I think the wildly-differing reviews of this restaurant are due to varied expectations. We've been visiting the island for more than 30 years, and we've never had an "unforgettably good" meal here. We haven't found true culinary excellence on Captiva. But for this little village, Green Flash has good food, comparably priced to other nearby options. After all, $15 hamburgers are the norm here, so an average $25 entree for dinner is to be expected.
Our six adults ordered a wide variety of dishes for our last night on-island. We had eaten at Doc Ford's a few nights earlier. Green Flash was a good place to "celebrate" our trip. We intended to go to the Mucky Duck, arriving just a few minutes after 5pm, but was told there was already a one-hour wait there, and they weren't at all interested in encouraging us to stay. Green Flash has the same owners, so we went there instead and were served immediately, with easy parking. It was quieter than Mucky Duck, and we had a nicer view. The atmosphere is a bit dated, as others have noted, but it is a white tablecloth kind of place, and attracts an older crowd and fewer families with small children, which was fine with us. Although our group included four 20-somethings, they enjoyed the calm.
If you have a non-seafood eater in the family, their options will be slim. But our family was happy with shrimp, crab and other specialties. I had the pork wellington, and it was good.
The service was very nice. No complaints. Just be prepared for $25 entrees that are pricey for mainland standards but good by Captiva standards. If you want a better "value," you probably should explore options on Sanibel or even Ft. Myers.
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