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$$ - $$$, Seafood,
231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
+1 831-476-2263
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good45%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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“tacos” (25 reviews)
“chorizo” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
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21 - 30 of 133 reviews

Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

I've been going to Margaritaville for more than 30 years, we love to be next to the water to enjoy the views, to drink a delicious margarita and their great food

Thank MarkGaby
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

Stop in for Lunch with friends and family after camping at New Brighton State Beach before heading home. We had our dog so were seated on the patio. Ordered a strawberry margarita which was very strong and the Chili Verde hit the spot. Kids ordered...More

Thank Justlynn J
Reviewed July 20, 2017

The view is terrific, the drinks are delicious. The food is mediocre. The first alert was the chips and salsa: the salsas had good flavor and texture but the chips were dripping with grease. We ordered the mango fish tacos: the fish was undercooked, the...More

Thank karenkhazar
Reviewed July 15, 2017

"Oh, there's no great restaurants here in Capitola, you should go to Santa Cruz", says a woman I asked for restaurant suggestions when my friend and I did a spontaneous road trip down to Capitola today. We ignored her and went driving down Capitola Ave...More

Thank Sametta G
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

This place rocks with specialty tapas and drinks. The view is pretty damn good from the beach. Its definitely worth stopping in for.

Thank toohuge
Reviewed July 12, 2017

The "ORIGINAL" Margaritaville in Capitola on the Esplanade did itself proud last week. Great Margaritas, burritos, and shrimp tacos highlighted a far more varied and exotic menu.

Thank George L
Reviewed July 11, 2017

For those that chose to venture away from the Santa Cruz madness for an afternoon the almost next-door neighbor is Capitola just a few miles south. For years the main draw of this town was the Shadowbrook restaurant which hands down is my all around...More

Thank John I
Reviewed July 8, 2017

We got right in (inside table), without reservations, on a busy summer Sunday. This is a very nice and large restaurant, with good margaritas and some gourmet Mexican dishes. I had some excellent, but small, crab tostadas. The six of us shared two pitchers of...More

Thank centralcoastguy
Reviewed July 6, 2017

Stopped in for lunch on a busy Sunday. The beach and the village were packed with people. So, we could not eat out on the patio without a long wait and wound up on a high top table near the kitchen. Not the greatest spot...More

1  Thank TAGTripAd
Reviewed June 21, 2017 via mobile

Birds pooped on food during patio dining. Slow service, mediocre food, not accommodating. Not great for kids.

1  Thank Robinelechat
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
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
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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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