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May 15, 2007 12:30 PM

Capitola / Santa Cruz Restaurants for Graduation

My daughter is graduating from UC Santa Cruz and I 've heard the horror stories about Shadowbrook restaurant. Where else can I take a group of 13 which includes 3 kids under 8 so I need a kids menu. I'm looking for the atmosphere of Shadowbrook (nice and classy) not a Chili's or Applebees. Any recs would be greatly apreciated

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  1. How about Palapas in Aptos? Great Mexican/Pacific/Seafood, nice atmosphere, and since thay are across from Seascape, they are very accustomed to accomodating youngsters.

      1. Cafe Cruz on 41st St in Capitola, across the street from the old Kmart, is an all around good restaurant. All the classics; beef, seafood, pastas, you name it. Based on the crowds, it's Santa Cruz County's most popular restaurant.

        Prices are in the $12-$24 range for entrees, which is a little cheaper than Shadowbrook. I think they have a kids menu, but I'm not positive.

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        1. re: harryd

          From their website linked below, Cafe Cruz does have a small kids menu. I still haven't been, but I've heard good things in general and think it fits well w/ the OP's request. It looks very non-descript from the outside, but I've heard the atmosphere is pretty cozy inside. Better make reservations soon. Not much else comes to mind right now...