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Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com
  • Phone: (831) 475-1511
  • 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: American, Steak, Seafood
  • 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 (831) 475-1222
  • Entertainment: Live music in the Rock Room Lounge Friday and Saturday nights.
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Have to say - the food was generally pretty good. They did try hard to correct errors and exceptions. I always explain my allergies - So when the ordered item arrives with unknown toppings - we need an explanation. They did take items back to the kitchen to verify that the allergies were not an issue. Wine list is a bit pricey - they do have a pretty good selection of bottles. All food had good flavor - reasonable portion sizes."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is like no other we have been to before. The trails that lead to the restaurant were fun to walk through. The trees, plants, and waterfalls made us feel like we were hiking and the elevator gave the restaurant a very special touch. However, in all honesty, we were not happy with the food's overall taste. Our meats, although tender, had no flavor. We were pretty upset about that considering the food did not reflect the restaurant as we wanted. The staff was incredibly attentive."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • " Terrific service... Great food. A favorite place to bring out of town guests. Tram makes it extra special. Grounds are beautiful."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We were so glad we waited in the bar until we were seated in a lovely part of this restaurant. The bar area was delightful and they made a great Moscow Mule in copper cups, reminiscent of having Pimms in England. My friend Janet and I were celebrating our birthdays, I had been there with my late husband, and Janet had last been there years ago with her Uncle. We ordered the best lobster we both had ever tasted, and were introduced to a Morgan Sauvignon Blanc, perfection. The waiter brought us two birthday desserts, a lovely surprise. We will be back !"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Our table absolutely loved Mike! The food was great the service was amazing the veiw was beautiful and the trolley was our favorite part! (: great last night in America"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We have been coming here for a very long time and we have always had an enjoyable evening. The setting is beautiful, the food is always great and the wait staff very cordial."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Dinner was going great. The cocktails were excellent. The appetizer was delicious. The salad was fresh and tasty. The wine was poured just before the entrees were to come out. Up to this point the timing had been perfect. Then an unexplained half hour wait. Our waitress apologized and offered free soup. I even went to the restroom which always seems to bring the food out, but even that didn't work. Our waitress was very apologetic, even comping the cocktails, but no explanation. We were in no hurry so the 2.5 hour dinner was no problem. Even guessing what had happened (chef stormed out, stove blew up) kept us somewhat occupied."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Shadowbrook is one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Arrive early to have time to walk the grounds outside the restaurant itself. The staff were all wonderful. Everything our table was served was quality and flavorful. We were visiting from Sonoma County, which is known for spoiling the locals' tastebud on incredible cuisine. Shadowbrook was a taste of home with the flare of Santa Cruz. Exceptional."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My wife and I were very excited to take our relatives from Paris here as it is a unique Capitola landmark. We were seated 20 minutes after our reservation time and the staff didn't acknowledge this one bit. As a party of 8, we were seated in the small upstairs room among 4 other tables with only couples. It was eerily quiet and the room had no ambiance whatsoever. We sat for a solid 15 minutes at the awkwardly-placed table before any waitstaff acknowledged that we were even there. It took another 10 minutes to get bread and we had to remind someone for it. Overall, it felt like we were shoved in a corner and forgotten about. Dinner was over $500 and the inattentiveness of the staff overshadowed the flavor of the food."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My mom and I were in town for a special get-away. We have always wanted to go the Shadowbrook but it never worked out. We are very pleased with everything about this restaurant. From the ambience to the food, we enjoyed it to the fullest. We will be back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Just one thing I'd like to mention was I was seated in a seat that was kind of tight and in a room that was was for a group of families including kids. I found a seat with more space in a quieter room, and had to ask to change seats. They accepted my request and changed the seats. But I thought i didn't have to go all through that if they gave me the better seat from the beginning. And the ravioli wasn't as good as other dishes I tried there. So, I'll get something else next time. Normally fish were good."