We have been to Paon many times before and have always enjoyed the food, libations and service.
For my recent birthday, my husband decided to throw me and 14 of my closest friends a hosted dinner party. We used the private room in the back.
Steve Barr, the owner, put together a menu for each guest to choose from, consisting of a soup or salad, main course and dessert. Additionally, we brought at least 6 bottles of wine with us, including a magnum, which they corked and served for us.
As has been my experience at previous visits to Paon, the food was excellent. NIcely plated, hot when served, and delicious. There were some very picky eaters in this group, and each and every diner was more than happy.
Additionally, the service was excellent. The head waiter for the group was very accomodating, as well as the other servers. You know the service is good when you don't notice your plates leaving the table and your area cleared of crumbs, etc. The dinner went off with a hitch - my guests loved it, and the food was very, very very good.
The ONE downside to the evening (and this would apply only if you requested the private room as we did), was the location of the private room. While nicely appointed and roomy, it was located off a corridor with access to the kitchen, so navigating that corridor (after a few glasses of wine), was a bit precarious with the foot traffic in and out of the kitchen. But if you were dining in the bar or restaurant, this would not be an issue.
Also, although we brought our own wines, Steve has an excellent wine list. The servers are very knowledgeable in helping pair wines with your food, and there is a wine tasting room in the back of the restaurant with a limited menu.
I HIGHLY recommend Paon. I don't believe you will be disappointed.
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