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Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shadowbrook-capitola.com
  • Email: office@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "The setting is so gorgeous that one can't help but feel pampered in this beautiful restaurant. The food is wonderful, the service is perfection. My family and I have been coming to Shadowbrook for more years than we'd like to admit and find the many improvements in the facility to add to Shadowbrook's charm. We recently celebrated my mother's birthday at Shadowbrook. What a treat to sit near the old fireplace in the main room! Actually all of the rooms in the restaurant offer their own intimacy and romance. The food was great, as usual! Loved the prime rib! My husband and I have enjoyed the "Winemaker Wednesdays" in the winter and delighted in chatting at the bar with the chefs."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I've been here many times before, most of those being special occasions. This was for our anniversary and we had a wonderful experience again. The restaurant is so unique that nobody can argue there's a great atmosphere. One thing I'd love for the restaurant to incorporate at some point would be two or three course meal specials. I enjoy going out to eat best when a salad or soup is included, and perhaps even a dessert. But I'll definitely be back here for our next special event."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Very pricey but food is delicious on angus steak, the ambience is quite romantic. Lovely restaurant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our party was 6 adults and two 3 year olds. The food was good and would have gotten a very good if it wasn't for the fact that my swordfish was overcooked and I am kind of a fish snob. Dessert was the jack daniels chocolate death or something along those lines. 1 dessert, 6 spoons. When the wait staff offers to bring your children "child sized chocolate sundaes" be forewarned that these are not exactly "child sized" but big enough to bounce them off the walls. This restaurant can be quite romantic with a soft ambiance, beautiful view, great wait staff and good food, wine, cocktails and dessert but it was also nice to see that it was family friendly restaurant, maybe a bit pricey for everyday but a great place for a celebratory family meal."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Took my wife for her birthday and she cannot stop telling her friends about it. We had an excellent meal and the service was superb. She is already planning a return trip."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We went here for our anniversary dinner. The bartender at our hotel told us that Shadowbrook had an old 1950's car that would pick us up for free so we utilized that service and it was really cool! The outdoor garden area is beautiful and we spent some time wandering around. We had reservations and our table was ready quickly. The waiter was nice but the service wasn't outstanding. I don't recall ever being asked if I wanted another drink and my glass remained empty for some time. I had the filet which was good but not fantastic. It came with some gnocchi that was really addictive!! All in all I liked it and it was a nice place to check out but I don't know if I would come back next time because the food and service was only so-so."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "You go to Shawdowbrook for the atmosphere and ambiance, historic beautiful location with river view, complete with tram ride or winding garden stairs..and the food is usually great. Bar is beautiful and great music with weeknight specials for casual dining. It is then romantic spot in the area for special occasions. There are many rooms and different areas to choose from. I'm a local and go to Shadowbrook at least twice a year. Only negative is portions are not big, and entrees do not come with soup or salad. Like I said you go fir the atmosphere! Noise level depends on the room you are in...you can ask for a quiet spot..."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had eaten here before (steak for 2) and found the food to be very good. This time, however, we found the Swordfish to be thick, dry and not very appealing. Service was good, salad and soup fine. Perhaps the 3rd time will be a charm. I would hesitate before ordering fish again. David"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great view, ambiance, and environment overall. The food is pretty good, though the cost definitely reflects the privilege of the ambiance."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Very nice and quiet in the Green Room. Service was excellent and food generally the same. However, the Caesar salad was disappointing. Seemed to be thrown together quickly. A shame, because this is a dish I look forward to at the Shadowbrook. Too bad they haven't reestablished the Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for the first time. The service was very good also. The waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful. He was pretty attentive but not overly so. The service staff were very good at picking up the completed food dishes. The food was all well prepared and due to the highly spread out dining places, was brought to the table with a cover to hold the temperature. Dining at the lowest level gives a nice view of the plants and lighting on the grounds and a view of the river. The next level up shows the details across the river of peoples back yards for those who are interested in what is in back yards. We prefer the lowest level in the restaurant."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We have eaten at many places and it was very apparent that the owner puts complete attention to perfection. They seem to do a stellar job at conveying this to the staff. It was a most pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I am only giving a rating of 3 stars because I took my wife to shadow brook for the very first time for her bday dinner and I had specifically put in the notes of my reservation that it was for a bday and had also informed the waiter/hostess and nobody acknowledged for her bday when other tables around were being sung too for there bday and I could tell she was waiting for hers as well and it never happened. Overall she enjoyed the view and food that was the only downfall."