Palapas Restaurant y Cantina is perched atop the Seascape Village and has been an institution in Aptos since opening its doors in 1990. Owners Mark and Kay Holcomb designed the space and menu with the goal of bringing home their beloved experiences vacationing on the coast of Mexico with their family throughout the 80s and 90s.
Today we aim to capture that nostalgic vacation feeling while highlighting the natural beauty and bounty native to our own locale. This value is present in our locally sourced, fresh seafood, our commitment to local small purveyors, and even our design, which is built to offer an ocean view of the sparkling Monterey Bay from every single table.
Our bar program brings a fresh take on classic umbrella drinks, with a focus on Tequila and Mezcal and featuring local flavors.
Palapas prides itself on fresh seafood and a large selection of coastal Mexican dishes. Our house made tortillas and traditionally prepared moles and sauces highlight our thoughtfully sourced fish and meats.
Whether you are a local who has been with us since the beginning, or visiting us on a vacation of your own, we welcome you to embrace the vacation spirit and join us in this special place.