The Restaurant at JUSTIN

Farm-to-table finest in California’s Central Coast

When it comes to California’s wine country, most people automatically think of Napa or Sonoma. However, Paso Robles, a destination south of the Central Coast and north of Los Angeles, rivals its Northern counterparts with exceptional experiences and wonderful wines. The winery that put Paso Robles on the map is Justin — it’s known for its smooth yet complex red blends. Locals and Paso Robles fans also love Justin for its fine-dining destination, The Restaurant at JUSTIN. Led by chef Rachel Haggstrom, the restaurant serves exquisite California cuisine in the middle of Justin’s vineyards. Book lunch or dinner at this culinary gem and then sit back and prepare to enjoy a delicious adventure.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • This is a destination for wine lovers: The farm-to-table restaurant is at the winery, where Justin grows its grapes and produces the wine, outside of Paso Robles proper.
  • One of the restaurant’s walls is a giant sliding glass door that overlooks the vineyard. During the warmer months, this wall is wide open, allowing the natural beauty of the outdoors to be enjoyed inside. A picture-perfect view of grapevines and a green orchard creates a stunning and serene backdrop to a memorable meal.
  • Nearly 70 percent of the produce featured on the menu is grown on the property. The extensive gardens sit near the eatery, and you are invited to explore the fresh fruit and vegetable farm before or after the meal.
  • Dinner is where Haggstrom reveals her culinary prowess. Each course is precisely presented, making it feel like edible artwork. The menu is constantly changing because she works with a parade of super-seasonal ingredients. Peas, asparagus, edible flowers, strawberries — she grows it all and then picks each item perfectly ripe. The resulting meal is flavor-packed and unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before.
  • All of Justin’s wines are available by glass or bottle. However, if you opt for the five-course dinner menu, wine pairings are a must. You’ll get to sip the wine specifically chosen to complement each dish — an experience that is unique to the Paso Robles restaurant.

Things to Know
  • Since the menu is so dependent on the garden’s bounty, it’s subject to change — what you get might be different from the menu listed online.
  • If you are staying in town, Justin offers a shuttle from its downtown tasting room to the restaurant. Call in advance to secure your spot on the shuttle.

The Food

  • At lunch, Haggstrom serves classic snacks and filling entrées — both great for guests who may have spent the morning wine tasting. There’s a local cheese board, truffle French fries and housemade sun-dried tomato focaccia with fresh mozzarella. For something more hearty, devour ocean trout with farro risotto, steak frites with chimichurri butter, or fettucine with spinach and sausage.
  • A recent dinner menu featured octopus carpaccio with mojo picon aioli, artichoke tortelloni with black truffle mornay, filet mignon with blueberry bordelaise, potato fondant with apple mostarda, and flourless chocolate cake with strawberry mousse.
  • Have special dietary needs? Let the chef know as soon as you book your reservation, and she will tailor a menu to suit your tastebuds.

Outdoor seating
Vegetarian options
Getting There
11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, California 93446
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