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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: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Miami, FL
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“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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257 reviews 257 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
180 helpful votes 180 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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Managua, Nicaragua
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“A great experiencie with seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Ask for Lobster's Bisque, Seafood Risotto, Maine Lobster and Sushi.

Excellent quality on dishes, nice place, very good customer service. Don't hesitate to visit this restaurant if you're a seafood fan.

Visited September 2012
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Miami, Florida
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“Not what it used to be!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Portions have gotten smaller and more expensive. Service is so so-- depending on who you get. The fish tanks are still there and enjoyable. We had dolphin and scallops. The dolphin was good but the size of a McDonald's hamburger. Value for the dollar is certainly lacking! The scallops were also a Very small portion. I requested vegetables instead of potatoes with the meal and was charged a substitution fee --which the server never mentioned. Decor is as tired as the staff. Will not return.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“an all american classic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I live in Miami since 1984 and I go to this place for as long as I can remember, and I have to say that even though the kitchen is not outstanding in sophistication , it is a great American place where the food is always fresh the service always good and never I had a surprised. The drinks are very good too and it is important. The trick is tuesday night is lobster night but if you prefer other fishes there are in the menu. The trick is to go early because after the line gets longer by the hours. For people who prefer to be home for dinner, go before 6 pm in the back of the restaurant, to the fish market choose a nice sized main lobster usually a 2 pounder is great per person, a pound of homemade cole slaw, ask them to steam it ( ask them to steam them for 15 or 16 minutes instead of there traditional 13 minutes this is for the eggs of the female to be cooked inside, bring them home hot, slice them by the length and flambe them with a dash of whiskey serve with some fresh linguine or mash potatoes (with a dot of swiss cheese) and you have alsoa great dinner. to come back to the restaurant it is children and family friendly. For a date too, you will know if you wnat to go on another date immediately with the person. A very enjoyable place to go.

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