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Captain Bill's Gulfside Tavern

Treasure Island, Florida

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24 November 2019

great food and live music

Reviewed on Facebook

24 November 2019

It was our 2nd anniversary and the place was busy but absolutely love the food, drinks, atmosphere and service! The owner ended up taking care of our tab all unexpectedly just because we were patient! That was so kind of him and we were very grateful for the gift! Thank you Louis! More...

Reviewed on Facebook

19 October 2019

WOW, not sure how we missed this place.We live right down Central Avenue and pass here all the time. Tucked into a strip center a block from the Treasure Island beach,​ I guess we assumed​ it was a stereotypical fried food basket place. We could not have been more wrong​!There is a good amount of parking in the lot, just watch signs reserved by a few other businesses. There are a few tables outside under umbrellas, ​between the business and the parking lot. Inside is much more polished and comfortable than we had expected with a nice mix of booths and tables, soft lighting and some vintage beach photos and artwork. We arrived and were​ seated right away. They had a really amazing guitar player, who not only played and sang well but wasn't too loud.The server who seated us immediately took our drink order while we looked over the menu. She quickly returned with two well made, fairly strong gin and tonics with lime and two glasses of water.We started with Calamari ($11.00) it was a large rectangular platter filled with crispy calamari. It had a nice mix of tubes and tentacles​, was not greasy and was well seasoned. The lemon-garlic aioli that accompanies their marinara​ sauce was creamy and full of flavor.My husband ordered their Captain's Crab Cakes ($24.00) he received​ two crispy, pan-fried​ crab cakes packed with flavor and nice sized lumps of crab. It was served with fresh green​ beans and he chose the coconut rice as his second side. Really well done and nice to see lumps of crab instead of filler.I opted for the Sea Scallops ($26.00) the platter included truffled mashed cauliflower​ and a shaved artisan asparagus salad in a lemon vinaigrette.ABSOLUTE WINNER! There were four big, plump well-seasoned​ scallops with a nice sear. The cauliflower mash was smooth, creamy and nicely seasoned and not overpowered with truffle oil. The shaved asparagus salad was dotted with flecks of red cabbage and the lemon vinaigrette was the perfect acidic balance​ to everything on the plate.Attentive, friendly service, amazingly​ fresh,well-prepared​d food, we'll absolutely be back.Additionally, they participate in a local Club Savor program so the already reasonable​ pricing was a really great value! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

13 October 2019

Its so rare to find a beachside restaurant that actually serves high quality food and doesn't just trade on its location. If you're looking for an oasis from fried fish, wings and burgers, then you should definitely come here . Maybe they realize that since they aren't on the beach and don't have the views, they better have the quality. However, they are surrounded by restaurants in the same predicament whose food is less than par (I'm looking at you, Shrimpys and Pearl). So if you're trying to choose between the half dozen restaurants on either side of the street here, the choice is simple. Captain Bills. There wasn't a negative. Well, one minor negative but I'll get to that in a second. We came on Saturday night with Bruce because our pup needed to be around his adoring public. Yes, their outside seating is dog friendly and Bruce approved. We each ordered a drink-I had the rum cake old fashioned and Melissa had the froze all day. My drink was very good, though it tasted nothing like rum cake (if you're calling it a rum cake old fashioned, shouldn't you use spiced rum?). Nevertheless, both of our drinks were very good though melissa felt hers was on the weak side. We started with the mussels in a garlic white wine and cream sauce. These were awesome but the one slightly negative is that you don't get as many mussels as you tend to get in a mussels dish. Maybe it was standard and just a really big bowl but it seemed on the light side. The sauce was excellent though. We definitely could have used more bread to soak it up (2 small pieces of bread really isn't enough with that much sauce). However, small negatives aside, the mussels were delicious. For my entree, I got the key west platter, which was grilled shrimp and cobia with veggies and coconut rice on a mustard sauce. The sauce was fantastic. The fish and shrimp were delicious with the sauce. Veggies may have been over cooked, but they were overshadowed by how good the rest of the dish was. I was honestly shocked. The only reason I ordered it was because the market prices of the other dishes felt expensive so I took a flyer on this, and I'm happy I did. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Melissa got the tropical mahi, which was blackened and served with a pineapple mango salsa and coconut rice. Didn't need the salsa. It is so refreshing to find restaurants that advertise a dish as "blackened" and you can actually taste the seasoning. More often then not the dish is still bland, which should be punishable by death. It's blackened. It should be bursting with flavor from the blackened seasoning. Captain Bills does it right. Captain Bills seems to do everything right. Great job. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

