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Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, American, Pub
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231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
+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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Emeryville, California
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81 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place for drinks. We've been here a couple times and love to stop in here. The drinks are great and we've had really good service. The guacamole with chips and salsa are very good. I'm disappointed that they don't have anything for vegetarians. I asked if they had vegetarian tacos and they said no. How hard... More 

Thank Michelle G
Vacaville, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to get a nice table for a group as a late night walk in on a Friday. Well staffed and good service. All enjoyed their entree choices. One of the nicer spots on the beachfront.

Thank Jim B
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed both visits to this restaurant. On our first visit it was foggy, but seated between two heaters we were totally comfortable on the patio. Chips and two kinds of salsa was only $3.00, with more chips offered when we finished. The service was excellent and professional. The washroom was recently renovated and scrupulously clean. We'd like to... More 

Thank Jubilada2009
Los Gatos, California
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218 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by for a brunch/lunch and had great service but the food was average. I had the fish tacos which were decent but ultimately a little dull though adding some chipotle sauce helped. Drinks were supplied fast and were good. Not bad but I wouldn't make a special trip

Thank Tom B
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat outside over the lagoon and could look out onto the beach and the ocean, great view. We had a margarita that was barely passable, but the calamari came out quickly and was good with fried jalapenos and fried lemon slices. The steak nachos were flavorless and expensive. The service started out good, but became non-existant after placing our... More 

Thank ncalifvol
west palm beach
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are 3 Mexican restaurants in this quaint area. The small town has a super view and cool vibe even though small. MUST visit this area if you are near Santa Cruz!

Thank smroney
Hilmar, California
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant sits on the waterfront with a view of the iconic Capitola waterfront condos. The Mexican food is fresh and flavorful and they have great Margaritas. Our servers were friendly and very helpful when a few people in our party had questions and special requests. We were very happy with our choice of dining for our first afternoon in... More 

Thank desal
Capitola, California
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As locals, we gave this another try as it's under new management. It's clear that they are making an effort but it does not seem to be working too well. We should be clear that the location is great, right on the lagoon in Capitola. We ate in the bar and service was good. They have a LOT of servers... More 

Thank AlantheRover
Santa Cruz, California
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177 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place to take friends for a special occasion or just a weekend night for drinks, thus place (not affiliated with the Jimmy Buffet enterprise) has a nice relaxed vibe. Menu features some very good seafood choices.

Thank brocdog
Auburn, Washington
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were seated right away out but it took a long time before our order was taken. The food was plentiful and staff friendly when they came by. It was close to closing so they seemed busy cleaning up. They might want to consider staying open later even if it is a Sunday.

Thank Jan W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, American, Pub
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, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
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
  • 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?