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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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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good20%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tiramisu” (29 reviews)
“homemade pasta” (11 reviews)
“lamb” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

I walked into the restaurant and found out BYOB(bring your own booze). Had to go to the market to get a bottle of wine. I didn't mind that. Got a glass of ice water an it was warm. The waitress had said ice is a...More

3  Thank ThomasABorawski
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We were so lucky to come across Paolo's little restaurant. It is truly a gem. Paolo shops for best ingredients the morning of, and then cooks everything from scratch including pasta himself. I am a big italian food fan and what Paolo makes is a...More

Thank Zhenya F
Reviewed 23 July 2014

There are few fine places to eat on the east side of Big Island, but Paolo's in Pahoa serves up fine fresh food every time. We called for a reservation on a Tues, and found out he was closed, but he went ahead and offered...More

Thank foodie54321
Reviewed 19 July 2014

There is no menu here, you are told what is available, all selections have the same price & choose from what is seasonal & available. Seems quite normal to me, I do not go out to eat frozen food anyway. There is always a soup...More

Thank Neillbell
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This hidden gem of a restaurant was one of the highlights of our stay in the Pahoa area. It was our last night before heading back home, and the power in our neighborhood was knocked out by a traffic accident. So much for eating up...More

1  Thank Vtrudeau2014
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Great, surprising meals from an out of the way Gem. We are from Washington State and were pleasantly surprised with excellent ambiance and wonderfully cooked meals. Bring your own wine and plant yourself for the evening. Paolo himself comes around your table to chat. Service...More

1  Thank 557Patty
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Staying at Kapoho for two months and last year for one...Finally went to Pahoa Bistro for dinner this year in February....one of the best in the islands and I've been coming for fifty years! Lamb Osso Bucco was a culinary delight and ambience. Small, one...More

1  Thank JudiP98022
Reviewed 11 March 2014

After an all day tour with (Hawaii Forest & Trail) Over The Saddle to The Thurston Lava Tube then on to VNP we ended up at Palols! It was dark & Pahoa looked like a old wild West town,a lil run down,lol...and theres a little...More

Thank Kelly S
Reviewed 19 February 2014

I think Paolo's deserves it's place on Tripadvisor more for the food than the ambience or décor. Like most of the restaurants in Pahoa, Paolo's is old and somewhat rundown, a fact that seems to not affect business here. The walls are peeling, the floor...More

Thank DarwynK
Reviewed 16 February 2014 via mobile

In the tiny Big Island Hawaii town of Pahoa there is a real Italian chef who uses local ingredients to create several dishes each night. Fish, meat, vegetables, pasta Whatever tempts the chef from whatever is available. In any city you'd pay twice the price....More

Thank Danwershow
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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

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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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