Paolo's Restaurant

★★★★☆
47.3883 -122.202
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253-850-2233

23810 104TH Ave SE

Kent, WA

98031

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My wife and I dine at Paolo's frequently. The food is tasty and the atmosphere is quaint. Outstanding homemade pastas, fresh meat dishes, and freshly made desserts, not to mention a reasonably priced wine list will keep us coming back.
The restaurant is not real big, so I recommend calling ahead for a reservation, or be prepared for a short wait. There is a local watering hole across the parking lot to wait it out.
Service has always been excellent. They do takeout too!

I recommend this restaurant.

4
★★★★☆

My wife and I dine at Paolo's frequently. The food is tasty and the atmosphere is quaint. Outstanding homemade pastas, fresh meat dishes, and freshly made desserts, not to mention a reasonably priced wine list will keep us coming back.
The restaurant is not real big, so I recommend calling ahead for a reservation, or be prepared for a short wait. There is a local watering hole across the parking lot to wait it out.
Service has always been excellent. They do takeout too!

I recommend this restaurant.

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My girlfriends and I have been going to Paolos for years for our birthdays! We always seem to order the same thing..the bruschetta appetizer and calamari appetizer are awesome! Sometimes the calamari is a little doughier than we like but the flavor is great! They used to have a "Pollo Funghi" that was to die for. It's not on the menu anymore but, they are so awesome they'll make it if you request. You can also bring in your special bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner for a small corking fee. The seared scallops are also wonderful and every salad is perfect! I could go on and on.... GO to Paolos and try it for yourself!

5
★★★★★

My girlfriends and I have been going to Paolos for years for our birthdays! We always seem to order the same thing..the bruschetta appetizer and calamari appetizer are awesome! Sometimes the calamari is a little doughier than we like but the flavor is great! They used to have a "Pollo Funghi" that was to die for. It's not on the menu anymore but, they are so awesome they'll make it if you request. You can also bring in your special bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner for a small corking fee. The seared scallops are also wonderful and every salad is perfect! I could go on and on.... GO to Paolos and try it for yourself!

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I love this place, the sauces are awesome, the service is great, never had to wait to have a seat... its the best kept secret in kent, they have a busser that looks like harry potter too... honestly though please go there and try the squash soup, get some of the garlic hot oil for your bread (otherwise the bread is just mediocre) and please try either the walnut ravioli or the filet gorgonzola wrapped in pancetta bacon, you cant go wrong. i keep going back because it truly is the best authentic itialian spot in the area!

5
★★★★★

I love this place, the sauces are awesome, the service is great, never had to wait to have a seat... its the best kept secret in kent, they have a busser that looks like harry potter too... honestly though please go there and try the squash soup, get some of the garlic hot oil for your bread (otherwise the bread is just mediocre) and please try either the walnut ravioli or the filet gorgonzola wrapped in pancetta bacon, you cant go wrong. i keep going back because it truly is the best authentic itialian spot in the area!

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The food here is very tasty. The wait staff is very efficient and courteous. The prices seem to run a bit high, but you can't beat the authentic home-style taste.

4
★★★★☆

The food here is very tasty. The wait staff is very efficient and courteous. The prices seem to run a bit high, but you can't beat the authentic home-style taste.

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I have been here several times and love it. Very friendly and personable service and great food

4
★★★★☆

I have been here several times and love it. Very friendly and personable service and great food

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DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT! The waitstaff were incredibly rude, most of the restaurant was empty and there were many tables set up ready to seat people. We were completely ignored and had to go up to the kitchen at least 4 times to ask if we could be seated. We waited at least 15 minutes at the front door after asking for a table and were then told very rudely that they were "very busy", which was obviously not true as the restaurant was mostly empty.

We left the restaurant and are glad we did not patronize this place. VERY disappointing as we were looking for a good Italian restaurant.

1
★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT! The waitstaff were incredibly rude, most of the restaurant was empty and there were many tables set up ready to seat people. We were completely ignored and had to go up to the kitchen at least 4 times to ask if we could be seated. We waited at least 15 minutes at the front door after asking for a table and were then told very rudely that they were "very busy", which was obviously not true as the restaurant was mostly empty.

We left the restaurant and are glad we did not patronize this place. VERY disappointing as we were looking for a good Italian restaurant.

