken, pesto, goat cheese pizza. This time I got to try the warm respberry dessert as well. Everything was SOOO delicious. This will definitely be a restaurant we will stop at every time we are in Paso!

  • Apr 12, 2012 by Cris A.

    I enjoyed the 4 course tasting menu, and everything was AMAZING!  All of the courses were so flavorful and satisfying.  The lamb would have to be my favorite course - it was seared nicely on the outside and cooked to a perfect medium rare.  The wine reduction sauce that came with it was silky and had great depth of flavor.   The staff was also wonderful.  Everyone was very professional, friendly, and welcoming.  I'll visit Bistro Laurent every time I go to Paso Robles.

  • Apr 11, 2012 by Ann M.

    We had the best dining experience at Bistro Laurent.  The service is excellent, the restaurant is clean and charming. The food was delicious! We had the 4 course wine tasting.  Every course was fabulous and the wine served with each course was a perfect match.  We loved how we were treated like royalty.  We were the last group in the restaurant because we came a little late.  They did not hurry us and even offered us coffee after our dinner.  We will definitely go back each time we visit Paso Robles. Thank you!!!

  • Apr 02, 2012 by Stephanie P.

    First time here on 3/30, and so glad we tried it!  We enjoyed the 4 and 5  course tasting menus, the roasted pork chops, and the crispy crab risotto.  Fabulous! And then there was the service...  Attentive, patient, and considerate.  They must have noticed when the wonderful asparagus and oyster soup was brought out for those enjoying the 5 course tasting, it was passed to me because my husband is allergic to oysters.  They asked us when we ordered if there were any limitations, and we neglected to mention this.  It was our mishap and we weren't going to mention anything. Then they generously presented another entree.  What an unexpected surprise! But I digress...  First was a luscious, warm, lobster salad.  Second course, which I ended up eating, was the oyster & asparagus soup.  Such a surprise and so good!  Third course was fresh halibut served atop creamy lentils - this was the hit of the evening!  Fourth course was incredibly tender veal cheek that melted in your mouth.  Last was a very nice apple tart served with a dry port. Amazing meal!  It will definitely be a must-dine when we are in Paso.

  • Mar 31, 2012 by Brian L.

    We've been there twice and love it! The ambience is great. The staff is extremely attentive, and the food is GREAT! We order the four course meal with wine pairing and go with the chef's choice!

  • Mar 29, 2012 by Jan W.

    What a find!  We had the four course prix fixe w/ wines for a bargain price.  The Sommelier Ian was terrific, offering choices of either French wines or local wines to match each course - and in some cases, offering both!  The food was lovely and well presented.  The first course of mussels in a curried cream sauce was heavenly!  The seared snapper over smokey lentils w/ smoked salmon was excellent.  The sauce on the veal cheeks was so extracted it looked like ink and was intense and delicious.  A warm tart tatin completed an overall delightful meal.  The restaurant is small, very French inspired, and very comfortable.

  • Mar 16, 2012 by Dan R.

    We found the restaurant too noisy.  The tables are so close together you can follow the other conversations, not what I wanted.  We went with the fixed price meal with the wine pairing.  The food was great.

  • Mar 15, 2012 by Katherine L.

    This place is so cute! I love the french-style bistro ambiance and decor. Even the waiters were very proper and performed great service! I really liked that the Maitre'D came over to ask if we had any specific questions and mentioned that we could get any of the tasting items a la carte. He also stated that it could be fun if we wanted him to pick dishes for our tasting and have us not look at the menu at all. Cool, but I had already opened up the menu and saw some things I wanted. Boyfriend and I both had the 4-course tasting menu. He had the wine pairings, which he enjoyed. For wine, I had our waitress pick something white and fruity for me. She made a great choice! To start we were given some crab on crostini, nice touch! For dinner I had: - Lobster salad: delicious!! Loved the pieces of crab and the dressing was great. - Crispy tart: The duck confit was great and complimented well with the goat cheese. The caramelized onions were a wonderful sweetness. - Fresh Sturgeon: The Sturgeon seemed a little overcooked but I liked the nice sear on the outside. The sauce was pretty good, but this dish was my least favorite of the night. - Chcocolate and orange parfait: Recommended to me by our waitress. Another great recommendation from her! It was sooo good! The orange was a sweet and fresh balance to the rich chocolate icecream. I can have this every night! Boyfriend had: - Ahi tuna tartare: Yum! Tuna pieces were great! - Gratin of asparagus: Boyfriend loved this dish - his favorite by far! The asparagus were cooked nicely. The curry was not strong at all, pretty mellow and had a great buttery texture. The Salmon's saltiness went great with the asparagus. - Beef flat iron: Ordered it medium rare but got it almost rare. Good thing since usually restaurants overcook it. The beef was okay, a bit chewy. Seemed to have a piece of tendon running through it that just wouldn't budge!! It was hard to chew and cut. Just an okay dish. - "Tart tatin" vanilla ice cream: Yum! We had a wonderful experience here and is definitely a place I would recommend. Basically, even from the reviews I read, you can't go wrong with any dish you get. This place is a must! Make reservations ahead of time!

  • Mar 11, 2012 by Chris K.

    Terrible service and the food was terrible. I have never felt so ripped off in my life.

  • Feb 05, 2012 by Scott B.

    Paso Robles is lucky to have an outstanding genuine French restaurant. We love to order the chefs menu or just ask him to surprise us. Anything with beurre blanc is awesome. Always get the wine pairing, their sommelier is amazing. The lunch menu is great. I love the crab salad. One of my favorites places!

  • Jan 29, 2012 by slonews

    est. 2000 by chef Laurent Grangien. Lobster salad ♦ Soup of spinach w/sauteed shrimp ♦ Braised sea bass in Champagne ♦ Pork flat-iron, mustard sauce, fingerling potatoes = 4 courses = $51 w/ wine $63

  • Jan 01, 2012 by Jane W.

    I had the veal cheeks and my sister had the shrimp on crunchy polenta.  Both were very good.  The veal was much like the beef bourguignon  I attempted from Julia Child's cook book.  The fried polenta cake was yummy (but fried=yummy) and the shrimp were perfectly cooked.  The rice pudding for dessert was not great.

  • Dec 27, 2011 by Arlene M.

    This place is a terrific value!  We started off with a glass of Veuve Cliquot (only $10.50...probably the cheapest I've seen for Champagne in any restaurant, and $35 for the bottle!).  It was a great way to start, and went well with our amuse bouche of cucumber with crab.   The 4-course menu is $51 ($63 with wine), 5-courses is $67 ($84 with wines).  We got the warm lobster salad and tuna tartare as our first course, both were really good, light and refreshing, and paired with a nice sauvignon blanc.  Then I had the duck tart, which was great, but not nearly as great as the chanterelle mushroom soup that the hubby had, and both went well with a Chandon pinot meaner (tasted a lot like a pinot noir).  Then we split some seared scallops (part of the 5-course menu), which went perfectly with a white chenin blanc from the loire valley.   For our main courses, we got the lamb tenderloin, and the braised veal cheeks.  The hubby preferred the lamb which was more meaty, while I preferred the veal, which had a really nice and flavorful sauce (all their sauces were really good!).  We then had cheese, which was 5 different french cheeses ($16 supplement), and dessert (crepe with rum ice cream).  The hubby got a muscat with his dessert, while I had some madeira to pair with the cheeses. With everything we ate (5 courses + wine pairings and 2 extra glasses of wine), it was quite a bargain when the bill came to be just under $180.  I would definitely recommend this place for a special dinner in Paso Robles, and I would return the next time I'm in the area.

  • Nov 15, 2011 by Donna B.

    We visit Paso fairly frequently, but we've never had the opportunity to visit Bistro Laurent until our most recent trip. We picked this spot because of the positive reviews, and we are so glad we did. This is our new favorite place in Paso Robles!   Keep in mind this is not a large place, so make your reservations early.  We couldn't get in on a Saturday night until 8:30 and still had to wait for a table.  Luckily it was worth the wait.  My first clue that we were in for a treat was the fact that they had Veuve Cliquot by the glass, and it was only $10!  We decided to pass on the tasting menu, as there were items that didn't fit into our dietary choices, so we ordered off the regular menu. My friend and I both ordered the pork chop, and our husbands decided on the lamb. Everything was prepared with perfection, cooked exactly to order and plated very nicely. All of us raved during the entire meal, and I must admit I think it was the best pork I've ever tasted.  The chef came into the dining room at the end of the evening and I had a chance to compliment him on his skills.  We will definitely make this place a first choice for future visits to Paso.  Skip the place with noise and half-hour waits that seems to draw people just because it's trendy, and go to Bistro Laurent instead! You won't regret it!

