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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.

2975 Roosevelt Street
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Carlsbad Village Dr.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 729-7377

Website:
http://www.paoncarlsbad.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
David Gallardo

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for further details.

Private Party Contact:
Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377

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

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

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Notable Wine List (24)
Special Occasion (22)
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Creative Cuisine (20)
Romantic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Business Meals (11)
Authentic (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Cozy (7)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Groups (4)
People Watching (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Casual (2)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (South Dakota)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 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!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 9, 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We hung out at the Bar for my birthday celebration - soup, salad, specialty chicken was featured and totally worth the reasonable cost...this is the place for us
Even the outdoor space looks inviting, heaters & ambiance, secluded view of passers-by and the street. Highly recommended by US!

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

I introduced your restaurant to members of my book club. It was my birthday and I was asked where I would like to go. I said that Paon's was my favorite restaurant. None of them had been there. They were delighted and enjoyed the dinner and the ambience greatly. We sat outdoors on the patio with the trees sparkling with lights. They enjoyed it so much, that we are going to have our Christmas dinner party at Paon's.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We very very pleased with the friendly welcome by the owner as we arrived. The staff and service was excellent. Although we dined indoors, the outdoor heated patio looked lovely for dining. The food was delicious. Particularly the short ribs. Best I have had anywhere. This is a neighborhood gem and also well worth the drive for anyone from afar.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wanted a local spot for Thanksgiving to avoid the busy traffic. Sat outside on a lovely patio with fountain and heater. As usual, Paon did not disappoint. The food, ambiance and service were excellent. Parking in their lot was ample. Great wine list and nice selection of traditional and optional Thanksgiving meals. Kudos to Steve for another amazing evening.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Short ribs were fabulous...great service...2 generations of foodies very 😊

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Paon is our special go-to restaurant when we're in the area. The food is always delicious, the service is always excellent, but over the years the menu has become a little too predictable.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Spendy, but on point for the delicious food and great ambience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always a great experience here! Steve does a great job making everyone feel welcome! Highly recommended!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and ambiance. Would go there again for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always exceptional food and service I like the diver scallops and my husband likes the steak perfectly done and delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely place to celebrate a special night. The owner greeted us with respect and kindness, the food is superb and the wine list is outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Over all good , service very good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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!).

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, People Watching
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great experience for my wife’s Birthday. The food was amazing. Everything was tasty and generous portions. Great wine list! The service was impeccable. Definitely coming back soon.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food, drinks and service were all exceptional!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent food and service. The interior is fine, but nothing special, but the garden is lovely. Food was a real treat. Just very pricey.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Carlsbad's best! Excellent food with most professional service (Одлично). My wife and I had a very nice, romantic dinner there. Highly recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Carlsbad. Great food and excellent service, at relatively reasonable price. Great classic straight-up Gin Martini. Make sure to say hello to Steve and Annie, the owners.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food wasn't as great as expected. We had eaten here several years ago and were not impressed then either. But we thought there might be a new chef so we gave it another chance. It's so-so.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

EXCELLENT CUISINE WITH A SAVY WAITER WHO KEPT US ENTERTAINED! HE DESERVED THE TIP!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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