PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
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
Amazing service, wonderful food and an overall pleasant experience.
Service very attentive. Menu is very inviting and it is possible to make a meal of just appetizers and salads. Many great options. Food was quite good. Real standout is a superb wine list that is reasonably priced. Difficult to NOT order wine here. A solid choice for a good night out!
Excellent aall the way. The sauce on my venison was to die for. The service was attentive but not distraqcting
Excellent lunch and venue for catching up with an old friend.
We had a very quiet & pleasant dinner on the patio with friends. The wine was excellent. We especially enjoyed the Gazpacho and corn soup. The roasted scallops and pheasant were done to perfection.
Our waiter Bob was just outstanding with excellent service and recommendations. I particularly love the way everyone is served at the same time.
My wife and I celebrated or 26 th anniversary at PAON.Every thing was perfect as usual!
Dinner was fabulous! We enjoyed an appetizer (goat cheese!!!) and a few of their specials! Wine selection is of course great and our server was very helpful on enticing us. We sat inside. It’s definitely an older crowd but has food you can’t beat!
Terrific food and service
Returning / known patron - birthday occasion.
Would have thought there would have been a little “something” extra.
Nope. That was disappointing . But otherwise very nice. Have a big budget to go there though !
We had a lovely evening. We sat outside on the patio and it was quite romantic. The food was beyond expectations. We had organic beet salad with goat cheese, soft shell crab salad, chilean sea bass, lamb and mint profiteroles for dessert. The wine was exceptional. The service top notch. Highly recommend.
Wonderful French Restaurant. Food, Staff, and Ambiance were Outstanding. Sea Bass special was the best I've ever had. Great for a Special Occasion. Highly recommended.
As usual, Paon delivered amazing food, service and setting. Our favorite restaurant in the area!
Food and service was amazing as always! We love going there for a great dinner and wine.