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Paolo's Bistro

15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-965-7033
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 5 days ago

No liquor service, but you can byob and pay a corking fee. The food was good, but know that if you want a salad, you need to order a salad. Nothing comes with the meal but the entree. The restaurant is small, but our family...More

Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is really good and atmosphere is absolutely charming. My favorite part: the bread! You will enjoy!

Thank 960ARen960
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We tried another restaurant first, but it was packed with no room, so we chose second best-Paolo's. I ordered mushroom filled ravioli. My husband got a salad and a pasta. Everything was fantastic. He also got a dessert, but I can't remember what it was....More

Thank VEE1225
Reviewed 7 February 2018

We couldn't get in to another restaurant close by and happened upon this one. It is very small and takes a long time for food to be prepared. There is not a lot of options on the menu and a little pricey for the amount...More

Thank AprilS98
Reviewed 7 January 2018

After hearing about the wonderful food at this place by darn near everyone, I decided to give it a try this week while I was in town and a bit hungry before heading back to the other side of the island. The only menu I...More

1  Thank Adrienne H
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

The food was fine but I won’t return. This place does not serve alcohol, not even wine. Imagine a Tuscan restaurant without Chianti. Like other restaurants on this block they permit you to BYOW but unlike the others they insist on an $8 corkage fee...More

2  Thank lawyeratleisure
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

I am Italian and this was extremely good Italian food by all standards. Way better than all the Italian food I had in the many years I lived in the United States. The place is also very nice with a really good vibe and the...More

Thank carl0federic0
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Recently ate here at a recommendation. Place is small and can get crowded. Also, staff is kept to a minimum. On the night we visited there was only one person looking after the tables and she was very busy (but so very nice). Menu is...More

Thank LateToTravel
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We were walking downtown Pahoa, looking for a place to eat. It was early, so there were openings everywhere. We had heard good things for Paolo's Bistro, so we ducked in and decided to give it a try. It is a small restaurant and you...More

Thank gldnpupper27
Reviewed 12 August 2017

My party of three enjoyed our meal at Paolo's as the ambience and food was superior. What needs help is the addition of a buser/server as the poor single server was fine but literally running to get orders--not exactly a way to destress and linger...More

Thank Karen H
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Susanne H
23 October 2017|
Response from Tim D | Reviewed this property |
Although I'm not positive I'm about 99.9% sure of this answer. Paolo is an old school Italian from Livorno, Italy and doesn't have a website or an online presence. Therefore, I don't believe you can make online... More
Amelia H
17 March 2017|
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Response from marksavoid | Reviewed this property |
He has a facebook page, but I'm not allowed to post a link here. And mail can be sent to his P.O. Box 1272, Pahoa, HI 96778
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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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