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Shadowbrook Restaurant Capitola

4.5
4.5
5579 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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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Menu

Appetizers

  • Seared Ahi$17.95

    Wasabi cream, passion fruit and soy-tempura dipping sauces

    • Artichoke Hearts (Vegan)$14.95

      Deep-fried Castroville baby artichokes, cilantro-lemon vegan aioli

      • Baked Brie$15.95

        Delicate pastry, Jalapeño jelly, herbed crostinis

        • Fried Calamari$17.95

          Thai chili, Cocktail, and Tartar sauces

          • Bacon-Wrapped Prawns$10.50

            Char-grilled with sweet soy glaze; sesame-mustard and pickled ginger-coconut cream sauces 4 Prawns for $10.50 & 7 Prawns for $14.95

            • Ahi Poke$15.95

              Diced Yellow Fin Tuna, Sea Greens, bamboo rice, sesame seeds, topped with Avocado

              Soups

              • Creamy Artichoke

                Hearts of premium artichokes, chicken stock, leeks, potatoes, and fresh cream

                • Cup$8.95
              • Clam Chowder

                Tender clams, oven-roasted sweet corn, bacon, fresh rosemary and potatoes

                • Cup$9.95

              Traditional Salads

              • Shadowbrook House$15.95

                Baby spinach, mango-chutney vinaigrette, grape tomatoes, candied pecans and three char-grilled bacon-wrapped prawns

                • Without prawns (gluten-free)$12.95
              • Caesar$12.95

                Little gem lettuce, shaved Parmegiano-Reggiano, garlic croutons; optional anchovy garnish

                • B.L.T.$13.95

                  Baby Iceberg lettuce, grape tomato, house-cured bacon, garlic croutons, Danish Bleu Cheese dressing

                  Seasonal

                  • Ahi Niçoise$20.95

                    Ahi Niçoise Lightly-seared blackened tuna, local baby greens, Haricot Vert, boiled egg, Niçoise olives, grape tomatoes, herbed red potatoes, Sherry-Dijon vinaigrette 20.95

                    Seafood

                    • 'Pacific Rim' Salmon$32.95

                      As featured in Bon Appetit magazine. Certified sustainably raised and organically fed, Sea greens, ginger-wasabi and Ponzu sauces, miso vinaigrette julienne vegetables and Sesame seeds

                      • Fresh Swordfish$29.95

                        Char-grilled, lemon-basil butter, sautéed seasonal vegetables, rice pilaf

                        • New England Sea Scallops$36.95

                          Caramelized scallops, lobster-infused whipped potatoes, sauteed spinach, truffle-scented wild mushroom sherry cream

                          • Shrimp Scampi$26.95

                            Sauteed gulf shrimp, spinach and tomatoes HALF ORDER OF SCAMPI with 8oz PRIME SIRLOIN STEAK 39.95

                            • Lobster Tail

                              Butter-poached 8 oz tail, garlic-whipped potato, broccolini, Champagne Buerre Blanc

                              • Single Tail$39.95
                              • Double Tails$69.95
                              • Single Tail and 8oz. Sirloin$55.95

                            Vegetarian

                            • Soba Noodle Medley (Vegan)$22.95

                              Marinated tofu, Soba noodles, Shiitake mushrooms, scallions, fresh ginger, garlic, cilantro and bean sprouts

                              • Black Truffle Gnocchi$23.95

                                Goat cheese Bechamel, truffle oil, seasonal vegetables. With 6oz Filet brochettes 39.95

                                Sides

                                $8.95

                                • Sauteed Local Vegetables

                                  • Rice Pilaf

                                    • Spinach, (Sautéed or Creamed)

                                      • Smoked Gouda Potato Gratin

                                        • Garlic-whipped Potato

                                          • French Fries

                                            • Mushroom Bread Pudding

                                              Meat/Game

                                              • Filet Mignon

                                                Char-grille angus beef, Chef seasoned butter, smoked Gouda & Yukon Gold potato gratin, wild mushroom-cippolini onion ragout

                                                • 6oz$33.95
                                                • 10oz$46.95
                                              • Blackened Lamb$34.95

                                                House-spiced loin of lamb, roasted garlic, beurre rouge, mushroom bread pudding, orange-honey glazed carrots

                                                • Osso Bucco$29.95

                                                  Braised Ultra-premium pork, sautéed spinach with Shiitake mushrooms, house-cured bacon, crispy polenta cake, oven braising juices, pine nut gremolata

