Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com/
  • Phone: 8314751511
  • Hours of Operation:
    Winter Dining Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00pm-8:45pm Sat 4:30pm-9:30pm Sun 4:30pm-8:45pm Winter Rockroom Bar Menu Available: Mon-Sat 4:00pm-10:00pm Sunday 2:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Kresge
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Shadowbrook has an in-house pastry department for banquet, wedding, or special occasion needs. For more information please call Allyson at 831-475-1222.
  • Private Party Facilities: Shadowbrook's four private dining rooms are the perfect location for evening special events, receptions, and weddings for groups of 10 to 100.
  • Private Party Contact: Allyson 8314751222
  • Entertainment: Live music in the Rock Room Lounge Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Special Events: Mention to us that it is your birthday and receive a complimentary ice cream sundae.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Capitola Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Three private lots with complimentary parking for guests; disabled parking spaces available.
A word from Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola
In Capitola-by-the-Sea, beside lush Soquel Creek just before it empties into the Monterey bay, Shadowbrook is best reached by its own quaint, hillside 'cable car' or the meandering garden path alongside waterfalls, ferns and flowers. For over 60 years, Shadowbrook has been famous its for fine food, wine and liqueurs served in an atmosphere of Old World charm and grace. Now, better then ever, Shadowbrook is perfect for any special occasion...or for no occasion at all.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola reviews from OpenTable diners
527 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (448)romantic (421)scenic view (399)fit for foodies (199)neighborhood gem (184)great for outdoor dining (177)notable wine list (146)good for groups (126)hot spot (70)kid-friendly (67)vibrant bar scene (66)great for brunch (57)great for lunch (40)late-night find (38)Show More
  • Dissapointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Was really looking forward to dinning at this place for the first time. The surroundings were great, but the food was not at the qaulity i would expect and lead to a disappointing night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    very slow wait staff, wrong dish was brought to me, server did not check back till 30 minutes after meals were delivered. The restaurant is in a beautiful location, but restaurant comes off a bit kitchy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vegetarians
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife and I are mostly vegan so finding suitable dining options can be a challenge. Shadowbrook had a nice vegetarian section of their menu and items were clearly marked as vegan too. My was happy and enchanted so all is well! thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shadowbrook
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been Shadowbrook fans since the 80's. We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary with our family and it was fantastic! Our only minor disappointment was the artichoke soup recipe changed and is not as rich as before. Everything else exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love this restaurant got engaged here! Dinner reservations are a must. don't come here often cuz its really expensive maybe once or twice a year. Overall ambiance is worth every penny, it's one of the most romantic spots I've ever been to by far. Bacon wrapped prawns and surf and turf speaks for itself. Spinach pecan salad is also a favorite. Had the guava martini and the strawberry vodka lemonade, tasted great but unfortunately felt no effects of alcohol what so ever. Next time I'll probably get a glass of wine!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was my first time to Shadowbrook. We went there because my husband and daughter had eaten there before and really enjoyed it. We were there to celebrate my daughter's birthday. The night started out well with drinks and an appetizer of bacon wrapped shrimp, followed by a ceasar salad. All of those were very good. Now the bad news. I got the filet brochetts, my husband got the lamb and my daughter ordered the scallops. My filet was chewy, as was my husband's lamb. The real problem came with my daughter's scallops. They were awful! One was so chewy and actually had sand in it! The waiter had the nerve to say that it was because they were fresh...huh?! We have eaten at many fine dining restuarants but we won't be coming back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favortites
    ladyonthelake
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have celebrated our engagement and subsequent 18 anniversaries at Shadowbrook. This year we were seated in the garden room, at the window with a lovely view. Our only disappointment was that the recipe for their famed artichoke soup has been changed, it should now be called orgegano broth. There was no hint of artichoke taste in this watery presentation. Other than that, the food was superb, the service, impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3rd Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took my girlfriend to Shadowbrook for our third anniversary. My first experience here was years ago when I was a little kid. I recalled getting a Roy Rogers and riding the funicular! I knew my gf would love this place in all its charm and especially the funicular, she loves quirky things and I knew riding the funicular would be a big highlight. She loved everything about the restaurant. She told me that Shadowbrook almost didn't have to have great food for everything else the experience was, however, the food was fantastic! The service was great, too. (New promotion) Go for a birthday or anniversary and they will provide (if asked) two tasty dark chocolate truffles! That also sealed the romantic deal for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sometimes good things dont change
