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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola reviews from OpenTable diners
561 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (474)romantic (447)scenic view (423)fit for foodies (220)neighborhood gem (207)great for outdoor dining (187)notable wine list (160)good for groups (147)hot spot (74)kid-friendly (73)vibrant bar scene (72)great for brunch (58)late-night find (50)great for lunch (45)Show More
  • Specials Occasion
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    After walking down many steps through beautiful gardens and by waterfalls and ponds, we arrived at a lovely old building with 7 dinning rooms. We were seated in the garden room overlooking the waterway filled with lights. Our energetic waiter helped make the experience wonderful, suggesting a perfect combination of food. We especially liked the Ahi Tuna appetizer and shared a prime rib dinner. Upon leaving, we took the tram back up to the parking lot. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    good place, and atmosphere, nice menu and good service, bartender even topped off drink, not cheap and scotch list could be bigger,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Coachbryan
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My wife and I have enjoyed our dinning experience a two occasions. Both times we were greeted by friendly hostess and promptly seated. The serving staff was also friendly and educated in the food choices. The food was delivered to us in a timely manner. The taste of our food was expectional. A truly well done experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We have been coming to the Shadowbrook for 18 years usually for special occasions. This time we were taking my sister and daughter out for dinner. Spent some time in the bar first to enjoy the wonderful ambiance of the gorgeous bar. The dinner was fantastic, as always, and the servers (Sam and Ken-in training) were very attentive and pleasant. But, shortly after we were seated, a group/family with two small children were seated right next to us and there were plenty of other tables! The experience somewhat deteriorated after that. The children were running around and became somewhat noisy. In a place where one spends close to $300 to enjoy a special dinner evening out, it's unfortunate that we had to endure this.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This was my first time eating about at a fancy restaurant, and my overall experience was excellent. I enjoyed ever moment of it. The night was very memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    If in Capitola, this is the place to go! Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambiance is Everything
    ChowhoundVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food is just OK, but the ambiance makes up for everything.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • timeless treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    we came to Shadowbrook 36 years ago when we got engaged. The food,atmosphere and service was excellent. We went Back to Shadowbrook while my husband was at a conference. Everything was just as I remembered it. Looking forward to coming back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/service
    Birthday
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I had high hopes that this would be a great place to celebrate my sons 40th birthday. The bar service was excellent, the waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and very up beat. When we were seated for dinner it went downhill, service was very very slow, the food arrived Luke warm, not sure where the hold up was at, I assume the waitress was slow getting the food out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The most romantic restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was our two year anniversary and we very happy with Shadowbrook. It has beautiful garden. The food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinner spot
    Lifeistooshort
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have been coming here for more than 30 years and each and every time seems like a special time. The place is awesome for impressing your guest and the different levels and decor for each room is great. This is one of my favorite restaurants ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Shadowbrook
    Lovetoeatdinner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have been dining here for many years and is our restaurant since our first date together many years ago!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A TABLE FOR EVERY OCCASSION
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We tried the lovely patio this time near the chef's garden. While there was no view of the river, the view of the garden and the trees was lovely. Nice thing about Shadowbrook is that they have many different dining rooms and you'll find one that is sure to please. Waiter was very knowledgeable about what was on the menu and there was plenty of extra hands to tend to the water, bread and taking plates, etc. They were very conscious of the pace and went at our speed. It was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The evening started at the bar I was alone fordinner an d meet a great couple that were there for there aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Wonderful from the moment I walked in! I was alone for dinner. Went to the bar for a cocktail and meet a couple there who were having an anniversary , when Gail came in and wanted to know if the seat between us was taken? And so she joined us Also alone, had good conversation with her invited her to join an be my guest for dinner had a lovely evening , Wonderful food and wine suggested by our Lovely waitperson Tarah!! Typically relaxed dining experince! Met a New friend, Had a Wonderful dinner and a GREAT Waitperson in TARAAH.....Want more could BETTER!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Location, Very Charming
    Eric
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    It was a wonderful place for my fiancee and I to celebrate. Our waiter was knowledgeable and helpful, and the food and drinks arrived quickly and were simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Robnar
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great food, excellent service, beautiful setting. We go to Shadowbrook to celebrate special milestones, this was my husband's 50th. We were stuck in traffic heading over the hill, but we called ahead to let them know. They moved our reservation to 15 minutes later and seated us promptly when we finally arrived. The roasted tomato soup special was beyond compare, the smoky char of the tomatoes came through just enough. The filet was so tender and the Gizdich fruit pies were delicious. The only downside was that the room we were in was noisier than other rooms we'd dined in before as there were many large groups celebrating. Despite this, we had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • anniversarydinner$160 for not great
    2foodcritics
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A bit over priced for the food and overrated. Not much of a view. Would rather have gone to a more elegant, clean, place or even ocean side. Will not allow you to reserve a table with view. We got placed in a corner by stairs for anniversary. Our special occasion was not so special. Wife ordered salmon dinner and only got salmon. No sides. Better choices out there for $160. Service was good in restaurant, not bar. Posted dress code but ignored. Wear what you want.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night at Shadowbrook
    Bullits
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    As return customers we expected a great evening and we were not disappointed. Food, service and ambiance produced a great evening. We would highly recommend Shadowbrook to anyone interested in a great dinning experience. Keep up the good work!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at this place.
    CarlnAbby
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This was a special occasion we rarly spend over $100 on dinner for the two of us. It was our Anniversary and we were wanting a special experience. While the ambience location and scenic view are outstanding it was a bit over rated and there were a lot of people seated close to us while other rooms were empty and this caused the noise leave to get elevated toward the end of our dinner which was a little intrusive but the way the room is setup it's Inevitable. Other then the noise issue and the food being real good but not great I would go back again but I wouldn't get dressed up again since it not a real "dressy place".
