We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Captain Bill's Waterfront Restaurants

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2701 Century Harbor Rd, Allen Blvd, Middleton, WI 53562-1857 (Lake Street, Allen Blvd)
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 17:00 - 21:00
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 106: English reviews
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
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
Level Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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
Level Contributor
72 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
Level Contributor
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 

Thank wilsmide
Level Contributor
66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

This was my first visit to Captain Bills. Upon pulling into the parking lot, we found out Captain Bills is not on the water. They do have a VIEW of the water. We asked to sit on the deck, as it was a nice, yet somewhat cool evening. Service was ok, but nothing extraordinary. Menu prices were, in my opinion,... More 

Thank DoubleStuff
Level Contributor
168 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Ate here a few weeks ago for the second time. Food and drinks were great, as was our server, Charlie! Highly recommend.

Thank chacha7602
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

I wanted to try out this place. Looked first at the menu outside, since I do not want to spend a whole lot of money. Just a simple meal. I wanted to try their fish- well it was somehow good - but just a tiny piece and covered up with a lot of salad and when I payed for it... More 

Thank Amaretto641
madison, wi
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

Sorry but I'm not going to sugar-coat this. A group of 4 of us ate here on a slow Thursday evening for my wife's birthday. Our first contact with our server was 10 minutes after we sat down. I ordered a Capt. Bill's Old Fashioned. I got a Bloody Mary and sent it back. We ordered cheese curds which were... More 

1 Thank mfd78

Travellers who viewed Captain Bill's Waterfront Restaurants also viewed


Been to Captain Bill's Waterfront Restaurants? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

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, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, View
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 .

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Captain Bill's Waterfront Restaurants staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?