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Welcome to Paddles Restaurant of Samoa. We are located in the main township of Apia and very easy to access. We are a proud family restaurant built on values of fine dining and great service. Our background is a unique combination of two dynamic cultures (Samoan and Italian), and it is here that we bring you our style of food creativity. Italian cuisines influenced from the northern regions of Italy and selected local favorites from Samoa, make Paddles restaurant a must visit while on the island. We offer dinner and a full bar service. Feel free to stop over and enjoy the atmosphere we have created for you. La famiglia Rossi
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $39
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Waterfront, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for Dinner at Paddles, nice outlook with the harbour, although it gets very hut and humid inside from the heat of the sun set and also the kitchen. Take a fan when you go. Service was below par, would not rate it as 5...star, more 2 star. You tend to have to repeat what you ordered to the waiters although friendly they could do with better communication skills. Now down to the food, where do I start, had the OKA RAW FISH, this came out Luke warm, soggy with the fried chips which were cold. I ate it anyway as if I asked for it to be replaced it would take at least another hour (that's how long it took them to get our starters out). For the main I ordered the Fish of the Day, it was Luke warm when I received it, smothered with rich creamy NZ Cream sauce with some herbs and spices. Fish was defiantly not fresh nor the fish of the day as they advertise it to be. Fish was chewy gummy. Vegetables were all Frozen and mixed with a few local vegetables. Watties Vegetables Frozen. We had a bottle of red, even that was cooked and out of date, must have been cooked in the heat of the restaurant and the sun in the evenings. Overall I would rate Paddles a 1 Star. Nothing More. Service of 2 and Food of 1 Stars. WULD NEVER GO BACK, SORRY BUT FOOD AND SERVICE LEAVES ALLOT TO BE DESIRED FOR.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Talofa lava, Thank you for your review and we are sorry to learn we were not able to meet your expectations. Our goal is to provide excellent service and meals and we are disappointed we failed with you. There are comments that are difficult to...More

Reviewed 13 March 2024 via mobile

We visited Paddles as it had been recommended, it definitely did not disappoint! My risotto was absolutely delicious but too much, I couldn’t finish it. I thought my son was going to lick his plate clean but he still managed a dessert. The staff were...delightful, very attentive and charming. Would definitely recommend, it lives up to its reputation as the best in Apia.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2024

Talofa Lava, Thank you for your fantastic review of our family restaurant. It was a great pleasure having you and your son in for dinner at Paddles. Best Regards, Giovanni

Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

I would like to rate extra stars as it was so good. The service was as good if not better than anything I’ve experienced, so attentive that Giovanni noticed and replaced my napkin off the floor that I hadn’t noticed. The portions were extravagant and...I wish I had enough room to enjoy the 2 lamb shanks on the dish. The oka fish was so tasty and as we were sharing it as an entree they brought it in 2 dishes with cutlery for us both. Such little details without having to ask was wonderful. The whole experience was a pleasure to us and it seemed like it was to them as well as the whole family greeted all the guests. Plus the cat Mila deserves an extra star⭐️More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2024

Dear Melinda, Thank you for taking the time to review our family restaurant on Tripadvisor.com and Thank you for your amazing 5 stars review. I am thrilled to learn you have enjoyed our hospitality and Thank you for the extra star for our CEO Mila!...More

Reviewed 5 March 2024

I travel to Samoa regularly for work, and always look forward to coming back to Paddles, and seeing the wonderful Giovanni and his family. A lovely restaurant in a great spot, with delicious food and great drinks.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2024

Talofa Lava Anna, Thank you for taking the time to review our family restaurant on Tripadvisor.com. It is always a pleasure catering for you whilst in Samoa. Looking forward to your next visit. Grazie Anna, Giovanni

Reviewed 5 March 2024 via mobile

Wow!! Giovanni was the most welcoming and friendly host ever. The atmosphere was great. Food was incredible. What a great night! Highly recommend.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2024

Dear Jaime, Thank you for choosing our Family Restaurant and Thank you for your amazing 5 stars review. I am thrilled to learn you have enjoyed our hospitality and cuisine. Thank you, Giovanni

Reviewed 3 March 2024 via mobile

Bravo. Bravo. First class experience from the second we arrived to when we left. Service was exceptional, kind, friendly, professional. Haven’t had this level of service anytwhere, anytime, on my travels or at home. Food was fantastic. Good choices. Sunset view. Couldn’t ask for more....The Owner, the Host, the Waiters all worked so well together to give us a wonderful experience for our last night in Samoa. Highly, highly recommended.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2024

Talofa M D, Thank you for your recent visit and Thank you for taking the time to review our family restaurant. I am thrilled to learn you have enjoyed our experience. Thank you for your stellar review. Grazie, Giovanni

Reviewed 29 February 2024 via mobile

What a delight!! We had such a wonderful experience at Paddles restaurant. Giovanni the host was so incredibly welcoming, accommodating warm and friendly. The service was truely impeccable and the food wqs absolutely delicious. All of the staff really go the extra mile for their...guests and even the owners come table to table to introduce themselves, such a special touch. A family run restaurant that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy. They also have such amazing views of the sunset over the ocean which was the icing on the cake.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2024

