Paolo's Italian Restaurant
Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Paolo's Italian Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.paolositalian.com/
  • Phone: (253) 850-2233
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm-9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm-10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm-8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Paul Raftis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Choose from a variety of dishes that can be picked up or delivered (server optional) to groups of 10 or more hungry guests. Select from appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, and desserts.
  • Private Party Facilities: $1,000 minimum, dinner menu only
    Saturday and Sunday only, finish by 3:30pm
    3-day notice preferred
    Call for more details
  • Private Party Contact: Paul Raftis 2533502233x
  • Special Events: New Year's Eve
    Valentine's Day
    Mother's Day Brunch
    Wine Dinners
    Beer Dinner (summertime)
    Cooking classes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 240th
  • Public Transit: King County Metro routes 168 and 169
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Paolo's Italian Restaurant
For more than 20 years, Paolo’s has been bringing the taste of Italy to Kent. Paul Raftis founded the restaurant after growing up learning to cook along side his mother, Darlene Raftis. He enjoys the open kitchen he can chat with guests as he works. He never tires of hearing "It smells so good in here!" As a marathoner, he is living proof that that you can eat Italian and be healthy. In fact, one of his signature dishes, "Fettucine Paolo" was featured in Runner's World magazine. "It's one of the dishes I developed, it has no cream in it, no butter." It's a delicious pasta dish that utilizes olive oil, garlic, chicken stock, garlic, balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken. So whether it's bruschetta, cioppino, pizza, or spaghetti and meatballs, Paul thanks each of you for choosing to dine here.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Paolo's Italian Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (22)special occasion (19)kid-friendly (14)romantic (14)good for groups (12)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (12)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • WOW!!! Who knew a high class restaurant?in Kent,WA
    PaoloFan
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I chose this restaurant based on one prior experience, about 20 years ago, when I had lunch, there. To my amazement, this visit was 3000 times even better than prior visit. Restaurant location is in a non-glamourous part of Kent, WA. Who knew that outside and inside of Paolo's is gorgeous (improved interior decor; attractive outside, including theme of Italian tower as landmark) is FANTASTIC. The restaurant interior was like a combined small bistro and elegant restaurant. I say bistro, because the interior space sign said maximum diner capacity is 48 people. Tables and chairs are very nice. Solid wood tables, without place mats or table cloths. Very clean dishes and silverware. Diners can see chefs cook, because there is open, exposed cooking area and working is viewable. That adds some noise, but, it is relatively quiet and the workers are not yelling information about orders to each other. Food was fantastic. Fortunately, I read ahead of time, that seafood is very good. It seemed that other reviewers made a definite point that, one could trust and enjoy good seafood, there. I ordered seafood fettucini (cost $22.00), three legged wine ($30+ per bottle), and minestrone soup. Others in my party ordered special deal: 4 course dinner for $21.99. They ordered: bread, clams, chicken gorgonzola, and dessert. I looked at their portions, and with exception of dessert, their portions seemed generous. I compared their entree and my full price entree, and perhaps their portion might have been slightly smaller, but it did not look like their entree and mine were different. Wait staff were beautifully dressed in black. Wait staff were quiet, professional, and I felt well cared for by them. A high class experience, for sure. I think my guests were also pleased with the dining experience there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian.... AGAIN
    RossLyonsMama
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Once again I had a great meal at Paolo's Italian Restaurant on Kent's Easr Hill. This is not unusual. It is my expectation. My guests from Seattle and beyond were rightly tortured by having to choose one of the tempting entrees to enjoy at our event last night. Pollo Marsala, Tortellinni Gorgonzola, the daily special: squash ravioli with walnut cream sauce with dried cranberries, cannelloni and ScallopsTuaca. Each one made fresh and full of flavor. Bites shared round the table proved no one had made a poor choice! Every item delicious, cooked and seasoned just right! We managed to talk ourselves into an excessive and indulgent number of desserts! Not a dud in the bunch! None to take home either!! ;) Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I took a date out on a Tuesday night for dinner, wasn't going for anything super fancy (that's in the works) but wanted to still have a nice experience. I am not from Kent so jumped online and saw this place pop up on a few different review sites with good reviews on it so decided to give it a shot. The food was so much better than I was expecting, it was just down right amazing! The waitress was great as well. I think they could improve the look of the inside and maybe change up the lighting on their sign outside (made me think of a strip club, but maybe that't just me). I would still highly recommend this place to any one and am keeping it on my list of places to visit again in the future!!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We always enjoy Paolo's
    Localcustomer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I usually go for lunch . Dinner is a special treat. Everything on the menu sounds great but I can't pass up the chick gorgonzola. Each year I look forward to the butternut squash soup so going this month is a win, win situation. The service is always friendly and the staff will certainly go out of their way to accommodate you. Paolo's is a neighborhood treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    Lara
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I grew up eating Italian food and was super excited to find Paolo's many years ago as the food is like my parents and grandparents used to make for us! My parents have both raved about their minestrone soup as well as their other dishes. My personal favorites are their Marsala chicken, Gorgonzola chicken and their side salad with gorgonzola salad dressing. Save some room for desert, they have several amazing items to tempt you. The restaurant is family friendly and there are smaller tables for a more romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green River CC hosted a dinner