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horrible service, food was cold, order was messed up. took almost a hour to get our food to us. I wont be going back there!

1
★☆☆☆☆

horrible service, food was cold, order was messed up. took almost a hour to get our food to us. I wont be going back there!

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The Service: Our "10 minute wait was really 20 minutes. This was especially frustrating as the table we were seated at was empty the entire time we were waiting. They have tables in the waiting area - prefect to offer waiting guests wine/water/bread. We we offered nothing as we sat staring at the empty table we would eventually be seated at.

Once seated, we had to ask for water and bread. After that, the service improved. Not great, but acceptable.

As for the food, the chicken was dry, the bread unremarkable and the calamari forgettable.

Overall, I was very disappointed in Paolo's - especially considering the owner's lineage (Salah al Lago). I know that comparison is not fair, but I would expect the service to at least live up to Salah's standards.

2
★★☆☆☆

The Service: Our "10 minute wait was really 20 minutes. This was especially frustrating as the table we were seated at was empty the entire time we were waiting. They have tables in the waiting area - prefect to offer waiting guests wine/water/bread. We we offered nothing as we sat staring at the empty table we would eventually be seated at.

Once seated, we had to ask for water and bread. After that, the service improved. Not great, but acceptable.

As for the food, the chicken was dry, the bread unremarkable and the calamari forgettable.

Overall, I was very disappointed in Paolo's - especially considering the owner's lineage (Salah al Lago). I know that comparison is not fair, but I would expect the service to at least live up to Salah's standards.

Pros: south-end location

Cons: poor service

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I LOVE Paolos, there food is AMAZING!! I love the filet minon espically!! But the BEST part of my trip to Paolos was my waitress TARA!! She is was so amazing, she went out of her wait TOTALLY to make my experience the best!! She was SO nice SO fast and SO prompt, she knew EVERYTHING about the menu and made my smile over and over again. I will go back to Paolos because the food was amazing and the service was even better!!!

5
★★★★★

I LOVE Paolos, there food is AMAZING!! I love the filet minon espically!! But the BEST part of my trip to Paolos was my waitress TARA!! She is was so amazing, she went out of her wait TOTALLY to make my experience the best!! She was SO nice SO fast and SO prompt, she knew EVERYTHING about the menu and made my smile over and over again. I will go back to Paolos because the food was amazing and the service was even better!!!

Pros: SERVICE

Cons: nothing

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First time my husband and I stopped in we couldn't get in and needed reservations so we came back a few weeks later with reservations. Glad we came back! The service was absolutely outstanding! The place is a little tiny, but still has a nice feel. The staff was very knowledgable about the wines they serve as well as the food. The baked parmesan was out of this world and paired wonderfully with the Pinot Noir I was drinking. The waitress was very accommodating by bringing me samples of two wines I was trying to decide between having for dinner and I was very appreciative since it seems not many restaurants will do that these days. My husband had the Pollo Gorgonzola, which I had a bite of and loved it and he definitely loved it. I had their evening special which was a chicken penne pasta in a tomato cream sauce with sundried tomatoes and portabella mushrooms. This was absolutely divine! I think it could have been a little heavier on the sundried tomatoes, but that's a personal preference and likely next time I have it there I will ask for them to add a little more which the waitress informed me I could order again sometime even if it was not a special that evening. Now that's service to me! The pasta fazul soup smelled wonderful and tasted as good as it smelled. Opted out on dessert though they looked heavenly. We'll so be back! Was worth the money spent for a lovely evening of food and service!

Definitely make reservations or you take your chances on getting in. Definitely a well kept secret in Kent!

5
★★★★★

First time my husband and I stopped in we couldn't get in and needed reservations so we came back a few weeks later with reservations. Glad we came back! The service was absolutely outstanding! The place is a little tiny, but still has a nice feel. The staff was very knowledgable about the wines they serve as well as the food. The baked parmesan was out of this world and paired wonderfully with the Pinot Noir I was drinking. The waitress was very accommodating by bringing me samples of two wines I was trying to decide between having for dinner and I was very appreciative since it seems not many restaurants will do that these days. My husband had the Pollo Gorgonzola, which I had a bite of and loved it and he definitely loved it. I had their evening special which was a chicken penne pasta in a tomato cream sauce with sundried tomatoes and portabella mushrooms. This was absolutely divine! I think it could have been a little heavier on the sundried tomatoes, but that's a personal preference and likely next time I have it there I will ask for them to add a little more which the waitress informed me I could order again sometime even if it was not a special that evening. Now that's service to me! The pasta fazul soup smelled wonderful and tasted as good as it smelled. Opted out on dessert though they looked heavenly. We'll so be back! Was worth the money spent for a lovely evening of food and service!

