Paon is a well run restaurant. The food is very good, but not exceptional. The wine list is extensive, but no bargains with nothing less than 35 if I remember. The service is exceptional. Overall, it was a lovely, romantic evening that sets well for special occasions.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants!
I've been to Paon a handful of times now. The restaurant is beautiful (I recommend the outside dining), the service impeccable, and the menu is a gem of perfectly crafted appetizers and seasonal entrees prepared to perfection. The escargot is one of the best, the fig and Gorgonzola salad is the perfect size to share, and you can never go wrong with the short rib, filet mignon, or the scallops. For dessert I only order the strawberry balsamic. I'm sure the other desserts are fantastic, but I love it so much, I can't seem to order anything else.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The kind of place you could
The kind of place you could add to your list of comfortable, neighborhood establishments- much like New York City.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who would have thought this excellent French restaurant could also make fabulous Margaritas?!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great quiet restaurant with
Great quiet restaurant with a pretty charming patio. There are lovely hanging plants and a water feature making the ambiance very enjoyable. The food is very good and so is the service. Our server was very attentive. I had the lamb salad which I would order again. One of my friends ordered the gazpacho and loved it. The portions are just right.
I was surprised that there were only two tables including us with customers on a Sunday lunch time. I imagine that many people don't know about it as it is tucked in in one of the side streets in Carlsbad.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Third or fourth visit here.
Third or fourth visit here. Food was outstanding as was the service from Ivan. Slowly working ourselves through the menu-have not been disappointed yet.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place I usually get the short ribs but this time I went for the Duck and it was amazing. great food great service and a cool wine store/tasting room in the back or around the side depending where you enter.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my boyfriend to PAON
I took my boyfriend to PAON for his birthday celebration. It's a pretty restaurant, decorated in gold hues. The dining room and the staff were very attentive and considerate. The escargot was outstanding! This is a romantic and elegant restaurant. Lots of diners at the bar.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went to Paon, for the first
Went to Paon, for the first time, last week! Great restaurant, great menu and a wonderful wine selection! Service was awesome and, even had a chance to chat with the owner! Great ambiance indoors, along with a wonderful outdoor patio out front! Only negative (and that's really overstating it) is, it's a little "pricey"! We'll go again and, highly recommend to others!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband, adult son and I went here to celebrate my birthday. Without question, we agreed that this was on of the best meals ever. We ate inside, at a window table. The service was excellent. Our waiter, Jesse C, was attentive without being intrusive. He was happy to ask the chef to omit the Indian seasonings from the soft crab appetizer, which was delightful. Our entrees, the steak, the scallops, and the short ribs were all cooked to perfection and the portions were quite generous, giving us another meal the next day. And the desserts! We shared the housemade mint ice cream with chocolate sauce and the flourless chocolate cake with chocolate mousse. I would go there just to get either of those again!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French Dining Experience
Nice intimate dining experience. Classic French cusine. We shared the grilled lamb salad and I had the rack of lamb and my husband had the pheasant and all were excellent. Great wine list. Service was excellent. You can see why this is one of the top rated restaurant in Carlsbad. Not inexpensive, but for the level of restaurant the price was not at all unreasonable.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This just became our fave date spot
We started our night at the wine bar and had an amazing tasting. The service was impressive and the host really knew his wines! We felt like a million bucks when we left. Very accommodating.
