So, it has been ages since I wrote here, though I have been writing often over at the main blog - chitra-aiyer.com . I have wanted to write about this restaurant for a while now - have managed to put it off till now.
This was in 2001 and in Bay Area, California; it was my husband’s birthday. I wanted to take him some place nice; to a place that was a bit out and that which wasnt in our usual route. I asked my American boss at work who had been in the Bay Area for a while for suggestions. He suggested a couple of them and one was the Shadowbrook restaurant in the city of Capitola. He described the place to me and it sounded very nice. So, off we went, in the evening towards Capitola. I had the directions, and I asked the husband to drive. I said, ‘know not the destination, simply enjoy the journey’.
Anyway, we arrived and parked a street away and walked up to the restaurant. The Sun had already set and it was dark. We arrived at the entrance and from then on, till the time we were out, the experience was just fantabulous. This place has been beautifully and tastefully envisioned and designed. In fact, the restaurant is some feet below and they take you in a beautiful cable car from the gate! The cable car was a complete surprise to us and we were completely taken in.
The restaurant has a charming old world setting, overlooking Soquel creek. It was started in 1947 and is famous for “Romance in Dining.” There are many dining areas and each has a character of its own. Looking up the pics on their website and calling ahead for reservation is much recommended. The waiting area also has entertainment.
Pic from the restaurant’s website
We are vegetarians and had a limited menu there; but we personalized what we wanted. Everything about that evening was perfect - food, ambiance, service. After the first time, we went there many times, but every-time it was for dinner. So, we have never really seen the place during the day and apparently it is beautiful with lovely views.
This has by far been one of the most romantic places I have been to for dinner. If you are in the Bay Area or Santa Cruz County or are visiting, definitely pay Shadowbroook a visit. Do come back and tell us how it was. Or if you have already been to the Shadowbrook, please share your experience.
Look up Shadowbrook’s awards and accolades on their website.
Capitola and Wharf Roads, (P.O. Box 65) Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010.