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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Romantic (26)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
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Notable Wine List (21)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (10)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
People Watching (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Healthy (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Always spectacular service, great food (best escargot in Southern California), outstanding wine list, beaufiful patio - lovely dining inside and out as well as the bar area. Their private room is also perfect for smaller dinners and/or business meetings.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Christina gave us exceptional service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We have been to Paon many times and have enjoyed every experience. Service is always outstanding and food never disappoints!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Had a steak but the knife could hardly cut it it was so dull. Either sharpen your knifes or get new flat wear!

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 7, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 6, 2017

The food were very good. My wife loved the scallops. I loved my lamb chops. The wines were expensive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Such a wonderful experience. The team is amazing. Love Gino. Amazing wines and food. Thanks !!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

As ususal the food met or exceeded expectations. Service was good as well!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wow! Words will defy this restaurant. I had a lobster salad special and the wife had the ravioli. Simply AMAZING! So good, so fresh! Best in Carlsbad we've had so far!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant with high quality food and wine. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Everything we tasted was fantastic! Very romantic setting outside, had a very European feel. I loved it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent food and service. Everything we enjoyed was prepared exceptionally. Our waiter James was attentive, provided excellent suggestions, but his was not over baring or hovering.

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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food was very, very good. Presented extremely well. Service was A+. Very impressed and will be back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The food was amazing and we had a great server!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice quiet restaurant filled w locals in the know. Great service combined the professional with the personable. Portions were very large. Nice wine list. Outdoor seating a bonus.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Terrific spot. Great food, service and ambiance. Excellent drinks and wine service. Everything excellent. A winner!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Paon was great. Diverse menu and food was well prepared. Everything tasted great. Good wine list. Desert was great. Service was excellent. Overall a great experience!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food and wine list! Paon is nice and quiet with a super menu. We had the duck two ways and the Rack of Lamb. Everything was outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always pleasant. Lovely to sit on patio. Good service. Nice menu. Food is always good. Favorite place for birthday lunches

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Save your money ...go some place else. Food was so so. Try Cicciotti's.

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