Wine Dine and Play: The Green Flash

The Green Flash

The Green Flash restaurant on Captiva Island, Florida is a waterfront seafood restaurant

The Bathroom Made This Visit Awesome!
Captiva Island, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Seafood
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 4/5
Dined: October 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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The Green Flash Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

The Green Flash Executive Chef:
Marco Rosas
The Green Flash Owner:
Chef Andreas Bieri

The Green Flash is a waterfront restaurant on Captiva Island purchased in 1994 by the Wiles family and was built on the site of the historic Timmy’s Nook watering hole. Situated on the waters of Roosevelt Channel, the restaurant overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and the Pine Island Sound. The name Green Flash is a meteorological optical phenomenon that sometimes occurs around the moment of sunset or sunrise. When the conditions are right, a distinct green spot briefly visible above the upper rim of the Sun's disk; the green appearance usually lasts for no more than two seconds.

A Green Flash is a distinct green spot briefly visible above the upper rim of the Sun's disk; the green appearance usually lasts for no more than two seconds.
The Green Flash / A Green Flash (Picture courtesy of

The Green Flash Menu:
    • Appetizers
    • Soups and Salads
    • Entrees
    • Desserts

My wife and I were visiting Sanibel and Captiva Islands doing a restaurant and bar hop. A few months prior we stayed on Sanibel enjoying two days of the island's beaches, lighthouse, and restaurants. This was our first visit to Captiva in nearly three years. While on this visit we passed by The Green Flash, reading the name, we did not know that it was a restaurant and by-passed it. After more research, we stopped in after the lunch rush and ended for some drinks and an appetizer. 

My wife had the Captiva cosmopolitan with Citroen Ketel One vodka, triple sec, and cranberry, while I had a drink after the namesake of the restaurant. The green flash cocktail is a spin on a piña colada recipe topped with melon liqueur, and was super sweet, with a good portioning of alcohol, garnished with a fresh cut of pineapple. 

The Captiva cosmopolitan and green flash pina colada at the Green Flash restaurant in Captiva, Florida
The Green Flash / Cocktails

The menu was seafood-centric with a few land-based items, plus a few things that you see on most Florida seafood restaurant menus. As we stopped in for a bite, I had a sampling of the appetizer oysters, though the roasted artichoke hearts with butter, parmesan and mozzarella looked very appealing as well. The two oyster selections I went with were a Romanoff which was freshly shucked, then topped with sour cream and caviar, served over the traditional bed of ice with crackers, horseradish, and seafood cocktail sauce. The depth of the oysters was in the middle between shallow and deep, rough-edged shape, and good grey muscular color. Light hints of salt and fresh seawater on the finish, with a soft mouthfeel along with earthy flavors. There was a lingering flavor profile of possibly from the caviar, but all flavors went down very nicely. They were very savory and complex and overall a good Umami. 

The Oyster Ramanoff with sour cream and caviar at The Green Flash Restaurant in Captiva, Florida
The Green Flash / Oyster Romanoff

The second oyster selection was a classic Rockefeller baked with sautéed garlic, leafy green spinach, shallots, and crispy hickory bacon, all topped with a white wine dill sauce. The smoky flavors of the bacon expanded the saltiness you normally get from a Gulf oyster while the white wine and dill flavors added many varieties of flavor all at once and expanded on the earthy mouthfeel with hinted metallic notes, possibly from the wine, and the spinach along with the roasted garlic gave great texture to the pillowy feel of the oyster itself. The garlic and hickory smoke left a longer than normal savory finish on the palate along with the nose.

The Oyster Rockefeller at The Green Flash Restaurant in Captiva, Florida
The Green Flash / Oyster Rockefeller

One of the more unique experiences of visiting this restaurant which added to the wow factor believe it or not was the restroom. The first thing I notice as I opened the door and walked in was a dining table fully set for two people with cutlery, napkins, and champaign glasses. It was different, but just for display. I know personally that I would not want to enjoy a good meal inside of a restroom. The next noticeable thing was while doing the business that needed to be done there was a see-through mirror identical to the ones you see from television shows and movies at police stations where the criminal sees themselves from one side, while the detectives look on at them from the other. As I looked out through the mirror, you could see the full bar. As my wife and I were sitting at the bar, when I was done and sat back down I looked at that mirror and saw only my reflection. Not something you see every day, and a nice surprise to see that when designing the restaurant the owner decided to have some fun.

A dining table set for two people inside the mens bathroom at The Green Flash Restaurant in Captiva, Florida
The Green Flash / Table in the bathroom

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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 ambience, 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 The Green Flash a 4 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations and were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, but they were just outstanding.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for The Green Flash
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Food quality
Plate presentation
Customer service
Alcohol and other beverages
Total regular points awarded
Total percentage — less the Bonus


“Wow” factor BONUS
Total bonus percentage


Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating


Stars Awarded (see chart below)
- 0 - 5

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


Overall Star Rating:
4 of 5 Stars: 
92% Rating with a 1 point “wow” bonus
An Outstanding Dining Experience
Wine List:
The Green Flash Wine rating:
6 of 10
Old World selections: 
Austria, France, Italy, Spain

New World selections: 
Argentina, Australia, California, Oregon, Washington State
Corkage fees:
The Green Flash does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Casual to Conservative dining
Cuisine Style at The Green Flash:
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gulf-To-Table, Gluten-free choices, Local, Low Carb Choices, Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Not Required
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Smart casual to 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! 
The Green Flash Experiences:
Place for foodies, Modern, Lounge, Business parties, Romantic, Hotspot, Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Good for special occasions, Intimate, Upscale, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
The Green Flash has a 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:
The Green Flash is a non-smoking restaurant
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 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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 Alcohol prices:

$16.00 USD

The Green Flash:

15183 Captiva Drive 
Captiva, Florida 33924

Contact Information: 

Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 (239) 472-3337
Website Contact:

Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)

Lunch: Mon - Sun
11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Dinner: Mon - Sun
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Social Media 
Accolades for The Green Flash:
The Green Flash Facebook link                

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Other Green Flash Pictures:

The dining room with a water view at The Green Flash restaurant in Captiva, Florida
The Green Flash / Dining Room

A one-way see through mirror in the mens bathroom looking to the bar at The Green Flash restaurant in Captiva, Island
The Green Flash / Bathroom

A green flash pina colada cocktail named after The Green Flash restaurant on Captiva Island, Florida
The Green Flash / Green Flash Cocktail

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)

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