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Palapas Restaurant

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21 Seascape Vlg, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003-6102
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Livermore, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saturday brunch/lunch time. We were greeted and seated quickly. Friendly assistance from local teens, kudos for effort. Ambience is nice. White linens, Windows out to the coast. Foggy so no sun or surf but I am sure on a clear day the view is terrific. If you are looking for lunch and especially seafood then the menu has lots of... More 

Thank TFamLLL
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

My husband loves fish tacos and by far these were the best ever!! The staff was friendly and very professional. They were very knowledgeable about the area too. Lovely restaurant and delicious food!

Thank coarsegold
Jackson, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

Has outstanding meal complete with the Mango Margarita, There is a wonderful view from every seat in the room. Fun times out on the deck too.

Thank Julia M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

An amazing dining experience with a fantastic ocean view. They have the BEST Chili Verde around!! It can get crowded fast, any day of the week, so plan ahead and make reservations.

Thank Judith D
Aptos, CA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The food is very good, it's pricey though. If you change anything out, they will charge you for it, for example: if you don't want beans and rice but veggies instead, you're charged extra money. If you are full from dinner but ask for dessert to go, you will be charged for the to go box. The margaritas are yummy!

Thank PleasantNess
Rio del Mar, California
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Looking for an ocean view? Don't want to be in a "Big City"? Palapas, in Spanish a palapa is a thatch covered hut. In Seascape (Nine miles south of Downtown Santa Cruz), it is a quality restaurant with a professional staff. I wouldn't call it "cozy" but it has all of the features a tourist could want. The staff is... More 

Thank Richard D
Soquel, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Interesting food and good service. Great for birthdays, celebrations or just a nice meal. Mexicano con una sabor de California,

Thank Melmoemoe
Aptos, California
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292 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

Not sure what's up with this place. Sometimes 4 star, sometimes so-so. Today was below average Service real slow, plus had to remind server multiple times for extra napkins/salsa. Entrees arrived room temp. My fish was not fresh(smelly). Not cheap either! Too bad, as We'd eat here more often if quality and consistency were good. We'll pass for a while... More 

Thank soifdawg
Los Gatos
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128 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016 via mobile

Mexican food is so diverse that ones' response is often a function of exposure to a particular region. There are 7 regional cuisines in Mexico but we Americans tend to think primarily in terms of Tex Mex or Sonoran although good representations of the actual Mexican regions are becoming more available here. With that said I am unable to characterize... More 

Thank RichMLosGatos
San Francisco, CA
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57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Absolutely loved my birthday dinner celebrated at Palapas. We were promptly seated and greeted by a lovely waiter. The thing I noticed off the bat is the menu: a huge offering which was surprising for a Mexican themed restaurant. I will say we had vegetarian, gluten-free and Whole 30 plan eaters at the table and all three were able to... More 

Thank Wildcat98

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Seascape Vlg, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003-6102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: 831-662-9000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?