Dinner was AMAZING to say the least! From the moment we sat down, we fell in love with the ambiance and the romantic outdoor patio. The service was 100% 5 stars, and the food was SOOO good! We had the gnochhi for an app to start and I'm not a huge gnocchi fan, but this dish made me one! I had the seared ahi with pureed carrots and beans with mushrooms. We ate there over 2 months ago and I can still remember... the flavors, the textures, just awesome! I left very full, very satisfied, and it is expensive, but it is worth every penny!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our new favorite in Carlsbad
Great food and wine. Wife had the ribs and they were so tender. I had the New York steak and it was cooked perfectly. When I had a question about a wine, our server said she wasn't familiar with that wine (they have a very large selection) and she would get someone that knew more about it. The guy that came asked me a couple of questions about what we were ordering and what we liked in wines and suggested another wine that turned out to go perfect with our meals. It was also $43 less than the wine I was going to order! He returned half way through our meal and asked how the wine was. When we told him we liked it, he seemed genuinely happy that we enjoyed it. Come to find out from our server, it turns out he was the owner, Steve.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Paon many
We have been to Paon many times, but this last visit has to be the best! If anyone thinks they are resting on their reputation, that is not the case. Every course we had was exceptional in presentation and flavor. We split the ricotta ravioli and the chef prepared it on 2 plates for us so each of us could enjoy the presentation. I ordered the scallops, my personal favorite. They were the best I have ever had there! My husband had the seared ahi tuna, also delicious. For dessert, we shared the creme brulee, a smooth delicious custard with just the right crispness on the crust. Because it is pricey we do not go often, but when we do, it is a real treat! We sat on the patio which is so lovely. Can't wait for the next time.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant as always
A perfect spot for a celebration or romantic evening, away from the noise of the 101, Paon never disappoints us.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time at Paon. Look forward to going back. If you enjoy excellant food, great service and good wine...this is the place!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining experience
The food and wine are wonderful. Kudos to the wait staff. They are attentive and professional without being stuffy or intrusive. A wonderful evening all around.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable service as usual. And the restaurant is accommodating in regard to substitutions. We love this place.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Provencale garden dining
If you secure a table outside, you will have the experience of dining very pleasurably in a garden in Provence. The plants, the lights, the fountain all act to transport you to the South of France. This is a lovely place for dinner.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
We LOVED this restaurant. John our waiter, who was also working the bar, was gracious, knowledgeable, patient and upbeat. The food was unbelievable. You have to try the scallops here. They melt in your mouth while whatever spices/flavoring they were cooked in really compliment the scallop taste well. Also, the Mahi Mahi was amazing. It was encrusted in something (it was light/not breading) that gave the fish a unique and flavorful taste. The escargot-WOW. Butter, garlic, pesto??? Burst of flavor with every bite. Lastly (we really did eat too much), you have to try their bread pudding dessert. Talk about flavorful and melting in your mouth! Amazing.
We will be back!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had the warm lamb salad. It was truly amazing and we would return just for that!! The pheasant and duck two ways were great.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, great ambience. The people who work at Paon are friendly and helpful AND knowledgeable. The wine list is great. The parking is easy, which is always an added bonus. If I lived closer, I would go frequently.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
In the heart of Carlsbad
My partner and myself keep finding this delightful place one the heart of charming Carlsbad, one of the most distinguish cuisine in California. A true great secret.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I ordered the salmon salad.
I ordered the salmon salad. Very small piece of salmon was served with chopped beets. Delicious for a very light eater only.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was spectacular.
The food was spectacular. The setting romantic and our server Ivan was very friendly. We will definitely be back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place!
We started in the tasting room and ordered a bottle of Boudreaux blend from Italy!
We are always greeted warmly and have never been disappointed in the food. My
husband had the pheasant and I had the venison. They were both superb!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, excellent service, we dined outside...the noise level is much lower...will return
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best !
Never having been at the restaurant before, I was curious to how it would hold up to previous reviews - it surpassed them !
Everything about our evening was enjoyable. Ambiance was great, service was professional and warm. Food was amazing. Every dish we ordered was great. White Corn Soup was terrific and the Scallop entree was the best cooked scallops I've had in years. We will be back. Thank you for a great evening.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food - Absolutely Amazing!
The food was excellent. I had the lamb and it melted in my mouth. The desserts were also amazing. I have zero complaints about the food. The place was quiet and perfect for an intimate setting. My only complaint is that our waiter checked on us every 5 minutes (or so it seemed), which was way too often for my taste. Overall, everything was excellent and this restaurant will be my place of choice everytime I am in the Carlsbad area.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice romantic restaurant
Loved that we chose to go here on our last vacation day. The place is definitely one which you would want to "dress up" for . Food, attendance and service were all wonderful.
You felt very special, dining there.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still love Paon
I forget about this little gem in downtown Carlsbad. Paon has never disappointed me. I went for lunch with a friend and there were so many delicious temptations, we ended up sharing three dishes because we could not decide on just one. Loved the goat cheese appetizer (so many good things on that plate), a fresh salad and the corn soup. Can't wait to go again and try three more new dishes.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My in-laws took my husband and I to Paon for our wedding anniversary while we were visiting California. We made the decision to sit outside as they had a beautiful outdoor sitting area and the weather was wonderful. The staff was extremely friendly and our waiter was very helpful in making decisions regarding our drinks. I could list off all the food and drinks that we had but every single thing was delicious. And not just normal delicious, but mind blowing delicious if that makes sense. Highlights for our meal would be the gnocchi, the organic beet salad and the braised beef short rib. I got the yellowfin tuna which was great, but the parsnip puree was so overpowering that I could not eat it. Overall, definitely worth the price.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food- lovely atmosphere
We sat outside and it was lovely and when it started to get cool there were heaters available. Our server was friendly and helpful but he talked a little too fast. I had the seared Tuna and it was wonderful. I loved the pureed carrots and the asparagus and green beans that went with it, but the best part was the sauce. My husband had the Duck and he liked it very much. Our server suggested a good wine to go with it and it fit well and was very enjoyable. But don't miss the desert- we shared the flourless chocolate cake and the homemade mint ice cream with the four of us at the table.