  • Nov 10, 2011 by Techie

    Great food and wine! Our favorite restaurant, the owner LAURANT is the best chef !!!

  • Oct 21, 2011 by Judy

    Great outdoor French Bistro

  • Sep 29, 2011 by SJ W.

    A dinner at Bistro Laurent is a "MUST-DO". Our first visit to the Paso Robles area.  But it won't be our last !! From the start to finish is was a perfect evening.  All 6 of us decided to do the tasting menu and it was over the top. Great food paired with perfect wine.

  • Sep 29, 2011 by Sue S.

    We stopped here for lunch when we arrived in town. We sat on the patio which was very pretty. The salads were great!  I had the crab which was mixed with avocado and served with greens. Excellent. My husband had the salad with chicken.  There was a lot of chicken and it was very nice. Perfect lunch food. Maybe we'll try it for dinner on our next visit.

  • Sep 26, 2011 by Fred A.

    We walked in and waited to be seated. A couple of waiters walked by, saw us, but nobody seemed to care we were standing there. After about 4 min the host appeared. We did not have a reservation and we were turned away rather abruptly. There were less than 1/4 of the tables seated. Wow! it's been awhile since I have been treated like that. We went to a local winery special event the next day and to our surprise, Bistro Laurent was serving food pairings. The food was an attempt to be unique but was mediocre at best. Doesn't look like Bistro Laurent will see our business in the future.

  • Sep 15, 2011 by Ginny A.

    This is a delightful place to eat in Paso Robles. We had lunch outside on the pleasant patio under the grape arbor...reminiscent of an auberge in Provence.  The waiter was helpful with menu suggestions and the wine choice.  The blue crab salad was exceptional with an abundance of large, succulent pieces of crabmeat.  It was accompanied with fresh greens, dressed with a perfectly balanced balsamic vinaigrette.  The salmon tart was sublime and just the right size for lunch.  The French bread was baked to order and was warm, with just the right crunch on the outside.  The homemade raspberry clafouti with vanilla ice cream and French press coffee was a perfect way to end the meal.   We weren't hurried in any way by the attentive staff and were extremely satisfied with our choice of restaurants in Paso.  We will definitely stop in again on our travels.

  • Aug 16, 2011 by Steve S.

    Everybody seems to like this place, but I must differ. Almost everyone we met said this was a terrific restaurant, so we saved it for our last night in town. We ordered the tasting menu (four plates, with wine). The wines were quite good. However, the "crisp tart" was soggy and tired, the duck/cheese filling mushy. The other courses were OK, but nothing special. We both had the warm lobster salad  which was perhaps the best of the lot, and the duck. The caramelized apples for the desert course were dreadful. Tiny apples halved, and with pits and stems still present. No evidence of caramelization anywhere and impossible to eat. We exchanged it for the chocolate. Granted that was handled without any to do, but really, the standard seems quite low. The worst part of the experience was the wine service. Apparently, the only person allowed to pour wine is the host. Consequently, he was flitting about the restaurant as if on speed. He would flit by our table and slosh some wine in our glasses, then flit off, like a deranged hummingbird. Wine is an important part of the meal, and as I mentioned before, the wines were very tasty. But how hard would it have been to actually tell us what was being served? When we asked, he barked out the vintner's name and dashed off without another word. Quite rude, I would say, and we will not be back.

  • Aug 13, 2011 by Elaine K.

    I cannot even begin to rave about how amazing the meal at Bistro Laurent was.  By far the best meal my bf and I had while we stayed in Paso Robles.  In my opinion, this meal was better than most high end restaurants I've eaten at and paid four times the price for. Their tasting menu was amazing and so reasonably priced compared to restaurants in Orange County and L.A.  4 courses with wine pairing is only $63 per person and it's so worth it! Every bite of every course was so good I didn't want to finish it.  Standouts were definitely the crispy tart with duck confit.  Every bite was better than the first, melt-in-your-mouth good.  Roasted duck breast with a blueberry sauce was perfectly cooked with a crispy outside.  Also my scallop dish came with two huge sea scallops, can't remember the set up. I wish Bistro Laurent was closer to home because I would go there as much as possible.

  • Aug 07, 2011 by Jeff L.

    Since a large portion of my life is a quest for French style duck, it's only fitting that I came to Bistro Laurent. We were seated promptly without a reservation (later on a Friday night even) and were shown to our table along the wall of the cozy eating area.  Behind the counter you can see the even cozier kitchen, where an imposing looking fellow, I assume the head chef, watches his cooks with a diligent eye.  Before I even looked at the menu I knew our food would be prepared with the utmost care. So we went all out. 4 course meal with wine pairing for each course? Done.  And at only 60 dollars a person it's damn near a steal.  The preparation of each course was intricate, and the wines picked married well with the courses (one Pinot really stood out, should have written it down). Each course was very good (the duck wasn't the best I've had but still satisfied my craving... for now), desert was something a little special: try the sugar crepes for sure. While Bistro Laurent isn't the best French I've had, it provided an even better experience.  It's the first time I've left a French restaurant full and happy.  An even greater accomplishment.

  • Aug 05, 2011 by Lilly L.

    This was a great bargain for a 4 course meal with wine pairing.  The dishes were generally good, though my escargot was a bit gritty for my taste, and we were underwhelmed by the desserts.  However, the wine pairings were good and very generous.  The atmosphere is very cute and the service, attentive (in fact, the food was probably delivered too promptly for a leisurely meal).  We will definitely give this another try next time we are in Paso!

  • Jul 30, 2011 by brian c.

    The Perfect dining experience.  We brought our own wine and the matre de suggested we allow him to design a meal for us.  He said close your menu and I will take care of you and I am so glad we followed his lead. He started us with a cold potato leek soup which was superb.  This was followed by a fresh sturgeon in a wine reduction sauce.   Then the main course of veal checks in wine sauce as well with fingerling potatoes.  The desert of chocolate pudding was better than a chocolate souffle.  The service was terrific for every course.   This Bistro could have been in Paris or New York and competes with the Best of them...

  • Jul 21, 2011 by RJ F.

    Made ressies prior to a concert at the Mid-State Fair based on yelp* reviews.   The food and wine manager Ian was very accomodating of our time restrictions.  Our party of 4 did the four course tasing menu with wine pairings, everything was very good and we left satisfied.  An interesting appetizer of apple, prosciutto, cheese on endive, then succulent lobster medallions in sort of a bisque sauce and flat iron steak (cooked just right) with mash potatoes.  A little chocolate for dessert, with port.   Efficient service, friendly staff, good vibe, what's not to like?  Not cheap but good food ain't!  Will come back and recommend.

  • Jul 10, 2011 by Tammy T.

    Curry mussels pretty interesting. Confit of duck super tasty. Cute place for dinner.

  • Jun 05, 2011 by Carla K.

    Like most reviews for Bistro Laurent, wonderful wine, food and service.  We had a tasting menu (chef's choice) with wine pairings.  The salmon with lentils was fabulous, as well as the lamb cheeks with wine reduction.

  • Jun 04, 2011 by Andi C.

    This is the absolute best quality in the Paso Robles area!  Laurent is a most excellent chef and I highly recommend the tasting menu with the wine pairings!  The wine list is also excellent with many favorite local wines like La Filice, Treana, Austin Hope, Via Vega and more!  The service is attentive and well informed, very friendly. It would be great if they would add reservations to Open Table....

  • May 31, 2011 by Kourosh K.

    The food was average/okay, nothing to write home about... Service was a bit too French (stuck up attitude) for my taste... For example, this was the only restaurant in America (and I have eaten in many French restaurants) that would not have straws for their drinks... I guess they just got turned off when we did not order wine with our lunch... Also, no Ketchup for the fries (So sorry for insulting their frenchness)...

  • May 23, 2011 by J S.

    Nice surprise to go to a restaurant where the chef knows how to cook. great: 1)service 2) sirloin and creamy buttery mashed potatoes. Cooked bleeding as requested.  Favorite dish. good: wine pairing.  I thought the pairings were good - not amazing, but good.  Generous pours for the price. A few things that could be improved: 1) Frog legs w/ asparagus cream (the asparagus cream was very tasty, made with a good stock. But the frog legs were chewy.   2) Veal cheeks red wine reduction - the sauce was overpowering but if they used the same sauce as the sirloin it would be much better. 3) Wasn't much a fan of the raviole, tomatoes too acidic, could be cut smaller and basil leaves chiffonaded smaller.  This is my preference :) In Summary, nothing was awful, though no one dish save the sirloin + mashed potatoes was complete except possibly the lingcod + lentils which was done well.  The above 3 had some flaw.  If the flaws were worked out, it would be a GREAT restaurant. I would definitely give it a try, because there were many good facets of this restaurant. Normally the food with pairing is approx $80/pp which is a great deal, but we added supplement of foie gras and also two full courses.  So the bill came out to $300.

