PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

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$31 to $50
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French
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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BS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Scallops were very good although the ragout that was served with it was not a complimentary taste.

Braised short ribs were overcooked and mushy

Server was ok but not great

f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food. A bit noisy because of traffic. and somewhat pricey. But worth it for special occasions.

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San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always felt that enjoyable dining was when there are few distractions. For example when you can focus on your partner and be treated like family. Stylish fine dining without the requirement that you wear a coat. Quiet, comfortable, an excellent waiter, delicious food, plenty of parking across the street, a marvelous dining experience.

J
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for a wonderful meal. I loved the lamb and Brenda loved the pheasant. The service is always fantastic, thank you, Steve, for the personal service.

AS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 4

Great food and service always. Tremendous wine list with attached wine store at reasonable corkage fee.

I
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escargot, apple salad, lamb entree and scallops were outstanding. Waiter Bob was excellent! Best meal and service during our week in So Cal. Kudos!

HH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have a great wait staff. Very attentive and knowledgeable. Wonderful menu. My husband had the Pheasant and I had rack of lamb. Loved them both. We sat outside in their nice patio. They brought us a dessert for our anniversary.

AF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Would recommend to all for a special occasion.

L
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner and celebrated a friends Birthday

R
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food and drink, cozy ambiance - never disappoints. !!😊

OT
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list, delicious food and beautiful outdoor patio. Would definitely come again if I were in town. Not cheap, but everything was done well.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant in Carlsbad. The service was excellent. We had the Chilean sea bass and the prawn salad; both were delicious.

WW
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I scheduled a small meet up group to meet for dessert and drinks only. There were supposed to be eight of us. Only five showed up last minute. The head waiter (I can only assume) let me know straight away they did not just serve dessert. I apologized for not knowing and he was kind enough to make an exception (this time). I ended up feeling quite bad about it so I ordered dinner and encouraged others to do the same. The place is always amazing and I go for the escalated experience. It was mea culpa on my part to schedule such an event at such a place. I just wanted others to experience the greatness of Paon and I scheduled it a Monday at 5:30pm thinking Paon would be open to such a thing on such a day/hour. I was wrong. The bartender is always VERY friendly and helpful. I only seem to rub the head evening waiter the wrong way. Lunch wait staff has always been amazing as well.

GD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, amazing food, one of our favorite restaurants.

G
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. The escargot was divine as was the duck confit! Super nice and accommodating owner. We will return.

L
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bread, great short ribs, great Chilean sea bass. Attentive staff. One of the best restaurants in the area.

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My date ordered escargot (snails) and I got a romaine salad and the braised short ribs. She kept after meet to help her with the escargot which I had never had before and had no intention of trying now. I finally relented and was glad I did....they were delicious! And my braised short ribs were so tender they were practically falling off the fork....absolutely delicious and possibly the best braised short ribs I’ve ever had anywhere.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, just overpriced.

i
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We vacation in the Carlsbad area annually and always make it a point to visit Paon for an elegant dinner. Everything about this restaurant is first class. We will be back.

p
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for our 38th anniversary! Very romantic.

FE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

A previous visit would have been a 4+ rating, which brought us back a second time.
Sorry to say that on our return visit, both service and food preparation were lacking.
When paying $49.00 for a filet mignon, exceptional is expected. Medium-rare was not achieved on any of the presentations, and my wife waited 15-minutes for her re-do while most of us accepted over-done. She had hers boxed for take-out since we were nearly finished by the time her steak arrived the second time. Really too bad, because the patio is very understated and is an excellent choice for a quiet location.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Chris was very good and personable. Unfortunately I found a hair in my entree and couldn't finish my meal.

GS
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We dined at Paon on our wedding anniversary. We'd been there several times before and were always happy with the food and service. This time my husband was disappointed. He said his meal (sea bass) had very little taste; escargot were not as good; bread also off; gazpacho wasn't particularly tasty. New chef??? Something wasn't quite right.

PM
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ha lunch with friends at a newly discovered place

a
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I made reservations for rooms tic dinner for 2.
First of all no one met us at the door. We were standing around at least for 5 min until someone offered to sit us st the table outside.

Outside is more casual part and not what I had in mind.

Food was good, but the duck prepared 2 ways one part the breast was very hard to chew.

The desert was ok but not amazing.

Excellent appetizer foie gras 5 stars
Excellent scallops dish
Excellent lemon drop martini

The service was ok.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This is the place to go in Carlsbad for a special event. The outdoor dining ambience was very nice, the service was excellent and low noise level. Comparitively to big city restuarants like Chicago and New York I would say the food is fair for the price they charge, but for Carlsbad its the best.

LG
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paon is expensive but worth it. The food is amazing & the service outstanding. They have indoor & outside dining.
They also have a wine bar that is a bistro too, if you want to experience the place first before committing to a pricey dinner.
Great place for special occasions.

M
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have commented on my approval of Paon restaurant before. My opinion has not changed: it is by far THE best restaurant in downtown carlsbad, bar non. Best drinks, best appetizers, best ribs and best dessert. Excellent service too (thanks Matt).

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

AO
Dallas
170 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Paon's was outstanding. We have been before so we had high expectations but we were not disappointed. Everything we had was excellent. This is a really nice restaurant. The wine list is great. Our service this night was excellent. we will be back!

SB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paon is a gem of a restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. The food and the presentation is always outstanding. The vegetables that accompany their meals are always perfectly cooked, seared with a perfect snap of crunch.
Don't overlook the desserts, they are as good as the meals!

d
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant - many choices and all delicious. Love sitting on patio.

DM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always what you want. Always what you expect. Excellence!

D
Orange County
56 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paon never lets me down. The Gazpacho was delicious and so was the risotto! And how nice to invite friends to lunch and have them be thrilled with their meals also. My friend said the muscles she had were the best she had ever tasted! Thank you Paon, from food to service to ambience you are the best.

M
San Diego
170 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another exceptional dinner at Paon which is, in our opinion, the best restaurant in Carlsbad! The restaurant is beautifully decorated and also has a nice, quiet patio for outdoor dining. Our server was fabulous, remembered each person's name and was funny and delightful. We all ordered martinis to start and they were served ice cold and delicious. We all opted for the fish special which was a Chilean sea bass that melted in your mouth and was beautifully presented. The evening was great fun and we all raved about the fabulous service and delicious food. We highly recommend Paon. You will never be disappointed here!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! We will definitely go back!

s
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had fish - salmon and sea bass - and they were perfect. The skin was so wonderfully crisp on each that my husband said he needed to learn how to do that at home. The whole dinner was fabulous. We got a 92 GSM and really enjoyed the entire bottle. We saved a bit for flourless chocolate dessert.

IW
Palm Springs
39 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected gem! Had a great lunch at this little Carlsbad jewel and wish we lived closer so we could return more often.

B
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in No County San Diego

JK
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent wines were suggested by the waiter by the glass. Lobster salad Chilean Sea Bass (actually a salt water Eel of sorts) And THE fantastic Canoli were great

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