Captain Johns Seafood Restaurant
Address:
Hylands Cnr, Merimbula NSW    Contact details
Cuisines:
Seafood
Contact details - Captain Johns Seafood Restaurant
Address:
Hylands Cnr, Merimbula NSW
Phone:
(02) 6495 1940
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    We had a TERRIBLE dining experience at Captain John's last weekend, the only thorn in our otherwise wonderful weekend away down the coast. It was evident from the moment we were seated that the wai...

    We will never go back to Captain John's nor will we recommend it to anyone...we were very disappointed in the place.

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    • Overall 2 |  Food 2  |  Ambience 6  |  Value 0  |  Service 0

      We had a TERRIBLE dining experience at Captain John's last weekend, the only thorn in our otherwise wonderful weekend away down the coast. It was evident from the moment we were seated that the waitress was not too pleased to have us there, her attitude was professional but on the other end of the scale from friendly. We ordered the 'natural' lobster to share between 4 of us, plus an entree each. The 'natural' lobster, which cost about $75, was a small sized lobster that came straight from the fridge, halved with a side of lettuce salad. The lobster was overcooked and was still half FROZEN! We could not believe that we were paying $75 for someone to halve a $30 lobster you can get from the local fish store. The other entrees varied in quality - the seafood broth was pretty good, the prawn fettucini dish was delicious, the oysters were yummy too (but you can't go wrong with the oysters in that region), but the scallops were overcooked also. After our meal, we went to the bar to pay (we were pretty eager to leave). The waitress asked us how our food was and we told her that it wasn't very good. She seemed a little surprised and said (in what I hoped was a sarcastic tone) "Do you want to leave?". We told her we will pay for the meal (eventhough it was a complete rip off - at least the lobster was). We asked her where the lobster came from, she then said in her (perhaps permanent) sarcastic tone "Uh, the ocean?!". We told her the lobster was cold and still a little frozen, she then stated that "Well that's because it just came out of the fridge.". Perhaps I'm no chef or lobster connoisseur, but if I'm paying $75 for 1 dish, I expect more of an effort than just what I can get from the local supermarket chopped in half! She offered no apology or discount or showed anything other than disdain for our presence and our feedback. This restaurant is called Captain John's, its bar is fashioned out of half a fake ship, yet its snobby waitress and pretentious white linen napkin that she lays on your lap suggests that it wants to be treated like a top quality fancy restaurant. If you want to pay $75 for a small half-frozen lobster that came from "the ocean?!" with a side of lettuce salad with not-very-ripe cherry tomatoes and grated carrot, then this is the place for you! But watch out for the waitress's bark, her bite has not been tested as part of this review.

    • Overall 2.8 |  Food 2  |  Ambience 2  |  Value 1  |  Service 6

      We will never go back to Captain John's nor will we recommend it to anyone...we were very disappointed in the place.

    • Overall 9.5 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 9  |  Value 9  |  Service 10

      Had a great time and the food was fabulous. The waitress was most convivial and went out of her way to assist us. Keith - Canberra

    • Overall 2.5 |  Food 5  |  Ambience 2  |  Value 2  |  Service 1

      We have a fussy 6yo daughter who has presented many restaurants around the country and overseas with catering challenges, including some very swank silver service establishments that you might expect to be fussy about the sort of troublesome patrons they serve. However, we have never been told to go elsewhere rather than a restaurant make some attempt to cater for our daughter's tastes! But that was what happened at Captain Johns Seafood Restaurant on Sunday night, the officious waitress adding "that's the way it's always been, if we make an exception [to the menu] for one person, we'd have to make it for everyone". Hmmm, can't have the patrons dictating the service, can we?! We ended up going around the corner and spending $100 at a restaurant we'd spent similar money at the night before. So, can't really comment on the food, but definitely don't take your kids there!

    • Overall 10 |  Food 10  |  Ambience 10  |  Value 10  |  Service 10

      Fantastic food. Great servings. Personalised service. Delicious bacon and broccoli soup, garlic prawns and lobster. We had a great and relaxing night.

  • Awards

    2007 - Restaurant & Catering NSW Awards for Excellence  

    2008 - Restaurant & Catering NSW / ACT Awards for Excellence  

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    2010 - Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence  

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