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PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Thu, 3/21
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna Tartare
Fresh herbs, lemon, capers, Sun dried tomato and creme fraiche
Organic Green Apple Salad
Belgium endive, frisee and arugula with sherry vinaigrette, candied walnuts and stilton cheese
Organic Romaine Salad
Roasted red bell pepper, black olive crouton and creme mustard vinaigrette
Marinated Goat Cheese
Grilled eggplant, oven dried tomatoes, black and green olive tapenade and pistou
Organic Asparagus Soup
Organic wild mushrooms and truffle chantilly creme
Grilled Lamb Salad
Wilted spinach, pommery mustard dressing, pine nuts and feta cheese
Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Salad
Mixed organic greens, arugula, oven dried tomato and nicoise olive vinaigrette
Lightly Smoked Salmon Salad
Mixed greens, red beet vinaigrette and horseradish creme
Lightly Smoked Chicken Ravioli
Organic vegetables, parmigiano-reggiano and red wine sauce
Seared Rare Hawaiian Yellowfin Tuna
Haricot‎ verts, carrot puree and truffle vinaigrette
Paon Angus Burger
Arugula, caramelized onions, wild mushrooms and stilton cheese
Angus Short Rib
Wild mushrooms, spinach and potato puree
Pan Roasted Flat Iron Pork
Swiss‎ chard, turnips, caramelized golden apple and spaetzle
Angus Rib Eye Steak
Broccoli,‎ baby carrots, potato gratin and Bordelaise sauce
Duck Confit
White bean cassoulet, Swiss chard, pancetta and madeira sauce
Grilled Chicken Breast
Zucchini, haricot verts, potato puree and lemon caper butter
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.
$31 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
French, Wine Bar
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
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All reviews escargot duck mint ice cream beet salad profiteroles swiss chard diver scallops warm bread short ribs sea bass steak cake soups potatoes french cuisine fabulous dinner wine list
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Reviewed yesterday

This is an updated review. The first time I reviewed Paon I raved about it.... and this time the food was still as good.... but the experience was so disappointing. Last week we celebrated my wife's B day with 7 other friends and Terri had...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank tpguess
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I eat at PAON anytime we are in the greater San Diego area. It's our favorite restaurant in Southern California. This time my wife and I both had the Sea Bass. It was cooked to perfection, with the right amount of herbs...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited two vineyard/wineries in Temecula, then visited Paon the next day. The tasting room is on Carlsbad Village Blvd, behind their restaurant. Paon’s wines were outstanding, much better than the vineyards. The server did an excellent job with our flights in describing each before...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank DiWelsh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve eaten at Paon many times. I have reviewed it before too. It is an excellent restaurant. Both the food and the service are great. My wife and I paid them a visit yesterday, after seeing a fabulous musical show at the NVA playhouse. The...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank mjahan2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We met another couple for dinner and they suggested we try Paon as we had never been . What a pleasant surprise,we started off with a number of appetizers,the scallops,pear salad ,and all were perfectly prepared and very tasty. We all ordered different main courses...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank edwinb629
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to love Paon, but after two visits, I can't wholeheartedly​ recommend it. First, the positives: the service and ambiance are excellent. It's a beautiful restaurant and every staff member we encountered​ was on point in terms of courtesy and professionalism. The food...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank pntayl
Reviewed February 13, 2019 via mobile

Lovely ambience with excellent food. Wait staff skilled and anticipated needs. Halibut very good as well as veal chop. Good wine choices.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank misscindycoy
Reviewed February 12, 2019

This is a "date night" restaurant for me. The food and service is excellent and the wine list is outstanding. It's pricey for my budget, but it's worth it. I always dine outside under the covered patio...it's well designed and quiet.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank pitztop2019
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Ladies group loves happy hour here. Service and food especially short ribs are Divine. One of the best wine selection in north county! Thehappy hour Portions are very generous! We didn’t have to relocate to dining room. Bar area served us well!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank E3538ASrobertac
Reviewed February 12, 2019

the escargot and bread are to die for...to me with the bread it is a full meal and we loved the people we meet at the bar and the service is terrific

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jim5906
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January 1, 2019|
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Response from coosbaygal | Reviewed this property |
You will be fine it has bar seating too
April 13, 2017|
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Response from coosbaygal | Reviewed this property |
I have seen any however it is a beach community area and people have dogs with them.
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Response from Dan A | Reviewed this property |
This fabulous restaurant is located just off Carlsbad Village Drive in the “village “ area of downtown Carlsbad.
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