  • May 22, 2011 by Erica L.

    I recently celebrated my Fathers birthday at Bistro Laurent.  Everything was very good with the exception of my Dad's steak, it was a bit tough.  Stick with the fish, frogs legs, chicken, etc.  The wine list is great & well priced.  Service is great too!

  • May 16, 2011 by Leslie G.

    One of my most favorite restaurants of the area; most areas is more like it. Amazing food, wines and ambiance. It's by far some of the best French food this side of Paris. You must try the tasting menu and do not pass on the wine pairing.

  • May 13, 2011 by Ron M.

    What a great restaurant! We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings and told them.  -  You decide. They did and what a surprise. We had the tart with confit of duck, caramelized onions and scallops. The scallops were perfect. Then we moved on to the main course, a roasted duck breast with a wine reduction and blueberry sauce, and a potato pancake that I could have repeated over and over. Really good!! The wine pairings were both generous and excellent choices. Some were French and the others were from Paso Robles. The service was excellent and the ambiance was definitely French bistro. I heartily recommend this restaurant.

  • May 08, 2011 by Denise N.

    LOVELY and very intimate!  Service and food were excellent!!!  The menu is limiting so be sure there is something you can eat....(I'm allergic to seafood).  I had been wine tasting all day and by the time we got to dinner at 6pm, I couldn't drink another glass.  My husband added the wine pairing to his order and was excited to taste a different wine with each course....some local, some from france.  I LOVE being waited on and having attentive service......so much so that they brought you new utensils for EVERY course! There was a chocolate dessert (part souffle/part hot chocolate) that was to DIE FOR!  I am a chocolate fanatic and NOTHING compared to this dessert!!!!! I will be back if ever I'm in the area......place is small, so make reservations ahead of time.  BTW, the day before our reservation, they had a RHONE Event and the price was $150 per person.  Of course, we opted not to dine there as we did not know what to expect.  The place was PACKED when we walked by...so it must have been lovely!   What a GREAT SURPRISE for a small town like Paso Robles!  Whatever they're doing, they're doing it RIGHT!

  • May 02, 2011 by Eric B.

    Very intimate atmosphere. Come a bit dressy, but no need for formal wear. Top notch desserts!

  • Apr 14, 2011 by Jamie W.

    The culinary highlight of my past weekend trip to Paso. Bistro Laurent is warm and cozy, especially on a rainy night and even more so if having a meal with your special someone... On our waiter's suggestion, we closed our menu and just let them bring us food. I love to do this! Surprise me! And thankfully, it was a great recommendation. We had a lobster salad, a mushroom pasta course, salmon with lentils, beef tenderloin and the chocolate pots de creme. The chanterelle mushroom pasta was decadent, delicious and the most fantastic part of the meal. The couple sitting next to us even got another order to go. Had I been near home I would have done the EXACT same thing because at least if I was home, nobody would be able to see me lick the plate! The salmon, while cooked to perfection was the only dish that I didn't think lived up to the rest of the meal... hubby totally disagrees with me but I think the lentils could have used a little more pizazz. Other than that everything was perfect. They paired the courses with wine, starting with champagne. I'm sure the whole thing wasn't cheap, but it was memorable. Without a doubt, the next time I'm in town, I'll be back for round two.

  • Mar 21, 2011 by Jeannette P.

    found this place to get out of the rain. The waiter and host at the door both young men were friendly and professional.   Every dish was memorable which is what you want it a restaurant. I started my meal with the french onion soup and it was about the best I ever had. I had lunch here with 4 other people and everyone thought there dishes were excellent as well. The wine list was was very good. My only small complaint was that the sommelier/manager was up tight and not very friendly if he was French we would expect this, but he was a local.  We ordered two lovely bottles of wine with out the help of the sommelier , a smile can go a long way.  I will recommend and I will go back to this Bistro.

  • Mar 09, 2011 by Hilma J.

    For their intimate atmosphere and excellent food, we selected Bistro Laurent for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner. What they delivered was the meal of a life time! Our guests are singing Bistro Laurent's praises. And sing they should, because the 5-course meal was a symphony!  Beginning with the first notes (a superb champagne with appetizers), each course built upon the last, utilizing a sophisticated scale of local ingredients and flavors, a range of textures, and superb wine pairings...rising to the light, softly sweet and airy finale...a heavenly Ile Flotant.  When the Ile Flotant was served...a hush fell over the restaurant, as everyone was transported to some heavenly place...bravo Bistro Laurent! Back to earth! The Maitre d'/Sommeiler was wonderful to work with, responsive and  accommodating, the wait staff attentive, quietly efficient and friendly, and the Chef - his excellent guidance creating a superb 5-course dinner in a gem of a restaurant.  It was an experience I will never forget and will always remember with appreciation and pleasure. An education, a revelation, a celebration! And the final words come from my 14 year-old nephew from Texas (who loves BBQ) "Okay, now I like the French!" Bistro Laurent is the real deal...a true bit of France in our own beautiful California...the best of both worlds...on a plate...oh yum!

  • Feb 25, 2011 by Mark B.

    What a place.  My wife and I opted to go off the menu and let the chef cook us whatever he felt like.  We made the right choice.  Every dish was magnificent.  The wine pairing did what it was supposed to.  The food made the wine and vice versa. Let's talk about the wine for a second.  I know Paso Robles is a legit wine region, that's why we are there.  However Bistro Laurent paired mainly with European wines.  It was quite refreshing to be experience a purely French Bistro with French wines.  I was please by the wine selection. The only thing preventing them from five stars is the service.  We either had our wine served way too early or we had our food waiting for the wine.  Either way Bistro Laurent is a gem in Paso Robles.  We will be back.

  • Feb 15, 2011 by lawrence l.

    I knew I was going to be spending a pretty penny when I made reservations to this place.  But it was worth it. Me and my girlfriend did the 4 course tasting with wine pairing and it was perfect.  I could not have asked anymore from the service and the wine guy that poured was very knowledgeable.  But with all those great wineries around, I would expect some pretty good restaurants in this area.   And you know it's a fancy place when they give you new silverware for every dish and they clean your table with a little scraper.  This place did not disappoint. The only con I could think of was that you sit pretty close to the table next to you if you are on the outer area of the dining area, and most of those seats are for twos.  Like they had to move a table for our semi fat neighbor so she could get out comfortably without knocking our glasses over.  But I really didn't mind and it wasn't that bad.  Definitely not a deciding factor to eating here.  Most of the old rich people that eat here are nice and not snobby.   I highly recommend this place for your fancy occasion or if you're just filthy rich and eat 150 dollar meals nightly.

  • Feb 13, 2011 by Robert H.

    I really enjoyed this place. Very small, quaint place that is perfect for a romantic of special occasion dinner. We were greeted by the sommelier, who was incredibly nice the whole dinner. He was constantly making sure we were happy and satisfied. The other servers were all very accommodating and professional as well. The food was amazing. I had the Mixed Green Salad and it was very nice. Had the perfect portion size and right amount of dressing. Not too overbearing but perfect to get me through to entree. My entree choice with the Filet of Beef with Peppercorn. Honestly, im a steak guy and have been to most of the so-called 'A' rated steakhouses.....and this filet was right at the top. Maybe even the top. It was so incredibly tender and simply prepared. No overbearing butter taste or too much seasoning. Granted, Mastros filet with butter smell gets me every time, but this was different. It was a simple approach to an awesome filet. The peppercorn sauce was a nice touch as well, but the filets quality and taste was no way contingent upon it. Look forward to dining here again.

  • Jan 17, 2011 by Scott S.

