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Paul's Place

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132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
+1 808-280-8646
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A micro-restaurant, only 3 tables, but who's food, ambiance, and service cannot be forgotten. Paul proves that you don't need a lot of space and a fancy kitchen to produce a meal that is both tasty and well presented. We found this gem through recommendations from folks at the Hilo Farmer's Market and enjoyed it so much, immediately made breakfast... More 

Thank BillyandJan
Annapolis, Maryland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Paul's lives up to these great reviews. Had tuna salad in half papaya. Food was fresh and great. Paul very friendly NS assisted by friendly Nani. Highly recommended!

Thank Lyn H
Montreal, Canada
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paul's place came highly recommended. Right next to a Ukulele shop, the timing was right. We were very lucky and had the very coveted 3 table restaurant to ourselves; more would be unsustainable and the charm would fade away from this hidden Gem. We both felt Paul's hospitality and passion from the first hello to the last bite. The breakfast... More 

Thank jpnault
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tiny cafe with 3 tables is like a miracle in the culinary backwater called Hilo. We enjoyed 4 dishes and all had fresh ingredients, refined execution, and vibrant flavors. This fellow Paul is like a skilled artisan in this tiny studio. Go experience it.

Thank BluefinToro
Hilo, Hawaii
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209 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tiny place; 4-5 tables; so you MUST have reservations. This is a breakfast, brunch or lunch place. Exquisitely prepared artisanal dishes. Personal favorites are the waffle (covered in wonderful fruits) or the Caesar salad. People rave about the eggs Benedict too, although it is not on my favorite list. This is a cute little hole in the wall that is... More 

Thank HLW648
Venice, Florida, United States
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152 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Three tables with 2 chairs each is the sum of the customer area. No walk-ins accepted most of the time. But, the breakfast is really, really excellent. Paul, the cook and owner, takes his passion to the limit, that of serving breakfast or brunch. I don't usually take snapshots of what I have to dine on, but I had to... More 

Thank Bong Y
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

They squeezed us in without a reservation, make sure you call ahead! Food is amazing and staff is great. Glad we found this little gem

Thank Shamsterdamn
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for unique and good this is the place. I would say best food on island. So nice and accommodating Paul is. Absolutely loved it!

Thank Ambra G
San Francisco, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Smaller servings but amazing quality. Get three plates for 2 people of you're hungry. Smoked salmon Benedict, and it's by reservation only

Thank Dean K
Oregon Coast, Oregon
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

If you're a foodie don't miss Paul's place for breakfast in Hilo. It's a tiny place so you have to make reservations. They are very accommodating and the food is out of this world.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-280-8646

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?