Jody Storsteen opened Berry Hill Bistro on Pine Street in Dec. 2003, only a few weeks before the big San Simeon earthquake.

Now entering its 15th year, Berry Hill Bistro is running strong with daily specials and happy hour!

“It was a very challenging time as we had to close for awhile waiting for engineers to OK the building. Once we reopened we were welcomed by a very supportive Central Coast community!!”

Berry Hill is a small intimate restaurant with French country decor featuring an extensive wine list of local wines and boutique wineries, and full liquor license for interesting drinks with fresh herbs and fruit martinis — try the cucumber-jalapeño martini or white chocolate peppermint martini.

“What makes us special is our focus on fresh food made from scratch cooking and family friendly servers!!”

They can accommodate most diets — gluten free bread, add or subtract ingredients, etc. This season they are using more sweet potatoes and butternut squash for soups and in salads, and added a maple leaf duck breast salad on the menu, lightly curried and grilled.

“Our signature dish is the Berry Hill salad and sourdough cheddar melt — neither one has ever come off menu.”

A new bar menu focuses on smaller plates and appetizers to compliment happy hour.

“We serve honest good food at a decent price, and genuinely care about our customers. We wouldn’t be in business without them and I am so grateful for the opportunity to prepare the best food possible for the past 15 years to the great people of Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo county!!

“The main ingredient I cannot cook without is passion topped with love!! We enjoy cooking and trying new ideas and love the art of preparing food for our customers!!”