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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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  • 83
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
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  • 2
    Terrible
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
Awesome experience in a quaint italian restaurant that's surviving the volcano!!!!

This restaurant is such an awesome place!! All ingredients are so very fresh! I can't believe anyone would not put this restuarant as one of the best, if not the best!!! The chef is superb and well as the entire staff!! Kudos to all of you for your outstanding fresh ingredients and willingness to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
CockerMoka
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Crete, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Crete, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This restaurant is such an awesome place!! All ingredients are so very fresh! I can't believe anyone would not put this restuarant as one of the best, if not the best!!! The chef is superb and well as the entire staff!! Kudos to all of you for your outstanding fresh ingredients and willingness to prepare anything for your guests!! I... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I've lived in Pahoa for over a year and finally got to eat at Paolo's tonight. They are usually either closed or out of food so make sure you get here early in the night. I am giving it a strong five stars with just a few caveats. First, this is not the place to come if you are in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The staff were absolutely delightful but the pasta was stodgy and overladen with flavours. The fish was beautiful. Tiramisu was one of the worst we've eaten. Such a pity as they seem so proud of the food and the chef. We think he needs to get back to basics and simplify his pasta dishes.

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Katy, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
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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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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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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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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 35 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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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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