Captain Whidbey Restaurant
Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Eric Truglas, whose menu veers towards the French, rustic and hearty, with inventive shellfish dishes and other delicacies. Thanksgiving Dinner is served 2 pm to 7 pm and is a 3 Courses Prix Fix Dinner, Adults - $59, Kids $29 (inc. beverage), all + tax + 20% gratuity
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Eric Truglas, whose menu veers towards the French, rustic and hearty, with inventive shellfish dishes and other delicacies. Christmas Eve Dinner is served 4pm to 8pm and is a 4 Courses Prix Fix Dinner, Adults - $89, Kids a la cate menu, all + tax + 20% gratuity
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Eric Truglas, whose menu veers towards the French, rustic and hearty, with inventive shellfish dishes and other delicacies. Christmas Day Dinner is served 4pm to 8pm and is a 4 Courses Prix Fix Dinner, Adults - $89, Kids a la cate menu, all + tax + 20% gratuity
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Eric Truglas, whose menu veers towards the French, rustic and hearty, with inventive shellfish dishes and other delicacies. New Years Eve Dinner is served at 530pm or 8pm and is a 4 Courses Prix Fix Dinner, Couples - $202.00, welcome 2020, all + tax + 20% gratuity
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Went for my birthday dinner which happened to be the same evening as a high school reunion, so I assume it was much louder in the restaurant than usual, but it was a fun energy for a Sat night out on the island. Our server was pleasant but not as attentive as I would have liked to see. Took a while to get our food, then it all came a bit too quickly. Then, a friend had called earlier that day and ordered us glasses of champagne that ended up being delivered to us with our entree and the glass of wine I had ordered when ordering our meal. Would have been nice to get the champagne upon check in for our reservations when we arrived vs at the end of the meal and at the same time as my other drink. Not cool. Ambiance was magical, love the charm and history, and the food was pretty tasty! All in all, we had a really nice evening at Captain Whidbey.
Great value for the price. Wonderful view, nice quiet place with excellent service.
This was my second visit to Captain Whibdey's hotel restaurant. The first visit was 2-3 yrs ago. Each time the food was underwhelming. This visit for lunch 2019 the Caprese salad was a huge ice cream scoop of cheese and tomatoes around it. Lettuce was needed. The ratio was not good of tomatoes to cheese. The fish and chips was very crusted . Deep fried to a hard crisp so much so I just ate the fish from the hard fried shell. Just not impressive. I do not recall what I had 2-3 yrs ago but the same impression, just not some place I would return to for the food. It is absolutely charming in atmosphere.
Such a lovely atmosphere! Relaxing and charming. Great history of the place. A nice mix of old and new. The four new cabins are a treat (except for the thin wall between two of them). Delicious food and attentive staff. A must come back to spot!
We had the same server for dinner and lunch the next day. He was awesome, but when ordering lunch, first I ordered the chioppino, which was out, then I ordered the salmon sandwich with bacon, which they were out of bacon and then I ordered a butter lettuce salad, out of butter lettuce. That was a little frustrating. I ended up with the salmon sandwich that was good, but that was a lot of items to be out of.
We had the salmon for dinner the previous evening, which was very good. The wine selection for reds, could be better. Not great choices if you do not like Pinot Noir.
All this being said, everyone was very friendly, loved our room and the atmosphere was wonderful!
So glad we got to be a part of your celebration. Hope to see you again!
Meat was over cooked, drinks watery, fries cold, and puff pastry was stale, greasy, and reheated.
We were staying at the inn and wanted to try the restaurant. The views are exquisite. The dining room is very much like a national park lodge, which is not to say “not a good thing”, but the entrees tended to trend above $30 which was not such a good value. My husband sent his salmon back even though he had ordered it medium as it came back the second time still under cooked to his tastes. The waitress was delightful and my mussels were fresh and lovely. We also had breakfast for $30 the next morning. The only choice is a breakfast board for $15. We ordered one board and added a second poached egg. With coffee our bill came to over $30. It was okay but it would have been nice to have some options. The next two nights we ate elsewhere.
