Capitola >Food & Dining > Zelda's On The Beach
203 Esplanade, Capitola, CA | Directions 9501036.971917 -121.951809
The food here is nasty diner food that you could buy in the frozen foods section of your grocery store, and WAY overpriced. Went there for drinks and appetizers. DO NOT order the calamari. It's obviously processed calamari meat molded into pieces, because all were uniform and not actual tentacles or body pieces (and they charge something like $13 for this crap). Coconut prawns were way too sweet. The only thing good was the tiny bowl of coleslaw that came with the prawns.
Chef Robert Irvine from Restaurant Impossible would be very upset, disgusted and disappointed.
If you want to eat right on the beach, Paradise Beach Grille down the street is much better.
I only went at Zelda's to have some drinks. Nice service, nice people, great margaritas, reasonable prices...
Great Fish and good Bloody Marys, but expect to pay for the view. The portions seem small for the price, but the Fish is coated with a nice light breading and is fresh. Try the clam chowder!
The sundeck is the place for a cocktail with a great view over the beach and ocean.worth a visit for cocktails.
Capitola is a great beach town. The surfing is great and who doesn't love Surfing Santa the day after Thanksgiving. Zelda's on the Beach has a great location. There are a few other restaurants that also are mentioned in other reviews. Zelda's food is good. I had the fish and chips. They are easily the best fish and chips i've had. They are not greasy or covered with batter but are lightly crusted. The french fries were excellent, very crispy. My son had a salmon filet. The price is a little high. The view balances out the high price.
That is a rare commodity - a restaurant with outside seating on the beach that allows dogs. There are 3 or 4 tables along the fence that let you keep your pet next to you. This is great if you want to walk your dog and eat in the same outing!
As far as the food goes, it was pretty good. I was told the Huevos Rancheros were delicious - with good corn tortillas and not too spicy salsa. My Albacore Tuna Melt also hit the spot on the chilly afternoon we were there.
My friend and I dined at Zelda's on a Thursday night in October. We were very surprised to find a whole fresh Maine Lobster at the special price of $9.00. My friend who has eaten lobster at many fine restaurants said it was very fresh and sweet tasting. She liked it very much. I decided to try lobster for the first time since it was offered at this bargain price. I decided that I prefer crab to lobster even though the lobster that was served was very good.
Rented a beach house in Capitola for a week and three of us went to Zelda's three times during the week for their fish tacos on the lunch menu. They are the best ever and are made with grilled Mahi Mahi. Not greasy like some. The wonderful side salad (cabbage) isn't the creamy stuff you normally get but tastes light with a touch of peanut oil. Highly recommmend this dish and the restaurant with it's seaside ambiance.
The fish was fresh, a pretty good local jazz group playing and it is right on the beach. The sides are not much, our fish was spot on fresh and good.
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