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Takara Japanese Restaurant

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3775 Capitola Rd, Capitola, CA 95010
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had dinner here while visiting my mom and she has eaten lunch here but never dinner. Unfortunately the food is just awful. I ordered the curry with chicken. The price was $19.95 for the dish. The chicken was very dry. A very small bowl of rice and the curry - was more like beef stew. I would not recommend... More 

Thank tqdesign
Capitola, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 December 2016

The Sushi combo plate at $20 is a great deal. Good cocktails too... Seats were available but they directed us into the bar for a one drink wait...

Thank capitolatim
Santa Cruz, California
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250 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2016

We haven't been to this restaurant in years. We were surprised to see how many food options there were. We had an appetizer and full dinner. We were stuffed and couldn't finish our food. They gave so much food for each course I was pretty impressed. It looks like they have a great happy hour with appetizers and drinks between... More 

Thank timteresa0
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

I'm sure their other food is good, but the sushi selection was not what we're a custom to. Had the California role, no flavor, probably imitation crab. Service was alright.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Went to Takara on a Saturday night without reservations. We were promptly seated. Waiter came to our table and ask if we would like to have something to drink. We ordered a bottle of wine and then were asked if we were ready to order. We were not and waiter brought us the bottle of wine we had ordered. After... More 

Thank Mark L
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317 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Went with a good-sized group for a birthday celebration & our waitress handled our many diverse requests beautifully ~ she was efficient & very friendly. Several of us had sushi, which was crisp & fresh. Others had various lunch combo plates ($12-16) which offer a lot of food for the price: rice (with a brown rice option, thankfully); soup of... More 

1 Thank JamaisVu
Monterey, California
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55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We've only been to this restaurant twice and each time we've had great food and service. It's a fairly good sized restaurants with many seatings placed in Japanese decorated bamboos, etc. Very cozy! We are both vegetarian and they have several dishes that are vegetarians. Their vegetarian sushi rolls is delicious as well. The service is great and the staff... More 

Thank lvetotrvel
Santa Cruz, California
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233 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2016

Decent food in a nice ambiance...decor is a bit outdated, but the sushi is fresh, the Sukiyaki tasty, and the service friendly and prompt. Good place to take larger groups or have an intimate dinner.

Thank brocdog
Santa Cruz, California
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

My hubby and I have been going to this restaurant since it opened. The food is consistently good. There are several rolls that we always eat. Yummy yam, sleeky shrimp, Eddie special and the tuna with cheese.

Thank Chocoholics2
Santa Cruz, California
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389 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2015

This used to be one of my favorite places, but the quality of food and service appears to have gone downhill. Both my friend and I had the salmon teriyaki and sashimi combo for dinner. The salmon was flavorless and we both though it tasted like it had been previously frozen. The service was not good, the waitress didn't check... More 

1 Thank davidsantacruz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3775 Capitola Rd, Capitola, CA 95010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 18314641818
We are proud to serve the Capitola and Santa Cruz community since 1990. We update our menu fairly often with fresh and great menu items, so please check out our latest menu and prices on our website. We look forward to continually serve our great community of Capitola and Santa Cruz.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?