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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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "We were so excited to celebrate a marker family birthday here having made a reservation a month before, but our balloon was burst upon arrival when greeted by an indifferent hostess who, without a welcome greeting or smile, proceeded to hand us a pager at 5:05 for a 5:00 reservation without any explanation as to why we needed to wait another 15 minutes (the restaurant wasn't busy). Finally, our party of 7 was crammed into a tiny room with literally 18 inches between the long side of the table and the wall; the opposite side of the table backed up against another occupied table. We felt like sardines. The waiter was as friendly as one would expect in an upscale restaurant. BUT...the food and atmosphere of this place was its salvation."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints! The menu selections are just unusual enough to be memorable. The wait staff are immaculate."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Shadowbrook was recommended to me from 3 different clients of mine. I definitely had high expectations, and those expectations were met and exceeded! This place is amazing. Beautiful from any angle you look, food was delicious, and service was the best I could ask for. Also, extremely romantic. :)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We live in Woodbridge Ca and made plans to come to Capitola for a few days and Shadowbrook was on top of our list! Have never been let down even going back to the 80's. Service and food was great and the Truffles of chocolate was a nice added touch! We tell people all the time about this place. So surprised when someone says they never heard of it. It's a landmark and an awesome place to take someone, dinner, drinks, whatever!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Recommended by a friend, what a pleasant suprise. Will return next time we are in the area."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "They seated us right on time...at 8:30 on 7-3-2014.The food was awesome. I would go again"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We celebrated two birthdays in our group of four women. We represented varying ages and our waiter, Chris, was delightful. He made great recommendations and fit right in with our personalities. The food exceeded our expectations. We were seated right on time. The reservation process was smooth. We had a reminder of our reservation the day before the actual date."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had dinner with our two sons and this is now one of our favorite places for a great dinner in Santa Cruz. You can’t beat the entrance to the restaurant, the view, service or the food."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I absolutely love the cable car and the view on the way. Walk downhills through the beautiful garden is also a lovely choice."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love the Shadowbrook! It's charming, unique, has excellent service and food. It holds a special place in my heart."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Pleasantly suprised by the walk/ride to eating spot! Food was perfect, service wonderful. It was our one year wedding anniversary and our experience at Shadowbrook was tremendous! We decided this is where we will dine EVERY year for our special occasion (and then some)!!!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had dinner on the back patio overlooking a river, and the beautiful woodsy setting would be hard to beat. The picture-perfect view was amazing. We enjoyed our entrees of flank steak and prime rib, however the soups (artichoke and also clam chowder) were lackluster. The desserts we sampled were just okay. However, I would return simply because both the quiet outdoor setting & the bustling indoor scene are quite enjoyable. The building and landscape were awesome, but the food needs seasoning. Next time, will try the bar menu since those specials looked tasty. The workers were all knowledgeable and attentive."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The dinner was excellent. The Filet Mignon was cooked to perfection and the Scallops were prepared beautifully. The only disappointment wasa the cocktails. I expected a better quality from this fine restaurant."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Shadowbrook is perfect in every way. It's beautiful, rich atmosphere tickles you gently as you walk down the winding stairs, plants of all kinds surround you with a dreamlike jungle atmosphere. The restaurant itself is made of dark, amber wood - bringing the most soft, whiskey warm energy all around. The food is prepared with care and explodes like 4th of july fireworks in your mouth. The servers were kind and thoughtful, greeting us for our Anniversary and giving us the most quiet, private table with a beautiful view. It was perfect, we will be coming back :)"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was my birthday and it was an awesome experience. The setting is so peaceful. We totally enjoyed our dining experience and will come again. Our server was very friendly and responsive."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I've been to Shadowbrook many times and will probably choose to go there many times more in the future, but July 3 was a magical evening. I bought friends from out of state and our waiter, Andrew S, and the rest of the staff as well, provided the best service I've ever had-anywhere. Food was fabulous and atmosphere wonderful...as always."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I first dined here almost 40 years ago, returned with a new love. Shadowbrook is none the worse for wear. We arrived early, enjoyed a live guitarist in the bar, and were seated precisely at our reserved time. When we indicated a preference for another table, the hostess graciously acquiesced and advised us we'd have to wait just a bit; this turned out to be only 2-3 minutes and we then sat next to the window at river level. Beautiful. I remembered the food being only good, but our meal was delicious throughout. The only (slight) disappointment: gnocchi with truffle had barely any truffle flavor. Still good, but not great. It's a great place for celebrations, but parents, PLEASE leave children home if they're of crying age."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "i am a retired corpritive chef, im a foody from sonoma county, and I've dined around the world.... Shadowbrook rocks the fing house down"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Shadowbrook! It was a memorable experience sharing this time with an out of town guest. Each one of us enjoyed the food, the ambience, the service! We will return in the future."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed this restaurant. The food was excellent and the ambiance was unique and romantic with nice views of the water and beautiful trees and lighting throughout. The service was also top notch. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been visiting Shadowbrooks for the past 10 years. My visit on Friday June 30th was most disappointing. We were seated at 7.40 for our 7.30 reservation. We did not order our food until 8.05 and felt it was a bit too long. I ordered wine to go with main meal. We had artichok soup which were quite good. For main I ordered pork osso bucco and my companion ordered grilled trout. My osso bucco was warm on the outside and cold inside. It was dry and there was no sauce other than a layer of oil on the bottom. I had to send my meal back. The trout was not seasoned and tasteless. The waiter forgot my wine and I had to cancell it. The waiter did comp our dinner by not charging my soup or main meal and gave us a complimentary desert"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Is a MUST to visit this outstanding location. The staff are very friendly and professional, the food is excellent and the servings are perfect size. Freshness can be taste. Kid-friendly, very casual and relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I ate there once before for our anniversary. This time, we had my mom and two sons with us. My youngest (9) loved the restaurant and has requested his birthday dinner be there. The boys loved the garden and the funicular. It was good for my mom who walks with a walker. My husband's steak was under cooked and my order was incorrect. They brought me the wrong steak and it was overcooked. My husband got the medium rare steak and I got the medium steak. The restaurant was very busy and loud. We were in an area with no view and several groups. Also, despite the warm temperature outside, the fireplace was on when we arrived and it was producing heat. The waiter turned it off when I asked."