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Capitola / Santa Cruz Restaurants for Graduation

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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.

    http://www.palapasrestaurant.com/

      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...

          http://www.cafecruz.com/dinner.shtml