Dine Local Guide: Shadowbrook
1750 Wharf Road
The heart of world-famous Shadowbrook is a log cabin originally built as a summer home in the 1920s. This beautiful restaurant is located on the banks of Soquel Creek in the quaint beach town of Capitola-by-the-Sea, 4-miles south of Santa Cruz.
Best reached by its unique hillside “Cable Car,” Shadowbrook not only continues a long-time tradition for special occasion and group dining, but is a popular destination for its casual Rock Room Bar and Lounge.
A Santa Cruz County landmark ever since it opened, Shadowbrook continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Its fine food, extensive wine list and unparalleled setting have earned it numerous awards for food and service, including “Best DateNight Restaurant” and Top-100 of America’s “Most Romantic Restaurants.”
Patrons take the famous hillside “Cable Car” or meander down the garden path through the lush landscaping to reach the restaurant’s entry. Shadowbrook’s beautiful grounds with waterfalls and rock walls, and its intimate dining areas are perfect for romance, rehearsal dinners as well as wedding ceremonies and receptions.
This 75-year-old restaurant proudly serves fine food, paired with a broad variety of wines and liqueurs in an atmosphere of “Old World” charm and grace. The dinner menu features creative daily specials, followed by tempting desserts — all made from scratch.
As many people have noted, the Shadowbrook has managed to do something that is very rare. It honors its past while continually reinventing itself to stay current. It gets better all the time without forgetting its unpretentious log cabin roots.