“A Slice of Carmel” Dinner With Author Barbara Chamberlain Aug 22

Join us at The Quail & Thistle August 22 at 6pm for an evening with award-winning local author Barbara Chamberlain as she reads selections from her murder mystery “A Slice of Carmel” and shares insights into the origins of hers stories and characters.

For this event, The Quail & Thistle will serve a Middle Eastern themed  dinner inspired by scenes from “A Slice of Carmel.”  Appetizers and author meet and greet begin at 6pm with a sit down meal accompanied by Barbara reading from her books beginning at 6:30.  Moroccan mint tea and desserts will follow. 

Who doesn’t appreciate a good murder mystery? Start planning ahead for holiday gifts for the readers in your life.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

$34 per person includes a 3 course sumptuous meal and a signed copy of Barbara’s book.  Reservations are required.  Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, in person at the restaurant, or by phone at 477-1798.

We’re Expanding!

The Quail & Thistle Tea Room is pleased to announce expanded business hours for the summer. We are adding Tuesdays and Wednesday to our lunch lineup!

We are now open for lunch service Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 3pm!

Closed week of July 4th

The Quail & Thistle Tea Room will be closed from Tuesday July 1st through Sunday July 6th to celebrate Independence Day and to prepare for multiple catering events and private parties July 4th weekend.  We will reopen Tuesday July 8th.

Special Father’s Day Menu

Treat Dad to something special – Father’s Day Tea at The Quail & Thistle in Capitola!

Our special Father’s Day luncheon includes:

  • Scotch eggs
  • Roast beef sandwich with horseradish mayo
  • Lamb slider with feta
  • Prawn, cucumber and dill sandwich
  • Bacon-wrapped dates
  • Sausage-stuffed jalapeno poppers
  • Chopped muffaletta triangle
  • Assorted sweets and cakes
  • And of course tea! and berry spritzers

Seatings are available at 11am and 1pm.

$26.00 per person

Book your reservation online on our web site or call 477-1798  to reserve a memorable Father’s Day at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room.

Special Mother’s Day Menu

For Mother’s Day weekend, this Saturday and Sunday May 10 and 11, we will be offering a special fixed menu:

Adult Menu:

Green Salad start


  • Prawn Toast
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Spanakopita

Tea Sandwiches:

  • Egg Salad
  • Curried Chicken w/ coconut & almonds
  • Ham & Brie w/ Apple
  • Ricotta & Orange Marmalade

Scone with Spreads


  • Chocolate covered strawberry
  • Shortbread cookie
  • Mini cheesecake
  • Lemon blueberry tea cake
  • Lavender Earl Grey tea cookie

Each adult luncheon includes all of the above, plus a pot of tea or iced tea for $26 per person. Portion sizes of each item are small so you can enjoy a wide variety of flavors!

Children (12 and under):

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Nutella with raspberry jam
  • Chocolate covered strawberry
  • Ants on a log
  • Pigs in a blanket
  • Cinnamon toasted bread with butter

Each child lunch includes all of the above, plus a child’s beverage (hot tea, iced tea, milk, apple juice) for $15 per person.