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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.8
871 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 11:30am - 2pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - 5:30-9pm
Monday & Tuesday: Dinner Only, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(760) 729-7377
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Gallardo
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Private party facilities
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
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Private party contact
Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carlsbad Village Dr.
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Parking details
Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street, northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.
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Public transit
Coaster rail station (Carlsbad) is one block from the restaurant.
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Special events & promotions
Great for anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, or for those who just need a date night out.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 871 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

It simply could not have been a nicer evening. All four of us had different entrées and we would rate them 10 out of 10! Fabulous service and atmosphere.

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sugar (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

A wonderful and elegant restaurant with excellent food and an amazing wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great service, amazing menu, always delicious and wonderful flavors. The staff is very attentive and friendly. A very nice place for a special occasion or date

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

EXCELLENT AS USUAL! HAVE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES AND THEY HAVE MAINTANIED THERE EXCELLENCE,

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viphkodgoalie (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic food and service. We will be back often.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Lovely meal and nice menu choices. Wine list a bit pricey. I'll bring my own wine next time.

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LarryC (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I had put in a request for a quiet table for my wife's birthday. We were initially seated at the back near the hallway to the bathroom and entrance to the kitchen. I asked to be moved which we were. We then proceeded to order. The waiter was very good with his wine pairing recommendations. However, the salad and soup that we ordered prior to our entrees never showed up. And this was on a quiet Monday. Our server was very apologetic and comped us some wine, but it was really hard to believe an entire course was forgotten. My wife had the steak special which was excellent. I had the duck prepared 2 ways. The breast was prepared perfectly, the duck leg was dry and the skin was overly crispy. Might have been an off night, but at this point, we won't be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The Seabass entree was amazing. The butternut squash soup was one of the best we have ever tasted! We will be back to Paon.

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Angel (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Fabulous! Delicious and authentic French food that just was made even more special by having James as our server! We had a wonderful time and will come back soon again!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Good food, great desert. A bit on the expensive side. The service is outstanding.

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BillS (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

As other reviewers have pointed out, Paon has an excellent wine list, and our server was excellent. Our food was not an example of the best we have eaten, but it was certainly better than other meals we had in the vicinity of Carlsbad.

We dined during the winter. A previous mean at Paon was enhanced by eating outdoors in the summer.

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SeanD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Worth the drive! I live about 25 minutes from PAON and have eaten here several times in the last year. The menu selections are wide ranging and food quality is excellent. The service is attentive without being bothersome. I think its the best restaurant for food quality and experience in North San Diego county.

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JenR (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Dined with my husband this evening for the first time, and it was a very enjoyable evening. Service was great and attentive, and the atmosphere very relaxing.
I ordered a menu special- the sea bass, which was so moist and flavorful-cooked in a basil butter with seasonal veggies-so good! We would definitely return.

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Worthit (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Awesome as always

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a visitor from out of town so three of us took a patio seat (even with the cool night). The heaters did the trick....it was perfect, and not as loud as inside.

The wine list is incredible. If you don't find a wine you like at a price you are willing to pay, go to a beer joint. The wine I chose they were out of, so Steve brought another from the same appellation that was higher priced, and gave it to me for the price of my bottle.

The food was perfect. Sizes/portions were just right. The service was spot on from menu knowledge, timing of the apps to the meal, refilling the water to bread service.

Truly a great way to spend an evening.

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Michael (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Our second dinner there, and in every way...Excellent!

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OpenTable Diner (South Dakota)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and our entries were excellent. Prepared as requested with a nice presentation.

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vipECGR (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

Our waiter and his service was exceptional!!! That alone made the trip worth while.

From the food standpoint we were disappointed....The menu is very interesting with items and ingredients that wet the appetite. My friend and I each ordered one of the specials of the day described lusciously by our waiter. Unfortunately the results were not impressive......a shrimp dish where the shrimp, which were flavorful, were over cooked; the other a spinach salad that was supposed to include prosciutto and burrata cheese but was barely there and tasteless.

Though disappointed we did not take the time to share our critique with our waiter who I have no doubt would have wanted to provide us with an alternative.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

steve barr and staff do an outstanding job - every time we dine at PAON!!!!!!!!!!!! barry ross

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viptwjwdining (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Paon is our "go to" restaurant for any occasion. As former San Francisco people, finding a really good restaurant in North County can be a challenge. Paon is the best we have found for the ambiance, price and the FOOD. We really prefer it to any of the Cohn group offerings or Viggilucci's by far. Their duck or pheasant are out of this world, and the wine list is wonderful and not over priced. We are fans!!!

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vipBarbara (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

Best restaurant in Ca. Choices are quite varied. Portions are large. Food is delicious and the service is fantastic.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Consistently excellent! A real North County gem in Carlsbad Village.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

My first time here at this restaurant was a great experience. My date was Vegan, so the waiter recommended a few dishes that the chef made up special for her. Everything was great except the noise level was very high which made conversation a bit tough for listening.

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JABMD (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

very good food in a pleasant ambiance and an extensive, excellent wine list

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vipRaymon (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

This was a first date experience and there turned out to be two tables w/ 6 women each having holiday lunches. Well, the noise level was high to start and only grew worse as the wine flowed. I've eaten in quieter bowling alleys. The staff could have been more helpful and suggested seating at a quieter table to start and yes, I could have been more alert.

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NorthCounty (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

This is the third year we have met for a special Christmas lunch and, as before, it proved an excellent choice - food, service, ambiance. One of our group is already planning to return next month for an anniversary celebration.

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OpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service never disappoints. Creative, fresh food and flavors, an excellent wine selection and exceptional service. Not inexpensive, but worth it for a special occasion. It was our anniversary and they all made us feel very special. We try to go at least 3 times a year for a special dinner.

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vipiamasurvivor2 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

I say service, nice ambience, delicious food

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vipOpenTable Diner (Northern MI)
5.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

We had an outstanding meal with outstanding service. The attention to detail was very noticeable in everything from the service to the quality of the food!! The wine list is off the chart.

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marcelog2000 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2017

Exceptional food. The service was great. Nice quiet place to have a conversation

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