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Captain John's Seafood: Seafood on the Waterfront
This restaurant has an unusual history. The owner came from Yugoslavia, and later had this ship travel across the Atlantic to get here.
The food is good, although not extraordinary. The atmosphere and decor are what really stand out here. It's almost worth the meal to visit the old ship.
Favorite Dish: I had the calamari.
Captain John's Seafood: Captain John's Seafood
I can't say I was that charmed that much by this restaurant, the food was okay, but not spectacular, and the same goes for the service. But my fellow dinning friends made it a great evening!!! Hahaha, it was with the VT-meeting that we went to this restaurant, and that was such a great meeting that no restaurant could ruin the atmosphere :-)
This is the only floating restaurant in Ontario.... although..... they say it is floating, but you don't notice anything of it. It feels like it is solid on the ground.The ship is 300 feet long and has five decks. Two of the decks are used for banquet facilities, for social and business functions.
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- Food and Dining
Captain John's Seafood: Stay a land lover...seafood is only for the strong
I will endeavor to recap our meal starting from the beginning...the meal we received was a complete misrepresentation of the “Best seafood in Toronto”.
• Salad – warm and wilted
• Rice, glutinous and no flavor
• Vegetables (2 sprigs of Broccoli, 2 sprigs of Cauliflower) – overcooked and mushy
• Shrimp – 1 disappointing butterflied shrimp, unpeeled, with a greasy bread crumb coating
• Crab legs – over cooked, mushy
• Lobster – over cooked, dried out, seemed to have been previously cooked and re-heated
• Salmon – beyond over cooked, dehydrated, inedible
• Mussels – not fresh, strong fishy flavor, overcooked, rubbery, extremely small, seemed to have been previously cooked and re-heated
• Oysters – could not find them, instead what was in the shell was a grease bread crumb mixture that was inedible
• Deep Fried battered fish – soggy, greasy, generally a filler for the platter
The rest of the experience of Captain John’s can be recapped as follows:
• 5 minute wait at the front entrance, before we were greeted by the Hostess
• 10 minutes at the table, I had to attract one of the waiters attention and request him to come over to the table. Keep in mind the only two waiters walked back and forth and did not acknowledge our presence and at the time (5:00 pm) there were only three other tables of two in the restaurant and one of the waiters walked past us on many occasion as he was setting a table for eight behind us.
• Wait staff did not check in with us on occasion during the meal or remove discarded shells, etc.
• Bus boy started to clear our table off completely as we were paying the bill and finishing up.
Captain John's Harbour Boat Restaurant: Nice Memorable Experience
I've always been intrigued by the floating restaurant at the foot of Yonge Street in Toronto and finally had an occasion to go there, my wife took me for my birthday dinner.
We arrived without a reservation and dressed casually, and were seated immediately by our courteous waiter.
Captain John greeted us at our table and took us for a tour of the old luxury cruise liner as we waited for our meal.
In addition to the beautiful main dining room, there are also two private banquet halls. The larger Dubrovnic Room is very classy and perfect for a wedding or other reception of 200 people, the smaller Captains Quarters is more informal but still very classy for a get together of under 100 guests.
Throughout the ship are old fashioned nautical items and some beautiful wood inlaid murals from Yugoslavia. This restaurant doubles as a museum for those with interests in these areas.
The meal was excellent, 2 whole lobsters, half a dozen crab legs, oysters, mussels, fish fillets - more than a dinner for two it could have fed four nicely! It was very good. The dessert tray was too tempting to refuse and we had black forest cake with a rich coffee. Capt. John visited our table again to offer us refills.
Our total bill was under $200, and we paid $15 for parking in the Toronto Star lot right next door.
All in all it was a very enjoyable, and memorable dining experience. I'm not sure why it has received anything less than glowing reviews. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special occasion dining experience, tourists and Torontonians alike. This is a true historic Toronto landmark that deserves your business. Good meals come and go but it's rare to find a restaurant that will leave you with such a lasting memory. Treat yourself.
Captain John's 'restaurant': Beyond Quaint
There is nothing encouraging as you enter this morgue but do not assume it must be better than it looks. THe place is incredibly grubby; personally I had a hard time deciding whether the waiter's jacket or the refilled tomato sauce bottle was the most offensive. But plenty other options for you to choose your own 'winner'.
Good idea for a place. Maybe was decent a couple of decades ago but now to be avoided unless you must take someone you really dislike for a meal.
Favorite Dish: not applicable
Captain John's Seafood: Nothing to Remember
Maybe because we were in a package, the food was banal.
The restaurant looks fine, the boat helps to create ambiance, the service was prompt and kind, and that's it, in our only meal in Toronto.
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