    grt4lvrs
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was first introduced to the Shadowbrook when I was about 10 years of age and I have always appreciated the fact that it has been always been the same, FANTASTIC!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Experience
    Tintboss
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    There is nothing else like Shadow Brook, built in it's own unique fashion on the side of a cliff with a cool trolley car access. We have created many unforgettable memories here celebrating special occasions since 1977 and NEVER have been disappointed. The food, service, ambiance and history will bring you back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bopp
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had not been there in 30 years. Was not disappointed. Truly a lovely place to go for a special event.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful dinner experence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Shadowbrook Restaurant provided a wonderful dining experience - again. From the moment we arrived, the staff was professional, helpful and delightful. Our waiter provided great service with a wonderful smile. Drinks, baked brie and spectacular entrees made our night so special. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the prime rib was a favorite. We left Shadowbrook looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not What it is all cracked up to be
    UpForAnAdventure
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    2nd time here won't be back in the future. Menu options are unique and different but not worth the prices they ask for. Very disappointed in the taste and quality of the food. Our waiter came by to check on us midway through the main course and asked, "how is the gnocchi! Delicious right." I said honestly I don't like it, the filet medallions are good but the truffle sauce is barely there, no flavor. He replied back, " oh?" Then walked away and only saw him at the end for our desert and then the check. I basically didn't agree with the quality of the good and the waiter did not put forth an effort in trying to fix my meal. Just like the knight in Indiana Jones last crusade, "Choose wisely." Your meal that is.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • shadowbrookfan44
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We wanted a romantic, quiet place to celebrate the day we met 43 years ago; the Shadowbrook was the perfect choice. The food was great (I will skip the artichoke soup in favor of the roasted tomato soup next time) and the service was superb (attentive without being obtrusive)! Beautiful grounds and interior. Make sure that you save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Tnt21
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great dining experience and all the food was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    maggie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Love the Hillavator, food, ambience, and beautiful old redwood woodwork.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Shadowbrook
    lifeisgood
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Each time we come to Santa Cruz, we make a reservation for Shadowbrook. It's an event. The ambiance is unsurpassed. The service is exceptional. The food is delicious. The bar and lounge area are warm and welcoming combined with their great music entertainment...it's a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Lovingthebeach
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wen for our anniversary and from the second we walked in ever worker we say treated us with happy anniversary. Food was great and service was good also. Made our anniversary one to remember
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Open Table made reservations quick and easy. The restaurant was amazingly beautiful and the experience was magnificently unique. I highly recommend this place. The food is delectable and the staff have a great knowledge of wine pairings. The staff was also very honest about what food was best on the menu! We'll be back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • S-brook, you're better than this!
    Pizzasof8
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was probably our 10th trip to the Shadowbrook over the past 10 years. Since it is several hours away, trips are reserved for special occasions. We booked the reservation in advance. We were shown to a stuffy room where the tables were packed so tightly that we couldn't even get seated at the table without crawling over some chairs (and we're a tall family, not a wide family.) The Hostess watched us struggle until I finally asked if we could be re-seated. My older parents were not going to be comfortable packed like sardines. Eventually, we were re-seated. It was embarrassing, because we had really talked up the Shadowbrook to our guests. Shadowbrook-- you're better than this!! Thankfully, the food and service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best food in a long time
    DannyJoe
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time here--my son recomended it so I decided to go here for our 36th wedding anniversary and we were not dissapointed. The food was the best I have had in a long time. Everythgin was cooked to perfection.The wife and I plan to come back again when we"re in the area
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Dinner
    Shumble
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing service, professional waiters, food is beyond delicious, scenery and atmosphere are perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Restaurant
    ScenicRestaurant
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I have celebrated our anniversary at Shadowbrook a couple times and both experiences have exceeded our expectations. The ambiance is beautiful. I love all the plants and the scenery surrounding the restaurant and the wait staff is very competent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Night!!
