July 1, 2020
(Dock Location) 2765 NE 28th Court
Lighthouse Point, Florida 33074
Cap's Place is an Old Florida icon that should be visited at least once by everyone interested in Florida History and the old way of life. It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
People go to Cap's for the ambience as much as for the food.
The food and service get mixed reviews on all of the rating sites like TripAdvisor, Yelp, Urban Spoon and others. Just keep that in mind and go anyway.
You'll enjoy the ambience and maybe you'll get lucky with the food.
I've had a couple of great dinners there while stopping overnight on my boat at the Lighthouse Point Marina right next door.
Cap's is a place that has had it's share of famous visitors. The much traveled Al Capone and movie stars and tycoons have enjoyed its food and drink since it was first opened in 1928.
It was originally known as Club Unique, and specialized in prohibition era rum drinks and casino style gambling.
In addition to Scarface, some early visitors included Joe DiMaggio, Susan Hayward, Casey Stengel, Jack Dempsey, Kate Smith, Myrna Loy, George Jessel and many others.
Cap's Place was owned by Captain Theodore Knight, an early settler in the Hillsboro Inlet area and an alleged rumrunner.
This old place is not really on an island, but is on the tip of a residential peninsula. You can only get there, however, by boat.
You can catch a boat that operates out of the Lighthouse Point Marina.
The boat trip only takes about 5 minutes, but you will be transported to a different time.
The walls of the restaurant and bar are filled with photos and newspaper clippings of the old days and nautical memorabilia of all kinds.
Windows in the dining room overlook the Intracoastal Waterway with passing yachts and the mansions beyond and a lot of shoreline mangroves.
Having a meal at Cap's is like eating in a museum but with better smells. The food can be good or not so good, but never terrible as far as I know.
It's fun to sit at the bar and soak up the history from the old newspaper clippings and enjoy the feeling of sitting among antique cash registers, parts of old ships and various wooden carvings.
The menu specializes in fresh fish. I had dolphin (mahi mahi) one time, and snapper another and both meals were delicious.
The salad I enjoy the most is made from fresh hearts of palm (swamp cabbage) and is an Old Florida classic.
Meals and drinks are very expensive at Cap's, but your Old Florida experience will make up for it.
Other specialties at Cap's include scallops wrapped in bacon, crab cakes, various shrimp dishes and lobster.
The dessert to try is their Key Lime Pie. The pricey menu may be what we have to tolerate to keep this valuable piece of real estate from becoming just another ritzy mansion or condominium.
I am willing to pay the price.