Paolo's Restaurant

(253) 850-2233 | View Website

23810 104TH Ave SE, Kent, WA | Directions   98031

47.387926 -122.200846

 
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Menu
Minestrone or Zuppa Di Paolo, Chicken Caesar Salad, Soup & Salad Combo, Apple/Pear Salad, Garlic Bread, Chopped Salad, Gamberetti Salad, Italian Cheese Ravioli, Chicken Fettucine, Tortellini Gorgonzola... more

Reviews for Paolo's Restaurant

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

best place in kent

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The best Italian in Washington State – Last week my wife and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary at our new favorite restaurant, Paolo’s in Kent. Having no reservations, we were seated at the counter, where I automatically assumed we’d be splashed with sauce, have knives and bread crumbs flying in our direction, and made to feel as if we were part of the kitchen help.

Not so. We were treated to a show and dinner, watching Chef Paul Raftis do his Houdini thing with delicious pasta, fresh vegetables, and making sauces you would kill someone over. I had the chicken Marsala, {$17.95}, Sautéed thin slices of chicken breast with Marsala wine, pancetta bacon, porcini mushrooms and a touch of cream. That combined with a helping of linguine with marinara, and some exquisite baby carrots and zucchini, caused me to empty the bread basket in order to sop up all the sauce left on my plate.

My wife thoroughly enjoyed her lasagna. The noodles were perfectly cooked, with a criminally good layered meat sauce, with ricotta and mozzarella cheese, $13.95.I know it was great because when she wasn’t looking I’d take a swipe from her plate.

All that, combined with an awesome selection of wine made a great anniversary even better. The service is outstanding, and making reservations is good thing, unless you like watching people eat in front of you. Sit at a table or at the counter, make sure you order an appetizer of some bruschetta, $8.50 or maybe the Focaccia $5.95, and plan on eating a great meal at a reasonable price. They also have a selection of desserts that will cause anyone to turn diabetic.

Paolo’s is located at 23810 104th Ave. S.E.in Kent, right in front of McClendon’s hardware. Their phone is 253-850-2233 and their website is www.paolositalian

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

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

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Horrible Service, Incredibly rude and disrespectful – 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.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

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!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

horrible service, average food – 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.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

My Waitress... – 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!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

It was worth coming back for! – 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!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Why do people lie on these reviews... – 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!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Never a bad meal – 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.

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