The Mucky Duck

Beach Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Captiva Island
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  • A'lisha H.
    "The duck fingers are really good!"(4 Tips)
    Jennifer J.
    "BBQ shrimp are great but 5 medium sized shrimp for $13 is crazy!"(7 Tips)
    Keith K.
    "One of the best places to go and see the sunset on Captiva Island."(2 Tips)
    Nathan S.
    "You can't beat the view of this restaurant...right on the beach!"(11 Tips)
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  • jake f.
    jake furstJanuary 1, 2013
    this is the best spot in Captiva in the late afternoon. come early enough to snag a picnic table on the beach and enjoy the drinks, raw bar, live music and picturesque sunset.
  • p b.
    p baruaDecember 29, 2016
    Watch the sunset with a plate of tapenade. The outdoor area serves some appetizers and you can help yourself from the bar. A seat inside for a full meal might mean a wait and parking is tough to find.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KazisJanuary 24, 2014
    Cool & trendy sunset place. Tough to park just before sunset. Get there early and have a few drinks. If you walk on the beach to watch the sunset, make sure you're not blocking someone behind you
  • Michael P. H.
    Michael P. HillMarch 13, 2014
    Sit outside and order at the indoor bar to avoid waiting — plus the sunset views actually seem better because the windows from inside are blocked by the umbrellas. Bar menu is pretty yummy!
  • Peri B.
    Peri BaptistaJuly 19, 2013
    The ribeye was delicious and cooked to perfection (medium). Comments about it not being a proper pub because it serves just beer and wine should be embarrassed and clearly untraveled..
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StonerOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Do yourself a favor and come at sunset and sit outside. Buy drinks at the outside bar. Place your food order at the inside bar and wait for your name to be called on the intercom. No waiters outside.
  • Janis V.
    Janis VaughnMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Even though our sunset view is the same from South Seas Beach Cottages we have been coming here for 25 years. Get the bbq shrimp and fish and chips. Don't forget to ask for a window seat and ketchup.
  • Clau D.
    Clau DiaApril 27, 2012
    To go food not allowed on beach, so just get it "to go" for home and discreetly walk towards your "house next door" if wait for table too long. Great place for sunsets. Bring blanket.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WardNovember 26, 2011
    Allegedly the best view of the sunset, but seating starts at 5p, so get here at 4.30p and get your name on the list. Otherwise, you don't get a window seat.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BoulgerAugust 19, 2013
    We had fish and chips and the half duck. Both were super yummy, the duck was a large portion! For dessert mango cheesecake! Totally rocked!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HensleyJuly 2, 2013
    Best location to eat with great views. Food and menu is decent. Nothing to write home about. We find the staff is always very friendly. Expect $18-$25 per plate.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DuhaimeApril 4, 2015
    Arrive by 4:00pm to get a table by 5:00pm. Expect to wait. Special outside appetizers can be purchased at the inside bar while you wait.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CaseJune 20, 2015
    An institution - be prepared to wait, but the portions, flavors and service remain the top-tier level they've been since opening their doors in 1976.
  • Christina M.
    Christina MinnaJuly 23, 2011
    Fish and chips are fantastic. The homemade tartar sauce is amazing with a hint of dill. Right on the water and near the entrance of the beach
  • Brad P.
    Brad PaynterApril 19, 2012
    Best NE clam chowder so far. Margos test great no matter the contents. Just a great place for lunch on the beach. Chatchkeys galore inside.
  • Suzanne M.
    Suzanne MyersDecember 12, 2015
    Best sunset ever! Paired excellent with a Chardonnay and the Smoked Trout spread
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanAugust 28, 2014
    One of the best places to go and see the sunset on Captiva Island.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Thia S.
    Thia SayreMarch 7
    Great service and I recommend the fish tacos! Fun and busy place!
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FeeserOctober 4, 2014
    The scallops au gratin. Yes yes yes. Pair it with a sauv blanc.
  • Mark C.
    Mark ClackMarch 23, 2013
    I have no idea what wine based vodka is, but if you ask the barman outside he may get tetchy. Probably because he's been asked a billion times. Wouldn't hurt him to try it then would it really...?
  • Dave G.
    Dave GAugust 11, 2014
    Perfect for a drink and a sunset and the appys & entrees are all excellent as well.
  • abby m.
    abby martinOctober 27, 2015
    The pompano was amazing and my husband is still talking about his bbq shrimp :)
  • Di H.
    Di HoffmanApril 4, 2014
    Great restaurant. Delicious food. Outside seating before dinner on the beach. Dinner inside then back out for the beautiful sunset.
