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Date
Wed, 4/25
Time
7:00 PM
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Paradise Beach Grille

4.6
113 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
Located on the water in Capitola Village, Paradise Beach Grille is the perfect place to enjoy lunch with a view or dinner after a day on the beach. We feature a contemporary menu with a Pacific Rim flare. Enjoy our famous Coconut Prawns appetizer, followed by either a Fresh From Hawaii seafood entree, or a Prime Natural cut of Beef. Choose from our extensive wine list, featuring many local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, or choose from one of our many beers on tap. Whatever your pleasure, you are welcome with us in Paradise!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Hawaiian
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Mon-Sun 11:30am-3:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: Fri-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 476-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Scott Cater
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cliff Drive
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Parking details
There are metered spaces available on the streets throughout Capitola Village.
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Public transit
Please check the Santa Cruz Metro website http://www.scmtd.com/
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Entertainment
We offer live music Tuesday 6:00-9:00pm Thursday 6:00-9:00pm Saturday 3:00-6:00pm Sunday 3:00-6:00pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 113 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were seated outside in the shade and had a really nice dinner. It is our go to spot in Capitola.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I really enjoyed the scenery, food, people, servers. Loved the music for date night. I will definitely go again. Highly recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

This was the first time for us at Paradise Grille and we were checking it out for a group we get together with from time to time to see if we wanted to bring them there. We weren't disappointed and promptly made a reservation for our friends in two weeks. We especially enjoyed the Crab Egg Rolls as a starter, and the halibut main course. Our server was attentive and we enjoyed the view, overlooking the beach.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Wonderful food, wife and I went this Monday ng Hot for our anniversary. And they had a great Monday nice guy deal on a rib plate with garlic fries. Must try! Excellent ribs... 5 Stars!!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Terrific old restaurant on Soquel Creek-Lagoon. Stable predictable LARGE varied menu. Also fresh specials. We have eaten there hundreds of times, never a bad meal. Great martinis; sensibly priced wine list. Rapid friendly service.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Very accommodating and great service. Food was very good. Quaint comfy beach side joint. Will come back!

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

GREAT FOOD. GREAT FOOD PRESENTATION. GREAT SERVICE. GREAT SERVERS. GREAT AMBIANCE. CLEAN. BUT DO NOT GO WHEN GUITAR PLAYER THERE. COULD NOT HEAR ACROSS OUR TABLE WHEN HE WAS YELLING - YES, NOT SINGING - YELLING, AND THE SPEAKERS WERE MUCH TOO LOUD AND SCREECHY. WILL DEFINITELY RETURN AND RECOMMEND, BUT NOT ON A NIGHT WHEN HERE IS LIVE MUSIC.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent food and view! We requested an oceanview if possible, and the server even saved us an ideal outdoor table with a heater and an indoor one, just in case it was too cold.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Shelly the manager was friendly and made my daughters' bday experience even more special!

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3.0Dined on August 27, 2017

The staff were excellent and much of the food was good--but the halibut had been badly frozen--and at $30+ per halibut entree very disappointing--particularly after such good halibut in Santa Cruz.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We had dinner here on a quick trip to Capitola and thought the food and service were fabulous. Would definitely come back again! Great location and fun venue.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Gahhhhhh-such an amazing meal! Celebrating our anniversary! We had the crab cakes...to die for. We had the bacon wrapped filet mignon with Gorgonzola butter---OH MY GOSHHHHH! seriously died and went to food heaven! We will be back! :))) service was excellent! :)))

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

We done here often. Solid spot with good food on the water.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Lovely view, great food & service. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2017

The service was great - the views were great. We sat outside and the sun was a bit of a bother as it was in my eyes and I couldn't see our server or anything else, but I could see my wife and the view. My wife had the clams and said they were great. I had the filet and it was very good. The mashed potatoes were the best I've ever had as they were tasty and very creamy. The best thing was the dessert which was the Paradise Delight - could have eaten another one!!! The only downfall is the parking situation which is difficult to find a spot, but we lucked out. It didn't help that PG&E was there tearing up the road and the sidewalks. But, when they have to do stuff I guess you just have to deal with it

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Nice view from patio, great service, very good food!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Sat on the patio great weather, great service and great food. The Coconut Shrimp was excellent. Dinner entrees Salmon Dinner was fresh and absolutely the best I have ever had. The Scallops were very good too.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Outstanding anniversary dinner! We're locals and already loved Paradise, but this visit knocked it out of the park! Great time dining on the deck with a beautiful view!

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Even on a busy holiday weekend table was immediately available, friendly service, fantastic food!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

We had the sweetest waitress! And the cooks accommodated a special request for my fish dish even tho it was different then they regularly serve it! Food was awesome!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2017

The restaurant has a great, relaxed atmosphere, and the servers are attentive and friendly. Large bar area, also a very large outdoor patio. We didn't sit out there because all the tables are in full sun, and we'd had a little too much already for the day.