28 September 2019

My wife was in the mood for seafood since we were near at the ocean and Captain Bill's looked like a solid option. Our waitress was amazing from start to finish. They also had a gentleman playing acoustic guitar singing James Taylor, The Beatles, Bob Marley, etc that had an excellent voice! She said her seafood pasta was excellent and I was glad I was able to order plain veggies free of butter, cheese, etc. The restaurant was slow on a rainy Sunday evening but we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience here! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

28 September 2019

Very nice experience, great food, drinks and staff!

Reviewed on Facebook

15 September 2019

amazing food service and atmosphere

Reviewed on Facebook

15 September 2019

Very good food and service. If you have not tried this place - you should.  Saturday and Sunday brunch is wonderful with live music.

Reviewed on Yelp

6 September 2019

Went there when we were supposed to have a hurricane (missed Florida but area was ghost land). We had our dog and they do have outside seating.  Food was good and service was good.  I'm stingy on 5 stars but this place was close.  I would recommend!  Fish dip was great, Nashville hot chicken sandwich tender chicken, fried pickle was as expected, ginger Asia veggies were great. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 August 2019

If you love seafood. You'll Love Captain Bill's Restaurant. The service is top notch. Our server was Andrea, and she went all out to make sure we had a good time. When I asked for extra olives in my dirty vodka Kettle One Martini ($13), the drink was filled to the brim of the glass, so that the extra olives did not mean I got less Martini. I wanted an extra 1/8 oz. bottle of hot Tabasco to go, no problem. Plus, most bartenders do not make dirty Martini's properly, either they are too dirty or not dirty enough. Cap't Bill's bartender knows how to make 'em right. My 2 appetizers, Calamari ($12) and 1/2 Dz Oysters Rockefeller ($12) were very tasty (Picture only shows 5 because I couldn't wait to taste 'em). Did not need to add anything other than fresh lemon wedges (Extra wedges supplied by Andrea within SECONDS of asking for them). Caesar Salad ($7) was a decent mixture of greens, not just romaine lettuce. The Sea scallops entree ($26) were very large and had a tasty garnish. Turned out Thursday is 1/2 price on bottles of wine, so we ordered a bottle of Finca Los Moras ($32, Half price $16). According to ViVino, it is a 3 star wine that goes for $14.99. So I consider the $16 1/2 price at a restaurant a good deal. All in all, an excellent dining experience. Plus, live music by a talented musician and Cap'n Bill's is on my list as a go to restaurant when entertaining out-of-town guests. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

25 August 2019

Nice cozy atmosphere, super fast service, and the best eggs Benedict I have ever had. Will definitely be back!

Reviewed on Facebook

24 August 2019

absolutly beautiful establishment. the host and server were very friendly and acknowledgible! THE FOOD WAS AMAZING

Reviewed on Facebook

17 August 2019

Decided to go here due to their reviews on yelp and was not disappointed. When during Happy hour had some drinks . The food was good had the appetizer which included shrimp, mussel and crab legs. Will definitely go again.

Reviewed on Yelp

15 August 2019

Really liked this place a lot and the staff! Food and music were great!

Reviewed on Facebook

15 August 2019

This restaurant was so good my family and I had to go twice! If you are a fan of raw seafood, especially oysters, I HIGHLY recommend this place. This was some of the best seafood I've had in a while and I have been on several international trips throughout the past few years. Service was great, friendly and fast, and Happy Hour is hard to beat. $1 oysters and clams and $5 cocktails from 2-6pm- definitely one of the best deals in treasure island. If you are in the are, you are doing yourself a disservice by not coming here. Nothing negative I can say! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

14 August 2019

I have to say: my boyfriend and I are not from the area so we stumbled upon this place by chance by our hotel, and I'm SO glad we did! ! The food was absolutely incredible!! We went two days in a row because the food was so amazing. I have To say our server the first time, Candace, made the experience that much more incredible. I 100% recommend the steak sandwich! It's the best I've ever had, anywhere!! My boyfriend is also a huge Oyster eater and says these are SO worth it!! I also had the shrimp linguine the first day. The shrimp were so big and fresh! The place is casual dress, the drinks are super good, and the atmosphere is so chill. Absolutely loved it and will always visit when we come back to town!! I also had a rosé frosé? Or something like that and it was INCREDIBLE. Steak sandwich I will miss you, but until we meet again. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

11 August 2019

Had some amazing grouper and blackened shrimp dish over orzo.  Was a bit quiet at 3 pm.