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JohnstoneMay 30, 2011
    BBQ shrimp are great but 5 medium sized shrimp for $13 is crazy! Avalon shrimp was the same price and you only get 3!!
  • David C.
    David CobbMay 2, 2013
    Full of UK paraphernalia and great for sunsets but food always leaves me a bit dissapointed.
  • Judy M.
    Judy MAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. But get there early. . Beachside seating goes fast.
  • Diane M.
    Diane McKeeverDecember 14, 2013
    Great place to come to just hang or have a nice meal. Great location right on the beach.
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy SalernoAugust 9, 2014
    Great spot to watch the sunset.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OndakJanuary 3, 2012
    Pretty good pub food, I recommend the stuffed salmon thing that I forgot what it's called, helpful, yea?
  • Crystal S.
    Crystal SnowJuly 28, 2011
    New menu.. Still great! Must ask for LC she is the best server! :) Dont forget to request a window seat!! :-P lol
  • Julie K.
    Julie KeysAugust 10, 2013
    The captiva sandwich is awesome! And the hostess with dark hair is super sweet!
  • ed h.
    ed hustonDecember 16, 2013
    The best sunsets on captiva island! Ask for Lindsay, she's the best!
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HallinFebruary 23, 2013
    Jai Alai is the recommended “local“ IPA — brewed in Tampa. Foodwise I recommend their Grouper.
  • Nat F.
    Nat FinnDecember 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The 5 o'clock seating during the Holiday Season means you'll be dining when the sun goes down over the gulf. Beautiful.
  • Joanne C.
    Joanne CasaleAugust 13, 2015
    I thought it was great. I had the crunchy grouper sandwich. Very fresh and the view of the beach is pretty
  • Lina F.
    Lina FranciscoApril 2, 2016
    The best restaurant in this area. Delicious claim chowder soup!
  • Steve C.
    Steve CaponeJune 13, 2011
    Wine margaritas actually taste pretty close to regular margaritas. Not a bad substitute if you don't have a liquor license.
  • Mary Jeneverre S.
    Ask for a seat next to the window for the beach view.
  • Kathy I.
    Kathy IngrahamMay 19, 2013
    Kelly is a great waitress! Everyone here has been very nice!
  • Nicole P.
    Omg the Duck Fingers! Great service and unique decor.
  • Charles O.
    Charles OnuferJanuary 11, 2012
    Great food. Always crowded. Lynn gives great service at the bar!
  • Clydia C.
    Clydia CaseDecember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the table by the front window for spectacular sunset views!
  • Jenneffer P.
    Jenneffer PulapakaJanuary 3, 2013
    Wow what a racist bouncer. He would not let us park to eat lunch and drink wine. My Indian husband thought he was discriminated against.We took our wine and food money to the resort bar at South Seas.
  • Lizzy
    LizzyJanuary 28, 2013
    Do not order a margarita and expect tequila. It's a wine base. No liquor license. Also do not order any fish boiled in the island's water. Terrible taste. Great place to watch the sunset though.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HighSeptember 6, 2011
    BBQ Shrimp, Pork Chop and Clam Chowder are awesome! Very nice set up for sunset.
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy Schafer-PezzuloAugust 30, 2014
    Grab a cocktail and an adirondack chair under a palm tree 🌴☺️.
  • Will T.
    Will ThompsonAugust 6, 2013
    Perfect location and great grouper.
  • Peter M.
    All food is pretty good. Live music and being next to the beach is the main thing though.
  • Jon A.
    Jon ArendtMay 3, 2012
    Park at McCarthy's Marina at the other end of Andy Rosse Ln. for $5 when lot is full. Bring EXACT change.
  • Debra M.
    Debra MehalkoAugust 15, 2012
    Phyllis is a phenomenal server and the crunchy grouper is delicious.
  • Reserve123.com
    Reserve123.comApril 30, 2012
    Play the ring-toss game while you wait- the competitions can get pretty heated!
  • James L.
    James LNovember 25, 2011
    WALK HERE! Or ride a bike for an early spot. REALLY crowded past 4-5
  • Betsy B.
    Betsy BaxterNovember 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great hard cider! The duck a l'orange was delicious.
  • jeff s.
    jeff sNovember 21, 2013
    Overpriced and the duck was way over cooked. $100 for 2 entrees an app and 1 dessert. The fish spread and creme brulee were very good though.
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PowisMay 12, 2015
    The BBQ shrimp were a hit, the Grouper didn't hit the spot.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan MeissnerMay 4, 2014
    Super good fish and chips!
