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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 good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 2 days ago 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 1 week ago

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
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 Frank H
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
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Paolos bistro rescued our recent stay in Puna district. You have to know that Puna district is nothing for foodies. It is even difficult to buy decent food and I do not refer to supermarkets here. We went from market to market, even tried to...More

Thank edmund s
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

I know everyone raves about this place but when you screw up, you take your lumps. I suppose the food was good but when you wait 1.5 hours for Baked Rigatoni and Chicken Marcella, taste become immaterial. We had reservations but found only 2 tables...More

Thank davekathyb
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Paolo's might be the best little bistro in all of Hawaii. Kitchen is steered by Paolo himself, a veteran master from Italy, who somehow wound-up in this small back water village near Hilo. Menu changes daily; and all offerings are worth sampling. He even makes...More

Thank jmk6
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The fresh pasta dishes melt in the mouth and the sauces are divine. Like ciaopino? (seafood soup) Paolo's is the place!

Thank Michele M
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Amelia H
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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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Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
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  • 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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