PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paoncarlsbad.com/
  • Phone: 7607297377
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: David Gallardo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve Barr 7607297377

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Coaster Rail station 100 yards from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street,northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.Coaster
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since March 25 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (44)fit for foodies (39)great for outdoor dining (39)romantic (38)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (34)great for lunch (10)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I booked the reservation through OpenTable and was not disappointed. Our dinner here was simply amazing. The service was impeccable . Incredible ambience sitting out on the front patio with the chandeliers and the fountain in the background . Made for a perfect romantic dinner! The noise level in the Main dining room was way too high for me but I am very sensitive to noise. Being out on the front patio worked out perfectly. I look forward to coming back to this amazing restaurant again soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great waiter
    Stell
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The support staff was a bit aggressive clearing the table to the extent that at one point they had to replace some items that they removed. The experience was a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Carlsbad restaurant
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We get to Carlsbad once or twice a year. We always eat at least once at PAON. Service is excellent without being obtrusive. The wine is reasonably priced. This trip we had the rib eye, escargot, and a special lobster/crab salad. All were excellent. The rib eye was cooked to the correct temperature and nicely presented. We definitely recommend this as the best restaurant in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Excellent Fine Dining
    RUN2EATVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We have now eaten dinner at PAON 4 times in the last month & a half. The food is consistently outstanding, prepared well and one gets a very generous portion. The service has consistently been outstanding. We would highly recommend PAON to anyone who enjoys fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my dollars elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    appetizer (raviolis)- no flavor and cheese wasn't even warm, short ribs braised for 6-hours were dry, vegetarian girlfriend passed on the vegetables, for $175 really, really poor food - service was good but couldn't make up for the food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Occasion Choice
    Bowgie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The quality of food matches the prices. Restaurant is described as French, but is more of French preparation style with a pan-European and world entree choices. Perfect example is the gazpacho, which classically should have bread worked into the soup mix. Paon's version is a lovely red and green with a center piece of lobster bits and cream in the soup mix. Creative, if not not particularly Spanish. For dessert, I would normally consider $10 for bread pudding ridiculous, but their version is far elevated above the ordinary with accompanying sauteed cherries and extra flourishes. If I had to gripe it would be that Paon maintains the sad American restaurant tradition of overpricing wines to go with the delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PAON
    VdayloverVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My second visit here and was completely impressed with the high level of attention to service and the food was superb, a must for those who enjoy 5⭐️ dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is our go to place in Carlsbad. As long as we continue to receive great service and wonderfully delicious meals, this will remain as our go to place. When there's just the 2 of us or want casual fare, we dine in the bar. Both Annie & JK are terrific bartenders and friendly knowledge servers make dinning in the bar feel quaint and special. Our parents, family love to celebrate bdays and other special occasions there. And now with the warm weather, sitting out on the front patio is lovely. What can I say regarding the food? Everything is wonderful! This most recent visit, the standouts are gazpacho soup, Indian spiced prawn salad, rib eye, short ribs and salmon. I'm sure we'll be going back in the next week or two. Love Paon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining
    weddingweekend
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The quality of the food at Paon was outstanding, as well as the service. The seared tuna was our favorite entrée and the soup of the day was flavorful and beautifully presented. The server was very attentive and went out of his way to assist with the wine selections. The outdoor dining area was a good choice..soft lighting and appropriately heated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not very exceptional
    EQSDiner
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    As visitors to the Calsbad area, we were looking forward to dinner at Paon, and while not a bad experience, it wasn't very exceptional given the price. While the service and the overall setting were good, the food proved rather bland and run of the mill. Which was a shame as we were so looking for our final dinner in Calsbad to be bit more memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • finfoodlvr
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The service was outstanding as our waiter described each dish with enthusiasm. The presentation was excellent. We ordered pheasant and duck, both were outstanding. We had cannelloni for dessert that also was a treat and capped off a truly memorable culinary experience. This was one of several outstanding meals at PAON
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ted1
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our first time there, this is a keeper! The gaspacho was wonderful and Pacific salmon was magnifique!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent Fine Dining