Sadly, the only area that wasn't above average was the food. My husband's burger and fries was good, but nothing that stood out in terms of flavor. I had the short ribs-they were served over garlic mashed potatoes, which I think were good, but the whole dish had a red sauce over everything, which kind of drowned out individual flavors. The ribs themselves were good, but very fatty, which was off-putting when you got a mouth of fat and sauce. It wasn't a cheap meal, and was a little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2017

We have always enjoyed the great food and wine selection at Paradise Beach Grille. Today was a special occasion, treating my husband of 2 months to a surprise birthday dinner with great friends after dancing the afternoon away at the Wharf House.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2017

By far, my favorite waterfront restaurant in Capitola. Patio overlooks the beach and the cute, colorful hotel rooms across the river. The food is great: From fish and salads to burgers and sandwiches. Brie appetizer with roasted garlic and pepper jelly is fantastic. Nice inside as well, with comfy booths. Clean restrooms (it matters). Great cocktails. I recommend this place to everyone I know.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2017

The mahi mahi tacos were out of this world!! Best fish tacos I've ever tasted...and believe me, I've tried a LOT of fish tacos! Views from the outside patio were awesome! Loved celebrating our anniversary there! Would definitely go back!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

This weekend was our second time dining here during a day trip to Capitola. We love it! The food is exceptional and the scenic views on the patio are fantastic. Such a fun spot with great service and a long list of wines by the glass. Can't wait to return!

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

Great place to meet between San Francisco and Monterey! We had a family reunion of sorts. It was great! We left a message of greeting to Leslie and Gary Wetzel! A great time was had by all.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Awesome view and outstanding cuisine!!! We loved the food and the service was amazing! We will be back again and again!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

There for a birthday.. they didn't do anything special for that. They were so busy, no problem. My husband doesn't like it anyways when I put him on the spot..lol. The ambiance was very nice and we were treated well. The service was spot on and the food was delicious!! We had the baby back ribs and they were to die for!!! The chocolate mousse was excellent!! They attract many people, we knew the food must be good just by how many people were there! We'd definitely go again!!

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

I ate there twice in one week and loved it both times. When I come back, I will definitely
include Paradise in my dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2017

we were entertaining a business associate up from LA and received a window table over
looking the beach on the deck. Which was great. we could have a conversation and watch
over the beach. the dining room was to noisy! the food was excellent and many choices.
the service was quick once we ordered and the food was delicious. our visitor was very
impressed. thank you

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2017

Great ambience and view. Menu was varied and interesting. The Ginger Carrot soup was very good and the "corn ravioli" to die for. Who knew...corn ravioli!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2017

This was my first visit to Paradise Grill for lunch with friends. The staff were accommodating, friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu offerings. The food was fresh and creatively prepared.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2017

My husband and I were in Capitola to celebrate our anniversary. Paradise Beach Grille was recommended by some locals. The owners lived in Hawaii, so the food we ordered was Hawaiian themed. The crab eggrolls were delicious, not greasy in the least and full of crab. My husband had the Mai-Mai entre with vegetables and rice. He said that the fish was delicious and the veges were nicely prepared. I had the ribs and garlic fries with cole slaw, and I was very pleased with my choice. We each had a drink with dinner, and ended our meal with espresso and a lovely creme brulee. The restaurant itself is nothing fancy. A few people were at the bar watching the game, but it was quiet nonetheless. We had a nice table at the window and all in all enjoyed our anniversary dinner. I'd definitely go back the next time we're in town and would recommend the Grille to our friends.

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4.0Dined on December 19, 2016

We enjoy the coziness of this restaurant. Food is very good and wine list is the best in the area. Servers are knowledgeable about the menu and specials of the day. During warm weather the balcony is a favorite. The bar is lively and noisy. Good luck finding a vacant bar stool at 5pm on any given night.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

This is one of our favorite spots to eat. We usually go when we can eat out on the deck with a view of Capitola beach, but the food is worth the visit, even without the view.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2016

Great spot for everyday dining. Superior bloody mary's. Large bar and bar sitting area. Fine dinnig area adjcant to bar area. Can be noisy for early dinning.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

Nice location with views. Sat outside, and it cooled off but waiter let us move to a table closer to heaters, very accommodating.

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2016

I had mash potatoes and they were cold. They brought another plate and they were also cold.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2016

Excellent service and food

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

I had sweet corn ravioli and they were paired with bacon-wrapped sea scallops in a pesto alfredo sauce. Everything on the plate was amazing and I sent nothing back. For my starter, I had the clam chowder soup and it was so tasty I wanted to have more but I know that my main course was going top be amazing, so I was to save room. And at last for desert what is better than a light and refreshing lime pie. In my opinion, it is one of the freshest pies I have ever tasted. If you are in the Capitola, CA, and you looking for somewhere to have dinner and chill out I would totally recommend it.

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