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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.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
French, Californian, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - 5:30-9pm
Monday & Tuesday: Dinner Only, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Carlsbad Village Dr.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street, northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.
Coaster rail station (Carlsbad) is one block from the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Great for anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, or for those who just need a date night out.
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Have eaten here many times and never disappointed. Love the escargot, very few places serve it anymore. Service is always topnotch and everyone very friendly, but not too and what's really nice, is we are not greeted as Hi Guys, I hate that.
We'll be back for our 33rd anniversary on Sept 8.
We have lived in Carlsbad for years and finally went to Paon for dinner. We ate out on the front patio for a very relaxing meal. All the food items we ordered were fantastic. The Rib eye was a 10! Great Short ribs.. Even the burger they made me was outstanding with caramelized onions and Blu cheese. A little pricey but worth it.
Waiter was a bit impersonal. Starter tartar was without flavor. I find it ironic that salt and pepper was not on the table when it was definitely required for a few under-seasoned items. Sweetbreads were good. Overall, the food was mediocre. At these prices, I expect much more.
We had a beautiful time at Paon celebrating Mother's Day! My family and I had a glorious meal in the outdoor patio. Everything we ordered- smoked ravioli, beer salad, seabass, scallops, duck, lamb, mint ice cream-were perfectly prepared and enjoyed down to the last morsel! Staff was friendly and professional. We were so pleased to have discovered this wonderful restaurant after over a decade of living in Carlsbad!
My husband and I chose PAON to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. The food was excellent, as was the service. The pleasant background music didn't interfere with conversation. The inside of the restaurant is small so when a large party is coming, the rest of the guests are left with limited choices for seating inside. On a sunny day, the outside patio would be quite inviting.
I could have just ordered Bread and Escargot! Delicious, I had Halibut, the portion was so large it could have served two. Husband had steak, which was perfectly prepared. Next time we will try the bar, it looked great, and serves a very similar menu. Not cheap, but food was great.
The place has a good feel (inside and out). My wife and I sat inside. We had an early dinner so the place was not crowded yet. We were served well. The food was very good. My wife totally enjoyed the specials [steak with Blue cheese mashed potatoes and double (red/green) Gazpacho ]. My food was very good but missed minute things for my taste.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is wonderful, service is superb, and best of all the ambience Is outstanding. Paon is a great special occasion restaurant but it is even better when you go there Just because you want to treat yourself to a great evening!
The restaurant was empty save six other guests. This should have been the first clue. The patio area, while pleasant, is nothing special. Our server was very attentive and professional. Unfortunately the food was forgettable, or would have been had I not thrown up the whole meal a few hours later.
My third visit to Paon, this time for an anniversary dinner. The waiter advised us to sit outside as there were too noisy groups in the dining room. We'd have much preferred to be inside as, despite the heaters, the night air was rather too cool. I ordered the scallops which, at $39 were somewhat pricy, and I found the flavor overwhelmed by the tomato in the ragout. My husband said his onion soup and chicken entre were both enjoyable but not outstanding. I'd still recommend this restaurant but perhaps not on a busy Saturday night.
Hadn't been there is a while and won't wait so long next time! Service very attentive, food simply outstanding (as always in our experience) and well presented. Wine by the glass options extensive and easy to "pair". Highlights were my pear salad and rib eye steak and my wife's sea bass from the daily special.
Paon is a lovely restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. The service was exceptional and the atmos phere is lovely with seating inside and out. My friends and I each had an appetizer and a salad. The fois gras was very tasty and my friends enjoyed the French onion soup and we all enjoyed different salads. Will definitely come back whenever I return to Carlsbad.
We were there with our Son who is going to school in the area. He was wanting French cuisine so we decided on lunch. The lunch menu didn't have some of the items that were on the dinner menu and our son was wanting (craving) Escargot, so we asked our server if it was possible to get both the Escargot and Sweetbreads as an appetizer. So this place does have a secrete menu and the will serve certain items not on the menu. This Restaurant certainly made our day by serving us the items we were wanting. Service & the food as well as the location was over the top. Great place for a special occasion, we will be back.
We chose this restaurant for my older daughters birthday, she is a foodie. We were well taken care of by the server and the staff there. The food was good, plenty to chose from on the menu for my family. Good specials were offered and we even tired some. The restaurant had a nice relaxing and inviting atmosphere. It is a great place to celebrate a birthday or a nice night out. We will visit again.
PAON has been our special event restaurant for the last few years, i.e. It has to be a special occasion to justify the price. The food and wine are always superb. Last Friday, we went there to celebrate my birthday. I am also 8 months pregnant. It was disconcerting when the waiter came to take my empty dessert plate and made a comment about offering me a squeegee to get the last few drops. I think that he was trying to be funny but it just came off as rude, especially to a pregnant woman on her birthday. I expected a lot better of PAON and their staff.
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