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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, American
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231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
+1 831-476-2263
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Placentia, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never been to this place and just the name of it conjured up the Beach Boys song and kind of a dive bar joint. It was nothing of the sort. It was a nice place with none of the bar atmosphere I was expecting. The food was really good and the service was good also. The best part... More 

Thank Gil M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful dining on the water. The service was excellent. The Guac was average but the enchiladas were great! Large indoor bar with numerous seats. Heaters and blankets are offered for outdoor seating. The tables outside are worth the wait but make sure you have a waterside table as a few are tucked back.

Thank Rochelle S
Soquel, California
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dined at Maragaritaville on their outside patio. This is a dog friendly patio and it also has heat lamps for cold nights. The tacos were great though a bit on the spicy side for our daughter. Service good too.

Thank gotkona
Salinas, California, United States
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225 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

I've been here many times and always enjoy sitting outside sipping a margarita or having lunch. Caution: low flying seagulls have gotten me more than once with an unexpected surprise. Hey, it's supposed to be good luck!

Thank 556danaa
Santa Cruz, California
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361 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Nice restaurant in downtown Capitola, right on the Esplanade. The menu is typical Mexican food. The fish tacos are not so typical. Yummm. Nice place to meet up for margaritas.

Thank JeriLG
Tyler, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

Visited on a Saturday. They had live music upstairs from 12-530 which was great. Really good drink prices $9 for a strong mixed drink. Cant beat the view. Can't wait to return.

Thank christianabrewster
northern california
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Nice casual place, on the water. The menu was limited, with just a few choices. We had salads and a guacamole appetizer. The food and service was good.

Thank travelgalagala
Escalon, California
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71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Stopped in for lunch. We had the fish taco's and calamari. Fish taco's are fabulous! Nice plate for the price! Nice balance of flavors to. Calamari was perfectly fried! Nice glass of white local wine rounded off the meal. Service was friendly and prompt! Great job folks!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

One of the best dining experiences I've ever had! Great service, food and view of the beach! Will be back the next time around.

Thank Shanny Bella B
berkeley, ca 94720
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

the Bronzino $20 (a whole friend fish top with lemon & sea salt very tender & delicious) , garlic prawns $18-tasty, Baja style taco $15( Alaskan Halibut/beer batter/avocado & cabbage with chipotle cream), chips & salsa $3 & guacamole was so fresh, yes, we recommended everyone to try there food. friends & I can't wait to go back there for... More 

Thank ann c

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-2263
Margaritaville has reopened under new ownership with a new 25 seat bar, service staff and menu. We offer fresh sustainable contemporary Mexican seafood in a first class casual environment with panoramic oceanviews.

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