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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

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (31)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (27)
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Authentic (25)
Casual (25)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Worth the Drive (17)
Cozy (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Fun (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Business Meals (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 6 days ago

We have long love Paolo's and will continue to visit often. Great food, awesome service! There are not a ton of fantastic dining options in Kent, but Paolo's is top notch. No need to drive into the city for great food, it's right here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

For birthdays, anniversaries, and special occasions our restaurant choice is almost always Paolo's. Sometimes we have discount offers for birthdays, so we go get the discount one night and then also go to Paulo's. We always enjoy it so much. This time it was Valentine's Day, with a special menu, and a violin player. Paolo's was packed. We chose an earlier reservation, 5:30, to get in ahead of the crowd.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined 7 days ago

We have been to Paolo's several times and we particularly enjoy special occasions such as Valentine's Day. Paolo usually has a special menu for these occasions and never fails to create something special. The lamb chops were spectacular and the roasted veggies are always wonderful. The live music for Valentine's Day was a nice touch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

My daughter and I took part in the special Valentines event with a live violinist. The food was exquisite and it's presentation very artful. There were great choices offered and the value was high. We enjoyed ourselves so much. Between the food, the entertainment, the decor and the fact that the noise level allowed us to still hold a conversation...it was a fabulous evening. I hope they keep doing this.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Paolo's is our local "special night out" restaurant. We are always pleased.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I always enjoy the atmosphere at Paolo's. The chef does a fabulous job at pulling the flavors together. This is one of the few restaurants that I am able to get my wife out of her comfort zone and try new things. Too many favorites to list but a couple of our real treats are the pear ravioli and the chefs signature barley soup.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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food5
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service4
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This was the first time we dined at this place I pass it all the time and I was wondering what it would be like. My Husband and I did the Valentine thing an it was Awesome. We plan on more visits in the future.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The menu was awful. Either pizza, pasta or chicken, not at all like the online menu. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We enjoyed another wonderful meal at Paolo’s. Both of our meals were fantastic.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Not a big hoopdy doo on your birthday. Just good for a nice dinner with friends. Just a nice place overall. Beautiful and confortable. Good food. We have several options we like. Nice dessert tray. Able to watch them cooking behind the counter or sit at the counter to dine.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food is always awesome! I love eating here. I would eat here everyday if I could.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service good value for price good wine list

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We've been going here for more than 20 years and highly recommend it. Good food and gracious servers.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great Restaurant and their 4 course meal for $21 is a fanrtastic

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We had a great meal at Paolo's with the service that was above and beyond our expectations.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve been going here for years ever since some friends took us here for dinner. Always excellent food and good friendly service. Love the steak Gorgonzola but other times love just having some meatballs and pizza.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Yummy as always

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Paolos is always one of my favorite places. A good place to go on a date.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Having re-read the restaurant website information, I realized that I had originally frequented Paolo's for lunch in the early 1990s soon after the restaurant opened in 1989. I had not since had an opportunity to return in the past decade or more, but the quality of the food remained as superb as I remembered. Fettucini Paolo prepared with grilled chicken, artichokes, red peppers and sundried tomatoes in olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil was very tasty. My friends enjoyed the house-made lasagna and the grilled pesto chicken sandwich. We opted for the smaller portion size and price for all the lunch items but finished every bite. In retrospect, I would have been happy paying for the full portion to have some to take home to eat again later!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Have been here many times and service is always good but this time Waitress forgot to bring the salad I ordered. First time this has happened ever so no big deal. Can't wait until I return from deployment so I can get back to Wed evening dinners and take advantage of cooking classes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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food5
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service. It was a great way for us to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

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food5
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

warm, friendly, very good food.
Good staff, attentive.
Nice local pleasant place to go with friends and family.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Paolo's Italian Restaurant is one of our local favorites! We have been eating there for years and the service and food is always excellent. Highly recommended to anyone that loves authentic Italian cuisine!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

You'll have to read his story and you'll know why the food is good. Great for casual or totally dressed up. Can be quiet or a little louder depends on the diners. Everything is perfect for us. Not a large place so not a good place for boisterous people. Love the dessert selections too. Good food menu but we usually stick to one or two entrees. Everyone is nice and professional. Nice being able to watch the cooking behind the counter if you want. Not a distraction either.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Paulo’s is our family favorite! We have been dining here for 13 years.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great as always

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Awesome Italian food! Staff is friendly every time ! The soups are delicious, love a good soup this time of year!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great authentic italian with fresh ingredients. Friendly service and good wine selection.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have visited this restaurant for years and the quality and taste of the food is always very good. Paul will always say hi.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Paolo’s is our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. The food is cooked to order so it is fresh, hot and tastes amazing.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Paolo’s never disappoints! The special early/late 4 Course special is a steal at $22. Don’t miss the Lemon Cheesecake dessert! Paul’s soups are always very tasty.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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 1, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 27, 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
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 24, 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 17, 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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 (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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 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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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and a reasonable price with EXCELLENT service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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