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 Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (54)special occasion (48)fit for foodies (43)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (42)notable wine list (38)great for lunch (9)hot spot (7)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Most likely the Best place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2010
    Most likely the Best place to go in the village, but be prepared to spend some money. Well worth it though!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We loved it. Had a wonderful
    loves2dineVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2010
    We loved it. Had a wonderful lunch. Salmon, hamburger, and short rib were all cooked exactly as we ordered. Chocolate desserts were delightfully decadent. The service was impeccable. Thanks to Open Table, I "discovered" this restaurant in time to make reservations before arriving in Southern California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent, friendly service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2010
    Excellent, friendly service. Great wine selection and very knowledgable and helpful servers. Attentive without being obtrusive. Combines a wine shop and tasting bar with a separate restaurant and full bar. You can buy your wine at the wine shop at really good prices and then bring it to your table for a reasonable corkage fee. Or you can simply order your wine from the wine list at dinner. The dinner menu is not long, but there is something for everyone and you can't go wrong with any selection. I highly recommend Paon. It's our new go-to place for North Coast whether it's for dinner or just to have a drink or a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was great. Unfortunately
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/31/2010
    The food was great. Unfortunately we were seated next to a very loud group. We were also celebrating a birthday that we mentioned when we booked the reservation, but no dessert or even a "Happy Birthday" was said by staff. Other than that, I loved the foie gras! We will be back though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've eaten here several times
    Raleighfoodie
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    We've eaten here several times in the past couple of months. The food continues to be excellent and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dine here often, both for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/30/2010
    We dine here often, both for a quick delicious meals in the bar and more luxurious night out with friends and family in the dining room. The service is always impeccable and the meals always delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a very pleasant meal
    CalgourmetVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2010
    We had a very pleasant meal at PAON, although it was a little tricky to find the restaurant (look across the street from the Carlsbad free public parking lot or go through the PAON wine store). Server was very knowledgable about wines and made an excellent suggestion of a not overly expensive wine. Food was terrific. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is my fourth meal at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2010
    This is my fourth meal at Paon, and it is consistently delicious, imaginatively created and well presented food. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I decided to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/16/2010
    My wife and I decided to try a new restaurant for our second wedding anniversary. I was looking for a new place to try in North County that would deliver a nice dinning experience. I read the reviews on PAON and decided to try it. I am really glad I did. The waiter who served us was exceptional. He gave us a lot of suggestions and help with both the food and the wine. The menu has a lot of variety and has a lot of game on it, which was a nice change for me from the usual steak and seafood places. I chose the pheasant and loved it. The wine list is extensive with choices starting in the $30 a bottle range and going as high as you want to go. It was not cheap ($240 for everything including tip), but I felt like it was worth it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/15/2010
    Fantastic dining experience. Excellent food, excellent service...loved it! Wine list was above expectations and reasonably priced. We discovered this restaurant is owned by a local Carlsbad resident who has lived in the area for over 40 years. You can tell this restaurant was made with love and great pride. I am so happy that Carlsbad has a restaurant of this calibur. We have told all our friends about it. You will do the same.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2010
    I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at PAON. The food was creatively designed, presented well and most importantly, tasted great! The soup was wonderfully balanced and not overly creamy and the gnocchi appetizer is amazing with a touch of red wine reduction and a great balance of mushrooms and real parmasean reggiano cheese. The kitchen seems to be equally talented preparing fish or beef (my wife and I had one of each). Biggest issue we had with the food? Making sure we didn't eat too much of the yummy artisan bread!!! Finally, the staff was outstanding, from the moment of greeting by the owner to the warm personal attention of the rest of the staff. In short, we loved the evening and will be going back with friends!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2010
    I WAS A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN THE FOOD. WAS OK BUT NOT GREAT.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PAON offers outstanding and
    DCampVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2010
    PAON offers outstanding and creative cuisine, great service, and incredible wine for a very reasonable price. Enjoy the romantic dining room or the relaxing outdoor patio. PAON has become our favorite restaurant in North County. Be sure to enjoy their wine tasting bar for great wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We decided to go for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2010
    We decided to go for dinner after an afternoon visit to the bar. We were seated right away at a very nice window table. Server was there to get our drink requets and water immediately. Appetizers were great. The waiter wanted us to order our main course right away but we requeated a little time to relax. Within 3 minutes the Maitre d' basically insisted that we order our main course. We had no time between the serving of our appetizers and the main course. Last, but definately not the least. The only other table seated was at the other side of the room (small restuarant). They has 3 young crying children running amuck. They never asked the parents to control thier children.1 child actually walked up to our table! Not a kids restuarant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I dined outside so didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2010
    I dined outside so didn't really see the interior. The patio is lovely with a great water feature. The food was excellent as well as the champagne and wine. Presentation was nice without being overdone and the portion sizes were just right. Our server was attentive, helpful, friendly, yet not intrusive. The owner came by to make sure all was well. At one point I noticed the patio was full but it never once felt crowded. It is a pricey place but worth it because of the food quality, ambiance, and service. I recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stopped in PAON for lunch.
