Experience French Dining At Bistro Laurent

By Kaylinda Mabry

Administrative Asssistant, Visit San Luis Obsipo County

As I paid my way through college in Berkeley my version of fine dining was pizza and Indian food at midnight as I wrote term papers. I recently chose to move back down to the Paso Robles area for a break from the big city and I can safely say that my days of late night take-out are over (at least until grad school).

On my first day at Visit San Luis Obispo County I was invited to a staff dinner at none other than Bistro Laurent, the unpretentious little brick building on the corner of 12th and Pine Streets in Downtown Paso Robles. In high school I would walk by on my way to the park or the movies and wish I had a boyfriend classy enough to take me there for dinner. My parents and every other adult I knew had been at least once and everyone raved about the food and the wine and the ambiance. Even though I grew up in Paso, I had never even stepped inside.

Now I have and I can tell you that it meets and exceeds expectations. The softly lit dining room is paired with classic décor and the wait staff was perfectly attentive. Our delicious four course meal was artfully paired with delightful wines of equal decadence.

Instead of ordering off the menu, take a risk and ask Chef Grangien to surprise you! He has worked in prestigious Paris restaurants and his impeccable taste and personal style shines through in his choices of locally sourced ingredients. As the owner of Bistro Laurent for 16 years, he holds to his original philosophy that a bistro should complement its neighborhood and serve its community with delectable plates that charm the senses.

Sommelier Ian Adamo, is a student in the Masters of Wine program based in London. His expert pairing skills prove him worthy of his title. The Bistro Laurent wine list is comprised of half French and half Central Coast wines.If you have time, visit the Bistro Laurent Wine Shop, right next door to the restaurant on 12th Street where they specialize in hard to find local and international wines.

On warm evenings sit on the charming outdoor patio surrounded by sparkling lights. Plan to sit, sip and savor until you’re ready for a stroll around the beautiful Downtown Paso Robles Park.

Kaylinda is a Paso Robles semi-native in the sense that she went to high school here and then moved away for college. Now she is back and ready to immerse herself in the emerging world of food and wine that has exploded in the four years she has been gone. She would eventually like to own her own event planning company andcurrently works free-lance for a number of San Francisco event companies including The Emerson Collective and Do Good Events (formerly Organic Events).