Captain Whidbey Inn

4.1
147 reviews
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$30 and under
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Northwest
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
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 147 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We stayed here with family for a wedding at a different site on Whidbey Island.
Wonderful spot for a stay, and very excellent food as well.
We will return soon. Delightful, historic, peaceful. Beautiful setting and grounds.

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I
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sevice was outstanding, our server Diane was very friendly and quick to please our party of 4!
The food was excellent and presented to us with flare. We would all go back again.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

What I loved was the cozy quiet atmosphere. Our server was friendly and attentive. Prices seemed slightly high for portion size. I will definitely come back and try something different.

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K
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First time with new ownership; had not been there for years. The menu is very limited (dinner). The only odd thing was the Cioppino. It was solid tomato sauce, thick. Thought maybe they used the Shakshuka from brunch? Had no broth, no vegetable, no herb. Mussels were excellent. Charcuterie platter was okay, nothing special. No homemade sausage as menu described and all was standard deli meat.

We'll check back soon to see how it's going. Diana served us in the bar and she was terrific.

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JA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience. It was actually my birthday, but we noted it as "date night." We were in desperate need for an escape to rest and relax. Everything was just as we had hoped. Beautiful setting, wonderful food and such friendly staff. Can't wait to go back again!

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p
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great food and now with the improved outdoor dining, definitely one of our go-to places on Whidbey Island

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HS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food--friendly welcoming atmosphere. We split dinner and desert--they were very accommodating. The cobbler was truly outstanding. Highly recommend.

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DW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

stayed in the Inn and wanted a quiet patio dinner. Service was poor, food came with other than original waiter, we had to ask for bread that came with shell fish dish, then never seen waiter again until final bill.
Patio seating available looked nice but our table was next to walkway to waiter order desk and opposite from food prep. Wood plank porch noise was excessive as waiters walked back in forth between stations. I realize the rustic setting is the draw but the waiters should be aware of the noise they cause. The shellfish mussels and clams were over cooked and cold. Overall I wouldn't go back or recommend dining there.

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K
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hotel and restaurant are under new ownership since the last time we visited and we were very impressed with the difference. The service was outstanding. We were seated at a beautiful outdoor table with a great view of Penn Cove. There was live music (I guess it's every Thursday night) which was a nice feature. The food was excellent. The owner even came by to see how we were doing and to tell us of his plans to improve the hotel. Highly recommended for anyone spending some time on Whidbey Island.

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BH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having been there previously, we were most disappointed at the lack of service, the lack of attention to any serving detail and the higher priced food for lower tasting value. Hope it improves,

for the location is grand.

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

I cant wait for you to change up the menu. In the future we will only come for Happy Hour. Lunch was too expensive and of poor quality. Bar tables were sticky. Great waitress tho.

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DG
Los Angeles
648 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our experience at this newly managed restaurant in an unusal and historic property. Diana was an awesome waitperson and the food with the world class chef from Bellingham is outstanding. Everyone was friendly, kind and accommodating. Everything was perfect for our special evening...

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IS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Capt. Whidbey Inn twice during our vacation with very different experiences. The first was exceptionally pleasant while the second left us disappointed in the consistency of both the quality and quantity of the meals.

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PE
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the waterfront Penn Cove view was beautiful on a warm summer evening celebrating with friends on my hubby’s birthday

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ED
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for our wedding anniversary and they gave us the best spot and complimentary champagne and dessert. They definitely made us feel special.

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Over-the top, exceptional service from the entire staff, delicious food, beautiful setting along the lake. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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h
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

3 of the 4 of us loved our entrees. One person got pasta and was quite unhappy with his meal. The Elk chop was great, as were the roast chicken and the lamb burger. the servie was good and the ambiance very pleasant.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food quite good, although some entrees a little high priced. Happy hour menu great, and we highly recommend the burger. 100 year old inn built out of Madrona logs - great ambiance and spectacular view. New owners are returning it to its previous splendor. Will come again, and try their other menus, like weekend brunch.

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k
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Second try under the new ownership. First for drinks on the deck. Terrible experience, 45 mins to take our drink order, downhill from there. Last experience lunch. Service was so-so, different wait staff thru out. Food not cooked to order. Just not up to industry standards. I'm local and would be a regular, if you can pull it all together.

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LD
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was well prepared and delicious. The service was great!

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RE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just fabulous, get a cabin it's like being in a movie.

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b
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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BM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband’s birthday eve dinner!

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T
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful awful awful

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j
Seattle
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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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A
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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

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P
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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KK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous meal!

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t
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

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
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

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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