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "When I made the reservation I told them it was for an anniversary celebration and asked for a good table. When we arrived they acknowledged the anniversary and then sat us at a table near a service station and felt like we were in a hallway. My wife's meal was very good. Mine was fair at best. Lamb was poor quality and dry but drenched in a sauce that wasn't worth the calories. The most disappointing part was the service which was way too fast. Our appetizer came out within minuets of our placing the order and our entrees came to the table just as we were finishing the appetizers. We could have been in and out in 45 minuets! Not the pace for fine dining or a romantic evening."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is one of our favorite restaurants, from the lush garden setting to the delicious food and class A service. I'm gluten free and I had no problem with finding tasty dishes such as smoked Gouda potatoes au gratin and an incredible ragout. The steak dishes were very tender and cooked to perfection. The scallops got 2 thumbs up as did the ravioli. My suggestion to Shadowbrook...don't change a thing."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great restaurant for a family. The children's menu is one of the best I've seen (and reasonably priced)."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I am certain that people in a 25 mike radius know and visit Shadowbrook so I'm talking to tourists. If you are within 50 miles of Shadowbrook, get your reservations made. The setting is unlike ANYTHING else you will ever see, and the food and wine are amazing!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The food here is excellent. The ambiance is a treasure. Try to reserve a t Able with a view. Do not miss the trolley car down to the restaurant or take the walk down through the beautiful gardens. This is a restaurant not to be missed."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We always return for special occasions and out of town guests. The drive from Carmel never hinders our desire to return. My wife came with her father when it opened. Her father opened the first successful fine dining restaurant on Cannery Row."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This is a gorgeous, romantic restaurant that gives you excellent service, but they hardly give you any food. The portions are VERY small. If you want to dine with a beautiful view and aren't that hungry then this is a great place to go. I have been to Shadowbrook several times and have always had a good experience, but since I have become vegetarian my experience has changed. They need to improve their vegetarian menu greatly. They have excellent steaks but their vegetarian food is not good. If you are vegetarian, I suggest just ordering a salad and then ordering a pizza off the bar menu. The 3 items on the vegetarian menu right now are not good. I hope they change their vegetarian menu so when I go back they have delicious veg. food."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Celebrated my mother's 79th birthday with a fabulous dinner which will be talked about for a long time. Staff was exceptional, special thanks to Jaxier (our table cleaner) and to Mathew our waiter on this very special night. Impresses with atmosphere and herb garden. Happy to be seated with a window view."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This restaurant is near Santa Cruz and has lovely settings, you can take a small trolley to go down and it's very romantic. The food is very good and with all the lights it creates a wonderful place for a dinner."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We recently moved to Capitola and we heard great things about Shadowbrook restaurant. I decided to surprise my husband and our three children with his 50th birthday dinner. We were given a wonderful table next to the river because it was a special occasion. The person who served us bread and water was excellent.......super friendly and conscientious. He wished my husband a happy birthday. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu, but he disappeared halfway through our meal. We sat there for a long time waiting for someone to check on us (wrap up our entrees) and take our orders for dessert. Our children were getting tired, so we got our check and left. Table view - great, food - okay, service - spotty, & no birthday sundae."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Our table overlooked the creek. It was lovely. Blackened lamb was elegant and my husbands prime rib was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "But don't take my word for it. Take Curly's. The property itself defies description. You just need to digest all of it for yourself, in addition to the food which will knock your socks off. This place was right up my alley because I grew up riding funiculaires, eating luscious crêpes bathed in creme de caramel, tending to exotic plants that looked like they were hand-fed huge chunks of bloody filet mignon by people who similarly looked like they might be carnivorous but were likely just voracious, swanky cocktail drinkers jonesing for a righteous artichoke heart. Special you can be sure, and certainly NOT just for special occasions. P.S.: The one-eyed kitty mascot."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The site is one of the most beautiful I have seen. The ambience is romantic and quaint. The gardens and cable car are fun. I am a local and the owner is very generous to the community. The food is above average but not that special. They know people will come to this restaurant for the ambience so they have slowly scrimped on the food (providing less and less for the money). Eat at the bar. The food is better and it is cheaper."