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Paul's Place

) #7 of 196 Restaurants in Hilo $$ - $$$ American, , Gluten Free Options
132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
+1 808-280-8646
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  • Excellent92%
  • Very good4%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (6 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (27 reviews)
“caprese” (16 reviews)
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American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
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1 - 10 of 194 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My friend who lives in Hilo excitedly made a reservation for this 6 person restaurant. Yes, you read correctly. This place can only seat 6 people at a time. We had reservations at 8:30 and we're promptly seated at the middle table, by the window....More

Thank travelingteacher808
Reviewed 6 days ago

The reviews are not kidding you. This is the best place to eat in Hilo, AND there are only three tables, so get a reservation or expect to wait/not get a table. Paul is a wonderful guy, he chatted with us, made us the best...More

Thank GeoLady86
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small place, but excellent food! Paul is friendly and the place is very comfortable and homey. Eggs Benedict, Bagels & Lox, and the chicken salad are my favorites. Also, very good coffee.

Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Forget reviews of great food. Attitude of the owner and management says everything! Arrived at 1:10. Was asked by woman if I had a reservation. I replied no. Then was told, "we aren't serving anymore but you can come back tomorrow." Seriously, I came today...More

Thank hawaiigo
Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

It's a very small place but the food is amazing. We happened in after searching for a breakfast spot. They take reservations but we didn't have one and got there just in time. My wife had the waffles and I had the bagel and lox...More

Thank hexanero
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

In all fairness, I did not eat here be sure I arrived a few minutes before 7 AM - Paul's advertised opening hour - waited five minutes and at 7 AM he noticed me sitting out front and told me he never opens at 7....he...More

3  Thank PHXAZ1000
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Best (hand pressed!) coffee on the island! Special little place with 3 tables downstairs and fresh tasty food! Feel like a local! 😍

1  Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 2 May 2017 via mobile

The Benedict and the caprese were eggscellent! Paul was really nice too and we're so glad we visited! Highly recommend!

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 30 April 2017

It's hard to convey how special Paul's Place is. That's because its essence is simplicity and authenticity and those are very easy qualities to underestimate. But our breakfast there went straight into my top food experiences from decades of dining around the world. It seats...More

1  Thank HazFly
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A micro-restaurant, only 3 tables, but who's food, ambiance, and service cannot be forgotten. Paul proves that you don't need a lot of space and a fancy kitchen to produce a meal that is both tasty and well presented. We found this gem through recommendations...More

Thank BillyandJan
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Priscilla H
did you get my reservation for tomorrow. Priscilla, party of 4
5 July 2016|
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Response from KVCrew | Reviewed this property |
Yeah, you sent this to a reviewer, as well!
we have 7 people in our party, can we book the whole place for lunch?
10 April 2016|
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Response from gina22devine | Reviewed this property |
If you plan far enough in advance he might do it.
carolyn S
Do you have gluten-free options?
6 March 2016|
Response from ColoradoSR | Reviewed this property |
Paul will make a special meal for you. He doesn't carry GF bread but he will create something delicious for you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 132 Punahoa St, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-6308
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Hilo
  • Phone Number: +1 808-280-8646
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