We're glad you had such delightful service while dining with us in September. If we fell short on the temperature preparation, we apologize and would have been more than happy to make it to your liking. The breakfast boards are designed to be a one-of-a-kind offering for CW guests to enjoy a variety of fresh, local and seasonal items each morning. Our servers can always provide suggestions for additional items available upon request. Glad your service + your stay was a pleasant one!
the meal was great the desert was excellent our server was outstanding would definitely return!
We're so happy to hear you enjoyed a wonderful meal at CW and that our staff took good care of you, DougP. Thanks for the review - we hope to see you again sometime!
Our waiter and trainer were polite and accommodating when asking for substitutions for my allergies to dairy and seafood. Dishes were plentiful and delicious, shared between three adults.
Unfortunately the salad took a long time coming and consequently, the meat and potatoes were brought to us while we were still eating the huge salad. It was taken back to the kitchen and was delivered back to us later cold.
So timing could have been better. Overall a good experience. Will go again for a special occasion.
Thank you for your feedback, KarenC. We're so happy to hear that you felt well taken care of by our service staff during your visit, and that you enjoyed the food. Our apologies for the issue with the timing on the salad and entrees. We look forward to seeing you again on that special occasion, and hopefully taking your CW dining experience to the next level. Thanks!
We were seated at our reserved time of 6:15. The restaurant was busy, but there seemed to be plenty of waitstaff about. We sat for over 25 minutes and no one even acknowledged us. It was like we were invisible. Waitstaff were tending to tables all around us and serving food, and despite out attempts to wave someone down or make eye contact, no one even looked at us. Finally, the table beside us noticed that we were being ignored and tried to flag someone down on our behalf, but it was too late. After 30 minutes, we left. The food that was being served looked good, and the setting is lovely. Sorry we did not get to experience it. If you go, be sure you are seated at a table that is actually assigned to a waiter.
Great evening. Sam, our server, was fantastic. All around perfect. Expensive, but will be back!!!
Service was a problem - sat at the bar for 10 minutes and not served, made a reservation and was told we had to wait for 20 minutes, other issues. Not sure how that can be remedied with a limited pool of potential employees on an island. Everyone was very courteous though and trying which would imply management needs to step up. Food quality was uneven. Some had good meals. I had an hamburger that needed a little salt. Also when I picked it up half broke off and fell onto the plate. A little small for the price also. The lemon tart was all meringue and little lemon.
We had not been to the Captain Whidbey for several years because of a bad experience there. But we had heard that it was under new ownership and had a new chef, so we decided to check it out. It is much improved. The service, which had been a major problem, is now friendly and attentive. The food, which was okay before, is now quite good. All our dishes were tasty. Our only complaint was that my wife thought her lemon start was insufficiently lemony. The setting is, as always, terrific, even though we were there on a rainy night that precluded eating out on the deck. We have put the Captain back on our list of places to eat on the island.
Beautiful location on the shore, quaint cabinesque ambience. Cocktails were generous and wine list adequate. Food choices met all our specific needs. Servers were new and fun. It’s good to have a restaurant open on Monday evenings.
Thank you Stollywg for your feedback and review of your experience, we are happy as well to provide locals an options on Monday and Tuesday nights.
This was first time and it won’t be our last. The food was excellent and the wait staff was super. It was a Birthday and we requested a window table and it was terrific!! The Inn is gorgeous and embodies the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
So happy to hear you spent your birthday Lindah at Captain Whidbey, thank you so much...and yes a window view can be pretty magical for sure.
It took 15 mins or more to be seated despite having had a reservation. But our experience otherwise was great! Great food, great view, cute atmosphere. We’d definitely reccomend...
Im sorry Tulip it took so long, at times and for the sake of your experience, we ask guests if they wouldn't mind waiting for a few extra minutes past their reservation time so we can let our team catch up, happy to see you had a great experience once sat.
Beautiful setting, casual atmosphere outside. We loved the view!
Thanks CatlinS, we appreciate that...come back any time.
