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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar, Carlsbad, CA

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.7
4.7
1829 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French American, Californian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Mon, Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 729-7377
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    JAVIER HERNANDEZ
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact the restaurant for further details.
  • Private party contact
    Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Cross street
    Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street, northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • Public transit
    Coaster rail station (Carlsbad) is one block from the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,829 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • North San Diego

    Romantic

  • North San Diego

    Good for special occasions

1,829 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service, the vegetables and meat were cooked perfectly. The is a great wine selection.

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  2. MKMN

    San Diego

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everthing was great - the menu selections, our food, and the service. The Chillean sea bass was terriffic, and Prentice was an excellent server and made our anniversary celebration special!

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  3. avwes

    San Antonio

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite Southern California restaurant- hands down.

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  4. Lauren

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Have shared Thanksgiving with Paon before. The Ambience and Service were still excellent. However, the quality of the traditional turkey dinner was less than in past. It was served as more of a Roulade, or Turkey Roll and prefer sliced turkey. The Roulade of white meat had much gristle. Desserts were excellent as was the home baked bread. Also, would enjoy more gravy.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best of the best! Flavors and service were extraordinary. Pricey but worth the experience!

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  6. LeAnnW

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving at Paon was a truly wonderful experience. The service was stellar. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere was relaxed. Perfect for a small family gathering. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and can't wait to return for another fabulous meal.

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  7. DickPick

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly, an unexpected, pleasant surprise for Thanksgiving. The entrées consisted of a choice of the traditional turkey meal, scallops, filet mignon, and rack of lamb , just to name a few. The wine list was extensive and the service impeccable. We ate outside on a pleasant afternoon And were overwhelmed by the fantastic service and quality of the meals. We will be back.

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  8. Food4Me

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. I really love the wine bar. 

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  9. AnneS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They never disappoint with their spectacular food and great service. This was the first time our guests had been there and they couldn’t say enough good things about it.

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  10. PatriciaH

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This restaurant was an unexpected happy surprise. Food was excellent. We ordered 4 different dishes- lamb, short ribs,filet mignonette, and sea bass. All were delicious. Service was attentive

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat. Great food and service.

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  12. Billy2013

    San Francisco

    214 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    214 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Not as good as prior visits, odd & kinda unfriendly older male server, too many capers in tartare combo appetizer, fish special entree a tad too fishy & needed more lemon on top to reduce that…once home, added 1/2 lemon to leftover portion & it was better. Restaurant near empty by 7:30pm arrival.

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  13. cjm1

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third or 4th time returning for lunch at this outstanding restaurant. Such a pleasure to visit. Everything is perfect each time.

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  14. MonicaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time attending this restaurant/wine bar. And I had the best experience! The food was delicious and wine was amazing. And the service was great! I will definitely be returning and recommending it to others!

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  15. SoreliN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside. Very nice, even though it was closer to the street. Very calming atmosphere. Heaters are available. Food was outstanding, a little pricey but worth it.

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  16. CynthiaC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, cocktails, wine and service is always perfection. You are always made to feel special when dining or having a cocktail and appetizers in the bar area. PAON is by far our favorite restaurant. We highly recommend dining at PAON.

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  17. PhyllisT

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service when we dine here! We will be back soon!

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  18. SergioS

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, our service was excellent very polite and knowledgeable, definitely we are coming back!

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  19. EdieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely restaurant with nice ambience. The food was cooked to perfection! Overall wonderful experience!

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  20. KimF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service, fabulous food and lovely atmosphere. What a great place for a friend's birthday! Loved every bite!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great experience, amazing food, excellent wine list. Cooked to perfection would strongly recommend.

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  22. CarolH

    Palm Springs

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matthew is one of the top reasons we love to go to Paon’s. He is the ultimate professional ! Cordial but not intrusive, so very knowledgeable about the menu and such. He is a fantastic mixologist makes the best lemon drops in the world… I’m not kidding I’ve ordered them throughout the US and abroad … no comparison. Great place for a tête à tête !

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  23. ftevus

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, amazing food. We usually eat on the bar side of the restaurant. Annie and Matthew took really good care of us.

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  24. MrKen

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were impeccable. Bob, who was our waiter, provided excellent service with a great sense of humor. Paon is a favorite for my wife and I. Keep up the great work!

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  25. DavidL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Paon is always a great experience! Highly recommended.

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  26. NormanF

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best and most consistent high quality restaurant in North County

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  27. Suzanne

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their scallops entree is the best I've ever had. Also the stacked heirloom tomato & mozzarella was wonderful.

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  28. Cait

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love our meals at Paon. And, the service is always attentive and friendly.

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  29. AprilB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. Very quiet for the location which was a wonderful surprise.

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  30. DiannaD

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Although there were plenty of open tables, we were put next to the kitchen and a very loud party. The food was okay, but the music was thumping and SOOOO loud. A $250 dinner should not be eaten with loud, thumping music. Sorry, won't be joining them again.

    1 person found this helpful

  31. JoyceS

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant for lunch. The salmon salad is amazing and the service was very attentive. Quiet, relaxing setting with covered outdoor dining. Highly recommend!

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  32. Krasavka

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated his 80th birthday at Paon. We think this is the nicest restaurant in Carlsbad. Everything was perfect but I wish other diners would dress more appropriately.

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  33. Traveller

    Montreal

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Overpriced for the quality of the food. Dishes weren’t very sophisticated. Nice wine list, however, the bottle of white wine we selected wasn’t kept in the cellar and wasn’t at temperature. Service was ok.

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  34. sanfrancisco

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    outstanding. as always. beautiful food, great service and lovely outdoors seating!

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  35. Sanjuancapomom

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Very upscale. Only a slight problem in that they can't turn down the music outside without lowering it too much insider. A lovely evening. Would return for a celebration.

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  36. KelleyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our tradition is to go to Paon for our anniversary. We are always pleased with our decision. The food and ambiance is spectacular. Our waiter was so attentive and knowledgable. A must go to restaurant in Carlsbad!

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  37. GretaB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    sadly after so many years of enjoying Paon, I don't think we will be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Jimbo

    Las Vegas

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second visit.. very good food and service. Nice wine list

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  39. ASCII45

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Many thanks to our wonderful server Bill and the many talented chefs who made our tasty meals. The service and food were excellent, and I look forward to our next visit.

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  40. LaPla

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and our waiter was entertaining. A great experience for our anniversary dinner.

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FAQs

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 1829 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Google Map for PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

2975 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • Neighborhood
    Carlsbad
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Mon, Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French American, Californian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street, northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • Public transit
    Coaster rail station (Carlsbad) is one block from the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    JAVIER HERNANDEZ
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 729-7377
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact the restaurant for further details.
  • Private party contact
    Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377
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