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Paluca Trattoria

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6 Fishermans Wharf, Apt 1, Monterey, CA 93940-7207
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

No-one to try and drag you in, you choose to go in here. And it is well worth it. Great portion size, started with salmon bruschetta and wife had trattoria salad, slightly heavy on dressing but fresh and flavours great on both. Wife asked for sauce without garlic as sometimes can make her ill, was made for her and all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The terrace has a good view of the water where a sealion can usually be seen. Very good food, their tomato sauce is fantastic!

Thank Cela T
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

an Italian restaurant that focuses on a smallish menu with a couple of specials each day. Delicious food freshly cooked, great service and in a fantastic spot with views over the boats.

Thank Mandy C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Order the Clam Chowder and fish and chips. Rate the Clam chowder as the best I have taken and price is reasonable. It is hidden in a corner and is away from the crowd so it is quiet and peaceful.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Newburgh, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

we ate lunch at this establishment. the portions were large and delicious. It was conveniently located and the service was excellent

Thank condello40
Leeds, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

This place is quite different to their seafood places on Fisherman's Wharfe as it is quietly understated and just round the corner from the main drag. The pasta is home made and delicious. I had the special which was beef rib and proscuito ravioli in a very light marina sauce. It was delicious. Service was great. Wine prices were the... More 

Thank cdh67
Barnet, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

We were visiting the wharf and popped into this restaurant late in the evening, waited 15mins for a table inside - tables outside also but it had become chilly. Very friendly staff and lovely restaurant location. I ordered special ravioli of the day which was beef. Delicious in a very tasty creamy tomato sauce. My partner ordered pasta pomodoro, this... More 

Thank MitzilB
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

We visited here as it was recommended on a gluten free eating site. Although it doesn't have a gluten free menu they were happy to accommodate and adapt our choices offering gluten free pasta for one meal and a salad to replace fries on another. The other two regular meals were so delicious. Four empty plates and happy people at... More 

Thank JulesW18
Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

I stumbled upon Paluca trying to avoid the tourists and clam chowder on the boardwalk; it was lovely. Tucked behind the fray a bit, they have a nice deck and good Italian food. Reasonable prices and wine list. Nice folks!!

Thank stephiewilson
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

It's a small place in the middle of fishermans warf and the staff is friendly and it's was ok for a family dinner. I ordered salad and it was really bad because they must have dropped the balsamic bottle over it. My kids all ordered 3 different dishes of pasta and they were all happy about it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $14
Italian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
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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