Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn
Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn

Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tween-waters.com/
  • Phone: 8002235865
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Jason Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Old Captiva House:

    Our historic restaurant that dates to the 1920s, beautifully appointed today with walls of white French doors and polished hardwood floors, yours to reserve in part or in total. Capacity 160.

    Sunset Lounge:

    This quiet, intimate room adjacent to the Old Captiva House is all windows and altogether charming. Beautiful views of Americas most romantic sunsets. Also opens to our Garden Terrace and the Old Captiva House. Capacity 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Kerri Maw 2394725161x404
  • Entertainment: Enjoy nightly entertainment most nights at our Crow"s Nest Lounge adjacent to the Old Captiva House Restaurant. Entertainment consists of the world famous hilarious NASCRAB Crab Racing interactive comedy show and crab race event that must be seen to believe. Two shows (children's 6PM and adult 9PM) most Monday and Thursday evenings throughout the year. Enjoy music stylings of a live and lively band every Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9PM. Plus, dance the night away to local singer Taylor Stokes, as he plays soft rock currents to classics most Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting at 9PM.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2 miles north of Blind Pass Bridge
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is open for all dining customers.
A word from Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn
Welcome to the charming, historic Old Captiva House at the legendary "Tween Waters Inn — Captiva's number one restaurant according to TripAdvisor, and Captiva's only fine dining restaurant to offer a Gulf-front view of America's most romantic sunset.

Inspired by Executive Chef Jason Miller, our exciting "New Florida" menu is a colorful, wonderful exploration of island foods and flavors. Sometimes passionate. Sometimes mild. Sometimes fun. Yet all, truly great to admire and greater to enjoy — from appetizers, through entrees, to desserts.

