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About PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
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.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
French, Californian, Seafood
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
Carlsbad Village Dr.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available in front of the restaurant and also across the street, northeast corner of Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Dr.
Coaster rail station (Carlsbad) is one block from the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Great for anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, or for those who just need a date night out.
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
Exquisite as always. The service is wonderful, the drinks are excellent, but come for the food. They always have dishes you can't get anywhere else. I had sweetbreads and pheasant. They also had venison on the menu. My husband usually gets the fish which is always perfect.
Although this is fine dining, it is not snobby.
My husband and I have been to this restaurant 3 times now, and have never been disappointed. The restaurant is high end and expensive, which is why we reserve it for special occasions. But if you are going to pay top dollar for a dining experience, you want the food, wine and service to be commensurate with that. Paon absolutely fits the bill in all three areas. While we have greatly enjoyed everything we have eaten there, our favorite by far is the foie gras - done to perfection! All in all, we love this restaurant.
The food was excellent. Had the salmon & ahi tartare which was totally different than the 1s I had b4. I ahd the duck but the leg part seemed a bit over cooked, the sea bass was good as well as venison. It was a good environment 2 have dinner w 2 best friends.
Really struggling to see how this landed in Open Table's "Top 10" for this year. It definitely wants to be a good restaurant, but the food just doesn't take it there. Other than a pretty great sweet potato puree garnish, everything was imbalanced in some way and just not enjoyable to eat. The butternut squash soup had no butternut squash flavor, the ravioli tasted mostly of Balsamic, the pork was bland and kind of daunting to eat and the duck breast was overcooked. It felt *a lot* like Vegas-style cafeteria food: trying to be fancy, but not. The prices were fancy, though. I would not go to this restaurant again even if I lived next door and everything was half-off.
Frankly, the KFC around the corner serves better tasting food for < 10% of the price (though the follow-on heart attack may not be the best value!).
Party of (4) had dinner at PAON on Saturday, November 4. French-inspred food was outstanding, and dining on the outside veranda was great. Wine list is long and has some stand-out selections from both Europe and California. We will be back next time we are in Carlsbad...if you want non-Italian, non-Seafood while in Carlsbad, this is your place!
Paon is a solid favorite of ours. We love their traditional-style escargot, gazpacho (might be seasonal), fish & steaks -- in other words, just about everything. Their menu wine selection is excellent, but it's fun to go into the adjacent wine shop and pick out something too! Definitely a special occasion place for the most part as your tab can get up there! But you will walk away with a good feeling of value delivered and a memorable evening.
we came there with my hubby to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were not disappointed. We sat on the patio and the setting there was very romantic. Service was good with our waiter constantly checking on us. Unfortunately they only have limited selection of wine by the glass and didnt feel like getting a whole bottle. The food was great!
Paon was a very pleasant discovery for us! Our server Aaron, was outstanding with an excellent knowledge of wine to go along with their great selection. He provided us with extraordinary service all evening along with some great food suggestions. The food was perfectly cooked with a great presentation and nice flavors. Would HIGHLY recommend Paon and especially Aaron!
Very delicious food, polite and friendly service, great wine list (restaurant is also connected to wine bar), indoor and outdoor seating with nice ambiance. My friend and I both ordered an appetizer (lobster salad and king salmon/tuna tartare) and shared an entree (short ribs with potatoes, spinach and mushrooms). It was a birthday dinner, and the restaurant served us a sweet little birthday treat on the house. Love Paon restaurant, have already been several times and will most definitely come back!
We really enjoyed Paon, as usual! We bought a bottle of wine from the wine shop, a Leonetti cab, and also had a Rombauer chardonnay from the menu. Both paired well with what everyone in our party ordered. The gazpacho was excellent. I could have (and should have) made a meal out of that -- and the escargot, or course. The short ribs were also good. The vegetables were a little unmemorable, but other than that, a great meal and a great time.
My go to restaurant for all occasions. Plating is a work of art. Food never disappoints. Service impeccable. Steve Barr partner seems to be there to always greet you and is very hands on and friendly as he visits each table. I dine in France often due to work and I could close my eyes with each bite--the flavor takes me to Paris.
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