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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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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • 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 5 weeks ago

Recently ate here at a recommendation. Place is small and can get crowded. Also, staff is kept to a minimum. On the night we visited there was only one person looking after the tables and she was very busy (but so very nice). Menu is...More

Thank LateToTravel
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We were walking downtown Pahoa, looking for a place to eat. It was early, so there were openings everywhere. We had heard good things for Paolo's Bistro, so we ducked in and decided to give it a try. It is a small restaurant and you...More

Thank gldnpupper27
Reviewed 11 August 2017

My party of three enjoyed our meal at Paolo's as the ambience and food was superior. What needs help is the addition of a buser/server as the poor single server was fine but literally running to get orders--not exactly a way to destress and linger...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Stepped in, as we'd passed a few times. Whilst it felt like being in someone's living room, it was a great experience. No alcohol there, but they were fine with BYO, and the market was just up the road. The food was superb. Everyone had...More

Thank Lyndsay F
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Pahoa main street looks like a street in a wild west little town. In THE middle of it between Some noisy fastfood places you Will find Paolo. A big change from all THE others. Romantic and cosy. The Italian Food is good though the price...More

Thank Wereldreiziger1954
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Wonderful Italian food in downtown Pahoa. Paolo's is on main street in Pahoa in a cozy, antiquated wooden building (as are most buildings in downtown Pahoa). I had the rack of lamb and it was awesome ... especially the sauce. His homemade black pasta with...More

Thank Tim D
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Our meal was extraordinary! Chef Paolo fuses Italian flavors with local Hawaiian fish beautifully. Then there is his homemade pasta, Ahi salad perfectly accented with olive oil, tiramisu as light as a feather. This restaurant, in funky Pahoa village deserves your patronage, despite the local...More

Thank Carolyn J
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Paolo's is best in Pahoa, delicious fresh food, very clean and friendly owners. So happy we found this little restaurant close to our happy home.

Thank Dana B
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Paolo's Bistro is a hidden gem in this funky town. The chef runs a one man kitchen and intimate seating area for only 20 guest. All the pasta is homemade and the seafood is right off the boats. Menu changes daily depending on what is...More

Thank O1008CXfrankh
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Paolo's is definitely the restaurant in Pahoa to have a good Italian meal. BYOB, corkage fee reasonable, food very good, Paola, as always an eccentric character. Always enjoyable

Thank Miriahm D
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Susanne H
22 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
16 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

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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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