Pleasure Pizza is named for its location near Pleasure Point, one of the best surfing locations in northern California. I love their pizza, and have been coming here for years. They sell whole pizzas, as well as slices.
This place is very informal. There is seating inside and outside, but no table service. It is a favorite place for local surfers, and the walls have a lot of photos of local surfing greats.
Don't expect anything too fancy here. They have a good selection of pizza here, but nothing else. But once you have their pizza, you won't need anything else.
Say what you will about Jimmy Buffet ( I love his music), but Margaritaville is always a great place to eat regardless that it is now a very large chain.
The spot in Capitola is no exception. The view is magnificent as you look out over the beach to the very colorful beach hotel, then beyond to the pier.
The staff was very friendly and efficient. This may be a tribute to the General Manager Tristan McLarty, or just the beauty of the location itself.
Favorite Dish: Tough choice. I loved the "Drunk Chicken" done to perfection with a Tequila glaze but my wife inhaled the Lobster tail so .....
Mr. Toots is a local haunt located in the Village. The coffees here are good, plus its balcony has great views of Capitola Beach. Mr. Toots is a hit with students, especially from nearby Cabrillo College, as well as local music bands.
Mr. Toots is located up the stairway entrance that's accessed from the sidewalk.. It recently went thought a long refurbishment.
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 that I would recommend to any of my friends or relatives.
Favorite Dish: Prime rib is my favorite - can't beat the au jous and horseradish.
I was very pleased with the prices and quality of the food. Great view of Capitola and the surfers if you get the right table !
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was the Pad Thai with Chicken and Shrimp - classic thin Thai noodles for only $5.50.
This is the little hole-in-the-wall pizza joint that started it all for this wildly popular pizza. Can you imagine being all sandy & gritty & hungry at the beach and having access to the best pizza in town right near the beach???? Genius. Small & unpretentious, there's some counter space for eating but you are encouraged to take your slices or whole pizza to go and eat it on the beach.
Favorite Dish: Slices are NY style... thin crust and larger than the average pizza. I love the mushroom pizza but my youngest loves the Maui Wowie while the others like the cheese or the Pepperoni&Sausage combo. They also have a veggie version that's good if you like your greens.
After several hours on the beach, you'll find that there's a restaurant that locals go to and where you can grab a bite to eat just before you hop onto Hwy 1. They have parking in the front (about 15-20 cars) some parking in the back (8 cars) and lots of street parking along Main Street. Once inside the restaurant, you need to line up in front of the counter to order your food. They call out your name when the food is ready so you pick it up back at the counter. There's seating inside and also outside. We had a large group (9) when we went on a Thursday early evening and we were able to find 2 adjoining tables near the counter so we could all sit together. The wall to the left of the counter is covered with a mural of fruits & foods come alive.. painted with faces and personality. It sure kept the kids (12&under) entertained with taking it all in as we waited for our food.
Favorite Dish: The Soup&Salad bar is a great deal. Soup was Chicken Pasta and it was flavorful with lots of chicken & vegetables. Salad bar was stocked with fresh items. You do get 1 bowl of soup with this order but unlimited trips to the Salad Bar. The burgers, hotdogs, chicken tenders are all excellent along with the fish&chips (red snapper... yum!). The tri-tip steak sandwich was gooey with cheese & redolent with grilled onions on fresh bread. I had the chicken kabob and they were served with vegetables & pasta. The pasta & vegetables were almost overdone but that may have been because the chicken kabob was heating them up as those items "rested" below the kabob. Next time, I'm trying the seafood kabob! They also had homemade pie which I was too full to even consider ordering. So that'll be the next trip.
Almost everyone who lives in the area knows The Shadowbrook; it is one of the area's oldest and most famous restaurant. On any night you will likely find here locals who have been coming here for more than a generation, visitors from San Jose, and the occasional tourist looking for a place with atmosphere and quality food. What makes Shadowbrook stand out from other restaurants is the settings, overlooking the creek and reached from a funicular from the parking lot and town above. The restaurant is perched on the banks of the creek, surrounded by greenery and at night, romantic lights. It truly has a unique atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: The food here is good quality but fairly conventional. If you are looking for atmosphere and a carefree place to eat knowing that the food is good, then come here. If you are a foodie looking for something exceptional or cutting edge, you may be disappointed. Fortunately for the Shadowbrook restaurant, a sure thing is popular for many people.
Capitola is a very eclectic town, with its mix of surfers and professionals who commute to San Jose. A place like Pink Godzilla brings them together. Anyone who is looking for Japanese food and sushi is happy and welcome here.
The restaurant is located in a somewhat funky part of town that hosts as many surf shops and second hand stores as restaurants. It's a great place to stop if you are in the area.
Located beside lush Soquel Creek in Capitola-by-the-Sea, Shadowbrook Restaurant is best reached by its own quaint cable car, or a meandering garden path. Since 1947 Shadowbrook has continued to provide world-class service, fine food, wines and liqueurs in an atmosphere of Old World charm and grace.
Favorite Dish: Call us toll-free for the following:
For reservations & general information (800) 975-1511
For banquets & weddings (888) 475-1222
This lovely restaurant is perched on the hillside overlooking the city of Capitola. To descend to the dining area, you can either take the stairs which let you walk through a lushly landscaped area with waterfalls, ponds, fiddlehead ferns, and flowers, or you can ride down on the cable car which holds a handful of people as it slowly cruises back and forth between the restaurant below and the street above.
See my Capitola travelogue for more photos
Favorite Dish: A good place to start is with Satay Chicken, dipped in fresh Thai peanut sauce. There are a number of other appetizers, such as specially-marinated baby artichokes with cilantro and lemon aioli, and more.
As far as entrees go, my favorite is the trout. Here it's served with some kind of crusty almond topping and lemony-cream sauce, with a vegetable medley on the side. The pastas here are also delicious. Both the linguine, and penne pasta with smoked chicken are very good choices.
When it comes to dessert, if you have any room left, great choices are either the Jack Daniels Mud Pie, which has coffee crunch ice cream and whiskey-chocolate sauce (after the famous JD brand of whiskey), or the New York-Style Cheesecake, served with a splash of cherry sauce over the top.
And don't forget to order tea : )
I seldom eat here, but when I do it's always quite memorable.
The Shadowbrook is known throughout Capitola and the entire Santa Cruz metropolitan area as being one of its most classiest and lovely restaurants. Located along the western bank of the Soquel River next to a steep hillside near the Village, the Shadowbrook offers fine dining with beautiful redwood and Old World surroudings. Because of the steepnees of the hill which the restaurant lies next to, there's even a small cable car that connects the street level down to the foyer.
Casual dining with an extraordinary view
in cozy spot with its antique nautical motif,
choose from sea food, steak, pasta and