    A friend had eaten here before and loved it, so we made reservations for 8 pm on a Friday night. Not surprisingly, Bistro Laurent was packed. After waiting for about 15 minutes, we were given a glass of wine and told that our table should be ready shortly. Another 15 minutes went by and Ian, the sommelier, told us we could eat the wine cellar. We checked it out and immediately agreed as we would be the one only ones in the room. We ordered the four tastings with wine pairings. Normally, you'd expect samples so small that you might still be hungry after, but Bistro Laurent gives you just enough that you savor each bite and are left completely full when you're done. Service is done in a team style, but all of the servers were friendly and knowledgeable about the food. Ian was especially helpful and friendly, describing the wines in a fashion that made you want to learn more. The duck confit with greens on a small bread round was to die for! Equally good was the roasted quail served with a small round of sliced potatoes with creme fraiche and seared at 600 degrees and baked. The potatoes melted in your mouth. We choose the cheese course for dessert which consisted of five cheeses and plenty of sliced bread. There's an extra charge for the cheese course instead of regular desserts which looked good as well. The wine pairings are excellent and they pour a generous amount to taste.

  • Nov 26, 2010 by Sophie Q.

    I share the view that the dish was good but service of this restaurant is really terrible, let me say obviously unfair and also insulting customer. We chose tasting course. The first wine was fair, however Unfortunately, sommelier brought us red wine while we are eating seafood,the wine he brought us Was obviously cheaper wine than the customer who were sitting next to us. There were so many things that annoyed me, so in short , this restaurant can not be recommended to the people who wants to enjoy their meals and  wines.

  • Oct 29, 2010 by Brett B.

    I don't understand how anyone could give this less than 5 stars... Service was impeccable.  Not too fast, not too slow.  Not intrusive, not aloof, but on top of their game.  We pointed out that my wife had a wheat allergy and I have been having some bad reactions to wine - no problem.  They handled it with ease. We did a tasting menu chosen by the chef - and it was spectacular.  Warm lobster salad, lentils with salmon, lamb, and a flourless chocolate cake.  All of it was delicious.  I honestly became a bit jealous of the larger entrees at the table across from us, but was glad to try so many different flavors. The atmosphere was quiet and intimate, but felt casual.  Very warm. If you are trying to choose between Artisan and Bistro Laurent - start by choosing both!  But seriously, if you can only do one and you're looking for something special, choose the Bistro Laurent for sure.

  • Oct 09, 2010 by Joe M.

    Went for lunch with my wife and her cousin. I had a deicious homemade fettucini with heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil. So simple yet so elegant. Loved the fact that they were able to do it without lots of garlic. Got to taste the crab ravioli which were also delicious but a bit rich for me. Nice varied wine list but did not partake.

  • Sep 26, 2010 by Sally E.

    Let me start off by saying that the food was good.  However, the service was terrible. I ordered the roasted chicken for an entree, and the cold tomato and cucumber soup for app.  It was good, well prepared and tasty. We arrived and the host sat us in the patio at our request.  The most confusing part of the dining experience is that we never knew which server was our waiter.  We had a few people helping and at times were left sitting at our table looking for assistance with one thing or another. It wasnt terribly busy, and the wait staff attempted to be elegant and upscale, but if anything they came off as pretentious.  The bus boys would clean off the tables with a scraper to remove crumbs, and food particles, but would end up dumping it all in my lap, instead to the other side of the table. When one girl came by to clear the table, I smiled and said thank you, she looked at me as if she were angry and I should not have thanked her. At the end of the meal, we were left there sitting for a good 20 minutes before we waived down a bus boy if they could bring our check (back to the we didnt know who our waiter was).  Another 10 minutes go by...no check.  Then a group of servers came back out, and we asked again.  They acknowledged but as they walked away, argued among themselves why no check was on our table yet. Finally, they brought the check, instead of handing it to us, he threw it on our table.  No thank you, or take your time.  Here you go.  Um...ok. Sadly, we still left 15% tip.  It was only because we didnt want to stiff the cook or the dishwasher.  If I could, I would have walked the tip back to the kitchen and gave it to them myself. I will never return.  I would rather spend just as much to dine at Artisan or Thomas Hill Organics.  Those restaurants have much better service and appreciate their diners.

  • Sep 25, 2010 by Laurie O.

    I ordered the Fillet of Beef from the tasting menu, and it was the best steak I've ever tasted!  The balsamic sauce complimented the perfectly-seasoned steak very well.  It was accompanied by some mashed potatoes with homemade curly potato sticks on top. We also ordered a 2006 Eberle Cabernet, which was deliciously light, and went well with the fillet. Before the meal, a waitress brought over some treats from the chef -  tiny little morsels made of caramelized onions with a dollop of goat cheese.  They were delicious.  Crusty sourdough bread comes with fresh, soft butter.  This place takes care of every detail.  Excellent service - you could hardly take two sips of wine without them refilling your glass!

  • Aug 03, 2010 by Roger N.

    Wine paring.....AMAZING! The service was impeccable and the food with wine was superb. Although the restaurant is tight with space, I think it gives it a very nice character. There might have been more tables in patio but I wasnt paying attention. I was brought to a fine table with great servers. You pay for what you get, so if you can spare to spend a few more dollars per person....you will never regret it. Well worth it.

  • Jul 26, 2010 by Teri B.

    Marriage is always a compromise. Especially when it comes to our weekly date of Dinner and a Movie. When I get to pick the restaurant, he gets to pick the movie. This dangerous precedent has forced my eyeballs to witness such cinematic disasters as Jonas Hex and Shoot Em Up. Sometimes I really have to roll the dice and take my chances as there is a restaurant I am dying to try and he has dug his heals in and wants me to review "In and Out Burger". We settled the mealtime tug of war at Bistro Laurent. This quaint eatery is located in the heart of Paso and as the Friday night concert in the park drew all the locals out, we slipped into our own French slice of heaven. I ordered the Chef's Tasting, with a choice of five courses. Gary started with his desert first, a fact that put this wait staff into a tailspin. He ordered the Apricot tart with lavender ice cream while I sampled the excellent selection of warm bread. The apricots were fresh from farmer's market, as was the lavender essence. He enjoyed the dish, but not the whispering of the staff. Next, he had the French Onion soup that was hot, sweet, and delicious. I started with the warm salad of lobster with orange vinaigrette, a large chunk of lobster tail meat assembled on a bed of wild greens with a decidedly French dressing that enhanced the flavors. I also tried the crispy fried shrimp with salad of arugula, the shrimp was pan fried to perfection with a spicy arugula bringing the ensemble together. My next dish was the braised king crab in creamy white wine sauce that was first-rate with snow crab claw meat resting in a sauce so rich and worthy; we mopped it up with our bread.   My first savory entree was fresh Alaskan halibut with haricot verts and saffron sauce. The halibut was cooked to perfection and the green beans had a nice snap and a scrumptious essence. Then we shared the sliced beef tenderloin, puree potatoes with a Bordelaise sauce. The meat required no knife to cut it and again the sauce rocked our senses. I finished in the traditional French way with a plate of four cheese selections. The waiter explained they were all French cheeses, but knew nothing else about them.

  • Jun 30, 2010 by Brandon L.

    Fabulous food, great service, well worth the money paid.  I have no idea how anyone can say the food isn't delicious, it certainly is.  They also have one of the best wine lists in town, you will not be disappointed.

  • Jun 24, 2010 by Matthew Faulkner

    Great Dining Experience. We were two couples touring the Paso Robles wine country and had dinner at Bistro Laurent. I would highly reccommend dining at this Bistro. The environment is intimate, but they also have outdoor seating. I went on a Saturday and was glad we had reservations. They are very popular. The food was excellent in quality and the service was warm and friendly yet professional. We ordered the five course dinner to be chosen by the chef and paired with their selection of wines. The food was perfectly paired with French and California wines. Each dish bloomed into full flavor with every bite and sip of wine. The menu is very reasonably priced considering the exceptional quality of food and wine.

  • Apr 23, 2010 by Rebecca V.

    My husband and I went here for our anniversary and had a wonderful time.  The staff was very courteous and helpful and the sommelier took us personally to the wine cellar to pick out just the right bottle of wine.  We had frog legs for the first time were were delicious and everything else was just as good.  Will definately go back next time we are in Paso :)

  • Apr 16, 2010 by Anonymouse Y.

    Everything good, pricey but worth it.  Staff very nice, owner comes to table, wine suggested was awesome.

  • Apr 04, 2010 by Michelle M.

    This was our first experience in Paso Robles, and this Bistro was the cherry on top of a great time.  Four courses, including wine pairings, for $54 each.  You have choices for your courses (ei, choose one of three options).  The chef was considerate of our dietary needs, and very nice.  You can see him cooking in the kitchen, and give him a little nod when you like something.  The first bite of each course nearly caused collapse, each course was better than the last.  I 100% recommend this place for anyone who loves fine dining but is on a budget.  Heck, even those not on a budget will love this restaurant!  The last thing I will say is that the service was impeccable.  The servers were young, in their late teens, early 20s, and very professional.  When they realized snobbery was not required to wait on us, our server became more relaxed and even funny.  I love this place and will be back, for sure!

