About PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
Paon restaurant offers California cuisine with French influences. Beautiful patio dining, elegant Art Deco in intimate dining setting. Private dining available in handsome club environment. Paon chef features seasonal, locally grown organic produce for the palates of fine food lovers from all over the world. Spotlighting organic prime meats, game and fish prepared with traditional French sophistication. Beautiful lounge with old Hollywood feel and relaxing patio in a Downtown Carlsbad Village atmosphere. Paon's knowledgeable and attentive staff looks forward to creating an exceptional experience.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street,northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.Coaster
Coaster Rail station 100 yards from the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Barr: 7607297377
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
We have been there a few times before, a ...
We have been there a few times before, and they always have been gracious and attentive and wonderful. They remembered us as being gluten-free. Every time is been an enjoyable experience.
My husband and I found this restaurant o ...
My husband and I found this restaurant online. The service and food were outstanding.
The food and service was excellent. One ...
The food and service was excellent. One of the best restaurants that I have been to in SD.
My main course (Diver Scallops) and my h ...
My main course (Diver Scallops) and my husband's salad (scallop/apple) were very good but the New York steak special my husband ordered was over cooked and very fatty. My escargots were extremely over cooked and tasted like rubber bands. We will not return. Service was excellent.
Our times at the Paon have been very enj ...
Our times at the Paon have been very enjoyable and meals expertly prepared. Service has always been friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Highly recommended for the special occasion and group occasions. :)
I LOVE Paon!
We eat here frequently, and each time it is such a treat. Very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere, even when crowded. Attentive but not annoying service. Wonderful food: creative and delicious (but not precious), with appropriate portion size and many choices. They have an excellent wine list, as well.
One of the best restaurants in Carlsbad!
We met our friends here again for lunch and once again, we enjoyed a fabulous lunch with great food and service. The salmon salad over beets is just simply the most delicious dish imaginable. The short ribs are incredible. We seem to stick with the same menu items but we all love them so much that we just want to continue to order them and enjoy them. The service is always fabulous, the restaurant is beautiful and it has to be one of my favorite restaurants in all of Carlsbad.
The grilled chicken is so good, the wine ...
The grilled chicken is so good, the wine is great, the service was awesome and I really enjoy the location.
A nice little French touch and a lot of ...
A nice little French touch and a lot of California influence. The 2- preparation duck is excellent. I would also highly recommend the lamb salad. The vine selection is Ok (a little limited by the glass, but good range by the bottle).
For the prices this restaurant charges, ...
For the prices this restaurant charges, the food should be excellent. This is my second time eating here and I have to say it was just average. Our server kept coming to our table trying to get us to order, but we wanted to chat and enjoy each others company, so we finally had to tell him we would flag him down when we were ready so he wouldn't rush us anymore. Fine dining shouldn't be rushed. Also, our plates for our table of 5 did not all come out together as they should have. This is also something you would expect from a fine dining establishment, better sequence of food delivery. I've heard this restaurant does a good job in their bar area, so maybe I will give that a shot. But I don't think I will be returning to dine in the restaurant here.
The evening was perfect with the excepti ...
The evening was perfect with the exception of the waiter who was just weird, a bit intrusive and pushy with a strange "nose up on the air" snooty attitude. The food was excellent!
All in all a nice experience. The food ...
All in all a nice experience. The food was of very sound quality and the wine list very good. We were well looked after by our waiter who also had good insights into the menu and wine pairings. The ambiance was very nice-we sat outside and had a late dinner so it was very quaint and not at all noisy. However, the prices are a tad steep. If they could do an across-the- board slashing of about 20-25% the place would go from a try once to a repeat destination.
This is a very good French restaurant. Preparation and plating were spot on. Defintely pricey, but well worth it.
My husband and I truly enjoyed our experience at Paon. The food was exceptional! The service was over the top. We will be back very soon.
The quality of the food, it's preparatio ...
The quality of the food, it's preparation and presentation are as good as any restaurant where I have eaten. Service is excellent.
We loved everything about this restaurant! We were given a friendly and warm greeting, the service was excellent, the Salmon and Fish Special were outstanding, and the ambience was relaxed and romantic. We highly recommend this place!
Excellent Annivesary dinner
The service was perfect; our waiter James is both very professional and very funny! His recommendations were right on, and he even changed one of the specials to a different sauce, and even the head chef thought it was great. Very good sized portions of perfectly cooked Ahi and sea bass, and we had an appetizer, soup and a salad. Overall, fantastic!
Our visit to Carlsbad would not be complete without dinner at Paon. Never disappointed, the ambiance, the service and the food are a delight. The Colorado lamb was a piece of heaven this last trip. Succulent, tender and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere with soft jazz in the background and the beauty of the restaurant make it a lovely experience. Paon remains my favorite restaurant ever.