Reviewed on Yelp

27 July 2019

Great music and food. Love the Captain Bill burger.

Reviewed on Facebook

21 July 2019

The decor was beach themed and open.  It's definitely not a "dressy" type of place, so feel free to dress as casual as you would like.   They have a good selection of beers on tap and a good drink menu.  We ordered the Tropical Mahi with coconut rice and it was AMAZING!  Highly recommend that dish!   We also ordered a steak sandwich which was equally great!  It's served on Cuban bread and had a good amount of steak in it.  The potatoes that you can select for the side were really good, although there was a little too much rosemary in them.  All in, I would definitely recommend trying out this restaurant. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

14 July 2019

Solid lunch spot in treasure island!! My parents wanted a burger while on vacation so I yelped burger and this place came up. When we walked in, we were the only people in there. I was a little hesitant to stay but I'm glad we did. All 3 of us ordered cheeseburgers. The captain burger was huge! It came with thick bacon, cheese, tomato aioli on fresh brioche. It also came with French fries that were hot a delicious. More...

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13 July 2019

We have to come to st Pete often and this is our go to.  The food is always amazing and a big plus is the raw bar.  Freshest oysters in town.  Everyone is super friendly too.  Love this place More...

Reviewed on Yelp

11 July 2019

Great size huge oysters for happy hour. Delicious cocktails! Good clams. Lightly breaded calamari. Smoked fish. Great service. Chef comes around to greet and make sure the food is great. A must come to visit & eat!! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

10 July 2019

Great service and fresh food. Thank you so much for the hospitality. I spilled my wine. Thank you for taking care of my oysters and replacing my wine. Can't wait to come back.

Reviewed on Yelp

9 July 2019

This place was fantastic. Service was great! I’ll definitely be returning.

Reviewed on Facebook

9 July 2019

After striking out all week trying to find a single restaurant that offers vegan friendly options, I decided to call before being let down yet again. I spoke with a very nice man, Louis. He was so helpful trying to find options on the menu that would be vegan friendly besides a salad. We decided to dine for dinner, it was so delicious! My in-laws and husband loved their non-vegan, seafood options and I loved their fresh grilled vegetables with coconut rice and their house salad. All the food was served hot and fresh! Louis even came over to us to assure everything was correct and to thank us for coming in, how friendly! I highly recommend this spot for foodies of all types! You will be happy you tried it :) More...

Reviewed on Yelp

8 July 2019

In Treasure Island, and also a member of the Club Savor Dining and Drinks APP. :-) Tom

Reviewed on Facebook

7 July 2019

great food, great service and we chatted with the manager about live entertainment

Reviewed on Facebook

5 July 2019

The best Shrimp Tacos I have ever had! Loved the grilled broccoli also! Gilligan was awesome!

Reviewed on Facebook

29 June 2019

Had yummy happy hour drinks and great fried pickles before dinner. Our server was kind and attentive. I had blackened mahi with pineapple-mango salsa and coconut rice. I ate every bit. Hub said his fish was good, as were his scallops, but he wasn't impressed with his grilled shrimp. Overall, a nice meal in a casual atmosphere. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 June 2019

Day drinking led us here, and in our 5 day trip to Treasure Island was definitely our favorite! Atmosphere, service, food and beverages! All top notch!

Reviewed on Yelp

25 June 2019

This was a well crafted burger. From the dill seasoned pickle to the thoughtful and unique side. The coconut rice was delicious. The burger was out of this world. Highly recommend and will definitely come back if in the Treasure Island area. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

24 June 2019

We’ve been here a few times and the food is always excellent!