I came for Sunday brunch with my husband as we were celebrating our two year wedding anniversary, we got married at the Captain Whidbey Inn and had a wonderful experience then (2017). I am sad to say that on 8/25/19 we had horrible service, the waitress didn’t explain the menu at all, we didn’t get our drinks until halfway through our meal, the food was very bland and overpriced, the waitress didn’t take our plates and it attracted wasps, not friendly staff at all and unwelcoming. I sadly wouldn’t recommend going, but it is a beautiful location with history.
Good service, attentive wait staff, food was good but the bread for mussels was very hard and old, no taste PLEASE get another bread supplier. Other dishes in our 4 person party were good...
Thank you for your review. We make our bread in house and the kitchen has been made aware of this issue. We hope to see you again soon.
We look forward to visiting again. The view is outstanding, the atmosphere friendly, and the outside visitors adorable. There were bunnies in the yard, birds on the water and flying around, and an otter made his or her way to the back porch as well. The bar drinks were refreshing!
Situated in the most stunning Penn Cove full of mussel habitat, this charming Historical venue is a must for special occasions, out of town guests or just a beautiful afternoon relaxing on the open deck. We were extremely well taken care of and all dishes served were so artfully prepared one paused before devouring the tasty meals we ordered. Highly recommended as a unique PNW, Madrona tree lodge inn.
Thank you so much for the glowing review! We are so happy you enjoyed your meal and hope to see you again soon!
The setting and scenery are wonderful. The service is good. The food needs a lot of improvement to get our vote. It’s very expensive. Chowder is thin and very salty. Bread is very salty. Butter is salty. Who tastes the food prior to playing? Anyone? Caesar was advertised as having white anchovies. They forgot them and we had to ask. Dressing was just flavorless. Burrato salad was ok. Dessert? Maybe that’s what we should go for next time. Dessert and wine are good.
We appreciate your feedback and have relayed your comments to the chef. Thank you for visit and for your review.
I'd highly recommend Captain Whidbey as they had very delicious food, in a beautiful setting. Slow roasted pork shank and my husband had duck. Very flavorful and something I can't make that good at home. Traveling by boat and arriving at their boat dock made it all the more exceptionally fun!
We are so happy to hear about your beautiful visit to the Captain. Thank you for the wonderful review and we hope to see you again soon!
Location is spectacular, food was good, service was neither. Which is a total bummer! This place is SO great. This is at least our 6th visit since new owners, all different times and meals and I’m just perplexed.
We appreciate your review and take all of our guest comments to heart. Is there anything in particular in regards to the service that we can improve upon?
Loved this quaint restaurant. The burrata salad wasn’t the best I’ve ever had. The pasta was good...good texture, great flavors. My fav of all was the freshly baked bread...crusty on the outside, soft and perfect inside....delicious!!! The same bread is used for toast on their breakfast boards!
Thank you for your review! We hope to see you again soon.
Each time we return it gets better. Fantastic David Bowie cocktail theme. Lovely Penn Cove Mussels. Great wine and the view makes it unbeatable.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit!
We celebrated a dear friends birthday, which the restaurant promptly forgot. Service was spotty and the assistant waiter was excellent. The night before, the restaurant/hotel had a large wedding, so all hands on deck then, but tired the next night. Heat lamps all were not working, so we sat outside in bitter cold. On the bright side, the management was very responsive; the food was outstanding - each course beautifully prepared - mussels, scallops, skirt steak, desserts - especially the flourless chocolate cake and the white wine selection was a hit out of the park. Will definitely try again. Hoping everything will be back to normal again and perfected.
Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to share your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. If I remember your group correctly, you have my business card and my promise that we will make things right on your next visit. Thank you again.
Took out-of-town guests for brunch. Arrived with lots of wedding party people on site having a good time (which was fine). Asked if had a reservation. Said "yes" (gave no name/time of reserve/no list or reservation verification attempted). Was shown to a table (nothing really to complain about). Nice view. People having good time which made things a bit noisy but not unpleasant. The music playing over dining room speakers was unpleasantly loud causing us and those around us to speak loudly to be heard. Waiter came in a relatively short time and took our food/drink orders. LONG time until food arrived (didn't use watch but conservatively 45 minutes+). Drinks came perhaps 10 minutes after food. Food was not great but not bad...average. Considering food costs...below average. Didn't see waiter for approximately another 45 minutes. Asked for drink refills...took at least 15 minutes. Wait staff appeared to consist of only one waiter who had too many tables to cover thus the long delays in food/drink service...he was amiable and apologetic (when available). Another long wait paying our bill. Gave credit card. 20 minutes or more later received the wrong bill copy without credit card. Assisted by checkin employee to get correct bill/card back. This wasn't the worst dining experience, but it in no way encourages us to return. Too bad in that the view/surroundings were very nice and waiter friendly despite being apparently overloaded. Nothing about the food screams for one to rush back for more.
