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1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837 (Capitola Rd.)
17:00 - 20:30
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Sun 16:30 - 20:30
Mon - Fri 17:00 - 20:30
Sat 16:30 - 21:30
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Seaside, California
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97 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a foodie, a cook and difficult to please. Shadowbrook is a local icon and worth a visit. From the tram that takes you from street level down the steep incline to the front door to the wonderful décor, the lush landscaping and view of the flowing river, I can see why so many people flock to Shadowbrook. Do... More 

Thank Martin C
Vero Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I will never forget this restaurant. I have been around the world twice and have been in many incredible restaurant but never have I bee in such a place I will always remember. First you go down to the restaurant with a funicular . That's a unique experience in itself. It will impress anybody you bring :) It looks over... More 

Portland, Oregon
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83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

So this restaurant is a fun family experience. Of course the cable car was a hit with the children. We decided, after reading the suggestion in TripAdvisor , to walk down and see the beautiful plantings while it was still light out and take the cable car up at the end of the dinner. It was a good suggestion as... More 

Thank Glamerousgran
Little River
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Tuesdays has appetizers two for one. The pizza's are really good and you can have Ahi two ways, poke or wrapped in nori and panko and slightly seared. There's a lot to choose from and the ambience is great, and the garden is gorgeous.

Thank WolfHeart002
Asheville, North Carolina
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271 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is in a remarkable location, built into the side of a hill overlooking a lovely river. A real funicular takes you down to the restaurant. Quite classy I personally do not understand the high ratings for this restaurant. Don't get me wrong, the food is good quality with copious portions. On the other hand, nothing was special, especially,... More 

Thank Frank E
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

We arrived early one evening and were immediately delighted by the ambiance. With two little boys in our party of 5, we sat on the outdoor patio which allowed them "wiggle room." They loved the funicular as well as the scenic steps to and from the restaurant. The food was well prepared and presented. Our server was understanding and professional.... More 

Thank BetsyR19130
Burlingame, California
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295 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Ride the red trolley down to the restaurant and the inside is like walking back in time. So beautiful, with 5 levels right on the river. Great old time wooden bar and lots of speciality drinks and great wine list. Service was superb. Baked Brie was great as an appetizer and the ahi tuna salad nicoise was just ok. Scampi... More 

Thank travelagentreplies
Santa Clara, California
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399 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Not that hungry so we opted for appetizers only. The tram is adorable and very unique to any restaurant. We had river view and it was lovely. The restaurant is cozy and warm and quaint. Table cloth. I ordered the creamy artichoke soup. It was excellent! I also had a side of spinach and it was average. Our waiter was... More 

Thank Squeekie
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We were so excited to bring my mom to this restaurant for her birthday dinner! It had been recommended by everyone we talked to! The ambiance was incredible. Very unique with the tram down to the restaurant and all the different levels once inside. The service was pretty good, too. The food was what was a bit disappointing. It lacked... More 

Thank Stacy R
Vancouver, Washington
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188 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Dinner tonight was amazing. This was our first meal there. Trip Advisor was why we chose this place. First of all it is away from the main strip of Capitola which in itself was nice. There is a lot of parking but when we left the restaurant at 7pm, the parking lot was full and cars were circling. You can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010-2837
    (Capitola Rd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 8314751511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?