La Palina Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 159 Ave O

    Brooklyn, NY 11204

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  • 718-236-9764

About La Palina Restaurant

Hours
Sun-Fri noon-10 pm, Sat noon-midnight

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We took our 84 year old mother in law for dinner there on a Saturday night. We made an 8pm reservation, arrived 10 minutes early and patiently stood waiting for 1/2 an hour. Finally, a table opened. Instead of seating us, they moved people

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We took our 84 year old mother in law for dinner there on a Saturday night. We made an 8pm reservation, arrived 10 minutes early and patiently stood waiting for 1/2 an hour. Finally, a table opened. Instead of seating us, they moved people

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this restaurant is amazingly delicious. The portions are large and scumptous. The cost is a bit pricey, but you do get alot for your money. The waiters treat you like gold and they just are so accomodating. Every time you need another glass of wine, the waiters are there to pour you some. I loved this place and I have been back again and again.

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this restaurant is amazingly delicious. The portions are large and scumptous. The cost is a bit pricey, but you do get alot for your money. The waiters treat you like gold and they just are so accomodating. Every time you need another glass of wine, the waiters are there to pour you some. I loved this place and I have been back again and again.

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I've been a La Palina customer for about 5 years now, I eat there at least once a week and I've always been impressed with the food and service, thats why I keep going back for more. It is a family run restaurant which is probably why its a great place for families to have lunch or dinner. All of the waiters and busboys are very nice and friendly and will help you WHENEVER you need it. I suggest you dine in La Palina for lunch or dinner you will not regret it, you will keep going back for more just like I do.

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I've been a La Palina customer for about 5 years now, I eat there at least once a week and I've always been impressed with the food and service, thats why I keep going back for more. It is a family run restaurant which is probably why its a great place for families to have lunch or dinner. All of the waiters and busboys are very nice and friendly and will help you WHENEVER you need it. I suggest you dine in La Palina for lunch or dinner you will not regret it, you will keep going back for more just like I do.

Pros: Great family restaurant

Cons: None

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Best Italian Food in Brooklyn. Always consistant, family friendly.
Great Service, valet parking, what more can you ask for. The seafood is especially fresh and delicious.

5
★★★★★

Best Italian Food in Brooklyn. Always consistant, family friendly.
Great Service, valet parking, what more can you ask for. The seafood is especially fresh and delicious.

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I've been eating at Brooklyn's Italian restaurants for a long time but never heard of La Palina until recently. My wife and I gave it a shot and, boy, were we pleasantly surprised!! The food was excellent, the service, quite good and the place gave you ample space to stretch out. We started with baked clams and fried calamari. The baked clams were the best we've tasted outside of Don Pepe's and the calamari were tender and delicious. And they give you a big bowl of red sauce with it. You won't run out. My wife had the linguine with clam sauce and I had shrimp fra diavalo. I consider myself to be a maven on fra diavalo sauce and this was right up there with the best I've ever had. Nice and spicy, but just this side of too hot. The shrimp were ample and succulent. All of it on top of a mound of spaghetti and I was in heaven. The wife loved her dish as well. This is a friendly, comfortable place and we're sure to go back.

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I've been eating at Brooklyn's Italian restaurants for a long time but never heard of La Palina until recently. My wife and I gave it a shot and, boy, were we pleasantly surprised!! The food was excellent, the service, quite good and the place gave you ample space to stretch out. We started with baked clams and fried calamari. The baked clams were the best we've tasted outside of Don Pepe's and the calamari were tender and delicious. And they give you a big bowl of red sauce with it. You won't run out. My wife had the linguine with clam sauce and I had shrimp fra diavalo. I consider myself to be a maven on fra diavalo sauce and this was right up there with the best I've ever had. Nice and spicy, but just this side of too hot. The shrimp were ample and succulent. All of it on top of a mound of spaghetti and I was in heaven. The wife loved her dish as well. This is a friendly, comfortable place and we're sure to go back.

