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Bernick's Prime Steakhouse [Paso Robles]

I have eaten at Bernick's five times now and will not be back unless it's to just have a drink at the bar. On the first visit I did enjoy a delicious baseball-cut steak that was cooked perfectly, but all the side dishes and appetizers were terrible. The service is amature, slow and awkward, I have never noticed a manager on the floor, and the food is just bad. I've had over-salted clams (why would you add salt to clams in the first place?), cold, metallic tasting broccoli, luke-warm, undercooked macaroni, an over-cooked fish special with a bland fruit sauce, not to mention several other poor dishes. I normally never complain or "vent' on the internet, but then again, I never had the opportunity to speak up to a manager on the floor. When I left an entire dish of asparagus barely touched, no one asked if I was unhappy with it. Anyway, I really wanted to like this place. I even went back when I heard it was under new management but none of these problems had been resolved. It looks great inside, but I wouldn't eat at Bernick's for fast food prices.

835 13th Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Jan 05, 2010
Amanda_Kaspars in California

Looking for Paso Robles Information?

Justin is about a 25 minute drive from Paso. My mom lives past there and I drive the road all the time. It's very scenic and rural - you'll love it. Justin has a bed and breakfast you can stay at or perhaps you can make reservations to dine there. I would absolutely call first if you want to eat there and not just taste. You can do a loop in the Justin direction and hit Adelaida and Tablas Creek.

Start your trip in Paso with a quick stop at the Chamber of Commerce visitor's center next to the park. you can pick up a winery map there and plan out which one's to hit. One place I would definitely see is Four Vines on 46 West. They have great wine and just opened a little locavore gourmet deli, Farmstand 46. They source a lot of ingredients right out of their own garden. I had an incredible sausage pizza from an outdoor wood-fired oven, a savory and delicious couscous soup, and a pulled pork sandwich called 'The Goat.' They also have an impressive cheese case. Again, I'd check first on their hours. Right next door and across the street you can visit Zin Alley and Turley. You're in for some great zins on the central coast. If you get a chance to try J. Dusi zinfandel I think it's the best one in the area.

As for other great eats...
Templeton is just the next town over and a quick drive. McPhee's is always great. I've probably eaten there 100 times and I always leave happy. The farmer's market Saturday morning in the park is really amazing, too.

For Paso: Artisan for sunday brunch or dinner, Amsterdam Coffee House for coffee and sandwiches, Two Little Birds Bakery from yummy cupcakes and sticky buns and the cheese shop next door, Hotel Cheval for a little wine tasting an hors d'oeuvres, and Vinotecca for live music and wine-maker events. I also love this little authentic Mexican dive called Hacienda El Paso on Spring Street. Il Cortile is a new place I haven't tried yet but I've heard good things. That's about all I'd recommend to a foodie. The other places are decent, but nothing special.

One, final note. If you're up for it take the scenic 46 west all the way to the coast. It's about a 40 minute drive to many great restaurants over there like The Sea Chest or Cass House. It's really beautiful over there this time of year.


Jan 05, 2010
Amanda_Kaspars in California

Phở in the central coast

Chow in San Luis Obispo opened recently and serves Pho. Same owners as Novo.

Jan 05, 2010
Amanda_Kaspars in California

Restaurant Recommendations for San Luis Obsipo

Novo is probably the best restaurant in San Luis Obispo and has heated outdoor seating creekside out back. They have a great Sunday brunch. The owners also just opened an Asian-style tapas restaurant called Chow just down the street next the Fremont Theater. Might be fun for a quick pre-theater bite. Check out the awesome Farmer's Market Thursday nights from 6p -9pm in SLO. Personally, I love dining on the coast for the casual ambiance and ocean views. Schooner's Wharf in Cayucos is 20 minutes north and has a great bar on the second story for sunset drinks. Then I would head up the coast to the Sea Chest in Cambria for some great seafood. I just order a bunch of appetizers to share. They don't take reservations and you'll want to call ahead to make sure they're open. If you're inland you might check out McPhee's in Templeton or Artisan in Paso Robles for some really great (but pricey) dinner. Don't miss out on some wine tasting. You can visit the Chamber of Commerce in SLO on Chorro Street for an area map.

Jan 05, 2010
Amanda_Kaspars in California