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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
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined 5 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 7 days ago

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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