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We have been going to this restaurant for 30 years and have never had a disappointing meal or service. The calamari is so tender, I've never had better. The salads are large and the dinner portion is plenty."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Great food good vibes great setting. The servers and busboys are great and very attentive. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I celebrated my birthday here and had a BALL! Everything was just wonderful, from the setting to the drinks to the band to the food to the staff. Top notch and highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This was my 5th time at Shadowbrook, and a first time for my life long friend. My how the place has grown, and as well the crowed all looking for the perfect place to meet and eat. Thank you for taking care of use, the very long trip to your door was worth it yet one more time. Namaste. Pattie and Gary"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "All your senses are fulfilled here - the smell of jasmine in the gardens, the ride up/down in the unique trolley, the beautiful grounds and food presentation, the delicious tasting food, & the live music in the bar area all make this dining experience special. The service was incredible and the staff makes sure they know if you are celebrating something special. How refreshing that was!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Shadowbrook has never disappointed. The food, service, ambiance, wine, and view are always on point."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Want to dine at a piece of paradise; you need to go to Shadowbrook. Excellent ambience, food, and service that leaves nothing to spare. You will have incredible memories for years to come. We can't wait to return."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Wonderful time as usual! Have been coming annually for over 25 years. Waitress appeared a bit new as was a little slow, but overall our time was great."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I started off writing a very winded and detailed explanation of our last visit to Shadowbrook, but since I am limited in characters, I will keep it simple. The night was a bit of a let down. Honestly, the army of badly trained hostesses set the precedent, and it was very hard to recover from there. When making the reservation online I requested an out of the way table somewhere warm. We were seated in the bottom 'room', quite possibly used as a refrigerator at times (I kid, but only slightly) on a walkway in the middle of the room. Our waitress and servers in that area were OUTSTANDING, but not even their warm personalities could warm me up. They offered to reseat us, but after waiting 20 minutes on a reservation, I could wait no more."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I had been told when I first settled in the Bay Area 10 years ago that Shadowbrook was THE special occasion spot, and it did not disappoint. Some Yelp reviews said the food was just okay and the ambiance spectacular, but I thought both were excellent. Loved the historical aspects including the classic elevator/tram. Service was attentive and helpful. Not going back often because of the price, but for a special occasion it is a winner."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The atmosphere is amazing and that's really all this place has going for it now. The food we had was surprisingly bad. Nothing was very special. The prawns appetizer was okay, the salad was fine but dressing was bland. My fiance's prime rib was pretty much well done (when he asked for a med rare) and my duck was poorly cooked so the fat on the outside of the breast was rubbery. Fiance's mashed potatoes were disgusting and they forgot to add the starch to my plate (risotto ball). All and all it wasn't very good. It's a damn shame too because this place used to be amazing. I've had a few meals here before and they were all exceptional."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "After asking for seating outdoors, we were told that in 30 minutes they would have an outdoor table. It was approximately 30 minutes, and we were given an outdoor table right by the river. We enjoyed it greatly!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Shadowbrook is a great old gem in Capitola. Beautiful grounds with greenery and water, a great dark woodsy bar, excellent food, and friendly, professional service staff. The food is traditional (not trendy), but a few new dishes are always available. I had a fantastic med-rare prime rib with a delicious grilled watermelon salad. We reserved a table for 10 for mom's 85th birthday, and they put us in a quiet, private room where we didn't have to shout down the table at each other. And regardless of being cut off from the rest of the restaurant, the staff didn't forget us. Service was swift, friendly, and constant. Birthday sundae for mom with a candle and song topped it. We all left sated and relaxed."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere, food and service. This restaurant in Capitola is located on a hill. The restaurant has multiple levels for dining and lavish landscaping. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Worth the visit. Excellent views and lovely to walk around the grounds of the restaurant. Good food. And the kids loved the trolley ride to and from the restaurant."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Excellent place to wear your nice shirt, shorts, and sandals, get a first-class meal, excellent wine, beer, cocktail, and single malt list."
    Dined on 8/6/2014