    RUN2EATVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is the 2nd time that the 3 of us have dined at PAON in the past couple of weeks. We were not disappointed. PAON consistently provides a fine dining experience. The food is always outstanding, well prepared and delicious. The service as usual was outstanding and the ambiance cannot be beat if one wants to have a relaxing fine dining experience with friends and family members. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who would want, and would enjoy, a consistently great fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MJMSBVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The wine shop associated with the restaurant has a quite extensive selection and a fine appetizer menu. The beef short ribs are superb. everything about Paon is first rate
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine Dining At Its Best
    RUN2EATVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Our dining experience was very memorable. PAON offers excellent food, prepared to perfection, and great service in a relaxed environment. The wine list is one of the best we have found at a restaurant. We have dined here several times and have never been disappointed. A friend joined us, and she thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The 3 of us plan to dine here again in the not too distant future. Would highly recommend PAON to anyone who wants a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us from a family friend. Parking was simple and the option to sit outside was offered. It was a nice setting. Service was good. The food was good too. I just ordered Salmon, and it was tasty. The Apple Walnut Salad - AMAZING!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Restuarant
    EZHawkVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Enjoyed great service and wonderful food. Would recommend. Great outside dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect night
    Claver
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Wife and I have eaten here before and thought that it would be a great place to have our 33 RD wedding anniversary dinner. Awesome beet salad, main course and wonderful wine selection. I would recommend this venue to anyone who enjoys fine dinning and great service!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food!!
    Jack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our meal was delicious, the wine great and the service the best!! A terrific place for a mother's day dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We came here for dinner while on vacation in Carlsbad on a Sunday evening. As it was Sunday, the restaurant was quiet, which worked out well for us. We had a lot of attention from our server, who actually went to Paon's wine store next door to get us wine options since my husband was ordering by the glass and nothing on the menu jumped out to him. The wines were outstanding, as was the food. My husband especially enjoyed the tuna/salmon tartare appetizer. Highly recommend for a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Go To place in Carlsbad !
    Surfzen
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Excellant, prompt service. A fine chef for sure. Nice ambiance. Probably one of the best short ribs outside of France. We are most fortunate to have Paon and Pamplemousse in North County. If I had my own personal trainer I would be at one or the other every couple of days I think.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem! Paon is a treasure.
    souptonuts
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    A friend and I wanted to meet for Easter Sunday dinner. We were not disappointed when we went to Paon. The outside dining area is lovely, shaded, with greenery and an outdoor fireplace. The owner was most accommodating. The wine list was an oenophile's delight. I was disappointed that there were only three lamb ribs, but it was some of the best I have ever had. Everything was delightful. My friend was happy with her filet mignon. We shared a cannoli dessert, and loved it! I would be remiss if I did not mention the service. It was excellent. The young man who waited on our table was knowledgeable, thoughtful, and pleasant without being intrusive. We greatly enjoyed Paon. Although it was pricey, it was worth it! It is a gem!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining
    Dd4eatsVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Our best of restaurants we try to go once a month good food best service ever.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    foodsnob
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My friend and I went for lunch, and were delighted with the menu and the food. Service good as well. Love the bread, even!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food always
    FRESSER
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Paon is a great find here in the north county. It serves consistently good food and delivers with good service.Great high quality plates from the kitchen. great desserts. I love pain
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Front Patio Dining
    Wadiego
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I went here on a Saturday night with my wife for date night. We sat outside in the front patio and that was a good choice as the lighting was nice and it was relatively quiet compared to dining inside. I liked the set up in this area as the tables are nice and they made it look like a nice garden. We did sit for a while before our waiter came over to get a drink order, once he made contact he was pretty attentive after that. We order two martinis which were not very good, I would not recommend getting them again, the bartender put way too much vermouth in them. We ordered two salads which were excellent and then had the scallops and short ribs as our main course. Both were very tasty and well presented. This place is pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since March 25 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 398 reviews are from the PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Unfailingly excellent every time!
