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Captain Bill's - Middleton

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786 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Seafood
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Hours of operation


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


Deck open May through October
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Phone number
(608) 831-7327
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Gonzalo Saldana
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake Street, Allen Blvd
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 786 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

My husband & I had the walleye & our son had the swordfish special. Both outstanding dishes! We had a very pleasant dinner!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good. It is always hit and miss with the wait staff. I guess I should get the names of the better servers and ask for them. Need to remember on Thursdays to first get a drink and appetizer in the bar to take advantage of all night happy hour. Then move to the dining room for dinner

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were seated on time. Service was excellent! Go for the Clam Chowder - dinner is an extra plus.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Waitress was very forgetful and slo

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Excellent food. Both the ‘lighter fare’ steak and salmon were very good, and a great price for the amount of food. We added a salad and there was plenty. We went on a Sunday evening so it was quiet. The ambiance is not modern, but an excellent view of lake Mendota from almost any table.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The Friday night Fish Fry is respectable, and will not ruin the bank account. Neighborhood value. Coctails are competent. Gin Martini == good.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Went to Captain Bill's for the first time for Easter Brunch. Extensive selection. Food ranged from very good to average. Pricing for the brunch was good. Restaurant had good layout for dinner, a little cramped for holiday brunch. I would go again.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I LOVE Captain Bill's! My mom has lived in Middleton for years, but only tried it out last year and have now been several times. It is a winner... It's everything I love about a Wisconsin supper club. Not too casual not too fancy, wood trimmed up North vibe without being musty, great atmosphere and most importantly great cocktails and food. I've been for supper and Easter brunch. The dinner menu has all the things you'd expect, great fish fry, great steaks and classic supper club fare. Brunch was really yummy and probably one of the better brunches I've had in years...fresh, plentiful and all the right components.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great Easter Brunch! Didn’t feel rushed. Very enjoyable time. Loved the variety of food.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

AMAZING Easter brunch! Will definitely be back with family.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We've been to Captain Bill's in the past and I'm sure we'll go again. The atmosphere is great, you're right on the lake and in the summer, you can sit outside. There was a full moon on the night we went and it was very scenic. The food is yummy and you get plenty of it. I tried the fish tacos for the first time and they were very good - interesting sauce on them. The only course that didn't seem to offer much diversity was dessert, but we went and got key lime pie slices from Louisianne's down the street and took those home to enjoy with coffee.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Nice Friday Night Fish fry reasonably priced and good service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great bar atmosphere, with fun , competent bartenders. Drinks made right, beer served COLD ! Nice bar crowd. Excellent service at our table, and excellent food to boot ! Nice view, comfortable, welcoming restaurant. We'll be back !

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We found Captain Bills last year and are so grateful to return anytime we are in town! The bar is great...the food is great...the restaurant is nicely decorated and the views and location are incredible. Did I mention the amazing food and best service? Check it out! You will be glad you did!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Five of us attended for an early Friday birthday dinner. Service was great, and attention to our not yet two year old was great. We all had a great time.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We have been to Captain Bill's many times in the past. We feel that the food quality has dropped and the service was less than expected. We have always loved the atmosphere and always enjoyed the ambiance. This time though, the food was a distraction to those things...

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Pretty nice dining experience 7pm fri not too busy already seated the other couple so when we arrived he said that I didn't have a reservation under my name but he could seat us right away.. I went to restroom then waited for my husband to park, by then our friends came up to us and said they had the table under my name! Weird. why didn't the host tell me that? they were on the quiet side of the room near a window. I really wanted to sit by the fire but since they were already seated we just stayed put. Kept my coat on because it was so cold. you shouldn't have to wear your coat in a nice restaurant. Food was good. Would appreciate a more generous serving of chowder for the money

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

The fish fry was a good deal, but the drinks were overpriced. The atmosphere was good. Sit by the fireplace!

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Haven't been here for a while. The musty smell when we opened the door should have been a warning to leave at that point. The salads were limp and room temperature. Bread tasteless; flavored butter awful. One entree, bluegiil special, was OK at best though mostly breading. The other, crabcake, was truly awful. Waitress outstanding. Too bad food didn't match up.