Menu is confusing with few main dishes, many sides or appetizers. No one in our party of 4 really enjoyed their dinner and we felt it was way too expensive. Will not be returning.
We are saddened to hear you will not be returning, but appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback.
My salmon dish was great. I asked for it undercooked, and it arrived perfectly. However, my wife's dish of a black bean burger was a bust. It fell apart right away in the bun. Different kinds of beans were used, and some were not cooked as thoroughly as needed. The schmear of hot sause was on just one side of the bun. And no pickles. Despite what the menu said.
Maybe an off day.
We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your salmon and are always happy to accommodate any requests our guests may have. Your feedback about the black bean burger has also been shared with the kitchen in the hopes that our "off days" will become fewer and farther between.
The setting is lovely and the food and cocktails were very good, especially the root vegetables with goat cheese, the burrata and the cedar planked salmon. An unusual take on lemon meringue pie that didn’t work for us but they did not charge us for it so all was good.
Thank you Anne for your positive feedback we appreciate it, we will keep working on the meringue.
Went there for happy hour. the selection on happy hour menu wasn't very good and selection of beer wasn't very good, but we mostly went there for the views and patio. The service was great and atmosphere awesome.
Thank you SandraR for dropping by for our social hour, we apologize if it didn't meet your expectations, as you saw we are approaching the happy hour time frame differently than other restaurants. We have 6 beers and 1 cider on draft for you to enjoy, I'm sorry you weren't able to find one that worked, they rotate occasionally so please check back the next time you're in town. Happy to see that the service met your expectations.
I love this place. Considering it's location ( center of nowhere) the food and delivery are good. I will say I had the best clam chowder I've ever had and that's saying something as I order it everywhere. The rest of the meal was OK, served well but a little lackluster. I had Cassoulet which you certainly don't have access to often and although the duck was very good the rest was just OK. My daughter had the black bean burger and it was also just OK. Maybe it was the lack of spicing? Having criticized a portion of the meal I would go back anytime as the atmosphere is wonderful. Rustic and charming. The staff was good and allowed us to finish our wine glass down by the water -- also prepared a very nice pot of tea with warm mugs for us to take to our rooms. I'd give the staff a 5 star. and the atmosphere a 10 star.
Wow ValerieW, thanks for your kind words and for the review of your experience, we are happy to see that you found the staff and atmosphere so wonderful and attentive, were really happy to see you also stayed with us, thank you! We obviously missed the mark on the Cassoulet and the Black Bean Burger it looks like, for that I apologize.
We came back to Captain Whidbey Restaurant to celebrate a birthday. It was a perfect afternoon in the sunshine, and we had a lovely table in the outdoor seating area. Servers were attentive and helpful (brought extra bread, when requested; described the various drinks, etc.); we didn't feel hurried. Food was delicious -- mussels were the best ever. We'll be back!
Thank you MarleneK for the review of your experience, we are happy to see that you found the staff so wonderful and attentive especially on your birthday! We look forward to seeing once again on our patio this summer.
We had dinner the night before and it was fine but brunch needs some help. We had told the host we would have a drink at the bar first before our table reservation and were ignored for about 30 minutes and the my husband went over and we were then told there was no bartender but someone would come say hi. Then a lady came over and proceeds to chat up and serve a guy beer that had just walked up. She still ignored us and then loaded the dishwasher. We said we’d like to order a drink while we waited for our table and she said she had to make other drinks for the tables outside first. But she could take the order. We then decided we may as well move to our table early if that was the only way to get service. Two of the four drinks came out and one was wrong. Our new waitress was nice but did not stick around for additional table questions/needs. We were told they were out of the crab cocktail. The avocado toast was not good. I just expected more specially following the holiday so technically it was a holiday weekend. We stayed at the hotel for three nights and had some friends meet us for brunch and I did not make them want to come stay there. I’d say all this could be blown off but given the $200 + brunch bill, the $1000 hotel bill and the holiday weekend, I’d recommend a service and hospitality meeting with the restaurant staff.
