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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 good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
15-2951 Old Government Road, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 15 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 18 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
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The reviews on this restaurant are dead on. Personal service, excellent food, nice portions, and the small town atmosphere.

Thank Maresa P
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful Italian food that's genuinely Italian. Great atmosphere. Fun for a date or to meet with friends.

Thank gypsywanderlust78
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

A small Italian restaurant on Main Street; definitely a bistro -- charming atmosphere and decor. Limited menu. Something you might least expect to find in Pahoa. The second best restaurant in Pahoa that we tried for dinner. Stuffed muscles appetizer was unique and delicious --...More

Thank IQ140
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What's the snail mail address for Paolo's Bistro? Every website that mentions the place has a different address for it! I sent Paolo some hard-copy photos, but the street address I used (15-2951 Pahoa Village Road) was rejected by the post office – "Return to sender, no mail receptacle, unable to forward" – and my letter and photos were returned to me. I'd love to be able to get these to him! Or, if he has an email address, I could use that. Many thanks for any help anyone can give me. Amelia H. Portland, OR
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
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
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
  • E-mail