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40 Years of Seafood and Counting

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Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant first opened its doors back on August 15, 1969. A lot has changed since then, but our commitment to serving freshly prepared seafood at a great value has been our core mission from the beginning. Known originally as Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers, Captain D’s was opened in Donelson, Tennessee. From the very start, we set out to provide quality seafood at reasonable prices—a concept that was revolutionary at the time.

A hit

Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers was a hit, and by 1973 we had opened 15 locations. The next year, we changed the company’s name to Captain D’s Seafood to focus more exclusively on the classic fish and chips, shrimp, and side dishes that Captain D’s is known for today.


Throughout the 1970s, the company grew quickly, adding special programs like the Kids’ Birthday Club and children’s comic books.

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Then, during the 1980s and 1990s, the company’s logo and building design evolved. In 2012, Captain D's rolled out a new 21st century restaurant image designed to enhance the Captain D's experience for our guests.  We've worked to create a coastal ambiance and welcoming atmosphere that transports you to your favorite beachside destination as soon as you walk through our doors.  

Through these changes, Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant has never wavered from its core commitment—great food, great prices, and even better service. We’re proud of our heritage, the years we’ve invested in perfecting our seafood menu, and the hospitality we offer every guest at each of our over 500 restaurants—and we’re confident you’ll enjoy your Captain D’s experience.