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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

2975 Roosevelt St, Ste 102, Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 729-7377
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Ranked #1 of 270 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Carlsbad Village Dr.
Transit: Coaster Rail station 100 yards from the restaurant.
Description: 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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90% Recommend
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English first
Surprise, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

We started with some wine served with some wonderful warm bread. Then we decided to share the Indian Spiced Prawns. The favors were great but the shrimp were over cooked. We also shared the Wild Rice Mushroom Risotto. It was hot, flavorful and delicious. Finally we shared Creme Brûlée which was perfect. It was a nice atmosphere to share a... More

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kingman, az
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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

There were 4 of us out for a drive along the coast & decided to stop & visited coffee, chocolate & wine shop in Carlsbad thinking maybe we can stretch our legs & buy some chocolates & have a glass of wine. To our surprise the coffee, chocolate & wine shop does not sell wine by the glass but advised... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were here for a family reunion. We were able to reserve a room with no added fee. We had 13 people including kids; so having a room is a bonus. My daughter ordered their Hawaiian yellow fin tuna dish. It was the best that I had tasted. Their escargot was perfect. Many in our group ordered the duck done... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

We had our first California meal at PAON and enjoyed it very much. The setting is relaxed and sophisticated and the service professional. The food was very good and I can see why this is the most highly rated restaurant in Carlsbad. Recommended that you do yourself a favour and book a meal in the patio.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is a top rated restaurant but maybe just doesn't quite live up to it. Don't get me wrong it is good just not the best maybe. So go and enjoy but do not expect The French Laundry. Actually I have had better in Carlsbad at West Steak.

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Lucca, Italy
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101 reviews 101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

we went blind; our only guide being Trip Advisor. We picked the #1 and just walked from our hotel. We were greeted by Ivan smartly dressed in a town of flip flops and lycra. He was our waiter and did a masterful job. We slowly grazed through 4 courses, sharing all dishes and sipped down a lovely Californian Rose. We... More

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San Diego
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Small and adorable with great atmosphere. We had a lovely meal before heading to a local play and My friend and I were very pleased. The service and food were excellent. The menu has something for everyone. This will probably be my new go-to restaurant!

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This place is pretty cool the food is also good they have a pretty good selection of wine but a little steep on prices. If you go just go to the wine bar section instead of the restaurant

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San Clemente, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

My wife and another couple went here this past Sunday. We each had something different. I had the rack of lamb which was excellent. My wife had scallops -- which were even better. My friend had pheasant which he said was moist and very good. He had never had it before. My wife tried it and loved it. His wife... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Dined there on Feb 18th after reading previous reviews and thoroughly enjoyed it. My wife had the duck and I the short rib along with a pear salad that the Maitre D volunteered to split for us. By far the best dinner of our trip to Carlsbad.

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