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We go to Shadowbrook about once a year, usually for a special occasion. This time, it was our wedding anniversary, and as usual, it was a great experience! We really enjoy the ambiance, the charm of the restaurant and beautiful setting along the river. Our waiter was fantastic, and we really enjoyed our interaction with him. The rest of the staff was attentive, without hovering, and as usual... the food was delicious! Shadowbrook has been a family tradition for years, and it never disappoints!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Ok so, here it goes. We got there a few minutes early hoping to catch the trolley down since it was raining. No such luck, the line was ridiculous to try to get on so we walked down what I believe to be way too many stairs, and steap considering the attire is somewhat formal, and heels were an issue. When we entered the establishment, we were completely overwhelmed by the loud band that was playing in the bar, couldn't even hear the hostess. We were seated in a timely manner, however I felt like I was in a dungeon in the room we were put in. I've been here before and always loved it. This time I was sadly disappointed and definitely will not go back"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We made an online reservation for an early dinner. We were surprised to see a crowd when we arrived. They were dealing with a large party (maybe 30) transferring them from the bar to a private dining area. once the large party was seated, our pager went off and we were seated. Everything went perfect from there. Chowder and salad were great first course choices - dependably good. The prime rib was outstanding - perfect temperature, size and flavor. The sides are always amazing, too. The garlic mashed potatoes and creamed spinach were both very good. This time we shared the mud pie. Also great! What a treat!!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Don't bother asking for a nice seat. They don't try. Asked for a window seat for a special occasion. Got a seat next to the busing station and never even saw the water. Walls all around the dining room. Had reservations for weeks, makes no difference. Honestly a huge majority of the guests were celebrating something so you wont get any special touches. First visit and really were looking forward to a romantic dinner. Instead the waiters and bus boys kept apologizing for the noice and walking past us constantly."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We are local to Capitola but never get tired of special occasions at the Shadowbrook. It never disappoints from the setting, to the service, the menu and wines. Another lovely celebration dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I visited Shadowbrook first about 22 years ago and have spent some special occasions there over the years. It never disappoints! The servers are very professional but welcoming, the food is terrific - the hardest part is choosing from the delicious menu. Hope it never loses it's charm. The bar is nice for a casual bite too and live music on the weekend is an added bonus!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This beautiful restaurant dazzles your senses and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. This was the perfect place for a romantic evening with my wife. The trolley ride makes you feel like you are going someplace magical. The surrounding gardens help you settle your meal before you travel onward. I almost forgot to mention that the food was amazing! This place was recommended to us and we plan on telling others."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I have been here several times over the years for special occasions. It is consistently wonderful."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This was our first time to the Shadowbrook in over 20 yrs and have to say it was an incredible evening. The location and grounds are as if you've stepped into a rain forest with tree ferns and greenery all around and the Soquel Creek below. The multiple dining rooms each have their own look and feel, but the service through out was fantastic. A very nice selection of fresh seafood and prime cuts of beef along with chicken and pork entrees was wonderful. The grill beef bruschetta with goat cheese gnocchi was out of this world. Can't say enough about how enjoyable our experience was and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything was great! We had a wonderful, memorable evening. Charlie was a superb server too!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Every time we go the food and service compete, just can't choose a winner, they're both so good!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I hadn't been to the Shadowbrook for nearly 20 years, and wanted to bring my mother as a special treat on our vacation. It was just as lovely as I remembered, from the beautiful restaurant itself to the plating of the entrees (Pacific Rim Salmon and Brook Trout - both delicious.) The funicular down to the restaurant made it possible for my mother to visit, but I do suggest walking down the steep paths through the gardens if you can. We visited on a Wednesday night for a 7:15 reservation, arrived at 7:08, and our pager buzzed at 7:14. The entire service team was lovely, including the servers and clearing staff, and especially our waiter Matthew. It was a well-paced, special occasion meal (1h 45min.) I won't wait 20 years again!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Fine restaurant, wonderful setting, great food, excellent service . . . what more do you want?"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We heard about this place from multiple people and were not disappointed. The cable car ride is unique, as are the many levels of the restaurant. It is a place that a curious kid would love to go exploring, and every dinning room is outfitted wonderfully. The food maintains the expectations and delivers on a moderate selection of delicious dishes. We has the Filet Mignon special and Seafood Campanella, followed by the chocolate explosion. The wine tasting flight was also a fun thing to try. It was priced appropriately for the quality and we enjoyed all aspects."