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Paolo's Bistro

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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-965-7033
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17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
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Ibiza, Spain
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Paolos bistro rescued our recent stay in Puna district. You have to know that Puna district is nothing for foodies. It is even difficult to buy decent food and I do not refer to supermarkets here. We went from market to market, even tried to get homemade organic things produced ( very few!) by the local community. So what a... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I know everyone raves about this place but when you screw up, you take your lumps. I suppose the food was good but when you wait 1.5 hours for Baked Rigatoni and Chicken Marcella, taste become immaterial. We had reservations but found only 2 tables occupied when we arrived. Because they insist on an oral menu, we have to wait... More 

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Lier, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

Paolo's might be the best little bistro in all of Hawaii. Kitchen is steered by Paolo himself, a veteran master from Italy, who somehow wound-up in this small back water village near Hilo. Menu changes daily; and all offerings are worth sampling. He even makes his own home-made Tiramisu...plus is BYOB...only $5 corkage. If you're lucky, Paolo will step out... More 

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Thank jmk6
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

The fresh pasta dishes melt in the mouth and the sauces are divine. Like ciaopino? (seafood soup) Paolo's is the place!

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Thank Michele M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The reviews on this restaurant are dead on. Personal service, excellent food, nice portions, and the small town atmosphere.

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Keaau, Hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful Italian food that's genuinely Italian. Great atmosphere. Fun for a date or to meet with friends.

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Guerneville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A small Italian restaurant on Main Street; definitely a bistro -- charming atmosphere and decor. Limited menu. Something you might least expect to find in Pahoa. The second best restaurant in Pahoa that we tried for dinner. Stuffed muscles appetizer was unique and delicious -- only 5-6 but stuffed full with a mixture of crab, fish and sausage (I think),... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Paolo's is in every way the creation of a determined do it my way chef. The food suggests artistry as well as indifference. The battered premises is a reflection of rural west paniolo Pahoa. Chef Paolo's magical infusion of local produce creates surprise after surprise. Take the plunge and sit back and enjoy the proformance.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

I've been here 3 times. In 2013, I was in Pahoa and Palol's was recommended by a local as being very good. I had the lamb which was amazing. We came back on that trip and once again loved it. I went again last night 2016 and was impressed as usual. I love the waiter/owner who makes a wonderful host... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

If you don't mind high prices (for Pahoa), and love good Italian food, this is the place for you. I've eaten here many times and tried many dishes over the years, and have never left disappointed. My advice is to arrive early, before some of the more popular menu selections have sold out. Do not expect large portions.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Pahoa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-965-7033

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?