On the Menu: Beachside at the Capri Fish House

Capri Fish House

203 Capri Boulevard, Naples, FL

Located at 203 Capri Boulevard or just east of channel marker #8 on the Little Marco River, the Capri Fish House offers lunch or dinner at a bayside beach. Beyond the beach, there is also a very welcoming palm-thatched chickee hut, or inside dining in the nautically inspired Capri Fish House dinning room.

After over four years of careful study above the dock planks and below the palm fronds, Capri Fish House owner Mike Castellano has found the recipe for paradise.

When considering the ultimate vacation experience, thoughts of waves washing across a beach come to mind along with palm trees swaying in the breeze. Perhaps the image becomes complete when a thatched chickee hut rises above a weathered dock and anchors onto glistening, white sand. Imagine the dock being a haven for visiting mariners and the palm-thatched chickee hut housing the sights, sounds, scents, and tastes of a seafood restaurant tucked away on a tropical island; truly, the stuff that vacation days and dreams are made of.

The Capri Fish House on the sandy little strand of the western side of Isles of Capri could easily be a palm-shrouded waterside inn in Mexico or a bayside Café in Curacao, but this little gem of a waterside eatery is in our very own nautical back yard.

With culinary adventuress decked out in boating attire, Captain Glenn at the helm, and a couple of Maries decorating the foredeck, our crew arrived dockside at The Capri Fish House. Even before arriving, the little beach side bistro beckons, but when pulling up and dockside service comes out to help, everyone knows that a real vacation day is already underway.

After Halle’s gracious welcome and dockside assistance, our group settled in under one of the umbrella topped tables at the water’s edge. The snowy white beach is so clean and so soft; everyone kicked off their shoes and dug their toes into the sand. When Halle delivered the menu’s and took our drink orders he smiled at the obvious: Yes, we were having a vacation day in our own back yard.

For appetizers, we chose to share the chicken wings for $8.95, alligator nuggets also for $8.95 and the tropical destination’s essential conch fritters again for $8.95.

With Halle performing the role of dock master, host, server and friend, we polished off the tasty finger food and decided on lunch.

The grouper club wrap for $ 9.95 was healthy and delicious choice featuring fresh local fish and piping hot French fries. The Capri Fish House cheeseburger is indeed a cheeseburger in paradise also for $9.95, but this cheeseburger deserves special mention. When Captain Glenn and Vicki Lynn took the first bite, it was defiantly a show stopping moment as they both leaned back and said, “Oh Yes!” The cheeseburger at the Capri Fish House is well over a half pound, grilled to perfection, served with fries, and designed to make Jimmy Buffet jealous!

I chose the grouper fingers and fries for $ 8.95 and was thoroughly delighted with this fish and chip style lunch as I dug my toes in the sand.

The Capri Fish House is open daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. for lunch, and from 4 until 9:30 p.m. for dinner. A special all you can eat buffet is featured every Sunday and is made even better by live musical entertainment. A takeout menu is available – for that take-home cheeseburger in paradise – and a Web site is waiting at www.caprifishouse.com. Reservations, entertainment information, and specialties are available by calling (239) 389-5555.

Our compliments to Chef Jean St. Louise, Halle, Mike, and the entire Capri Fish House crew. The Capri Fish House is family owned and operated and takes genuine pleasure in their credo and pledge: “We take pride in serving our guests only the freshest seafood, locally caught and skillfully prepared.”

For a nautical getaway for lunch or dinner, and for an atmosphere that is truly the stuff that vacation days and dreams are made of, cast of the lines or jump in the car and visit the capable crew on the Little Marco River at the Capri Fish House where the steaks, seafood, and pasta are truly a pleasure.

For the high-tech and nautically minded, the GPS coordinates for paradise on the bay and at the Isle of Capri beach are: North 2559.110 West 08143.930.

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Tom Williams writing has been published in Amsco School Publications; he is a local sailboat Captain and Marriott associate for 28 years. His debut action adventure novel is now under contract and will be published by ArcheBooks in the upcoming year. Tom is available at capttom@marcoislandtoday.com.

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