  • Mar 09, 2010 by m l.

    I totally agree with the review posted by Peter F. giving this place 1 star also. While we didn't have a bottle of wine we had 1 glass between the 2 of us and that was almost the best part of the dinner besides the complimentary Amuse-bouche from the chef which consisted of white tuna tartar atop a small flaky coin sized pastry drizzled with lemon zest or juice. It was downhill from there. While we enjoyed the Bistro salad (romaine and shaved parmesan) the rest of the dinner was disappointing and over rated and priced. One of us had the Bistro salad and the crispy risotto topped with shrimp. The other had the 4 course dinner with: -smoked salmon "avocado" appetizer (the "avocado" was pale green avocado-esque mousse which could have been artificial as far as I'm concerned -fricassee of shrimp and lobster (brown flavorless broth with salty overcooked shrimp and lobster) -asparagus soup (so unmemorable I can't recall details on this course) -warm chocolate tart (this was really a small chocolate souffle with a nickel sized scoop of vanilla gelato, and not particularly a good souffle.We are dessert junkies and didn't finish this). If I can steer you to eat at another restaurant, then let this long winded review do such. Try a place like Artisan or something and let my wasted money save you some time and heartache. We wanted to like this restaurant very much as we were tantalized by the online menu, but the food and service were disappointing. I won't even bother to go into detail on why the service disappointed us but I will say we left thinking "who was our waiter?"

  • Feb 27, 2010 by Julie T.

    Yup,  a tradition. Should try it at least once. I don't know what people are expecting most of the time when they come to these places, 24 K finger bowls and a complimentary "happy ending" because they are shelling out more than they would spend at Olive Garden? Every place has an off night when the groove is derailed. But I think that if you are enjoying a good bottle of wine with good company, an unbussed table or two isn't going to get your knickers in a twist.

  • Feb 08, 2010 by Jason M.

    If you want good food, come here! We had a four course meal with wine pairings.  The food was amazing.  I am surprised to read any bad reviews on this restaurant, it was by far the best meal I had in Paso Robles.

  • Jan 25, 2010 by Laura C.

    We stumbled on Bistro Laurent when we were driving to LA from the Bay Area, and what a find!  Our lunch was OUTSTANDING.  The wine list looked great as well, but since we were on a road trip, we couldn't take advantage of it.  We were having a dinner party that evening, so we ordered the soup to go and wowed our guests at home as well.

  • Jan 21, 2010 by Vina Robles

    Take out your significant other for a 3 course meal for only $30 during the month of January! Pair it with a flight of Vina Robles wines! Great french cuisine.

  • Jan 18, 2010 by AnglimWinery

    Take in a favorite bottle of wine & ask the chef to pair food with it.

  • Jan 05, 2010 by Angelica T.

    The food is no joke. Every bite you make brings comfort to your soul. There's an orchastration of flavors. Aside from the fantastic taste of food they offer, customer service is excellent.

  • Jan 02, 2010 by Marjorie U.

    They don't have that much wine selection. But when it comes to service I give them a thumbs up. Their crab risotto has more shrimps than the crab itself. Their dessert is also not that good. Ambiance is catered to older diners.

  • Dec 03, 2009 by Jaclyn W.

    God I love this place. Their wine selections are excellent, and this time, I found out you can purchase the wines in their shop next door! Our food was delectable once again, and unlike last time, the dessert lived up to the first four courses. I had a wonderful "floating island," essentially a fluffy meringue lying in a pool of vanilla been sauce. It was wonderful. The only discouraging part of our experience was the frequency with which couples would appear at the door and be ignored by the maitre d' (to the point where they actually left the restaurant). The service could definitely be improved upon arrival, but once seated, the maitre d' as well as the waiters are attentive (and the food makes up for it).

  • Nov 20, 2009 by Michael A.

    Two couples for dinner - all four of us really enjoyed our meals - and each one of us had something different.  The sauted shrimp over crab risotto was amazing.  The free range chicken with pureed potatoes was just what was needed after wine tasting all day. My wife had Halibut as fish of the day and really liked it.  My buddy had a very tasty filet with black peppercorn sauce which wasn't overpowering.  The atnosphere is somewhat classy french but once you start talking to the somellier (who is from new york) and the chef makes his rounds up front, you feel much more at home.  The guy next to us was wearing shorts but maybe too casually dressed.  They really do a solid job with food, atmosphere and service.  I would go again.

  • Nov 01, 2009 by Sara S.

    My boyfriend and I decided to take a break from Halloween this year and ventured to our friendly wine neighbor to the north, Paso Robles, for a weekend getaway. After a day of wine-tasting, we went to downtown Paso for dinner at Bistro Laurent. This restaurant came with great recommendations - supposedly one of the best restaurants in the city. Being a major foodie, I was excited. I was hoping for an extraordinary experience.  What I got at Bistro Laurent wasn't even ordinary - it was in fact, one of the most awkward, uncomfortable dining experiences of my life. We kept hoping the dishes would be worth the wait. And wait we did ... minutes went by as we stood at the entrance, waiting for the maitre d' to seat us (even though the restaurant wasn't even at half capacity.) He finally emerged carrying a wine glass (was he off drinking?) After we were seated, we received a basket of cold bread.   Now I like to think that the mark of a good French restaurant is their bread... this tasted like cold, stale bread you could pick up at your local grocer's.  There was no distinctive flavor, no sounds of crispness when you tore the bread into pieces. We opted for the 4-course tasting menu since it was our first time and we were eager to try multiple dishes.  Each course was (for me) disappointing and was accompanied by long, awkward moments of me staring at my dirty, empty plate before me while the wait staff were off to the side chit-chatting.  Um, a little help please? The dishes were not memorable at all...from the warm lobster and mandarin orange salad to the boring lobster bisque (it sounded so promising on the menu - lobster bisque with blue crab and crispy potato, but I've had Campbell soups that were more interesting.)  The entree I selected was the sauteed halibut with ratatouille and red wine reduction. The halibut was completely bland and unseasoned and the red wine reduction far too salty for my tastes. My boyfriend ordered the roasted venison, which I have to admit, was quite delicious. He had a far more pleasant experience with his meal! There is much to be said about the service, unfortunately none of which is good.  Aside from the excrutiatingly long moments between courses, the waiters seemed particularly awkward at their jobs, as if they were children playing dress-up for the night. (Seeing how it was Halloween, perhaps that was the case!)  Our waiter was young and spoke with such nervousness, as if he wasn't used to calling anyone "sir."  He also seemed to lack common sense. For example, when we decided to switch from Pellegrino to regular water (which he kept referring to as tap water, a rather unattractive way of saying ice water) he only filled up my boyfriend's glass, ignoring my empty one beside it and walked away. When I requested my glass to be filled as well, he seemed almost indignant.  I'm sorry, I thought since you were dressed as a waiter that you WERE one. When the dessert arrived, we were beyond disappointed. I had sugar crepes (which were as thin as air) topped by the world's tiniest scoop of grand marnier ice cream (seriously, this scoop was smaller than the scoop of butter you get on top of pancakes at Dennys) and a couple of blueberries. Honestly, I get more blueberries at Pinkberry. Finally, it was time for the check. Total time spent at Bistro Laurent: 2 hours.  Total courses: 4.  Total number of people dining at the patio aside from us: 0.  So did it really need to take 2 hours??? I wish I could say it was because they were busy. But they weren't.  They were just lazy. They spent most of the time talking with each other (and perhaps sneaking drinks, who knows at this point) and they were so enamored with each other that they didn't even bother to clean up the tables around us.  One family had left right when we were seated and  2 hours later, their table still hadn't been cleaned and their dirty napkins still in a pile on the floor. I'd like to give this place another chance, since so many other people have enjoyed it. Perhaps I shall return when its not Halloween, in the hopes that they will have a REAL staff on hand and let this make-believe wait staff return to their regular stints at Taco Bell.

  • Oct 15, 2009 by demi c.

    One star is one star too many. Where to start. Cherry tomatoes that were placed on the table as a freebee appitizer were covered in dirt speckles. I lifted my napkin to find a dead fly under it and when i called the waiter he brushed it off the table without a word and walked away. Then when my partner's shrimp dish came, one of the shrimp was wrapped in a long hair. And that was it! we got up and walked towards the door explaining what the issues were. The host said "what was wrong with your dish? You can still pay for that one." You have got to be kidding me. I didn't even touch my dish. We should have left when the dead fly got tossed to the floor. YUCK!!!!!!! PLease don't go there for a romantic dinner. It might kill the mood.

