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Paolo's Italian Restaurant
Paolo's Italian Restaurant

Paolo's Italian Restaurant Details

  • 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 (253) 350-2233
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the dinning experience at this place. The food was pretty good and so was the service."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We were in town on VK and was looking for Itialian food. We where very surprised how good the food was"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great experience. Place was pretty loud. There was a huge group."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time. Carol our server was the best and the food was good."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "County, our waiter, did a fantastic job in serving us a great meal! Thank you, Paolo's!!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Every time I come to Paolo's, I leave with a smile on my face. what a wonderful dining experiance."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Our table was ready based on our reservation. Staff was friendly and informative. The food was up to its usual standard, making this one of the better places in Kent to eat. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was excellent in flavor and presentation."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We have been going to Paolo's for a long time and find this restaurant exceptional in all respects. The food is GREAT and the staff is willing to accommodate changes and very friendly. The chef is renowned for the quality of food. The dessert selection is absolutely fantastic . Be sure to make reservations."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I will go back. Food was very good, portions were perfect and price was very well matched to value."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Took my husband there to celebrate the end of a bitter/sweet week. The wonderful food and great service made our restaurant choice one to remember. We will definitely be back - and SOON. Maybe this time we will even introduce some friends to this fabulous place."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I love this place.. The food is always excellent. My favorite Italian restaurant in the entire area. Would recommend it to everyone who enjoys authentic Italian food."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "This was not our first visit to Paolo's. Although it's not close to our house, we enjoy going there whenever we can. We have family who live close by, and they introduced us to this restaurant. My husband and I, as well as my sister and brother in law, all have our own favorite dishes. The prices are reasonable and they also offer a good dining deal for those who are there before 5:30. It's worth looking out for. We know we will always have good food at Paolo's and very good service."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Tucked into a strip mall type space that doesn't do justice to the food, Paolo's offers a wonderful selection of Italian dishes. The ingredients are fresh. Items are homemade (like the out of this world Creamy Gorgonzola salad dressing). Service is attentive and the food comes quickly but is nicely paced so you can enjoy a bottle of wine. The atmosphere is casual and since ti's a smallish space it gets fairly noisy. Parking is a breeze. Love this place!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience. Truthfully it was our 3 or 4th visit. Never disappointed! We were going this time to try the lasagna for an upcoming event. It was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner we all ordered off the 4 course $20.99 menu. The food was as great as always. This truly is the best restaurant in Kent."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We were surprised that they did not have a table reserved for us and we had to wait until they could find and set up a table. Then we sat for over 20 minutes before any waiter came to our table, he apologized and left us for 10 more minutes. They were not that busy. I was very disappointed, as this is a favorite restaurant of mine and had out of town guests visiting."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "A special Valentine's menu at our favorite restaurant with a live violinist sounded great, but in reality, it was difficult evening. First off - the food was fantastic! Exactly what we always expect at Paolo's - fresh, perfectly prepared, melt in your mouth deliciousness. However, it felt as if the restaurant was not ready for the full house this menu and holiday brought. We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, joined 6 others waiting in the lobby area with no hostess in sight. We waited 20 minutes with only a single brief appearance by the hostess during the wait. We were seated 2 tables away from a VERY loud violinist. I had to beg my wife to stay, but she had a headache by the end of the meal. Paolo - skip the music next time!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have been there before for dinner. Just not on a special night like Valentines Day. It was just as good if not better. We got in right away without having to wait and that is hard to do on Valentine's day. They had a special menu for the occasion that had something for everyone on it. I am a pickey eater and found many options on the menu I would enjoy. Overall it was a great experience and would recommend to everyone"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The special Valentines day menu was a nice surprise when we arrived. Everything from a glass of sparkling wine, delicious appetizer plate, salad or soup, entree and dessert was included for $40 or less! Paul always makes great food and this was no exception. If there was one thing to complain about it was that the volume from the violin player made it difficult to carry on a conversation. I would gladly put up with it again for the excellent food! Thank you Paul and team!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We eat at Paolo's on special occasions (love the special menus) and whenever we want to treat ourselves. Last week was the wife's birthday, and this week was Valentine's Day. Sometimes I make up an excuse (because it does cost more than your friendly neighborhood Mexican restaurant). I have never failed to enjoy the food here. When they get busy, the service is sometimes slow, but it's always cheerful anyway, and I leave satisfied. These last two times, I also left with half the entree, to enjoy again, because it was too much to finish at one seating. Paolo's is our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We go to Paolo's several times a year now, because the food is so good. Paul's cioppino is the best anywhere. My wife loves the lamb chops in wine sauce, usually offered only on special occasions, or gorgonzola steak. This was her birthday, and we arrived before 5:30, so we qualified for the special menu, which is four courses for about $20 each. Instead of the usual we went with the special menu and got meatballs on spaghetti for her and lasagna for me. We like those dishes anyway, but had never ordered them at Paolo's because they seem available anywhere. Well, we were very pleased, and took half the entree home to enjoy again, because there was so much of it. Like Wolfgang Puck does for soups, Paul puts extra goodness into his recipes."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Chose Paolo's based on Open Table reviews. Food was well prepared and very good. Service was adequate but not up to what I would have expected. Requests for bread took longer than should have and had to ask for extra table ware as there were no spoons on the table and non were offered. Overall a good place to go."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It is hard to find a restaurant in Kent that has big-city quality and this has it. Authentic Italian food. Restaurant was jam-packed, but service was good."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had a great birthday dinner! The food was wonderful. The staff is very accomodating. Our favorite restaurant for the last 23+ years."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "New Years eve dinner was great! Very busy, but the quality was still great. Do not miss the deserts!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013