Pros: Excellent, traditional Italian specialties

Cons: Sometimes a bit noisy

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These reviews bring tears to my eyes. I last ate at La Palina when I visited Brooklyn and loved the food - as I did as a child when they were located near Navy Street, next to an elevated subway. My dad John was a doctor and the parents saw him.. We used to enter the old restaurant through the front dining room, pass through the kitchen, and to the rear dining room where we used to eat. I remember the osso bucco.

I'm looking forward to returning there this year to sample their great food again - espically the gnocchi.

They also had opened a resort/restaurant near Cornwall NY called La Palina which I had gone to in the 50's but I believe they closed years ago.

Viva La Palina!!

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These reviews bring tears to my eyes. I last ate at La Palina when I visited Brooklyn and loved the food - as I did as a child when they were located near Navy Street, next to an elevated subway. My dad John was a doctor and the parents saw him.. We used to enter the old restaurant through the front dining room, pass through the kitchen, and to the rear dining room where we used to eat. I remember the osso bucco.

I'm looking forward to returning there this year to sample their great food again - espically the gnocchi.

They also had opened a resort/restaurant near Cornwall NY called La Palina which I had gone to in the 50's but I believe they closed years ago.

Viva La Palina!!

Pros: Food Service

Cons: Parking

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We miss u guys sooooooo much, and the food, fugeddabout it....Its been way too long, but enough is enough....Please drop mean email w/# so we could talk. Vegas sounds great rite about now. Kiss the angels 4 me. Pete, Lee not1 day has passed that u guys r not on our minds.......miss u guys.....luv ur cugiere B and N and 3 angels here........

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We miss u guys sooooooo much, and the food, fugeddabout it....Its been way too long, but enough is enough....Please drop mean email w/# so we could talk. Vegas sounds great rite about now. Kiss the angels 4 me. Pete, Lee not1 day has passed that u guys r not on our minds.......miss u guys.....luv ur cugiere B and N and 3 angels here........

Pros: The WILD MANS favorite place- Ruffino Gld anyone?

Cons: WHAT, R U KIDDIN ME!

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I have been going to La Palina's for most of my life. My mother grew up on Navy Street in Brooklyn and has known the family since they first went into the restaurant business.

What I like about La Palina's is that they cook authentic and delicious Southern Italian cuisine. If you don't like that style of Italian restaurant, pick another spot. The food is delicious and well cooked and the service is always reliable and friendly. We have also had many successful family parties there too. If you ask your waiter, they will serve appetizers and many of their entrees family style to a group.
I particularly like their seafood, fish, and veal entrees.

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★★★★★

I have been going to La Palina's for most of my life. My mother grew up on Navy Street in Brooklyn and has known the family since they first went into the restaurant business.

What I like about La Palina's is that they cook authentic and delicious Southern Italian cuisine. If you don't like that style of Italian restaurant, pick another spot. The food is delicious and well cooked and the service is always reliable and friendly. We have also had many successful family parties there too. If you ask your waiter, they will serve appetizers and many of their entrees family style to a group.
I particularly like their seafood, fish, and veal entrees.

Pros: Really good food and nice service. Rest rooms are on the same level.

Cons: Sometimes it difficult to park near the restaurant.

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My family has been dining at La Palina for around 35 years. Although we only go there once or twice a year, (due to our moving out of the area) we're always greeted as if we are regulars and experience great service. The waiters are friendly and have no problem accomodating requests, especially for children. The food is consistent and fresh. Every time we go somewhere else for Italian food, we wonder what we were thinking.
My favorites - mussels, clams, the pork chops with vinegar are outstanding, the seafood salad is amazing. Reservations are needed on the weekends.

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My family has been dining at La Palina for around 35 years. Although we only go there once or twice a year, (due to our moving out of the area) we're always greeted as if we are regulars and experience great service. The waiters are friendly and have no problem accomodating requests, especially for children. The food is consistent and fresh. Every time we go somewhere else for Italian food, we wonder what we were thinking.
My favorites - mussels, clams, the pork chops with vinegar are outstanding, the seafood salad is amazing. Reservations are needed on the weekends.

Pros: Service, food, value

Cons: The decor is a little dated

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Always fantastic. So many favorites, especially the hot antipasto, the mussels possilipo and any of the green vegetables with garlic and oil. So much garlic, we used to joke they must be growing it out back. Always friendly. Often big parties of families festively celebrating. Large percentage of diners are Italian-American, and that says the whole story!