  • Oct 03, 2009 by Tyler M.

    Bistro Laurent is a delicious restaurant in the heart of Paso Robles! A great selection of delicious meals! Dessert is so-so, but otherwise a really nice place for Lunch or Dinner! I would definitely suggest this for anybody wanting a good meal in Paso Robles!

  • Sep 27, 2009 by Peter F.

    Boy did I want to like this restaurant.  Such great reviews and a great recommendation from our B&B owner.  We'd spent the day outside in 111 degree heat tasting red wines, and while normally I love spending the day wine tasting, it was way too hot and not enjoyable this time 'round so we were looking forward to a really enjoyable dinner.  Last time in Paso, my group had gone to Villa Creek and Artisan and really enjoyed both, although some in the group like one or the other- so we were looking for a new spot. Our night started off great at Bistro Laurent.  I described my taste in wine to the sommelier and he picked something in my price range from the cellar not on the wine list that was really great.  Sadly, all downhill from there. The appetizers came and were so-so.  Onion soup, a tart, a garden salad.  All just ok.  Then we sat there and waited for our waiter to come clear the plates.  And then we waited some more.  Then we ran out of bread and tried to get someone's attention.  Finally someone came over and looked like he'd just been to a funeral. Then the entrees.  I had Rabbit compote which sounded great on the menu and even better when described by the host.  But alas, it sounded much better than it was.  We were rather disappointed with the rabbit and the other main dishes (lamb and risotto).  Again, we had to fight to get any staff's attention and get our next course. As we continued eating, we looked around and kept noticing that none of the tables vacated by other guests had been  bussed so that all around us tables piled up with dirty napkins and dishes.  Utterly a mess.  The staff were standing around talking.  It was such an uncomfortable environment to eat in. Dessert: My wife (who had ordered the tasting course) called the waiter over and asked if she could just pick any dessert off of the menu.  He said "no".  Then he STOOD there!  She finally said "Um, okay, could I get the tasting menu list of desserts then" and he said "oh, did you want that"?  I mean come on. This type of behavior from the staff continued all night.  After our sparkling water was finished, my wife asked if she could get some regular water.  The guy came back (finally) and he poured my wife some water and began walking off.  All of the rest of us had empty glasses.  Wouldn't you think he might ask if anyone else at the table wanted any water? Really really disappointed.  So-so food which was overpriced and TERRIBLE service.  Really this is 1.5 stars for the service we got re: the wine.  But even then, the sommelier mentioned a different wine I might like which he said he'd write down for me and then never did. All in all the so-so food hardly made up for the terrible service and the sloppy state of the restaurant (which got worse as we sat there). Won't be back.

  • Sep 26, 2009 by Larry Kedes

    Incredibly fine tasting menu at reasonable cost with excellent wine pairing. We chose to have the chef create rather than follow the printed menu-- turned out better.

  • Sep 15, 2009 by Robert M.

    Wow.  This meal was so impressive.  Just beautiful presentation, delicious food and wine pairings, a great value, and a relaxed atmosphere.  Loved, loved, loved this restaurant!

  • Aug 11, 2009 by Tina L.

    Definitely a gem in Paso Robles!  I was very impressed with both the quality of the food and the service of the entire staff.  On top of that, it's a great deal...$48 for a 4 course meal plus $11 more for wine pairing. The lobster salad, mini raviolis w/smoked salmon, scallop, halibut cheeks and lamp chops were all very flavorful and great sauces accompanying each.  Oh and I must add they are very generous with the wine pouring...if there was only a bit left in the bottle they would leave the remainder of the bottle for us!  Everyone from the host to the waiter to the wait staff were all very genuinely friendly, helpful and attentive.  And lastly I would recommend sitting out on the patio...great place!

  • Aug 06, 2009 by Dana Tonkin Chapman

    Fabulous food, atmosphere and service. Simply excellent!

  • Jul 07, 2009 by Ashley S.

    We ate here our one night in Paso. We had the 4 course tasting menu. Everything was really good. Some of the wine pairing seemed a little off. The dining room was super cute, very small and quaint. The service was very good as well.   It was the only restaurant we ate at in Paso Robles so I do not have anything to compare it to, but it was good.  Some of the things seemed very Italian, not French, like our amuse of tomato, basil and mozzerella on a crostini. it was till good though.

  • Jul 06, 2009 by Paul K.

    I would be very tempted to give this place 5 stars as the food was really good here, but the dessert was a miss and the service could be a bit friendlier. We read the rave reviews this place received and was told that Laurent is a great value and the best place to dine in the Central Coast.   We order the 4 course tasting menu with Wine Pairing. At $58, it was an incredible value.   I started with the Shrimp Salad (fried shrimp coated with Chinese Vermicelli noodles).  The shrimp was crisp and tasty, but being Asian, this was a bit too ordinary for me.  I was thinking the whole time that in Asia, you can get this quality (and maybe even better) in a casual restaurant for 1/10 the price.   Next came the Foie Gras with Blueberries.  This was outstanding.  The Foie Gras was rich and flavorful and the fresh Blueberries complimented the Foie Gras well.  I liked the fresh Blueberries rather than the typical sweet fruit preserve pairing (Cherry, Blueberry or Orange are typical).  The Foie Gras tasted slightly  lighter than usual as a result.   Next came the Duck, which was slightly smoked and perfectly roasted.  The skin was just slightly crispy with just the right amount of fat to give it a nice rich flavor.  The meat was a perfect medium rare.  The duck slices sat on a potato gallet which was lightly crisp on the outside but very creamy and flavorful on the inside.  It was so perfect  that I could have eaten 3 or 4 of them.  Again the chef chose a more savory sauce (a red wine reduction I believe) rather than a sweet sauce/ fruit preserve which is more commonly served with duck.   The last part, which was the dessert was a bit dissapointing.  It was supposed to be an almond Apricot Tart, but tasted more like warmed apricot over a fresh, crispy cracker (or a super thin Pizza crust) with a hint of sugar.  This was hardly the tasty French tart I was expecting. The wine pairing was superb  The 2 French Muscats went especially well with the Foie Gras and the dessert. The decor of the restaurant was nicer than your typical bistro, but still retained a laid back, casual atmosphere.  The service was good as we got everything we wanted and needed but they weren't particularly friendly - No smiles, no warm greetings, and rather taciturn.  When we were leaving, no one said good-bye, thank you or acknowledged us.   I would definitely be back at Laurents when I'm in the Central Coast.   I will be thinking about the duck and the Foie Gras.  Until next time!

  • Jun 15, 2009 by Mark A.

    Our wine club visited the Paso Robles area the first week of April.  We finished a day of touring with dinner for 16 at BL.  We arranged for a four course fixed price menu with tax, tip and corkage.  We brought wines that we had tasted and purchased during the day. The meal was absolutely delicious.  Service was flawless and well timed.  It topped off a very enjoyable road trip weekend.  The members are still talking about it and praising the wonderful dinner at Bistro Laurent.  Well done!

  • Jun 09, 2009 by Rob H.

    This place was definitely authentic french...all the way down to the snooty attitude from the wait staff and the tables that are so close together that you necessarily become good friends with your neighbors before the meal is done.  Those two things are the cause of my 2-star deduction.  If you aren't too worried about the close tables issue I think you will probably have a great time here. We really enjoyed the food and felt that it was reasonably priced for what it was.  In fact, we were taken aback to find such a great quality/price/style mix in a place like Paso.

  • Jun 07, 2009 by CJ G.

    C'est vrai!!  Quintessentially French, Bistro Laurent is _the_ place to go for dinner in Paso Robles.  No LA attitude.  No NY prices.  Just well executed bistro fare that will certainly knock your chaussettes (socks) off. Diners can select from a wide variety of a la carte choices or a prix fixe menu of either four ($48) or five ($54) courses.  At Bistro Laurent, there are no bad selections:  from Belgian endive salad and sauteed sea scallops to roasted halibut and braised osso bucco, each dish is superb.  As a first course, the chilled tomato soup with a frissonade of fresh basil and peccorino truly awakened the palate.  Pan roasted, line caught salmon was firm, yet tender, and perfectly complemented by a lemony cream sauce.  With a rich, deep demi-glace, the roasted duck breast was moist and incredibly flavorful. After a day of tasting great Paso Robles wines, the combination of very reasonably priced French and local offerings on the wine list was refreshing.  The maitre d' / sommelier is extremely knowledgeable and selected wine pairings that complemented each dish perfectly. With personable, attentive servers, diners never want for anything:  water glasses, wine glasses, and bread baskets are always full, and no reasonable request is refused.  The service could only be slightly improved by a reminder of the contents and preparation of each dish upon delivery to the table. The Bistro Laurent Web site reads:  "A bistro is an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere and reasonable prices."  And, at Bistro Laurent every word of that definition is true.

