Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.7
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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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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.

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LindaB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the seafood fettuccini! As always, we had great, friendly service and a wonderful meal!

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WinkJR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great meal, great place, and even with a new waiter the experience was most excellent.

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KarR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent value, wonderful service. We have been going here for years and will continue to do so.

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JVfamily
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love their menu and cooking. We love to come early when there is less of a crowd. We will be back.

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Howard
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We did not realize it was Wednesday Wine Night, but a nice surprise. It was a full house so the noise level was high and the wine took awhile to receive, but understandable. Food is always excellent. Will come again on Wed. Wine night.
Thanks,

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scottb
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I've been going to Paulo's for 20+ years and have always had the best food in the south end.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Savy, our waitress was phenomenal as was the food and violinist. The only issue was the hostess. We had made a reservation for 8:00pm and arrived a few minutes early. Two other couples arrived after us. Angela, the hostess, sat one couple instead of us first. She started to seat the other couple but they informed her that we were first. She then sat us. The only reason I could think of was that we are a same sex couple. We’ve eaten at this restaurant many times in the last ten years without any issues.

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KimK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming to Paolo's for years, and it's wonderful to have such a high quality restaurant close by. Paul's family pours heart and soul into the restaurant and offers great events such as cooking classes and wine dinners in addition to the scrumptious food. Our personal favorites include the deeply flavored cioppino, chicken pesto sandwich, chicken marsala, cannolis, and mini chocolate mousse. But there are many more not-to-be-missed items on the menu. Making a visit to Paolo's a habit guarantees a friendly, comfortable, and mouth watering experience every time!

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NRob
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the gnocchi (dinner) dish and the portion size seemed a bit small (especially when compared to the other pasta dishes at our table). The dish tasted great however I left a bit hungry still.

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Randyv
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I ordered the scallops and mushrooms in a light cream sauce, and it was the best I've ever eaten. The scallops were tender and the sauce was not overpowering in any way. The roasted root vegetables were cooked to perfection. Caesar salad was pretty standard, but the bread with seasoned hot oil was very tasty. The House Chianti is a great value.

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AlTonBirthDay
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Paolo's did it again! We always go there for my wife's birthday, and any other excuse we can gin up. This time I got my favorite dish, cioppini, and my wife got her favorite, steak gorgonzola. We didn't talk much with such good food in front of us. And then they remembered it was a birthday celebration, so they brought her a comped slice of cheesecake with a lit candle. Perfecto!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and service!!!

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vipSkipB
Seattle
64 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed my first visit to Paolo's and look forward to returning to try more of the menu. This is a very casual place (fine by me) with an appealing Italian menu and a decent wine list. I enjoyed a Caesar salad, the Fetuccine Paolo, a bottle of Malbec, and a bread pudding for dessert. My dinner also included bread (nothing special) and some very good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Every course was very good.

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Oldtimer
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

For a small hometown restaurant it is one of the best I have been in. When you walk in you can smell the delicious food. It is nicely decorated, the waitresses were friendly, knowledgeable, and quick. This is my favorite local dinner restaurant now.

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CaptJack
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Paolo's Italian for 30 years. Have never had anything but outstanding food, service and Ambiance

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BobB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is always exceptional and Paul is always willing to deliver in special requests!

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SteveK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Paolo's for my birthday -- we have done this many times over the years, as well as for our anniversary. It never disappoints. The food is always delicious, the service dependably prompt and friendly, and the atmosphere warm and inviting. It is definitely our favorite local spot for lunch or dinner.

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KentDiner
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was probably our 15th meal here in the last 10 years. Great food as usual. I had the cioppino and my wife had the steak gorgonzola. Both are highly recommended. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipMadelineW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow our first visit on New Year's Eve. We have eaten here many many times and are never disappointed. Well even with a reservation the place was hopping. But we were seated within ten minutes of our reserved time and everyone was so pleasant. The food came just as timely as other times and was of course fabulous. Chef Paolo really outdoes himself time and time again. Thanks. We will continue to visit.

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DrDave
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s become our new “go to” for family dinners out.

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JudyL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the chicken Marsala and it was excellent. Had a glass of wine. Was not hurried by waitress. Enjoyed! A very calming and excellent food experience. Love this restaurant.

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SusanC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy coming here for our annual post-holiday girls night out dinner. The food is wonderful. The staff is friendly. The ambiance is casual and friendly and feels warm and inviting. The smells in the restaurant are FANTASTIC. Our waitress was very attentive and aware of our needs. She explained the specials well and answered questions as appropriate. We will continue to come back as a group yearly for our annual dinner out as it is a great place we all enjoy. Chef Paul does a wonderful job with his dishes and the food tastes fantastic and keeps us coming back.

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Wineoatheart
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual. Clams and Cioppino hits the spot on a cold foggy night. Paolo's Cioppino and clams are the best I've ever had. I've tried high end restaurants and nothing holds a candle to them. Yummy yummy

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Paolo's Italian Restaurant for my husband's 74th birthday. We think of Paolo's as a place to go for a special occasion. Everything was truly enjoyable and the food was delicious. The waitress was very atentive. We think we will come back for the early-bird menu in the near future.

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NJohnson
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo’s is our go to restaurant in Kent, whenever friends and family are in town, we take them to Paolo’s. Everything we have tried on the menu is excellent but we especially like the chicken Marsala and the cioppino. Friendly service every time.

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JaneL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good food. More crowded than I have ever seen it at 5p. Bravo for Paolo's .

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vipPhilipR
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The steak Gorgonzola was fantastic. The service was a little slow.

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jki5
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chicken Marsala! Made for a nice evening out with friends.

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HollyD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal! We ordered a variety and all was superb! Our server, Lupita was fantastic and really took care of us. We will be back!

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VivienM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and and top-notch service. And their desserts are to-die for! Awesome cozy atmosphere!

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DeanF
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food deliciously prepared. Very personable, professional, and friendly staff!

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vipChris
Seattle
79 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

It is definitely a neighborhood gem. The Italian food here is excellent. Many options to choose from and no matter what we order it is always wonderful and with great service. So glad we have this quality of an Italian Restaurant in Kent. Highly recommended.

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Ellie
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great time here. The service is warm and pleasant. The atmosphere is comfortable. And of course the food is delicious and fabulous!

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HapP
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!!!!
Best Italian in the southeast side.

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SimonaL
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The family owned quality focused restaurants consistently producing delectable delights. Would like to see a different dessert menu. It has not changed in years.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine at Paolos a lot! Great food, atmosphere, and waitstaff. Always an incredible experience. It has always been one of our favorite restaurants. It is one of the best!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience1

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

FAQs

Paolo's Italian Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (253) 850-2233.

Paolo's Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 684 OpenTable diners.

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