Shadowbrook is beautiful. The outside is surrounded by greenery and flowers, the inside polished and just lovely. It is built into a hillside, with a funicular to bring guests up and down; there are are also stairs that meander down the hillside. We loved the ride in the funicular; my 8 year old son loved it. The food was very good. We had a problem with our order as the waiter assigned to us usually worked in the dining room, and we were sitting in the bar area. The result was that two of our parties' meals came right before the waiter came back to tell my mother and me that the one item we ordered was not available yet (it was late afternoon, not yet dinner time). So we had to make another selection and then wait for that to be done, while the others ate.
The manager came over and apologised, as did the waiter (more than once). They did not charge for the late meals, and made a very nice apology. It was a blip I think, in this usually smoothly-running restaurant. The way the error was immdiately handled so professionally, with genuine concern, was impressive.
The margaritas were top-notch, the food was very good, the desserts were sinful; just what I like in a restaurant! To have that in the gorgeous setting of the Shadowbrook was so much fun. If we are ever in Capitola again we will be back. Don't miss it if you want a relaxing romantic meal surrounded by beauty.