Definitely make reservations or you take your chances on getting in. Definitely a well kept secret in Kent!

Pros: wonderful food, service

Cons: none

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First of all, I'm an expert on Italian Food. Even done some food critic jobs in the past. Here is the review to read as I have done this professionally before. At first look, a cute place. Nice decor, little small but cozy, and the open view into the kitchen. I arrived at 6:03 Sat. night. It was busy, but there were open stools at the counter. I was never approaced to be seated. After 20 minutes, I asked a waitress to be seated - for 1. I was told to wait while they looked around. 20 minutes later, I was seated, at one of the open counter stools that have been open the whole time. It's now 6:45, I'm giving a menu and water. 10 minutes goes by and the waitress has helped everyone else at the counter, I guess I was looking lonely, because she asked if I was helped, then offered to help me. I order a calamari appetizer, and chicken parm. It's now almost 7. About 30 minutes later she tells me the calamari is coming up, and she was right. While eating it, and about finishing it, I had to remind her to bring me my salad. The bad thing about an open kitchen, is you can see everything. My salad was up before the calamari, but she just didn't bring it. 10 minutes later, the food comes. It's ok, nothing special. The chicken was somewhat dry, but flavorful. I asked for meat sauce and I can BEAT their meat sauce out of the water. The portions were small. Their vegetables were OUTSTANDING. Carrots, beets, etc. The pasta was nothing special. My Summary: Service horrible. Servers do not know how to time food delivery. Food portions very small. Nothing special as far as taste. Full of excuses for the bad service. I actually was sitting waiting to be seated when I was leaning against an open chair the whole time. Servers would stop working and chat while customers waited. If I heard another waitress talk about her shopping plans while I was waiting for service, I was going to lose it. My bill was $40.92 for a dinner that took an hour and a half!

3
★★★☆☆

First of all, I'm an expert on Italian Food. Even done some food critic jobs in the past. Here is the review to read as I have done this professionally before. At first look, a cute place. Nice decor, little small but cozy, and the open view into the kitchen. I arrived at 6:03 Sat. night. It was busy, but there were open stools at the counter. I was never approaced to be seated. After 20 minutes, I asked a waitress to be seated - for 1. I was told to wait while they looked around. 20 minutes later, I was seated, at one of the open counter stools that have been open the whole time. It's now 6:45, I'm giving a menu and water. 10 minutes goes by and the waitress has helped everyone else at the counter, I guess I was looking lonely, because she asked if I was helped, then offered to help me. I order a calamari appetizer, and chicken parm. It's now almost 7. About 30 minutes later she tells me the calamari is coming up, and she was right. While eating it, and about finishing it, I had to remind her to bring me my salad. The bad thing about an open kitchen, is you can see everything. My salad was up before the calamari, but she just didn't bring it. 10 minutes later, the food comes. It's ok, nothing special. The chicken was somewhat dry, but flavorful. I asked for meat sauce and I can BEAT their meat sauce out of the water. The portions were small. Their vegetables were OUTSTANDING. Carrots, beets, etc. The pasta was nothing special. My Summary: Service horrible. Servers do not know how to time food delivery. Food portions very small. Nothing special as far as taste. Full of excuses for the bad service. I actually was sitting waiting to be seated when I was leaning against an open chair the whole time. Servers would stop working and chat while customers waited. If I heard another waitress talk about her shopping plans while I was waiting for service, I was going to lose it. My bill was $40.92 for a dinner that took an hour and a half!

Pros: cute place, good ambience, its nice to watch your food being prepared

Cons: HORRIBLE service, VERY expensive, food not the best

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I used to work at Paolo's so I've tried just about everything on the menu. I would reccomend the filet gorgonzola to anyone. The cooks are great about not overcooking your steak, and try the roasted red potatoes on the side, perfectly seasoned!! If you get a salad, order the gorgonzola dressing, it's my personal favorite. For dessert, the lemon cheesecake is available year round and is to die for, tiramisu is also delicious, it's very authentic. The zucoto is only available late spring and through summer. It's also fantastic.

