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Paolo's Bistro

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$$ - $$$
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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-965-7033
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful Italian food that's genuinely Italian. Great atmosphere. Fun for a date or to meet with friends.

Thank gypsywanderlust78
Guerneville, California
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A small Italian restaurant on Main Street; definitely a bistro -- charming atmosphere and decor. Limited menu. Something you might least expect to find in Pahoa. The second best restaurant in Pahoa that we tried for dinner. Stuffed muscles appetizer was unique and delicious -- only 5-6 but stuffed full with a mixture of crab, fish and sausage (I think),... More 

Thank IQ140
Pahoa, Hawaii
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Paolo's is in every way the creation of a determined do it my way chef. The food suggests artistry as well as indifference. The battered premises is a reflection of rural west paniolo Pahoa. Chef Paolo's magical infusion of local produce creates surprise after surprise. Take the plunge and sit back and enjoy the proformance.

1 Thank 377chas
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

I've been here 3 times. In 2013, I was in Pahoa and Palol's was recommended by a local as being very good. I had the lamb which was amazing. We came back on that trip and once again loved it. I went again last night 2016 and was impressed as usual. I love the waiter/owner who makes a wonderful host... More 

Thank Randall97222
Pahoa, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

If you don't mind high prices (for Pahoa), and love good Italian food, this is the place for you. I've eaten here many times and tried many dishes over the years, and have never left disappointed. My advice is to arrive early, before some of the more popular menu selections have sold out. Do not expect large portions.

Thank marksavoid
big island hawaii
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95 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2016

This is a great restaurant if you love Italian food. Paolo is a world class chef and makes the best Italian dishes on the island. Menu changes daily and all are good.

Thank Matnikstym V
Gurnee, IL
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

.....and be transported to coastal Italy! Ignore the closely placed tables, the noisy locals staggering in from the street, well lubricated and ready to party. Ignore the wait staff of ONE, a menu unwritten - recited quickly and barely intelligible over the din, absent of pricing. DON'T ignore the proprietor, Paolo, as he affably works the crowd, offering suggestions and... More 

1 Thank HarryBGurnee_IL
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016

We were told by the locals that this place was good Italian food. They totally undersold it. There is no printed menu. The wait staff know it by heart and go over it with at a nice pace. Everything is made to order. The bread is even home made here. This place would be amazing in NYC and beat out... More 

Thank R W
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

So cute. Small but open door brought the outside in. Food was good. Just like a little italian restaurant in italy with homemade pasta and tasty sauces. The service was friendly and the bread dense crusty with an olive oil sitting on the table. I would go back.

Thank fran b
Margate, Florida
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140 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016

We were the second table of the evening. There are no menus, just specials the server gives you. The mahi sounded amazing and 4 in our 6 top were going to order. Well they had only 2 orders. I got the Lamb Shank "oso bucco style" GZood flavor, but not a lot of food. This is a B.Y.O.B. establishment. Seemed... More 

Thank Vincent S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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: +1 808-965-7033

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?