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Paluca Trattoria

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6 Fishermans Wharf, Apt 1, Monterey, CA 93940-7207
831-373-5559
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Welcome to our Trattoria. We’re an informal, rustic restaurant featuring...
Welcome to our Trattoria. We’re an informal, rustic restaurant featuring traditional Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf fare alongside authentic rustic Italian.It’s the kind of place where as soon as you step in, you feel like one of the family. Paluca is a combination of the names of our two cherished boys, Paolo & Luca, who are the inspiration behind our unique home-style eatery.Your host, Sal Tedesco, was born in Sicily and grew up the son of one of the famous Italian fisherman who gave the Wharf its name. We feature Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf favorites including our famous Fish & Chips, Calamari & Clam Chowder. Our menu highlights some of Italy’s best dishes including Pasta Puttanesca, Pasta Palermo & Sicilian Prawns.The Tedesco family welcomes you with heart-felt Italian hospitality.
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  • 29
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An oasis before the crowds

Paluca is in the first row of restaurants and shops as you get to fisherman's wharf. Its at the end of the pier which makes for nice water view, so most people just walk by it eager to get on to fisherman's wharf. Son;t walk by it is a quiet little area that serves good food and will recharge... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Saratoga, CA
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Kansas City, Missouri
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My wife had the fish and chips(enough for two) I had the Beef ravioli Both dished were very good and in ample quantity Service was good.

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Redlands, California
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We made a reservation several hours in advance and when we got there on time at 8:15, we had to wait 20 minutes for them to seat us - then we were seated (5 of us) at a table far too small. We had to wait quite a long time for service, refills, etc. This is the first restaurant we've... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Other than a great view, there isn't much that stands out for this restaurant. The food was average, there was no bread to accompany the meal, nor salad. The garlic fries were good and our server was pleasant. The coffee was cold. There appeared to be a lack of servers as ours was running the main floor, the terrace and... More 

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Saratoga, CA
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117 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Paluca is in the first row of restaurants and shops as you get to fisherman's wharf. Its at the end of the pier which makes for nice water view, so most people just walk by it eager to get on to fisherman's wharf. Son;t walk by it is a quiet little area that serves good food and will recharge you... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We have been here a few times, we even had our rehearsal dinner here. The staff was amazing. The wine was great. And the food was perfect. It was highly recommended to us, and we highly recommend it to other.

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Vicenza, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

After a three hour and awesome whale trip we arrived for a lunch. Place was not overly busy but only a cool and one waitress working. Our seafood pasta was good to great but not all what we ordered. Also no bread. Our waitress was great but completely overcome by the number of tables (all of them) that she had... More 

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Monterey, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

i am italian, and would love this place but i am italian and have disease that makes me gluten intolerant. but my friend, ingrid aquino, is a biker, health coach and fabulous massage therapist . she loves them. i may try them soon.

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Dog friendly seafood restaurant. Food was average. Soup was already cooled down by the time wait staff brought it to our table. Had the lobster ravioli which were ok. Husband had fried calamari with fries (not salty and sorta blah tasting). Average meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The owner welcomed us and made personally a table for us outside - allthough it was full inside - and fired up the gas-lamp. Tasty entrees, great primi, great service. Ask for the creamy pomodoro sauce. After lovely cannollis and cheese cake creme brulee, we can barely walk. This place is highly recommendable!

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Bethesda, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We had a wonderful experience here on our last night of a conference. We shared an excellent bottle of Pinot Grigio, thoroughly enjoyed our meals (we all got different seafood pasta dishes), and were impressed by the top-notch service by our server, Yasmin. Our table overlooked the water so the view was gorgeous. We would all definitely recommend this place,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6 Fishermans Wharf, Apt 1, Monterey, CA 93940-7207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Monterey
  • Phone Number: 831-373-5559

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 14
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Welcome to our Trattoria. We’re an informal, rustic restaurant featuring traditional Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf fare alongside authentic rustic Italian.It’s the kind of place where as soon as you step in, you feel like one of the family. Paluca is a combination of the names of our two cherished boys, Paolo & Luca, who are the inspiration behind our unique home-style eatery.Your host, Sal Tedesco, was born in Sicily and grew up the son of one of the famous Italian fisherman who gave the Wharf its name. We feature Monterey Old Fisherman’s Wharf favorites including our famous Fish & Chips, Calamari & Clam Chowder. Our menu highlights some of Italy’s best dishes including Pasta Puttanesca, Pasta Palermo & Sicilian Prawns.The Tedesco family welcomes you with heart-felt Italian hospitality.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?