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1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837
+1 831-475-1511
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“prime rib” (68 reviews)
“scallops” (43 reviews)
“steak” (47 reviews)
Open Now
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837
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Reviewed today

The garden and view are beautiful, The food was very good, the atmosphere was relaxed and romantic. We were there with my boyfriend's parents, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and fathers day. The parents were offered complimentary Champagne for their anniversary. The waiter seemed to...More

Thank Cheryl W
Reviewed today

Besides having excellent food, the experience getting into the place is great. Taking the funicular down. Was a hoot. View of the water was nice too.

Thank U747DLjamesr
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a refreshing Pear Pleasure Martini and Artichoke Guyere Fontina Pizza cooked in their wood fire oven. Friendly and attentive service in a charming atmosphere ...must try the chocolate truffles!

Thank Donna F
Reviewed 1 week ago

She requested a return to Shadowbrook for her birthday. Made an early reservation for 4:30 pm on a Saturday. The reservation was honored promptly as we arrived. The staff is very cordial and eager to please. There will be several staff members visiting you at...More

Thank Bob J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very special place. The entrance is nothing short of magnificent with a cable car descending a hardened cliff down to multilevel tavern and dinning areas. The bar is beyond friendly with gifted oncologists and an ample and delicious bar menu. The place...More

Thank borisek2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made reservations via Yelp. Lovely atmosphere at any table. This was my second time here. We sat in the lower room with a view of the river. Take the tram down for an experience. We took the stairs back up. Stop occasionally and take in...More

Thank Kiddergirl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner at the Shadowbrook is beyond your wildest dream and I don't mean just the amazing wine list, the impeccable service, or the delicious food. The beautiful architecture and location added to the ambiance. We sampled a variety of appetizers and entrees and each one...More

1  Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Was excited to try this hyped up place but was let down. We got our seats shortly after arriving but we’re crammed into a tiny area with barely room to get in and out. Waiter was sarcastic and snarky—I’m not sure if he thought he...More

1  Thank ellykay555
Reviewed May 13, 2018

The setting is absolutely gorgeous! The menu is impressive with something for everyone. The staff is very attentive. We cannot wait to go back

Thank mja826
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Often these old-school fancy restaurants don’t live up to their reputations. This is not the case with Shadowbrook. From the moment you arrive, you are swept into a completely unique experience. Riding a cable car, drinking a crisp martini, views of the creek and ocean.....More

Thank kevinprau
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April 23, 2018|
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Response from westcoastjoe1 | Reviewed this property |
No cut off shorts or t shirts. Regular dress shorts are ok as is jeans.
Kimberly C
March 13, 2018|
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Response from pegami | Reviewed this property |
It is free - but we did make sure to tip the driver - enjoy!
July 12, 2016|
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Response from Janet K | Reviewed this property |
I would call the restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
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
Business meetings, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
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: +1 831-475-1511
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