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1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 475-1222
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Ranked #4 of 91 Restaurants in Capitola
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Capitola Rd.
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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

First I'll review the restaurant and then I'll go into the logistics for the beach. This is a unique, iconic restaurant perched in the side of a cliff overlooking the creek in Capitola. The sunset views can be gorgeous if the fog cooperates. ;-) The restaurant also has a large bar area which is nice for hanging out before or... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

A must-go if you're in the area. Make reservations! Our table was next to a tree growing through the top of the restaurant. Breathtaking views of nature, very picturesque. Family friendly and romantic. Our young daughter loved the little cable car going down the hill from the top level. Food was delicious! Lovely presentation and flavors. We enjoyed ever bite.... More

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Garden Valley, California
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147 reviews 147 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We have eaten here quite often, and enjoy eating in the bar. Great wine list and service. I am glad we were there early Sunday evening because as we were getting ready to leave it was getting quite crowded with tons of noisy kids. To me this is not a kids restaurant .

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North Richland Hills, Texas
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Riding the little cog train down to the restaurant sets up this special evening, or your can walk down the winding trail through manicured garden. You will need reservations unless you eat early. The specials rare always terrific. My wife and I love this place for special occasions.

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Tracy, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Thought we would take our daughter for a Sunday birthday lunch after a weekend stay in Monterey. Beautiful setting, but that is all I can say about Shadowbrook. There was a wedding held that morning, so a sign out front stated closed till 2:30, no problem we took in some sights and enjoyed the afternoon. Came back to the restaurant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

You have to take a able car to get to the restaurant. Overall it was impressive. I had the prime rib and I was expecting a 12-oz portion, but it turned out to be only 8-oz one. Service is above par. Atmosphere is excellent. The bar is very impressive and there was a drummer on stage for the audience.

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New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We made an unforseen trip to santa Cruz and were recommended to eat here by our hotel concierge. The arrive at the restaurant you could either take a small tram down to the riverside restaurant or walk down the stairs. We chose the stairs which winded through beautiful gardens with waterfalls. Upon entering we were greeted by a hostess who... More

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Dallas, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Was in town to visit family and they took me here. Food was great and the restaurant was very nice. Service was excellent. This is the only place I want to eat when I'm in town.

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main line, pa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a very special restaurant you will not find anywhere else! The setting is set INTO the capitola hillside overlooking a river surrounded by lush trees and mature mountainside growth. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Food was pricey, but worth every penny. Make sure to try the artichoke soup. Wine selection is vast. Try and request seating near... More

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Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I went here for our anniversary in July. The Shadowbrook is a feast for the eye as well as the palate. The walk down the hillside was steep but beautiful, the handrail helps. There were flowering plants, trees and trickling streams everywhere. The building is gorgeous, the scenery beautiful. We sat outside on the patio, listened to... More

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