Chef Dustin Trani represents the 4th generation of the Trani Family to be an owner/chef cooking in San Pedro. Currently he is best known for J. Trani’s Ristorante which is his Family’s successor restaurant to their original San Pedro establishment, Trani’s Majestic Café opened in 1925 in downtown San Pedro.
His latest venture (in the works since 2019) is the ambitious soon to officially open Trani’s Dockside Station located in San Pedro’s historic waterfront in a vintage (fully restored and renovated) 1920 building that initially served as an immigration hall. In more recent years it was the local diner, Canetti’s Seafood Grotto, which closed in 2010 after a 70-year run. The exterior has been carefully restored and preserved along with the addition of a striking, art deco neon vertical sign. The restaurant will eventually be open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
The handsome and spacious Trani’s Dockside (with inside and outside patio seating) features coastal cuisine with a prominent exhibition raw bar and wood-fired cooking. The bustling wholesale fish market is located directly across the street from Trani’s. It doesn’t get any fresher than that. Think Fatty Bluefin Tartar topped with Ginger and Lime Marinated Green Apples.
The distinctive curved stone and mahogany wood bar top (circa 1947) was repurposed from a departed area drinking establishment of note. An antique,1,600- pound cast bronze teller’s table from the original Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) serves as the unusual community table.
Chef Dustin Trani is our guest with a platter of freshly shucked oysters at the ready.