Cap'n Jacks Restaurant
Cap'n Jacks changed its name from "Cap'n Jacks Oyster Bar" to "Cap'n Jacks Restaurant" in late February, 2000. Other than the name change, the only other change is the menu -- the decor, kitchen staff, and hours remain the same.
We dined at Cap'n Jacks Oyster Bar on Sunday, December 6, 1998... on the spur of the moment without priority seating arrangements! We had a very enjoyable time -- we were out for an evening with some new-found friends and didn't have our restaurant reviewer's caps on (and if we had, it would have been rude of us to wear our caps at the table). As a result, this isn't a comprehensive review, but more of an overview. To be honest, after the beers at Cap'n Jack's and the subsequent Jungle Juices over at the Adventurer's Club it's a wonder we can remember anything at all!
UPDATE: We've heard rumors that Cap'n Jacks may be closed. But we're happy to report that Cap'n Jacks is open as we dined there again on December 10, 1999. The restaurant name is missing from the Downtown Disney guidemap, but the folks at the restaurant assures us they are trying to get their name back on the map! Cap'n Jacks is a good place to get a relaxing meal without a long wait.
If you've also eaten at Cap'n Jacks, please e-mail us with your experiences so we may add them to this page!Updated 06/30/06
The atmosphere is informally nautical. The main room is a low-ceilinged, hexagonal space with picture windows all around. A central food preparation area is surrounded by a bar, and beyond that heavy, dark pine tables and captain's chairs line the windows. The whole place is built over the water on wooden pilings, and Cap'n Jack's Marina is right next store to add a bit more authenticity to the setting. It could be a wharf-front restaurant in just about any coastal town you can name, rather than on landlocked Buena Vista Lagoon. From the tables you have a panoramic view of the lagoon, the Downtown Disney Marketplace and the Townhouse Villas at the Disney Institute. The twinkling evening lights reflect off the water and make evenings quite enchanting.
The new dinner menu is brief, but a bit more adventuresome than the previous menu. Here are the details:
If you're really serious about your fish Fulton's Crab House is a short walk away, but Cap'n Jack's stands ready if you'd like a somewhat more informal meal at somewhat lower prices. Plus, you can often get a table at Cap'n Jack's without a priority seating.
You can check the menus for Fulton's Crab House at Deb Wills' site (http://www.wdwig.com/menu/menus.htm).
Review written on 9/23/99