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Paolo's Bistro

15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
808-965-7033
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Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Pahoa, Hawaii
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

THE BEST DINNER FOOD AROUND....Run by an actual chef with garden to table ingredients. Italian cuisine with the quaintest atmosphere. The Chef KNOWS his ingredients and won't dare offend an ingredient by paring it with one that isn't complimentary, so please don't take it personal if he won't prepare your food as you request. ONO BRAH, ONO!!!

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California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Paolos consistently serves delicious food, from the homemade minestrone soup to the main course and the deserts. We make it a point to eat here several times each trip. Bring your own wine, no over charge for bad wines this way. And if you eat the soup, the homemade delicious bread, the main course you are bound to be stuffed.... More

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Tarrytown, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband and I visited Paolo's for my second visit and his first. It lived up to its reputation as an Italian gem in the heart of the charming time warp of a village of Pahoa. Paolo, the owner, offers a fairly ambitious farm to table menu with more choices than you would expect at such a small place. The... More

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Keaau, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I walked into the restaurant and found out BYOB(bring your own booze). Had to go to the market to get a bottle of wine. I didn't mind that. Got a glass of ice water an it was warm. The waitress had said ice is a commodity. Asked for the menu. There was no menu? The waitress had read what the... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were so lucky to come across Paolo's little restaurant. It is truly a gem. Paolo shops for best ingredients the morning of, and then cooks everything from scratch including pasta himself. I am a big italian food fan and what Paolo makes is a true Toscan food. I am shocked that the place does not have huge lines every... More

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hilo
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

There are few fine places to eat on the east side of Big Island, but Paolo's in Pahoa serves up fine fresh food every time. We called for a reservation on a Tues, and found out he was closed, but he went ahead and offered to open as, it was for a birthday celebration. Now that is something! His fish... More

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

There is no menu here, you are told what is available, all selections have the same price & choose from what is seasonal & available. Seems quite normal to me, I do not go out to eat frozen food anyway. There is always a soup served & fresh baked bread, with oil etc. it as & when we fancy something... More

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Dennis Port, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

This hidden gem of a restaurant was one of the highlights of our stay in the Pahoa area. It was our last night before heading back home, and the power in our neighborhood was knocked out by a traffic accident. So much for eating up all the leftovers in our fridge...we headed into Pahoa, a tiny, wild west, bo-ho kind... More

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Tacoma, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Great, surprising meals from an out of the way Gem. We are from Washington State and were pleasantly surprised with excellent ambiance and wonderfully cooked meals. Bring your own wine and plant yourself for the evening. Paolo himself comes around your table to chat. Service helpers are excellently trained and very friendly. No windows. If breezy, bring a jacket.

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Enumclaw, Washington
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Staying at Kapoho for two months and last year for one...Finally went to Pahoa Bistro for dinner this year in February....one of the best in the islands and I've been coming for fifty years! Lamb Osso Bucco was a culinary delight and ambience. Small, one room and maybe nine tables and some out back on makeshift patio. Do NOT miss... More

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