Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.8
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721 Reviews
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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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MichaelM
Seattle
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible gem of a place!

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Steve
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Wonderful - Thank You Chef Paul. Two of us shared bruschetta, Italian Onion soup (an October special), turkey cranberry sandwich and gamberetti salad. All EXCELLENT! See you next week! (must have more of the Italian Onion soup!!)

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JanetM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. I love the specialties and that they offer lite portions.

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LindaE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made 6:00 reservations, were seated promptly. Tables were well spaced so it was quieter than in the past. the food was excellent as usual.
Paolos is our TO Go place for a Nice Dinner.

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KathyC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place as usual! Such great food and service!

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vipDeeK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always look forward to time at Paolo’s
We had a great dinner - food is always great!

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AaronH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

The food was very good, as always. Unfortunately, there were a lot of takeout orders being filled well ahead of taking care of the customers in the dining room. Even on Paolo's busiest nights pre-pandemic, we never waited over an hour for our order. The appetizer did arrive quickly but our entrees were an hour later. When we inquired of our server after 30 minutes, we were told the orders were being made but another 30 minutes passed before it was actually delivered.

Paolo's still makes excellent food but needs to have more than one cook for the amount of takeout orders they get.

When I ordered takeout a couple months ago, it wasn't brought out until 30 minutes after the time I was told it would be ready for pickup.

Really like the food but we won't be back anytime soon as a result of the slow kitchen service.

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mikeI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have eaten out 3 times in 7months twice has been at Paulo’s. Their COVID policy is tops and they follow it. As always the food is wonderful and with fewer guests it is quieter. Paulo’s is celebrating 30 years and we have been patrons that long as well, only because they have always been great. They are my “go to “ place for life celebrations

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vipRICKL
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming here for a long time.
Food is always awesome, service is warm and efficient and personalized.
Strongly advise this place to anyone..............and have!

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vipkenmel
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual....I went off menu and asked for Shrimp Florentine with mushrooms added and it was perfect. I also had the cheesy garlic bread---EXCELLENT.

The service was well timed and very friendly, wines were affordable.

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RickO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every menu item and service person is always wonderful!

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vipDavid
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A variety of great dishes and the servers were informative and conscious of service and conversation. Felt quite safe and attentive to safety protocols. Get the onion soup! We had the lasagna and crab/scallop pasta--they were divine! This is a neighborhood gem and we can't wait to return. It was a bit chilly inside but I got a sweater...

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JaredM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easily my Favorite Italian restaraunt I’ve ever been too.

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vipDianeS
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was not as good as usual tonight. But, still our favorite restaurant after 30 years.

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Cratz
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went there with my gal pal for her bday. Wonderful food and wine.

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vip69denise51
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is fresh, the selections are numerous, the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable. Our new favorite Italian restaurant in King County bar none!

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Reetz
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always consistently excellent! Love their early bird dinners!

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CraigW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been coming here for yrs food is consistent staff is friendly and helpful.

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Robilars
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Wino Wednesdays! The best restaurant in Kent. Grazi!

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Delighted
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh and delicious. It was our first time and the service was so wonderful! We will definitely be going back.

JM
JulieM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant so much!

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YumYum
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Paolo's was good as always. It's a great place for a celebration dinner. All four of us in our party enjoyed our entrees and desserts.

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CynthiaK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo’s never disappoints. Never had a bad meal I. All the years I have eaten there.

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TerrellC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

spent a month in Italy and this resturant was like we were back in Tuscany. The service was excellent, the food I can only say is for the "Gods"..If you enjoy Italian food please forget Seattle, come her for a dnner that you will not forget!!

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KipM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is always outstanding. Prices are more than fair. They are doing a great job working around all the COVID craziness. Ambiance is not their fault, it’s an awkward time for everyone and they do what they can to make your dinner experience good. We both love the place and the people.

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vipkenmel
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual, service was fast and friendly. I asked for something off menu and they were happy to fix it for me.

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Shelley
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service equal to the task!

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Camie
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s wonderful that Paolo’s is open again for indoor dining. My husband and I love eating there. Fantastic food, great desserts, and the staff are all very friendly!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice quite and clean. Very good job of social distancing with inside dining. Very pleasant dinner experience in today’s environment.

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vipkenmel
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST RESTAURANT IN THE AREA. I have eaten here over two dozen times and never had a bad meal. They will also go off menu and make anything you want as long as they have the ingredients.

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vipkenmel
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem !!!! Fabulous food, great service. I have eaten here now for several month's and never had a bad meal...

You can change the menu to order anything the way you want it. If they have the ingredients they will make anything you want..

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AnneI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paolo's is like coming home! All the staff is very welcoming. There is enough room for distancing, but small enough to be intimate. Of course, the food and wine is amazing! Great value.

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MaryC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. We have been coming here since they first opened. Service is superb. Always with a smile and kind words. Highly recommend!

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CassieG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Our server was very nice and we will continue to eat here for our special occasions.

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mikeI
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first dining out experience since COVID, and it was fantastic!! And safe. A quiet and intimate setting with the spacing on the tables and as always the food was wonderful.

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liesed
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the current manner that restaurants have to operate they hit it out of the park and gave us the most normal experience possible under the Covid rules. And the food was well worth the drive.

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TimothyM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere who could ask for more?

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DonB
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our 29th Anniversary and have been going here since they opened. As always, food was great (had Cannelloni and Chicken Piccata special) and was pleased to see the updates to the decor and menu since our last visit. Always recommend Paolo’s to anyone looking for a great local Italian dinner!

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LoriH
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always lose track of time and stay too long - but they never complain and it's just a great, relaxing place to catch up over dinner with dear friends.

FAQs

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 721 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.