    jmac
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The Washington Council for Engineering and Related Technical Education (WCERTE) held a dinner at Paolo's sponsored by us before our semiannual meeting at the GRCC campus in Kent Station. I reserved space for twenty, and when 24 showed up you handled it smoothly. We may have overwhelmed your staff a bit, and the wait was a touch long, but understandable. The food was great, and everyone had a good time. I would recommend your establishment any time to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Date Night
    Paolos
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Our dinner service was outstanding. The restaurant is a little dated but clean. The food was just as expected and tasted amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We had a fine celebration. A bit noisy and hard to hear across the table, but that's partly age, too. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • improvement needed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Was seated promptly and given the anniversary menu. I asked if we could see the regular menu, the waitress only brought over one (there were 3 of us) and failed to mention I could not get the 4 course dinner due to the anniversary menu until I tried to order. After we placed our orders, from then on the waitress was inattentive, would walk by but not stop or make eye contact. Plenty of staff came by to pick up empty plates and fill water glasses but no one asked if we needed anything else(refill of something other than water). When our food arrived I was surprised on how small the portions were, considering the price.The food tasted good but overall nothing special. overall the food is overpriced for the portions and the staff inattentive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Palolo's is a gem and only outstanding restaurant on the East Hill of Kent. (and the best in the Seattle area)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An awesome dining neighborhood gem
    Barb
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We are never disappointed when we choose to dine at Paolo's Italian Restaurant. Each dish has its own special taste bursting with unique flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Dining2night
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    One of our favorite places to dine. Great food, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find in the 'hood
    CoolestAunt
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were looking to celebrate a birthday and wanted seafood fettuccine specifically. Initially we were going to Seattle but then decided to try staying local and found Paolo's. What a great discovery! Great, friendly service, wonderful food, reasonable pricing. Only slight negative was that the kids serving really is for young kids - my 8year old was still hungry after cleaning his plate. We will definitely be back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Dinner
    fabfordinner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have been going to Paolo's for over 15 years. They have the best gorgonzola dressing and sauces. I purchase a tub of gorgonzola dressing every time we go. It's great to see Paolo himself cooking behind the counter. Everyone is friendly and know their menu items and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paolo's
    BCox
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Paolo's is our favorite restaurant to go to when someone takes our kids for the night. The food is well above average without the drive to Seattle. The kitchen is completely open and clean. Often I see the owner cooking right along side the kitchen staff. As a small business owner who rarely gets to go out for a nice dinner with my wife I am always impressed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    HappyTummy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I have been going to Paolo's for a few years now, usually for birthdays and around Valentines. We always have a great meal (we both have our particular favorites). I love the blue cheese dressing for their salad, and it's so nice that the salad isn't too big, it's just right. My go to meal is the Crab and Scallop Pasta, which I always try really hard to just eat half so I can have a great lunch the next day. And the Tiramisu and Lemon Cheesecake are the bomb!! And my husband's Veal Marsala? Well, the waitstaff doesn't have a whole lot of cleaning to do after he's finished :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad but overpriced
    FoodLover
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I was really excited to try Paolo's. It was my first time at this restaurant. The service was great, liked the bread basket; I had Veal Marsala which was pretty good but pasta with red sauce was very mediocre. My husband said the same thing about this fettuccine with meatballs. so unfortunately I had more cons then pros. The ambiance is old and could use some remodeling/updating/redecorating. We sat very close to kitchen and could hear all that was going in kitchen and it was hard to talk. Also for the quality of food..I strongly believe it is very overpriced!!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unassuming neighborhood favorite!
    TheBeckers
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were really pleased to have found Paolo's. Initially we though it was a Mexican place as the exterior is slightly non-descript. Service was great upon walking in the door, lovely host, server, and busser. My husband had the lasagna because it's the tell tale sign of a good Italian place and I had a spicy chicken pasta with lots of veggies---THE SPAGHETTI NOODLES ARE SPECTACULAR. They are extra thick and were cooked perfectly. And I mean thick, like almost pencil thick, but quite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service
    Joti
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Staff was super flexible with change, food was coming quickly, we were a noisy group with kids for sure but they handled everything so well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love to Eat
    LoveToEatVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Small stand alone restaurant. Older building. They had a special 4 course menu for $20.99. You had around 6 selections to choose from in each category: appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert. Very good selection of choices. For my appetizer I had the sauted calamari in a tomato sauce and it was excellent. Service was very good, friendly. I only choose off the special menu, so I can not comment on the regular menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • unexpectedly delicious!