Reviewed on Facebook

24 June 2019

Like many others that turn to reviews when looking for something to eat, we decided to give Capt. Bill's a try. My party was skeptical when they seen the menu size, but once everyone found what they wanted it was a hit. We started with the calamari and fried pickles. Both delicious. The pickles came with a very good horseradish sauce. I ordered the sesame tuna wonton  tacos. Probably some of the best fish tacos I've ever had. My son enjoyed his blackened shrimp tacos with mango salsa as well. Wife was very impressed with the burger. On top of the awesome food and service, was the fact it was happy hour. Enjoyed some very good beverages. We had a party of 6 and with the two apps and 4 alcoholic drinks our tab was $90 so not too bad. I would definitely recommend this place and will come back whenever I'm in the area. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

24 June 2019

The food is EXCELLENT!!!!! The service is also AWESOME!!!!! Definetely reccomend this to anyone staying on Treasure Island....

Reviewed on Yelp

22 June 2019

Great steak sandwich, such yummy burger, but the shrimp is where it's at! Also, the tiki drinks are top notch. The bartender really cares about his drinks and it shows. The atmosphere is super laid back. We were surprised it was so empty on a Saturday night. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

21 June 2019

Amazing drinks, amazing music and food was great!

Reviewed on Facebook

15 June 2019

Great food and drinks. Our wait staff (Alex) was great and very attentive. The food was excellent. Go here  for oysters better quality and ambiance and less pricey than many local competitors. We were highly satisfied with our entire experience. Banana bread bourbon and captain martini were both a hit! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

11 June 2019

Great food and prices! Very cozy atmosphere!

Reviewed on Facebook

9 June 2019

Great food and staff was very friendly and you have live music

Reviewed on Facebook

2 June 2019

My family and I came in from an afternoon at the beach. We ate some of the best oysters that we have had in a long time. Atmosphere was great, and the food was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great seafood. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

31 May 2019

Great food with a flair enjoyed the oysterson half shell , gumbo and mussle in garlic and white wine , very friendly staff , great prices , very nice experience

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28 May 2019

First time visiting here. The service was great and fast. Food was delicious. Definitely would recommend!

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26 May 2019

Andrea, you are amazing. You are the icing on the cake at Captain Bill's. My daughters and my wife want to take you home. Your service was impeccable, The Cobia And coconut rice, OMG so amazing . The Key Lime pie also the best I have ever had. Our dinner was a culinary orgasim, our service was deserving of an academy for servers, and the atmosphere was perfect. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

23 May 2019

Why didn't we come here sooner? Food, drinks, bartender, oyster shucker, music -- top notch.We walked in during happy hour. What a great experience. Signature drinks on special for $5.  I enjoyed the Captain's Martini which is the house infused cracked black pepper & olive vodka, with dry vermouth and blue cheese olives. Then the Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita with tequila, orange liquor, agaves, lemon, lime, cu uber and jalapeno caught my eye. Both delicious! My guy was enjoying a nice IPA.  And, Thursday's are 1/2 price bottles of wine!I started with a 1/2 dozen gulf oysters expertly shucked by Herbie. At happy hour they are a mere $1 each and served with all the great accompaniments including fresh grated horseradish upon request. My guy said he had the best burger (Captain's Burger) since we moved to this area three years ago.  It was a chuck-short rib blend with bacon, roasted tomato aioli,onion straws, cheddar-jack cheese, & arugula served on a brioche bun. The fries were fresh but overly salty.  I tasted the burger and agree with him. I ordered the seafood fra diavolo. It was prepared with tomato bacon broth, clams, mussels, tiny shrimp, andouille over linguine with grilled bread.  It was decent but had too much much going on. I am not saying not to order but there are many other choices on the menu to try. The garlic toast was overly salty. We had lots of fun and were able to chat with our bartender/server, Shara, until the bar filled up. Friendly,  knowledgeable and a true asset to this restaurant (Herbie, too.)Live music was perfect and everyone was enjoying singing along with him. Definitely a place to stop in again and to bring friends too. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

20 May 2019

Food and service was amazing! If you like seafood then this is the place to go. I had the crab cakes and they were so tasty as was the coconut rice. My husband had the chicken and he really liked it. My daughter had the crab legs and again they were amazing. They also had a kids menu to accommodate the 6 year old. She too enjoyed her meal. Highly recommend this place! Service was excellent!! More...

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19 May 2019

Great food and super friendly staff. Came for Sunday brunch and some oysters. Everything was delicious and bottomless mimosas were awesome!

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