Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.8
791 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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BetsyH
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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MelanieL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is outstanding and so is the wait staff. From the moment you step in, until you leave, you are treated like royalty. We always enjoy ourselves when visiting. They have a dinner special 4:30 to 5:30 pm daily - it's a 4 course meal for $25 each. The clams, as an appetizer, are to die for floating in a delicious, garlicky sauce. I had the Caesar salad this time, and my wife had the house salad with homemade raspberry vinaigrette. Their dressings are house made and outstanding. She had lasagna and I had the chicken alfredo. Both excellent choices. For dessert we love the chocolate mousse cake. The lemon cheesecake is outstanding, too. We highly recommend your visiting here - but you need to make reservations. They are celebrating their 30th year in business this year - and you'll understand why when you go.

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CindyB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful surprise this meal was! This was our return trial, to redeem the judgment I had from a bad pizza before. Service, food, and ambiance was perfect 👌. I am sold to be a Paola’s fan. I recommend them very highly. Cindy Bonilla

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vipCandid
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to hold a celebration such as an anniversary or birthday.

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AlTonMDay
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paolo’s was not serving their usual brunch on Mother’s Day, which we have enjoyed for years, so we went to Duke’s in Kent that day, which was also our 57th wedding anniversary. That happens every 7 years or so, and seems to cheat my wife out of one of the two celebrations. So I made a reservation for dinner at another nearby date for a late anniversary dinner. Paolo’s is always our first choice for special occasions like this, and we were glad to dine there again. This was a weekday, but the restaurant was at full COVID-restricted capacity, and Paul Raftis (owner, founder, and chief chef) was the only cook, working furiously to keep up with orders. He did famously, again producing excellent food for all guests, if our pasta dishes were any example. We’re so glad that Paul was able to keep his excellent restaurant viable throughout all the COVID restrictions this past many months, and looks to continue as things get back to normal.

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KrisM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was wonderful! Nicolas, our server, was very friendly and attentive to our needs. The flavors in the food were incredible! Highly recommend it!

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LindaE
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was great! I had the Filet gorgonzola & my Wife had the Chicken gorgonzola. Both were done Perfectly. We Really liked the Skewered Vegetables. It was fairly Quiet so we could Talk without a lot of background noise ( due to spacing requirments.
We'll definitely be back.
The only complaint is the Dinner Salad at $5.95 seemed high when adding it to a $28.95 Dinner.

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JoyceB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious, so nice to be able to be back.

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Naomi
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Got the crab and scallops pasta. Flavor was good and scallops were cooked very well. Angel pasta was a bit undercooked but overall a good meal

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RMarieF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable Staff. Excellent Service, Food and Ambience. We had 4-Course Meal for $25.95 (offered 4:30-5:30 & after 8PM) and 1/2 priced Wine Bottle
(Wednesdays Only and has to be from Washington) and every bite was delicious! The Chef Paul was able to accommodate Dairy intolerance with no problem. First time visit on Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 @ 4:45 PM. We'll definitely be back! YUM!!

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Localcustomer
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Paolo's has been our favorite place to eat in Kent was several years. We hadn't been there for well over a year. We were pleased so find that little had changed during the pandemic. The menu still had our favorites. The food was just as tasty and the Caesar salad was even better than I remembered. Thankful that Paolo's has been able to survive.

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Beth
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Definitely the best choice for Italian food in Kent. Great food, great wait staff. Cant go wrong with the 4 course earlie specials.

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AntsInPants
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall very nice neighborhood dining establishment for Italian cuisine.
First time in many years since last time we have visited.
Greeted by the server a bit later.
Special menu was read to us as if reading a constitution; could slow down a bit and made sure we are getting it.
Bread bowl had to be asked for rather than just be served.
Main entrees were prepared well but somewhat tasted blend; had to ask for some more cheese, salt and grounded black pepper.
We also had to ask for pasta spoon. We want to be able to spin up a pasta on a spoon for a proper eating.
Rose wine in a carafe was A-OK but a bit over-priced.
Overall, for a neighborhood Italian dining in Kent, this leaves no choice but to be good. But if we really want to have an authentic Italian foods, we will go somewhere else but here.
It does not mean we won't be back here dining; just not often as Paolo wants us to.
I do remember this place was really and memorably good in the past, say about 3-4 years ago. I don't know what it its...something must have happened here since then.