    Jules
    Dined on 9/10/2010
    Stopped in PAON for lunch. We had the seabass and the flourless chocolate cake while dining out o the beautiful patio. Service was very attentive and the food was good. I have to agree that the seabass was a bit over salted, but otherwise a very nice dish. The dessert was perfect. We'll definitely return. It's so nice to have such a great spot in Carlsbad Village.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I went here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2010
    My husband and I went here for our wedding anniversary and it was perfect. The maitre de was very welcoming and extremely knowledgable in his wine selection. We went with his recommendation and were very pleased. The food was perfectly prepared and absolutely delicious. I highly recommend the goat cheese appetizer as well as the seared ahi. My husband had lamb chops and not a bite was left on his plate. We finished it off with the chocolate brownie with fresh fruit which the server brought out to us with a candle. The entire evening was a wonderful way to celebrate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good good. The waiter suggested
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    Good good. The waiter suggested a delicious wine to pair with our dinner. Desserts were just average though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have had four meals at Paon,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/3/2010
    I have had four meals at Paon, and all were extraordinarily delicious. Each plate is a delightful smorgasbord of flavors and textures, the portions are just right, and the quality of ingredients is very high. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Paon. The food is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2010
    We love Paon. The food is fresh, different, interesting, and very yummy. I don't eat meat, but I think we have tried every non-meat appetizer and salad on the menu and have yet to be disappointed. They are so good. And their gnocchi is best around. The halibut main course is large in size and excellent in taste. My husband had short ribs and our friend had the filet mignon and both said they were superb. The wine list is extensive, they have their own wine store, and my husband is still working on getting grappa on the digestive menu. They have a wonderful outdoor patio and the restaurant is nicely decorated, calming, and intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice! Food was excellent
    chazfoxdenver
    Dined on 8/25/2010
    Very nice! Food was excellent and service outstanding. My guest had some special needs that were handled expertly and with care. Fois Gras, Braised ribs and corn soup all four star. Would definately return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten here twice now.
    foodyooodyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2010
    I have eaten here twice now. Everything has been exceptional. A very nice addition to the Carlsbad Village scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our experience: we were seated
    TangoUniform
    Dined on 8/18/2010
    Our experience: we were seated promptly; the order was taken soon after followed by wine & the bread plate. It was all downhill after that. We waited 40 minutes for our salad course and followed by an additional hour for our main course. The only explanation offered (at about 90 minutes in) was that there was a big party ahead of us and all other orders were delayed. This is obviously not the quality service one expects from a restaurant at this level. Obviously management was aware of the big party when we were seated and could have informed us of the problem at that time or at least offered complementary hors d' ouvers or maybe a glass of champagne to compensate for the inconvenience. If service matters to you, be beware of PAON.
