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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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars 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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Delicious Italian food in Monterey CA. Cant beat the location overlooking the harbor. We sat outside as it was a beautiful sunny day. The inside was a nicely decorated and charming little restaurant with a feel of Tuscany. Everything we ate was delicious.

Thank lucky2324
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My wife and I happened to stop by during our travels up North, during our anniversary. We had an opportunity to stop by a few places. Paluca Trattoria was definitely the best. We had two types of seafood pasta. Everything was cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. Having been through Northern Italy, I can say that this place is at least... More 

Thank Mo F
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

I stopped here for lunch after a whale watching trip. I ordered fish and chips. The food was an excellent quality. The staff were very friendly which is what you need when you are travelling on your own.

Thank IvyD-L
San Francisco, California
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

If you're looking to enjoy your meal while gazing out into the bay, this is the place for you. We had the calamari appetizer and sea food pastas as entrees. The portions were gigantic but the taste was flawless. The servers were very friendly. The whole experience was amazing. I greatly recommend this place.

Thank ItsStef
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

We had the prawns and some garlic fries we split for lunch along with 2 sodas. When we asked for a refill on our sodas we were told refills weren't free but the table next to us got free refills on their tea. The food was good but who doesn't give free refills on soda? Waitress was also a little... More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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248 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 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.

Thank nighthawk779
Redlands, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

Thank romaz75

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $14
Italian, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?