This weekend I went down to St. Augustine, Florida for lunch at Cap’s on the Water. This waterfront restaurant is located on the intracoastal waterway offering spectacular views and a dock to accommodate boaters. The restaurant is quaint and coastal allowing visitors to enjoy the waterfront views without distraction of tacky wall decorations. Cap’s has both an indoor and outdoor bar/dining area, offering cool air conditioning or sunshine with a coastal breeze. Because a significant amount of the restaurant is outdoor seating, they do not have a designated area for dogs so leave the canine kids at home or on the boat.
Cap’s stands out from most other Florida waterfront restaurants in the area because they have really good quality food! Cap’s offers artisanal cheeses, a wide variety of fresh catch selections and a menu to make any food snob happy. They also have an awesome outdoor bar area great for large groups to hang out and share some drinks and appetizers in a more casual atmosphere. The staff was all very friendly and attentive. My bartender, Chantal was incredibly helpful and sweet.
Cap’s on the Water is a great spot for both locals and tourists alike. Much like the food menu, the bar menu has something for everyone. They have a very impressive wine list and a great signature cocktail list. Of course, I had beer and was pleased that they offered local craft beer along with more popular domestic brands. Here is a list of the local breweries and the beers currently offered at Cap’s:
- Duke’s Cold Nose Brown Ale by Bold City in Jacksonville, FL
- People’s Pale Ale by Intuition Ale Works in Jacksonville, FL
- Old Battle Axe IPA by Engine 15 in Jacksonville Beach, FL
- Ponce’s Pale Ale by Ancient City in St. Augustine, FL
- Matanzas Red Ale by Ancient City in St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine is a huge tourist area, and it makes me happy that Cap’s made it a point to list the local beers and the name of the brewery on their menu. I have yet to go to Ancient City, but now that I have tried their beers, I will make it a point to schedule a tasting in the very near future. I hope that others are also inclined to visit the local breweries while in town. This was not my first time visiting Cap’s and I will certainly make my way back there for some good food and good beer…hopefully next time it will be by a boat instead of a car.