The ambiance was great. A perfect place for dates, catch up sessions with friends, or for family bonding.
Everything about this place is excellent: from the food, setting, to the service. This is a place I will go to again and again.
can't wait to go back.
Had the best brunch here with my mom. The weather was lovely and we sat at an outdoor table. I had Crab Cake Salad and Vegetarian Burger Sandwich. The crab cake was freshly cooked and the sandwich was pretty tasty. The decor was also quite nice and relaxing, and the server was freindly.
All-in-all, it was a pleasant experience. I'll definitely go back.
The Best Meal Four "Foodies" Had in Paso Robles!.
Our palettes were introduced to new and amazing fare this past August weekend in Paso Robles. It was our first visit to Panolivo, and it certainly won't be our last. We are regulars to Paso Robles at least twice a year, and had never experienced such delicious gourmet entrees in Paso Robles like this ever before. To be honest, we wished we lived even more locally (we reside in Orange County, CA), because we would visit every week.
The four of us are serious "foodies," and everything was impeccable. From the savory appetizers (scallops & baked goat cheese) to the unique entrees (loved the Bison short ribs & sea bass) and unexpected desserts (Basil ice cream was amazing!), the tastes were very balanced and well thought-out. Our sincere compliments to the Chef, as we appreciated her personal visit to our table, as well as her demonstrated passion for Panolivo and its cuisine. We especially enjoyed the sweet breakfast pastries the next morning ? a wonderful reminder of the night before.
Editorial Review. Downtown's casual Mediterranean-influenced French bistro and bakery serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to area merchants, families and low-key tourists.
IT IS FRENCH!.
We have eaten breakfast many times at the Panolivo in Paso Robles, and really enjoyed it. You can get a tartine beurré, and Béatrice's fromage blanc is delicious. Where else can you get a real French breakfast in central California? Plus they have real French pastry, baked daily. We always stop there when we pass through Paso.
Then we saw some really bad reviews on this website, and were puzzled. We have eaten over 200 restaurant dinners in France, so we are pretty familiar with French cuisine, and felt we could review it intelligently. So we went there for dinner last night just to see, and it was outstanding! Starting out, the signature petit pain with olive oil and balsamic vinegar was the best we have ever had, both in presentation and in taste. Then we split an excellent salad of spinach with duck confit, crumbled bacon, toasted pine nuts, and French Roquefort cheese, and it was delicious. We then had the entrées: One of us had the lamb chops in a fig and port reduction. They were as rare as ordered, 3 thick little chops, and the sauce was outstanding. The other had a duck leg in peach sauce, with slices of peach. It too was excellent. Service was without fault, and the meal was not rushed. The wine list was as good as it gets, balanced between French (even a Savennières!) and California, with lots of wines we knew to be good, and no "dogs". We had the excellent Ridge Dusi Vineyards zinfandel. We finished with the best tarte Tatin we have had this side of the Atlantic, better than most we have had in France. Their pastry chef is truly Parisian!
So why the bad reviews? Maybe, said our waiter, that they have had some turnover in chefs, with some of them just not working out. The current chef, Tony, seems to be fine. The only thing we found non-French was the serving sizes: they were huge! Oh, and we didn't have to wait half an hour for the bill, as you have to do in France. Now that the excellent Paris Restaurant has closed, Panolivo and Bistro Laurent remain as highlights of French cuisine in Paso Robles (of all places!), and we recommend them both. We also highly recommend the newly-reconditioned Adelaide Inn motel.
A very satisfying breakfast.. My husband, son and I went to Panolivo for breakfast after hearing raves about the food. We liked the decor (cozy) and were delighted with our meals. My son ordered the kids french toast and bacon. His french toast was so good I wanted to eat it all of it myself. My husband ordered a roast chicken sandwich, and was very happy with how tender the chicken was. I ordered their version of eggs benedict (with proscuitto and a mornay sauce) and was pleased with my meal. I loved that they let me order french fries as a side. (The fries were excellent) I am going to start bringing family and friends to Panolivo.
One of the worst meals I've ever had!.
On a short trip to the central coast, my bf and I decided to dine at the SLO restaurant because our hotel was nearby. How we regret that decision! The decor should have tipped us off; it was like a Vegas attempt at recreating alfresco dining indoors.
I ordered a macadamia nut encrusted halibut, which was slightly burnt and devoid of flavor. His "steak" tasted like recently-defrosted, McDonald's meat. With such poor quality food, it actually offended me that the entrees were priced from $20+!
No complaints about the service: the 20-something local was pleasant and attentive. I did, however, notice that he seemed more indifferent as our food remained practically untouched. We tipped well, in spite of the meal!
I really can't express how awful and disappointing the food was. Shame on you Panolivo for charging those prices for unedible food!
Run, don't walk to another place to eat.
It's really hard to know where to start since this honestly is one of the worst dining experiences we've had.
The ambiance first off is like Disneyland with an attempt to make it romantic with mood lighting.
First up we ordered the Crab dip- was OK at best, although it being crab one would except it to be much better. Bread for dipping-stale.
I ordered the Steak- DO NOT DO THIS. For $26 dollars I would expect something reasonable. Instead I had a lump of meat that wasn't at all even fairly tender or tasty. I ate probably about 4 bites and decided to stop after offending my taste buds.
She ordered a special seafood entree that "Tasted like a fishstick.....a bad one"
We couldn't bear the thought of dessert and decided to hightail it outta there before to robbed me of any more of our money.
SLO location- Not for Vegetarians.
Scallops were delightful, served with a nice salad of crisp fried leek slivers. The Vegetable Gateau was terrible, however. Undercooked eggplant and red peppers made for an astringent, not very flavorful side dish. And the cheese plate was disappointing, 4 hunks of soft, commercially produced cheeses, all mild and bland enough not to frighten nor excite.
A bright side was the wine list, with selections from France that you typically do not see in SLO, where local wine predominates. We selected a decent 1er cru white burgundy, (can't go wrong with the 2002's!) a decent bargain at $37, especially since you can't find such a wine anywhere else around here. Transcendent? No, but a nice find, steely and mineral and true bourgogne. Just made us wish for a plate of oysters, or a big bowl of Moules.
If you go, try the Venison; it looked great!
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