Capitola , CA


1750 Wharf Rd
Capitola, CA US 95010 (map)




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For over 50 years, Shadowbrook has been a favorite setting for exquisite weddings because of its romantic ambiance and magnificent setting on the banks of Soquel Creek, in the delightful... Read more
For over 50 years, Shadowbrook has been a favorite setting for exquisite weddings because of its romantic ambiance and magnificent setting on the banks of Soquel Creek, in the delightful village of Capitola-by-the-Sea. Recognized for being the “Most Romantic Restaurant” in Northern California by the readers of San Francisco Focus, Shadowbrook will make your wedding day memorable!

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When was your venue built?
Describe your venue:
Farm / Barn, Historic Site, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional, Garden / Romantic, Rustic
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?


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This place is gorgeous and I had a wedding that looked like something out of a dream because of how pretty this place was and how phenomenal the food was. People are still raving about the food. This place is so gorgeous that the budget for decorations and such was very minimally needed. I stuck to centerpieces, favors and lil' stuff here and there as the pop of color and decor. Everything else was not needed. The garden path, cable car, tree lights, the greenery inside and out, the fountains and so on, was already there ready to go. Again, Gorgeous! When we went to see the place, we immediately knew that it was the place we were looking for.

The main contact for event coordination was consistently a little slow at getting back to me during the wedding planning process and she was a little difficult at following through with details we had previously discussed. Plus, she made it very obvious that she didn't want to have to set up for the little extras that they provided and I wanted to utilize. At the same time, the same individual worked hard to get my difficult seating arrangements done before her vacation, she helped me with recommendations above and beyond and so on. Overall, even with a few lil' dis-satisfactions, the staff was awesome!

One thing I didn't like was the manner that they do their beverage service, which is a way that would cause anyone to be a worried. First they charge for sodas and such which I believe should be included in the per person price. Second, they leave the beverage tab open and you pay for what everyone orders. When trying to budget, it is a ridiculous additive to try and estimate how many sodas, juices and other beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) people will order. I was able to control the budget with a very strategic program that headed the flow of the evening. With pretty good estimating, and a service plan with set limits, I was able to be pretty close in the budget estimations for this area of cost.
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I was married at Shadowbrook on 12.29.12. I had the pleasure of working with Allyson, who walked me through all of the steps needed to have a successful event. Shadowbrook is such a wonderful location, with beautiful photo opportunities, great food, and an intimate setting. We had the facility to ourselves from 12pm-3:30pm, then had our own private area until 6pm, when our event was over. It was a small group (36 guests) but it was exactly what we wanted.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
We just got married at the Shadowbrook & we absolutely loved everything about our ceremony & reception! Our wedding coordinator Allyson was fabulous & so helpful every step of the way. She's super sweet & friendly & helped make our wedding so special! She recommended our fabulous florist, who made our reception area look amazing for a great price. We got the banquet style menu, which included 2 appetizers, first course, main course & cake for under $45 per person! Our guests got to choose from prime rib, swordfish, chicken, raviolis, & linguini for kids. People were so impressed with the portions & how delish everything was! We also got our cake through Shadowbrook & it was nothing short of amazing! (Buttercream frosting, white cake, fresh strawberries & whipped cream? Yes, please!) This venue might not work for large weddings, but we had 50 people (all of whom fit comfortably in the Greenhouse Room) & it was perfect! The grounds are absolutely breathtaking & everyone couldn't get over how beautiful everything was. This restaurant already had a special place in our hearts (as we got engaged here), & I'm happy to say that now we can add that it was also where we had our dream wedding!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
On the day before the wedding we had the mandatory rehearsal. It went alright except for a few points. The first being that during the rehearsal we were approached by the new manager who proceeded to tell me that I needed to get my dog off the premises. My dog was the ring bearer in the wedding and having her there was contingent on the contract we signed. We would never have booked the venue if she couldn't have been there. But Darla took care of it and my poodle was part of my wedding as intended. The second thing that bothered me was that the whole rehearsal was a bit rushed. So rushed in fact that Darla never even told me where I, the bride, was supposed to go once I got there the next morning. I ended up having to call her later that evening. As soon as our hour was up she abruptly cut off the conversation I was having with her to go and talk to her next appointment which had arrived. The one thing that REALLY bothered me was that when I discussed dancing with her she told me that we wouldn't be able to do that because the bar in the lounge would be open during the wedding! I immediately told her that was unacceptable because we paid to reserve the ENTIRE restaurant. I didn't even care if we had time for people to dance but there's no way I'm paying for the whole restaurant to have the bar open to random strangers. Darla ended up looking up our email conversations and recalled that we had, indeed, decided there'd be dancing after lunch but then she had to go confirm with the same manager that this was alright.

