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Palapas Restaurant

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21 Seascape Vlg, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003-6102
+1 831-662-9000
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Sat - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

When customers come to visit they always want to go to palapa's for lunch. The food is always just right and everyone loves it. I have only had slow service once out of approx 24+ visits.

Thank Steve S
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Fresh, delicious food with a great atmosphere. Outdoor seating is available with great view. A bit more expensive than your average Mexican restaurant, however totally worth it.

Thank Delrae J
San Clemente, California
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40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We were driving south of SF on 101 & decided to see if could find a place serving seafood for lunch. I had oysters and ceviche, both excellent. Outdoor seating, ocean view, great seafood & service. A great detour on our way south.

Thank Bob B
Livermore, California
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Saturday brunch/lunch time. We were greeted and seated quickly. Friendly assistance from local teens, kudos for effort. Ambience is nice. White linens, Windows out to the coast. Foggy so no sun or surf but I am sure on a clear day the view is terrific. If you are looking for lunch and especially seafood then the menu has lots of... More 

Thank TFamLLL
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

My husband loves fish tacos and by far these were the best ever!! The staff was friendly and very professional. They were very knowledgeable about the area too. Lovely restaurant and delicious food!

Thank coarsegold
Jackson, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Has outstanding meal complete with the Mango Margarita, There is a wonderful view from every seat in the room. Fun times out on the deck too.

Thank Julia M
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

An amazing dining experience with a fantastic ocean view. They have the BEST Chili Verde around!! It can get crowded fast, any day of the week, so plan ahead and make reservations.

Thank Judith D
Aptos, CA
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The food is very good, it's pricey though. If you change anything out, they will charge you for it, for example: if you don't want beans and rice but veggies instead, you're charged extra money. If you are full from dinner but ask for dessert to go, you will be charged for the to go box. The margaritas are yummy!

Thank PleasantNess
Rio del Mar, California
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Looking for an ocean view? Don't want to be in a "Big City"? Palapas, in Spanish a palapa is a thatch covered hut. In Seascape (Nine miles south of Downtown Santa Cruz), it is a quality restaurant with a professional staff. I wouldn't call it "cozy" but it has all of the features a tourist could want. The staff is... More 

Thank Richard D
Soquel, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Interesting food and good service. Great for birthdays, celebrations or just a nice meal. Mexicano con una sabor de California,

Thank Melmoemoe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Seascape Vlg, Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, CA 95003-6102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-662-9000

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