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Capt's Waterfront Premium Steak & Seafood

3.6
209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch

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About

Open seven days of the week, Sea Level Oyster Bar specializes in seafood with a unique and modern New England twist. It has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, offering a surprisingly airy and calming dining experience and features special events, like Live Music Thursdays and ocean chic dinners. It serves the freshest seafood catch of the day.

Sea Level Oyster Bar has a raw bar with oysters (raw and baked), shrimp and even lobster. It offers a wide range of sandwiches, like grilled cheese, a BLT or the lobster roll. Try the strawberry and basil shrub, a unique and refreshing drink on a nice sunny day. Entrées include baked seafood pie, mango lime salmon poke and baked scallops. Sea Level Oyster Bar overlooks the Derby Wharf and a historic ship, the Friendship. It’s a 2016 BONS Award recipient. Gift cards and advance reservations available.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary American, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday:11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(978) 741-0555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Petrarcha
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Catering
We are pleased to cater on The Friendship of Salem, adjacent to Capt's, a large square rigged sailing ship managed by the Salem Maritime National Historic Park.
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Cross street
94 Wharf Street
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Parking details
There is on street parking in front of Capt's, a private parking lot adjacent to Pickering Wharf and a multi-storey parking garage, also adjacent to Pickering Wharf.
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Public transit
One can take the commuter train to and from Boston, The "T", about a 25 minute ride. The station is a 10 to 15 minute walk from Capt's. Taxi service is available by phone. There is ferry service available from Boston - near the New England Aquarium to Blaney St. in Salem - a 10 minute walk. There is a sight-seeing trolley service that stops here.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.5
food
3.5
service
3.8
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2.0Dined on May 11, 2014

Was hoping that my Mother's Day dinner would be memorable in a good way. Unfortunately it was memorable in a bad way. The food was very bland and unremarkable. The lobster came out the first time extremely under cooked and burnt the second time. They did remove from our bill but we ended up leaving hungry as our food was not edible. The drinks were good and I enjoyed the fact you could order several sizes.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2014

Sat at a window table at this waterside restaurant. Service was excellent as was the food. I grew up in New England but haven't been there for many years and came specifically looking for fried clams with bellies which we can't get where we live and they were great! My husband had the Fisherman's platter which was fantastic and at least 2 meals. Our daughter who is 14 and a fussy eater enjoyed her cheeseburger. All a good experience.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2014

Unable to sit on upper deck..but even on main floor...large windows over look historic portion of Salem Maritime park. Gracious hostess. Accommodating waitstaff. Service was efficient, accurate and timely. Food was OK. Clam chowder was thin with only a few tiny bits of pale canned clam. Disappointing. But the rest of the meal was average. Prices reasonable. Good place to take out of town family and friends for the scenic view.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2014

The Capt's Waterfront offers a great view of Salem Harbor from its place on Pickering Wharf. The food is good especially the seafood.The clam chowder is a great way to start a meal. The drinks are good and are offered in different sizes to satisfied different degrees of thirst. The location is short walk to most of the sites of Salem including the Peabody Essex Museum and House of Seven cables. It is a short trip from Boston by car or train and by boat Spring through Fall.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2014

We searched through Open Table for a place in Salem that held Sunday brunch. The menu published on the website had several nice choices from waffles to omelets to several choices of Eggs Benedict so we were looking forward to our meal.

The waitstaff was friendly but the disappointment came when we saw the actual menu which had only 4 choices, no omelets, no waffles! The eggs Benedict didn't have Canadian bacon or hollandaise sauce. The crab cakes were fishy tasting.

I won't go back.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2011

Our experience at Capt's was a very positive one from being seated, to the food and overall attentiveness of the staff.

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3.0Dined on November 23, 2011

this dining experience was just very 'ok'. We went with a party of 6. The hostess was extremely pleasant and happily took our party in earlier than our reservation. The service was slow even though there were very few diners in the restaurant. Food was basic. My companions were ok with their meals, my salmon was overcooked, the cauliflower just about raw. I suppose I'll wait until the summer deck is open before going back.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2011

mediocre meals for the price...calamari appetizer needs more hots
swordfish steak needs to be a 'steak' not a thin slab
how about 1 or 2 more scallops on the entree
and the frozen cheesecake would of been better if bought at the
local market Basket.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2011

Capt's Waterfront Grill is a great dining experience. The food is excellent. Nice portions cooked to perfection. The desert menu needs a little tweeking, but other than that, everything was great.

