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231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
+1 831-476-2263
11:30 am - 9:00 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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Boulder, CO
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103 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant on the beach of capitola. Great jalepeno margaritas. Service was outstanding. Food was good quality and well presented.

Thank KJM_Boulder
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to sip some margaritas and watch the Sun go down. nice little town Capitola Village By the Sea in Capitola California. Family friendly. They even give you blankets and heaters for when the Sun goes down and it gets cold

Thank SyvieGi
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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202 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2017

We were unfortunate to visit Capitola for 3 consecutive, non-stop days of rain. We did manage to venture out 1 morning along the coast from Capitola to Santa Cruz, then ended up back in Capitola as Margaritaville opened for lunch. We were the only table and enjoyed excellent, friendly service. The food was so so. The mango fish tacos were... More 

Thank Brad S
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

Get their early for a beautiful view of the river as it flows into the sea and the colorful quaint lodgings along this waterway. We got in just before five and there was no wait. Happy hour has a great menu. Wonderful fried calamari appetizer with a very good margarita and a Dave's locally made beer. Then we had the... More 

Thank Jane S
Santa Cruz, California
1 review
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

Took the family there for the first time... food menu was pretty basic and overpriced. When food came out, the meat was almost raw and they got our orders wrong. The food was very basic and almost bland. I would have been ok with the poor food if the price matched, but that was wishful thinking. It was well over... More 

Thank Montino1
Elk Grove, California
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301 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2017

With a wonderful site over the Soquel Creek and Capitola Beach, the food is very good and the service is excellent. My wife and I dropped in for a late lunch on a weekday when it wasn't crowded. We could imagine what it might be like late in the afternoon and particularly on the weekend happy hours -- loud and... More 

Thank Dunsmurian
Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017

We had a wonderful time there after our visit to town. We had the Happy Hour marguaritas and they were very good. Our waiter, Ricky! was very nice, friendly, and personable. Thomas, the manager, told us about the clean up that keeps the beach pristine during the peak season. Everyone was super friendly. On the deck, they have heater for... More 

Thank Yolande B
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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291 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2017

Great food, great view. Delicious Mexican food on the beach. Great outdoor patio dining. Service was good. Would eat here again!

Thank TCM327
Ottawa, Illinois
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110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

We come here often. We love to come during happy hour, sit outside and watch the sunset. Inside is very nice also. Good family place. Good food, great service. You might have to wait for a seat, but not long.

Thank CRMyers
Latham, New York
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65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 1, 2017

I planned my meal here to watch the sunset but there really wasn't one to see that night. Still, the view of the beach was nice, the ambiance was nice (thought a bit noisy, due to a nearby birthday party and the associated drinking games) bartender was excellent and the margarita and food were also excellent. The tortilla chips are... More 

Thank James H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene
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?