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Always fantastic. So many favorites, especially the hot antipasto, the mussels possilipo and any of the green vegetables with garlic and oil. So much garlic, we used to joke they must be growing it out back. Always friendly. Often big parties of families festively celebrating. Large percentage of diners are Italian-American, and that says the whole story!

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La Palina has great home cooked style Italian food. Every dish is always fresh and tastes wonderful. Baked Clams, Mozzarella and Carozza to die for. The nightly specials are great too. There has not been one dish which I have ordered that I didn't like. I am Italian and consider myself a conesour of great Italian food. It's near home and never disappointing. Reservations are recommended. My family and I go there for our birthdays and I am always recommending it to friends. As a matter of fact I will be there again, before the week is up. The food servers are always on the ball. Great customer service. Thanks Guys.
Lisa T

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La Palina has great home cooked style Italian food. Every dish is always fresh and tastes wonderful. Baked Clams, Mozzarella and Carozza to die for. The nightly specials are great too. There has not been one dish which I have ordered that I didn't like. I am Italian and consider myself a conesour of great Italian food. It's near home and never disappointing. Reservations are recommended. My family and I go there for our birthdays and I am always recommending it to friends. As a matter of fact I will be there again, before the week is up. The food servers are always on the ball. Great customer service. Thanks Guys.
Lisa T

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My heritage is a 50% Abruzzi and 50% Piedmonte-central and northern Italy. My wife is 100% Neopolitian. Her family cooking is a direct decentent from the La Palina Castelamare syle of rich Neopolitian cooking. I've been enjoying their meals since 1961. I have had a lifetime of wonderful Italian cuisine and am extremely grateful for it. I know a bit about what to expect from all things Italian. I really don't know where Fairandbalanced is coming from if not to just draw attention to themselves. Personally I don't think they have the slightest idea of what they are talking about; a bad vindictive review. I have been coming to a La Palina restaurant since I can remember and I have yet to get a bad meal. Their first huge restaurant was on Navy street where Kate Smith named the place after her La Palina cigar sponsor. The food then was just as it is now; terriffic and consistant. I've watched Anthony grow up along with a number of other life time waiters and never once have I seen theslightest hint of discourtesy. It's a family restaurant with a no nonsense Italian Brooklyn crowd. I agree with the bake clam reviewer. Still the best. Garguilo's and Fiorantino's give them a good run but La Palina takes it by a nose. As I said the gnocchi is memorable and the pasta with eggplant is awesome. I don't even like eggplant but this stuff is great. As a matter of fact, I can't find anything on the menu that isn't terriffic. Check it out, you'll see.

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My heritage is a 50% Abruzzi and 50% Piedmonte-central and northern Italy. My wife is 100% Neopolitian. Her family cooking is a direct decentent from the La Palina Castelamare syle of rich Neopolitian cooking. I've been enjoying their meals since 1961. I have had a lifetime of wonderful Italian cuisine and am extremely grateful for it. I know a bit about what to expect from all things Italian. I really don't know where Fairandbalanced is coming from if not to just draw attention to themselves. Personally I don't think they have the slightest idea of what they are talking about; a bad vindictive review. I have been coming to a La Palina restaurant since I can remember and I have yet to get a bad meal. Their first huge restaurant was on Navy street where Kate Smith named the place after her La Palina cigar sponsor. The food then was just as it is now; terriffic and consistant. I've watched Anthony grow up along with a number of other life time waiters and never once have I seen theslightest hint of discourtesy. It's a family restaurant with a no nonsense Italian Brooklyn crowd. I agree with the bake clam reviewer. Still the best. Garguilo's and Fiorantino's give them a good run but La Palina takes it by a nose. As I said the gnocchi is memorable and the pasta with eggplant is awesome. I don't even like eggplant but this stuff is great. As a matter of fact, I can't find anything on the menu that isn't terriffic. Check it out, you'll see.

Pros: Everything they cook is the best.

Cons: Can't find anything really wrong.

