Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Sun, 6/17
Time
7:30 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 3 times today

Paolo's Italian Restaurant

4.8
431 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Italian
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(253) 850-2233
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Casual Dress
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Paul Raftis
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
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
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Paul Raftis: (253) 850-2233
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
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.
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
240th
icon/ic_public_transitCreated with Sketch.
Public transit
King County Metro routes 168 and 169
icon/ic_special_eventsCreated with Sketch.
Special events & promotions
New Year's Eve
Valentine's Day
Mother's Day Brunch
Wine Dinners
Beer Dinner (summertime)
Cooking classes
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Sort by
Newest
Filters
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Been coming here for years. Everything is great though I have become partial to the steak gorgonzola. Absolutely delicious! The open kitchen is great to see the meals created, dinner and a show. Give them a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined 3 days ago

varied menu, best place on kent east hill for a special occasion

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Always love coming to Paolo’s Restaurant. Food and service are exceptional but go when there isn’t a crowd of you want to be able to have a conversation. The acoustic travel a little too well😀

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and Service. Enjoy the menu and options.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great food and service. Paolo’s consistently provides quality fresh food made to order. I love their seasonal soups. We have never found a menu item we haven’t enjoyed. I really like the lite option for many of the menu items.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food is very good, especially considering the price and the wine list is also reasonably priced. Very friendly staff, and desserts are scratch made.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This was our first visit to Paolo‘s. We were greeted right away and seated at our table. The wait staff was a little slow to come over first and take our order but we’re very friendly and helpful. We ordered the Antipesto for an appetizer which was good there were some interesting selections of peppers however it seemed a little light on the actual cheeses and meats. Not sure I would order it again as it was a little bit expensive and not much to it. My husband got the steak Gorgonzola with roasted vegetables and potatoes. The steak was amazingly tender and the sauce was great. The potatoes and the vegetables were underwhelming in fact it look like half of his roast vegetables were missing from the skewer. I had fettuccine pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and olive oil. The pasta was good but nothing to write home about. My favorite part of the meal was the house made lemon cheesecake that alone would be worth going back for.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Fantastic as usual. We just love paolo’s, consistently delicious for over 20 years!!!! Keep it up!!!

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Excellent food and service

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Never disappointed at Paolo’s!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Best kept secret in Kent.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

As always, Paolos is delicious!! Very friendly staff, a neighborhood gem!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We had a good time & did not feel rushed. The salad person said just okay. The rest of us loved our food.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We always get Paolo’s brunch for Mother’s Day, and this time we came a little earlier, which was a good idea. There were fewer people, so it was quieter. The food was excellent as it always is, with a rich variety. Paolo’s has been and still is our favorite restaurant.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic little Italian restaurant tucked into an unlikely (but accessible) location. The menu is solid authentic Italian and the staff and chef are very flexible - will adapt any dish to your needs (gluten free, vegetarian, etc). Mother's Day brunch was well done - I'm not usually a buffet person, but there were many options and lots of variety. Kid-friendly, too.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

mothers day brunch excellent as usual with the regular brunch items and some regular favorites- lemon cheesecake

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very good as usual , friendly service, clam sauce a little burnt but still good,

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We always go to Paolo’s for special events like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays, and this was no exception. I had the scallops and Mary had her filet mignon. It was Wednesday, so we got a bottle of prize-winning Syrah at half price. We had to take half of it home, where we enjoyed it again. Great food!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great Italian food made to order. Not fast food,but great food and service.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food is always good. It is usually about a 30 minute wait for your food to arrive.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We were given a gift certificate to this restaurant by a good friend. We went on our date night and tried a few things. The wine list is good and reasonably priced. The meatball sampler was a great starter. The Gorgonzola sauce was amazing. The cioppino was fresh and hearty. All said, this was a great meal.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

We have been frequenting Paulo’s for many years and it never fails to disappoint! Pasta is cooked perfectly, amazing calzones and dessert is amazing!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

This is a Family restaurant which serves good solid food with excellent service. It is comfortable, you are able to talk without yelling and it is very popular with the local folks
here in the area. You can celebrate any occasion and not feel out of place because
they treat all as Family. Is it fancy , no but it is a GREAT place to have a meal, YES!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Great place great food and value
Took a long time to get bread but other than that it was superb

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

We had a great meal. There happened to be a price fixed option which gave us a great overall experience of the menu. The appetizers, soup, main course, and dessert were all delicious.

Report
Helpful
3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Did not care for the "updated" decor, miss the charm of the previous. Food portions were *VERY* small, TOO expensive for what we got, service was just adequate (need to be more friendly). Disappointing experience this time around.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The staff is always so friendly. The food is so wonderful. I have never ate the same thing twice and so far have loved everything I have had. When you are there just enjoy the atmosphere and conversation with whom you came with, this is not a FAST food place so you wait a little while for your dinner, but well worth the wait!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Wonderful food and beverage selection! Desserts are to die for and hand made by s local woman... Definitely try this for a birthday or anniversary celebration...

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We have enjoyed testy Italian food, cozy interior. The food was excellent! After the amazing meal we decided on dessert and it was simply fantastic. Great restaurant for special occasion for small group of people.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Amazing food, each time we have been here!! We will be back!!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always great food and service.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is our favorite neighborhood Italian Restaurant. The food is amazing.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The fragrance of Italian as the door opens sets my mood. It's not always easy to get a table, but if we go mid-week after work we're usually lucky!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food, great hostess, and an amazing kitchen staff!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

best special occasion restaurant on kent east hill
pricey
excellent food

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We have been visiting Paolo's for years and it never disappoints!
The quality of the food and the excellent service makes for a winning combination.
Always try their special - I've never had a bad one.

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

we always enjoy Paolo's, take friends and family when ever, what ever the occasion.
Just a nice comfortable place to enjoy good meals.
warm and friendly

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

This is a very special place for me and my wife, if we have anything to celebrate this is where we like to go. Super food and excellent help.

Report
Helpful
4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I'm surprised that I'd never heard of Paolo's before. Good food, nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Nice variety on the menu to choose from. We'll be going back to try some more dishes!

Report
Helpful
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was great, we will be back for sure .

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
11