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Captain Bill's - Middleton
Captain Bill's - Middleton

Captain Bill's - Middleton Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://capbills.com/
  • Phone: (608) 831-7327
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - 2:00pm (seasonally)

    Deck open May through October
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Adam Haen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Private Party Facilities: Let Captain Bill’s host your special event! With our spacious deck and plenty of indoor seating, we can accommodate your needs. Let us plan a special appetizer buffet or a dinner menu that you can select from our signature creations. We can also provide entertainment for your guests! Please contact us for a consultation today.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake Street, Allen Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Captain Bill's - Middleton
Captain Bill's waterfront restaurant features award winning seafood in a rustic, casual and fun waterfront atmosphere. Recently voted “Best Seafood Restaurant” in the Best of Madison poll, Captain Bill's diners rave about the clam chowder, crab cakes and coconut shrimp. Escape to our waterfront deck, enjoy an ice cold beverage, a mound of shrimp and oysters, crab, lobster or our Friday night fish fry. Happy hour Monday thru Friday from four to six.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was awesome, had steak and lobster, soup was excellent. Dined outside and view was great. Staff was friendly. Would do it again."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The clam chowder was excellent. The salmon on a plank that my husband had was ok, very pale looking. It probably was baked. I had steak and lobster which was good."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I ordered the Surf and Turf and the Lobster was amazing.. The service was great! Even tho it was 100degrees outside, it was comfortable inside... It was a great night at Captain Bill's!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had the Turf and Surf deal for restaurant week. While it wasn't as good as the winter restaurant week, it was still very tasty. I suspect the time of year for lobster is better in January. My only disappointment was the chocolate brownie dessert was not very good. The brownie was very dry, almost hard in texture. They should have taken it out of the oven sooner when baking it or maybe it was just old. The ice cream saved it from being inedible. Since we didn't go there for the dessert, that won't stop us from eating there in the future."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had an incredible meal at Captain Bill's. We sat on the deck for our dinner and it was spectacular and no bugs either:) The clam chowder was the best and the steak and lobster was divine. Awesome server and she was very attentive to us and always made sure we had cocktails and water. Loved it!!!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I would highly recommend the Tenderloin/Lobster combo served during Restaurant Week. Both were made perfect and the best I had for a long time. The brownie dessert should be smaller or different texture brownie--not large piece of cake that wasn't too tasty, along with a small dip of ice cream. Otherwise I very much enjoyed the experience, as did part of my family that also attended. I have come at other times also and always enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We were not at all impressed with Captain Bills. Had a reservation for two and were hoping to sit outside. We were seated inside, near an automatic door for patrons/wait staff. It was very noisy and busy. After getting out drinks, we were asked to move to accomodate a larger party when there were plenty of other tables available that could be pushed together. We ordered and it took over an hour to get our food, while the table of 5 that sat and ordered long after us got their food. Our server was also no where to be found. Our drinks remained empty most of the visit. Food was not cheap and will NOT be back due to the poor service/ambiance."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We arrived on a Friday evening with reservations and we were seated promptly. We were all eager for the fish fry and it was a good plate of fish, starch--their term and light cold slaw. We weren't concerned with the view but if you can, reserve a table on the deck and enjoy the food even more."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Scallops were great, lobster was terrible. Service was very slow, but that may have been because they said that they had previously had a half hour power blackout."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We enjoyed our meals even the chocolate brownie dessert."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great food at good prices. Wonderful waterfront view. Our service was very polite, although the service was slow for the restaurant not being very crowded. I'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Good food, nice view, extremely friendly waiter - made our meal special"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Food was amazing except for the vegetables were not cooked at all. Service was the worst I have ever had. It took two of us an hour and 40 minutes to eat one meal. Manager was our waitress and she was terrible. Never brought us anything unless we asked. Table behind us received a discount for how terrible the service was by their waitress yet we did not. The manager never once apologized and made us pay the full price. Will never come back here again to eat in. I will only get carry out."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Restaurant was very short staffed. Food arrived late, was very undercooked, had to get water from bartender. Was never offered any type discount off bill for poor service."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I typically don't complain but it has been two times in a row where we have had issues. The first time was with the Mothers Day Brunch. It was over priced, dry prime rib, no staple foods for kids (scrambled eggs, pancakes, ect). My husband sent an email, which he NEVER does and they sent us a gift card. Was very nice of them and we were excited to try them again. We went there for supper at about 6:45pm on Saturday, July 12th.Our table was sticky, like icky feeling sticky, our waitress couldnt get it any less sticky. I had on a strapless sun dress so it was very hard and uncomfortable to sit. We wouldnt write home about either entree and agree never again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had to wait a very long time to get our drink order in, than food order, waiter forgot to bring the last drink that was ordered"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great food!! Patio needs a little updating, but it is nice to dine outside! Wish it was closer to the lake though...."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We had the haddock which was recommend. It was tough, dry, and tasted old. We were told by the server that fresh seafood arrived daily. When we asked to speak to a manager we were told she was too busy with bar customers to address our concerns; yet, only two people were sitting at the bar. We were offered free desserts which we declined. We paid the full amount of the check, plus a good tip (it wasn't the servers fault) and left forever. Had they offered us a "fresh" fish our whole experience may have been different."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "food was good as per usual, but server had tables inside and outside, which means we had to flag someone down ever time we needed something, and it took forever to get stuff...boo..