To ride in a cable car without going to San Francisco, try the visiting the restaurant some call the most romantic anywhere. You must ride the cable car to enter one of the many dining rooms. I really liked it when I ate there.
Shadowbrook in Capitola, built on a hillside above Soquel Creek, opened in 1947, and the cable car was added in 1958. Be careful, though: you operate the cable car yourself!
Bon appetit ~
– Chris Jackson