Oh - and try the bread pudding during the holidays, the sauce is outstanding!!

If you are looking for a less expensive meal, try the ravioli in walnut cream sauce, or the gnocchi (it's not on the menu, its like 10 bucks or something) in tomato cream sauce. Both come with soup or salad.

5
★★★★★

I used to work at Paolo's so I've tried just about everything on the menu. I would reccomend the filet gorgonzola to anyone. The cooks are great about not overcooking your steak, and try the roasted red potatoes on the side, perfectly seasoned!! If you get a salad, order the gorgonzola dressing, it's my personal favorite. For dessert, the lemon cheesecake is available year round and is to die for, tiramisu is also delicious, it's very authentic. The zucoto is only available late spring and through summer. It's also fantastic.

Oh - and try the bread pudding during the holidays, the sauce is outstanding!!

If you are looking for a less expensive meal, try the ravioli in walnut cream sauce, or the gnocchi (it's not on the menu, its like 10 bucks or something) in tomato cream sauce. Both come with soup or salad.

Pros: Great desserts, amazing sauces, great service too!!

Cons: overpriced desserts

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My sister and brother in law took us to Paolo's while visiting Seattle a while back. I had the Steak Gorganzola, which was wonderful, but the Raspberry Soup was AMAZING!!! Paolo told us that many guests order it as a dessert....no surpise there. This was upscale dining without the upscale pricetag. I wish there was a place like this in Arizona.

5
★★★★★

My sister and brother in law took us to Paolo's while visiting Seattle a while back. I had the Steak Gorganzola, which was wonderful, but the Raspberry Soup was AMAZING!!! Paolo told us that many guests order it as a dessert....no surpise there. This was upscale dining without the upscale pricetag. I wish there was a place like this in Arizona.

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My husband and I love Paolo's! We have never had a bad meal. We love the employees and feel like family when dining at Paolo's. The wine dinners are to die for, and Paul's cooking classes are first class. It is wonderful to have this first class restaurant on the East Hill. This is a favorite for us to take out of town guests, just have a nice dinner or celebrate a special event.

5
★★★★★

My husband and I love Paolo's! We have never had a bad meal. We love the employees and feel like family when dining at Paolo's. The wine dinners are to die for, and Paul's cooking classes are first class. It is wonderful to have this first class restaurant on the East Hill. This is a favorite for us to take out of town guests, just have a nice dinner or celebrate a special event.

Pros: free parking

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Our family has been dining here since its opening, and Paolo's is consistently delicious! In fact, we've never had a bad- nor even mediocre- meal. Paolo's isn't the fanciest restaurant, but that's why we go so often. You don't feel out of place in a suit and tie; likewise you can pop in with your tank top and shorts and still feel comfortable. Our favorite dishes are the Gorgonzola Filet Mignon (to die for!) and the homemade pastas. The cioppino is also fantastic. Good wine list & friendly servers. Hint: Their catering is wonderful and relatively affordable. Consider them for your next bday party or dinner party. Our grandmothers' bday felt like a swank wedding reception with the antipasto spread that the owner and chef personally set up. Worth driving to Kent for!

5
★★★★★

Our family has been dining here since its opening, and Paolo's is consistently delicious! In fact, we've never had a bad- nor even mediocre- meal. Paolo's isn't the fanciest restaurant, but that's why we go so often. You don't feel out of place in a suit and tie; likewise you can pop in with your tank top and shorts and still feel comfortable. Our favorite dishes are the Gorgonzola Filet Mignon (to die for!) and the homemade pastas. The cioppino is also fantastic. Good wine list & friendly servers. Hint: Their catering is wonderful and relatively affordable. Consider them for your next bday party or dinner party. Our grandmothers' bday felt like a swank wedding reception with the antipasto spread that the owner and chef personally set up. Worth driving to Kent for!

Pros: Great food, Reasonable prices, Seasonal Specials

Cons: Must drive to Kent

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We ordered the cioppino and the lasagna. The cioppino was fantastic and the lasagna was pretty good. The bread was cold, thin, and didn't taste too good. But the salad was good with the Italian dressings; we had raspberry vinegarette and creamy parmesan. Overall, it's not cheap but the food is yummy. We would go back again.

