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Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, Seafood, Contemporary, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly
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231 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010
+1 831-476-2263
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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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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Portland, Oregon
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120 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

The Mexican food served here is good, tasty and fresh. Add to that the beautiful view from the patio and this restaurant becomes a must visit when in Capitola

Thank JeanClaudeSmit
San Francisco, California
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

First time back at Margaritaville in a few years, and boy has it changed. Was used to this place being a true beach bar, but it's a full grown restaurant these days. Obviously under new ownership, the interior has been re-done and there is a new menu. The raucous bar is gone with family-friendly booths in its place. The outdoor... More 

Thank sheila m
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

My wife, baby, and I stopped in here for lunch on the last day of our California road trip. I consider myself critical to a fault, but not picky, and while food reviews are necessarily subjective, I'm happy to report that our meal was one of the best ever. The fresh made chips and salsa paired with two draft IPAs... More 

1 Thank RMBolton
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Wonderful area. Pristine location. Awesome food. Awesome owner! (Sarah) and Perfect spot to right on the water directly across the "first condos" in California! :) Beautiful area and yummy food. Something for everyone, including kids!

Thank Kim D
Manteca, California, United States
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

The three servers across the bar that waited on us - ROCKED !!! Were helpful in trying to point us in the right direction for a few things to do during our stay in the area for a Tuesday Night - enjoyed my Irish Coffee so much we came back the next day.

Thank Valerie R
Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

We had a pleasant dinner here on a quiet Tuesday night . The chips with guacamole and salsas were yummy. We had tacos to follow, chicken and fried avocado. The meals were fresh and light. The fried avocado taco was something different and tasty. The service was friendly and prompt.

Thank 484Michelle
Kansas City, Missouri
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360 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

Ate here for a Saturday afternoon lunch and enjoyed the Mexican food. They also serve breakfast until 1 pm so I enjoyed an omlette. There is a great view at the restaurant and you can eat outside, too.

Thank NebraskaFan71
Central Pennsylvania
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330 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Pretty quite here at Jimmy's. All the other "real" bars and gritty places were jumping on a March Saturday afternoon, but Margarittaville just wasn't as hopping.

Thank Cakes77
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216 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016 via mobile

This restaurant / bar has been recently renovated (Jan 2015) and they did a really nice job! I forgot to take photos but this restaurant has great views, friendly staff and great food! The chips, salsa and guac were yummy & the Baja style halibut tacos are the best! They now have a breakfast menu I want to check out... More 

Thank Lesley B
Livonia, Michigan, United States
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Service was very good and the food was excellent. All of that coupled with the waterfront view of the Pacific made for a nice place to lunch and visit. The cost was reasonable as well: 3 adults, including drinks was around $100.

Thank Scott L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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?