Wine Dine and Play: Captain Jack's Waterfront Bar and Grille

Captain Jack's Waterfront Bar and Grille

Tiki Bar Near The Sponge Docks
Tarpon Springs, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood, Bar, and Grill
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 1/5
Dined in October 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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“Tropical 'Key West' old Florida waterfront dining without the drive,” is how Captain Jack’s Waterfront Bar and Grille is advertised.  A place where you can enjoy one of the largest tiki style bars I have ever seen and the biggest in Tarpon Springs. You can dock your boat or drive. When parking your car you will see a tourism mecca with a double-decker bus parked off the road, a few old boats next to the restaurant, guard tower, and a large shark displayed coming out of the water like jaws with the Tiki Bar sign entrance. My wife had been to Tarpon Springs many years before and had remembered this bar and grille, so we stopped in for a quick bite and drink before going to the famous Sponge Docks across the river.

Front Entrance to the tiki

    • Appetizers
    • Oysters
    • Salads
    • Soups
    • Sides
    • Sandwiches
    • Wraps and Tacos
    • Fish of The Day
    • Entrees
    • Pasta
    • Desserts
We drank some beer and tequila then shared two items from their appetizers menu, considering they had over 25 selections to choose from ranging with shrimp assortments, calamari, quesadillas, stone crab claws, steak bites, conch fritters, and smoked fish spread. The first item we shared was the grouper sliders. Three to the order on pan de mie bread, tomato, and remoulade aioli. The fish tasted a little bit old, far from fresh considering how close we were to the Gulf where Florida’s main fish is the grouper. 

Grouper sliders
While we ate the semi-bad tasting grouper sliders that were masked by the remoulade, otherwise may have been a lot worse was the ahi tuna nachos made with fresh flour tortillas lightly fried served with a side of wasabi-sour sauce for dipping, and had a good flavor, making up for the sliders. This was defiantly a place for tourists or for locals and visitors that really wanted to just lay back, enjoy the breezes, and not worry about good service, food quality, and avoiding smoking on the outside tiki patio. If you want something more refined then this is a place to avoid, as it is on the laid back side.

Ahi tuna nachos

We did not eat dessert, but some of their selections included deep-fried Key lime pie and cheesecake, peanut butter pie and more.

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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Captain Jack's Waterfront  Bar and Grille a 1 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were an average dining experience like most restaurants.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
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Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
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Stars Awarded (see chart below)
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Overall Star Rating:
1 of 5 Stars: 
70% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
An Average Dining Experience
Corkage fee’s:
This Restaurant does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge 
$25.00 per bottle
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
American, Bar and Grille, Seafood
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Pescatarian, Sustainable, Vegetarian Options
Not Required
Dress code:
Casual attire
It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Hotspot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Private lot

The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Nonsmoking restaurant, WARNING with a smoking patio
Patio or terrace:

Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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Captain Jack's Waterfront Bar and Grille:

21 Oscar Hill Rd
Tarpon Springs, Florida 
34689, USA

Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 (727) 944-3346
Website and the email contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Social Media 
Facebook link                

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