We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
+1 831-475-4900
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent17%
  • Very good37%
  • Average28%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible8%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“lobster” (16 reviews)
“prime rib” (9 reviews)
Open Now
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (346)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 338 reviews

Reviewed 24 February 2018

I guess when you have the best view in town, you don't really have to try that hard with the menu. The staff here are super nice but the food could be better. It kinda reminds me of your typical over-price ski-lodge/cafeteria food.

Thank GotKids
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped for breakfast on a beautiful morning. The view was incredible. However, the service was terrible and the food was mediocre. You cannot imagine my shock when I asked our disinterested waitress if I could have some toast. She said that they do not...More

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 14 February 2018

Zelda's has been on the Esplanade for years and is the local legend for the place to stop. The serve both food and liquor, so you have have drinks with your meal, or just stop in for "Happy Hour". The service is decent, friendly and...More

Thank Rod B
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

What a great day and view of Monterrey bay. The food is fabulous and view and vibe is incredible. I always stop in if I'm in the area.

Thank toohuge
Reviewed 31 January 2018

I spent $16.95 today on a seafood melt sandwich that was easily the worst food I’ve had in years. The bay shrimp were small hard balls, virtually no crab present at all, and the salad that came with was a pitiful bit of greens only...More

Thank esther105
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Zelda's is a local legend, with an ocean view to match. It doesn't qualify as fine dining, but what it does, it does well. First of, it has a wonderful outdoor terrace right on the beach, and a "balcony" where you can sit with drinks,...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Capitola is such a sweet small beach town and Zeldas keeps a low key funky beach vibe. They have outdoor seating right on the sand with heaters. The seagulls love the place and are probably the nemesis of management and many guests as the birds...More

Thank StarLady99
Reviewed 25 January 2018

We opted for Zelda's for our sundowner drinks and were allowed to sit on the main restaurant terrace for a more impressive viewpoint. It was a fresh evening, so no other diners were there. The Margharita's were divine and reasonably priced, so enjoyed a few!...More

Thank patbean
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Food and drinks average. You come for the view and locale. The fries, calamari and fish tacos were pretty good. It’s a Long time FAVORITE of ours.

Thank 603jinaj
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Stopped in with friends for Bloody Marys and were delighted with their willingness to prep them from no spice to max spice! Very tasty indeed!

Thank Francis C
Nearby HotelsSee all 4 hotels in Capitola
Capitola Hotel
317 reviews
.07 km away
Capitola Venetian Hotel
133 reviews
.14 km away
Best Western Plus Capitola By-The-Sea Inn & Suites
729 reviews
1.24 km away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Santa Cruz - Capitola
386 reviews
1.24 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Pizza My Heart
180 reviews
.05 km away
Paradise Beach Grille
333 reviews
.08 km away
Caruso's Tuscan Cuisine
114 reviews
.07 km away
Mr. Toots Coffeehouse
97 reviews
.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Capitola Beach
328 reviews
.07 km away
Capitola Historical Museum
30 reviews
.31 km away
Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
15 reviews
1.31 km away
Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery
17 reviews
.10 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Geoffrey J
27 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from wildnsoft | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, not sure.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
7:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-475-4900
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing