Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.8
562 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food at a moderate price. Something for everyone's budget. Easy access for our disabled diners and plenty of close parking. Service was top notch. Good sized portions with mini-sized available. Cioppino was delicious and served piping hot. Pasta was very good and pizza was wonderful. Good-sized coffee cups with prompt refills, too. Bathrooms were large and immaculate. First visit for all of us in our large group. Everyone in our group loved the restaurant and those of us who live in the area will be returning.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Mother’s Day

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DA
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 3

We've been going to Paolo's for about 20 years now and it remains one of our favorites. The food is always oustanding.

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PK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paolo’s food, service and atmosphere never disappoints. We make sure we come at least once per month on Wednesday’s for 1/2 price wine night.

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j
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

mothers day brunch excellent and dinner dining also very good, special dinner list the 1st hour they are open very reasonable

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was impeccable.

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KR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The friendly service and the food is great! A gem of a neighborhood restaurant!

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L
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Opening the door to the Italian aroma sets me into a state of mind. I always have the Pinot Noir, Angeline. A cheerful atmosphere.
Before 5:30 the 4 course specials are a great bargain & the place gets busy. You can increase entre’ size for a minor cost.
We usually arrive after 6:00 & are lucky to get a table without calling ahead. Scallops Tuaca is my favorite! My husband usually has Penne Salsiccia.

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JO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time at Paolo's. It is so nice to have a local Italian restaurant that is not a chain and goes beyond the realm of spaghetti and meatballs into the intensely flavorful world of authentic Italian cooking.

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RF
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone here is so friendly, and quick to respond to needs. Thank you for a great evening meal with some friends from out of town!

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DA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a pleasant surprise! Such great food. They even made sure that one person in our party received gluten free food for dietary needs. The flavors were spectacular. The fettuccini noodles were so thin and delicious. If we're ever back in the are we'll be sure to visit, again!

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LA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i love the food, price and atmosphere. i will definetely be back

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L
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paolo’s never disappoints us. Their meals are cooked to order and are always fresh and hot. I appreciate the fact that they offer a light portion for most of their items. Paolo’s is a great choice for great Italian food.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place do you have a time

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KC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,service, and value. Will go back. So good

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BM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dallas was a great server and it’s always nice to see the owner Paolo in the kitchen! Paolo makes sure to tell all of his customers “thank you and have a nice day” even while in the middle of cooking other customers meals. Paolo’s is my favorite restaurant and I will continue to spread the word of this great restaurant!

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L
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great! The cannelloni had some overly salty spots like it could have been blended better. That’s our only criticism.

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SN
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always well cooked and nicely presented I love the way the chef puts things together on the plate and it tastes of individual care for details.

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MS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Super loud when we went but there was a birthday party going on.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is wonderful, the food is delicious! I've been there for lunch and dinner and both experiences were fabulous.

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The best Italian food I have in years and out of Italy, the place was good for an anniversary and the people were attentive.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good---they are so nice to me adding & subtracting people as needed.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner with Grandma, Grandpa and our son on break from college. Yummy, homey, great service. Just perfect!

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KT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a party of 5. Every dish was unique and outstanding. Theresa was an excellent server

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DF
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Italian. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Friendly service. Great desserts as well!

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RL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a sick teen at home, so came out for a delicious meal! The food is consistently delicious. I have yet to try something that is t flavorful and tasty. Everyone is earnest and kind. This place is a big win for me and my family!

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L
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Fresh ingredients cooked to order.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Still had to wait more than 15 minutes for our reserved table.
The service was spotty even after they apologized for the wait.
Food was good.

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BY
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have the best garlic bread in town. But better than that everything has been wonderful we have tried. Brian

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paolo’s is our “go to” place. The food, service and atmosphere are always top-notch!

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JZ
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service, atmosphere,... Went with 4 people who all chose to pick from the Early/Late Dining Special - which offers the opportunity to enjoy several of Paolo’s delicious specialities. All aspects of the dining experience were above expectations! Thank you Paolo’s chef and staff!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite places to eat. Food is always Great

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It is so challenging to find an Italian restaurant in the area, let alone one where the food is uniformly delicious. You will find the dishes you love the most, but everything is generally yummy. Love the meatballs, calamari, clam, or bruschetta appetizers, the garlic bread is so tasty, the gorgonzola dressing is the best I have ever had, and my son always orders the Minestrone soup. I love the Scallops Tuaca, Chicken Gorgonzola, and Lasagna....so much so, that I keep switching back and forth between these three main dishes and have a hard time tearing myself away from them, even though there are so many other things I want to try. If you wanted a very "healthy" dinner, there are options you could put together that won't expand the belly. And, the desserts are the icing on the cake...lol.

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RW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A long-time favorite. Food and wine always extra-special.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service

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L
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner. Paolo’s extended their special Valentine’s dinner through the weekend. We are never disappointed with our meals at Paolo’s.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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J
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Paolo's. The atmosphere was warm and wonderful. The staff are very efficient, friendly, and helpful. The food was good - not great. I had the chicken parm with fettucini. The fettucini was tasteless - because it was cooked in no salt. The sauce was okay - but I have had richer sauces. I come from NJ and in a heavily populated Italian area. The sauce there is a very rich flavor. This was lacking somewhat. However, I loved that the chicken was not breaded. My wife had the lasagna and loved it. The salads were fantastic. The raspberry vinaigrette was outstanding, as was the Cesar Salad. The delicious was absolutely to die for. We enjoyed ourselves very much. It was, also, Valentine's weekend - having a violinist there was a very nice touch. We will be back. Thank you so much.

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DJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My wife and I love Paolo's and have been going there for over 25 years. All was good this time except my wife did not intend to order off the Valentine's day menu (even though it was Feb 16) and we realized that this happened when the bill arrived and her meal was $41. We did not say anything to the server because we are such big fans of Paul's but we will be clear about it next time.

i did enjoy the violinist's playing; this was the first time I've seen live music there. I hope it continues.

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TS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat frequently at Paolo's and always love the food and the friendly staff.

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