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Paolo's Bistro

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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
+1 808-965-7033
Today
17:30 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 17:30 - 21:00
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Lier, Belgium
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 his own home-made Tiramisu...plus is BYOB...only $5 corkage. If you're lucky, Paolo will step out... More 

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Thank jmk6
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

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Thank Michele M
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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

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Thank Maresa P
Keaau, Hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

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

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Thank gypsywanderlust78
Guerneville, California
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145 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 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 -- only 5-6 but stuffed full with a mixture of crab, fish and sausage (I think),... More 

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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 18 October 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.

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1 Thank 377chas
Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 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 

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

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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 28 June 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.

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Thank Matnikstym V
Gurnee, IL
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?