The six hours we had reserved the restaurant for originally seemed like plenty of time but in the end felt very rushed. The ceremony was to start at 10am. When I arrived in the limo Darla helped me down the back stairs and into the restaurant so no one would see me early. This was fine except the hand railing caused black marks on my dress before I even walked down the aisle. :( Me and my bridesmaids were then placed in one of the ladies rooms to wait for the ceremony to start. After Darla started the wedding party down the aisle she then rushed me up about four flights of stairs so that I could walk down the path past the lounge window as planned. I have to say, I would much preferred being there in advance because by the time I got up those stairs in my heels and long trained dress my heart was beating so fast and I was breathing so hard that I thought I was going to faint.

The ceremony went great, pictures on the grounds turned out -beautiful-, and we all retired to the Greenhouse and Wine Cellar for lunch. Everyone commented on how absolutely wonderful the food was. The only complaint I have is that it took a LONG time to come out. I understand this can happen when you're feeding a lot of people but I wish I'd had some idea just HOW long (around an hour or so) so that I could have gone to greet my guests while waiting. Instead, by the time lunch was finished my husband and I had time to talk to four tables before we were rushed out for the cake cutting, bouquet/garter toss.

We went with Shadowbrook's baker for our cake. I spent my ideas and pictures to her over email. I even sent a copy of my invitation because I wanted the cake to match. It looked alright. Nothing special. But the cake was REALLY dry. I almost choked on the small piece my husband fed me at the cake cutting. I didn't have anymore after that. Also the cake was never placed out on display until right before the cutting so we barely had time to enjoy it.

Finally, we got our dancing in and right as the reception ended my husband got whisked down to Darla's office to take care of the bill. He was in there for quite a while and I ended up seated outside the restaurant waiting for him a while after all the guests had left. It turned out that Darla had tried to overcharge him for the venue fee by almost a thousand dollars! He argued with her and the contract had to be brought up to prove that he was right. She then told him that he must have gotten a great deal but she had to, again, get manager approval for this 'deal'. Um...the price on our contract is what Shadowbrook's website STILL states is the venue fee.

All in all, it was a beautiful venue, great food, and Darla is a decent coordinator. We got MANY compliments on the wedding. However, I recommend booking the days when you have more time and always keep your contract and correspondence handy!
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Donita was wonderful about answering all my questions. She made sure I had all the information I needed to make all the necessary decisions. Because we were planning the wedding long distance she worked with me over email and the phone. She was always quick to respond and did an amazing job. The food at Shadowbrook was excellent! Everyone raved about the cake as well. The room was lovely and my husband and I had great table set up by the fireplace. We got some amazing pictures at the picturesque location. I would highly recommend this venue to anyone planning a small wedding. It was a wonderful spot for our reception and I'm thrilled that we chose them.
Services Used: Wedding Venue
Donita, the coordinator was a God send and everything was perfect. There isn't anywhere more romantic than the Shadowbrook and people are still talking about it 2 years later. Because of them, we threw the 'wedding to beat' and we did it for an amazingly low cost for everything that was included. I strongly recommend it to anyone--especially people like me who NEED LOTS of help!
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
Shadowbrook responded with the following comments:

Susan and Tim,

Thank you for your kind words. It was such a nice surprise, especially since your wedding was nearly two years ago.

I wish you all the happiness in the world.



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