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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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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Restaurant In Pahoa by a long shot

This was real Italian food as good as what I have had in good restaurants in Italy. I had butternut squash filled ravioli that were light, creamy and not sweetened so the taste came through the luscious sauce. My only criticism is that there are no menus to read. The waitress goes through the list... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ChefSarah67
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Dyke, Virginia
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Dyke, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was real Italian food as good as what I have had in good restaurants in Italy. I had butternut squash filled ravioli that were light, creamy and not sweetened so the taste came through the luscious sauce. My only criticism is that there are no menus to read. The waitress goes through the list rather quickly and it was... More 

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Thank ChefSarah67
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Quaint little bistro in the middle of Pahoa town (across from the 2 story AWA bar). The menu options change based on Chef Paolo's desires, so there is no paper menu. (This is actually one of the charm's!). Our waitress, Evelyn, was so friendly and amazing. She explained all of the courses available as well as how each is prepared.... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Recommended by our hosts where we were staying. The food was very well done. A very busy place and we managed to get squeezed in. The waitress was a hoot and really personable. I had the black squid ink past which was ok. Fresh and tasty. The others had osso bucco, the portion of lamb was very big and a... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

This sweet little spot is a gem to the town of Pahoa. Don't miss the Osso Buco if it's on the menu. BYOB don't forget as they do not have a liquor license.

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1 Thank Jamie D
Boulder Creek, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

This is a very quaint small place. It is the best Italian restaurant that I know of next to traveling to Italy. The pasta was homemade and very tender. All foods are made from scratch. Not enough words can describe my experience. NOTE: NO WINE but, for a $5.00 corkage fee they are happy to chill and open it. Service... More 

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Berkeley, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

We went with a friend from the area and he told us the place might seem a little rough but this was just how I remember little places in Italy when I was hitting the roads as a student. The old chef knows his Italian food, it was some of the best Chicken Marsala I've had and it was served... More 

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1 Thank Windcastman
Pahoa, Hawaii
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

We love paolos bistro, awesome fresh food always something new! A real Italian experience, I've been to Italy so I would know! FYI they don't have a liquor license but encourage you to bring your own favorite wine or beer.

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1 Thank Christa K
Cheboygan, Michigan
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It was my favorite place to relax, have a great glass of wine and awesome dinners. I ate there weekly and never had anything but superb cuisine and service in 6 years. I will be happy to be going back for a few months and be able to enjoy again. .

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Crete, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

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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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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