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Paolo's Italian Restaurant, Kent, WA

Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.6
4.6
1239 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Bistro
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (253) 850-2233
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Paul Raftis
  • Catering
    Choose from a variety of dishes that can be picked up or delivered (server optional) to groups of 10 or more hungry guests. Select from appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, and desserts.
  • Private party facilities
    $1,000 minimum, dinner menu onlySaturday and Sunday only, finish by 3:30pm3-day notice preferredCall for more details
  • Private party contact
    Paul Raftis: (253) 850-2233
  • Neighborhood
    Kent
  • Cross street
    240th
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    King County Metro routes 160 and 168
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,239 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • South of Seattle

    Best Overall

  • South of Seattle

    Best Food

  • South of Seattle

    Best Service

  • South of Seattle

    Best Ambiance

  • South of Seattle

    Best Value

  • South of Seattle

    Neighborhood gem

  • South of Seattle

    Great for fine wines

  • South of Seattle

    Good for special occasions

  • South of Seattle

    Most Booked

1,239 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I received a birthday gift certificate here and enjoyed this wonderful restaurant immensely. My husband and I both enjoyed our meals, the wine, people and dessert very much. We would highly recommend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite spot for special occasions! The food is great and the waitstaff is genuinely friendly!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food but slooooooooowwww service. We were seated for 1.5 hours before our food arrived.

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  4. AutumS

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The gluten free options were extensive and delicious! We were definitely impressed on our first visit and look forward to returning.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The quality of the prepared dishes is excellent. Side note: I enjoy my grilled vegetable skewer that could have held more than 5 bites--reduced from prior visits. The AC was at times abit too breezy and the waitress did acomodate to adjust it enough. Our family apreciated that they provide comfort to their guests.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat. Yesterday, slight delay with service. We asked for bread & butter time it arrived , we were done eating.

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  7. SharonC

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love Paolo's! It is fantastic. We highly recommend visiting the best Italian restaurant in town.

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  8. MikeB

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cozy local place for Italian food that is a cut above.

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  9. StacyY

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good food! Server was very nice. We made a reservation AT 4 pm because we needed to leave by 545. Our food came out very slow. We understand that it is cooked to order but all of us were DONE eating before our 4 year old got her spaghetti (a very basic dish) we continuously had to ask for coke refills. Overall good experience but…KIDS SHOULD ALWAYS GET THEIR MEAL FIRST to avoid meltdowns. Especially when we specifically asked for the kids food to come out first. It definitely didn’t ruin our birthday celebration but made it a bit more stressful. We will for sure be back as we love your establishment.

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  10. MadMarg

    Dallas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was superb!

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  11. georgeb

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and food for our daughter's 18th Birthday celebration.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten here many times and it is consistently excellent as it was this time

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  13. DeeDee

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The entire staff was attentive and professional. We enjoyed the food but it was not up to the expectation we thought it should be. However, we would return and give it another try. My husband had the Caprese Salad but the mozzarella was a bit tough.

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  14. KarenR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and the service was 100%. Each time I have visited - always great food and service

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  15. DebraS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We used to live in Kent and went to Paolo’s when they first opened and went often in the next seven years while we lived there. We were visiting recently and decided to make the trip out there for an early dinner before we had to be at the airport. Food was just as delicious as I remembered it being. We shared the Steak Gorgonzola and it was melt in your mouth delicious!

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  16. Kinnekat

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The best homemade Italian food on the west coast! Chef Paulo is magnificent. I had the seafood fettuccine! The absolute BEST sauce, presentation, pasta, flavors!

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  17. PatrickG

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine dinner was nice. Service was on point and the harpest that was playing took requests. Paul was working his tail off that night. Make sure to make a reservation if you want a weekend authentic Italian dinner

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  18. TracyO

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant but it’s the second time on an event night where things just go very wrong. The kitchen staff is beyond slow and we could tell they were under a lot of stress. When we got the food, the vegetables were not roasted, they were rock hard. Told our server who we always have good experiences with and he didn’t offer to bring us new veggies and he only deducted 15.00 off the bill. The other thing is he kept passing by our table saying it should be right up over and over. People that were sat the same time as us had already finished and left before we even got our dinner. I don’t think we will be returning on an holiday event. Speaking of the event, we came on the night before Valentines which in the email it showed a special menu and live entertainment and the dates were 2/10-2/14. I guess that was only for 2/14 but why was it advertised as such? I was really looking forward to that.

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  19. SusanB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and good service as always. This has been one of our favorite places for years. Most everything on the menu is good but often the specials are the best.

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  20. BobK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Special place with consistent good food and welcoming atmosphere. We were celebrating our anniversary. Feb decorations— tasteful hearts. Love that such a nice place is nearby, easy parking, and a family business. We look forward to eating there again

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  21. SharonC

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Paolo's. Best Italian around without a doubt!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat! The steak Gorgonzola is a MUST HAVE. Service was kind and attentive even though they were super busy! The side fettuccini Alfredo was the best I’ve ever had. Big hunks of roasted garlic mixed in! YUM.

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  23. Steelchuck

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely poor service. Excellent food! My family of four arrived at 5:15 for dinner to celebrate my 79th Birthday. Those attending were my wife, son and grandson. We had a reservation at 5:30 P.M., but there was no one there to receive us. We finally stopped one of the people walking around and got seated at about 5:50 P.M. The service from that point was poor. Evidently our server had not reported in yet. So, I tried to find the manager, who was not there yet. Finally, after effort on our part a man, perhaps the manager, showed up and we were attended too. The food, as always was great. The service was terrible!

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  24. Glenn

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Foods and wine were very excellent as always. Servers were very attentive and smiling.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We all had the 4 course price fixe menu. I started with the clams and pesto minestrone soup. Both were incredible. The entree was the Chicken Gorgonzola. While it tasted good, I was less impressed. It wasn’t the smaller size that put me off, I didn’t care for the segmentation of the plate. There was the chicken breast with the sauce, a small mound of pasta with marinara and some roasted vegetables. It should have been the chicken breast on a bed of pasta with the gorgonzola sauce on that. It felt like it cheapened the entree. I wouldn’t order that again. I had a Kailua chocolate cake for dessert as they were out of tiramisu. The cake was so thick and heavy, it was almost fudge like. I wouldn’t order that again. There were better looking desserts at the table. Overall, I enjoyed the place. I will return to give it another chance and order off the regular menu.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Seemed a big over priced for the serving sizes. Service was great though

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite places to eat! It has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. If you have not tried their place yet you’re missing out.

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  28. WayneN

    Seattle

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paolo’s is constantly very good. The food is delicious and very well done. Our favorite Italian restaurant.

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  29. TinaR

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Paolo's, and go as often as possible. Usually I'm there on weekend evenings. This time I went on a weeknight. The food was wonderful as always, but the restaurant was quieter than it is on weekends. I had no trouble conversing with my husband. Service was to notch too. I think I like the mid week dinner service better than weekends just because of the lower noise level.

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  30. Janea

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been coming to Paolo's for years! The food is fresh & delicious. The choices are wonderful! Best Italian food around...

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Local favorite. Reservations are a must with limited dining space. Dishes could have had more herb seasoning as they have had before.

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  32. CherylS

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Itailian food. Friendly Staff. We love this restaurant

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was a little loud but nothing that interfered with our experience. Food was amazing.

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  34. OlgaB

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alfredo was great, food was amazing! Great date night spot

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing and never disappointed! Delicious food and great service.

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  36. Tracy

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed our dinner. Quality, taste of food was really good. Restaurant was clean and pretty quiet. However, portions were smaller than expected for the price paid. I realize that costs have gone up but customers still need good value to entice them to return.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paolo’s is our favorite local Italian restaurant, it’s always a winner. This being NY Eve, their standard menu was supplemented with an optional 4 or 5 course fixed-price special menu (appetizer, soup or salad, entree or pasta dish, dessert). My wife had Fettuccine Paolo’s plus house salad, I chose the Tortellini Gorgonzola plus Caesar salad. Everything was tasty & done perfectly.

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  38. MaryC

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paolo's never disappoints. We have been a customer since they opened and celebrated many special occasions. Our favs, the Steamer Clam appetizer and wonderfully fresh bread to start. Pasta dishes are full of flavor. My favorite the Ravioli with walnut cream sauce. The hubby loves the Seafood Fettuccine. For something different they always have specials that will satisfy the palate. A dessert menu that satisfies the sweet tooth. A wide range of wines. Customer service is great. Very attentive. Pricing fair.

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  39. MikeH

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A few more room dividers would make this restaurant quieter, otherwise it was a great place for a family lunch.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderfully fantastic as always ❤️ love the interaction between customers and staff, makes it feel homey.

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FAQs

Paolo's Italian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. 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 4.6 stars by 1239 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Paolo's Italian Restaurant

23810 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98031

Additional information

  • Cross street
    240th
  • Neighborhood
    Kent
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–7:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Bistro
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Public transit
    King County Metro routes 160 and 168
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Paul Raftis
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (253) 850-2233
  • Catering
    Choose from a variety of dishes that can be picked up or delivered (server optional) to groups of 10 or more hungry guests. Select from appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, salads, entrees, and desserts.
  • Private party facilities
    $1,000 minimum, dinner menu onlySaturday and Sunday only, finish by 3:30pm3-day notice preferredCall for more details
  • Private party contact
    Paul Raftis: (253) 850-2233
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