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were so excited to eat at Captain Bill's. We were seated right away at a table with a great view on the patio (table 99). Although the restaurant was busy, there seemed to be plenty of servers. The problem was that none of them acknowledged our table. Tables seated afterwards were given drinks and acknowledged -- we didn't even get a hello. After 20 minutes, we left... this was the first time we have ever left a restaurant. There were 3 servers standing by the patio door, about 5 feet from where our table was -- they didn't even seem to comprehend that it was their lack of service that was causing us to leave. We went to Joey's seafood instead -- great service, great food, and less expensive too."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had 13 members in our group ranging in age from 1-70. All had a good experience. We loved being able to eat outdoors and view the lake."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A beautiful evening, a birthday celebration, and the patio at Captain Bill's was the perfect combo. Friend, Birthday Girl, and I had a nice table a slight but courteous distance from other diners (we're loud talkers, so we really appreciated that!)... we didn't get the prime view of the water, but we did enjoy the gamboling rabbits on the lawn in front of us. A platter of mussels made a nice starter. I had the scallops, Friend had the broiled haddock, BG had the crab cakes, and we were all very satisfied with our choices. Attentive but relaxed server did a great job making sure we had everything we wanted. Captain Bill's is just enough of a luxury that you feel like it's been a special evening, but it's not a fancy or stuffy restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As always the food was great and it was a perfect night for sitting out on the patio. Noise level was never a problem."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were seated immediately upon entry, excellent service and the New England Clam Chowder outstanding."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The kitchen was short-staffed, so our party of 4 waited a LONG time for what turned out to be pretty mediocre fare. The setting on the lake is pretty, and we sat outside on the balcony, which was nice. But, the "homemade" Hollandaise sauce lacked ANY acid. My petit filet was very good and cooked well, but the vegetables were cold (and after the long wait, we were not about to send them back--we figured we'd never see them again!). An off night. Really, they should have just not accepted walk-ins if they couldn't serve us properly. Then they could have focused on their reserved tables."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Our group of women friends go to Captain Bill's once each year in the summer to sit on the deck eat good food and converse. We all (7 of us) arrived between 6 and 6:15. We all ordered our meals at about 6:20. They finally arrived at about 7:35. Yes, that's right about an hour and 15 minutes later. It is true that there was a large group (15-20 people?) who ordered and then got served ahead of us. But we were served at least 45 minutes after that group had been served. As I looked around I could see that tables of 2-4 people were waiting as long as we had after ordering. When we finally got served two of the people at our table said their food was no long hot but slightly warm. The manager took $20. off. Our group won't go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We ordered 2 mojitios and it took a very long time to get our drinks. They were the worst mojitios I ever had (we don't think they added any liquor and they were very bland. The food was good but not great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was great and the staff was courteous, fun and competent. This is what we expected, since we've been coming to Captain Bill for over 40 years."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was subpar. The only flavor found in all four enters was excessive salt. The fishfry was dry and overcooked as were the two salmon entrea. This restaurant is a shadow of its former self."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We made a last minute reservation for a large group. They were very accommodating. Everyone loved the food and the ambiance. I've lived out of state for a long time and it's hard to find a good brandy oldfashioned sweet. The bar tender made it perfectly. The lobster tail was good, but not very filling for the price. Thanks for a great meal!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have had excellent meals at captain Bill's in the past but this last visit the scallops were perfectly seared but lacked any flavor and the lobster had good taste but was overcooked and slightly chewy"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Captain Bills has friendly attentive staff, great food, a view of the lake and overall is a place I would recommend!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Reserved via Open Table only 15 min ahead of reservation time. Got there, passed the line, and scored an outside table. Fantastic. Places was swamped, our server was maybe overwhelmed - took three tries to get a drink with no ice. All other items were delivered promptly. Oysters - warm and sour smelling. Shrimp scamp - really good. Fried fish special - not bad, small serving for the price. Would go back on a sunny afternoon for drinks and to try the cheese curds."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "crab cake and the Friday shrimp special were very good"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had not been to this restaurant in a long time because the food was just average. Our experience with the food was the same this time around but despite the mediocre food we enjoyed our dinner at Captain Bill's. The service was excellent and the ambiance was very pleasant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We sat on the outdoor patio and it was wonderful. The seafood was great. The clam chowder is the best anywhere. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We had a great waiter, but the featured entree was less than adequate. If that was a feature, then should have had more of it in order to appreciate it! Good views, however and pleasant atmosphere!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was my first full dinner at Captain Bill's and the food & service were a disappointment. I ordered the steamed shrimp & had to clean many of them out myself. A friend ordered the spinach salad which came with little else besides a hard-boiled egg, some red onion, & maybe 2 handfuls of spinach. It was lackluster as an entree, to say the least. Our server also needs add'l training/experience, as she often forgot who ordered what (despite being only a party of 4) & made several trips to the table before fulfilling simple requests, such as glasses of water. I will return again for drinks (& maybe coconut shrimp) on the patio, but never for dinner."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We were looking for someplace to go for fish on Friday night and decided to go to one of our favorites, Captain Bill's. We had a fish fry and a Walleye dinner. They had a walleye fish fry, but they ran out. Just as well, I wanted the dinner. Fish was excellent, clam chowder was excellent, and great bread. An overall outstanding experience, plus we used Open Table and got in right away."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food we enjoyed had wonderful flavor....you just need to be patient and anticipate delays. Wait staff was friendly and the order was accurate. The bartenders were overwhelmed by the demand. The restaurant would benefit from a remodel by replacing the plastic outdoor seating, throwing a fresh coat of paint on and replacing the rather dirty carpet. If you go, dress casually and a laid back attitude and you'll enjoy the tranquil view of the lake and the tasty food...have a drink before you arrive. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014