One of the best kept secrets of the Santa Cruz area is the Shadowbrook Restaurant. Located in what can only be described as an enchanted forest rests this gem of local cuisine overlooking the Capitola River. The Shadowbrook Restaurant is open nightly for dinner and located just 10-minutes south of Santa Cruz in the City of Capitola. Their quaint hillside “Cable Car” has become a diner’s tradition to experience. As a local, I suggest that you take the walking path down to enjoy their hillside gardens and waterfalls, then take the Cable Car when you have finished dinning.

Since 1947, Shadowbrook Restaurant has been a local destination for special occasions. In fact, The Shadowbrook Restaurant is in the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in all of America, according to the 5 million voters on Open Table. However, romance doesn’t have to be in the air to enjoy Shadowbrook. Their casual lounge and bar menu are also very popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The main dining area, or Fireplace Room, is a great place to enjoy dinner with family and friends. If sitting outdoors is more your style, then make your way out to their patio and enjoy the views of The Capitola River.

The charm of local cuisine is the same as it has always been at the Shadowbrook. The executive Chef is a local woman who has been in the area throughout her entire life. From her unique nightly specials, to their best known cuisine, Prime Rib, Steaks, Scampi, and Salmon there is bound to be something on the menu to tantalize many palates. Bring your family to The Shadowbrook Restaurant where they continue to provide world-class service with an old-world charm.

Locals Tip: Make reservations! The restaurant gets very crowded during the summertime.

Dress Code: Casual to dressy. No beach attire; tailored shorts OK. More casual dining is available in our Rock Room Lounge. For more information on their dress code and dinner service, please click here.

Hours of Operation
5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Saturday
4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sunday

Shadowbrook Restaurant

1750 Wharf Road
Capitola-by-the-Sea, California 95010
(831) 475-1511
Prices: $-$$$

 For more information and to make a reservation, please click here.

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