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About 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.

2701 Century Harbor Rd
Middleton, WI 53562
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Seafood

Hours of Operation:


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


Deck open May through October

Cross Street:
Lake Street, Allen Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 831-7327

Website:
http://capbills.com/

Executive Chef:
Gonzalo Saldana

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Captain Bill's - Middleton Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (10)
Happy Hour (8)
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Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
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Bar Seating (4)
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Live Music (3)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Captain Bills has a great happy hour for appetizers. We came for happy hour and the afruday fish fry. The fried haddock was great, but we saw some plates come out with broiled fish that we would love to try on a return visit. This was not the place to catch up with an old friend; there is so sound insulation and we couldn't hear each other or server without almost shouting.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 3, 2017

There has been a big improvement in service since my last review. Thank you Captain Bills for listening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We are regular Friday night customers. There was a big improvement in service this past Friday night. Thank you Captain Bill's for listening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful late fall evening and they were smart enough to have their patio open and staffed. We had a very lovely and patient waitress. Thanks for a lovely night!

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Lovely as always. Got there a bit early, had a drink at the bar, and then were seated with a water view as requested.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Took our son here for a special meal. Personable waiter, great happy hour, lots of fun! Looking forward to going back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Restaurant is dated. Staff very friendly. Food was just ok.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Overall experience was great and once in the restaurant you feel right at home. The only complaint is exterior needs better lighting of entrance to parking lot and the lighting in parking lot/ entrance to restaurant. The entrance could use a canopy. We definitely be back for another great meal and fun with friends😊

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Requested tenderloin and lobster as my husband's birthday dinner. Received tuffer top sirloin and lobster. Did not know this change was made until we received the bill. Steak tasty but not requested tenderness. Change of steak should of been brought to our attention prior to order prepared.

My crab cakes were good, as was the salad.

Just a little disappointed my husband didn'the get what he was looking forward to.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Absolutely terrible. My lobster was cold and the the crab knuckle was salty, leading me to believe that it was injected with a solution to increase it's weight. Our waitress appeared to be under the influence of something. We did receive a 50% discount on our bill, but honestly that is not enough for me to try the restaurant again. I was extremely disappointed.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food is great. The service is awful. The servers are all over the place and dont seem to have a designated area to serve. I have used Open Table twice to make reservations. I dont think Captain Bill’s checks them. This past Friday i requested a specific table. When we got there they hadn’t checked the reservation and the table wasn’t ready. They hurried to get the table set and set it for 4 but there were 5 of us as listed in the reservation. My husband had to wait too long for them to bring a chair and set a place for him, then we had to wait forever for someone to take our drink order. Everyone there is real nice but they really drop the ball on service. The only reason we go every Friday is because that’s where my mom wants to go. She hates the service too but she loves their fish fry and looking out at the lake.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food overall was very good, to outstanding. Calamari was outstanding. The clam chowder is claimed to be "world famous", but it turned out to be a savory potato soup with no clams to speak of. Entrees ordered included Pan Fried Walleye, Surfing Salmon, Dragon Fire Salmon and Scallops. The Dragon Fire Salmon was the best of these with a unique sauce although only a little "fire". The rest were very good but not exceptional. Service was excellent though our waiter was unaware of changing beer and wine options so we had to reorder a couple of times. All in all a very satisfactory experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Were celebrating our first wedding anniversary- It took at least 5 -10 minutes to be greeted at the hostess stand... Eventually got seated at a table outside, where we seat for 17 minutes (we kept track) without a single server acknowledging us or coming up to our table. We watched tables get seated after us and served immediately. We ended up leaving without even being brought waters due to the horrible inattentive service.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food was very good.Normally love the chowder,but was just too hot for that.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We are regulars for Friday night fish fry. The food is always great but the service varies The servers are running all over the place and don't seem to have a designated area they are responsible for. Sometimes we are waited on promptly and other times we have to wait long tine to be noticed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Jeffrey did a very good job servicing our table of 4. Scallops in champagne cream sauce were superb. Clam Chowder.....excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Columbus)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food was so good we went back the next day to have dinner again! We sat on the lake, night one, which was pretty (may want to take some bug spray!). The inside was busy and extremely loud the second night but the food was great!!! I'd say they need more wait staff, although it could have been our server because we had the same server both nights and she was MIA a lot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

It has great food and love sitting on the deck. Stayed after dark and it was beautifulwith lights on. Hate to see winter come and no more deck sitting.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The fish, veggies and salad were fresh and done perfectly. (Of course the dips are to die for.) The seating on the deck is perfect for summer. The staff is friendly and efficient. Love this place. (Be sure to make a reservation if you are dining on the weekends.)

