The Captain is Callin’

Sharing the Specialness of Seafood Every Day

We believe good seafood can transform any meal into a moment to remember. Throughout our 50-year history, our focus has been making great seafood available to everyone, every day and creating a place that makes an ordinary day feel special. From the friendly smiles and hand-crafted cooking of our crew members to our beachy restaurant design, we want you to feel relaxed as we transport you to the coast.

YEAR 1969

The First Captain D’s

Captain D’s first opened as Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers in Donelson, Tennessee, on August 15, 1969. From the very start, we set out to provide quality seafood at reasonable prices — a concept that was revolutionary at the time.

Image of the first Mr. D's Seafood and Hamburgers store and sign, featuring a cartoon of a kid riding a fish.


YEAR 1973

The More The Merrier

Mr. D’s Seafood and Hamburgers was a hit (because who doesn’t love affordable and delicious seafood) and by 1973 we had opened 15 locations in the United States.

Image of the interior of a Mr. D's Seafood and Hamburgers location, showing multiple tables and booths filled with people eating a meal.


YEAR 1974

The Captain Is Born

In 1974, we changed the company’s name to Captain D’s Seafood to focus more exclusively on the classic fish, shrimp, and side dishes that our customers had come to love, and for which Captain D’s is known today.

Image of the exterior of a newly named Captain D's Seafood restaurant.


YEAR 1980

Families Aboard

As Captain D’s grew quickly throughout the 70s, we came to be known as a place where families could gather.

Image of a waitress serving beverages to a table of Captain D's customers.


YEAR 1990

Changing With The Tides

During the 80s and 90s, as Captain D’s grew in popularity, we evolved our logo and building design, as well as experimented with new and exciting menu items.

Exterior of a Captain D's location with the 1990's round Captain D's logo.


YEAR 2012

Sea The Difference

In 2012, we rolled out a brand new, restaurant redesign, 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 coastal destination as soon as you walk through our doors.

Exterior image of a new Captain D's.


Phone showing the Captain D's app with an image of a drive thru worker handing a bag of food to a customer (offscreen).

Smooth Sailing Ahead

Throughout the decades, Captain D’s has never wavered from our 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 500 plus restaurants — and we’re confident you’ll enjoy your Captain D’s experience in the years to come.

Phone containing an image of an updated Captain D's restaurant exterior.