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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%
Travellers talk about
“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 2 weeks ago

After hearing about the wonderful food at this place by darn near everyone, I decided to give it a try this week while I was in town and a bit hungry before heading back to the other side of the island. The only menu I...More

Thank Adrienne H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was fine but I won’t return. This place does not serve alcohol, not even wine. Imagine a Tuscan restaurant without Chianti. Like other restaurants on this block they permit you to BYOW but unlike the others they insist on an $8 corkage fee...More

1  Thank lawyeratleisure
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am Italian and this was extremely good Italian food by all standards. Way better than all the Italian food I had in the many years I lived in the United States. The place is also very nice with a really good vibe and the...More

Thank carl0federic0
Reviewed 12 November 2017

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 1 September 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 12 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 28 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 22 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 13 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 16 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
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Susanne H
23 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
17 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
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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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