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Palapas Restaurant

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21 Seascape Village, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003
831-662-9000
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Food, Service, Location

Excellent Mexican seafood, good wine list with lots of local stuff. Ocean view. Indoor and outdoor eating. Love the seared Ahi tuna. Good happy hour bar specials on food (try the calamari). I'd like to give Palapas five stars but sometimes when the bar gets too busy (especially Friday happy hour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2015
Z0nker
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Monterey, California
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Boulder Creek, California
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Nice decor and comfortable booths. The Mexican food we ordered was adequate and mildly seasoned. The waitstaff was attentive and knowledgeable.

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Thank FullTiltTraveler
Aptos, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Atmosphere, service and food are excellent. Delicious seafood with mexican flair. Corn tortillas are delicious and made in their kitchen. Ambience is great as are the views.

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Thank Conradino
Soquel
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We've been going to this restaurant for years because the food was great, unlike most Mexican restaurants serving food draped with a heavy sauce. The last few times we were there, however, the sauce has gotten heavier and the service slower. By slower, I mean that it took an hour and a half for us to have a meal for... More 

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Thank Richard H
Monterey, California
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Excellent Mexican seafood, good wine list with lots of local stuff. Ocean view. Indoor and outdoor eating. Love the seared Ahi tuna. Good happy hour bar specials on food (try the calamari). I'd like to give Palapas five stars but sometimes when the bar gets too busy (especially Friday happy hour) the service is awful.

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Thank Z0nker
Santa Cruz, California
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We haven't been back in a few years as the last two times were very under par. The service was excellent (Jordan is top notch) but the food was poor and made me ill. I ordered the halibut special which was so slathered in sauce that it was difficult to find...obviously intentional because the fish was old and mushy. Eating... More 

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Thank KCKlein
San Clemente
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

I would give this restaurant a 4 for the food ,however we have been there before and we were very disappointed by our reception last nite. It was my husband's 70th birthday and we made reservations for a early dinner. We even changed it to 4::00 to make sure we could get a window. The hostess was not accommodating at... More 

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Thank JudySanClemente
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267 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

We haven't eaten here in quite a while. Part of the reason was it was always just so-so Mex food. Last nite we went with another couple and we were pleasantly surprised on how good it was. My wife had the seafood Pozole----Superb 5 stars. I had the halibut special which was very good( a tad overcooked), but great shrimp... More 

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Thank soifdawg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

I have been recommending and bringing friends and family here for 20 years. Palapas has been amazing with it's service, food, atmosphere and quality. They have never let me or anyone I have recommended down. Fabulous all the way around.

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Thank SkullMonkey
Santa Cruz, California
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

This place is hidden on the first floor of a small shopping mall but well worth the visit. Make sure you make a reservation for dinner. There is indoor and outdoor seating (you can see the ocean from up here!) The food is very good and, as mentioned before, so are the margaritas!

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Thank 72traveler408
Hercules, California
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

We haven't been to Palapas for three years; we go there when we are visiting the area and staying at the Seascape resort. It's a very nice venue, with good views and a nice atmosphere. So what's wrong with it? Not the food portions; they are more than adequate, and both my wife and I took some back to the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21 Seascape Village, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: 831-662-9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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