We appreciate your feedback and apologize for your unsatisfactory experience. We have been growing our staff since our reopening and, since customer service is our top priority, we understand that staff coaching is a daily necessity. As a team we are disappointed that we missed the mark during your stay. We have also recently made some changes to our menus based on the feedback we have received and aim to provide a better experience to all our guests going forward.
Had a terrible experience here. I brought my elderly parents visiting from out of town after a recommendation. Checked the website, reviews and instagram and received no warning that despite all the money poured into the renovations to make this place as instagrammable as possible, they made zero attempt to make it ADA compliant or accessible to anyone with vision or mobility problems. The main building with the restaurant is almost completely inaccessible with no ramp, only two poorly placed and ill marked stair railings and the only way in being extremely high and steep steps. The surfaces around it are irregular and unpaved with no markings and minimal lighting anywhere. No one in a wheelcI managed to get my legally blind father and my mother who just had a knee replacement into the building with difficulty and no offers of help from any of the staff, who seemed indifferent at best but were most surly and harassed in the their manner. No one in a wheelchair could ever enter the main building from what I can see but there is no warning anywhere. The dining room is cute but the meal did not make up for their lack of accommodations. It was fair to inedible (the sardines) and the portions were too small at this price point for this level of fine dining. Many mistakes in preparations. Temperatures were lukewarm. We were desperate to escape by the time our waitress tried to strong arm us into dessert, the most interest she had shown all evening. We found exiting just as hard as the entry. The bathrooms are down a long, narrow, almost unlit hall and are not accessible either. While my father was using them, I asked the receptionist to either help him down the steps when he came (he is blind) or ask him to wait for my return as I was helping my mother down the steep steps. She refused repeatedly, even when I explained the issue. When my father came, she told him that they were “thinking of adding a ramp but it would ruin the look.” That sums up this place. AVOID.
Thank you Anonymous for your review. We realize our historic building is not for everyone due to the nature of its layout. Please reach out to our Hotel GM directly/privately so that he may explain our abilities to meet ADA standards in a 112-year-old historic building, he would be more than happy to review with you the process and what we have been working on.
Super cute spot,cozy and welcoming. I prefer spicier mussels so if you’re not a spice lover, this is perfect for weaker spice lovers.
Thank you NidaG, we appreciate your feedback and may need to kick up the spice next time your in.
The drinks were very good. Our waitress was very nice n helpful. We ate salmon n meat. The salmon was not very good as far as taste. It was just blah IMO only. The potato salad was very wet n sloppy. Overall we will b back to try a second time in the future.
Thank you Lovers for the review of your experience, we are happy to see that your waitress was nice and helpful and appreciate that feedback. We obviously missed the mark on the Salmon it appears, we hope you will give us another chance as that is one of our most popular dinner entrees.
Had a reservation for 2:00 lunch, however no window tables available. Waiter informed us when he brought the menus that they had no Penn Cove mussels or salmon due to supplier shortage. Penn Cove mussels were half the menu items and the only other seafood was shrimp or crab. Portions were very small for the price (a few butter lettuce leaves, a couple of tomato quarters and 4 shrimp for $22; a crab roll and fries for $24). On our way out, we found out they were having a BBQ later that day - with Penn Cove mussels and salmon! Very disappointing experience. My dad has been going there for over 50 years and said he won’t go back.
Thank you SavannahLocal for the review of your experience, I'm sorry to see there were no window tables available, with only 4 they are very popular and go quickly. Im sorry you found our portions small for the price and we certainly should not have run out of mussels in light of their feature on our menu and the 4th of July dinner, we are however at the mercy of the supplier at times, regardless, we apologize and do hope you will give us another chance.