Paolo's Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience1

The pasta was hard the scallops were mushy and for $17 I expect better than that for a dish

MW
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! Our favorite Italian restaurant. Friendly, warm ambiance.

YW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Other than Pasta dishes, the selection of main courses is limited.

SL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently the best Italian food in the area. Small and quaint with a family feel.

OT
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious dinner we had once again here at this restaurant. as picky as I am about Italian food , this is now the only place I go to. traveling from Seattle to get this delicious plate of seafood pasta is worth the drive.
When we arrived it was a Monday night and packed! the one thing I want to point out is, as busy as every single team member was everybody smiled, they were not running around stressed out and apologizing, they were moving with the flow and handling it!
The owner was on the line standing right next to them getting through it.
This place is an absolute win!

G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious affordable food. Great servers and no big city traffic or parking.

KR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Normally, I love Paolo's. I had the chicken marsala which was great, but I got home and got sick! My husband ordered the same and he was fine. Maybe something in the sauce got to me. I don't know. I called them and told them this. Their desserts are wonderful!

CJ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolos is the best Italian Restaurant on the West Coast.

K
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to Paolo's for over 20 years and have had wonderful food and service each and every time!
We highly recommend!
Not noisy, comfortable atmosphere, absolutely love the food and friendly faces we are provided with each visit never disappointed!
Paul is an excellent chef 💗

NA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect! Great Anniversary specials! Great Service!!!

BB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo’s is our Go To restaurant. It is always great. We have never been disappointed!

GW
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here frequently, Jennifer is one of the best servers I’ve had at any restaurant, including high end steak houses. The food is always excellent. Many of the recipes are Paul’s originals. Some of our favorites are Chicken Chop Salad, Pesto Minestrone Soup, Pollo Gorgonzola entree, Chipino, actually I’ve never been disappointed. Desserts are wonderful as well, especially the lemon cheesecake

F
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pumpkin ravioli were outstanding and the steak gorgonzola was excellent. Topped dinner off with great selection of deserts.

CK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have patronized Paolo’s for 29 years. It is always 5 stars!

KM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Any a huge fan of Paolo's and it did not disappoint. We went there to celebrate their 29th birthday as a restaurant. The lamb rosemary was tender and delicious. The salmon was excellent. And the bread pudding ..... was wonderful!

If you get the chance, I encourage you to try Paolo's Italian Restaurant.

LW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinner at Paolo's was probably one of the best we've had! The food was absolutely delicious! The flavors were so creative and rich, we've been praising them to everyone. The atmosphere is small and quaint, a little loud at times, but overall a fantastic experience!! We will definitely be back to our new favorite place. :)

r
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated Paulo’s 29th Anniversary. Enjoyed the Anniversary menu. Service is always great. Congratulations on your 29th year!

G
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!!! Missed Paul in the kitchen. Took our dear friends and loved being able to have such a quiet evening.

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian Restaurant! The food and service are top notch!

SZ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since discovering Paolo's (recommended by a friend), we have made several repeat visits including taking a cooking class. We love to bring along friends and relatives as Paolo's exceeds our expectations on every occasion. The menu is varied and exciting, the service helpful and efficient, and the food is delicious and inventive. We will continue to frequent Paolo's into the future and hope the restaurant is around for many more anniversaries. Kudos to all.

C
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BIrthday celebration with friends. That gave us a free dessert which was nice and unexpected.

JR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Table was ready when we arrived. Service was prompt and very friendly. The food was prepared quickly and was very tasty. The open room was as quiet as could be expected as there are really no walls between the tables or the kitchen but was still clean and comfortable. We even received free desert because it was our anniversary. Ordered a pizza to go and it was ready as we finished our dinners.

L
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went tonight because I wanted Paul’s Corn Chowder before it goes away for the season. It is so good! My husband enjoyed the Lobster fettuccine special tonight.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. This little neighborhood gem has been our favorite for 25 years. This visit, we started with calamari (from scratch, not the commercially breaded stuff), with entrees of chicken gorgonzolla, & chicken marsalla. Good atmosphere, authentic Italian food. Customers dressed anywhere from casual to semi formal.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent.

SM
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated right away. Place was charming and quaint. Chicken Gorgonzola was delicious! Large piece of chicken, very tender. Fettuccine was good. Ordered it with Alfredo sauce instead of marinara. Nice size portion to go with the chicken. Side salad was good size too. Left feeling satisfied but not overstuffed and miserable. Service was good and servers were friendly. Prices were decent. Would definitely recommend to others and will come here again.

e
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was almost perfect. With our weather changing to cold and rain it had a chill inside. But we didn't say anything to maybe turn the air conditioning off. Next time will if it happens again. But besides that very nice dining experience as always.

YY
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Paolo's! We went to celebrate a birthday and the food and service was outstanding as usual. We had Neopolitan lasagna, mushroom ravioli, and steak gorgonzola. All were delicious!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We went for early dinner special everyone’s dinner was wonderful. The wait staff was a bit slow but dinner was worth the wait. We also were able to take advantage of Wednesday 1/2 price Washington bottle night

RW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood Family dining restaurant. The food and Service are always GREAT. They love to help people celebrate special occasions. Is it mood lightening and violins? No, BUT it is friendly, genuine
excellent food and service. We love to go there and we HIGHLY recommend it to others!!

r
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 and were able to enjoy the thunder and lighting at the restaurant. Atmosphere, food and service is always great. Love the option for a small dessert.

PP
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food! Everyone who works there are so nice and friendly

TH
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo's has one of the best menus with a variety that are all excellent. Whether it is salmon or chicken I can count on Paolo's to make it with excellent flavor Everytime! Service is terrific!

TK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Teresa is the best!

RW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating at Paolo’s for many years. We’ve never been disappointed.

L
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Honestly we went to Paolo’s this time because they had their seasonal corn chowder soup on the menu. This is a soup I look forward to every year. We can never go wrong with any item on the menu. My husband had the calzone which he really enjoyed. I had the soup and a half of a chop salad.

Service was excellent as always.

RA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Took 19 minutes to get water once seated for our 6:15 reservation. Took additional 11 minutes to take our drink/apps order. Took 14 minutes for drinks and bread to arrive. Took 7 minutes to get us the balsamic and oil for the bread. 5 minutes later, appetizer showed up. No water refills until entrees showed up 8 minutes after appetizer. That’s 64 minutes for us to get our dinner after being seated. Great food, but absolutely terrible service! Maybe just take out from there if we ever eat there again. It was a Wednesday evening for goodness sake!

y
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a outstanding restaurant with great food that is prepared as ordered and not coming out of a of a big bucket

OT
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!
I have known about this place for a thousand years and never came in to eat, I completely missed out all this time.
My dinner was so good as was my friends, who has eaten here many times.
My knew favorite!

E
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were very pleased with our visit to Paolo's. Even though the room is wide open they've placed tasteful room dividers to give each table some privacy. The food was delicious. The service stellar!