                                                  • Chicken Parmigiana$27.95

                                                    Lightly breaded and pan-fried, Baked with House Made Marinara, Parmesan Béchamel sauce, served over fresh Linguine pasta

                                                    House Specialties

                                                    • Slow-Roasted Angus Prime Rib

                                                      Garlic-whipped potato, creamed spinach, horseradish cream and Cabernet jus. Our Prime Ribs are slow-roasted daily and subject to availability

                                                      • 8oz Cut$31.95
                                                      • 12oz Cut$39.95
                                                    • Blackened Ribeye Steak$31.95

                                                      Garlic-whipped potato, creamed spinach, horseradish cream and Cabernet jus 10oz Cut 31.95 / 14oz Cut 39.95

                                                      For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                                                      What 5,579 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

                                                      4.5
                                                      4.5 based on all time ratings
                                                      • 4.4Food
                                                      • 4.5Service
                                                      • 4.7Ambience
                                                      • 4.2Value

                                                      NoiseModerate

                                                      96% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                      1. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Unspecified

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Reviewed on July 24, 2019

                                                        overall5foodserviceambience

                                                        beautiful ambience, friendly staff and tasty food

                                                      2. C

                                                        Cisco

                                                        Los Angeles

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Reviewed on January 9, 2019

                                                        overall5foodserviceambience

                                                        I really liked this restaurant. From the decor to the perfectly prepared food everything was great. Arriving there was really neat as you go through an old-school looking elevator. Upon entering I was greatly very kindly and didn't have to wait long to be seated. The setting was very romantic with low light setting. The food was delicious and prepared very well! I really liked it and will definitely be coming back here.

                                                      3. AM

                                                        AdamM

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 8, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                      4. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 7, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great experience. Food and atmosphere were magical and my date was absolutely gorgeous!!

                                                      5. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        20 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        20 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 30, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        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.

                                                      6. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Phoenix

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 29, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        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!

                                                      7. D

                                                        Deepwoods

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 29, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience2

                                                        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.

                                                      8. EV

                                                        EricaV

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 29, 2017

                                                        overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                        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.

                                                      9. N

                                                        Nnjoy

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 29, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        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!

                                                      10. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 24, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        Beautiful place, wonderful food and great service.

                                                      11. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 24, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        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.

                                                      12. c

                                                        cupcakecaer

                                                        Yosemite

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 22, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        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!

                                                      13. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 20, 2017

                                                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                        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.

                                                      14. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 19, 2017

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        Best place for a romantic meal. I have been coming to Shadowbrook for 30 years. Although 119 miles from home (North Bay), it is the first place that comes to mind for ambiance, a peaceful and comfortable setting, and to impress my guests. Food was wonderful, too!

                                                      15. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 18, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This is a very special place! Beautiful location and good food. Perfect for a special occasion.

                                                      16. M

                                                        Mark

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 17, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Food was very good, service top notch, nice overall atmosphere, but we were seated in the lower portion of the restaurant. We used their taxi service and had to push back our reservation so might be the reason for table location. All in all had a great time

                                                      17. A

                                                        Anonymous

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 17, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        Everything is good except the wait time. Made an appointment and still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated. It should take that long with a reservation.

                                                      18. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Las Vegas

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 15, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                        this was our first experience at Shadowbrooks, we went to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant is amazing!! It's absolutely beautiful & incredibly romantic! The food was deleicuos & the drinks were just as satisfying. There were only 3 hiccups; they forgot our appetizers, forgot to bring out my birthday cake & when the cake was finally brought out the candles were wrong. Aside from all that I would still highly recommend Shadowbrooks to anyone & I will still come back eager to experience more!

                                                      19. CK

                                                        ConKlim

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        10 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 15, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Food was very good and service excellent. My only complaint was we had a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes.

                                                      20. T

                                                        Tammys

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 14, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        An absolute gem! Breathtaking gardens, wonderful exciting food , the service was impeccable, will definitely be back very soon ! Thank you Shadow Brook for a beautiful evening, by far the best restaurant I've ever been too !

                                                      21. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Central Coast

                                                        1 review

                                                        3.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 11, 2017

                                                        overall3food4service3ambience4

                                                        They "lost" our reservation. Had to wait a half hour for a table on our anniversary.

                                                      22. JR

                                                        JudyR

                                                        Naples

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 11, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                        Shadow Brook has been a family favorite since we were young. Now we enjoy the ambiance, food and quaint restaurant with our children and grands. One feels like you are in another world at Shadow Brook. And the food is excellent. Bon Apetite!