    BTru
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved Shadowbrook and can't wait to go back. Everything from the trolley ride down, sitting at the bar, wonderful table, great service and food! It was a lot of fun and I was very pleased with everything!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redwood room
    wayway52
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    1st time in the Redwood room. Nice! 6 tables and then a view out into the garden patio area. Took the gondola down to the restaurant which is always fun! Food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit once...for drinks
    underwhelmedVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Ok, so it's a really neat place, wonderful history, neat rooms. But don't expect the food to be anywhere near what it once was or by the prices.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Failyland atmosphere
    LuvThisPlace
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had made Open Table reservations and were not disappointed in the atmosphere, ambiance, and fairyland-like decor of the main bar room. The waitress was very attentive to us and made sure we were taken care of and notified when our table was ready.My order of scallops and spinach was excellent but the food temperature was not as hot as I like. One scallop was very small and did not look appetizing at all so I called for the waiter and he immediately sent someone over to replace it. Overall, we enjoyed our evening at Shadow Brook immensely and were giddy to have been picked up and taken back to our hotel by the 1950 Dodge sedan they have as a complementary shuttle to and from the restaurant. A very nice night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated my daughter's 40th at this lovely restaurant. We were picked up at our B&B in the old car provided by the restaurant. So fun and a nice touch! The ambiance was lovely and the food was very good. They surprised the BD girl with a sundae with a candle, which was also a nice gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lorijoan
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Shadowbrook has been a family favorite for many years. We used to come with our parents. Now that they are gone, it is a great place to talk about old memories. The food is still as good as ever, maybe even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    PepperVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food and service was wonderful. Having a car pick you up from your hotel is such a nice service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobcath
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great dining experience, have been to this restraunt many times even though it is quite far from our home, and requires us to spend a night in Capitola, is is a excellent place for a special occasion or to take friends for an upscale dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    Dean
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Surely there are rave reviews. They're all true. Go there, but be prepared to spend a lot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch Meal and Service
    Kathleen
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion...excellent food, service & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for Special Occasion
    Bellyfull
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was the choice for my wife's birthday and it was absolutely worth the money. The service was great and the food even better. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves being served and fed well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine List
    Cookie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tried to order a bottle of mid-priced wine from the Syrah section. Two selections were out of stock. Tried to order from Zinfandel section. Again first selection , then second selection out of stock. Dinner was served and finally fifth choice was served. Waitress was exhausted from running back and forth, but smiling. The wine selection is not large, one would think the Shadowbrook could keep track of inventory so as not to run out. It was time consuming and frustrating to keep making new selections with the wait person having to interupt the table numerous times. Never again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • service
    Bdining
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was great. Our server was able to offer us details of the dishes and recommendations that seemed genuine. We loved both of your fish dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not like it used to be
    Darla
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It has been YEARS since I have been to Shadowbrook. The service was then and is now wonderful. The food was very good, not as good as I remember. It used to be a big deal, special occasion spot, not now. We had a reservation at 7:45. We came in at around 7:00 to have a cocktail in the bar before dinner. No place to sit. It was packed. They gave us one of those blinky light things like at cheesecake factory. We ended up standing around outside till our table was ready. We sat in the redwood room against a blank wall with two large (energetic) parties in the room. We would have asked for a new table but didn't want to go stand outside again to wait. Overall disappointment, wont be back. For the money, there are better options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 25th Anniversary
    on1whel
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Proposed there 25 years ago, was just as great then as it was on our 25th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FABULOUS
    deadfishregular
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband brought me here for my 60th birthday. The place is beautiful. The service was great and the food was outstanding. Can't wait to come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SS
    SunnySkyes
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was not only a fine dining experience, it was a fine living experience. I felt very lucky to be there. Thank you for everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.