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231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
+1 831-476-2263
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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198 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were unfortunate to visit Capitola for 3 consecutive, non-stop days of rain. We did manage to venture out 1 morning along the coast from Capitola to Santa Cruz, then ended up back in Capitola as Margaritaville opened for lunch. We were the only table and enjoyed excellent, friendly service. The food was so so. The mango fish tacos were... More 

Thank Brad S
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get their early for a beautiful view of the river as it flows into the sea and the colorful quaint lodgings along this waterway. We got in just before five and there was no wait. Happy hour has a great menu. Wonderful fried calamari appetizer with a very good margarita and a Dave's locally made beer. Then we had the... More 

Thank Jane S
Santa Cruz, California
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took the family there for the first time... food menu was pretty basic and overpriced. When food came out, the meat was almost raw and they got our orders wrong. The food was very basic and almost bland. I would have been ok with the poor food if the price matched, but that was wishful thinking. It was well over... More 

Thank Montino1
Elk Grove, California
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295 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With a wonderful site over the Soquel Creek and Capitola Beach, the food is very good and the service is excellent. My wife and I dropped in for a late lunch on a weekday when it wasn't crowded. We could imagine what it might be like late in the afternoon and particularly on the weekend happy hours -- loud and... More 

Thank Dunsmurian
Palm Springs, California
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time there after our visit to town. We had the Happy Hour marguaritas and they were very good. Our waiter, Ricky! was very nice, friendly, and personable. Thomas, the manager, told us about the clean up that keeps the beach pristine during the peak season. Everyone was super friendly. On the deck, they have heater for... More 

Thank Yolande B
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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291 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, great view. Delicious Mexican food on the beach. Great outdoor patio dining. Service was good. Would eat here again!

Thank TCM327
Ottawa, Illinois
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108 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We come here often. We love to come during happy hour, sit outside and watch the sunset. Inside is very nice also. Good family place. Good food, great service. You might have to wait for a seat, but not long.

Thank CRMyers
Latham, New York
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62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I planned my meal here to watch the sunset but there really wasn't one to see that night. Still, the view of the beach was nice, the ambiance was nice (thought a bit noisy, due to a nearby birthday party and the associated drinking games) bartender was excellent and the margarita and food were also excellent. The tortilla chips are... More 

Thank James H
Vancouver, Washington
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188 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Has a wonderful lunch there today. Quick easy snack and you walk up and down the streets loaded with shops. Margarita on the rocks for $8 plus nachos with chips and salsa were delicious and made for a low stress environment. The restaurant looks over Monterey Bay and today was a lovely sunny day. Both outside and inside seating made... More 

Thank marc m
San Jose, California
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435 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Margaritaville is very nice place to have a nice casual lunch and enjoy the view, they have a good view of the Ocean. Nice size bar area, and they also have a good selection of appetizers, as well as Mexican food if you like and enjoy Mexican food. We enjoyed the Margarita's and view and then decided to have Chips... More 

Thank Rod B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-2263
Margaritaville has reopened under new ownership with a new 25 seat bar, service staff and menu. We offer fresh sustainable contemporary Mexican seafood in a first class casual environment with panoramic oceanviews.

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