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outstanding and incredible restaurant, in beautiful surroundings, in a great California coast beach town. My husband and I were told of this restaurant by friends, and we went there to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant sits in a small canyon setting surrounded by gorgeous vegetation with a creek running down. The restaurant itself consists of a number of smaller dining rooms beautifully set up in older-style classic settings. In addition, the food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The service was wonderful - Every single staff member we passed and spoke to was kind and courteous. Our food was divine! The baked Bree - oh my god, I'm still talking about it and the cut of meat that I had - it melted in my mouth. When I think about our dinner my mouth starts watering! It was the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. I wish I was rich so I could eat here much more often! Oh and we ate in the bottom garden/greenroom area which was beautiful and right off the river. I've never been anything but extremely happy when I come here! What a lovely venue, fabulous staff, to die for food, beautiful ambiance - Shadowbrook has it all! Thank you for another lovely evening Shadowbrook!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The staff made our night memorable, they treated as if we were family/close friends. The meals were superb and enjoyed every bit. The live music was perfect for the atmosphere, my wife and I were very impressed with the shadowbrook, beautiful restaurant and I would recommend it to anybody who wants to celebrate any special occasions."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I was at Shadowbrook 27 years ago for my 18th birthday with 4 of my girlfriends. We had a great dinner and a great time. I took my husband there for our 5 year anniversary this past weekend and it was every bit of what I remember. Food was great, the service was great. We drove 2 1/2 hours just to go there for dinner and back that same night. Definitely worth it. Just wish it was close to where I live now."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went with friends for our joint 40th wedding anniversary celebrations. We were seated at a perfect table with a gorgeous view. The service was great. Our server, Mike, was very knowledgeable and personable, attended to our every need, and also afforded us our privacy (which is a rare capability in most other restaurants). Our entrees were: New York steak, scallops, wild pacific snapper, and prime rib. All of us were extremely pleased with not only the taste, the fact that all were cooked to perfection; but also the tenderness of each selection. The prices are somewhat high, but well worth the money. For most, it is an excellent location for all your special occasions! We will definitely be back (already are making plans)!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Outstanding facility with a great visual design. Food was excellent. Service impeccable. Worth the drive from Sacramento!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As usual our dining experience was delightful. We choose Shadowbrook for our special occasions."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was so-so, prime rib was chewy, lobster was bland and over cooked and yet everything managed to come out luke warm/cold. Butter on pasta had coagulated back to solid form. Seared ahi should've been seared on the outside but was cooked thru leaving a small center of pink...um that's what I call "well" not "seared". We paid $290 for 1 dinner for a family of 4. For that much money, you don't blame me for being a little particular, right? But the ambience was lovely! The service was superb."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We are a perfect evening! Couldn't have improved on it one bit! The service was spectacular and the food beyond words! I know because I sampled everything! Thanks for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was amazing! I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We found Shadowbrook several years ago, and have been loving it ever since. This time we brought our children, a first for us here, not being sure how well it would go. The kids loved the hillevator and views, and the staff was great; there was a child's menu that our five-year-old used, while our eight-year-old was happy to order off the normal menu. A different experience from dining with just adults, but it worked great and everyone was very helpful."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is my second time dining here and my experience was the same. Unique venue, good service, marginal food. Our party of four tried a variety of items and nothing other than the bacon wrapped prawns had much taste to it. Even the cheesecake was fair. Unfortunately the warm bread and the wine were the highlights of the evening. Although the food was just fair, our waiter, Sam was excellent. The service overall is quite good at Shadowbrook as is the shuttle service in the green 1950 Dodge!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I've been to Shadowbrook 5 times in the span of 7 years, only for special occasions, and I never tire of it. This visit was for my one year anniversary and it couldn't have been more perfect. We arrived half an hour earlier than our reservation and was able to get seated right away (came here on a Tuesday evening). We got to sit in the green room overlooking the river. It was my boyfriend's first time here, so the view was wonderful for him. Our server Sean, took great care of us and the food was served quickly and so on point! Everything was perfect. Will continue to come here forever!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Went there to celebrate my Girlfriend's birthday. Very romantic place to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. Food and service was excellent, staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. GF said that place have the best Filet Mignon yet. Must be really good specially coming from her, since that's always her first choice to eat. I would go back again"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Shadowbrook because we had received a gift card as a gift. First of all, the place is beautiful. You park up top and take a tram to the front door. The wood and glass interior is elegant, and the views are nice. They must have spent a fortune in landscaping. The disappointing part was the food. I had the artichoke soup and it was very bland. I had to add a bunch of salt and pepper to give it any flavor at all. My entree was the boullibase. It was small, portion wise, and the opposite of the soup. It was all pepper in the broth. So much so, I was coughing throughout the meal. Given the price point. I guess I expected more."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We dine at Shadowbrook often. In fact we have been going there since the late 60's. We enjoy the food and atmosphere. It is our favorite restaurant to visit on a special occasion as well as frequenting when we happen to be in the area."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It was our first time at Shadow brook and we loved it."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
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