Come, feast your eyes and appetite.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (19)romantic (18)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (10)neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Food disappointing. Too expensive.
    Lovesanibel
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Tough overcooked steak. Lobster ravioli in heavy indigestible sauce. Daughter who loves all types of fish could not eat hers. Fish not fresh. All three entrees poor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Carol Pettigrew
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Having been to Sanibel Island many times before, we had never stayed on Captiva before and finding Old Captiva House was truly a find. Food, wine and view of the Gulf of Mexico while eating your meal is a one in a life time experience. Our food and wine were delicious served by a lovely waiter who was extremely attentive to us throughout our evening. Next time we find ourselves staying in Captiva we will most certainly find our way back to Old Captiva House. Thank you for the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the notable best dinner
    TampaDiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was fresh and a variety of choices but I was completely disappointed in the bouillabaise. It was not worthy of the price and wasn't notable at all. My husband like his special of fresh fish but overall for the prive-Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful dinner
    deliciouso
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My daughters and I celebrated my birthday at the Captiva House. It was a lovely experience from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding experience
    KasrobVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is a fine restaurant. We've been dining in the Sanibel-Captiva area for many years, and this is the first time we finally ate at the Old Captiva House. The food was outstanding - every dish presented a truly superb blending of flavors that creates a symphony of flavors - what great cooking truly is, and a unique thing to find. The dishes were also beautifully prepared. The service was excellent - very attentive and professional, but still personal. The setting is hard to beat - there are two charming dining rooms. If you'll be there at sunset (which is strongly recommended), ask to be seated at one of the window tables in the front dining room with a view of the gulf and the sunset. This makes the experience really special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good.
    Worldtraveler
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a very nice time at this well known local restaurant. The decor is bright and attractive with a nice view of the water. Seafood was great and our waiter was very friendly and responsive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gorgeous sunset
    Mortes1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food is wonderful. Try the watermelon & goat cheese salad to start and the snapper wrap for an entree
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner Friday night
    sylvester123
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My daughter had filet (her dinner was good), I had lamb rack - it was terrible, mostly fat & bone, vegetables were good, but cold, potatoes were good. The lamb dinner was removed from the bill!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Angie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Old Captiva House was by far the best restaurant in Captiva! I wish we had found it sooner!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous Dining Experience
    nosugar
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great food every time we come to the Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn. The menu is imaginative and diverse. The service is exceptional. The view of the Gulf beach and sunsets are beyond compare.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnF517
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent service from all points of view: our reservation process, the greeting, the table size and location, the menu, the waiter and the food. First restaurant in CAPTIVA/ SANNIBEL that I would make a reservation for while I was in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here on a Monday evening. Our waiter, Nile, was attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious! We started with baked brie and shrimp cocktail. For dinner we had the pompano and spicy tuna which were cooked to perfection. We finished with a chocolate mousse cake and raspberry white chocolate creme brulee. The atmosphere was enjoyable with the beautiful view of the Gulf and the live piano music in the other room. This restaurant is a definite must do when visiting Captiva or Sanibel Island!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and expensive
    JRH68
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    On a good note, we did enjoy the piano player. He did a real nice job. We also enjoyed the sunset from our table. We did decide on the location since they were the #1 ranked Resturant on Captiva by Trip Advisor. However, food was very disappointing. The Grouper was over-cooked. The Tuna was over-salted. The carrots were not even cooked enough to eat. They were hard to slice. This was my third time here and by far the worst meal. It was disappointing considering we were celebrating a birthday. Our meal was $200 for 2 adults, 2 children which included a bottle of wine. It was not worth what we received. Too bad about the food because it is a lovely place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Bit Overrated
    FeedingTheSoul
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The entrance to the restaurant was nice with a small shop and piano man. The hostess had our reservation ready upon arrival about 10 minutes early, which I was happy to note. We were seated at a corner location of the restaurant with great views of the water and sunset; however, the table itself was horrible - the top was uneven and it wobbled so much the table candle literally tipped over when we sat down! (Thank goodness for battery operated candles!) With respect to food, we ordered a hamburger for the kids (excellent), escargot (good), smoked steak tartar (good), pompano (overcooked but good) and bouillabaisse (bland but good). Service was mostly good. Overall, I would hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    LuvCaptiva
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We have gone there every year that we have been on Captiva for vacation. Very disappointed with the food. One of our family members ordered the smaller portion of the lobster ravioli, the were served 3 ravioli. Another had the boulliabas, it had no taste. We won't be returning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner in Captiva
    Susan
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner. Food was excellent and the service was great. Our server, Lily, was right on target. A most enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must be on your list!!!
    Carl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Old Captiva House is wonderful with a great atmosphere and the food is outstanding. A must stop for any visit to Captiva!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Night and Good Food
    gr8foodie
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My wife and I had a very quiet dinner at Captiva House. We were one of only two couples in the whole room. This was probably due to the fact that the Memorial Day crowd had gone home. I had the duck and my wife had the snapper. My duck was nicely cooked, but the accompanying risotto was dry. My wife's snapper was excellent and the accompanying polenta was also excellent. Our service was a little off, probably due to the fact that our room had only two occupied tables. Apparently, most the diners were seated in another room (that didn't have the view our room had). With all the other good restaurants on Sanibel and Captiva to choose from, we probably will not dine here again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 98 reviews are from the Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn reviews archive.
  • VIPfoodyVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    each year on vacation, we always drive to Captiva for dinner at the Old Captiva House - it's the best place to dine on the islands. excellent food, a terrific wine list, sunsets over the beach - whats not to love? Come & Enjoy - a great treat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romanance at it's Best!
    NECAH
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This may have been the best dining experience that we ever had. We were looking for a special place to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary that would be romantic and all that romance needs for a special date night with the one that you love. We looked all over Sanibel and Captiva and found everything that we wished for at the Old Captiva House. The food was exceptional as well as the service. The ambience which included a piano player during dinner was the icing on the cake. The "Sunset Room" was absolute magic as we watched the sun sink into the sea as we toasted another wonderful year together. We strongly recommend a visit to this jewel of Captiva to anyone that wants the ultimate experience for that special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    kmmbVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Last weekend I hosted two dear friends for their first visit to the area. We wanted to look around Sanibel and Captiva and see the sun set. This restaurant is simply delightful. It is set on the grounds of the old inn, and the vibe is happy Florida. Our server poured our wine and we wandered outside - with most of the other diners - to watch a breathtaking sunset. We all cheered and headed back to our tables for a fabulous meal. I was hesitant to go there because of some of the negative reviews, but everything about our evening was one for the memory book!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great end to a relaxing week
