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203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
+1 831-475-4900
07:00 - 02:00
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Capitola is one of my favorite oceanside towns. We did not have time to browse through the quaint shops, but since we found a parking spot right by Zelda's we decided to give it a try. It was too cold and breezy to sit outside but we had an ocean view in the quite noisy restaurant. The food was okay... More 

Thank Carol S
Napa, California
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78 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even on Mother's Day food and service once seated was exceptional. When we entered the staff were not helpful as I imagine they were bracing themselves for the busy day.

Thank Gail B
Helena, Montana
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect spot to sit and watch the waves roll in. Service was decent and the food was mediocre. There was only a few people in there for breakfast and when our food arrived it was already cold! Would still go back and give them another chance.

Thank oneil12
West Valley City, Utah
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329 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to stop here for some dinner, but their Wednesday special with appetizers and drinks at a great price was hard to pass up. The food was great, the music and ambience were wonderful. Couldn't have asked for a better night. Also the wait staff was excellent.

Thank aluckart
Marana, Arizona
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Refreshing to dine on the patio which overlooks Capitola Beach. Zelda's offers a nice selection of choices. Great place to meet with family and friends and soak up the local scene. You can see the pier and surfers from the patio. Cutest beach town ever!

Thank Pizazzle
Topeka, Kansas
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184 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Had a very good meal here. Had their seafood pasta and my wife had a meal of shrimp. The food was well prepared and the service was very good. The portions were large enough to satisfy my Kansas craving for fresh seafood.

Thank hereintop
Arroyo Grande, California
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Ok. Pricey for what we got Gluten free salad options changed the entire salad! Offered balsamic vinegar and oil. No wontons. No dressing or anything to make it an Asian salad. Disappointed. Clam chowder bowl was huge. Good not great.

Thank Diane Y
Seaside, California
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103 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Zelda's is a go to spot on the beach in Capitola. Generally crowded and hard to find a parking place. Fun in the sun, more expensive than it is worth, but everything on the beach is subject to the following: the better the view, the worse the food. Enjoy anyway. Watch out for the parking tickets and the gulls.

Thank Martin C
Novato, California
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283 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The place is well situated and the views are nice. In spite of being very busy, the wait service was as good as the food.

Thank TheBlum
Chicago, Illinois
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258 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Capitola is a quaint little town near Santa Cruz. Zelda's has a great outdoor seating area and is the perfect spot to soak up the sunshine while you're grabbing a bite to eat or a cocktail. I don't normally order calamari, but the waitress told us that it was one of their best selling menu items. I understand why -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-475-4900

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