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    When we first drove up my husband and I both thought oh boy this looks sketchy. But we decided to give it a try anyways because the reviews online were so good. And we were so glad we did! Food was delicious, the staff was super nice and overall it was a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was so delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I really enjoyed the dinning experience at this place. The food was pretty good and so was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • the worst
    Tencie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Packed in like sardines. Only three waitress for a large number of people. First beer took forever should have been poured and ready when doors opened. Pizza appetizer awful, salad dressing I would never order again. The rice or whatever it was I noticed no one ate including us. The chicken was good however. Dessert crust was raw and after my or second bite I went into the bathroom fast and threw up. The noise level was unbearable and this whole horrible evening took over three and a half hours. We ask for our bill when dessert was served so we could leave. Sorry about the bad report, but if everyone there had the same experience and told several friends you would be wondering why business was down.....
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. Kid friendly
    TopFuel
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were in town on VK and was looking for Itialian food. We where very surprised how good the food was
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Paolo's Italian Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Quiet Sunday
    phoody
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We always enjoy eating at Paulo's. We appreciate the simple Tuscanesque décor, the smaller size of the restaurant, and the more subdued noise level. The basic menu is a good mix of typical Italian dishes that are done well. There is also, usually, a seasonal menu with some interesting variations. My own choice this go around was the Kobe beef entre which is a nice cut of meat and was well paired with a mushroom sauce. We will certainly visit again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time I was disappointed
    Leslie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been Paolo lovers for many years and this time we were very disappointed in the service. Before we even sat down the staff was handing us menus... think; I'm in a hurry. The restaurant was not busy and yet there was a feeling of being rushed the entire meal. We've talked up Paolo's to our friends and were a bit embarrassed that this was their first experience there. Hopefully this is not the new norm.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Treasure!
    LELDNY
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    In all the years we have been going to Paolo's, we have never been disappointed in a meal there. We have always had good service and enjoyed the special menus they have offered from time to time. We like the neighborhood feel we get when we dine there. When our daughter became engaged, we used their catering service for a celebratory dinner party. Our guests loved the food. Paolo's continues to be a favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paolo's is our favorite restaurant
    AlTreder
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My wife and I go to Paolo's for special occasions, our own and Paolo's (they have a great anniversary dinner event). This time it was my birthday, so I made reservations early, and for 6PM. Turns out the place is not yet packed at 6, so the staff was able to serve us very quickly and the noise level was down. My wife had shrimp and pasta, while I had a summer special of beef medallions in wine sauce. Had to take half of it home with me for next-day lunch. Usually my wife gets beef or lamb and I get seafood (I love Paul's cioppino!), but we switched this time. We both had a scrumptious dessert of warm berry crunch with a scoop of vanilla gelato, and went home well satisfied. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was excellent.
    ATKPILOT
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great experience. Place was pretty loud. There was a huge group.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bite out
    Greatbiteout
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had a wonderful time. Carol our server was the best and the food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greatplacetoeat
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    County, our waiter, did a fantastic job in serving us a great meal! Thank you, Paolo's!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Every time I come to Paolo's, I leave with a smile on my face. what a wonderful dining experiance.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Goldilocks
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Have eaten here several times. The service has always been good but not hovering. Have always been very satisfied with the food. The menu is not so large that one has trouble deciding what to order. There are seasonal menus that have good variety.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best meal we had in along time.
    Hayingirl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our waiter was very nice and helpful. The food was - mind blowing. It was cooked to perfection! The negative thing was it was packed and very LOUD!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paolo's Italian Restaurant
    Beth
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food is always great, priced just right with great service. We really enjoy the 4 course $20.99 menu it is a awesome value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • so friendly!
    jchoe11
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was really cute! the waiter was available at all times and was easy to talk to. it was cute cuz it was prom night and the waiters even prepared sparkling cider for the couples. we went early so there weren't that many people and may be that's why we got great service. the 20.99 four course deal was great! and perfect for two people with another appatizer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh...
    ThisIsJohnGaltSpeaking
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I am a bit miffed by the ratings for this restaurant. Maybe I just came in on a bad night? All I know is that the food was just "okay" at best. Nothing was horrible, but nothing stood out either. The service, again, was just "okay." No major complaints, but no room for any kudos either.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Happy Diner
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been to Paolo's many times and have always had excellent food and service! It is, in our opinion, one of the few higher quality restaurants in the Kent East Hill area. They offer an "Early Diner" menu with a nice selection of items that are smaller in portion size and price, or a larger selection of entrees from the regular menu. If we had a complaint, it woud be the noise level when the restaurant is full of people, which it typically is!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latest Visit
    phoody
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We always enjoy our visits to Paolo's. The atmosphere is pleasant and the service is always friendly. It's on the smaller side so it never feels crowded. The menu isn't huge but offers a nice variety of mostly typical Italian dishes that are well prepared. Seasonal selections and specials add some nice variation to the standard choices. Probably the best accolade is we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We enjoy the intimacy of this smaller restaurant. The food is consistently good and service excellent. We have dined here several times and hope to continue in future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.