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$$ - $$$, Seafood,
231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
+1 831-476-2263
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (27 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:00 pm Hours
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
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21 - 30 of 159 reviews

Reviewed 14 January 2018

Go for the drinks and atmosphere, the food second. This establishment has been around for several decades and has gone through a major remodel over a decade ago and more recently a smaller remodel so it's fresh. Evening toward sunset with the Soquel Creek outside...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

The latest iteration of this place is vastly improved over the early years... Great oysters, italian margarita, calamari, shrimp diavolo...

Thank Lorenzo R
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We went for Happy Hour. We were drawn in by a sign saying Lobster Taco's We were a little disappointed when we were told that they were out of lobster. We decide to stay anyway. We ordered Margarita's. I loved the Roasted Jalepeno Margarita. The...More

Thank beachbabes512
Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We went for lunch on a Saturday, and we were able to be seated immediately. The service was friendly and the appetizers of endless chips and salsa was tastey. We ordered a large guacamole to go with it, but for a party of 4 the...More

Reviewed 16 December 2017

Fun, active place to eat. Sit at the bar, enjoy the view and the small plate menu. Food is very good, especially the calamari and pork tacos. Many tables if you are a group that wants to chat and also enjoy the view.

Thank traveldriven
Reviewed 14 December 2017

Three of us shared 3 different types of soft tacos and a soup. All tacos were nice, soup was OK. Fantastic location by a small river with lovely sea views especially on a nice sunny day. In summary, food was good and so as service.

Thank Sydney2000000
Reviewed 18 November 2017

No complaints on the service or the food. Both were exceptional, the prices, well they were pretty high for Mexican food. But I think you pay for the location.

Thank MarieC201866
Reviewed 10 November 2017

I am not impressed by this place- it has a high turnover of management- I don't go into this venue at all anymore as there are better places to be in capitola

1  Thank WillS1706
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Right on the water with quaint view. We sat outside by the heaters at first but decided to move indoors (possible rain). No one gave us attitude about moving and they were very helpful. The drinks were small but strong. Service was fast and friendly...More

Thank Christian H
Reviewed 31 October 2017

My wife and I had just arrived in Capitola for the weekend and due to other TA reviews we decided to stop by Margaritaville for lunch before we checked into our hotel. We were immediately a greeted and as requested, we were seated outside on...More

Thank OldNorCalGuy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010-3273
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-2263
  • E-mail
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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