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“Fresh fish, not fresh decor” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Captain's Tavern

Captain's Tavern
9625 S Dixie Hwy, South Miami, FL 33156
(305) 666-5979
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Ranked #2 of 58 restaurants in South Miami
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Miami, FL
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Fresh fish, not fresh decor”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Welcome back to the 70s, with kitsch. But nobody seems to mind, and it's rather endearing and comfortable. What we're here for is the massively multiple menu options, featuring all manner of seafood that swim and crawl and whatever. They also run a fish market, which is attached and accessible from SW 98 St.

Back to the seafood - you can have it boiled, broiled, grilled, fried, sauced and even raw as there's also a serviceable sushi menu. They have European preparations, Asian preparations, Latin preparations and seafood specials on particular evenings, including their famous Tuesday 2-for-1 Maine lobster nights. No reservations - first come first served and all members of party need to be present to be seated. The bar is an old fashioned one, with regulars in attendance.

The extensive, extensive menu really needs to be re-worked as parts are redundant and appeared never to have been comprehensively edited - there's ample room for confusion (as for an example, multiple offerings of sliced or seared tuna in a variety of styles on three different pages on the menu). Take your time with the menu and note the fish varieties on the chalkboard.

The other wonderful aspect to this local favorite institution is their wine list, which is also extensive. The owner is famously knowledgeable and connected, and they have reasonable pricing on premium wines, and special pricing on an ongoing basis.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Miami
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220 reviews 220 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Long Time Favorite, Super Fresh Seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

You will love this restaurant. We have been customers for over 30 years - for a reason. The menu of fish changes daily and it's always cooked to perfection. No dried out, overcooked seafood here - they know what they're doing. Pompano with macadamia crust and mango chutney is a winner. Cedar plank salmon, another fabulous dish. Their creamy garlic salad dressing is a must - but you will have garlic breath, so be sure your date orders it too! Wish they served bread at lunch, they don't. My only complaint. Take home fresh seafood from their market right around the corner. When you want excellent seafood, eat here. Atmosphere is not fancy, just nice saltwater tanks everywhere, but it's comfortable, casual and they're open everyday except Superbowl Sunday!

Visited August 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great seafood!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

The decor is nice and includes a number of fish tanks. The food is high quality fresh seafood but the atmosphere is relaxed. The stuffed shrimp are to die for and the fresh snapper is great. My SIL recommends the New England Clam Chowder. Good amount of food for the price. If you like spice (HOT) ask for the pepper sauce.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great Seafood..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

It is yummy! I love the tank with all of the lobsters hanging out. The food is great a little pricey but great food.

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Miami,Fl
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Banana Cream Pie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We went to Captain's Tavern for a family celebration.The stone crabs,2lb.lobster,and
stuffed shrimp was delicious! But, you've got to get the banana cream pie! It was better
than Emeril's.You have to eat it slowly to savor the taste! We had a memorible family meal.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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