Holiday Schedule

The Quail & Thistle will be closed on December 25, and 26, 2014 and Jan 1 2015.

The weekends after Christmas and New Year’s are a great time to get those visiting relatives out of the house! Take them to a tea luncheon at the Quail & Thistle! We will be open 11am – 2pm Saturday Dec 27 and Sunday Dec 28, and Friday Jan 2 through Sunday Jan 4, 2015.

We will be closed the first two weeks of January 2015, reopening at our regular hours (Th-Sun 11am-2pm) starting Thursday, Jan 22, 2015.

From everyone at The Quail & Thistle, we wish you a happy holiday season and joyous New Year! Whether you are traveling far or snuggling in to weather out our winter storms, be safe and keep warm!

Mad Hatter Holiday Tea Party – Dec 13 & 14

The Mad Hatter invites you to a holiday tea party at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room in Capitola Saturday and Sunday December 13 and 14, 2014!

Step through the looking glass to dine with characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in a tea party luncheon fit for a… Queen! Be spellbound by the beloved characters as they weave you into their stories. Consort with a hatter. Take tea with Alice!

Join in the fun – costumes are encouraged!

john-tenniel-the-white-rabbit-illustration-from-alice-in-wonderland-by-lewis-carroll-2Family Holiday Tea Luncheons
11am and 1:30pm

Family-friendly seatings are available at 11am and 1:30pm and will feature a decadent luncheon inspired by English tea tradition – delightful tea sandwiches in adult and kid friendly varieties, baked sweets and fruit, and The Quail & Thistle’s famously fabulous fresh baked scones with our own Capitola Clotted Cream, strawberry jam, and lemon curd. Fresh brewed black, green, and herbal teas will be served as well as apple juice, hot chocolate and milk.

Reservations are required no later than Thursday Dec 11. $39 per person ages 10 and up, $29 ages 2 – 9, $10 ages 2 and under. Kindly bring with you a new, unwrapped toy per two persons attending for donation to a local charity to benefit children in need.

Click here to buy tickets for the Mad Hatter Holiday Tea Party!


Outlander Tea Nov 22

Claire and Jamie FraserThe Quail & Thistle will be hosting a very special Outlander tea Saturday November 22nd, 2014!

Join Jamie and Claire and the rest of your favorite characters from 18th century Castle Leoch for a sumptuous Scottish meal fit for a Bonnie Prince.

Halloween may be over, but you can still dress up if you choose – there will be prizes! Bring your thinking cap too for a rousing game of trivia.

$32 per person.

Seatings are at 1pm and 3:30pm.  Reserve your table online or call us at (831) 477-1798

Teddy Bear Tea! Nov 8 & 9

A Teddy Bear Tea!Join us for a delightful Teddy Bear Tea at The Quail & Thistle this weekend, Nov 8 and 9, 2014. Bring your own teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal friend and join in the fun!

Theo & FriendsThe tea room will be decked out in a picnic theme with butterflies and “bear friendly” treats. Hear favorite bear stories from our resident storyteller. Take tea (and photos) with your tea hostess, Priscilla Bear!

Adults $28, Children under 12, $15. Seatings at 11am and 1:30pm. Reservations are required. Please call (831) 477-1798 to reserve your table!

Expedition Photographer Gordon Wiltsie at The Rio Theater Oct 24 2014

ANTARCTICA, Queen Maud Land by Gordon WiltsieThe Quail & Thistle Tea Room proudly presents

Gordon Wiltsie in

“To the Ends of the Earth”
The Adventures of an Expedition Photographer

7pm Oct 24, 2014 at the Rio Theater, Santa Cruz.

Tickets available online at

Many a story has been told imagining places never before seen by human eyes or of cultures barely known to the outside world. Gordon Wiltsie tells such stories, but with one difference: Gordon’s stories aren’t fiction. He was there. These places, these peoples really exist. Gordon Wiltsie has made a career of finding such places and vanishing cultures and documenting them with stunning, other-worldly photography and insightful prose.

NEPALA UCSC graduate with honors in photography and writing, Gordon’s passion for pursuing some of the most inaccessible places on earth began while he was still a student. Traveling and adventuring on weekends and between semesters, writing and developing film (remember film?) between classes, his articles and photographs were soon published in national magazines.

Although his career didn’t launch itself overnight, he eventually became one of the most respected expedition photographers of his generation. He has worked assignments for National Geographic, Outside and other worldwide publications, including such widely varied projects as climbing Himalayan summits, extreme skiing and big wall climbing in Antarctica, dog sledding across the Arctic Ocean, riding reindeer sleds with the last nomadic clans in Arctic Russia, and galloping across Asian steppes alongside the descendants of Genghis Khan (while trying desperately not to fall off his horse!).

Few photographers have undertaken a more varied, dangerous and captivating collection of adventures as Gordon Wiltsie. Join us for an evening of breathtaking imagery and light-hearted storytelling as Gordon shares a few of his most memorable adventures with us.

MONGOLIA, Darhad Valley by Gordon Wiltsie


General Admission tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Student tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Valid student photo ID required at the door)

Tickets are available for purchase online at, and in person at The Quail & Thistle Tea Room, 911-B Capitola Ave, Capitola.