Dear Lauren, Thank you for taking the time to review our family business on tripadvisor.com and Thank you for your stellar 5 stars review. It was a great pleasure having you at Paddles with your guests and thrilled to learn you have enjoyed our hospitality...More

Reviewed 24 February 2024 via mobile

Divine the food was divine! The moment I entered I was welcomed by the lovely Giovanni, who gave me the history of his beautiful restaurant. The food was stunning, couldn't fault it at all. Highly recommend dining here while in Samoa, you will not at...all be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2024

Dear 183jadel, Thank you for taking the time to review our family restaurant on tripadvisor.com. I am thrilled to learn you have enjoyed our hospitality and cuisine last Saturday, Hope to see you soon. Thank you, Giovanni

Reviewed 30 January 2024

fabulous spot...great food...regular visitors during our tenure in Apia... Great hosts, friendly as always .Highly recommend all expats to go .

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 22 January 2024

MUST GO TO PLACE IN SAMOA 🇼🇸 Customer service was spot on, the food OMG DELICIOUS 🤤 (that oka though-to die for). The staff were incredible. The STAR of the show GIOVANNI (love the humour and the vibes). Can I just say WHENEVER YOU ARE...IN SAMOA, YOU MUST VISIT PADDLES!! You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

Talofa Travel16586478053, Thank you for taking the time to review our family business and Thank you for your stellar 5 stars review! We appreciate your visit and business and hope to see you soon back at Paddles! Grazie, Giovanni

Reviewed 22 January 2024

Great service and great food. Such a beautiful spot to dine at. We had the seafood marinara, Masi Masi and prawns and the Pork and Prawns, oysters with wasabi cream and lemon, garlic bread. Would highly recommend to treat yourself out to dine here!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2024

Dear Genayam2023, Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor.com. We are thrilled to learn you have enjoyed your time here at Paddles, Thank you for your wonderful 5 stars review! Looking forward welcoming you back soon. Thank you, Giovanni

Reviewed 29 December 2023 via mobile

We recently enjoyed a truly perfect date night at Paddles Apia Samoa, and it's clear why this place has consistently earned the title of best restaurant. The food was impeccable, each dish delighting with its flavors and presentation. The atmosphere radiated warmth and elegance, perfectly...complementing the breathtaking view over the waterfront. What made our experience even more memorable was the personal touch of being greeted and served by the owners themselves. It's not every day you receive such special treatment, and it added an extra layer of charm to our evening. Taking my parents' advice to visit Paddles was the best decision. They've long hailed it as their favourite spot, and now, it's become ours too. The only downside is its distance—a four-hour plane ride from home! But it's a small price to pay for such a culinary gem. We're already looking forward to our next visit!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2024

Dear Rhiannon B, Thank you for taking the time to review our Family restaurant and Thank you for your amazing 5 stars review! I am thrilled to learn you and also your parents have enjoyed our hospitality and cuisine. Please send our love to mum...More

Reviewed 7 December 2023 via mobile

I’ve been to this place multiple times and I have never been disappointed with their food and view. It’s the only real Italian restaurants in the country and one of my favorite. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the restaurant it’s absolutely perfect. The customer...service is also great too and the food is nice and quick depending on how busy they are. Overall just an amazing place you should check out before you die.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2023

Dear Huskyy A, Thank you for your patronage and Thank you for sharing your review on Tripadvisor.com. We are glad to learn you have enjoyed our visits at our family restaurant and looking forward for your next visit. Rossi Family

Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

What a stunning location. The food was amazing and the service top notch. A great way to spend our last night in Samoa. Totally recommend visiting the crew at paddles

Date of visit: November 2023
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2023

Dear Krusherman, Thank you for taking the time to review our Family Business and Thank you for your stellar 5 stars review! We are thrilled you have enjoyed our cuisine and hospitality. Rossi Family

Reviewed 18 November 2023 via mobile

I ended up at Paddles without any expectations as as an Italian with some strong doubts and came out after an astonishing, fantastic dinner. The Tuna steak was amazing, the feta ,lasagne all superb. I think I hit the jackpot here! A must in Apia!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Giovanni Rossi, Owner at Paddles Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2023

Talofa 897luciusv, Thank you for sharing your amazing review on Tripadvisor.com. It was a great pleasure having you in the House last Saturday night, we Thank you for your positive feedback about our family restaurant. Grazie Mille, Giovanni Rossi

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ForrestK
7 May 2018|
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Response from MikeL935 | Reviewed this property |
You can get a meal from as little as $20 and there most expensive dish was around $75 to $80 I think from memory, I had the seafood Risotto and I think from memory it was around $30 something and someone else had there steak... More
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Response from Colin-Wendy Y | Reviewed this property |
Yes I too think that the best idea is to phone them at the above number or Milani Cafe +685 20584. ...the other business in Apia associated with Paddles. Maybe the cafe number is best as they will be open during the day... More
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Response from RossiFamily_12 | Property representative |
Talofa and thanks for your question. Unfortunately we do not serve crab, however we have many seafood options on our menu.
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