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Captain Bill's Waterfront Restaurants

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2701 Century Harbor Rd, Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562-1857 (Lake Street, Allen Blvd)
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Loving Happy Hour all night Thursdays! Appetizers are great! Had their special hot dip and a pile of calamari! Really like those martini's! Took dinner home, Salmon was delicious, even at 11pm! Thanks or the fun!

1 Thank Shelly B
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We have gone to Captain Bill's for years. In the last year, their wait staff has been terrible! One night, we left (on a Friday night). No one waited on us, or even asked if we wanted menus or water. The second time, the service was so bad, we wished we hadn't gone. Please get your act together, Captain Bill's.... More 

Thank slewis1737
Madison, Wisconsin
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323 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We've been to Captain Bill's many times over the years. We visited again last night for the first time in over a year. We found that they re-did the menu again, but nothing else has changed. Still the same tired looking building, with poor lighting. Unlike the name suggests, it is not a waterfront restaurant. You can see the lake... More 

Thank Steve H
Madison, Wisconsin
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306 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I didn't check Trip Advisor since I thought we'd get the price fixe set for restaurant week - unfortunately, I was off by a day so we ordered off the regular menu. Our meal was totally inconsistent. First off, the fried calamari was some of the worst I've ever had. Very difficult to chew. The Parmesan salad dressing and the... More 

Thank Puddle_Jumper_2010
Waunakee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Captain Bill's has the best Clam Chowder I have ever had. I go there just for that. I also really like the Coconut Shrimp. Great atmosphere!

1 Thank Marla A
Oregon, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Captain Bill's is a unique restaurant with nautical theme decor outside and inside, with a fireplace between the bar area and a dining area. We arrived a little earlier than our reservation time so we got a drink in the bar. The hostess was nice enough to offer us to let her know when we were ready to eat which... More 

1 Thank lynnette576
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Nice patio for outdoor summer dining with view of Lake Mendota. Rustic interior. Great Friday fish fry. Amazing clam chowder.

1 Thank Rick S
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99 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Although they advertise the place as a waterfront restaurant, its actually about a block away from the water. You can see the lake but are not right on it. On a nice day, the deck is a great place to sit and have some wine and appetizers and look out at the lake in the near distance. The food is... More 

Thank Dan B
Madison, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were encouraged by the welcoming appearance of the front entrance but it went downhill from there. The inside is charming in an old-Wisconsin kind of way, and the waterfront view is wonderful. But when we saw the flimsy plastic chairs on the patio, we decided to stay inside. Sadly, the food was just OK. One baked potato was obviously... More 

Thank Jannis_13
madison, wiscosnin
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153 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We were here in the Spring and I wrote an unfavorable review. But last night 4 friends and I had a great meal. I was not excited to go because of my last experience, but what a difference in food and service. Our waitress, Emily was wonderful. Attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We sat on the patio, it was a lovely... More 

1 Thank 35islandgirl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 30
American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2701 Century Harbor Rd, Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562-1857
    (Lake Street, Allen Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Middleton
  • Phone Number: 16088317327
Captain Bill's waterfront restaurant features award winning seafood in a rustic, casual and fun waterfront atmosphere. Recently voted "Best Seafood Restaurant" in the Best of Madison poll, Captain Bill's diners rave about the clam chowder, crab cakes and coconut shrimp. Escape to our waterfront deck, enjoy an ice cold beverage, a mound of shrimp and oysters, crab, lobster or our Friday night fish fry. Happy hour in the bar Monday thru Friday from Open until 6:00pm and all night Thursday .

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?