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Captain Whidbey Restaurant, Coupeville, WA

Captain Whidbey Restaurant

4.6
4.6
493 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (360) 678-4097
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Catering
    Captain Whidbey has long been a place of tradition, celebration and ceremony. For over 111 years our property has played host to gatherings of all sizes. With an eye for special experiences, our team has developed an array of program options for your dream wedding or event on Whidbey Island. We invite you and your guests to enjoy all that Captain Whidbey has to offer! Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
  • Private party facilities
    Set on the verdant shores of Penn Cove, Captain Whidbey has long been a place of tradition, celebration and ceremony. For over 111 years our property has played host to gatherings of all sizes. With an eye for special experiences, our team has developed an array of program options for your dream wedding or event on Whidbey Island. We invite you and your guests to enjoy all that Captain Whidbey has to offer! Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
  • Private party contact
    Kiri Gabelein : (360) 678-4097 ext. 63
  • Neighborhood
    Whidbey Island
  • Cross street
    Madrona Way
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 493 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Seattle / Eastern Washington

    Best Ambiance

609 Reviews
  1. CathyD

    Hawaii

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening. Service was top notch and the food was excellent. We were a party of 4 with reservations. Two of our group ordered the Fish & Chips, both parties enjoyed them, said they were cooked perfectly, crunchy and not greasy at all and just the right portion. One of our party had the House Special which was a boar meatloaf over white truffle mashed potatoes. So delicious they asked for the recipe. One of our group Ordered the Captain Whidbey burger. Cooked to perfection and generous portion. We all agreed we will be back!

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  2. Jockel

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place with good service in a rustic environment Food was of very good quality but prices seem high compared to quantity. This may be an issue of "Whidbey island pricing".

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  3. Joyl

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly. Then sat at a table by the fireplace to enjoy top notch service and delicious dinner.

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  4. DianneN

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cameron was our waiter again and we appreciated his recommendations, friendliness, and what felt like special attention. He really is so personable and professional....outstanding waiter. We just may request him next time as we enjoyed our dinner extra thanks to him. Brought my brother and his girlfriend visiting from Cincinnati & another friend from San Diego. They all loved it the inn and dinner experience. We will continue to bring friends and family as we continue to do even though we live on Guemes Island:)

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  5. MarkD

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First two courses should never been presented! Just awful! Main course was okay. Dessert was fabulous! Service was lovely. Will not return on a special night!

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  6. HowardB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service as usual. I would highly recommend this place. I'm actually kind of surprised they don't have a Michelin star.

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  7. GMGM

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice grounds and awesome wood burning fireplace. Service was great other than it was very hurried (4 courses and the bill in less than 50 minutes). I’m not generally a picky eater but I couldn’t eat the first two courses at all (my wife did manage to eat a few bites but didn’t care for it either). We didn’t say anything negative and just figured I was being overly picky. The braised short rib (3rd course) was ok and the dessert was GREAT but unfortunately didn’t make up for the rest. This was Valentine’s Day with a special preselected menu so probably not representative of the typical experience. We’ll probably go back again on a typical day to give it another try.
    Captain Whidbey RestaurantResponded 4 days ago
    Hello! Thank you for the feedback on our Valentine's Dinner. We will pass this on to our team, especially as we move forward with other dining experiences with pre-fixed menus. We would love to have you back for our typical dining experience!

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  8. KellyM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Penn Cove mussels with home made bread and crisp white wine, lovely staff and a very special ambience…. Highly recommend!

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  9. AlexS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was so excited to try their restaurant and have a nice meal, but it was incredibly disappointing. The mussels and clams, although fresh, were in a bland watery broth. So mediocre! You can get awesome mussels in Coupeville and I would expect the Captain Whidbey to be on par (or better!) than that. The scallops were delicious but I did not realize that the word "risotto" was in quotes...it tasted like trail mix, honestly. The gnocchi was also just fine and not what we expected. I hope they improve the restaurant because I'd love to come back for the amazing atmosphere!

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  10. DavidP

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant always surprises with their unique take on seasonal menu items. Their cocktail menu is top- notch too. It’s a lovely place for a delicious, relaxing meal.

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  11. PaulH

    Portland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My girlfriend & I really enjoyed our early Valentine's Day dinner at the Capt Whidbey Inn on Sat night, Feb 3rd. We arrived 20 minutes before our reservation time but were still promptly seated. The food was delicious, especially the divers scallops. We can't wait to go back there.

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  12. SuzanneC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Captain Whidbey restaurant but even though I had checked the menu online before we went the one entree I wanted to order was no longer on the menu which was a big disappointment. Their food offerings are interesting but some are too exotic for me.

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  13. MarisolH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience! The ambience is relaxed and cozy.

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  14. SteveT

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience in every way. We look forward to coming back!

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  15. Laurel

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely phenomenal dinner! The staff are so warm and friendly. I cannot sing the praises of this place enough. I will come back every year.

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  16. DanW

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cozy space on a cold and dark winter night. The staff were attentive to our needs from the moment we walked in, the ambience was delightful, and the food and drinks were tasty. This was our first visit to Captain Whidbey, but we will definitely be back.

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  17. LisaN

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My partner and I had a great experience at CW’s restaurant. The staff was very nice and welcoming. Our server also had great recommendations. We ordered the pork belly to start. We also ordered the mussels and clams and their gnocchi. From start to finish, everything tasted so good. We wanted to go back again the next day! We’re excited to come back in the summer to try their other seasonal dishes.

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  18. CathleenI

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and good food. Not a very expansive menu if that's what you're looking for but a variety of options. Great service

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  19. ConnorM

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Service & environment is perfect. Went on a rainy winter day & was still incredible, will be back for a nice summer day.

