Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.8
744 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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marvinj
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been there several times and the food has always been great.

The pasta is not your typical pasta. I think it is from a craft pasta maker made fresh for them.

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MarkB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Paolo's is our favorite Italian restaurant in King County. The food is excellent and the staff are always friendly.

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vipkenmel
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect as usual...Good food, Great service!!!

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DebbieW
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paola’s is our favorite Italian restaurant. Actually, it’s my favorite restaurant overall. Small and intimate, but it feels like we are celebrating with everyone when someone in the restaurant is having a special occasion. The chicken Marsala is fantastic, and the Gorgonzola salad dressing is heavenly. We never leave the restaurant without taking some salad dressing home to enjoy the following week. I have celiac disease, and am always treated well. Paola makes my chicken Marsala without flour. The gluten free pasta is good, but you can always substitute roasted potatoes too. I love the atmosphere and the wait staff is very pleasant. The iced tea is even delightful. Sort of fruity. We were happy to celebrate our 42nd wedding anniversary there last week. Take out service is great too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Food and appetizers were fantastic..service was good but a bit delayed but it was pretty busy so we understood...all in all everything was great except it was very loud in the restaurant so it mad it hard to hear

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susanl
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely as usual. We (party of 2) were the first in at 5pm. Wait staff was 1 which was appropriate however by 6-615 and a fairly full (COVID) dining room Dallas could have used a little help. other than that is was another great meal at Paolos :)

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JudyI
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Beautiful appetizers and food, and a superb waitstaff. Took a while to get our entrees, but staff was attentive, making sure our water glasses were topped off and our breadbasket full.

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SimonaL
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delightful. It reminds me of being around family witne the chef still having fun

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good, attentive service, and quiet enough to have a conversation without raising our voices. Definitely will be back.

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BobB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as usual. Our "Go To" restaurant!!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and restaurant. Best Calamari anywhere, and Borchetta is to dye for!! Could make a meal out of those two alone, with a glass of wine, of course:-)
Authentic Italian by an owner that's celebrating 30 years of great food and service. I usually get the Scallops Tuaca and it's amazing!! Well worth the trip to Paolo's!! Say hello to chef, and owner, Paul, and he will have a welcoming smile to greet you!!

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BlueF150
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite place to eat; has been for over 20 years.

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BryonM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolos is always great. Bread with oil & vinegar to start, great variety on the menu from simple and easy to great seasonal butternut squash ravioli to very good rib-eye.

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vipDavid
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is OUTSTANDING! The friendliness; the variety of dishes; the quality of the meals, and the service is a wonderful treat. How did we just discover this Southend gem!? Definitely try the French onion soup; you MUST have the seafood pasta--copious amounts of seafood and each cooked perfectly! All of the employees work in tandem to ensure a delightful experience!

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Yumme
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday surprise dinner

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vipLibby
Seattle
62 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paolo’s is celebrating its’ 30th anniversary, with a special anniversary menu which we ordered off of. Food was delicious, at 50 percent capacity the atmosphere was quite cozy and intimate. Wonderful meal!

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ScottP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Dinner and appetizers were great, dessert ( tiramisu) was FANTASTIC!!!. Service was great!! Will go back again.

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LouT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Paolo's 30 year anniversary with great food.

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LindaB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. We came for the 30th Anniversary dinner, and loved the menu.

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Mike
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We've been dining at Paolo's for over 20 years and most times it's a very good meal and experience. Paul and crew off their game for the Anniversary dinner: roasted veggies were overdone and the potatoes were dry as bricks. We will be back as we know every place has an off night. No telling either what COVID has done to turnover in the kitchen staff, which could be a factor.

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TimC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. It was their anniversary week so we a couple of us had the special meal. Really enjoyed the food again.

Like the desserts too. Especially liked the lemon, and chocolate tart deals they have.

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MichaelM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible gem of a place!

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MarieK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been going to this restaurant for over 10 years now.
The service is always great and the food is amazing!

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Steve
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
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 on October 18, 2020
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
8 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
22 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
18 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
24 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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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 744 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.