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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: Gonzalo Saldana
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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
  • "We went for dinner on a Friday night. We both had fish which came in very large portions and a beautiful presentation. The fish was done just right and had good flavor. Wait staff checked on a regularly and were very nice. I will definitely go here again."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We have enjoyed CB's a number of times over the past year and this was just another great time. We requested the deck seating and were very pleased with the ambiénce. The food was wonderful (chowder, Tilapia, coconut shrimp, chicken, and filet) and our server was very accommodating when we requested "conversation time" before ordering entrées. All in all, a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have been here many times in the past and were extremely happy; however last nights visit was not up to their usual. The outside seating is extremely cramped. There were four of us at the table there was no room for the salads and plates at the same time. The service left much to be desired. Our order was screwed up and then when told to put the drinks on a certain bill, which she said was no problem, she put it on the wrong bill. Between cramped tables, poor service, and the food not up to the usual standard, it will be awhile before we return."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Not a gourmet experience but way above your average family restaurant. The salmon is reliably good, the scallops were well received and the kid'menu is good (Mac and cheese got good reviews). The highlight was some of the friendliest service I've ever experienced. This is a great everyday casual restaurant and the food compares well in this niche."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I proposed to my wife at Captain Bill's (the Hatch Cover back then) 35 years ago. We celebrated a romantic 33rd wedding anniversary over outstanding dinners, the best ever clam chowder, and a waitress that bent over backwards for us all while enjoying a deck side view of beautiful Lake Mendota. Our experience at Captain Bill's was well worth the two and a half hour drive."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere was just okay... we were expecting more... BUT our server was great!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We spent time earlier in the day celebrating our two teenage sons' birthdays and capped it off with a special dinner at Captain Bills. All of our meals (crab cakes, king crab, lobster and steak) were very good, and our server was exceptional. Of course the clam chowder can't be beat!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "All in all, a very nice experience. Good cocktails, excellent server and service, and the entrees were enjoyable. We had a disabled lady with us and every effort was made to make her feel comfortable and welcome. I would (and have) recommended the restaurant enthusiastically. See you again soon! Gary and Jan Licklider."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Four of us dined in the evening. The service was prompt, the food was very good, the atmosphere was great. All around, a great experience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Here for restaurant week and the four of us ordered the surf and turf. Our party included a couple going out for the first time after having a baby, and my fiancé and I who are expecting soon. I ordered the $10 extra upgrade ny strip with my meal, everyone else got the tenderloin. The clam chowder to start was good. When the steaks came, they were all cooked well done. The table ordered 2 medium rares and 2 mediums, so this was a problem. We sent back the steaks (the pregnant lady ate hers as she was too hungry to wait). The new steaks came, and this time we were given 2 well done and 1 rare! We spoke to the manager, who was rather curt. Our bill was cut in half, which helps, but since only one ate their dinner should have been less."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My mother, daughter and I came here on a Sunday to kick off restaurant week and our Waitress was Jen. She was very nice and attentive. We chose to sit out side; the view of the lake is very pretty and serene. The food was great; Mother loves their Clam chowder! On Friday, I brought my beau here; we ordered the surf and turf as our entree and added in the garlic mashed potatoes. Our Waiter was Alex and he was also great. The food again was splendid! Please patronize Captain Bill's and other local Restaurant Week establishments during the year and don't forget to tip your Waitstaff accordingly. Us Service Industry Workers appreciate the repeat business and loyalty..."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Very busy but it was restaurant week so that was expected."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I really want to like Captain Bills and I was looking forward to dining there. But it falls short of basic expectations. To start with the host staff are very disorganized....much of the time several staff are standing around. Even saw one just lay his head on the counter. The wait staff rushes around so much it's jarring. Doors are banging open constantly. General atmosphere is worn. The food was good, but slow to arrive. Drinks seemed to be pricey."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Dinner was very good and the service was fantastic. We had Fatima and she was so energetic and vibrant. Being restaurant week it was very busy and Fatima allowed us to take our time and enjoy our meal. She is the reason we are returning two days later to enjoy the great meal again and try the Salmon."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week. Good chowder, stuffed tomatoe. Great lobster and steak-Filet for 25. Great service. Perfect amount, not skimped."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal during Restaurant Week in Madison, but Captain Bill's is a great place to go any time of the year. The selection is great, and the food is well prepared and the wait staff very attentive. There is also a very nice deck where one can dine and look at the lake. All in all, Captain Bill's offers great value for the price."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "restaurant was very busy on a Thurs. night. Good for Captain Bills. Service was great. Staff was hustling. They accomodated our request for a table on the deck. Beautiful summer evening, and no "skeeters." Food was excellent. Love the clam chowder, dining companion had crab and shrimp stuffed tomato for the appetizer. Surf and turf was very good, and salmon on a plank was too. Only disapointment was they ran out of the key lime pie, but that's understandable given the good turnout"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Steak seemed smaller portion than 6 oz. clam chowder was good, large selection drink menu, ask for table with lake view when making reservations. Would go again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Good was served cold and our waitress wasn't around to say something or ask about our meal. Heard great things but this was a disappointing meal"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We got our salad fast but waited a really long time for our dinner. When it finally came it wasn't even worth the wait. Our fish tasted weird and the veggies weren't fully cooked. Wish we ordered something different."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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
  • "The ambiance is fun but the service and quality of food was below expectations. I may try again at a less busy , but my group left without great impressions."
    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