  • May 12, 2009 by john w.

    My go to spot in Paso. This was the restaurant I went to during my first visit to Paso. Four years later I still try to go there every time I visit.   The fillet.....ahhhh the fillet. Still about the best I've had anywhere. Perfectly cooked every time, perfect peppercorn sauce, perfect mash, even love the sprig of rosemary and fried onions they top it with. Other items I've ordered were all solid and consistent. Overall the food is very traditional French bistro style. Nothing really adventurous or new. Just good solid French food done the way it should be,  The prices are reasonable to average. $35 for the fillet isn't cheap really, but for a once in a while treat of that quality, it's more then worth it !. There are only two things I've ever had mixed feelings about. 1- the wine program.  Ian seems to be a knowledgeable guy and very attentive. However, I've never been really impressed by the selection. At least the by the glass selection.  I know for a fact there are better choices out there that are also cost conscious. He should look into stuff from the south of France or Loir.  The by the bottle list on the other hand looks great. I've only eaten there alone though, so I'm not going to buy a whole bottle.   2- the service.  It's actually very good. Attentive, prompt, helpful, polite. The thing is, it's Soooooooo serious!.  I get what Laurent is going for. A very refined and very French atmosphere. Personally  I think it's a bit dated these days....imho.   I've often wanted to grab one of the waiters and say "SMILE FOR GOD SAKE!....IT'S OK!!". Don't think I've ever even seen Laurent smile. So stoic and stuffy. That can put some people off.  I can deal with it though. It will always be my favorite spot :-)

  • Mar 03, 2009 by Wine Baron H.

    OMG this was possibly the best meal I have ever had in my whole put together!  Start with the warm lobster salad, succulent.  Onto the best damn king crab legs with asparagus(out of the shell of course) with I believe virgin sauce(usually over rated I believe but not this time).  Next lobster fricasse with chantrelle mushrooms, salivation city.  The server gave me a look that told me she might be considering removing my plate prior to me soaking up every bit of sauce with their wonderful bread.  I was looking for a steak knife to fend her off but just gave her the stink eye and she never even approached.  What a wonderful meal, start to finish.  Service was impeccable and the wines they paired our meal with were great.  Ended the culinary experience with homemade coconut ice cream and a vow to get on the damn treadmill first thing in the morning.  We will be back!

  • Feb 27, 2009 by Ti M.

    After a long beautiful scenic drive down the 1 through Big Sur from Monterey, we arrived in Paso Robles.  I told Aaron I wanted to keep this wine tour going.  He didn't object.  haha!  When we arrived in Paso Robles, I had no idea what an amazing wine country this place was.  Over 200 wineries!  yay!! So we drove around the square a few times trying to find the cutest most romantic spot for dinner.  We decided this place was it because it had it's own huge cellar.   We got a table immediately!  We were so lucky bc the next couple was told it would be an hour wait.  So we were seated and immediately greeting at our table.  To my delight, they had a tasting menu.  We ordered the three course tasting menu paired with wine.  it was just awesome!  The starters were killer, the main course steaks were so perfect, and the desserts were ridiculous.  We sat next to a table of couples who frequented this place.  They were so fun!  They shared their wine knowledge with us and where to go tasting tomorrow.   Overall, for a huge 3 course meal with wine...all for 80 bucks, no including tip....it was a memorable dinner.  :)

  • Feb 19, 2009 by mark k.

    I would really give 3.5 stars.  While the food was good, it did not justify the price tag.  Out of my four course paired meal, i had one sauce that was great.  Other food was decent, but nothing spectacular (at that price range).  Server was very nice young guy that made the evening enjoyable.

  • Jan 02, 2009 by Holly T.

    I think as far as French food goes, Bistro Laurent is only average, but what really made our evening more enjoyable was the fantastic service. We had stopped by Artisan but they were totally full except for a few cramped spaces at the bar, so it was nice to be able to come here without a reservation and get a seat without any wait. Upon being seated, we were offered a glass of champagne (alas, not complimentary), which I thought was a very nice touch. They have several tasting menus available, for either 4 or 5 courses, and each course had 3 choices. I thought the tasting menus were reasonably priced - 4 courses $48 (with wines $59) or 5 courses $64 (with wines $79). All of the tasting menu items were also available a la carte, and they were also quite flexible with substitutions (for example, my brother substituted the daily seafood special for the fish course). An additional cheese course is also available ($12 for two people, $24 for four people) should you desire. We got the 5 course tasting menu, which included a salad, appetizer, fish, meat, and dessert. I started with an endive salad with green apples and smoked duck breast, which was actually very good. Next I got a tart with duck confit and goat cheese, also quite good. The seafood dish was the biggest disappointment, as I got some scallops that were rubbery and salty and did not taste at all fresh, though they were served in a nice lobster cream sauce. For my meat, I got a rabbit dish; sadly, it was not memorable enough for me to remember the details. Dessert was a creme brulee with fresh berries. Looking back on this meal, I realize that for the most part, the food was actually fine (except for the seafood), but what was truly disappointing was the wine pairings. For one thing, they served the same wine for each course to each of us, regardless of what we ordered (for example, for the seafood course I got scallops and my brother got salmon, but we both got the same wine, and I don't think they merit the same pairing); I would have appreciated it if it were more customized to each dish and showed a bit more thoughtfulness. Secondly, none of the wines truly complemented the food; not too surprising when you consider the subtleties of French food with the big fruit of California wine, the combination rarely works well. They were all sort of average, run-of-the-mill local wines, but nothing truly special. In retrospect, I would rather have ordered some French wines by the bottle off of their list (or paid extra for a more "premium" wine pairing, if it was offered). From a food and wine perspective, this meal was only 3 stars, but the service and atmosphere were top notch.

  • Dec 28, 2008 by Lisa B.

    Great value French bistro with fabulous service. I had the tasting menu with four course paired with local wines.  It's an incredibly good deal at $57 or so. It must change all the time, but my courses were:   Fresh Oysters - paired with a local chardonnay Leek and smoked duck tart - paired with a local Grenache Braised veal cheeks and baby potatos - paired with a local Tempranillo duo of chocolate and Gran Marnier ice creams - paired with a Port The room was cute and made up for the holidays.  It's nothing elaborate, but just being right on the central square in downtown Paso Robles is enough.  They really can't go wrong sticking with local wines. Great value, and a nice time.

  • Nov 28, 2008 by Happy L.

    Lucky me, I have been back to Bistro Laurent and it is every bit as great as ever.  The blue crab and avocado salad is divine.  OMG and the porkchop is the best I have ever had anywhere.  This place is fine dining at its finest and the price is incredibly reasonable when paired with wine.  Unlike so many restaurants where you are forced into a set menu with wine pairing Bistro lets you pick your own courses.  Did I mention the lemon parfait dessert?  This is truly the best restaurant in Paso.

  • Sep 07, 2008 by MTC L.

    Score! A wonderful French restaurant. Service is great. Food is "a la facon francaise" --truly so: There is nothing stuffy about this place. The food is great and the portions appropriate. This is a wonderful place to stop after a day of wine-tasting. You won't find more attentive service. Lunch is a treat when I choose to travel to SF from LA via 101.

  • Jul 19, 2008 by Vince V.

    A group of about 8 of us enjoyed dinner at Bistro Laurent back in May.  I guess I was the only foodie in the group, or maybe I was just the most hungry, but I got their tasting menu(5 items, inc. dessert).  Everything was delicious.  Came with wine pairings which I thought was going to be a different wine(small portion) with each course, but it was only an Albarino and a Pinot.  I do like Albarino and the Pinot was Ken Volk, which I was impressed by.  Even though its a fancy shmancy French restaurant, Ken Volk makes good Pinot and I appreciated it.  Anywho, the down side was....I was the only one who got the tasting menu....so I was enjoying all these different entrees while everyone else was waiting(starving).  LOL.  Oops.  In hindsight, it was probably rude of me, so I'll never get a tasting menu unless the majority in my party are doing the same...live and learn.   Its been a while since we were there and since I don't remember exactly what I had, I won't mention anything specific.  But overall I was pleased with the dining experience.  I would have liked some different wines instead of just two.  Other people in my group liked the food but I don't think were very overwhelmed, thus I'm taking a star away.  Also, my go to restaurant in Paso is Artisan, and after the meal at Bistro Laurent, I think overall our party would have enjoyed Artisan's dishes more, but I had heard good reviews of Bistro Laurent and had just been to Paso the month prior and feasted at Artisan.  So 4 stars for a great meal, but its no Artisan.  If you like french cuisine and a tasting menu, go with a group who is on board, and you'll have a wonderful experience and delicious food.

