April 24, 2016 – Fish Gaucho – Dinner – Paso Robles

A new kid on the block, but a crowd pleaser just the same. Fish Gaucho offers something for everyone, including everything for the fish lover!! Located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles, Fish Gaucho has taken over a happening corner. This place offers really terrific food with a Latin twist. A welcomed type of grub amongst all of the other Paso staples.

Here’s what I tried:


Salsa Trio and Chips, with piña jicama pico de gallo, the chips are cooked to perfection and the salsa are just the right amount of everything.

Morro By Guacamole and Chips with Uni – Sea Urchin,
Warm chips, fresh guacamole. This was one of their specials and special it was, wowee.

Carnitas Taquitos braised with Mexican coke, chipotle, agave nectar, 12 plus hours piña pepper salsa, guacamole and sour cream. I just love a good Taquitos, since I was a kid, these were really terrific. Filled with lots of meat, these taquitos will make you very happy.

Raw Bar:

Raw Oysters: Miyagi, Evening Cove, Skookum Inlet, and Chelsea Gem. Check chalkboard for daily selections, with a jalapeno mignonette. Their oysters are a very fresh selection. They are small meaty oysters, extremely delicious.


Pork Pozole, hearty Mexican hominy soup, braised pork, onion, cilantro, cabbage, avocado, lime. This is like Jewish penicillin but Latin style, it really packs a punch, but is the kind of soup you would eat when your under the weather.


Shrimp and Scallop Kale Salad, Hearty greens, pineapple pico de gallo, jicama, roasted red bell pepper, and cumin-lime vinaigrette. The shrimp and scallops are cooked plump and pop in your mouth, great salad.


Carnitas Tacos, jalapeño pineapple salsa, shaved cabbage, micro greens, and chipotle cotjia crumble. A very delicious small taco with its fragrant tanginess.

Barbeque Chicken Tacos, grilled chicken marinated in house chipotle bbq sauce, Monterey jack cheese, pickled Fresno chiles, green onion, pickled red onions, and queso cotija. The amazing barbeque sauce on the sliced barbeque chicken, is such a great addition. One of the favorite things I ate tonight, the way the chicken is prepared and served is like nothing I have ever had.

Especialalides de Gaucho:

Pescado de Dia Black Cod, roasted seasonal vegetables, cilantro lime pepita pesto with jalapeño mashed potatoes. Great subtle flavors and once again the fish was very fresh.

Seared Diver Scallops, seared medium rare, butternut squash succotash with roasted corn, onion, and asparagus. There was something about the butternut squash succotash that really rocked my world, hands down my favorite scallop dish ever!


Churros With Chocolate Sauce. Nice crispy cinnamon flavors, done with the utmost care, these were really fantastic.

Seasonal and Craft Margaritas:

Gaucho Cadillac, Liquor 43 float, flamed orange, organic agave nectar, and Peruvian lime. Nice basic margarita but with a punch, the Liquor 43 float adds the excitement.

Charred Jalapeno-Pineapple, fire charred Hawaiian pineapple, jalapeno, agave nectar, and fresh lime. This one was too acidic and spicy for my tastes.

Watermelon – Mint, Blackberry, fresh mint, agave nectar, and fresh Peruvian lime. I preferred this one to any of the others, it is refreshing and the watermelon is the best part.

The interior is filled with artifax from various Mexican artists. My favorite being the blue fish light fixture near the front door. The very large Bull up on a shelves with tequila drums also makes for a fun vignette. There are moody dark wood floors, and chairs, with large flat screens playing local sports games.

The night I was there lots of folks from all walks of life were imbibing in both yummy food and drinks. They play lots of different types of hipster music, which also adds to the great vibe. Our waiter Connor provided me with great service and had some nice suggestions too.

I made fast friends with a couple from Palos Verdes, there was so much we all had in common. Myra and Irv Hauptman, lovely people who I will be visiting in the near future. Their eyes pooped out of their head when they saw how much food was brought to me to taste.

Owner Troy Lankin also owns Pappy McGregor’s around the corner. Fish Gaucho is guaranteed to be a huge success for him. This new place is all about Traditional Mexican infused with California Fresh.

The food is the really star of the show here at Fish Gaucho, it has great melding of flavors and the fish seems like it just came out of the ocean. I would highly recommend Fish Gaucho if your in the mood for some exotic Mexican fare that features all kinds of fish dishes. You will have a blast tasting all of their fun flavors and be part of the loud laughter that happens every night, so come on down.

Fish Goucho
1244 Park St.
Downtown Paso Robles
(805) 239-3333


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