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Hackwood
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant for date night - good food, intimate, recommend

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hilaryg
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, best served in house! Can’t pass up the calamari!

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Hobocobo
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It takes a little bit longer because everything is made fresh. The food and service are both amazing!

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MichaelJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent though a little on the expensive side. Great for special occasions.

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vipamandasachs
Seattle
42 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. The lemon cheesecake is amazing!

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vipJenK
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The calamari was delicious! So nice to have it not deep fried. Highly recommend.

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JaneR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I greatly enjoy dining at Paolo’s Italian Restaurant. The staff is friendly and efficient. The food is delicious! I love the quiet and well decorated dining room. I highly recommend them.

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HeatherK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paolo's NEVER disappoints! Our service was excellent and the food was delicious. They only had one cannoli left so I had the lemon cheesecake, it was perfect! I would eat it every day if I could!

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vipDavid
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING about Paolo's is fantastic--Every. Thing. From the phone call to let us know "the parking lot is under construction" to being greeted by name from our server, this gem is everything a diner wants--the flavors are impeccable (best veal dish we've EVER had); and the portions are generous. There are shareables, go on your own, and always ALWAYS get the special! Teresa has been our server three times--it feels like 30....she is present, not overbearing. Fresh veggies marinated in homemade sauces; filet so tender the knife isn't needed; crab/scallop portions so generous you feel like you received someone else's too! And yes, save room for the dessert--share one at your table--we did!

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JamesW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and as usual the food was delicious.

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vipChris
Seattle
87 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We absolutely love this authentic Italian local restaurant. Their Cioppino is to die for. This dish is as good, if not better, than any fancy 5 star restaurant. Homemade meatballs -yum. Their calamari- excellent. Try this Italian restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.

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vipkenmel
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great time. The food was well prepared with great flavors. The service was great and the waitress very friendly & entertaining. Love this place. Be back again next week!!!

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LindaB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch with friends. The lunch menu and restaurant week menu were very good. I enjoyed trying one of the sandwiches, and the chocolate kahlua mini dessert cake was delicious!

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vipkenmel
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as usual....*will be back next week.

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yogi
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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JeanF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have enjoyed Paolo’s many times and the food is delicious. I love when the food arrives it is always hot. Good service.

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hilaryg
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh Italian food- the best calamari anywhere! Our favorite neighborhood restaurant, from special family moments to date night- perfect! Never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything great as always! Best food in the area.

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Lara
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Paolo’s! Our food was delicious, and the timing of the food was perfect so we could relax after a long work day. Our server, Theresa, catered to our every need and want. Highly recommend Paolo’s, we’ve enjoyed it for years and will continue to return for the delicious Italian food served by amazing people!

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vipSteveB
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, an Oasis in a desert.

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DonH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoy bringing clients and other business guests to Paolo's. The food is consistently good. The staff are very personable and are very willing to help you find something very special on the menu. On this occasion, my guest was treated to two different variations of a special house sauces for his meal. He was very pleased.

My staff always enjoys a birthday lunch at Paolo's. It is very special.

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Randyv
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was fast but then the place was only 25% full. The Veal Marsala was a special and it was cooked perfectly.

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BrittneG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, super clean restaurant and excellent service too! I can’t wait to go back 😋

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always great !! I highly recommend this place.

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RonG
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our dining at Paulos. Our food was fantastic, as was our waiter Theresa. Enjoyed the time we were there very much.

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jackery
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool little restaurant with cool options. Cheaper than olive garden, very quick. Feels like you're eating food your Italian friend's mother just prepared. I'm definitely going again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! The food was delicious, got word that Joel, and Jordan were working that day. And they made a delicious Chicken Gorgonzola. The wine was delicious would recommend the Sangiovese Mona or the Moscato Saracco. Gabby was the amazing hostess that day, so sweet, lovely and helpful. My boyfriends mom loves Paulo’s and im thankful she brought me. Overall amazing. P.S. sorry if I misspelled anyone’s name.

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You can order delivery directly from Paolo's Italian Restaurant using the Order Online button. Paolo's Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 850-2233.

Paolo's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 791 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.