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Paradise Beach Grille

215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
+1 831-476-4900
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“salad” (29 reviews)
“skirt steak” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It's about the bar, as previous places were at this location. Food reasonably good though a bit on the pricier side (it is located in the village with view of the bay). Try the coconut shrimp have been their standard appetizer go-to. Spunky service. Paradise...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been there twice now with family. A busy, noisy restaurant with no parking and upscale prices has to offer excellent fare to make the hassle worth it. I can't give the food more than a 5 on a 10 point scale. I'm not interested...More

Thank pklenner
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've come here several times for lunch, and always sit outside on the balcony, overlooking the beach and the colorful rows of beach houses. Ambiance is a big part of the meal experience for me; the view is perfect. I've normally had salads, fish tacos,...More

Thank B4Travel2
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

I got the clams and my boyfriend got prawns and mussles. They both were so good and half the price of what seafood would be. We also sat outside which is right on the water. Perfect view weather and food.

Thank Claudia R
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We stopped in for a late lunch and the patio was still pretty full. We were seated outside and it was beautiful. The food was good, the halibut burger tasted great, the crab cakes were really greasy and bland. The fish tacos were OK. Just...More

Thank DaisyDot24
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The place is cute, the beach views are fun. The food is below par. We had crab cakes which were not great, the fish tacos weren't bad but nothing to write home, or here about.

Thank Fritz_the_1st
Reviewed 2 August 2017

We ate on the patio which had outside heaters which made it very comfortable for a beach evening. We ordered the main appetizer which was a shrimp dish. The shrimp were bathed in oil and sauce. It was not appetizing to us unlike the recommendations....More

Thank Al B
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

For dinner I ordered the surf & turf dinner special and my husband had boneless ribs with garlic mashed potatoes in a tomato base sauce. We both ordered salads with balsamic vinaigrette that had too much oregano or Italian seasoning that overpowered the flavors in...More

Thank viviangross
Reviewed 11 July 2017

For those that chose to venture away from the Santa Cruz madness for an afternoon the almost next-door neighbor is Capitola just a few miles south. For years the main draw of this town was the Shadowbrook restaurant which hands down is my all around...More

Thank John I
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We were hanging out on the Warf listening to music and wanted something to eat before heading home. We walked over to the Paradise Beach Grille because our friends had been there before and recommended the food. We found a table for 4 easily in...More

Thank John C
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Bonnie T
16 July 2015|
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Response from Julie T | Reviewed this property |
It's right on the Esplanade that runs along the beach. You can't miss it!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
    (Cliff Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Please check the Santa Cruz Metro website http://www.scmtd.com/
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-4900
  • E-mail
Located on the water in Capitola Village, Paradise Beach Grille is the perfect place to enjoy lunch with a view or to finish a perfect day on the beach. We feature a contemporary menu with a Pacific Rim flare. Enjoy our famous Coconut Prawns appetizer, followed by either a Fresh From Hawaii seafood entree, or a Prime Natural cut of Beef. Choose from our extensive wine list, featuring many local Santa Cruz Mountain wineries, or choose from one of our many beers on tap. Whatever your pleasure, you are welcome with us in Paradise!
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