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2.0Dined on November 17, 2011

This was our second time at the restaurant. The first time the service was slow but I let it pass since it it was busy. This time there was no excuse. We went for restaurant week this time. We waited 30 minutes for our appetizer, neither of which were difficult, unless they make each cup of clam chowder individually. Then it was another 30 minutes after they took our app till we received our meal. The lamb chops which my boyfriend were the smallest I've ever seen. I have seen bigger chicken wings. I will now never be back.

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1.0Dined on November 12, 2011

We were excited to try this restaurant but became quickly disappointed when we walked in and the hostess was rude and brash. Upon being seated for our reservation, our table was right next to the bar. The service was terrible. We had to wait almost 10 minutes for our drinks and then watched as every other table received food and bread except us. I finally had to ask for bread after waiting for 20 minutes for someone to acknowledge us. Our food came out after about an hour of waiting and the waitress finally came over to ask my husband if he wanted more wine but never offerered to refill our water glasses. The manager was walking around asking tables how their experience was but we must have been invisible to her.

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2.0Dined on November 12, 2011

Very disappointing. We went for a weekend lunch; while I know this is a tourist town and most servers don't expect a lot of repeat business, it was appalling. The food was good, but not for the price we paid.

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1.0Dined on October 29, 2011

Standard (bad) tourist food. The lobster bisque lacked flavor and consistency. The lobster risotto was the worst risotto I've ever had - it was more like dry, overcooked rice than risotto. The long bone ribeye chop was money down the drain: did not taste like prime beef and clearly underseasoned - I'm fairly sure they used no salt or pepper. Service (by Krista) started off fine, but become progressively worse: forgotten drink refills, long disappearances. The place is loud and the interiors seem dated. Another meal at this place isn't even a possibility.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2011

The food was very good and the presentation was good.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2011

We had heard some bad reviews re: service before we came. So not the case. It was a busy weekend in Salem--we have reservations--showed up early to see if we could get in and we had a table within 20 min. We did have to ask for service after sitting for about 20 min., but once the waiter appeared, everything was great. The waiter was awesome!!! Very friendly and helpful. We had a beautiful view from our seats--great sunset!!! Obviously the hostess was awesome as well. We would definitely come back. (we also had 3 kids with us--13, 12, 10----great for kids as well.)

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2011

Making the reservation through Open Table on-line was easy, and valuable--when we got there they were turning away anyone who didn't specifically have a reservation. THE PLACE WAS THAT POPULAR AND THAT FULL! Not even a waiting list. Felt bad watching others have to leave, but having that reservation meant we were escorted to a beautiful table with a phenominal view. We had a warm, cozy place to sit at the end of a long day of sightseeing, and an outstanding meal before boarding the bus for a long trip back to Connecticut. No scrambling around for a hot dog and/or bag of popcorn because nothing else was available--three generations were able to sit down in comfort and peacefully wind down the day.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2011

This was a fantastic restaurant. You can sample four different regional beers. The apps and soups were to die for. Moving onto the entree everything was cooked to perfection. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2011

Great waterfront restaurant, good food, nice people and great service

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4.0Dined on October 20, 2011

Nice evening, good food, friendly service.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2011

I loved Dining at Capt's Waterfront. The atmosphere was peaceful and cozy. The Lobster cocktail was superb, as well as the clam chowder. The waitress and hostess were friendly, efficeint and cordial. It was diverse enough with the low lighting and scenic view to be either a romantic getaway dinner or a nice group occasion.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2011

Dissapointed to not have a better waterfront view when it was almost empty. Service was bad for how empty the restaurant was. Prices & food do not equate- nice presentation, good taste, but still overpriced for what it is... could get the same for cheaper- and with a host giving us a better view- somewhere else. Felt left at our table & had to remind waiter a couple of times for things- should have come to fill our glasses when he saw them getting low, for example... just wasn't as attentive as you'd expect for the bill. Overall dissapointed- so looked forward to going, sadly won't be back.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2011

Food was delicious, staff friendly, a very enjoyable evening

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1.0Dined on October 16, 2011

This was the worse service they forgot our appetizer we had to ask waiter said oh no let me check. To 20 minutes to get bread then it was hard as a rock. The food tasted ok but nothing great. Slow to get drinks had to ask for refill we were asked how we liked our visit by manager at door we told her worse service and we would not be back. Her response was ok nothing else.

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2011

Although right on the marina area, you can not see the view from inside the restaurant if you are not at one of the outside tables- which were too cold for mid-October night.

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1.0Dined on October 15, 2011

This was HORRIBLE!!! We made resorvations online from Missouri! We only got bread and drinks, an hour later still no food. Several people after us came in ate and left. When I asked to speak to the manager she "was too busy". I went downstairs to find her and explained the problem, she replied "What do you want me to do about it?" We left without even eating!!!!