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience!
    NotHard2PleaseVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    A West Coast gem. We even ride their taxi to and from dinner. Wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We enjoyed a lovely birthday celebration dinner. The new chef and sous chef are doing a great job. Our server was helpful with our wine choice and was able to substitute a side for a diner who had some health issues.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great restaurant for date night
    RayG
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We had heard good things about Shadowbrook, and were not disappointed. The food was outstanding, well prepared, imaginative and cooked to perfection. The ambiance and setting are wonderful, the staff are helpful and knowledgable. A great place to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unique restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Beautiful grounds with restaurant far down hill. We walked down & took the cute trolley back up. Nice ambiance. Husband had blackened salmon - wonderful. I had beef brochettes with a truffle infused gnocchi - melt in yr mouth beef but gnocchi okay. Excellent caesar. One complaint: silverware so thin you could cut yourself, a big disappointment for such a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1 Year Wedding Anniversary Dinner
    ChefJeffWineGuy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a great time & really enjoyed the experience. I would describe it as a cross between Disneyland & 1990s Vegas with an old school, classic American cuisine menu. It was priced exactly where it should be and had a good variety on the menu. We made reservations through Open Table, but I didn't expect to be given a pager to be alerted as to when our table was ready. There are multiple dining rooms and the hostess was very friendly and offered to show us around. The dining room they were going to seat us in was very loud & crowded. We asked to be seated in the "wine cellar room" where it was much more romantic. The server was pretty good, but seemed to be having a bad night. The highlight is the tram style elevator & the decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant I've ever been
    scarydrew
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've not done much fancy dining in my 27 years, but at the same time, $180 with tax and tip for 2 people isn't an over the top fancy dining price, yet comes with the fancy dining experience. fantastic food, i hate fish but i tasted some of my girlfriends dish and it was fantastic, my one pound surf and turf was incredible and delicious. The corking fee was a modest $20 for us to drink our favorite bottle of wine. the service was impeccable and the atmosphere is unmatched. The view coming down the stairs as well as riding the really cool trolley back up is stunning, and the garden room in which we dined was gorgeous, romantic, and comforting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • loved the view
    Auau
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Dined here with my family, we were all in love with the view that Shadowbrook offered. However, the food was not up to expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Haha5
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Everything is good besides the foods could be too salty sometimes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great time
    SAFARIMAN
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here several times, and it has always been exceptional. My filet was exactly as I like it, with no improvement needed. My wife's salmon was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    are services was great the staff was courteous and pleasant. It was my birthday that day 12th the waitress made me feel special on my special Day thank will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but small portions of food.
    NotAFanAnyMore
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant and I have been coming here for about 30 years. My son ordered the butchers steak for 34$ and it was 3 pieces of steak with a few carrots and a a few tablespoons of mashed potatoes. It looked lovely but hardly enough food for the price, could have given a few more slices of steak or at least more vegetables!! I was astonished at all the portion sizes for the prices. The vegan meal that was ordered was huge in comparison to the other meals that were ordered among the 5 diners. I will have lunch in the lounge if I ever go back to eat there and just take visitors to see it and eat somewhere else. It is a beautiful place but it has out priced the meal portions for me and my family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Waitress terrific but a 30 minute wait even with reservation and requested quiet table and was sat next to two large gatherings with kids running around. Not exactly a quiet dinner to celebrate anniversary as we hoped. Food was very good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as we expected
    flyboy
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The appearance of the place was amazing. Very beautiful, old restaurant and the grounds are so well kept. Lots of little side rooms to explore with antiques everywhere you look. The service was above average and our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was a bit of a disappointment. The prime rib ordered was on the tough side even though the presentation was good, the food was mediocure. My brook trout was not so great either. I didn't like the cornmeal coating that the fish was cooked and the picked cabbage under it was a terrible combination. We would go there again for a special occasion, but probably not anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A touch of yesterday, as far as ambiance is concerned A very pleasant experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shadowbrook
    luvgrumpy8
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants for a romantic night. The service is great and the view is wonderful. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often, it really is a special place. The food was a little off the night we were there. Normally it is superb, but must have hit a off night. It wasn't bad, just wasn't the usual delicious food we have enjoyed in the past. The hot bread served at your table is great and they always serve fresh butter with the bread. I like the fact that they never seem to rush you and I have never had a bad evening there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Anniversary!
    Hipreplacement
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great food! Great service! Celebrated wedding anniversary! Great family! A "great" place to go for a special occasion, but in a group. Not a very romantic quiet place for two. We went as a family so it worked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect for anniversary
    mcch
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Atmosphere great. Dedicated a song to us for our anniversary and chocolate truffles on the house for dessert. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great ambiance
    Rick121
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The gondola ride is an excellent way to begin and end, a wonderful evening. Not an expansive menu, but all of the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovethisplace
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Shadowbrook is a destination restaurant for me; I live 70 miles away in San Francisco and go to Capitola just to eat at this restaurant. My reviews of Shadowbrook are usually raves; this visit rated a little lower simply because we chose to eat outside, which was pleasant in itself, but there were two drawbacks: a large family with noisy kids was seated next to us, and the parents did nothing to keep the noise level reasonable. Also, the breeze cooled the food somewhat, so by eating in a leisurely fashion, the food was cold halfway through the meal. I won't eat outside there again, but I will continue to consider this my favorite restaurant in northern California.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free Options
    JA33
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was great, but what made it even better is there were so many Gluten Free options to choose from.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too pricy....
    Firstimer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food is just ok but it's way too pricy... So I won't go again
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet