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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
17:30 - 21:00
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Medellin, Colombia
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2013

Very Authentic! Paulo's is one of the longest running restaurants in Pahoa. The restaurant is small and cozy which gives it an even more authentic Mediterranean feel! I highly recommend the regular special black squid ink pasta with spicy tomato sauce topped with local fish usually ahi. Main dishes are served with soup and bread but try to leave room... More 

Thank Linda T
Margate, Florida
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140 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This was a second choice for us because we wanted to go to Ning's, but they were closed for a week or so. Nice back up. Very quaint and cozy dining room. The food was great. A lot of flavor. Old fashion service though. No computers here. All handwritten and added.

Thank Vincent S
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

it's off the beaten path but if you ever find yourself near pahoa, hawaii, drive the downtown, which is a throw back to a by-gone era, and stop in at paolo's bistro. it's small and does not serve liquor but the food is delicious. according to the sign, paolo has been in business since 1993 and it is easy to... More 

Thank Michael C
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

We ate here twice during our visit and enjoyed our meals on both occasions. The restaurant is quaint, the service friendly. Bring your own bottle of wine. There is a 5 dollar uncorking fee. Worth the visit!

Thank Gary J
Fairfield, OH
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2013

Everything was fantastic. Run by 2 Italians who really know how to cook. They make their own pasta and you can tell that everything is fresh and homemade. They don't serve wine, but you can take your own for a reasonable corkage fee. If you love real Italian food, try this great restaurant in the little town of Pahoa. We... More 

Thank Mathteachernomore
Kalapana, Hawaii
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

Paolo's Bistro, located in the charismatic old wooden town of Pahoa is authentic Northern Italian cuisine. Paolo, a nightly fixture is from Livorno and regularly comes out from the kitchen to make sure his customers are happy. I have eaten here year after year and especially enjoy the mixed seafood on homemade hand cut black ribbon pasta. His lamb special... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

The town may be small, and the restaurant even smaller, but the flavor of Paolo's is enormous. I've run into the owner many times at the farmers market in Hilo, so I know the ingredients are very fresh. If you're in town or just passing through make sure to stop here.

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kailua kona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

My husband Mike and I plan our trips to "the other side" around Paulo and his restaurant.. the food is outstanding, but his personality is the "whipped cream on the tiramisu" (which is fabulous by the way) .. not to be missed, the cioppino.. , any pasta.. even his side of pasta that comes with some dinners is delish!! Getting... More 

Thank Marls17
Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013

Five years ago my wife and I ate here while on our honeymoon and vowed that if and when we ever came back to Hawaii (the Big Island at least) we HAD to eat here again. Fast forward five years and we again find our selves staying on the Hilo side of the Big Island this time with our two... More 

Thank Harpo_Chico
Bakersfield, vermont
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

Paolo's never disappoints. Food is delicious, authentic Italian. Homemade pasta, flavorful sauces with depth, fresh veggies, great sausage. It reminds you of a little hole in the wall trattoria one might find while walking through the ancient streets of a Tuscan village or in Rome. We've been many times, and it's always best when Paolo is in the mood to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?