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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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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“homemade pasta” (11 reviews)
“lamb” (7 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've read the good and the bad and I believe every one of them. It is a tiny place with no more than eight tables. It wasn't crowded with only three tables seated, but the server was frazzled. Four of us sat down at an...More

Thank Johanna W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the toughest reviews I have had to write. The Bistro was not our first choice but when we saw the wait at Kaleo's we decided to give it a try. We were asked if we had a reservation. We didn't. They...More

Thank Beebfamily
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have 30+ years of Restaurant experience and know a good place from just one whiff. Smelled it the night before and after viewing tons of restaurants all over the big Island we came back to eat at this place the aroma stayed on my...More

Thank Chanel G
Reviewed 28 May 2018

We came in when the pizza place we planned to go to in Pahoa said they were closed. The positives - we both had ahi (one broiled, one piccata) and it was amazing. Really good. The lightly sauteed vegetables that came with it were also...More

Thank AstroAli
Reviewed 6 May 2018

We were walking by this place and with the open windows two ladies eating inside recommended that we come in too! It was a good recommendation and the Italian menu was good. The food was very good but the whole experience seemed just a little...More

Thank BHorst
Reviewed 18 March 2018

No liquor service, but you can byob and pay a corking fee. The food was good, but know that if you want a salad, you need to order a salad. Nothing comes with the meal but the entree. The restaurant is small, but our family...More

Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed 19 February 2018

The food here is really good and atmosphere is absolutely charming. My favorite part: the bread! You will enjoy!

Thank 960ARen960
Reviewed 16 February 2018

We tried another restaurant first, but it was packed with no room, so we chose second best-Paolo's. I ordered mushroom filled ravioli. My husband got a salad and a pasta. Everything was fantastic. He also got a dessert, but I can't remember what it was....More

Thank VEE1225
Reviewed 7 February 2018

We couldn't get in to another restaurant close by and happened upon this one. It is very small and takes a long time for food to be prepared. There is not a lot of options on the menu and a little pricey for the amount...More

Thank AprilS98
Reviewed 7 January 2018

After hearing about the wonderful food at this place by darn near everyone, I decided to give it a try this week while I was in town and a bit hungry before heading back to the other side of the island. The only menu I...More

1  Thank Adrienne H
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Susanne H
23 October 2017|
Response from Tim D | Reviewed this property |
Although I'm not positive I'm about 99.9% sure of this answer. Paolo is an old school Italian from Livorno, Italy and doesn't have a website or an online presence. Therefore, I don't believe you can make online... More
Amelia H
17 March 2017|
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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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
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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