Expensive but worth it- make it a special outing.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been looking for a lovely spot in the North County area since moving from a restaurant lovers dream city like Denver and this one hits the spot. Delicious Lamb Salad and Sea Bass, not to mention the flour less chocolate cake perfection. Thank you Paon for existing.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience
We sat at a table in the courtyard - complete with tiny lights through the trees, a fountain and heaters. It much a wonderful dinner (and much quieter than inside the restaurant which was a bit louder with several people at the bar). The wine selection was great, the food was fantastic - just sad that we were too full for dessert! Enjoy this gem of a restaurant.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are just really glad we discovered this restaurant. Its local, the food and staff are incredible, and the atmosphere is wonderful. We will most definitely be back!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated my Mom's 85 th birthday here. Everyone's food was perfectly prepared and the cannolis were to die for! Service is outstandinga and wine list appropriate foe food style and selections....will be back!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
2nd time here, always a pleasure
My girlfriend and I ate here a year ago and everything was perfect. For the past year we've been anticipating a return visit, and we were not disappointed this time around.
Atmosphere is great. I'd recommend outdoor seating. Inside is just as nice though. Temperature is quite pleasant with the space heaters strategically placed.
Service is probably Paon's strong suit. You always feel very welcome at this place, and the staff will make you feel right at home.
Food this time around was not quite as good as the first visit, but still incredible in relation to competing restaurants. I'd argue that the prices are set just right -- not too overpriced or under-priced. Presentation is exceptionally good. THE BREAD IS AMAZING.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Felt like an indulgent, thoughtful
Felt like an indulgent, thoughtful evening. Wonderful customer service.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I live in Huntington Beach, picked this place to meet friends coming up from San Diego. It was well worth the drive. Great food, perfect service. I wish it was closer, I'd be going all the time.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paon Friday Nite
Interesting place to dine.
Offers both inside and outside tables with a somewhat unusual layout
We sat outside and while the air temp dropped there were interesting heaters.
Food and service was good.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a good time service was
Had a good time service was excellent along with the food
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and wine were wonderful. Service was fast and friendly
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great place for a date
The restaurant and wine bar a laid out in a very clever and attractive manner. The table spacing is just right to allow for somewhat private conversation. Nice decor. Food and wine were excellent. Wine by the glass list has a nice range of French to American wines. The bottled wine list has things from everywhere. The food menu is large too, making it hard to pick what to have. Worthy of note that night were their beet salad, scallop salad and seared salmon entrée. None of this come cheap, but then you don't go here to be cheap.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at this restaurant for a date night dinner and loved it. The food was delicious and service was fantastic.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife an I had gone to Paris last year and wanted to relive the moment for my birthday last weekend. Paon did not dissapoint. Fantastic food (of course I had the escargot), delicious wine choices (we had the Duckhorn Cab), great ambiance, and 5 diamond table service. We'll be back again for sure! Thanks Paon!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
"I love the relaxed feel of this place. Highly recommend sitting outside with the warmth of the heaters and/or sweater. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The beet salad was amazing and the Seabass excellent! Our server was outstanding!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good but not memorable
Overall a very nice meal in a comfortable setting. Everything was good but nothing memorable. A little pricey and portions were on the slender side. Considering there's a wine shop in the restaurant I would have hoped there would be a way to choose your wine and add a small corkage fee. If they did have that option it was not mentioned and the wine list, while good, was not extensive, particularly wines by the glass. A rib steak turned out to be three small slices cut like a skirt steak. Not what I expected.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Night out in Carlsbad
The atmosphere of this restaurant is very pleasant and the service quite efficient. I really enjoyed my organic beet starter although the beef short rib entree was way too rich and the sauce far too over-powering for my liking. My partner said the duck was excellent though and we had a very good bottle of red wine. I would go again but would steer clear from the dishes with the rich sauce.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
1963 Had Class did you?
Provided a great atmosphere for a 2 couple get together for event planning. Great food and service quiet surroundings.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM