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Paolo's Bistro

15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-965-7033
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tiramisu” (29 reviews)
“homemade pasta” (11 reviews)
“lamb” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed February 23, 2017 via mobile

I know everyone raves about this place but when you screw up, you take your lumps. I suppose the food was good but when you wait 1.5 hours for Baked Rigatoni and Chicken Marcella, taste become immaterial. We had reservations but found only 2 tables...More

Thank davekathyb
Reviewed February 21, 2017

Paolo's might be the best little bistro in all of Hawaii. Kitchen is steered by Paolo himself, a veteran master from Italy, who somehow wound-up in this small back water village near Hilo. Menu changes daily; and all offerings are worth sampling. He even makes...More

Thank jmk6
Reviewed February 17, 2017

The fresh pasta dishes melt in the mouth and the sauces are divine. Like ciaopino? (seafood soup) Paolo's is the place!

Thank Michele M
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

The reviews on this restaurant are dead on. Personal service, excellent food, nice portions, and the small town atmosphere.

Thank Maresa P
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank gypsywanderlust78
Reviewed January 12, 2017 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 --...More

Thank IQ140
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....More

1  Thank 377chas
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...More

Thank Randall97222
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...More

Thank marksavoid
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
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Amelia H
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Response from marksavoid | Reviewed this property |
He has a facebook page, but I'm not allowed to post a link here. And mail can be sent to his P.O. Box 1272, Pahoa, HI 96778
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
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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