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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar, Carlsbad, CA

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

4.8
4.8
1606 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French American, Californian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Mon, Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 729-7377

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    JAVIER HERNANDEZ

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for further details.

  • Private party contact

    Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Cross street

    Carlsbad Village Dr.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,606 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Notable Wine List

  • North San Diego

    Best Overall

  • North San Diego

    Best Food

  • North San Diego

    Best Service

  • North San Diego

    Notable Wine List

  • North San Diego

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  1. C

    Chris

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my husband's 87th birthday. It was a wonderful evening with the family. Food was excellent. We all had something different and added 3 appetizers for the table and all of the food was amazing. Great night out. Will definitely go back. This was at least our 7th time over the years and have loved it all. Noise level was comfortable so we could all hear our conversations.
  2. MS

    MSB18

    Los Angeles

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Gastronomic Experience Incredible service
  3. N

    Nancy

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose PAON for my birthday bc it is one of the VERY FEW restaurants in all of sd that us consistently excellent. Ive lived in sd for 12 years and really, there are only a few of these restaurants. If u havent been here, u r missing out. The flavors in their food is alway so rich, creative and authentically french. I dont get WHY ppl chose campfire or june y jolie over this place!! Dont! Paon is more affordable, you get more food for your money, and its excellent everytime!! WE GOT THE TUNA TARTARE AND GOAT CHEESE APP. 2 glasses of red wine, 2 gin n tonics, the burger, the duck, the ravioli, the short rib. We ended w bread pudding n free dessert for my bday. All the food items were a 10. Our bill, omg, wait for it, $197!!!!! We did go for lunch.
  4. RJ

    RobertJ

    Orange County

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every aspect!
  5. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, phenomenal food.
  6. KL

    KathyL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service meals always top shelf.
  7. KJ

    KeithJ

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just not very good. Food mediocre At best. Timing of service not great. not a great value for the supposed past reviews of the restaurant…
  8. A

    Average

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely experience… food, wine, location and wait staff. Every bite was delicious and we would surely dine here again!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Black Pepper Roasted New Zealand Cervina Venison. Swiss chard, celery root puree and port cherry sauce
  10. R

    Robd

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful spot in Carlsbad. Sat outside and the weather was gorgeous. Owner greeted us and even provided a French wine recommendation. Food was AMAZING and the service was fabulous. They even have a retail wine store and wine bar within their restaurant property. Definitely recommend to everyone if they are in, or even near, Carlsbad.
  11. S

    Suzanne

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is outstanding. It is the best I've had in a long time. I've been here several times now and will be returning often bringing friends along to share in the wonderful, generous (sharable) plates.
  12. SE

    StephenE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an exceptional time celebrating my best friend's birthday. She had a glass of champagne and one of red wine during our meal, both of which she enjoyed. We then had an order of escargot which was followed by a salad with soft shell crab. As neither one of us are a heavy eater, we split an entree of lamb chops. The entree included spinach with mushrooms and potatoes and overall was excellent. Our server was attentive and made recommendations. They included a complimentary dessert for her birthday dinner. The ambience eating outside provided a very nice atmosphere. The only downside to the meal was we had a very loud person near us while eating dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic dining experience! From the delicious bread to the amazingly delectable yellow fin tuna…perfection! Must get the hazelnut cannoli for dessert!!!
  14. MY

    MariaY

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch on the patio by the fountain- came early Saturday and almost had the place to ourselves. Our server was so nice and had great tips on the menu. The sea bass was very good and the heirloom tomato appetizer was outstanding. The seared tuna salad was a bit bland and while the chocolate cake was good, the chocolate ice cream on top made it a bit one-note. We will come back to try other dishes and enjoy the nice outdoor seating.
  15. MM

    MackMichael

    Phoenix

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Always fabulous food in a nice environment w terrific service. It’s our go to place every time w visit Carlsbad. Thank you Paon.
  16. MG

    MattG

    Palm Springs

    100 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic venue on the patio for early evening dining. Food delicious, service by Bob and bussers outstanding, a delight to meet the gracious owner, Steve.
  17. JG

