PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

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$31 to $50
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French
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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WW
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

GD
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, amazing food, one of our favorite restaurants.

G
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous. The escargot was divine as was the duck confit! Super nice and accommodating owner. We will return.

L
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great bread, great short ribs, great Chilean sea bass. Attentive staff. One of the best restaurants in the area.

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful, just overpriced.

i
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

p
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for our 38th anniversary! Very romantic.

FE
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server Chris was very good and personable. Unfortunately I found a hair in my entree and couldn't finish my meal.

GS
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

PM
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ha lunch with friends at a newly discovered place

a
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

EM
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

LG
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

M
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience

AO
Dallas
168 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

SB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

d
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant - many choices and all delicious. Love sitting on patio.

DM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always what you want. Always what you expect. Excellence!

D
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
San Diego
169 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!! We will definitely go back!

s
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

IW
Palm Springs
37 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected gem! Had a great lunch at this little Carlsbad jewel and wish we lived closer so we could return more often.

B
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in No County San Diego

JK
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, wonderful food and an overall pleasant experience.

SA
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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!

NA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent aall the way. The sauce on my venison was to die for. The service was attentive but not distraqcting

RK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch and venue for catching up with an old friend.

HS
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

AV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated or 26 th anniversary at PAON.Every thing was perfect as usual!

MH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

c
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific food and service
Pretty expensive
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 !

S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

JS
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Paon delivered amazing food, service and setting. Our favorite restaurant in the area!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing as always! We love going there for a great dinner and wine.

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