4
★★★★☆

We ordered the cioppino and the lasagna. The cioppino was fantastic and the lasagna was pretty good. The bread was cold, thin, and didn't taste too good. But the salad was good with the Italian dressings; we had raspberry vinegarette and creamy parmesan. Overall, it's not cheap but the food is yummy. We would go back again.

Pros: entrees

Cons: bread

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I had a craving for some Italian, and this place was down the corner. It's a very small restaurant. The bread wasn't really that great, but not cold as someone else mentioned. Although the place was packed, I had great service. I picked a salad with Italian dressing and the Veal Marsala with pasta. The pasta was a small helping, but I did get four helpings of veal. However, I'm used to a much sweeter Veal Marsala than what I got. For the money, I'm not sure if I'll be visiting again. The food was decent, but noting special.

3
★★★☆☆

I had a craving for some Italian, and this place was down the corner. It's a very small restaurant. The bread wasn't really that great, but not cold as someone else mentioned. Although the place was packed, I had great service. I picked a salad with Italian dressing and the Veal Marsala with pasta. The pasta was a small helping, but I did get four helpings of veal. However, I'm used to a much sweeter Veal Marsala than what I got. For the money, I'm not sure if I'll be visiting again. The food was decent, but noting special.

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I was hoping for a nice Italian meal. Sat right down and ordered promptly - $20 chef's special. 10 minutes later a basket of bland ice-cold bread arrives. 12 minutes after that the salad shows up. Then about 2 minutes into salad, the entree shows up. Very bad service delivery with lame excuses, now the food gets cold while I eat my salad. Same exact thing happened at 2 tables around me, so it wasn't just my order.

Food was OK, certainly not worth the prices. Plus, as others mentioned, the wine list is overpriced without vintages. I won't be returning here.

2
★★☆☆☆

I was hoping for a nice Italian meal. Sat right down and ordered promptly - $20 chef's special. 10 minutes later a basket of bland ice-cold bread arrives. 12 minutes after that the salad shows up. Then about 2 minutes into salad, the entree shows up. Very bad service delivery with lame excuses, now the food gets cold while I eat my salad. Same exact thing happened at 2 tables around me, so it wasn't just my order.

Food was OK, certainly not worth the prices. Plus, as others mentioned, the wine list is overpriced without vintages. I won't be returning here.

Pros: Free parking

Cons: Poor value, Bad service, Mediocre food

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It is nice to have a place to eat that is local and not a chain at Southcenter. I wish they had a bar area but they were happy to seat us in the dining room for our appetizers and bottle of wine. Waistaff was nice and the price was good, food was far beyond what I expected. Great place to go in the South End!

5
★★★★★

It is nice to have a place to eat that is local and not a chain at Southcenter. I wish they had a bar area but they were happy to seat us in the dining room for our appetizers and bottle of wine. Waistaff was nice and the price was good, food was far beyond what I expected. Great place to go in the South End!

Pros: easy parking, good value, food was good

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Paolos is amazing. Every time I have been there, I have had a hard time choosing from everything on their wonderful menu and I have yet to be disappointed. They dont offer a large variety of wines, but the wines they do have compliment the meals well.

5
★★★★★

Paolos is amazing. Every time I have been there, I have had a hard time choosing from everything on their wonderful menu and I have yet to be disappointed. They dont offer a large variety of wines, but the wines they do have compliment the meals well.

Pros: Amazing food, Friendly Service

Cons: Sometimes a tad noisy

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This place is amazing. It is the best Italian place I've tried in the entire Seattle metro area. They have a varying menu, with fresh ingredients. The ambience is not bad. It has locally hand-made pottery displayed, and you can buy it as well. I highly recommend it.

5
★★★★★

This place is amazing. It is the best Italian place I've tried in the entire Seattle metro area. They have a varying menu, with fresh ingredients. The ambience is not bad. It has locally hand-made pottery displayed, and you can buy it as well. I highly recommend it.

Pros: great food

Cons: busy at dinner time

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The only great restaurant in Kent, especially on the east hill. The scallops were outstanding.

5
★★★★★

The only great restaurant in Kent, especially on the east hill. The scallops were outstanding.

Pros: Great Food, good service

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