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Cap's Place

2765 NE 28th Ct. (US 1) Send to Phone
This historic island beach shack is fun to get to by water taxi for a meal with sunset views.
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Cap's Place Restaurant Review

: Opened in the 20s as a speakeasy and casino, Cap’s Place is named after Captain Theodore Knight, a seaman who ran rum from Bimini to the Hillsboro Inlet with the help of flashes from the lighthouse to let him know when the coast was clear. Past visitors include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy. Cap's boat takes diners from the mainland to its own island in the Intracoastal Waterway. Have a drink in the detached bar made from bamboo and polished wood from the decks of ships, dominated by the large wooden bowsprit from a Spanish galleon. The menu features Okeechobee heart of palm salad, oysters shucked to order and fresh seafood, including mahi mahi, pompano, scallops and lobsters cooked your way: blackened Cajun-style, baked, broiled, deep-fried or poached.

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Cap's Place
by snowflakeinmd on Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:37 am
I found Cap’s Place after searching for restaurants on the Intercoastal in South Florida. After reading numerous positive reviews and looking at their website, I excitedly made a reservation for that evening. A restaurant on the water that you can only get to by boat? How cool is that, right?

Finding the marina was a little tricky but parking was a snap. The ferry boat was small, holding only 20 people but it was the restaurant’s dedicated boat. It makes as many trips to and from the restaurant as necessary. Our “captain” was friendly and entertaining, telling us a few anecdotes about Cap and the restaurant. The boat ride was just a short jaunt across the water and when our boat pulled into the dock, I started to wonder where the heck this great restaurant was. Beyond the dock, all I saw was 2 ramshackle, 1- story buildings, the blue paint faded and chipping with windows that looked smeared with age. It looked like the bunking quarters you would find at a summer camp. The lawn surrounding these buildings was in the same sorry state as the buildings, with bare and worn spots. Surely this couldn’t be an actual place where people came to eat??

Continuing up the walkway, I saw that those buildings were indeed the restaurant. There were a few wrought iron tables and chairs outside, haphazardly scattered near the entrance. I guess this is the romantic outdoor seating where I can enjoy the breezes of the intercoastal waterway (according the website). The interior of the restaurant is no better. The only lighting in the restaurant is a row of exposed light bulbs installed in a center beam of the low ceiling. And the light bulbs couldn’t have been any stronger than 20 watts. With the wood-paneled walls and threadbare rugs covering the floor, I felt like I was eating in a club basement.

The ambience could still have been redeemed if the food was great, but it wasn’t . It wasn’t terrible, but it was just fair. The sautéed veggies that night were really nicely prepared. My fish was prepared how I ordered it but bland. The salad that came with dinner was a big mound of lettuce on my plate, still wet from washing (they should have washed it a little better, I had some gritty pieces). My boyfriend’s fish special was better but still just fair. His oysters could have been colder.

We opted out of dessert/coffee in favor of hightailing our behinds out of there. I don’t know if Cap’s Place was once a better restaurant in its day and indeed the “must see” that I read about. I’d like to think that all the great reviews were accurate once upon a time. I do know, however, that today, Cap’s Place is a must-skip.
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