Captain Whidbey Inn

4.0
124 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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  • Special Occasion
The Captain Whidbey’s beautiful waterfront setting, edible gardens and Penn Cove view, provided all guests with a memorable experience. Focusing on ingredients grown locally on Whidbey Island, as well as produce, flowers and herbs harvested from the Captain Whidbey gardens, our culinary focus is on Northwest comfort foods.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Northwest, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(360) 678-4097
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Dreaming about the perfect wedding or unique event? Make it happen at Captain Whidbey, one of Washington’s most unique destinations. Reserve the entire property for up to 125 guests for great memories, exceptional service and outstanding catering. Open year-round, our 110 year old landmark is the perfect gathering place for friends & family on your big day. Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
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Private party contact
Kiri Gabelein : (360) 678-4097 ext. 63
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Catering
Dreaming about the perfect wedding or unique event? Make it happen at Captain Whidbey, one of Washington’s most unique destinations. Reserve the entire property for up to 125 guests for great memories, exceptional service and outstanding catering. Open year-round, our 110 year old landmark is the perfect gathering place for friends & family on your big day. Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madrona Way
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
124 reviews
4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
36%
Very Good
36%
Good
15%
Fair
12%
Poor
0%
4.1
food
3.9
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved everything but the wine , i had what i assumed was a house chardonnay, did not ask for a winelist, so kind of my fault and i felt it was overpriced and not very good.
Creme brulee wonderful! Halibut perfectly cooked,
And mostly my favorite thing , it was quiet,

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j
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Under the new owners Captn' Whidbey Inn is much better. Good and diverse if compact menu, great abience of place and wonderful location. When we were there is was packed and service was a bit slow but overall a great place for dinner, we highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was great. We are planning to stay at the Inn the next time we are in the area because of the excellent food.

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VJ
4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We heard from a friend that there was a new chef and of their positive experience.
As locals it's always nice to discover a 'gem' tucked away for special occasions, and this is one of those finds.

However, we booked through 'open table' and when we came to the Inn were amazed to see the parking was packed and overflowing. Unbeknownst to us, the Inn was hosing a community 'open house' to introduce new owners and kitchen to the 'hood'. Therefore my rating and comments are reflective of an unusual situation for dining at the Inn. I perceive the setting would be typically quieter and more intimate than our experience. None the less, the staff was attentive, meal delicious, and setting superb. Our suggestion, call as well as book through Open Table to confirm use of Inn on your chosen date.

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ML
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

This review is written with the knowledge that the Inn has recently changed hands and is currently in a state of major transition: Our greeter was super friendly and helpful. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating, outstanding overall! The main course of Penn Cove Mussels and Clams in a rich broth was delicious. Unfortunately, the starter salads had almost no dressing, and were sparse in content and creativity for the price, pretty disappointing. We were offered (and enthusiastically ordered) a special dessert from the Inn's garden, a rhubarb-strawberry cobbler, with organic rhubarb they had picked the same day. Instead we were given a mixed berry cobbler that was ultra sweet, with very little topping for a cobbler, and tasted like it had been purchased from a restaurant vendor rather than having been made at the Inn's kitchen. It was OK, but we were not told that there was no more of the strawberry-rhubarb cobbler, nor were we given an opportunity to change our order. We don't like to make a fuss, so we ate the cobbler, said nothing, and left feeling less than fully satisfied. The flourless chocolate cake was tasty and above average. This is a charming Inn, rich in atmosphere and tradition, and the staff we encountered were all extremely nice. We are excited that the Inn has acquired new ownership with apparent plans to make it into a small boutique hotel. The place could use refurbishing, but the current traditional charm is also appealing, and it is important that the traditional charm not be ruined by the tendency of modern boutique hotels to make themselves into cookie-cutter airport-style look-alikes. For now, the kitchen is what needs the most attention. Regardless of the time or effort it takes to spruce the place up, without a good kitchen the odds of long term success are limited. We will definitely return, with the hope that the long tradition this Inn enjoys will be honored and improved upon.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

New management, new chef. Food and service were both great.

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P
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

New owners have upgraded this historic Inn beautifully. Local ingredients, refurbished deck overlooking Penn Cove.

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KK
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I have used open table many times and stated if there was a special occasion. This is the first time a restaurant has done something special honoring the occasion. It was my mother’s 91st birthday and the made a lovely dessert and hand wrote in chocolate “Happy 91st birthday. It was lovely.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

It is beautiful on the outside deck. Magical and relaxing!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Absolutely fabulous meal!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Overall, a great experience. The location/view cannot be beat. The food was excellent, though the service was spotty. Employees were wonderful but at times slow. Having said that, the Inn is under new management and the chef just came on board a few days prior, so as things settle down, should get better.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Went for Mother’s Day. The food was fantastic! Best location on whidbey island great view and grounds. Service was horrible. We sat for 15 minutes then the bartender asked us if we wanted something to drink. The service person finally arrived at our table and asked if we knew what we wanted to order. Placed our order, the server walked off never took the menus and didn’t server or even offer water. I love this place but they need to step up their game. It’s a shame the servers seem to careless. Hopefully with the new ownership this place will improve it is a gem.

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JS
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

CApt. Whidbey Inn is one of the best places on Whidbey Island to eat a good meal & see the great view of Penn Cove. The historic fishing lodge is great. The best part was the vegan dish the chef made for us off the menu.

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AM
4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Had the New York Strip and the Sockeye dinners. The steak dinner was awesome. The sockeye dinner was a little on the light side...for the price I was expecting more than a sliver sized piece of fish...over all the service was excellent and would recommend this place to friends.

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CW
4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We wanted to see the current owners (who have owned the Captain Whidbey for the past 10 years) before they leave and turn this gem over to new ownership. We love coming here, and wanted to thank them in person for keeping this 100+ year old getaway going.

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OT
3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

View is stunning but food is completely forgettable. The manhattan I ordered was no better than what I make at home. It even had the same ingredients.

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M
2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Recently sold. Tablecloths "not available" for all tables. Wrong menu item served. Instead of a salad side dish order by my wife, a bowl of beets was served that could feed a family. Staff very poorly trained. Argument between kitchen staff and new serving staff (last one treated poorly).This ownership transition is a work in progress. Would avoid this establishment for a while. Our mediocre experience was confirmed by a few people at our B&B, but unfortunately after the fact.

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RP
4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

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.

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KV
3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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JS
2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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WS
5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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.

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DL
4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

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?

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OT
5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

They have really upped their game. Delectible NW seafood dishes.

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E
2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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.

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MJ
5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Loved the dinner room, staff was lovely and the food was just fabulous!

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RK
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food, one-of-a-kind atmosphere, awesome service, beautiful view of Penn Cove. Highly recommned.

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Y
4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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!

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OT
5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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M
5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

This was our first visit to the Captain Whidbey Inn. All in all, we enjoyed our experience & would recommend it to others!

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S
2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food! Celebrated our anniversary at Captain Whidbey and this meal was a great addition to the night!

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OT
3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

great history and ambiance. had two seafood dishes and both arrived at the table smelling and tasting very fishy. for the price ... very disappointing

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Years Eve had a wonderful evening, recommend anytime.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

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!

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R
4.0Dined on December 23, 2017

We are regulars there. Always a great dining experience in a place with a rich history.

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OT
5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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OT
4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food. Loved feel of the inn. Service was a bit slow but the amazing food made up for it. Would definitely come back.

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F
5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great time. We ate in the bar and really enjoyed it. Staff was friendly. Food was good. Mussels fresh and tasty.

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OT
5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

New chef has made a huge difference. True gourmet dining. Waitress is also excellent.

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LI
5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

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