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

Old Captiva House - Tween Waters Inn Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.tween-waters.com
  • Phone: (800) 223-5865
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steak
  • 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 (239) 472-5161 x404
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner. Food was excellent and the service was great. Our server, Lily, was right on target. A most enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The Old Captiva House is wonderful with a great atmosphere and the food is outstanding. A must stop for any visit to Captiva!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Small portions, mediocre food, terribly overpriced. Do not go there."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We do not have the highest expectations for fine dining in Captiva, and this place was slightly above average but not great. The appetizers were all quite good, actually. The crab cakes were particularly good, in fact. But the fish dishes on the main course menu were not very good and the pasta in the seafood stew was overcooked and mushy. On another note, I have been to this restaurant before for brunch and it was quite good. The restaurant was much more crowded for brunch than it was for dinner, so perhaps I am not the only one who has noticed."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We were having trouble finding a restaurant where the food was fresh and well prepared. Old Captiva House deserves a #1 rating. Best restaurant we visited."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We dined at Old Captiva House twice during our week recently at Captiva. The food was really very, very good. It is so nice to be able to go to a dining room that has a great menu and be able to dress comfortably. The first night everything was perfect. We ate inside in the cheery, comfortable dining room. The next time we dined on the outside patio on a lovely evening. That night our service was a bit spotty,maybe because it was one of the first evenings offering outside dining? But, again, the food was very good. We would definitely go back and we would definitely recommend eating there. It is a wonderful island atmosphere with better than average island dining. Overall...great!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We went here , as we were staying in the marina at Tween waters. I had checked tripadvisor and am pleased to say that all the kudos were well deserved.Tthe menu is creative , ingredients fresh, & nice presentation. Our server was professional and helpful with dietary requests. we cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The Old Captiva House is a gracious place to dine, reminiscent of times past. The dining room is spacious and tables set apart to give a sense of privacy. Our waiter and our server were attentive and helpful, aware of our needs, but never interrupting our meal. The menu offers variety, and even moderate portions of entrees for those who choose. We enjoyed a fish chowder and a shrimp cocktail as appetizers, followed by the scallops, and a delicious citrus-ginger creme brûlée for dessert. Towards the end of our meal a powerful rain storm hit Captiva, with thunder and lightning. It was amazing to watch the lightning displays through the windows to the garden, enjoying coffee and feeling no rush. It was a perfect evening!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The island ambience, combined with creative menu and exquisite preparation. Save this for the treat of Captiva."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Too few waiters - took 40 minutes after arrival to get waited on."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Things started out well. The menu is great, our table agreed that we would like everything on it. We each chose something different and all were delicious. The bump came when our meals were delivered by someone other than our waiter. We had finished our first glass of wine by that time and wanted a second glass. We waited so long that my dining companion went to the hostess station and asked her to find our waiter. He had to go a second time, she dashed into the kitchen and sent another employee to our table to take our drink order. Our table was cleared by the same man who delivered our meals and he asked if we wanted coffee or dessert, we declined. Our original waiter delivered the bill."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Besides the great ambiance with the live piano and charming decor, this restaurant offers an excellent menu with great presentation! We dined both inside and outside on the open patio with heaters and both were lovely. I liked the variety on the menu and at great wine selection at reasonable prices! The service staff were attentive and friendly and knew how to pace a nice dinner properly. I hosted a party of 6 several times during our stay at the Tween Waters Inn. I would rate Old Captiva House the best I've had on both Sanibel and Captiva islands. Bravo!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Our family of seven adults enjoyed a nice, appropriately paced, dinner here to cap off a nice vacation week on Captiva. The servers attended to our every need and the live piano music was very enjoyable. The entree choices were all good, from the seafood choices to the steak filet. Definitely worth trying for a fine dining experience."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Good food followed by a walk on the beach. Perfect."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We selected the Old Captiva House for Christmas Eve dinner. Out of a few other restaurants in the area where we also dined, it was by far the best one. The quality, variety and presentation food were all outstanding and, at reasonable prices. Having smaller portions available for all entrees is helpful, particularly for smaller appetites. We had the snapper, NY strip, crake cakes and bacon wrapped shrimp. It was all yummy."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "we have been vacationing in this area for 20 years and Old Captiva House has always been a dining must for our family. The menu appeals to everyone with options for meat, seafood or vegetarian lovers. The atmosphere is comfortable and service is impeccable for a fine dining experience. Added bonus is Gulf of Mexico view from the front steps! Highly recommend this reataurant!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013