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1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837 (Capitola Rd.)
(831) 475-1222
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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San Jose, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a hidden gem of Capitola !! Amazing view ! Fantastic cuisine ! Attentive service !!! This place is almost "hidden" in the beautiful and lush landscaping of its location. We took the Hillevator down, you have to experience this ride, to reach the restaurant's main entrance and we were pleasantly greeted and served immediately. EVERYTHING about this restaurant left... More 

Thank HV19006
Placentia, California
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52 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have been to Shadowbrook a couple times and each time the experience is wonderful. It starts with the cable car ride down to the restaurant. A real nice touch. There are 5 levels to the dining rooms. I would recommend the bottom level by the water (river). The service was excellent and the food was great. Nothing about this... More 

Thank Gil M
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were on vacation, and Shadowbrook was recommended. We expected a Tourist Trap, but oh were we wrong! The setting is amazing, the tram ride down to the restaurant fun, but the food and service were what won us over. All of our dinners were delicious, perfectly prepared ( fish, gnocchi, lame, beef) and our server ( sorry , we... More 

Thank ryanranch0
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having lived in the Bay Area almost all my life, and having heard of Shadowbrook for most of that time - and having skipped it twice for aProm destination back in high school - my wife and I finally made it there for an anniversary dinner on a rainy Sunday evening. We took the funicular - my first ride in... More 

Thank Zwerski
Northfield, Minnesota
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Unique hillside building allows for varied dining rooms, but everyone of them beautiful. Very attentive and professional service - outstanding - and wonderful meal. A great experience!

Thank George C
Vacaville, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite restaurant I've ever been to. It's amazing. Have to see it to believe it. And the food and service is amazing as well. The ambiance is the best. Can't recommend this place enough. You won't be disappointed

Thank duckfarts21
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed the restaurant for a special occasion my filet was cooked perfectly We sat next to a window that overlooked the water in the room had a tree in It

Thank tanya p
New England
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting our son in Santa Cruz, and he took us here to his and his girlfriends favorite restaurant. Very impressive. You enter the restaurant via a tram rather than an elevator. That alone was impressive. The food was top notch, the waiters were well informed on menu items, explaining everything you asked. I highly recommend this for fine... More 

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Carmel, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no doubt that from the moment the 1950 dodge taxi picks you up, the magic starts. The ride and subsequent arrival are spectacular. The walk down( do this rather than take the lift) is beautiful and not to be missed. The building, decor, lighting and views are very special. Cassius our server was attentive and knowledgable. Everything was... More 

Thank carmelalan
Gilroy, California
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331 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a special restaurant that is way popular with the locals, the dining areas are perched above the river, and access is gained with a funicular that only carried a few people at a time. Make reservations first, get there early, don't get up set over parking, it is tight.

Thank Norma W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837
    (Capitola Rd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: (831) 475-1222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?