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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.7
903 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 903 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Had dinner here on a whim our first nite in Carlsbad & was so glad we did. Food & service was excellent. Foie Gras with rhubarb special was so good we went back another night just for this dish.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Paon does NOT disappoint. They offer a widely varied menu and specials. EVERYTHING is served beautifully and is delicious.

The owners and staff are all delightful and interested in pleasing their patrons!

Paon is one of my very favourite restaurants.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

What a find! PAON is so beautiful. Gorgeous patio. Great wines and cocktails. Delicious French cuisine. Well priced. We had a perfect wedding anniversary dinner here.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Service and most food was exceptional. Appetizers and my husbands food was great. But My dinner (halibut special) was just bland and dry. A real let down given everything else

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have been to Paon many times. Always consistent food and service. Great for any special occasion

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

first time here mid week small crowd wonderful selections big time wine list lots of selections and prices had a very good waiter knew menu inside and out would return again soon

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Incredible halibut. Service wine list and food preparation was impeccable. Staff were great and owners made the experience sublime.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had a beautiful and very comfortable (temperature) table in the romantic patio. Great evening as always at Paon!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Top-notch service, unbelievable food, and an incredible wine list. What more could you ask for, this place is one of the best in all of Carlsbad.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Exceptional service, comfortable seating, elegant ambiance. will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Simply amazing! The food to die for and the best service ever!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent French-styled bistro in the heart of Carlsbad Village. If you live in the area, you don't have to travel to San Diego to get an extraordinary meal.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

What a gem in Carlsbad!! We sat on the outside patio and it was just lovely with the lights and the heaters to keep you warm. The service was amazing...our waiter’s name was Steve! There’s a great wine selection and wine of the month. The food was absolutely delicious...I keep thinking about it! They had the best dessert I’ve ever tried at a restaurant which was their homemade mint ice cream! Never tasted anything like it. I would love to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Carlsbad, going for years and it never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome food and service!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Beautiful restaurant, fantastic food, and great service. We will be back!

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Service was very good. Our server was great at picking wines for us. Unfortunately our meals were just ok. Two of us had short ribs that were very fatty and the other guest had the fish special and her vegetables were not cooked. For the price point I would have expected a bitter meal quality.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

It was our anniversary. We wanted a very nice restaurant in which to celebrate. PAON was outstanding. The best thing is that is was not very busy on this particular evening and we has a very quiet dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent and exceptional. I’m definitely going back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

One of our very favorites since moving to Carlsbad. It is not inexpensive, but every penny spent is well worth it, because of the creative cuisine! Our favorites are the Chilean sea bass and the beef dishes. Appetizers are great and salads too! If we have guests visiting, this is where we take them.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Beautiful place, with outstanding service. Delicious food. The escargot melted in my mouth. Full of flavor. Had the lamb, it was very good medium rare and melted in my mouth side of wild mushrooms and spinach very flavorful and a side of mashed potatoes. Very nicely plated. I would highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Good wine, food and service. Off season and not very busy. It was our anniversary and we got nothing special except a candle in the dessert we ordered.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We were given a nice table for four to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays. Service was great and the food was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We have dined here many times. The food is always very good - not great but always very good. Ample portions make up for the higher prices. The wine list is voluminous but accessible and fairly priced - though I wish it had a better California selection. We had the onion soup and it is sort of a take on French Onion soup but not as richly flavored/textured. I had the salmon on lentils and it was slightly overdone and under-seasoned. My wife had the tuna and it was done perfectly but also under-seasoned. The vibe and clientele are a more older crowd - this isn't a hipster place. So the noise level is manageable for table side conversation. Outside on their front terrace is a wonderful place to eat and even quieter. All in all, it is worth a try, especially since north San Diego county doesn't offer that many good upscale, quiet restaurants. It can be pricey. The tab for 4 people appetizer, dinner entree and wine was $450 and we ordered less expensive wine

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was our first time at Paon and it is now our new favorite restaurant. Everything we had was cooked to perfection and was art on a plate. Can't wait to visit again soon.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Our experience was five-star. I ordered pheasant and my wife ordered venison. We split a pear, Gorgonzola and baby greens salad, one salad is plenty for two. The foi gras superb, and brioche bread pudding with vanilla ice cream topped it all off.
$174 our the door isn’t bad for this high quality.
The service was timely and attentive. There was a loud table nearby, so the noise level was the only drawback...I don’t really blame the restaurant, the people at that table would’ve been loud during a tornado!
All in all, fantastic & we’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Food was quite good and the setting was nice. We enjoyed our experience for the most part even though we thought the service was a bit odd. The maitre d’ pretty much served our entire dinner and couldn’t have been less engaging. Despite that, we had a very enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Excellent food and service. Best meal experience I have had in a very long time and I dine out frequently.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great restaurant!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The menu was beautiful, the fish was cooked to absolute perfection.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always wonderful food, service & ambience. Excellent wine cellar too. This is consistently the best dining in North County San Diego

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

A wonderful and elegant restaurant with excellent food and an amazing wine list.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

EXCELLENT AS USUAL! HAVE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES AND THEY HAVE MAINTANIED THERE EXCELLENCE,

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Fantastic food and service. We will be back often.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

food was great! not expensive at all

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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