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  • This was the first time we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2010
    This was the first time we had been there so more Special Features could be checked next time. This restaurant is outstanding in every way. The food couldn't possibly be better!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time there. We opt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2010
    Our first time there. We opt for French cuisine for special occasion dinners. When I made the reservation I indicated that it was my wife's birthday. During dinner and throughout, up until the end, we received no acknowledgment. I hate bringing it up, and asking if they do anything special for bdays, considering I had made the request prior. The service - something about our waiter was unappealing - seemed a bit smarmy...for example, when I told him that we were not going to be ordering a bottle of wine, he just gave me this incredulous look which set the tone for the evening. I had the braised short ribs - texture was fine, but way too salty. My wife had the Diver scallops - huge, but the lobster accompaniment/tomato relish was too busy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved it. Wine list was
    Mimi
    Dined on 8/13/2010
    I loved it. Wine list was superb. Surprising to have such a refined and pricey menu in Carlsbad. The Gnocchi was outstanding and pheasant perfectly prepared. The short ribs and scallops were a bit over salted, but that's not surprising given that the average age of the clientele.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new find in downtown
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2010
    Great new find in downtown Carlsbad. Beautiful restaurant. Great menu. Great wine list. Nice room for private parties. Owner was very informative and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2010
    Food and service were great. I took business partners who are very picky. They enjoyed everything and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food and service at Paon
    Mimbo
    Dined on 7/27/2010
    The food and service at Paon were both remarkable. It lacked a bit in ambience but it was a Tuesday evening. Looking forward to another visit but might try eating in the bar or outside just to make it a little more festive. The gazpacho and white corn soup were out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I have eaten
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/24/2010
    My husband and I have eaten at Paon ~ 6 times and have never been dissapointed. My husband has had a different dish each time and still can't decide which is his favorite. The food is exceptional, there is something for everyone, and the portions are generous. This is a very special chef with lots of attention to detail. His sauces are perfection. Favorite dessert is the Rice Pudding with port cherries. The wine shop is a bonus. We are thrilled to have such quality and sofistication in our little town.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was outstanding and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/20/2010
    Food was outstanding and the wine list is quite extensive. Service was a little chilly and erratic, though. While it was a Tuesday night and somewhat slow, the restaurant almost seemed a bit understaffed based on the service we received. When asked by the maître d' how we liked our 2 appetizers (the ravioli and the escargots) we commented that the latter was a bit saltier than preferred, although we still enjoyed them. It was as though he took it as a slight against the chef who had prepared them in a classical à la Bourguignonne style. All in all, it was a nice dining experience. Perhaps the fact that San Diego has enjoyed only a 1 week summer put some of the staff in a cloudy mood. I'll need to give it a try on a sunny afternoon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A real gourmet gem with reasonable
    bruce
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    A real gourmet gem with reasonable prices in Carlsbad. Excellent decor and ambience. Impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place. Totally charming
    sdGALVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2010
    Love this place. Totally charming with fab food and wines. Service was very good too. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We have heard people raving
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2010
    We have heard people raving about Paon for a while and wanted to experience it ourselves. It was everything we had hoped. The service was excellent, and for its location, the ambience was a welcomed surprise. The food was really excellent - cooked perfectly and very generous portions. All three in our party ordered different dishes and were very pleased with our selections. The retail wine store in the back is worth a peak, as well. We will definitely be coming again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I both had fish
    RickP
    Dined on 7/7/2010
    My wife and I both had fish and both dishes were excellent. The patio is beautiful; I wish that the Carlsbad weather had been more accomodating the night we visited PAON (7 July 2010). I would have loved to have sat outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really pleased that this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2010
    Really pleased that this restaurant was opened in Carlsbad. The owner is always on premise and is focused on a quality experience for all his customers. The special oysters and mussels from the aquaculture facility at Agua Hedionda Lagoon are my favorites--you can taste the freshness of the ocean!! We had ribeye steak, halibut, lamb and scallops. All were outstanding--this chef is great. My favorite place for a fine dinner in Carlsbad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very nice lunch outside
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/3/2010
    We had a very nice lunch outside on the patio. There was only one other table so it was not noisy outside. Don't know if it is noisy inside, but it is dark. The hazelnut canoli dessert was't anything special. The Angus burger and chicken breast were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was simply fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    The food was simply fabulous! The scallops and vegetable ragout...outstanding! Can't wait to go back and work my way through the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was looking for a romantic
    Bransons
    Dined on 6/26/2010
    I was looking for a romantic dining experience to surprise my wife with on our "Date Night" and PAON was absolutely what I had in mind. Everything was perfect. The food was incredible and service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and food were both
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2010
    Service and food were both amazing! Mussels (a special) were incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet