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Peking Restaurant
2623 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073
Peking Restaurant serves authentic Mandarin and Szechwan dining. The restaurant is located behind Cafe Cruz and hasMore elegant leather booths, tables, and traditional Chinese decor. Their weekday lunch specials start at just $5.95. Orders can be made on-line on the restaraunt's website.
Dharma's Restaurant & Catering
4250 Capitola Rd, Capitola, CA 95010
Dharma's Restaurant & Catering is a family restaurant that serves Vegan, organic meals. Specializing in fresh,More locally produced meals that offer a wide variety of tastes to please anyone. Healthy meals and an outdoor pation for dining make this a Capitola tradition for many. Dharma's also caters special events, parties and weddings.
Little Tampico
2605 S Main St, Soquel, CA 95073

This all-wood restaurant with a view of Soquel Creek serves authentic Mexican food and drinks, includingMore quesadillas and margaritas. Little Tampico has been around for more than 40 years, but split ownership about 20 years ago and is no longer connected to the similarly named restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz. Current owners have had the restaurant since 1999 and sell meals for around $8 to $15. 

The restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 3pm, which includes an all-you-can-eat taco tostada buffet for $6.95. Little Tampico has won a number of awards, including Top 50 Hispanic restaurants in 2001 and 2002.

Shadowbrook Restaurant
1750 Wharf Rd, Capitola, CA 95010
Being one of Capitola's most famous attractions, the Shadowbrook Restaurant offers upscale dining in an incredibleMore setting. Located on the banks of the river as it empties to the Pacific Ocean, this unique dining experience begins when you take the cable trolley from the street to the river band and restaurant entrance. Flanked by fabulous gardens and a one of a kind interior, meals here take on the sense of serenity. Live music, Sunday brunch and a host of specially prepared meals are gauranteed to impress and delight the most discerning patron.
Paradise Beach Grille
215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010

Modern Italian art-deco prints adorn the interior of Paradise Beach Grille. The restaurant offers 41 choices ofMore wines, representing more local Santa Cruz County wines by the glass than any other restaurant. Live music is here on the weekends, and acoustic guitar performances are on Tuesday nights. Beachfront patio dining offers diners a panoramic view of California's famous oceanic landscape. Since 1998, Paradise Beach Grille has been a family-owned and operated restaurant that specializes in island-fusion cuisines and atmosphere. The restaurant's tropically-inspired culinary styles extend to numerous weekly specials for lunch, dinner, and desert.  For the updated menu and specials, patrons can visit Paradise Grille's web site.    


Miyako Japanese Restaurant
1820 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Miyako Japanese Restaurant is an auburn-tiled restaurant and sushi bar, located across from the Capitola Mall. It hasMore been serving the area since 1984, and many of the regular customers have been eating at the restaurant for more than 10 years,  according to its owner, Sook Kim. Busy even on Monday nights, Miyako uses sushi-grade fish for its sushi and sashimi specialties. A popular luncheon buffet is served here every weekday. Among other dishes, Kim recommends the toro and uni (tuna belly and sea urchin).
Takara Japanese Restaurant
1855 41st Ave # G-11, Capitola, CA 95010

Located at the corner of 38th Avenue and Capitola Road next to Capitola Mall, Takara serves Japanese food and has aMore full bar. The lively, yet private restaurant often has live music and playfully highlights a number of dare-you-to-eat-this items on its menu.


Carpos Restaurant
2400 Porter St, Soquel, CA 95073

Inexpensive meals, ample seating and family friendly atmosphere make Carpo's Restaurant the ideal spot for largeMore groups and families to enjoy great American food for a deal. And as a family owned and operated staple in the area for more than 30 years, the entire foundation for the restaurant's success is built on making life a little easier for the whole family. Full-meals for personally catered events are available to pick-up.  Take-Out Taxi is also available to deliver orders.         


Capitola Beach
San Jose Ave & Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
Located at San Jose Avenue along the Esplanade, Capitola Beach offers access to several nearby shops andMore restaurants. Admission is free and public restrooms are available.
Cafe Violette
104 Stockton Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Cafe Violette is a restaurant and cafe in Capitola Village. It carries Marianne's ice cream, a localMore favorite. 
My Thai Beach Restaurant
207 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
My Thai Beach Restaurant's entire atmosphere celebrates the culture of Thailand with authentic cuisines, a distinctiveMore interior décor and the affectionate spirit of a family-owned and operated establishment. With delicacies like Thai pumpkin curry, Panang salmon curry and coconut milk soup, My Thai provides a much welcome alternative to the mainstream seaside lunches and dinners that beach-goers typically expect.
El Chino Mexican Restaurant
2525 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Straddling the border between Santa Cruz and Capitola, El Chino gets its name from the heritage of its owner. LocalsMore swear by the service, food and ambience of this restaurant, which has been serving authentic Mexican dishes for 20 years. From Huevos Rancheros in the morning to margaritas and nachos with fresh Mango Salsa in the evening, El Chino's food and warm ambience make for great casual dining. It also offers banquet facilities for parties and events.