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.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Captain Bill's Seneca Lake

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1275
(607) 535-4541
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

187 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 187: English reviews
Chemung, New York
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My beautiful wife planned a surprise birthday party for me aboard the Legacy. The night was perfect to begin with, but the ship, the crew, and the meal added layer after layer of frosting to this special night. If you have considered doing it but haven't yet, do it!

Thank Jake J
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Level Contributor
199 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the two-hour tour with lunch. The skipper pointed out some of the mildly interesting shoreline sights, using a loudspeaker system that rendered just about everything he said indecipherable. The food wasn't terrible, but it's far from being memorably good. But, what do ypou expect on a boat that does lake excursions?

Thank LoafJugThee
Berkshire, NY
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a pleasant afternoon, we decided to drive an hour or so to Watkins Glen, take in a boat cruise and have dinner. We made the 4:00 sailing for a cruise that leaves on the hour, plus or minus for unloading and loading. However, a tour bus was late in arriving, so the 10 or so other passengers waited 10... More 

Thank Brian1776
Hiram, Ohio
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent and service also. Very reasonably priced .We highly recommend this dinner cruise!

Thank markath753
Level Contributor
21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff was very nice and personable. The boat ride was beautiful and the captain provided us with some really great information. The reason for the three is that food was really average at best.

Thank Jessica H
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I decided to take this cruise on our honeymoon. I had proposed to her on a dinner cruise in Thailand and this seemed like a wonderful bookend to that tale. Upon boarding we were told that we were seated upstairs-- this was the opposite of what we had asked for when reserving. I had asked the agent... More 

Thank Jon-Michael D
Iselin, New Jersey
Level Contributor
42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked Captain Bills Lake Cruise one early afternoon. This was an hour ride on Seneca Lake. The captain and his mate take turn speaking about the history past and present about Seneca Lake. It's a nice leisurely ride. We went past two salt plants, private properties and Hector Falls. We had a nice time and you would too.

Thank Terri S
Level Contributor
16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located on Seneca Lake this is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. The prices a re fair and the food is extremely good. The menu covers a wide range and all is prepared fresh. The atmosphere is pleasant and the decor is nautical as you would expect.

Thank BillSebring
Silver Creek, New York
Level Contributor
157 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Five friends and myself took the lunch cruise with Captain Bill's on the Seneca Lake and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were all friendly and very accommodating and the luncheon was quite plentiful and very tasty. After eating we went up on top to finish out the cruise overlooking the lake and the trip back to shore. The weather was... More 

Thank Diana C
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a pleasant experience. We took the hour long tour of the lake. Comfortable ride, The assistant Billy was informative and willing to answer any questions.

Thank njblum22

Travelers who viewed Captain Bill's Seneca Lake also viewed

Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes
Watkins Glen, Finger Lakes

Been to Captain Bill's Seneca Lake? 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
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1275
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: (607) 535-4541

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Captain Bill's Seneca Lake 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?