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  20. AliceJ

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the very friendly service. The setting and the log fireplace just add so much to the lovely experience. Beautiful Christmas decorations.

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  21. GinaT

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, excellent food. Fun, charming and romantic ambiance for a special occasion, or a business or casual family meal. Suitable for people of all ages. Delicious vegan and vegetarian options! We will be returning.

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  22. AndrewR

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful. She was very patient as we got settled and decided our order. And she was pleasant and attentive throughout the meal. The cocktails were outstanding.

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  23. BrendaM

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was happy with food and service. But this was completely overpriced for the value. I’ve eaten at much more upscale establishments for less money. Honestly, as as island resident looking for a special Christmas, I completely feel taken advantage of. Bummer they did this.
    Captain Whidbey RestaurantResponded on December 31, 2023
    Hello Brenda! Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable review with us. We are glad your meal and service were excellent, we always strive to provide the best experience possible for our guests. We do appreciate the feedback on our pricing, and absolutely do not want our guests to feel taken advantage of. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again, and we’re confident we’ll wow you with our commitment to always improve. Our Front Office Manager, Aly, would love to speak with you personally and we invite you to reach out to her at (360) 678-4097 to discuss your experience in further detail. Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  24. GeorgiaG

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a lovely evening. Great service. Meal was delicious.

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  25. Next

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The burger my dad had was very dry. Everything on the burger tasted great. The fries were cold and dry. My steak was like eating a rubber boot. The wait staff was very nice and understanding when I sent my order back and took the order off the bill. The wait staff are amazing and it is such a cozy place. But their quality control before a plate goes to the table needs to improve. As well as not over cooking their proteins.

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  26. ScottH

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We lived the place. Had been talking about going there for 20 years and didn’t ever seem to be front of mind when we went to dinner.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely fabulous & delicious! The beet & squash salad was so interesting and devour worthy and the halibut cheeks melted like butter. 10/10 ambience and service!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Great staff and dinner was wonderful.

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  29. DianeB

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Captain Whidbey restaurant for my father’s 81st birthday. Right from the start they greeted him in a personable manner and wished him a happy birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed the Penn Cove muscles and clams - dad was impressed with the preparation which met his expectations. He almost turned the bowl to drink up the remaining broth! He boasted that the clam chowder was exceptional and not an overly thick soup with scant seafood as is often the case elsewhere. I enjoyed the unique flavors of the Moroccan Hand Pie, a nice recommendation from our server. For dinner, the parsnip gnocchi was filled with great flavor and the crispy black kale was perfect. Dad said that the dry aged grass-fed beef was tender and cooked per his requested doneness. The only thing he didn’t like was the sweet potato latke which had a heavy smokey flavor. Just not his thing. The food and drinks were all very good but the aspect that made this meal truly enjoyable and special was our server who also was the bartender. She was attentive without hovering and somehow managed to make us feel like the only table in the house while managing the bar and most of the tables in the dining area. Thank you for making a memorable birthday dinner for us! We will return based mostly on our experience with her.

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  30. WayneW

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love wait staff beautiful ambience great food and drink

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  31. SuzanneC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Interesting combinations of flavors that really work well together! Great space and friendly staff.

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  32. NuiB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal in a festive Christmasy atmosphere. Great food, great service.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to celebrate our babymoon at Captain Whidbey and felt so nourished and taken care of by the restaurant staff when we dined there. High quality food, lots of creativity on the plate, and a cozy atmosphere. Could not ask for more!

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  34. BillN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly people. Food was good. Didn’t care for where they seated us. Thought that they would have seated us in a quieter spot for our anniversary dinner

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  35. Brianna

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely date night at the Captain Whidbey restaurant. Service was outstanding, food delicious and we loved the holiday decor. Recommend the barrel aged specialty cocktails!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the service at Captain Whidbey’s so much. The food is good, but we come for the drinks and the friendly staff :)

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance!! We went for dinner and the fireplace was lit and the bar was decorated for Xmas.

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  38. JohnG

    Anchorage

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our only disappointment was not knowing that on the day we ate there only a limited menu was offered. It would be nice if that could somehow be communicated at the time of making the reservation. What we did get was very good, especially the mussels. They graciously gave us a complimentary drink for our disappointment. And we now understand in the off season they maybe can’t always offer a full menu. Just knowing that before hand would be nice. Service was great too.

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  39. SusanM

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Thanksgiving family gathering! Staff was excellent.

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  40. DavidR

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot for a romantic anniversary. The Captain Whidbey still remembers what restraunt service is all about that many $$$$ restaurants have long forgotten . Food was wonderful.

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FAQs

Captain Whidbey Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 493 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Captain Whidbey Restaurant

2072 West Captain Whidbey Inn Road, Coupeville, WA 98239

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Madrona Way
  • Neighborhood
    Whidbey Island
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Northwest, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (360) 678-4097
  • Catering
    Captain Whidbey has long been a place of tradition, celebration and ceremony. For over 111 years our property has played host to gatherings of all sizes. With an eye for special experiences, our team has developed an array of program options for your dream wedding or event on Whidbey Island. We invite you and your guests to enjoy all that Captain Whidbey has to offer! Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
  • Private party facilities
    Set on the verdant shores of Penn Cove, Captain Whidbey has long been a place of tradition, celebration and ceremony. For over 111 years our property has played host to gatherings of all sizes. With an eye for special experiences, our team has developed an array of program options for your dream wedding or event on Whidbey Island. We invite you and your guests to enjoy all that Captain Whidbey has to offer! Please contact our event sales manager at events@captainwhidbey.com
  • Private party contact
    Kiri Gabelein : (360) 678-4097 ext. 63
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