    JoyceG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Our waiter with the bald head and green rim glasses was cold, sharp and he rushed us.
  18. v

    view

    Los Angeles

    70 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed experience here with good food and service. Not exceptional but good value for well prepared meal.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for our anniversary and the food was amazing! Our server was great, very attentive.
  20. H

    Hlee

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food selection. Menu leans toward wine pairing. Excellent selection of wine. Good ambiance and smooth jazz background music. One of the best restaurants in Carlsbad.
  21. A

    Angelaf

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food. Every dish was beyond delicious. So flavorful and beautifully presented. Can’t wait to go back
  22. H

    Happyguy

    San Diego

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and delicious food. Great wine list as well.
  23. JE

    JackE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside, very relaxing and charming patio with water feature. Every dish from appetizer to salad to entree was creative, artistic and tasted excellent. Plus the wine bar with live piano music was the perfect finale for dessert and aged port.
  24. B

    Bonnie

    Frankfurt

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our service was outstanding as was the ambience. Our escargot were very difficult to get out of the shell, but the French onion soup was delicious. Our duck confit was excellent, but the duck breast was tough and difficult to cut.
  25. B

    Buddha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very nicely prepared and cooked properly not being overcooked. Relatively small portions. Nice fresh hot bread and butter that was soft and easy to spread. A little expensive but it was worth it because the service was excellent. It was our anniversary and I thought I would get comped a dessert or something but it didn't happen.
  26. A

    Artichokelover

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, excellent service and a great ambiance.
  27. JC

    JulieC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been so disappointed with fine dining post pandemic. I am a ok cook so when I dine I expect it to be better than I can make it. Nothing is worse than getting dressed up and spending a lot of money on food and having it be barely average or worse. Thankfully PAON did not disappoint. Appetizers and food were amazing. Absolutely delicious sea bass special with a more than generous portion. Service was wonderful and incredibly attentive. This is my new favorite restaurant. Thank you PAON for restoring my faith!
  28. d

    danam

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently delicious food, beautiful restaurant, and great service.
  29. DW

    DeniseW

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor patio and a very good menu with great specials. The food is excellent and nice presentation
  30. CM

    CorriM

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was fabulous! The patio was a beautiful place to enjoy our meal. They brought us out delicious hot bread to start. We had the escargot, which was fabulous! You don’t see it on many menus and it was done perfectly! I had the short ribs and my husband had the pheasant. Both were perfectly cooked and delicious. We will definitely return the next time we see in Carlsbad.
  31. T

    Tasman

    San Diego

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great evening! The food, the wine and the atmosphere was fantastic! Highly recommended!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food and ambience were just wonderful.
  33. PP

    PamieP1

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!!
  34. LL

    LocalLasVegas

    Las Vegas

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  35. BA

    BonnieAnn

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The upper patio area is always so inviting and feels like you’re in a private home having a get together. The food is never a disappointment but some more choices of appetizers to share would be a plus. Our waiter was very good but not perfect. I guess he got busy. He never asked if we wanted a second cocktail and we asked three times for more bread. Otherwise he was very efficient. All in all PAON is a great restaurant and a real plus for Carlsbad.
  36. b

    bear

    Orange County

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can not ask for anything more delightful in a dining experience
  37. TC

    TerryC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food. Our server, Chris was the best.
  38. C

    Corineg

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends and I really enjoyed the evening. Our server, Annie, was a delight. The food and drinks were wonderful.
  39. DW

    DebbieW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Tina was awesome! Please give her a raise! The person who sat us, Steve was so very nice. He seemed to know his wine! We enjoyed the whole experience! Thank you. Debbie and Travis
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious - from the appetizer and Pear Salad to our entrees - what a delight. Our waitress Kris took exceptional care of us from start to finish and her recommendations were spot on. The Chilean Sea Bass and Pheasant were culinary compositions that wowed the eye and then the palate - definitely recommend - enjoy !

FAQs

PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 1606 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

2975 Roosevelt Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Carlsbad Village Dr.

  • Neighborhood

    Carlsbad

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Fri–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Mon, Fri–Sun 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French American, Californian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    JAVIER HERNANDEZ

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 729-7377

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact the restaurant for further details.

  • Private party contact

    Steve Barr: (760) 729-7377

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