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I used to go to LaPalina's when I lived in Brooklyn and now do so everytime I visit my parents. Fairandbalanced is off his rocker. This restraunt has awesome food, great waiter service and I've never been rushed in the 100 or so times I've eaten there. Fairandbalanced must be a plant from another place nearby.

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I used to go to LaPalina's when I lived in Brooklyn and now do so everytime I visit my parents. Fairandbalanced is off his rocker. This restraunt has awesome food, great waiter service and I've never been rushed in the 100 or so times I've eaten there. Fairandbalanced must be a plant from another place nearby.

Pros: awesome food

Cons: none

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The restaurant is highly overrated and relies on its past reputation for taking advantage of the customer. The food leaves a lot to be desired, is not always fresh, and alcohol is switched to cheaper brands which deceives the patron. I found the waiters and staff to be unfriendly and arrogant, and basically just want to take your money and get you out of there as soon as possible. Mr. Anthony even had the audacity to spray cleaning fluid on the table while people were trying to finish up. You can receive much better value at other establishments.

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The restaurant is highly overrated and relies on its past reputation for taking advantage of the customer. The food leaves a lot to be desired, is not always fresh, and alcohol is switched to cheaper brands which deceives the patron. I found the waiters and staff to be unfriendly and arrogant, and basically just want to take your money and get you out of there as soon as possible. Mr. Anthony even had the audacity to spray cleaning fluid on the table while people were trying to finish up. You can receive much better value at other establishments.

Pros: not much

Cons: anything to take advantage of the customer

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La Palina IS THE MEASURING STICK for great ITALIAN food. I am going to resent doing this BUT. The Best BAKED CLAMS on the planet are made here. You may think you know good baked clams. Try them once and I am sure I will be waiting in line behind you the next time I go to La Palina. I've been eating here since I was small enough to sit at the table sitting on phone books. The best the best the best.

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La Palina IS THE MEASURING STICK for great ITALIAN food. I am going to resent doing this BUT. The Best BAKED CLAMS on the planet are made here. You may think you know good baked clams. Try them once and I am sure I will be waiting in line behind you the next time I go to La Palina. I've been eating here since I was small enough to sit at the table sitting on phone books. The best the best the best.

Pros: Great service and FOOD

Cons: NONE

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One of the best New York Italian restaurants. Superb hot antipasto, mussels possilipo, spaghetti alio olio, chicken cacciatori, chicken scarpariello and all vegetables in garlic and oil. Great and unpretentious New York Italian restaurant atmosphere. Out of the way location. Hint: Travel down Avenue P to West 5th St., turn and go up W. 5th one block, turn right on Avenue O, and you're there! Enjoy!

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One of the best New York Italian restaurants. Superb hot antipasto, mussels possilipo, spaghetti alio olio, chicken cacciatori, chicken scarpariello and all vegetables in garlic and oil. Great and unpretentious New York Italian restaurant atmosphere. Out of the way location. Hint: Travel down Avenue P to West 5th St., turn and go up W. 5th one block, turn right on Avenue O, and you're there! Enjoy!

Pros: Superb New York Italian food. Tons of garlic. They must have their own farm!

Cons: A bit noisy and out of the way.

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A refreshing break from the buttoned up Manhattan Italian restaurants, La Palina is as "old school" as it gets. Great for a large family get together, the wait staff has yet to turn down a special request in front of me. A perfect Italian version of comfort food. My grandparents considered it a staple restaurant, and hopefully my grandkids will as well. The 3 dollar signs are misleading... it's extremely affordable. You get treated like a regular even if it's your first time there. Take the kids... take friends... take yourself... don't miss out!!!

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★★★★★

A refreshing break from the buttoned up Manhattan Italian restaurants, La Palina is as "old school" as it gets. Great for a large family get together, the wait staff has yet to turn down a special request in front of me. A perfect Italian version of comfort food. My grandparents considered it a staple restaurant, and hopefully my grandkids will as well. The 3 dollar signs are misleading... it's extremely affordable. You get treated like a regular even if it's your first time there. Take the kids... take friends... take yourself... don't miss out!!!

 

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