Tags: Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Worst service we've experienced. Drinks took 15 minutes plus to arrive. Our server was non existent. Our soup arrived before the appetizer. Our entrees were lukewarm. The crab cakes were large but tasteless. No crab flavor. The clam chowder was very good with lots of clams and potatoes. Too bad it was cold. The sea bass special was fine as was the coconut shrimp. Neither dish was hot. All food was served by the bus staff. Not sure where the waitress was because they were not busy. When she finally showed up with the check she took her time in processing.

Yelp reviews confirm service issues are a problem. Should have read them before making reservation. The only good thing is my friends get to say "I told you so". They all stopped going long ago.

This restaurant is not worthy of open table destinations.

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

There were not a lot of people there at 5:30 on a Sunday evening. Service was very slow. We ordered drinks and didn't get them until the dinner was served

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·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was the best seafood for the money. It also was priced right based on the quantity and quality.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

They were either busy or short staffed but the service was extremely slow. Very nice waitress who seemed to be running her best but still made service slow

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were seated for 15min without a waiter stopping at our table to even offer water despite 4 waiters standing around talking by the bar. At that point we decided to leave.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great calamari and cheese curds. Fantastic Moscow Mule. Variety of butters for sourdough bread is special. It is always pleasant dining on the deck. We plan to have my nephew's UW graduation dinner here in June.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Service was "ok", seemed like our server paid more attention to larger tables than our table of 2. Maybe because we had a gift certificate, and she thought we might not tip correctly(we tipped plenty). It wasn't really busy, but it took 40 min to get our food. The coconut shrimp was good. I had the 2- 5oz tenderloins, and right when the server put the plate down I knew it was over cooked. It was. I didn't say anything until the end because I didn't want to wait longer for a new meal. The steak was dry but still tender enough to get through. You would think for $32 the meal would be done correctly. I told the server and she was apologetic. Old fashions saved the day. Those were perfect.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Old school joint, not directly on the water as advertised. Friendly wait staff but not attentive. Claim to fame is the fresh seafood, but it was overcooked and oversauced. We can say we've been there and don't need to go again!

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Food and service were mediocre. I was very disappointed.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Food was great service was exceptional we had a little one with us in the kept the food coming great birthday celebration

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food is pretty good, large portions fun drink menu. My first plate of food arrived cold and didn't seem fully cooked - I asked for it to be warmed up and they gave me a new dish that was much much better. Service was also good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Haven't been to Captain Bill's for a few years. Still as good as I remember!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Captain Bill's needs some updates. Carpet very dirty and worn. Chairs and tables rather rickety. We were seated in a corner where we could hardly get into our chairs. Loved the cocktails we had (especially the brandy old fashioned sweet). Ice cream based grasshopper drink was excellent.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Celebrating wife's birthday with daughter in law and grandson. A great value on lobster and their clam chowder is excellent. One of our go-to restaurants. Took a little while to get a server but after that everything was great.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Scallops were good but gritty, not impressed with salad dressing(blue cheese was bland), fresh vegetables could have used a bit more cooking. Our waitress was fantastic, took care of our table with much attention and friendliness. Drinks were awesome. Atmosphere is old school and the restaurant decor makes it easy to converse with others.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food, excellent waiter, really nice live music. We had a party of 7 seated outside and it was just perfect. I'd definitely go back again!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 5, 2017

For an expensive restaurant, I thought the food was just OK. The calamari appetizer was good, and the shrimp appetizer was great with truly jumble shrimp. My lady had mahimahi. It was fishy and soft textured and not well seasoned. Seem like it was not fresh. I had large scallops in a champagne cream sauce. The scallops were not fully cooked, even though they were very browned. The overbrowning negated the light flavor of the cream sauce.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

The food at Captain Bill's is wonderful. The service is poor. I am an experienced ex-waitress. During my years of serving customers we were given 5 tables to serve in our designated area. At Captain Bill's it is hard to determine who your wait person is. Your wait person may be serving you inside on one side of the room while also serving others on the other side of the room as well as serving customers out on the deck. It takes forever to get water and a drink order once you are seated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We were visiting family who had recently moved to Madison. It was Restaurant Week and Captain Bill's had specials for the occasion. We were very pleased with all our selections and the ambiance was great. There was live music outside on the deck (we stayed inside because our son hates bug bites & it was evening). Next time! Definitely going back!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Outside seating with view of Lake Mendota . Food was very good. Relaxing and enjoyed the guirarisr/singer reminded me of Fl.

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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 29, 2017

It was the end of restaurant week, a beautiful night and overbooked. Wait staff could not keep up. Food was good, but lacked a lot of personal service. Go back when they are not so busy.

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