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Captain Bill's Seneca Lake

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1 N Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1275
(607) 535-4541
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

great 2 hour cruise. friendly staff and crew. food could have been better, but I still recommend for an evening of relaxation.

Thank Andrew M
Powell, Ohio
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cruise was average - not something I would do again or recommend. Food is about what you'd expect for a hamburger buffet. Precooked burgers, simple lettuce salad, macaroni and potato salad,beans & some really bad BBQ. Biggest disappointment was desert - Pepridge Farm tea cookies. Singer was ok but got old after 2 hours.

Thank cseipel32
Sacramento, California
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91 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We did a dinner cruise in a Tuesday night. The experience of the cruise with the beautiful scenery is the best part. The food was just ok for $60 a plate but you know it's going to be iffy when you are one of 100 people that need to get your food and it's no doubt prepared in advance. We... More 

Thank cindy h
Holliston, MA
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97 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We always like to take a cruise when we are on vacation. We picked the Burgers & Blues Cruise which included a buffet dinner. The setup was nice - we chose an upper deck table - which was open. If you wanted AC - you could pick a lower deck interior table. The food was served as a buffet -... More 

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Thank TheTravelingCs
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely, clean boat. Captain & mate friendly and knowledgeable. Wish the ride were longer. Interesting talk about the history of the salt mines and the Native Americans.

Thank Jeanne S
Roscoe, Illinois
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were traveling with a group and took a cruise on the Seneca Legacy with lunch. We had a beautiful day to experience a cruise on the lake. The boot is fairly large and well maintained. We had a selection of entrees to choose from and all were delicious. The servers were friendly and added to the merriment of our... More 

Thank Duane B
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The captain and his shipmate were very knowledgeable and courteous. They took great care of all the passengers. Well-worth the cost and time!

Thank jcl101
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Did the cruise on the "Stroller IV", very nice and relaxing trip on Lake Seneca, both the Captain and his mate were very knowledgeable, learned some interesting facts. Worth the trip!

Thank Patricia Y
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3 couples booked luncheon cruise. Started 15 min late. Crew on dock seemed to be waiting for someone. Right after we set sail, a couple finally showed up on the dock in time to see us wave goodbye. Slow, smooth cruise. Food was good, luncheon sized portion. No live music, just speakers with decent soft rock selections. Wish it went... More 

Thank Debbie L
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent staff. The young man serving us (Brent) recommended a couple of places to visit...made our trip! Thanks. The food was good (4/5) the boat ride was smooth. A wonderful relaxing evening.

Thank gbmk

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?