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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 - 22:00
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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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Waunakee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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!

Thank Marla A
Oregon, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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56 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
3 of 5 bubbles 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
4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

We decided dine at Captain Bill's for our anniversary. Our waiter never introduced himself. He simply walked up and said, "Are you ready to order, or what?" Each time he visited our table his disposition was short. I ordered the Grilled Chicken Breast with Mango Avocado Salsa. The Mango chunks were frozen which in turn, cooled the chicken. Not impressed.... More 

Thank Dawn b
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Visited Captain Bills again this week for Restaurant week. We've been there many times and I am still looking for the "waterfront" dining experience. You can peak at Lake Mendota from some of the tables, some of the time, but this is not water front dining. And the outside furniture is made up of well-worn, stained plastic chairs. They were... More 

Thank Lee E
Madison, Wisconsin
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75 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

Captain Bill's offers casual dining by the water. We sat outside on the deck but the bushes obscured our view as they were in need trimming. Staff were friendly and the atmosphere was pleasant.

1 Thank C K
Deerfield, Illinois
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

I invited an elderly couple, one of whom uses a walker, to join me for dinner on a slow, beautiful evening. The food was just average as was the service. What was most distressing was the entrance to the restaurant. Access is across weathered wooden planks which are coming loose especially at the front near the driveway. There is a... More 

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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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?