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203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
+1 831-475-4900
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good36%
  • Average28%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible9%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3225
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Located on the beach front and so a perfect location if dining outside. We had breakfast here and the setting was beautiful. The food was average for the price and the service was a little slow but the view far outweighed any negatives.

Thank EmL0u84
Reviewed 25 September 2017

I really struggled with this review. The setting was perfect location is amazing and convenient to parking. We sat on the outdoor deck, right on the beach, at sunset with our pup in tow. There was even a guitarist playing folk songs (loved his Johnnie...More

Thank LydiaK313
Reviewed 17 September 2017

To high of prices for very average food. Went for Fish and Chips (fish not cooked through and fries on the warm side). Wife and daughter had "Seafood Melody" sandwiches which they said "okay". Add an ice tea, one moon pie and two waters bill...More

Thank TheMayfs
Reviewed 17 September 2017

A long-standing bar ~restaurant in the Village on the Esplanade. Go just for drinks and appetizers. Not the best spot for dinner.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Very good area outside for seating small or large groups. The seating area is located right near the beach which made for a wonderful view while eating. The food is good but nothing special so I'd go back foe the ambience not the food.

Thank Rodney A
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Zelda's has a great view and that's why it will always be packed with people but the food is meh and the service is bad. It took forever to even get acknowledged by a server and even though we were ready to order she only...More

Thank michelleg931
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner eating on the deck outside, viewing the ocean. We got to watch lots of beach activities. Fun!! I had the Cioppino and my wife had the Sautéed Mahi-mahi. Both were excellent. My wife liked all the shopping nearby. Our credit card...More

Thank jmngkjn
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Had a Caesar salad with grilled chicken very tasty, chicken moist and very filling. My husband had the fish and chips which he said was the best he's ever had. It has a full bar, and a coffee bar. There was side street parking that...More

Thank beachgoers10
Reviewed 7 September 2017

It was 106 at Santa Cruz last Sat. and we went to Zelda's in Capitola on the beach for dinner. Very crowded, but nice staff and we got a good table on the patio within 20 minutes. Service can be a bit slow, but the...More

Thank Valerie H
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Went to Zelda's after a long time for Sunday Lunch with friends. Very friendly host and we got a big table in just minutes wait and right at the beach! Food was all you would expect at a beach Restaurant - nothing world class but...More

Thank FrankS7
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
View, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
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