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Palapas Restaurant & Cantina

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5 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Flavors of Coastal Mexico and the Freshness of the Sea!

Palapas brings the ambiance of tropical Mexico to the Monterey Bay area in a very unique way. In addition to featuring authentic traditional dishes of Mexico, our menu offers the fish, shellfish and sauces of the coasts of both Mexico and California.

All of our dishes are prepared “A La Cocina Fresca”- “in the fresh kitchen method” a Spanish phrase that means exactly what it implies… freshly made sauces, handmade corn tortillas and fresh local seafood and produce prepared daily.

In addition to creating a menu with many exiting choices, we’re committed to offering our customers healthy dishes with absolutely no use of any lard or animal fat in their preparation.

We use rice-bran oil specifically for frying. Contains no trans fat!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What people are saying
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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020

Palapas Restaurant said they no longer do business with Open Table, as of a month
ago...but they honored our reservation and accommodated us for dinner.
So obviously, there has been a lack of communication..somewhere.

15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020

LOVE this place. Pulp Friction margaritas are the best if you want a real tasting drinking. Fabulous.
Food is fresh and fabulous also.

San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020

Delicious food and amazing views. They tested body temperature at reception and hand sanitizer was available. They couldn't find our Open Table reservation but sat us anyway. I had another future Open Table reservation, they asked for the details and wrote it down proactively. They served food and forgot to give us flatware. Other than these small things, servers were incredibly pleasant and the food was delicious. We will be going back.

San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020

They are struggling a bit with service given the limitations on seating...understandable. Food quality has not changed though...still average.

vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020

We had a wonderful dinner at Palapas. It’s not fancy and perhaps a little overpriced, but the food was delicious, drinks were strong, and we had very friendly and attentive servers. Also loved the patio seating. Would recommend.


Palapas Restaurant & Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 662-9000.

Palapas Restaurant & Cantina is rated 4.2 stars by 5 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.