    Diningdivas
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is undoubtedly the best restaurant in North SD County and one of the two best in the whole county. Service is impeccable, food is not adventurous but solid good offerings every time. I just had the best filet of my life here but all of the salads, starters and entrees are delicious. The desserts could use a bit more imagination. They are ok but could get a boost to go to extra special in keeping with everything else at Paon. Get a table on the patio where it is romantic and very pleasant. I thoroughly recommend this place. If you want to spend a bit less, the bar menu is just as fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for solo dining or on a date.
    seasidediner
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Restaurant dining room provides a pleasant atmosphere with a level of privacy when out with someone for a special evening. The service staff provides attention without being intrusive. Separately, the bar is very nice when dinning solo. The cliental are nice and the owners and staff will make you feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elouge por Paon
    Slvrbk
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We would highly recommend Paon's for it's excellent food (we had the scallops and the pheasant) and Service. Wine list is a bit pricey but the selections fit the menu well. No sound partition between the bar and the eating area which made conversation a bit of a challenge during happy hour. Will visit again with a later reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a trip to Carlsbad
    davidh
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    While attending a wedding in Carlsbad we experienced the most delightful dining experience one could experience, The Paon restaurant. From start to finish, perfection. I had the Halibut, which I consider a most difficult entree to prepare properly, and my partner the lamb. I have never before written a review of this sort, however I was so impressed, I want to share our experience with anyone who enjoys very good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's still a FAV
    Trish
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We come here often! It is always great. They really know seafood. Fish is NEVER over cooked. It's hard not to order the same (seared yellow fin tuna) but I love the duck and all other meat dishes. Paon never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Halibut was wonderful!
    DiscerningdinnerVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My sister and I shared a tasty morel mushroom salad followed by fresh halibut cooked to perfection. We are still talking about what a great lunch it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We were really looking forward to our dinner here. On the bright side, they were gracious in letting our party arrive late (we called ahead). The wine list was balanced, extensive and moderately priced. The food had multiple ups and downs. The service was the real killer. We would have loved to try a few more bottles or other dishes, but couldn't get our server back to the table. This was a constant annoyance throughout the entire experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent special occasion place
    Celebrator
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We dined here for our 30th anniversary. The food was excellent as was the service. It is fairly pricey which is why we will only go occasionally. If you go, try the pheasant. Such a treat. See the menu online. There are always off menu specials as well. A friend told me the menu in the bar area is more affordable. Still excellent food, just a more limited selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    clou
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had a great meal at PAON. We absolutely recommend this to others who are looking for a high-end dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th Birthday Celebration
    Sara
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I went to Paon for the first time to celebrate my 50th birthday. Love the fact that I could bring my own special bottle of wine. The service and food were outstanding. The server was highly knowledgeable about the food and made very good recommendations. The pace of the meal was just right. Next time I would come and sit outside because the patio is just lovely! Thank you Paon for making my 50th birthday a wonderful experience!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paon Restaurant is Outstanding
    TomH
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Paon restaurant, located in the heart of Carlsbad village, is outstanding. The owners have created an upscale restaurant with superb service and excellent food. We dined there recently and even came back after the show for dessert and coffee. Paon also features a wine tasting room hidden in the back of its restaurant. Anyone who enjoys wines should add Paon's wine room to their "must visit" list. Steve, the owner is on-site and takes personal care of each of his guests. Paon's wait staff are knowledgeable, friendly, efficient and always have good recommendations for wines with dinner. The sea bass was outstanding as was the duck. Try it!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Suprise
    DinersVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We had a great experience. On our way back and not familiar with Carlsbad restaurants, we found Paon on Opentable. The tuna was seared to perfection and tender, the ravioli was wonderful with fresh pasta, and the service was nicely attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We went there for the first time and absolutely loved every thing about the place. The warmth of the decor and setup, the friendliness of the staff, the wait staff and their impeccable service, and then there's the food! This was THE best meal we've had in a while. We enjoyed all the different flavors and the presentations were lovely. Thanks for making our vacation in Carlsbad complete!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does not accomodate to allergies
    sandi
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I have to say I was disappointed in my meal. I have allergies to dairy and gluten. The wait staff seemed very accommodating in the ability to bring me a dish free from my allergies however when I got my plate it had a cream sauce. Luckily we noticed it and had it sent back. As someone with food allergies this is not the best situation when your table has their food in front of you and out of respect want to wait for yours to come before they eat. When my plate returned it was very dry and to be honest I only ate about half which is rare for me. I know there are many ways to make fish moist and sauces without allergens so for this reason I'm disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.