Wine Dine and Play: Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar

Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar

The Oasis Pool Bar is one of four restaurants at the Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida

A Fish Spread Review
Captiva Island, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Bar and Grill
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 2/5
Dined: October 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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We first heard about the Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar and other restaurants in the early summer of 2019 while staying on Sanibel Island to the South. We were researching restaurants on Sanibel and the neighboring Captiva to the North where the Tween Waters Island Resort is located and we found something called the Captiva Crab Races at the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille, one of four restaurants at the resort that include the finer dining Old Captiva House, Hideaway pub and the Oasis Pool Bar. Whether staying at the resort or just visiting as a guest you can hop out of the pool and grab a bite under the sun (or under the umbrellas) at the Oasis Pool Bar, which offers grilled sandwiches, fresh salads, ice-cold beers and fruity blends, and frozen treats for kids.

The pool and bar at the Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida
Oasis Pool Bar / Pool

Dating from 1931, with a few fishing cottages the ‘Tween Waters Island Resort sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Pine Island Sound and now includes 137 units and cottages that vary from standard guest rooms, studios and three-bedroom suites to two- and three-bedroom historic cottages hosting Anne Morrow Lindbergh, J.N. “Ding” Darling, and Theodore Roosevelt.

We sat at the pool bar enjoying a few drinks and had a small bite of the fish spread, a house smoke local catch from the sound, served with capers, pickled jalapeños, and diced onions. The pool menu is small but hits the spot with a smokehouse burger, grilled chicken, grouper tacos, wraps and salads.

The bar at the Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida
Oasis Pool Bar / Bar

The process of smoking fish or other meats goes back thousands of years and occurs through the use of fire. It began as a means to avoid spoilage and preserve meat rather than just to create great flavors as is done today. The smoking process slowly cooks the fish and dehydrates it to deter the growth of bacteria. Wood contains three major components that are broken down in the burning process to form smoke. The major steps in the preparation of smoked fish are salting (bath or injection of liquid brine or dry salt mixture), cold smoking, cooling, packaging, and storage. Smoking, one of the oldest preservation methods, combines the effects of salting, drying, heating, and smoking. Typical smoking of fish is either cold (28–32°C) or hot (70–80°C). The first commercial use of smoking meats dates back to the seventeenth century in Poland.

The craze of fish spreads which are seen in most Florida restaurants began by Ted Peters when he took the old method of smoking fish to preserve it and created a recipe turning it into a spread. Ted's original fish smoking location opened in the late 1940s. Today spreads are made from fish types ranging from mullet to amberjack to mahi-mahi to kingfish in local dives to fine dining restaurants. A rule of thumb is that the oilier the fish, the better the quality spread you will have. Fish spread often features celery, scallions, and mayonnaise and is always accompanied by crackers, hot sauce, and toppings that include jalapeños, bell pepper, capers, or relish. 

On Wine Dine and Play I breakdown the fish spreads we taste on a scale of 1 to 6 by the quality of the presentation, the use of ingredients, flavor profiles and complexity, quality, texture, sustainability of the product, local sourcing, GMO’s, and the smoke flavors either being natural or mechanical.   While eating the smoked spread here at the Tween Waters Island Resort, the texture was delicate, with slightly enhanced ingredients and a nice fresh flavored taste. There was good smoke content and lower sodium hints, with the added bonus that it was a locally caught fish. I rate this spread as a 4 out 6. 

(6) THE BEST - Top-notch quality, excellent flavor profiles, memorable presentation, rare ingredients, organic, non-GMO, sustainable, local, immense-colossal quality of fish, and extravagant smoke flavors
(5) DAMN GOOD - Fantastic smoke, exceptional quality, eclectic flavor, nice display, dedicated local sourcing, beautiful quality fish, possibly sustainable, non-GMO
(4) GOOD - delicate, Enhanced ingredients, nice flavor, fresh taste, great smoke, common arrangements, in-state local, superior quality fish
(3) BETTER - Nice ingredients, higher-desirable quality, okay flavor and taste, good smoke content, maybe from in-state sources, but possibly a GMO 
(2) OKAY - Nothing amazing, a regular spread, fair quality, highly probable GMO product, might be from the state, most likely not, fabricated or mainstream smoke products
(1) BAD - Taste old, horrible seasoning, cheap smoke, manufactured, heavy GMO product, not local, bad smell

The fish spread at the Oasis Pool Bar at theThe bar at the Tween Waters Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida
Oasis Pool Bar / Fish Spread

We did not have dessert during this visit.

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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 Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar a 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were far above the average dining experience of most pool-style restaurants-bars.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar
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:
2 of 5 Stars: 
74% Rating with a 0 point “wow” bonus
Far Above The Average Dining Experience
Corkage fees:
Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Casual dining
Cuisine Style at Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar:
Bar and Grille
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Low Carb Choices, Pescatarian, 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! 
Tween Waters Experiences:
Great bar, Great outdoor dining, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar 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:
Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar is a non-smoking restaurant with a non-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 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)

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 Alcohol prices:

$15.00 USD

Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar:

15951 Captiva Drive 
Captiva, Florida 33924

Contact Information: 

Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 (239) 472-5161
Website Contact:

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

Mon - Sun
10:30 am - 7:00 pm
Happy Hour: 
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Social Media 
Accolades for Tween Waters Island Resort Oasis Pool Bar:
Tween Facebook link                

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