PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
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
Excellent food. A bit noisy because of traffic. and somewhat pricey. But worth it for special occasions.
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.
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.
Great food and service always. Tremendous wine list with attached wine store at reasonable corkage fee.
Escargot, apple salad, lamb entree and scallops were outstanding. Waiter Bob was excellent! Best meal and service during our week in So Cal. Kudos!
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.
Excellent food and service. Would recommend to all for a special occasion.
Had a wonderful dinner and celebrated a friends Birthday
Excellent service, delicious food and drink, cozy ambiance - never disappoints. !!😊
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.
Wonderful restaurant in Carlsbad. The service was excellent. We had the Chilean sea bass and the prawn salad; both were delicious.
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.
Amazing ambiance, amazing food, one of our favorite restaurants.
Everything was fabulous. The escargot was divine as was the duck confit! Super nice and accommodating owner. We will return.
Great bread, great short ribs, great Chilean sea bass. Attentive staff. One of the best restaurants in the area.
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.
Everything was wonderful, just overpriced.
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.
Great place for our 38th anniversary! Very romantic.
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.
Our server Chris was very good and personable. Unfortunately I found a hair in my entree and couldn't finish my meal.
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.
Ha lunch with friends at a newly discovered place
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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!
Our favorite restaurant - many choices and all delicious. Love sitting on patio.
Always what you want. Always what you expect. Excellence!
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.
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!
Great food!! We will definitely go back!
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.
Unexpected gem! Had a great lunch at this little Carlsbad jewel and wish we lived closer so we could return more often.
This is the best restaurant in No County San Diego
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