The historic Old Captiva House on Captiva Island recently reopened its doors to the public after a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The venue has been re-envisioned and recreated to once again stand as a top island dining destination for its classic styling, contemporary design, breathtaking beauty and mouthwatering cuisine. A National Register of Historic Places landmark, the restaurant features breakfast and dinner service.
The Old Captiva House stands on the site of the island’s first schoolhouse, which opened its doors in 1908 to a few pioneering students and families. In 1931, when the first overnight guests to Captiva checked in at the new ‘Tween Waters Inn, Grace Price treated them to homemade meals at the restaurant while husband F. Bowman Price tended to their fishing excursions. Over the many years since, the restaurant has welcomed tens of thousands of guests to its tables – notable names like Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, J.N. “Ding” Darling, Roger Tory Peterson and more.
“Old Captiva House has a long tradition as a top-rated TripAdvisor Captiva Island restaurant,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Lapi said. “The time had come to ‘up our game’ and over-deliver to our guests with a new Old Captiva House that combines its classic style and feel with bright and beautiful additions.”
A team of highly-talented foodservice professionals – including Executive Chef Greg Nelson, sous chefs, servers and attendants – has created an exciting new menu of Florida-fresh favorites, combined with the highest standard of service. The team is working in an all-new kitchen, providing for state-of-the-art preparation and presentation.
“The new Old Captiva House is simply remarkable, the moment you walk through those famous doors that front the Gulf of Mexico,” Chief Operating Officer Doug Babcock said. “Your eyes literally wander from here to here to there, with so many ‘wow moments’ as you take it all in.”
Drawing from its historic past, the Old Captiva House features a “Darling Gallery”; a collection of original J.N. “Ding” Darling illustrations that – over his many years as guest – he would sketch in the ‘Tween Waters Inn’s registration book. The illustrations are “slice of life” in the 1940s and ’50s.
Reservations and walk-ins are welcome. For reservations, call 239-472-5161 ext. 421 or visit Open Table via OldCaptivaHouse.com.
The Old Captiva House, which is also available for weddings, is located at 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva.
Thanks to our friends at the Island Reporter for the info!