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A New Dinner Menu for Old Captiva House

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With a new interior of the restaurant Old Captiva House and a state-of-the-art kitchen comes an exciting new menu, boasting delicious flavors and local favorites that will have your mouth watering.

It’s no secret that Old Captiva House is the only sushi restaurant on Captiva Island, and due to the unique structure, not only can you enjoy Sushi at Old Captiva House, but you can enjoy some of the best sushi in Southwest Florida. Our favorites include some of the specialty rolls, including our signature Captiva Roll: a spicy tuna, cucumber and crab roll with spicy mayo and eel sauce; and the Florida Roll: a lobster, scallion, tobiko and asparagus roll wrapped in soy paper.

The traditional menu also boasts some seafood favorites, starting with Parmesan Panko Crusted Scallops, Roasted Shrimp and Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Cocktail, and a local favorite, the Blue Crab Bisque. Starting plates range from $12 to $19, and are often shared or utilized as “small plate” entrees.

For the plant-lovers, dine on a traditional House Salad which is also vegan, or Wedge Sala, which is gluten free, or delight in the more complex Grilled Caprese Salad (also gluten free), Knife and Fork Caesar, or Arugula and Baby Heirloom Salad. The Arugula and Baby Heirloom features Belgian endive, smoked bleu cheese, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a lemon infused white balsamic.

Sticking with gluten-free entrée options, guests enjoy Blackened Snapper, Duck, Chilean Seabass Filet and a Vegan Delight. Vegans also enjoy Braised Veggies as an option as well. The Pomegranate Glazed Lamb Chops laid over roasted garlic parmesan smashed potatoes, vegetable medley and honey ginger demi are sure to delight any gluten-free diner, while the Grouper with basmati rice, julienned vegetables, asparagus tips, and mushrooms topped with a tropical lump crab salsa and citrus butter sauce is another way to indulge with dietary restrictions.

Other favorites include the Tuna, Jumbo Prawn Pasta, Cioppino (Fisherman’s Stew) and Lobster and Crab Crusted Scallops. For an extra special evening, add a lobster tail, scallops or shrimp to any of these dishes.

Whether it is food from the land or sea, vegan or gluten-free, you’ll love what Old Captiva House has cooking up for your next trip to Captiva. From special occasion to every night occasion, come visit us and our new digs tonight! Get the full menu here. 

A Classic is Reborn: The New Old Captiva House Officially Welcomes You.

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It stands on the site of Captiva Island’s very first schoolhouse that opened its doors in 1908 to a few pioneering students and families. In 1931, when the first overnight guests to Captiva Island checked in at the new ‘Tween Waters Inn, Grace Price treated guests to homemade meals at Old Captiva House while husband F. Bowman Price tended to their fishing excursions.

Across the many years since, Old Captiva House has welcomed tens of thousands of guests to its tables — notable names like Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, J.N. “Ding” Darling, Roger Tory Peterson and more, as well as equally notable names like you.

Today, May 14, 2019, a new chapter of Old Captiva House has officially been written. After more than a year in the works and one-million-dollars-plus of investment, Old Captiva House has been re-envisioned and re-created to once again stand as the top island dining destination for its classic styling, contemporary design, breathtaking beauty and mouthwatering cuisine. And this National Registry of Historic Places landmark is ready to welcome you and your family to experience it all, for breakfast or dinner.

Chief Executive Officer Tony Lapi is excited. “Old Captiva House has a long tradition as a top-rated TripAdvisor Captiva Island restaurant,” he explains. “The time had come to ‘up our game’ and over-deliver to our guests with a new Old Captiva House that combines its classic style and feel with bright and beautiful additions.”

Laurent Bosc serves as Food & Beverage Director of Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts, and has led a team of highly talented foodservice professionals — including Executive Chef Greg Nelson, sous chefs, servers and attendants — in creating an exciting new menu of Florida-fresh favorites, along with the highest standard of service to be enjoyed on the islands. Bonus: this talented team gets to perform their magic in a sparkling all-new kitchen that rivals any in Southwest Florida for state-of-the-art preparation and presentation.

Chief Operating Officer Doug Babcock anticipates that guests — both those who’ve visited the resort in years past as well as local residents — will be wowed. “The new Old Captiva House is simply remarkable, the moment you walk through those famous doors that front the Gulf of Mexico,” he says. “Your eyes literally wander from here to here to there, with so many ‘wow moments’ as you take it all in.”

