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Paolo's Bistro

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Italian, Hawaiian
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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
808-965-7033
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Italian in a back to the ‘60’s environment

We’d heard that the little town of Pahoa, recently threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea, was in something of a time warp, an opportunity to remember hippie days, breathing in the pervasive Mary Jane perfume. Several restaurants are clustered on Old Pahoa Street, and we decided to try Paolo’s... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
TerribleIvan
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Albuquerque
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  • Romantic
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Katy, Texas
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We decided to visit from the reviews we had read and questioning the freshness of the shrimp pasta that we ordered, since I ate all of the shrimp and it didn't settle well with me. Small house converted into a restaurant across the street from a bar that was very entertaining watching the "hippies". Friendly and good service with BYOB.... More 

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Albuquerque
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We’d heard that the little town of Pahoa, recently threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea, was in something of a time warp, an opportunity to remember hippie days, breathing in the pervasive Mary Jane perfume. Several restaurants are clustered on Old Pahoa Street, and we decided to try Paolo’s Tuscan Bistro for dinner. It was BYOB, so we went... More 

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very quaint restaurant with about a dozen tables. BYOB. Waitresses were very authentic and friendly. No menu is provided to look at. The waitresses read you the options. Very tasteful to hear it but kind of hard to remember from one item to another. We ordered two salads but saw that most other couples were sharing. I had a gorgonzola... More 

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San Francisco, California
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143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Delightful is how I would describe my entire experience at this restaurant. It was highly recommended by the B&B that my fiance and I stayed at. We did not have a reservation but the place was not busy since we came kinda late on a Sunday evening. It was unusual for me not to have any menu to look at... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

I Choose this place because it was ranked 1 in Pahoa and I just don't know this could be? Maybe it was the food I choose or maybe I was expecting it to be better than Kaleos bar and grille. There is no parking lot nor is there parking along the road. We had to park so far away and... More 

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Squamish, BC
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Quirky? BOYB, and no menu. Our server had to recite the menu as to what they had from memory (which included what they were out of). The portion wasn't huge, so don't go hungry. It is small, and cramped, and the service is slow. But the food! Oh, the food made this all worth it!

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North Pole, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

We stayed in Pahoa for a week over the Thanksgiving holiday; Paolo’s Bistro is the only place we ate at twice! Everything we had was fantastic from appetizers (salads and soups) to main course (my favorite was the chicken parm) and ending with Tiramisu that my wife still talks about as her favorite of all time, the best overall meal... More 

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Arlington, Vermont
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Amazing food time and time again. As authentic of an Italian restaurant with out going to Italy. Our sever was great and knew the menu inside and out. BYOB so come prepared, and hungry you will leave happy, full and satisfied! Mahalo

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Royal Oaks, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I had the best red snapper dinner ever in this gem of a restaurant! A feisty yet smiling waitress tells you what the chef's main courses are along with its side dishes--no deviations. You can actually taste the freshness in the pasta and vegetables. The seasonings used by this remarkable Italian chef is just short of genius. I'm drooling just... More 

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Crete, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If ever here u must try this italian gem of a restaurant!! Wonderful service! There is no written menus! The waitress recites it!! Food was absolutely awesome! The chef came to the table and chatted with us! No need for dressing on your salad, that's how fresh & favorable the veggies were!! Just praying that the volcano doesn't destroy this... More 

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Address: 15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number: 808-965-7033
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Pahoa
Cuisine: Italian, Hawaiian

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Restaurant Details

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: 808-965-7033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

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