One of our favorite restaurants
We went to Paon for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Food was delicious , wine selection was extensive. I like everything on the menu and the service was superb. I started with the asparagus soup which was creamy and laced with asparagus tips. I had the diver scallops, they were tender and sweet served on top of a vegetable ragout with lobster. My wife had the filet and it was tender and smokey. We finished with the flour-less chocolate cake Everything was paired with a Stolpman Estate Syrah. A wonderful evening and a great dining experience.
Really liked Paon and would definitely return. Food was fabulous just as I had heard. Try the gnocchi for sure! Star of the show was the pheasant..superb!! Server was a bit snooty, not very personable, other wait staff were excellent and friendly. You have to try Paon!
Nice ambiance. Friendly and helpful staf ...
Nice ambiance. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent chef who knows how to design a beautiful plate that tastes as good as it looks. Now a favorite in Carlsbad.
I had date night at Paon and both of us were very impressed. Great atmosphere , service and food. We will be back.
Service is either wonderful or annoying ...
Service is either wonderful or annoying depending on who you get, most good one annoying
Dependable French cuisine
Always consistently good French food. Nice knowlegable wait staff and good variety of main courses and wine. Of special note was their short ribs and beet salad with goat cheese.
Been here many times but this time I was really disappointed. The appetizer was great (goat cheese) but the pear salad was not so good due to the pear slices were not ripe enough and were bitter. Had lamb chops as the main course and was not pleased due to the grizzle that was there. This is the first time I was unhappy with Paon. Did they get a new chef or are they getting cheaper cuts of meat?
Great dinner and fabulous service
I highly recommend the scallops. Everyone else loved their dinners as well. Our server was wonderful and attentive. I will be back.
The scallops were prepared perfectly and ...
The scallops were prepared perfectly and presented beautifully. The service was superb. We will definitely be back.
Perfect anniversary celebration for my wife and I. Food was wonderful and service top notch. A bit pricey but well worth it. The mint ice cream (house made) was exceptional. Very cozy and the ambiance was very romantic. Outdoor seating and fire pit was very cool.
Food and service was absolutely wonderful! Not inexpensive but worth every penny!
Made Valentine's Day Special
My wife and I dined at Paon in Carlsbad, CA for Valentine's Day at lunchtime. The service was superb. For the upper end cost of the food, I would say that it was not cooked to perfection. For example, my salmon was overcooked considerably. Still we enjoyed a great date. I had dinner there previously and the pheasant was superb!
Just right for Valentine's Day
Chose this restaurant based on reviews for Valentine's Day dinner and it didn't disappoint. If you want to impress that special someone this is the place to do it. It's also the place to try food dishes that you would struggle to find anywhere else. Escargot, Pheasant, home-made gnocchi, duck all cooked to perfection.
I was beyond impressed with Paon. I was able to experience the wine bar as well as the restaurant. Top notch and classy. Excellent food and wine. Highly recommended for special occasion or romantic night out.
Perfect for a Celebration or Romantic Evening
I selected PAON from reading reviews of the restaurant, since I wasn't from the area. I was taking my husband to dinner to celebrate his Birthday. I did include in my reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, but they didn't bring any dessert with a candle or anything. The restaurant is very nice, beautiful ambiance and the outside dining is really pretty too...it was just a little too chilly for me to sit out there the night we went. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and specials. The one thing I didn't like is that I felt rushed. The food was pushed through very quickly, ie, the minute the appetizer was done, a salad was dropped and the minute that was done, dinner was dropped. I felt like I was being rushed through the meal. We started with the french escargot and it was delicious. There was less than a nibble of meat in each shell, but the sauce was so good. We used it to dip the most awesome bread in. You'll eat so much of the warm bread they make, it's wonderful. We shared a green salad.. For dinner, I ordered the beef short rib. This was the most delicious dish. I ate every last bite of the dish...shared a little with my hubby, but WOW! I would highly suggest this dish. My husband ordered a dinner special. It was lamb osso bucco. He was surely disappointed in the food. Said the meat wasn't tender and that he could cook lamb better than they did. I was not happy about this because it was his special dinner, so I don't advice getting this dish. Maybe it was a "special" for a reason. Ugh! For dessert, we got the brownie. OMG!!! It's to die for. It's like no brownie ever. It's more like a molten lava chocolate thing...wow, so rich and so yummy. I would highly suggest this restaurant and I would go there again myself. Was a nice evening!
We visit Carlsbad every year and always ...
We visit Carlsbad every year and always go to Paon, however, the waiter we've had the past two years is terrible. He won't give any information about the menu or specials and acts like he's mad that he has to wait on us. If he's there next year, we will walk out.
Overall quite excellent! Food was delicious overall but lacking some flavor at times that night, excellent preparation aside from that. Wine was great, well served and service was wonderful.
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