The Shadowbrook Restaurant In Capitola

The Shadowbrook Capitola Restaurant is not known for good food to say the least. Their food is average at best, and it’s sad to say you can get the same type of food for a quarter of the price. But the ambiance is pretty cool, so I guess that’s what you pay for. Most people that I speak to say the same thing – that they are genuinely dissatisfied and almost feel robbed when leaving the Shadowbrook Capitola. So if you are going to eat there, don’t say nobody warned you.

You can find all kinds of fake reviews of the Shadowbrook Capitola all over yelp and other sites on the internet. Don’t believe them, they are done by employees. Or go to this restaurant yourself – and see for your own eyes…taste buds…and wallets…or lack of after you eat at this ripoff!

love my hometown of San Diego, don’t get me wrong. But every once in a while I like to venture up north to one of my favorite towns in the world, Santa Cruz California. I just recently went there and spent some time in Capitola, a quaint little beach town known for great beaches, decent food and really fun bars/nightlife. I have heard a lot about this restaurant called Shadowbrook Capitola, so I decided  to give it a try. This hub is about the Shadowbrook Capitola restaurant and my reviews of this Capitola Restaurants.


Best Part!

Trolley Ride @ the Shadowbrook Capitola Restaurant
Trolley Ride @ the Shadowbrook Capitola Restaurant

About The Shadowbrook Capitola

The Shadowbrook Capitola is located at 1750 Wharf Road in Capitola, CA 95010. When you enter the Shadowbrook Capitola restaurant, at first you stroll through a winding path through lavish gardens or take a hillside trolley elevator to reach this unique craftsman-style restaurant overlooking Soquel Creek. I feel that this entrance into the Shadowbrook Capitola is the coolest part about the restaurant, or any Capitola restaurants at all. The ambiance going into this restaurant is just amazing and is a must see for anybody visiting Capitola. The Shadowbrook Capitola restaurant has an American menu, a bar menu and a children menu. They are open for dinner hours only. Hours for the Shadowbrook Capitola go as follows:

Shadowbrook Capitola DINNER HOURS:
Monday-Friday — 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday — 4:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday — 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

What I Thought About The Food

To be completely honest I felt the ambiance of the Shadowbrook Capitola and the trolley ride down to the restaurant were better than the food itself. I’m a little old-school, and by that I mean that I’d rather do the cooking myself on my bbq grill. Nobody tops MY bbq cooking. The food at Shadowbrook Capitola is a little above average, and a little bit on the pricey side – at the Shadowbrook Capitola you are mostly paying for the experience which was fine by me. But overall it was a great experience for Santa Cruz Restaurants that I would recommend to any of my friends or relatives.

On The Shadowbrook Capitola Restaurants Specials Menu


Char-grilled one pound prime New York steak topped with grilled spring onions and crispy peppered bacon and served with cave-aged gruyere potato gratin.


Slow-roasted Kurobuta pork rack, herb spaetzle, creamed Bloomsdale spinach, Yorkshire pudding, pork jus and apple compote. 10 oz. cut
GRILLED TOFU SOBA $20.95 (Vegan)

Marinated grilled tofu on a bed of Buckwheat pasta tossed with stir-fried Gai Lan, pea tendrils, Shimeji mushrooms, scallions, mild chilies, young ginger, garlic, cilantro and bean sprouts.

The Shadowbrook Capitola is a Great Place for Special Events
The Shadowbrook Capitola is a Great Place for Special Events

Shadowbrook Capitola Entertainment & Special Events

Shadowbrook Capitola has four private dining rooms that are great for evening special events, receptions, and weddings for groups of 10 to 100. There is also live music in the bar Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. I’ll admit that I wasn’t into the live music, as it was better suited for older folk.

Shadowbrook Capitola Restaurants Contact Information

Up to 28 days (4 weeks) in advance for dinner. For reservations call (800) 975-1511 or (831) 475-1511

Capitola and Wharf Roads, (P.O. Box 65) Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010.

Complimentary private lots.


Reservations & General Info:
Toll-free (800) 975-1511 or (831) 475-1511

Banquets & Weddings:
Toll-free (888) 475-1222 or (831) 475-1222

(831) 475-1222 (Office)
(831) 475-7664 (Fax)

This entry was posted in All Capitola Restaurants, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s