    Locust
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    What a great evening! Started off with crab races next door and had a blast. Very entertaining and lots of laughs!! Dinner at Old Captiva is best on island by far! Nice view of sunset over the gulf. Would highly recommend for dinner or lunch!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overpriced
    LHD4
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Small portions, mediocre food, terribly overpriced. Do not go there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprised
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We have driven by the restaurant a 1,000 times and finally decided to try it because I could use my open table app. I am happy we did. The food was amazing and the interior was gorgeous! I was with a party of 5, we all had something different...I don't think you can go wrong with any of the items on the menu. The staff could have been friendlier... But it didn't ruin my meal!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; stunning setting!
    DeborahS
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Beautiful Gulf dining; gorgeous setting. Hostess was not the best; rather distracted & less than cordial; but our wait staff made up for that 10x over & the food was fantastic. Our reservation were made far in advance, though we would not have needed them as the dining room was not busy although this was peak season. We had 3 adults & two children 10 & 12 years old. White tablecloths & napkins! There was no children's menu; but we preferred that.....this was not a fast food venue. A great selection of meals; beautiful views of the ocean as the sun was setting.....perfect 1st evening on Captiva Island!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect experience
    rxk2
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Probably the best restaurant in Captiva with regards to food quality and ambiance (the Green Flash is a close second), though a bit pricy (but you get what you pay for). We were celebrating our anniversary so were offered a table in a small alcove for some privacy. The food was excellent and the only issue was slightly undercooked slices of duck breast which was corrected promptly. The server graciously apologized and the chef provided free desserts to make up for that. All in all a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth it
    1stTimer
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had the crab cake and seared ahi appetizers and both were fantastic. My wife had the sea bass special and I had the jerk grouper, and both were cooked perfectly with unique and delicious presentation. We will definitely go again when we're in the area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Captivating Captiva!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Eight of us wanted to have dinner during Sanibel's spring high season and it was no easy feat to find a restaurant that could seat us. When the Mad Hatter put us on its waiting list, I asked them to recommend other possibilities. They urged us to try Old Captiva House and we loved it. The food was delicious and we sat in the front dining room to witness a spectacular sunset. The server was pleasant and knowledgeable but a little less attentive toward the end of the meal than we would have liked. Still, with good food and great friends, the evening was a success. Everyone in our party would be happy to recommend the restaurant to other friends and to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We had 5 people in our party including a 2 year old and the food was fabulous, the atmosphere is great and the service was perfect! We walked across the street for the sunset and ended the night just perfectly! We will be back next year!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Old Captiva House is a
    Greene60
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The Old Captiva House is a preserved gem of a "Florida Remembered". Excellent food in a rustic, but elegant environment. Watch the sunset and then step in and enjoy truly exceptional food in a nostalgic relaxing environment with quiet piano music in the background. As a 5th generation Floridian, I recognize the Old Captiva House for the beautiful anachronism it represents.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Abandoned by waiter
    LoveToBtreatedwell
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We had so looked forward to having dinner again at Old Captiva House- Had requested a nice table but I have found such requests made on Open Table are ignored- Hostess showed us to a table in the serving crossfire between outdoors and indoors-when we pointed to two alternative tables we would prefer we were told someone had already requested those. Shown to our seat, we waited quite a while to be acknowledged by anyone, then flagged the hostess down to ask if we might order a cocktail. The wait staff couldn't handle the volume of diners-we were rushed through ordering, then never saw our waiter to order wine with dinner-busboy cleared us, asked if we'd like dessert, tossed the menu on the table and rushed off-food was ok-wasn't a nice time
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food.....service slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Can't say enough good things about the food. The server we had was excellent but he had at least a dozen tables. We felt bad for him as the establishment set him up to fail. He did the best he could. Hope they fix that issue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best meal I have ever had!
    Jo2travel
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food preparation, presentation and flavors were outstanding! I don't know when I have had a more exquisite meal. The food was creative and a mix of flavors that I had never had before. I cannot say enough about this wonderful meal! Everyone coming to Captiva FL must have at least one meal here, you will remember it until you return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great way to spend an evening
    Organista65
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Lily was our server..very sweet young woman, friendly and knowledgeable of the menu.Food was delicious and attractively prepared.this is the main restaurant of the hotel e re staying at ..often times hotel restaurants are not that great but Old Captiva house would be a place I would recommend to all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Elle
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Old Captiva House is ahem on Captiva. We've been going to Tween Waters for years and we're never disappointed. Friendly, good service, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was very good. Probably
    foodie
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Food was very good. Probably the best restaurant on Captiva. The fish is fresh and prepared in various ways. The wine list is good. The service is slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A family favorite...
    RdeanK
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    We've been eating at Old Captiva House during vacations on Sanibel since 1980. We have always enjoyed everything about the restaurant. We would recommend it without reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memory Lane
    Regulars
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    We went to this restaurant when our kids were young, approx. 15 years ago and wanted to try it again. We were very pleased with the experience; food, atmosphere and service were all good. We were given a window table with a view of the ocean and the sunset. The menu offered a number of great choices and we liked the two-size approach to the mains. The only difficulty was parking with so many assigned spots. We'd definitely go back.i
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Meal
    floridafoodies
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Everything was perfect. Not a flaw to be mentioned. Great food, service and location Steak, ahi tuna, and scallops were all tasty. Bread was delicious. The drinks were some of the best I've had. I don't think you can go wrong with whatever you choose here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, pretty noisy
    gorilla
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    We enjoyed a very nice meal, having the tilefish special and the popano off the menu. Fish was cooked perfectly and beautifully presented. Wait staff visits were well-timed and helpful. There were a few large tables that created enough noise to make it difficult to talk at times.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.