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About Paolo's Italian Restaurant

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.

23810 104th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98031
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday- Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Dinner:
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm-9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm-10:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm-8:00pm

Cross Street:
240th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(253) 850-2233

Website:
http://www.paolositalian.com/

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.

Public Transit:
King County Metro routes 168 and 169

Executive Chef:
Paul Raftis

Private Party Facilities:
$1,000 minimum, dinner menu only
Saturday and Sunday only, finish by 3:30pm
3-day notice preferred
Call for more details

Private Party Contact:
Paul Raftis: (253) 350-2233

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
New Year's Eve
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day Brunch
Wine Dinners
Beer Dinner (summertime)
Cooking classes

Paolo's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (19)
Casual (18)
Good for a Date (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Special Occasion (12)
Cozy (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Romantic (7)
Business Meals (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Healthy (5)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Food at Paolo's at always wonderful! We've eaten here for over 20 years (at least once a month). Hope Paul never retires!

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food is fresh and customization is easily accommodated. Portions are reasonable. The kitchen is visible but quiet and clearly organized/efficient. Cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food overall was excellent.

The server was attentive and very good in taking our order and serving it to us at one time while the food was hot.

It was end of shift for the server and the only complaint we had was that we were not asked if anyone would like a desert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The guys ordered the lasagna, and they loved it. I had the combo seafood pasta. Three scallops, (gritty) and the crab and salmon were just little shreds. Could really taste it. Overall, great place with awesome customer service. I’ll try something else on the menu next time.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Perfectly acceptable. We brought our own wine which made it a good value. They had a well thought out gluten free menu. Nice. The chicken Gorgonzola was tasty but the chicken was dry and rubbery ( for the second time.) The after 8 pm four courses for $21.00 is a very good value. We will return and try different dishes. A fine dining kind of place but a much better price. Go at 8 pm. And bring your own wine.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation
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food3
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Clean and friendly. Had a very nice fun and knowledgable waitress who made the visit. I had the cioppino, which was a bit expensive but ultimately exactly right for a rainy November afternoon. My dining partner had a lovely butternut squash soup and a caesar. Once again...just right.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Inattentive staff at first, but that improved after I complained. Food was good; restaurant was quite noisy.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 13, 2017

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! Food. service. Did I mention the food was BEYOND delicious? The 4 of us all tried something different & had 4 courses. It was so sweet to end on a mini-dessert-SWEET note!! Fantastic.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Fun, Cozy
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and a reasonable price with EXCELLENT service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The service was slow and the assistants to our server seemed to be untrained and or confused. Our service was attentive at first, but later not so much. We, at one point waited, with empty cups, for coffee refills for approximately 20 minutes. My wife and I were very disappointed, as were my son and his wife..... We had different combinations of the four entree special. We were all O.K. with the meals, but the food did not meet their typical high standard and the service was sub-standard!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Group of 6 really enjoyed our meals. So many things on the menu beg to be tasted so am looking forward to returning.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This place is AWESOME!!!!!! Best Italian place I've found in WA since I left NY over 20 years ago!!!!!!

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Have eaten there for over 20 years and is alwAys great!

Tags: Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

As usual we had a lovely time. Everyone is very nice. Food was great. Service was excellent.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent Food Reasonable Prices for Fine Dining.
We've been eating At Paolos for 27 Years.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We celebrated two birthdays and Paolos Anniversary with a wonderful dinner. I especially enjoyed Paolos sessional corn chowder soup. I look forward to it every year. All four of us enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I've enjoyed this restaurant for 15 years. Love the passion put into this place, service and food. Always looking forward to trying the new dishes!
Very friendly and lovely people .

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Tasty food and great service. Lots of options for both a vegetarian and someone gluten free. Was quite noisy though. Perfectly fine for most, but difficult for those with hearing aids. Consistently great food!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

This is one of our favorite places, however I was disappointed, food was up to it's normal standard. Service was poor, deset was a disapointment. Service was poor.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Chef Paul never disappoints fantastic. Always take out of town visitors and they all love it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went to Paolo's because of the fall menu. I look forward to the seasonal corn chowder soup, and pumpkin ravioli each year. It says fall to me. My meal did not disappoint me. My husband had a new special of the week. It was meatloaf. This was not your mothers meatloaf. It was amazing. He hopes they make this a menu item, or special more often.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food. We have kids here and we are from California. We visit Paolo each time we are here. Exceptional Italian food!

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great food and great value we love this place

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 24, 2017

This is our favorite place for my wife and I, if we have something to celebrate we go there.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Paolo's had been a favorite Italian restaurant since we moved to Covington. Always great food and Wine. We've had most items on the menu and all are very good. Always a treat to go to Paolo's!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Best Italian food I have ever had! I will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

We left before ordering. Seriously understaffed. Menu not appealing. They had a special menu in the lobby area featuring Osso Bucco and other amazing sounding dishes, but were not offering this menu on the night we arrived. Their standard menu does not include many original dishes without pasta or pizza. I am gf and don't like gf pasta or bread. I just want delicious meat dishes other than the typical Marsala and parmigiana.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I thought this restaurant was just average and I was a bit disappointed after reading all of the great reviews. I would say the prix fix menu is a good value, but I didn't think the overall experience was anything above average.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had a great time at Paolo's for our anniversary. Would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

As always, the food was excellent. We always enjoy our meal at Paolo's.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Paolo's is always a great choice for a wonderful and relaxing dinner. The food is made to order so it is always fresh and tasty.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

$24 four course meal is perfect. The portions are just right.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great food with moderate ambiance. I got the Cioppino, which was fantastic. Sweet and spicy tomato based broth with plenty of seafood mixed inside. Delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food, valve for the cost. I miss the old wall finish. It added romance, warmth and charm to the experience. Like to see it again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Everyone in our party enjoyed their food. Paolo's is one of the very few good restaurants in the area.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great food and great atmosphere. The server was very nice and helpful when we had questions for her. Five stars for sure!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 23, 2017

All of their dishes are yummy & packed with flavor. We ordered the warm spinach salad off the specials menu.... WOW is all we could say! It's worth taste.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The standard by which others are judged

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Good, real Italian. Reasonable prices. I like the smaller plate option.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was great, and Jennifer did an excellent job with the service.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Healthy
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