  • Jun 09, 2008 by David H.

    Had both lunch and dinner here within a week, both meals outside on the patio. Our service was thoughtful and attentive on both occasions. The food was a delight: Modest portions excellently prepared ... appealing, delicious and satisfying. Since we were outside, I can't speak for the dining room itself, but it was a real pleasure to have a meal where we could actually engage in conversation. So many restaurants have made a style-choice to be vibrant and loud -- but they are no good for talking. Bistro Laurent is, therefore, a great choice for a romantic evening (when you actually want to hear and be heard by your date). It is also a wonderful wine restaurant with a knowledgeable staff (Ian is the wine guy). Highly recommended.

  • Apr 23, 2008 by mel c.

    great dinner location.  very elegant, romantic french bistro vibe.  excellent service.  they had a great looking tasting menu, but we weren't that hungry so we decided to order a la carte. before we started dinner, the waiter brought us my favorite part of the meal, an amuse bouche.  i don't know why i like the amuse bouche so much, maybe it's because it makes me feel special -- like i'm getting something for free.  anyway, the amuse bouche is always a nice touch, who cares if it was just a little baby piece of bruschetta, it was still nice. to start, my wife got the "bistro salad" (aka caesar salad with vinaigrette instead of caesar dressing) and i got the butternut squash soup.  both the appetizers weren't too impressive or creative.  entrees were better.  my wife got the sand dabs (which she said were great, although the portion size looked a bit small), i got the crab risotto with shrimp.  the risotto was fried into a cute little rice cake, which i've never had before, but i think i prefer my risotto unfried.  we ended the meal with a raspberry clafouti which was good (not amazing).  i think food quality-wise, bistro laurent wasn't the greatest, but it was good, and service and ambiance were fantastic.  overall a great experience -- four stars!

  • Feb 22, 2008 by Tracy G.

    Steven P. covered the highlights of our dinner but I wanted to chime in on how delighted I was with my own meal! The warm potato and goat cheese salad was simple but delicious. The pairing with the greens and shredded carrots and beets was a neat textual experience.  For my main course I decided to push my own culinary boundaries by ordering the rabbit.  Again, it seemed so simple an idea but the pulled rabbit with sauteed onions, hash brown like potato's and little sprigs of thyme were like a happy little dance in my mouth.  That may sound weird to some but I would reckon that anyone who has eaten at Bistro Laurent knows what I'm talking about! This is one of my top dining experiences ever!

  • Feb 20, 2008 by Steven P.

    Had dinner for four on a recent Saturday night. Everything was excellent. I had the five course tasting with paired wines. My three companions ordered separate items from the dinner menu. The kitchen and servers did a great job of timing the delivery of plates so that the others weren't sitting around watching me eat. Throughout the entire evening, the restaurant manager and all of the servers were in top form. We loved the decor: exposed brick on three walls, the fourth wall filled with vibrant colors. Some highlights: My friends loved their respective salmon, rabbit, and seafood risotto. For dessert, a perfect creme brulee, and a chocolate mousse cake that bowled over my ordinarily non-chocolate-loving friend. I loved the ahi tartare, the crispy tart with fresh greens, and the sugar crepe with strawberries was fantastic. A recap: Food: excellent Service: excellent Wine: excellent Ambience: excellent

  • Jan 18, 2008 by lightspeedesigner

    Great french food and a fun atmosphere. Try the salomon in the pastry wrap, it is unbelieveable.

  • Nov 23, 2007 by msrelaxation

    The people who give this place good reviews must not have eaten anywhere that has fresh seasonal cuisine cooked cleanly and deliciously. This place is stodgy, snooty, and oversauced. Yuck.

  • Nov 23, 2007 by msrelaxation

    The people who give this place good reviews must not have eaten anywhere that has fresh seasonal cuisine cooked cleanly and deliciously. This place is stodgy, snooty, and oversauced. Yuck.

  • Nov 02, 2007 by Jeff P.

    The food at Bistro Laurent is simply divine.  Each bite was a culinary delight.   Located on a corner of City Hall Park in downtown Paso Robles, this is definitely a place to bring what's left of your taste buds after a day of wine tasting in the area.  The dining room is small and French Country in design.  Their tasting menu, even with wine pairings, is a quite a deal.  You can do 4 or 5 courses including dessert.   I did find the service a bit off putting.  We were served by four different people many of whom were teenagers who were quite abrupt.  When I asked one a question about the menu her response was quite rude as if I had asked her an improper personal question.  Another, with a hairdo that was a cross between Marc from Ugly Betty and an 18th Century Brit, was downright surly simply throwing our food down. Despite the service, the food was amazing hence the five stars.

  • Aug 14, 2007 by mr b

    A co-worker and I worked until after 9pm one night and everything else was closed, so we stumbled upon this restaurant by accident. We were both tired, a bit disheveled and mostly talking about what else we had to do to be finished with…

  • Aug 06, 2007 by Vanessa H.

    Excellent! Came here on the recommendation of yelpers, on our way to wedding in Santa Barbara. After strolling through the cute downtown, we had lunch on the patio here. We split a cold cucumber and tomatoe soup, roasted lamb sandwich, and mozarella and heirloom tomato tart. Washed down with wines by the glass.

  • Jul 23, 2007 by Janet K.

    Great food, nicely prepared, tasty sauces.  Good ambiance.  Apparently the building had once housed the Paso Robles Post Office.  Everything we had, we enjoyed, and the same goes for the couple we were up there with.  Even though I'm not much of a wine drinker, I would go along again just for the opportunity to go to Bistro Laurent.

  • Mar 20, 2007 by Evan B.

    I've lived on the central coast for over ten years and tried every restaurant from Santa Maria to Paso Robles, this is my favorite place!  It is expensive but is worth every penny.   Every dish I have tried there is beautifully prepared.  Each bite is one you will savor, and the wine list is awesome.  The atmosphere is unique, warm, and friendly.  You can watch the chef make your food if you like as the kitchen is open to the dining room.  This is the spot to go when you want to take her some place really nice. A very close second is Matthews at the Airport in Paso.  Matthew is opening a second restaurant in town I believe as well.

  • Mar 13, 2007 by Tara Lis

    In Short
    Mustard-yellow walls and striped curtains provide the backdrop for locals celebrating special occasions and tourists treating themselves to local cuisine. White tablecloth-lined banquettes and a smattering of…

  • Feb 05, 2007 by Beachgrub M.

    Agreed, that it is quite good.  I eat there often.  The wine selection is very nice and compliments the food well.  The room manager is very knowledgeable about the wines and has the steadiest champagne pour I have every seen.  I particularly like the Alsacian style tarts they feature with grilled vegetables and greens on top. Also don't miss the place for lunch.  It is called Petite Marcel then and they do things from the basic Croque Madame to various sandwiches and salads as well as a real nice set of pizzas.  Order a nice Rose and sit on the patio.  Closest thing to Provence in Paso.

  • Dec 17, 2006 by Cheesemonger Jeff D.

    My favorite restaurant in central California.   World-class food, a killer mostly local wine list, impeccable understated service and reasonable prices. We've been there three times in three years - and each time we are greeted as if we were regulars.   If it weren't a six hour round trip drive,  we'd go there for dinner once a week. bravo

  • Jan 31, 2006 by jrudder

    I have had lunch on the patio 4 times at Bistro Laurent. Each time I have been very happy with how delicious the food has been. My favorite thing to order is their pesto chicken sandwich, which is wonderful, and comes with an optional…

  • Jan 31, 2006 by jrudder

    I have had lunch on the patio 4 times at Bistro Laurent. Each time I have been very happy with how delicious the food has been. My favorite thing to order is their pesto chicken sandwich, which is wonderful, and comes with an optional salad or frites. (The frites are the best in Paso) I was very happy with a ravioli mushroom soup, the chicken stock was rich and flavorful, and the ravioli were perfectly done. The atmosphere is romantic and cozy. The service was prompt and friendly. I hope to become a regular at Bistro Laurent