  • Lina F.
    Lina FranciscoApril 2, 2016
    Delicious food... The best claim chowder soup
  • A'lisha H.
    A'lisha HarrisonMay 27, 2012
    The duck fingers are really good!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GronauSeptember 4, 2013
    Amazing sunset view
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay PedersenAugust 3, 2011
    Take your camera. There'll be great photo opps while you wait!
  • David G.
    David GSeptember 18, 2013
    The Captiva sandwich was amazing !!
  • Frank N.
    Frank NehligApril 12
    Duck duck shrimps, yummie!
  • Eric T.
    Eric TaubertJune 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite lunch spots on the SWFL Islands...
  • Sam S.
    Sam SlocumMarch 24, 2012
    Get here early!!!! If u refuse u might end up eating at 9:00.
  • C. J. M.
    C. J. McElhinneyAugust 2, 2013
    The food is good, but avoid the Key Lime pie because it's frozen!
  • Lettie O.
    Lettie OwenAugust 22, 2010
    Beware, the bar only serves beer, wine, and "half vodka" cocktails.
  • Lennyinfla
    LennyinflaAugust 30, 2014
    Great grilled chicken sammich....😀🍻👍
  • shifty
    shiftyDecember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for a window seat.
  • Goldmind C.
    Goldmind CustomsJuly 1, 2012
    Try the crunchy grouper sandwich..
  • john r.
    john robinsonAugust 13, 2016
    Duck fingers and IPA!
  • Chad S.
    Chad SuppMarch 22, 2013
    Not bad but not what it once was. No Avalon shrimp and the chowder is different.
  • VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider
    Grilled grouper is so fresh
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SchockJanuary 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't beat the view of this restaurant...right on the beach! Read more
  • Bruce B.
    Bruce BoltonMarch 14, 2011
    Make sure you get drunk before the live music starts!
  • Charles S.
    Charles S. W.August 10, 2014
    I love their rum punch
  • Andy D.
    Andy DDecember 31, 2012
    Only serve beer and wine. NO LIQUOR!!!
  • Erin C.
    Erin CampbellApril 13, 2011
    Great location for sunset, but don't eat there! Pretty awful, over- cooked and over- seasoned food, Crowded, small dining room
  • Brian R.
    Brian RudowskiAugust 14, 2015
    Oyster po boy was good.
  • Christian C.
    Christian CruzMarch 1, 2012
    Sit outside. Beautiful views.
  • Chilly A.
    Chilly AdelieApril 10, 2012
    Parking is limited for dinner
  • Nat F.
    Nat FinnMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to ask for a window seat. :-D
  • Edward T.
    Edward Tatton IIIApril 1, 2012
    Not really a proper pub, they only serve beer and wine. No liquor license!
  • Trevor N.
    Trevor NashleanasJune 5, 2014
    Duck Fingers!!
  • Tara C.
    Tara CollinsOctober 28, 2013
    Smoked fish dip
  • Matt H.
    Matt HeindlApril 18, 2011
    Order apps outside... Dining room food only average. Do not order their "wine" margaritas
  • E S.
    E ShankMarch 21, 2013
    Great view!!
  • Jennifer J.
    Jennifer JohnstoneMay 30, 2011
    Actually BBQ shrimp are $16 not even $13!! Even more of a ripoff.
  • David S.
    David SkeltonApril 21, 2011
    BBQ Shrimp. Nuff said.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MMarch 17, 2010
    Get here early. It fills up fast!
  • Matt
    MattJanuary 13, 2012
    Don't go here if you want any hard alcohol only if your 100 and want wine
  • G'len H.
    G'len HatfieldDecember 28, 2013
    If you arrive between 3-5 pm there's no food and the hostess is unfriendly. Thumbs down
  • Christine W.
    Christine WilsonFebruary 19, 2013
    Not impressed with the key lime pie. It was frozen and tasteless
  • Keith G.
    Keith GodenaNovember 27, 2011
    Leave R I come here
  • Sam S.
    Sam SlocumMarch 25, 2012
    Not worth it, just leave.
  • Domingo N.
    Domingo NetoJune 5, 2015
    Fornece estacionamento e boa estrutura para quem deseja passar o dia na praia ! Aluguel de jet-skis e outros esportes aquáticos à disposição no local ! Vale a visita !
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MiksovskyMarch 24, 2013
    Bajecna restaurace s bajecnymi jidly a skvelym barem s vecernimi beach party ... V listopadu 2012 jsme sem zavitali a pod vlivem atmosky tu dhned koupili dum ....:)
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