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

Captain Bill's - Middleton

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://capbills.com/
  • Phone: 6088317327x
  • 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: Seafood, American
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Captain Bill's - Middleton reviews from OpenTable diners
157 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (109)great for outdoor dining (105)special occasion (54)neighborhood gem (39)good for groups (33)romantic (27)fit for foodies (19)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)hot spot (5)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always enjoy bringing family and guests to Captain Bill's, since we moved here in 78 .Our son worked there one summer and introduced us to various items on the menu we didn't get in the Fox Valley. He drives up yearly to take me there for my birthday dinner. We enjoy the variety of food and especially the Lite Fair which is always more than enough to fill us Seniors up, especially when a cup of Clam Chowder is added.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very loud crowd. Food was below average. Pretty view.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    There were six of us celebrating one couples anniversary. They were rewarded with desert. Our table looked directly toward the lake, even thought it was cool and windy, it was still nice watching the waves.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than expectations
    Mike
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    After reading numerous negative to luke-warm reviews, my girlfriend and I thought we would still give it a shot. While not a place for a romantic dinner as it is a bit noisy and very family friendly, we found the place to be very welcoming and comfortable. We were both very impressed by our server who showed a lot of enthusiasm and was very helpful in helping us navigate the menu. We both enjoyed our meals, and the much hyped clam chowder also met expectations. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, sticky, stinky.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We were met inside the front entrance by the fragrance of mildew and an ambiance of early American basement. A young inexperienced greeter hastily seated us at a sticky table with an underwhelming view of their outside seating deck and a street that leads to a lake. My oyster stew was south of good and I couldn't help wondering if it contained oddments other than oysters. My entree was too salty for me to eat (even though I usually add salt to my food). When I complained the waitress was oh-so sympathetic but otherwise of no help. Later she offered free desserts which we declined out of concern for what remained of our digestive systems. I heartily recommended Captain Bill's to people I strongly dislike. Everyone else . . . run!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for our Anniversary
    Mic3315
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Hadn't been to Captain Bill's in awhile, as it's a bit off our beaten path, and I recalled it as serviceable, but nothing, well, special. We wanted to sit outside because it was a gorgeous evening, and it was our wedding anniversary. Couldn't have been more wonderful. Outside, slightly breezy, view of the lake...Attentive service from Hayley. The grilled shrimp appetizer was amazing- they should offer it as an entree! My salmon was fine (piece seemed a bit small, but it was their "Lighter Fare"), walleye was good and substantial, potatoes good. It was the seasonal lightly grilled squash that was a standout. Crisp, colorful, tasty. Desert drinks were YUMMY. Thanks for a great evening. Oh, oh, and the music was perfect-Motown...we loved it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No joy
    Likes2goOUT
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've never experienced worse service. Not because the staff was out of sorts -- just because there were too few to effectively cover the tables. It made them feel badly, that was obvious. When I see something like that, it's hard to be annoyed at the servers so I'll blame the owner and management for being either clueless or cheap. If this was the first time we'd experienced bad service here, I'd say maybe a few of the staff couldn't make it in. But that's what I said the first time it happened. Two strikes is enough. Wish I could say the food was worth the wait but it wasn't. Your time and money will be better spent elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The4amigos
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall we enjoyed the experience. We didn't have to wait. The restaurant was not busy at all. The wait staff was friendly & attentive. I felt as if more care could have been placed on the appearance of the staff, however. Their uniforms look a little worn and outdated. Food and drinks were good and priced right. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food, Service, View
    WheresRalph
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our group of 12 was seated promptly. The waitstaff was very attentive. The food was exceptional. We ordered appetizers, desserts, and bar items. A variety of menu items were ordered: lobster, crab legs, coconut shrimp, calamari, clam chowder. The dinner salads and spinach with bacon dressing were fresh and crisp. Everything was delightful. All the guests commented on the beautiful weather that allowed us to dine on the deck, and the food that was perfect. We will put Captain Bill's at the top of our "will be back" list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed the evening of celebrating a friend's 80th birthday out on the deck. We were seated as requested and were able to serve a cake which we brought in. The only down side was it was a little slow getting our main course.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and friendly staff.
    Shel6973
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Disappointing Birthday Venture
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    For my wife's birthday, I decided to take her to Captain Bill's for a fun, new dining experience. It wasn't busy on the patio, so, after we were led to our table, we opted to move to an adjacent one, since the chairs and tabletop were very wet from being wiped down after the previous diners. Our waitress accusingly asked if we had been seated at the original table. She made a quip that we were now sitting in the bar dining area, but that she could accommodate us for dinner, as though it were a grand favor. That set the mood for the evening. The food was seasoned very heavily (read: salty) and lacked any impressive flavor that would make us want to return. If you're in to fatty, salty, unremarkable seafood, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience
    GolfGuy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor seating
    wineanddine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not fancy, but great casual place
    Persnickety1
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    JimnSherber
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food and atmosphere was just okay... we were expecting more... BUT our server was great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Part of a wonderful day!
    CPA404
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lickmyplate
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, good service.
    jimguild
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible experience
    Iconoclast
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Gem
    MsBartender608
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Very busy but it was restaurant week so that was expected.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Want to like it, but falls short
    WaunaDiner
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    cwmagli
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    ckmadison
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent restaurant week dinner
    dPenguin
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ordered Surf and Turf enter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Subpar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week beauty
    nasty
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average Food
    Lacy
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT Surf and Turf
    Meda
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    TryingNewThings
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • earlydiner
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant Week
    Kramer
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Entree and Dessert
    jeanie
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, rest not so much
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a nice meal...
    fishandview
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate