Our experience was great, food very good, service timely, not rushed or too slow. There was a problem however in the tables on both sides of us. One table received scallops they did not order, the diner "nibbled" on one. The waiter was asked about this and he immediately apologized for the mistake, then put the food on the correct table explaining that one scallop had been "nibbled" on. The waiter also told the new recipient of the food that the scallop would be replaced by the chef. This situation reminded us of a much earlier dining experience there where our mussels were delivered to another table, the wife mentioned that to ensure we weren't charged for them and received a dirty look from the waitress. I do recommend this restaurant but perhaps the wait staff should give up on trying to memorize the orders and come up with a better system.
Needs a serious update. For being not far from Seattle, the gluten free options were not very good. I get honoring the history, but it’s not 1970, it’s time to update the menu. Also if you’re going to use real silverware, actually polish it don’t put it in the dishwasher. I swear our beverages had only vermouth and no vodka in them.
The grounds & location are incredible. Really beautiful, quiet, and forested are! It would be awesome if the atmosphere was updated to be more inline with the price.
I'd never been to Captain Whidbey Inn, so I didn't know what to expect. When we arrived there was no indication as to what we should do. No one met us at what I assumed was the entrance to the dining room, and the woman at the "front desk" ignored us. Finally someone asked if we were waiting to be seated for dinner. We had a reservation, but it didn't seem to matter, since they didn't ask for a name or time.
The service was friendly but spotty. The food ranged from very good to poor. There was a feeling of disarray about the the whole place. That may be part of the charm, but all the food would have had to be consistantly excellent to overlook this.
Nice views of the water and charming old building, but not much else to recommend it.
We made a reservation with Open Table, but it turned out there was a private event happening that took up the entire bar and dining area during the time we reserved a table for five. For some reason the fact that they were booked solid didn't show up in Open Table. The restaurant said they didn't have access to my phone number to let me know. When we showed up, they had a private dining area ready for us that was behind the main building. That was very nice, but it took away one of the main reasons we go there, which is the view of Penn Cove. I asked if we could have dinner on the patio and they said sure. It was a bit chilly and no one else was eating outside. They put us in an area with a heater and brought out blankets for everyone. They could not have been more accommodating. The service and food was outstanding as usual. You can't beat the location or the ambiance of the 100 plus year old road house. The clams and mussels are outstanding appetizers. It would be hard to find fresher mussels than mussels that are harvested just down the road in Penn Cove.
We thoroughly enjoyed our two jnight visit to the 111-year-old inn for a getaway from Seattle. And the food was exceptional. Mussels and salmon. How can you beat that?
They have really upped their game. Delectible NW seafood dishes.
Lots of potential but not enough skill. It was off season so I expected there may be some issues. We were seated promptly. The room was extremely cold. We were told the staff couldn't get the fire started. There were 2 other tables all of us in parka style coats, some with hats and gloves. On all of our beverages the glassware was filthy. Way over the top filthy. Food was good but the lack of hospitality and basic service made the experience truly awful. I hope they can put some effort into improving.
Loved the dinner room, staff was lovely and the food was just fabulous!
Great food, one-of-a-kind atmosphere, awesome service, beautiful view of Penn Cove. Highly recommned.
The Inn is quaint and cozy, and the food was delicious. The lunch menu is limited but the server was attentive. There was no handicap access ramp, which was disappointing, as I was on a walker, having just had knee surgery. My friend had to carry my walker up while I hobbled up the stairs, clinging to the railing for dear life. The hall to the tiny bathroom was very narrow and a walker barely fit. The view of Penn Cove was lovely from our table and prices were very reasonable. All in all, a delightful lunch excursion with a friend. I’ll be back-after my knee has healed!
What a pleasure to find a great farm to table restaurant with professionally prepared local food in season(for February it was beets, mushrooms, mussels, asparagus...) and local wine (Whidbey Island Winery). It was all very good from the bread/butter plate to the chowder, scallops, and cream brûlée. If you're in a hurry this is probably not the place for you. We found the 1.5 hour meal to be about right for enjoying fine food and time well spent.
This was our first visit to the Captain Whidbey Inn. All in all, we enjoyed our experience & would recommend it to others!
We were anticipating a great meal. The menu was interesting and featured local food. The Captain’s mussels were hot and tasty. Then it went downhill- we had ordered chowder and the two mains. The mains came out followed by the chowder. The chowder was topped with cold salmon and the dish was disgusting. The scallops were served in a pool of unknown green sauce. The worst meal however was the Fruits de Mer. This was in a small bowl that lacked everything in presentation and could actually resemble someone’s leftover casserole. There were several uneatable gnocchi in the dish that were grey in colour and for the best description like eating flour paste. Since the Inn is located off the beaten track if you have a drink you are forced to eat there.
Great food! Celebrated our anniversary at Captain Whidbey and this meal was a great addition to the night!
great history and ambiance. had two seafood dishes and both arrived at the table smelling and tasting very fishy. for the price ... very disappointing
New Years Eve had a wonderful evening, recommend anytime.
Great woodsy ambience, perfect for quiet spot to get away to. Menu is interesting, though some items were bland, others were very flavorful. Avoid the garden salad, go for the caprese. Tenderloin is nice esp with the gnocchi. Great corkage fee policy. A very good option on the island!
We are regulars there. Always a great dining experience in a place with a rich history.
We had a wonderful and relaxing time while dining at Captain Whidbey’s. Our server, Kelsey, could not have been better, she was warm, accommodating and professional. The food was fresh and delicious and the atmosphere conducive to any kind of occasion.
Great food. Loved feel of the inn. Service was a bit slow but the amazing food made up for it. Would definitely come back.
We had a great time. We ate in the bar and really enjoyed it. Staff was friendly. Food was good. Mussels fresh and tasty.
New chef has made a huge difference. True gourmet dining. Waitress is also excellent.
Capt Whidbey Inn is an icon in the community. We bring all of our visitors to the Inn, even if only to walk around the grounds, look at Penn Cove, the sailboats, and just to enjoy the peaceful nature of the setting. Locally-sourced steak was excellent, very tender. Their award-winning chowders are fantastic. The Inn is rustic but elegant, quiet and wonderful, especially in the off-season!
Enjoy the friendly service, delicious local fair, and a relaxed dining experience in the rustic and cozy atmosphere of this historic inn located on scenic Penn Cove.
We rented a water front cabin and stayed three nights, the cabin was clean and cozy, the food in the restaurant and Bar was excellent, and the staff and the property was top notch. We will certainly be returning.
While the food was very good the portions were small and a bit over priced even for Whibdey Island. We really enjoy the restaurant but only go for special occaisions since it is so expensive.
The view over the water is beautiful. Parking is very hard to find. Had to ask for music to be turned down so we could talk. There was a lot of noise coming from overhead (Inn guests?). We were given a well used paper wine list that we were told 'was the last one, so it was good we didn't want any wine.' The lighting was so low it was hard to read the menu or see the food. The table wasn't ready with silverware and the hostess scrambled to find what was missing from each setting (was the table even cleaned??)
We all enjoyed our food. The chef was accommodating to my allergies.
We won't rush to go back, but the food was good, so maybe.....
Terrible service, limited menu no kids menu m. Look a long time to receive drinks and food. Not worth the money and does not cater for children.
It was ok. The menu was very limiting with not much to offer. It had a beautiful view and was great for Sunday lunch.
Our guests ,seeing Whidbey for the first time, were bowled over by the tranquil beauty of the well maintained historic inn. The meal on the outdoor deck where we ate, overlooking magnificent Penn Cove , will be a treasured memory for all of us.
We were told to expect drama there, but we wanted to go anyway. Well, the drama started immediately after we were seated. We were handed this small menu which had a very few items printed on it. We had studied the menu online so knew that something was up. When we asked (the info was not volunteered), we found out that the chef had broken his leg. He was in the kitchen but had limited the menu. There was nothing on the menu that we wanted. The waitstaff apologized and said she would give us bread anyway.
One of our favorite restaurants in Coupeville. We live a few miles outside of town and take all of our guests to Captain Whidbey Inn. They all love it and when they have return visits, request that we go back to the Inn for a meal. Always tasty local food and great service. We eat at the Inn frequently and are never disappointed.
Great ambiance, menu featuring local ingredients, great food. Altogether, quite a lovely dinner.
Wait staff did not seem interested in our experience. Long wait before order and she gave the impression did not care. Ordered steak medium rare and got medium. Never came back to check on the steak. She didn't write down order so I think she told them medium. Appetizers were late and finally delivered by another waitress.
It was our 28th Wedding Anniversary, and so we took off time and went up to Captain Whidbey's Inn, and booked a room, and made a dinner reservation. We loved the Inn and it's history, and enjoyed our room. (even though the restroom was across the hallway)
Dinner was great, the food was outstanding, and we brought a special bottle of wine, that they decanted for us, and treated us very nice!
Incredible with an incredible and accommodating chef. There wasn't a vegetarian option on the menu but they made us something. My friends had the perfectly cooked steelhead.
As always Capt'n Whidbey's was terrific, we sat outside with a fine view of Penn Cove and the weather was great so the setting is very special and inspiring. The service was prompt and to the point which we like, very informal. The food was terrific all around, one of the better places for a Salish Sea outing I highly recommend it...
Food was fine. Odd things nonetheless happened. Wanted martinis and manhattans; were told that they were out of martini glasses and I noble to get them; would we like martinis and manhattans in some sort of other glass? No thanks.
Wine list is nothing beyond a few offerings on the main menu; no wine list apparently. Split of "champagne" was Rogets American sparkling -- very weak and served in a glass that had sticky stuff on the under side of the glass. Wine glasses were all spotted.
Still, it was a satisfactory dining experience despite small, disagreeable points.
The food was nice, tasty, but a touch over done. The cod was drier than it should be but still tasty. The soup, chowder, was also tasty and different chowder but a touch too thick for my taste. The soup came with a nice sour dough loaf.
While vacationing on Whidbey Island we wanted to dine outside with a view and Captain Whidbey Inn was the perfect choice