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Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

5587 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion (9589)
  • Romantic (8980)
  • Scenic View (8199)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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American, Steak, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Summer Dining Hours: Mon-Thu 5:00pm-8:45pm, Friday 4:30pm-8:45pm Sat 4:00pm-9:45pm Sun 4:00pm-8:45pm Summer Rockroom Bar Menu Available: Mon-Fri 4:00pm-10:00pm Saturday 3:30pm-10:00pm Sunday 2:30pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 475-1511
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Roger Gowen
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The Shadowbrook has an in-house pastry department for banquet, wedding, or special occasion needs. For more information please call Stephanie at 831-475-1222.
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Cross street
Capitola Rd.
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Parking details
Three private lots with complimentary parking for guests; disabled parking spaces available.
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Live music in the Rock Room Lounge Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
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Special events & promotions
Mention to us that it is your birthday and receive a complimentary ice cream sundae.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 5587 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic food and service! Great place to become engaged!!!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Shadowbrook is a lovely place. It's unique, special and romantic - it makes for nice memories, and the food and service are generally delightful. My few, minor complaints are these: 1) the hostess was downright rude and unpleasant (not a good first impression upon arrival) - even if you can't help someone right away, look up and give a smile and friendly greeting; 2) the bathrooms are not easy to find/get too and always have a line; 3) twice I've requested well in advance to sit at a table not next to kids (because we rarely get a romantic night away from our own kids so we want quiet time at a place like Shadowbrook), but both times we were seated at tables immediately next to tables with kids; and 4) we were seated ten minutes later than our 6:30 reservation time despite checking in thirty minutes early for the reservation.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Our reservation could have been handled better. Upon arrival, which was approx 10 min before our reservation time, we were asked to check back closer to our reservation time. Really? 10 minutes? So we complied, and checked back only to be given the buzzer. Why not give the buzzer when we checked in? Waited another 20 min before being seated! Seemed a bit stand off-ish. Other than that overall good experience!

Deepwoods (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

Food and service were good and they have a large menu. We had Prime Rib and Blackened Lamb and both were good, if basic. I wouldn't call it fine dining but good quality for the price. One complaint is that it was really loud - we had to practically yell across the table to be heard. For this reason alone I wouldn't go back. Forget about having a relaxing or romantic dinner here.

EricaV (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

I took my partner to Shadowbrook for a romantic birthday dinner. This was our first experience at this establishment. It started out wonderful. We were seated at a beautiful table over looking the water. Our waiter started off a little rocky. I had to ask another waiter if we could get a menu after sitting there for 5 minutes. After that the waiter was outstanding....until the end of dinner. We became less important and everyone around us were top priority. It took him a very long time to bring us the desert menu. We were going to get the check and leave. We decided to stay and get a desert. He sold us on a desert that was terrible. He also forgot the reason why we were there in the first place and didn’t bring her a birthday sundae like about 5 other tables around us received. Unfortunately, the ending of a wonderful date ended up with a bad taste in our mouth.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

This is a one of a kind restaurant and it's been around 70 years this year so you know they are doing something right. The location, the special touches not seen everywhere, and then there's the food. I am a foodie, I admit it, and you will love the food. Even the s house salad is scrumptious! Did I mention they will pick you up and deliver you back to your motel, B&B for a gratuity only? And the car is vintage!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Beautiful place, wonderful food and great service.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Shadowbrook continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. The place is so beautiful and the quality of food, service, wine is consistent and good. Always a good choice.

cupcakecaer (Yosemite)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

We have eaten here a few times over the last couple of years when visiting the area. We love the meals, the service, and the venue, but someone needs to tell the bar that using Rose's lime for a gimlet is sad, especially when there are limes right on the bar. Otherwise, excellent!

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Me and my fiancé loved our experience at the restaurant. It was the perfect place for me to propose to her and the food was amazing just need more options in the menu for simple foods. Other than that, service, food and ambiance was just right.