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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar, Carlsbad, CA

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.8
4.8
1628 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 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 1,628 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Best Food

  • North San Diego

    Notable Wine List

  • North San Diego

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We have dined here several times, so we have some familiarity with the menu and what’s good. Tonight was a special occasion, but alas they didn’t quite hit the mark. Service was badly coordinated. The policy of taking orders without writing them down leads to the kind of confusion that we experienced. Appetizers as usual were good. The mains were a bit below par. I know you guys can do better.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The pheasant was ok, but a bit tough. The “puréed” French onion soup was ok, but not as good as the authentic one. The profiteroles were not real profiteroles. All highly recommended by our server - as was the $100 bottle of French wine, which was ok, but not great. Overall ok, but not great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal, ambiance, and service was excellent. Had such a wonderful meal and can't wait to go back!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After many years of service this establishment does not disappoint. Often long standing restaurants cut back on service or quality thru time but this place does not disappoint. Stellar service and great quality french cuisine. Got to love the extensive wine selection too.
  5. RS

    RobertS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    There was a noisy drunk patron who made everyone uncomfortable - they finally kicked him out
  6. TR

    TRP9

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and elegant dining experience with unique and delicious food!
  7. PM

    PamMac

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. Kristen was fun and funny. She provided the best experience possible, followed by the delicious food. We love this place.
  8. LS

    LasamyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our friend birthday and had a blast! Excellent food & wine suggestions. Our waiter, Ivan was kind and attentive to us. Thank you for the amazing experience. Will come back soon.
  9. CB

    CB002

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a favorite place and we will be back again.
  10. B

    Blanchetta

    Phoenix

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite In Carlsbad. Maybe in all of San Diego.
  11. LW

    LeonW

    Detroit

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great place and good food. They could use some overhead fans in there patio area. Not much of a breeze and the fans would help.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were amazed by the flavor, and quality of the food. Large variety of very good wine cellar. We recommend to dinner at PAON everyone who visit Carlsbad area.
  13. c

    carlsbadguy

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    One of the main courses was very good however our other, their special of the evening, New York steak was almost inedible. The meat was of poor quality, tough and stringy. What is worse, is that when we shared this with the server and specifically asked her to tell the chef so he would know, there was only a weak verbal apology. At the very least they should’ve offered to bring us a dessert or something to show some acceptance of responsibility. Many years ago when Paon opened it was the best restaurant in the Village and I went there frequently. In the last several years there are many new excellent restaurants in the Village and I would suggest trying any of them as opposed to going to Paon.
  14. g

    gabbye

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was great. Our server Bill was a pleasure. Steve always welcome us and makes our evening special.
  15. NC

    NicholasC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, plenty of parking, lots of good menu food and even had off menu specials. Beef braised short rib was the best.
  16. HP

    HamiltonP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner with my wife. Food and service were outstanding. Lovely patio seating.
  17. O

    Outfordinner

    Austin

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bob gave us excellent service. He helped with the wine list and let us taste so we could decide. Really enjoyed this little spot that a friend recommended.
  18. AO

    AceOne

    Dallas

    292 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    292 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paon was excellent. Food was prepared superbly. Our service was great. They have nice wine list. We have been coming to Paon for sometime and we will be back.
  19. DM

    DavidM

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Tradition French dishes prepared well
  20. A

    Anzu

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    53rd anniversary dinner. Appetizers and entree nicely seasoned and perfectly done. Server and trainee were both very pleasant to make our evening enjoyable. Have been here several times with family, and this time was memorable, mainly because of our servers. (Unlike previous visits.) Will definitely go again.
  21. I

    Inda

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good, so was service.
  22. t

    tina

    San Diego

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a great dining experience - a throwback to fine dining in the Carlsbad area.
  23. C

    Chris

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my husband's 87th birthday. It was a wonderful evening with the family. Food was excellent. We all had something different and added 3 appetizers for the table and all of the food was amazing. Great night out. Will definitely go back. This was at least our 7th time over the years and have loved it all. Noise level was comfortable so we could all hear our conversations.
  24. MS

    MSB18

    Los Angeles

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Gastronomic Experience Incredible service
  25. N

    Nancy

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose PAON for my birthday bc it is one of the VERY FEW restaurants in all of sd that us consistently excellent. Ive lived in sd for 12 years and really, there are only a few of these restaurants. If u havent been here, u r missing out. The flavors in their food is alway so rich, creative and authentically french. I dont get WHY ppl chose campfire or june y jolie over this place!! Dont! Paon is more affordable, you get more food for your money, and its excellent everytime!! WE GOT THE TUNA TARTARE AND GOAT CHEESE APP. 2 glasses of red wine, 2 gin n tonics, the burger, the duck, the ravioli, the short rib. We ended w bread pudding n free dessert for my bday. All the food items were a 10. Our bill, omg, wait for it, $197!!!!! We did go for lunch.
  26. RJ

    RobertJ

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every aspect!
  27. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, phenomenal food.
  28. KL

    KathyL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service meals always top shelf.
  29. KJ

    KeithJ

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just not very good. Food mediocre At best. Timing of service not great. not a great value for the supposed past reviews of the restaurant…
  30. A

    Average

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely experience… food, wine, location and wait staff. Every bite was delicious and we would surely dine here again!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Black Pepper Roasted New Zealand Cervina Venison. Swiss chard, celery root puree and port cherry sauce
  32. R

    Robd

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot in Carlsbad. Sat outside and the weather was gorgeous. Owner greeted us and even provided a French wine recommendation. Food was AMAZING and the service was fabulous. They even have a retail wine store and wine bar within their restaurant property. Definitely recommend to everyone if they are in, or even near, Carlsbad.
  33. S

    Suzanne

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is outstanding. It is the best I've had in a long time. I've been here several times now and will be returning often bringing friends along to share in the wonderful, generous (sharable) plates.
  34. SE

    StephenE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exceptional time celebrating my best friend's birthday. She had a glass of champagne and one of red wine during our meal, both of which she enjoyed. We then had an order of escargot which was followed by a salad with soft shell crab. As neither one of us are a heavy eater, we split an entree of lamb chops. The entree included spinach with mushrooms and potatoes and overall was excellent. Our server was attentive and made recommendations. They included a complimentary dessert for her birthday dinner. The ambience eating outside provided a very nice atmosphere. The only downside to the meal was we had a very loud person near us while eating dinner.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience! From the delicious bread to the amazingly delectable yellow fin tuna…perfection! Must get the hazelnut cannoli for dessert!!!
  36. MY

    MariaY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch on the patio by the fountain- came early Saturday and almost had the place to ourselves. Our server was so nice and had great tips on the menu. The sea bass was very good and the heirloom tomato appetizer was outstanding. The seared tuna salad was a bit bland and while the chocolate cake was good, the chocolate ice cream on top made it a bit one-note. We will come back to try other dishes and enjoy the nice outdoor seating.
  37. MM

    MackMichael

    Phoenix

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always fabulous food in a nice environment w terrific service. It’s our go to place every time w visit Carlsbad. Thank you Paon.
  38. MG

    MattG

    Palm Springs

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue on the patio for early evening dining. Food delicious, service by Bob and bussers outstanding, a delight to meet the gracious owner, Steve.
  39. JG

    JoyceG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Our waiter with the bald head and green rim glasses was cold, sharp and he rushed us.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I celebrated my birthday at Paon with family and it was wonderful. The duck was very good and the short ribs were delicious. And the wine selection was made easy by our server. Fabulous night.

FAQs

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1628 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 15 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

  • 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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