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We were there for Valentines Day. We were sat right away, but then we sat for 15 minutes before the server came to the table. I realize it was a busy day, but our server got way too many tables at once. That was management fault. My steaknwas overcooked with no flavor. No reason to send it back, i would of had to wait even longer. They ran out of glasses and were serving drinks in plastic cups. We paid way too much to have our drink in a clear plastic cup. I felt sorry for tables that sat aftter us. One table next to us waited 20 minutes before anyone stopped by the table. Both managers walked by that table at least 20 times. We wanted to love this place. Many people who were in our section left unhappy. Management didnt bother to stop by and check on any tables. I am sure many of us will not return.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentines Day dinner was fantastic. We got there on time for our reservation but they asked us if we wanted to have a drink at the bar first. We said yes and they said tell us when you're ready and we'll take you to your table. So friendly and accomodating. We sat at a very private and quiet table and our waitress was there immediately. She was very happy and talkative. Obviously she enjoys her job. Our food was ordered and came very fast. The steak and lobster special was perfect. Our chocolate lava cake with chocolate dipped strawberries on the side was just the special dessert to finish our night. My fiance asked if I would like to come again and I immediately said yes!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good main course dinner. The Bruschetta appetizer was overdone with balsamic vinagrette. Clam chowder was amazing. Rich with large chunks. Scallops were also very very tasty!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Unbelievably low price for Valentine's Day Dinner special for two: 6 oz filet, 6 oz lobster tail, Shrimp-adorned salad, champagne, chocolate lava desert; all for $60, WOW! Incidentally, very favorably impressed by our waitress.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We were seated at our table in a timely manner and then waited 25 minutes before a waitress even acknowledg'd us. We were never offered refills on our beverages. We asked for more bread and never received it. Our entrees were luke warm to cold in temperature the food did taste good.
Free champagne with supposed to be included with our dinner we never received it. Our dessert was almost dropped on the table she turned away so quickly when delivering

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

If it weren't for the good food and unique dining experience in the Madison area we would never go back - the service is generally horrible. We've been here 6-7 times and probably 4 of those times we had really bad experiences with the service. We just went for Valentine's day. Made reservations for 630pm. Due to it being busy we sat for 15min -fine- but the host started randomly seating people seating people that came in after us with no reservations and then two couples with 7pm reservations. Why offer reservations??? Then we heard some complaints from a table about a long wait after getting seated. We left after seeing that.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Your special for Valentine's Day was a great surprise. I spread the word.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We had the Valentines Day special of steak and lobster. It was a great value and the food was prepared beautifully. Not very busy on the Saturday night before Val day, so the service was prompt but not rushed.
Always a reliable spot for a nice dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything was perfect as usual!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Captain Bills continues to be one of the best seafood restaurants in town

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Visited during restaurant week. While the restaurant was busy, the waitress was pleasant and attended to our group perfectly.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I visited Captain Bill's last Friday night. As wecwalked in with my 96 and 95 year old parents I asked if we could sit either in the bar or the main dining room. The host said no and seated us in a small corner with a view of a curtain. Over half the dining room was still available at 5:15 so I didn't see why we could not sit elsewhere. It took forever for the waitress to wait on us and when she didn't bring us bread there weren't enough rolls for each person at the table. She was a pleasant waitress but the order was goofed up. We had to wait forever for the bill and then she gave us a bill from somebody else's table. When she finally got the bill straightened out she took off with the credit cards for at least 10 minutes. The clam chowder was quite good as were the salomon meals. My dad had a New York strip which was very fatty and he only ate about half of it. We've been here before with better service and better food. I guess it gets complicated with restaurant week that's why we went early.

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2018

My tenderloin was cooked well, but no seasoning and pretty tasteless. The lobster tail was completely overcooked and leathery, and the butter tasted like an old tire. I had to send the whole thing back.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

First time visit -restaurant week promotion. Busy night. We were seated timely but no one was assigned to be our server. After waiting about 20 minutes we had to get up and request service. After they assigned a server to our table, we received quality service and the food was exceptional. We feel this was just an unintentional oversight and would return again sometime in the future - perhaps during warmer weather. It a pretty long drive from Edgerton so most likely a special occasion .

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

Had a great meal for restaurant week. It was busy so our seating wasn't particularly wonderful. But food was great, arrived quickly and service was good.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We went to Captain Bill's for restaurant week. I would say our experience was 50/50. Some of the stuff was great, like my cosmo and clam chowder, and my date's steak. The other half, I would say was just ok. I wouldn't rush back there for a meal, but I might go for happy hour to have another one of the martini's!

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

We came for restaurant week. Of course we made a reservation and we were seated promptly. Service was friendly and attentive even on this busier then usual night. Our table of four enjoyed every bite. The only complaint was it was chilly for the two sitting next to the window. 😊

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2.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Very disappointing both service and food. Service was slow on a slow Tuesday. This was during restaurant week! Food was barely warm when received. After two bites steak was cold but lobster was cold to start! Garlic mashed potatoes? Cold and tasteless! Captain Bill won’t be seeing us again? Food must have been cooked the week before.

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3.0Dined on January 22, 2018

I am fortunate to dine out quite often. This experience was by far one of the worst in a long time. Our waitress was going to do the bare minimum to get by and she sure did. Food was cold but she did not return to the table until she brought dessert! Never to check on quality of food, if we wanted another beverage, nothing. Also mixed up the desserts and bill and there were only two of us and it was not busy. Had 5:30 reservation. We brought our bill up to the front desk because we were not going to wait however long and did let them know how disappointing it was. I have always had good meals there before. The bill was adjusted and they apologized. I let places know when it is good far more often then it was bad.

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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

It was great, we went for winter restaurant week and had live surf and turf. Love the lobster and fillet!

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We have always enjoyed the food at Captain Bills, especially the excellent clam chowder.
Unfortunately, it was very cold in the restaurant. We understand that the temps outside made it difficult for the heat to keep up but it really did negatively impact our experience.

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