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3.0Dined on October 15, 2011

The food was fine but took over an hour to get to us. very loud and the tables are very thin and uneven. not ideal with our 3year old

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2011

Capt's on the Waterfront is my new favorite restaurant! The Lobster Risotto is to die for. The service was the best I've had in a long time, our waitress Kendall was amazing and fun. If you are ever in Salem and want to have a nice lunch or dinner this restaurant is for you!

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2011

First time trying this place and it was very quaint and quiet and the drinks and food were reasonably priced but the portions could have been larger! My date and I split an appetizer which was served on a small rectangular plate and our entree that we also split was served on the exact same plate! Needless to say we were both still hungry after our meal and appetizer. The drinks were pretty cheap though especially for the area! So that was a plus! If you want a place that is lively and has lots going on this is not the place. If you want a place to have a relaxing quiet meal then this is the place! Would only return if the portions get larger and the place was more lively!

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2011

Our service was very excellent, but waiting 45 minutes for our meals was quite a long time since the restaurant was not that full.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2011

We were seated upstairs for the out door dining on a beautifull Friday in September. Waiter took our drink then lunch order. Brought our drink promptly then we waited. And waited. Table of four that came after us had their check before we received our food. Salad was ok, just ok. Steamed mussels were overcooked and tiny. Expensive for the quality of food and all and all very disappointing. We will not go back.

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3.0Dined on September 24, 2011

Went to Capt's since we had never been and it was recommended. The menu is large and has many options. The salads were fantastic, the Mediterranean was large enough for 2. The waitress was pleasant but could have been a little more attentive. Our drinks sat empty for a bit and then we didn't get them until we were half way done with our meal. The hanger steak was really good, but those that had fish were a little disappointed on the portion and quality for the price, the salmon was over done and the pub size swordfish was a bit over priced. I guess you are paying for the view. It's decent and we hear the steaks are good. But for the money Finz is much better.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2011

8 of us were there celebrating the end of my Bachelorette days; we enjoyed ourselves immensely thanks to some of the best service I've experienced in a while. We started with two "cigar" appetizers and calamari-both excellent. Lobster Mac and Cheese was a big hit among some especially since it was made with ziti, lots of lobster chunks and real cheese. Others enjoyed the steak tips and the tenderloin steak-all cooked to the proper specifications. The serving staff was attentive yet not bothersome-waters were filled without asking (a big plus). Drinks were creative and also did not disappoint. I was glad to see the hot cider choice back on the menu as it was a chilly night.

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2.0Dined on September 3, 2011

Did not enjoy this restaurant at all. The service was lousy and the food just okay. Grilled food had propane taste to it, fried food was not cooked long enough. I would not recommend this restaurant at all. Go to Finz instead.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2011

We went here with friends and sat on the upstairs deck. The view was delightful and the ambiance very relaxing. We also had excellent service. The food, however was mediocre and over priced. I guess it just irritates me when a restaurant feels that just because the view is nice, the quality of food and value can be cut. Frankly it was pretty empty for a summer evening. This leads me to believe that the management is somewhat oblivious to the fact that their approach (skimping on quality because there's a view) is not really working. In this economy, we would not pay over $100 again for mediocre food.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2011

Our family had a great brunch at the open deck of the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2011

bit overpriced but foodand service was good

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1.0Dined on August 13, 2011

Very disappointing meal for four. Service was inattentive. Main course was served to two, and then after five minutes, the other two. One order (spinach salad with grilled chicken) served as a spinach salad and ten minutes later two half chicken breasts were delivered on a bread plate. Two steaks ordered medium rare came out beyond well done; these were sent back, but by the time the 'replacements arrived' the other two diners were done, and the waiters had cleared the plates away. No apologies, no offer to either comp a dinner or even buy a round of drinks. Clearly a lot of training in both the kitchen and the wait staff is needed here. The restaurant was only half full, so hard to attribute it being busy.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2011

the food was quite good but the servicre was not. the waitress was good, but it took more than an hour to receive our food. If your in a hurry, this isn't the place for you, but if you enjoy leisure, than you shouldn't mind waiting.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2011

Food was ok, but not the quality you would expect for the price. Not enough variety in the seafood. The fisherman,s platter was only available in a batter which was mushy and not crispy. The lobster bisque was basically Campbell's tomato soup with a couple of pieces of canned lobster thrown in for $8.95!! The swordfish staek, was acceptable but the garnishings of steamed green beans and mushy rice kind of threw me off. The meal for 5 cost $200, which is not the most expensive, but certainly poor quality for the price.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2011

Loved the views, the food, the bar, waitstaff, everything about the restaurant!

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