Drawing from its historic past, Old Captiva House features a delightful “Darling Gallery,” a collection of original J.N. “Ding” Darling illustrations that — over his many years as guest — he would sketch in ‘Tween Waters Inn’s registration book. The illustrations are sometimes fun, sometimes silly, but altogether fascinating in their “slice of life” in the 1940s and 50s.

Open to the public (breakfast and dinner) and available for weddings, Old Captiva House has indeed embarked on a new chapter in its remarkable history. Be a part of it — make your reservations now to see, taste and experience the best dining on Captiva Island, with a Gulf-front view of Captiva’s romantic and beautiful sunsets, no extra charge.

Visit OldCaptivaHouse.com or call 239.472.5161 (Extension 421) for reservations.

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How Old Captiva House Became Old Captiva House and the New Old Captiva House

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In the early 1900s, Captiva was truly a “tropical paradise,” populated by select families of inhabitants who were adventurous, courageous, hard-working and hot weather loving — the first and second generations of American founders of the island.

As the first pioneers of Captiva began to have families, educating the children became an important “civic” issue and in 1908, a one-room schoolhouse was built for reading, writing, arithmetic and more. The site of that school is where today’s Old Captiva House resides.

Both ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa, along with Old Captiva House, have been designated Historic Landmarks by the United States and Lee County. As a result, as Old Captiva House is nearing completion of its historic re-creation in kitchen facilities, amenities and restaurant décor, certain aspects of the structure have been preserved.

However, as a grand opening nears this May, the new Old Captiva House will inspire diners both with its stunning visual appeal, as well as the outstanding, mouthwatering culinary delights that Executive Chef Greg Nelson and his team will be creating nightly.

We encourage you to follow us here, as well on social media including our Facebook page, for exciting announcements, sneak peeks and other treats awaiting Sanibel, Captiva and Southwest Florida at the all-new Old Captiva House. We can’t wait, and we know our many fans and followers feel that same way. Stay tuned!

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The new Old Captiva House: Coming soon to a legendary beach resort near you.

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More than 110 years ago, Captiva Island’s first schoolhouse welcomed its first class of children to a small, one room white building perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Pine Island Sound to the east.

Some 20 years later, in 1926, that building served as the site of the first “recreation destination” on Captiva — a fishing camp where sportsmen followed the lead of President Teddy Roosevelt and enjoyed waters rich with tarpon, redfish, grouper, snapper and other delights (not to mention remarkable nature, from dolphins to manatee to gators, as well as breathtaking natural beauty). Five years later, ‘Tween Waters Inn welcomed its first overnight guests, and a restaurant called Old Captiva House served to satisfy the appetites of those guests.

Sometime in the next few weeks, ‘Tween Waters Island Resort & Spa will celebrate the grand re-creation and opening of the new Old Captiva House — a stunning realization of architectural style and grace, coupled with one of TripAdvisor’s top Captiva menus, in a remarkable beachfront location that is, in fact, recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places.

With such a designation, the architects and visionaries of the Old Captiva House were required to retain and respect certain aspects of the original, historic structure. Upon its much anticipated opening, guests will find a breathtaking transformation of one of Captiva Island’s classic restaurants (with an all-new in-house bar) — true in some respects to its origins, yet contemporary in every other way.

Parent corporation Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts has funded this extensive project to more than $1 million — representing once again the corporation’s dedication to bring local, regional, national and international guests the very best vacation experience.

In addition, an entirely new kitchen has been constructed in concert with the Old Captiva House re-creation — bringing a state-of-the-art culinary, creative setting for Executive Chef Greg Nelson and his team to dream big and delivery the biggest, best dining experience anywhere on Sanibel and Captiva Islands. Note: Old Captiva House also serves as a romantic, perfect reception option for brides and grooms who dream of once-in-a-lifetime beach weddings.

Parent corporation Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts has funded this extensive project to more than $1 million — representing, once again, the corporation’s dedication to reinvest in its product, with the goal of bringing local, regional, national and international guests the very best vacation experience — which of course includes an out-of-this-world experience in food, flavors, wines, desserts, decor, natural beauty, friendly camaraderie and fun. An experience you’ll want to repeat, again and again.

Stay tuned, as the new Old Captiva House is coming soon to the Official Beach Resort of Captiva Island. You’ll want to make your reservations early, and often. Visit our website here for updates or follow us on Facebook here.