Captain D’s traces its origin back to Nashville, TN in 1969 when a man named Raymond Danner opened the first restaurant. The first restaurant at that time was called “Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers” (Danner). The interesting thing about Danner was that at the time he opened Mr.D’s he was already a franchise owner of Shoney’s. It would remain Mr. D’s until 1974 when the name changed to Captain D’s Seafood as they began to focus on seafood menu items only.
General Restaurant Information
Food Type: Seafood
Restaurant Type: Fast Food
U.S. Locations: 515
States: 25 states, Captain D’s Locations
Company Slogan: Your Seafood Restaurant & The Taste of the Coast
Questions: Contact Information
Phone number: 334-567-9643
Email: Contact Form Only
FAQ Page: Frequently Asked Questions
Who Owns Captain D’s? Sentinel Capital Partners
Headquartered: Nashville, TN
Email/contact page: Sentinel Capital Contact Information
Address: 330 Madison Avenue, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Do They Franchise? Franchise Information
What Is It Like To Work At Captain D’s?
3.5/5 or 70%; 878 Reviews (indeed.com)
2.9/5, or 58%; 183 Reviews (glassdoor.com)
The History of Captain D’s
Original Location: 2633 Lebanon Road, Donelson (Nashville), TN
Founded: 1969 (Mr. D’s Seafood & Hamburgers), 1974 (Captain D’s)
Founded By: Raymond Danner Sr
Ray Danner (civicscope.org)
Founder Obituary: Raymond Louis Danner Sr. Obituary
Name Origin: Originally Mr. D’s (Danner) Hamburgers and Seafood, Raymond changed the restaurant name in 1974 to focus on seafood exclusively.
History Page: Company History Page
What Is Captain D’s (captaindsfranchising.com)
Company History (fundinguniverse.com)
Charity Focus: Sadly, no resources found
Green | Eco-Friendly: No resources found
Animal Cruelty: No resources found
Discounts At Captain D’s
Rewards Program: Reward Program
Do Kids Eat Free at Captain D’s?
What day do kids eat free? Thursday
Summary: Captain D’s currently offers a kids eat free promotion on Thursdays for children 12 and under.
“Kids ages 12 and under can eat for free with each paying adult (limit 2 kids per each adult entree)” (pennypinchinmom.com)
“Kids eat free here on Thursdays. Up to two kids get a free meal for each paying adult.” (bradsdeals.com)
Does Captain D’s Offer Military Discounts?
Summary: Captain D’s does offer a military discount. Please check with your local franchise for discount information.
“Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.” (militaryconnection.com)
What Does Captain D’s offer for My Birthday!?
Summary: Captain D’s offers a promotional item for your birthday when you are a member of their Reward Program. This free item changes from time to time so check with the details of their reward program.
Does the chain Offer First Responder Discounts?
Summary: No resources found
Does Captain D’s Offer Senior Citizen | AARP Discounts?
Summary: Captain D’s does offer a senior discount. Please check with your local franchise for discount information.
“Choice of 8 meals + drink for $4.99 or less- varies by loc. (62+) verified” (theseniorlist.com)
“Various locations offer discounts to customers over 62 on certain days” (aarp.org)
“Discount on select days (usually Sundays and Wednesdays) for seniors 62 and older.” (wisebread.com)
“seniors (62+) can enjoy one of 8 meals including a drink for $4.99 or less at participating restaurants.” (bradsdeals.com)
“Various locations of this casual seafood spot offer senior discounts to diners over 62 on different days of the week – usually Sunday and Wednesday.” (money.usnews.com)
“those who are 62 and older get a choice of eight meals and a drink for $4.99 or less. Varies by location.” (clark.com)
Are There Any Other Discounts or Benefits at Captain D’s?
Summary: Currently, when you join their VIP Rewards program, they are offering the following promotion.
Register for their VIP Rewards to start earning points every time you visit – and you’ll be eligible for special rewards! Available at participating locations.
Order Online: No
WiFi Available: Yes
Use Apple Pay: No
Open 24 Hours: No
Customer Reviews of Captain D’s
Yelp: 2.95/5 or 59%, 180 reviews sampled
Tripadvisor: 3.60/5 or 72%, 206 reviews sampled
Overall Average: 3.28/5 or 66%, 386 reviews sampled
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Food & Nutrition
Menu: Captain D’s Menu
Kids Menu: Captain D’s Kids Menu
Secret Menu: No resources found
Most Popular Menu Item: Batter-Dipped Fish
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Does Serve Alcohol: No
Nutritional Information: Captain D’s Nutrition Guide
Vegetarian | Vegan Options:
Baked Potato, Breadstick (contains wheat), Broccoli, Corn On The Cob, French Fries (contains gluten), Green Beans, Side Salad (mesovegan.wordpress.com)
Baked Potato, Breadstick, Broccoli, Corn On The Cob, French Fries, Green Beans, Side Salad (veganfoodlover.com)
Farm to Table | Organic Options | Clean | Non-GMO: No resources found
Miscellaneous Nutrition Resources:
Captain D’s Starts the New Year with Expanded Healthy Menu Options (prnewswire.com)
Nutrition Facts & Calorie Information (nutrition-charts.com)
Allergen Information: Captain D’s Allergen Guide
Gluten Free Options:
Common Allergens and Sensitivities (allergysafemenus.org)
Gluten-Free Menu (glutenfreeguidehq.com)
“Wild Alaskan Salmon, tilapia, and shrimp scampi” (urbantastebud.com)
Dairy Free Options: No resources found, but the following may be helpful.
Restaurant Guide For Dairy-Free Dining (godairyfree.org)
Peanut Free Options: No resources found, but the following may be helpful.
Food Allergy Guides For Many Chain Restaurants (verywellhealth.com)
Ways to Eliminate Risks of Peanut Allergy When Dining Out (healthguidance.org)
Does Captain D’s Have Any Secret Recipes?
Batter Dipped Fish (copykat.com)
Cole Slaw (copykat.com)
Crunchy Battered Fish (thissillygirlskitchen.com)
Restaurant Style Coleslaw (allrecipes.com)
Did You Know?
The chain and Shoney’s are relatively brother and sister. Raymond Danner owned several Shoney’s franchises before creating the first Mr. D’s in 1969. The two restaurants have been closely related ever since.
Danner was still in charge of Shoney’s when he started Captian D’s (Mr. D’s) in 1969. (source)
They were most likely the first fast-food restaurant to focus on seafood only after rebranding in 1974.
Captain’s Turns its Ship Around (qsrmagazine.com)
Captain D’s (qsrmagazine.com)
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Followers (as of August 2018) –
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I went into this open-minded hoping to offset my negative connotation but was disappointed only to verify my thoughts. You could make a case for them if your city had just a few dining options but with so many restaurants today, why would anyone choose Captain D’s?. They are owned by an investment firm (Sentinel Capital Partners) that isn’t interested in serving your family; they serve fried food that most find undesirable and their customer service is mediocre at best based on restaurant reviews. Choose an alternative or stay at home with a movie and some fish sticks.
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