My wife and I rarely go to Capitola, as it's about 90 miles from our home. But, for my birthday, we headed down to the area for a couple of days. We decided to wing it and try someplace new for lunch.
As it was on a Sunday with fantastic weather, Capitola was packed. We had to park about a mile away from downtown. When we made it to the downtown area, we were just down the street from the Stockton Bridge.
My wife spied a sign in front of a nondescript building right next to the bridge. "Look," she said, "I think it's a restaurant!" It's not in the "restaurant row" of Capitola, and it doesn't really stand out. But if you can find it, I'd recommend a trip.
We were able to sit outside (it was early and we were the first ones there). Our table had a nice view of the multi-colored oceanfront rentals on the other side of the Stockton Bridge.
The food was very good, but not cheap. I had one of the "small plates," the Jack and Bacon Prawns, while my wife had the Duck Egg Rolls. Both were tasty and well-presented.
We also split a bottle of wine; we asked if we could leave the wine there and pick it up later if we didn't finish the bottle (we wanted to walk around Capitola for a while and shop). They said, "no problem."
The wine list is small but well-varied and reasonably priced. It features mainly wines from the Monterey area as well as Napa.
Overall, a very pleasant dining experience. I'd recommend checking this place out if you're in the Capitola area.