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We ordered calamari & seared ahi for appetizers. For entrees duck l'apricot, filet mignon, fisherman's stew and the veal osso bucco and everything was wonderful. The waiter was friendly, he made the kids feel welcome and we all had a great time. The only thing that wasn't perfect was the cappuccino... We should've send it back. Tiny little cups and it wasn't more than some coffee with milk instead of a real cappuccino cup with foam. But... with a few barista skills this should be easy to learn...."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Normally we love Shadowbrook - Sunday's dinner was a disappointment. My meal (Vegetable Napolean) was very tastey but came to the table lukewarm at best. My husband's prime rib was supposed to be medium rare and came to the table medium to well done. Our waiter was the invisible man - I don't like waiters who hover, but you should be able to find them if you need them. I guess Sunday is not the day to go to Shadowbrook."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Two big problems with our experience. A rank amateur waiter and waiting over and hour to be served our meal after ordering. The waiter took our order and that was the last time he spoke to us until after we finished our meal. Didn't ask if we wanted a refill on our cocktails, didn't tell us the kitchen was having issues and there would be a delay, and didn't ask if our meals came out correctly. Totally missing in action! We have eaten at the Shadowbrook several times before and never experienced anything like this. The service at McDonalds is better that what we received."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We've been going to Shadowbrook for many years and it has always been a night to remember. The service and food has been excellent, especially considering the size of the restaurant. The waiters know the menu and can accommodate any food allergies. The restaurant can be noisy but the ambiance is worth it."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "It was our 37th wedding anniversary and we chose to let our last 'not so good' experience go by the wayside and give it another try. Unfortunately, our server didn't seem to have the time for us, with exceptionally long waits between seating, orders and check receipt. We ordered the prime rib, medium-rare and received it between medium and well done - dry. The salad was from a mixed green bag and the artichoke soup seemed watery instead of creamy. The meals savings grace was the desert. The cappuccino was excellent and the chocolate meltdown delicious. Of course the bill was astronomical as the out the door cost was $130 (no alcohol). There are some very good restaurants in Santa Cruz with good service and good food."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My husband and I had a night out without the kids. Decided to go to Shadowbrook and as always we were NOT disappointed. Good drinks, appetizers, artichoke soup and I got the lobster while my husband decided on the New York. It is pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We went here for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. The walk down the stairs from the street is beautiful and it feels like you are escaping far away, I love all the water flowing throughout the restaurant. The bar area up top was very lively with great live music and I really liked that the hostess gave us a history of the restaurant as she walked us to our table. The different restaurant areas also make you feel like you are in a small restaurant when it is actually quite large. The service was all very attentive and the food was was delicious. We would definitely come back again, I think our next visit will be during the day to see the view. It seems like it would be a great location for a party or event."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I resent not getting points for dining at Shadowbrook. Why do you take the reservations and ask the diner to take the time to provide feedback if you are not giving points?"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A perfect dining experience for any occasion. Whether walking down the path, smelling the flowers to the entrance or taking the tram, you know the experience inside the restaurant will be perfect. The service, food and ambience are what makes this restaurant one of a kind."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Shadowbrook is in a beautiful part of Capitola on a hillside with lights and a setting that makes it seem magical. The meat dishes at our table were rated average, but the fish dishes were given higher marks. Overall, it's a nice special occasion place and on the night we were there the service was good."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "...When you're feeling plush. We expected $$$ so that's a minor thing. What you get is an experience par excellence! Lavishly laid out down the hillside with meandering dining rooms, each unique. On busier nights, it can be noisy but the separated nature of the dining rooms keeps this down a bit. Service was exceptional, always present but never hovering. Remarkable because, again, the night we visited was packed! We've never been disappointed with the food here. My wife had the Fillet atop the gnocchi that was to live for! Tasting gnocchi like this was an emotional experience! My blackened lamb was perfect. I also recommend the salmon in season. Alas, we'll have to come back later for that."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "i hadnt been to Shadowbrook for a number of years. I decided to try it for a special occasion birthday…we werent disappointed. Food, service and ambiance was perfect."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed the experience. We were seated quickly. The restaurant is beautiful. Our server was polite and helpful with the menu."
    Dined on 3/15/2014