Shadowbrook 1750 Wharf Road • Capitola • California 95010


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Why You'll Love This Place

A Here Comes The Guide Wedding Venue Review

Shadowbrook is unlike any place we’ve ever seen and, truth be told, you can’t really see it until you’re actually in it. Almost completely hidden at the base of a steep, beautifully landscaped hillside, the site has a tantalizing aura of mystery and romance. We were intrigued. Instead of descending via the unique cable car, we walked down one of the winding garden paths through a riot of palms, ferns, colorful flowers, waterfalls, and koi-filled ponds.

Originally built in the 1920s as a log cabin summer house, the restaurant now consists of seven distinctly different rooms and three patios spread out in tiers above Soquel Creek. The garden theme, so meticulously executed outside, is carried throughout the interior. Greenery is visible everywhere, from vines clinging to the ceilings in the Main Dining Room to the almost-100-year-old cypress growing through the ceiling of the Garden Room. And then there’s your choice of views: gardens, woods, the quietly flowing creek or all of the above. It’s no surprise that Shadowbrook continues to be voted “One of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants” in the country by various publications year after year.

Shadowbrook has hosted weddings since the early 1950s, and the stunningly remodeled Rock Room Bar and Lounge is a sublime spot for exchanging vows. While its massive wooden beams, impressive stone fireplace and stone walls convey a comforting sense of history, it’s the partially glass ceiling and wall that make ceremonies here truly magical. Through the glass everyone can watch the bride’s entrance as she walks down a garden path, framed by the gorgeous landscape. Outdoor ceremonies on the private Creekside Patio are also blessed by nature: Held at the water’s edge, they’re enveloped in a lush mix of ferns, flowers, and coastal redwoods. At dusk, the surrounding treescape comes alive with twinkle lights.

Every room at Shadowbrook has its own individual charms, and many can be used for rehearsal dinners or other private events. The Fireside Room dates back to 1947, and the original stone fireplace, redwood walls, and Craftsman-style lighting fixtures preserve its rustic feel. A lovely choice for an intimate event is the Redwood Room, featuring redwood beams and wainscoting, and a sun-drenched private brick patio next to the chef’s herb garden. The Owner’s Private Reserve Room will make you feel like you have the restaurant all to yourself, as a fire blazes in the river rock fireplace. Larger groups who still want a sense of privacy will appreciate the Wine Cellar Room, boasting a brick fireplace and a collection of fine wines on display. Last, but certainly not least, is the Greenhouse Room, which delights the senses with an abundance of plants and light. Windows along its entire length afford a view of the creek and open to let in fresh coastal breezes.

People are drawn to world-famous Shadowbrook by its incomparable ambiance, but they also come for the food. Their chef utilizes regional products, organic ingredients, and hormone-free meats to provide diners with consistently high-quality cuisine. Each menu is tailored to your tastes, and thanks to their very talented on-site pastry chef, you can even order custom wedding and celebration cakes.

Shadowbrook is popular for many reasons, one of them being its strong emphasis on customer service. As the Banquet and Events Coordinator says, “We’re far more interested in having you tell us what you want, rather than us telling you what you can have".


Last-Minute Wedding Savings!
Book your Shadowbrook wedding 3 months or less from your wedding date, and get a 20% discount off of the rental fee! Perfect for an Elopement or Small Wedding. Please contact the Shadowbrook events team to check availability,

PRICES: What's this going to cost?

Rental Fee
  • $250–1,500/event
  • Rental fee varies depending on:
    • Day of week
    • Space reserved
    • Guest count
    • Type of event
Meals (when priced separately)
  • $50–90/person
Service Charge or Gratuity
  • 23%
Additional Info
  • Shadowbrook also has their own in-house pastry chef who can prepare your customized wedding cake! Prices start at $7/pp depending on design.


Indoors Outdoors
Ceremony Seated 60 100
Cocktails, etc. Standing 100 100
Reception Seated 100 100
Meetings Total meeting capacity for this venue is 60.

Capacity varies depending on choice of event space, day of the week and time of day -- please inquire for details.

Venue Details

Site Uses

  • Ceremony
  • Outdoor Ceremony
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Outdoor Reception
  • Elopement Packages
  • Small Wedding
  • All-Inclusive
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Special Events / Parties
  • Business Functions / Meetings
  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

Essential Info


$ • $$




BYO with corkage fee

Amplified Music

Some restrictions

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible

  • Semi-exclusive use is available from 11am-5pm all year, daily (the main dining room remains open to the public.)
  • Saturday-Sunday evenings (2pm-8pm) and Friday evenings (4pm-10pm) are available in the Wine Cellar Room for up to 37 guests for dining and ceremony.
  • Monday-Thursday evenings (4pm-10pm) are available for up to 100 guests

Venue Type

Buildings & other settings available:

  • Banquet Hall / Events Facility
  • Garden
  • Historic / Landmark Building
  • Restaurant
  • Patio / Deck / Terrace

Venue Views

Peep the views you’ll enjoy from this venue!

  • Creek / River
  • Fountain / Water Feature
  • Garden
  • Lagoon / Pond
  • Landscaped Grounds
  • Waterfall

Services & Amenities

Feel like a VIP with these services and amenities:

Catering: in-house
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: in lounge area
Dressing Areas: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: PA, microphones, projector & screen; other CBA for a fee
Parking: ample, complimentary
Accommodations: no guest rooms
Outdoor Night Lighting: on patio and paths
Cleanup: provided
View: Soquel Creek and gardens


But take note of the following limitations!

Alcohol: in-house, or BYO with corkage fee
Smoking: parking lots only
Music: amplified OK indoors with volume limits; outdoors, acoustic only
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice, birdseed, or confetti


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