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“Seafood Southern Style” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Captain Bob's Seafood and Steaks - CLOSED

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Captain Bob's Seafood and Steaks
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Highchairs Available, Seating, Takeout
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
118 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Seafood Southern Style”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014

We were staying in the area for a few days, saw the place advertised, and decided to give it a try. In all fairness, we should say that our rating was heavily swayed by the ambiance of the place, which we found to be unpleasant. On the other hand, if you can get past that and are looking for a good basic meal, you can find one at Capt Bobs. We arrived on a Saturday night, and the place was so busy we had trouble finding a place to park. The crowd size obviously speaks volumes about the popularity of the place with the local crowd. We were promptly seated at the only available table. Our first reaction to the environment was that the place was much like a school cafeteria, with open tables throughout. The place had no soft surfaces or partitions to dissipate the noise, so not only is there an overpowering din, but we could clearly hear the conversation of everyone else in the room. So we did not feel at ease talking with each other. The service was prompt and always around when we needed something. As far as the food, the large menu seemed to lean heavily toward the Southern tradition of frying everything. We personally do not care for fried food and never eat it, so we had to peruse the menu carefully for alternatives. The shrimp, catfish, and lobster tails were offered broiled, so my wife ordered the shrimp and catfish (broiled), which came with cole slaw and hushpuppies. I ordered the combo rib eye steak and broiled lobster tail, which came with a salad and steamed broccoli. We both started with a cup of chowder, which was rich and flavorful, even a bit spicy. The salad and cole slaw were basic, but good. My wife enjoyed the shrimp, but thought the catfish was undercooked for her taste. (It was a generous portion, so she took it home and warmed it up for lunch the next day.) She tried one bite of the hush puppies, but did not care for any more. My lobster tail was tender and flavorful, quite good. The steak surprised me: it was a thin cut, but cooked a perfect medium rare as requested. The steak had a very good grilled flavor. And the broccoli was cooked to perfection, not tough or mushy, just right. So all in all, the food was average to very good, depending on the selection, but the ambiance is a real drag on the experience.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank TennTom4
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  • English first
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English first
Edmore
Level Contributor
160 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“real good seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Stopped here on a Friday night got real good seafood! had combination platter with clams, oysters and catfish all for 14.95 and had all I could eat! it is a out of the wat restaurant but well worth going to, nice and clean and real good service with being full of customers.This place is a lot better than Joes crab shack in Pigieon forge, better prices and better food. Will be back in Dec when we go down there for Christmas!!!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank buger
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Charleston, South Carolina
Level Contributor
18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great seafood on the I-40 bypass”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

The bridge spanning Douglas Lake on I-40 has one lane open in each direction. If you take Highway 25/70 as a bypass to avoid the long waits, you come across Captain Bob’s Seafood and Steaks. We stopped yesterday after hours in a doctor’s office in Knoxville. What a great place! The whitefish, shrimp and oysters can be ordered fried, grilled or broiled. We had fried shrimp and fried oysters. Excellent! They were hand dipped in a very light batter and fried at the perfect temperature. The coating was crisp and not greasy at all. The hush puppies, though overcooked, had a wonderful flavor. All of the desserts are homemade. This evening, they included bread pudding with a light cream sauce, and coconut, chocolate, key lime pies and cheesecake. I was told that they are made fresh daily. The bread pudding was delicious! The Friday night prime rib special was highly recommended. We’ll try that next!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank twobelles
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