                                                      23. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 11, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Perfect for our anniversary. Their taxi picked us up and took us home.

                                                      24. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 11, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        A special night - one that will be remembered. Service was exceptional and food was delicious.

                                                      25. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Kansas City

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 11, 2017

                                                        overall4food3service4ambience2

                                                        Great 80's decor but could use some updating. Clearly a local favorite and the cable car descent was really cute. Food was just okay though.

                                                      26. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 10, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great time excellent service ,oustanding food great experience!

                                                      27. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        1.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 9, 2017

                                                        overall1food3service1ambience4

                                                        The ambiance is nice. Food was good. We were seated and completely forgotten about. Waited at least 15 minutes for a menu or to even be acknowledged. Then another 15 to have order taken. It made us feel aweful. We ended up just taking the food to go. I wouldn't go back.

                                                      28. DM

                                                        DeniseM

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        11 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 9, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        I went with my husband to celebrate my birthday. We had great service and food. Waiter Kent knew his stuff when it came to apps, meal and drink selections and even dessert!

                                                      29. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        2 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 9, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        It was absolutely delicious service was awesome and atmosphere was amazing! Loved loved loved

                                                      30. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Las Vegas

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        14 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 8, 2017

                                                        overall5food2service5ambience5

                                                        Mini family reunion made even better by our dinner here, music in bar before dinner was outstanding. Singing along to the oldies, great appetizers and service. Food was wonderful as always. Can't wait for next year!! I'm sure we will sneak in a visit before then!!

                                                      31. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 6, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                        Super food..super service..THE place to take your special someone

                                                      32. AV

                                                        AVCoordinator

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        4 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 4, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                        We make it a point to come here when we're in the area. Arrived about 30 minutes before our reservation time after driving 5 hours. Waited about 10 minutes to be seated. Two large parties nearby weren't intrusive. Knowledgable waiter. Attentive staff. Cobwebs on the light fixture overhead. Food well prepared and presented. Celebrated birthday. Enjoyable experience overall.

                                                      33. l

                                                        lizzah

                                                        Sacramento

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        4.0

                                                        18 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 3, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        Loved the overall layout of the restaurant, so much to see! We used the stairs going down and rode the tram up the hill. Great food, wonderful service. This is a must see. Parking was a bear but after driving around quite a bit we finally found a spot a block and a half away.

                                                      34. LH

                                                        LizaH

                                                        San Joaquin

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 3, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This was my first time at the famous Shadowbrook Restaurant. The food did not disappoint. It was wonderful!

                                                      35. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 3, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Everything was excellent. Shuttle service was first class. Waitstaff was great. Food and ambiance was superior. Had a wonderful experience.

                                                      36. KD

                                                        KimD

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 3, 2017

                                                        overall4food1service4ambience4

                                                        Food was horrible. No ventilation or air circulation. Enjoyed looking out over the water. Our waiter was very kind and knowledgeable. Thought it was a little dated Would not recommend.

                                                      37. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        5.0

                                                        6 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 2, 2017

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Literally a great dining experience for special occasion!

                                                      38. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on September 2, 2017

                                                        overall4food3service4ambience5

                                                        Steak was too peppery, too many taste varietals! Butchers Steak was the dish. We ordered and it was more like medium!

                                                      39. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Exclusive

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 31, 2017

                                                        overall4food2service3ambience4

                                                        Shadowbrook welcomes with an elegant, nature-centric atmosphere. Had an excellent signature cocktail (no syrups!) to start the evening and listened to a beautiful guitarist playing in the bar area. Went down a couple flights of stairs and turned a few corners (confusing) to our table. Waiter was very attentive, and adapted well to our needs. The only downside was the food. I had their vegan grain bowl, probably not a specialty here, but still, it was horribly lacking presentation, vegetable arrangement/quantity, and flare. My mother didn't much like her Surf and Turf either. Overall, felt happy to be there.

                                                      40. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        San Francisco

                                                        1 review

                                                        4.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 31, 2017

                                                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                        It's been at least 10 years since we were last at Shadowbrook and we're so happy we made the trek down (from Oakland, no less!) to re-visit and celebrate my wife's birthday. The setting, including the funicular down to the restaurant, the amazing rooms/levels/views and the overall ambiance was just fantastic. The staff was attentive, but not pushy. We definitely felt at ease, even in this fancy setting. Dinner was great and we grabbed a post-dinner cocktail in the bar area on our way out to extend the evening there :-)

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