We’re no beach town, but Louisville sure loves its water. And we know how to take advantage of it. Some of my most relaxing moments are spent just driving down River Road, windows down, Taylor Swift tunes turned all the way up, taking in the scenic view of the Ohio River.
The river, although not always ideal for swimming, is a fantastic source of entertainment, activities and great eats. Hands down, my favorite restaurant it has yielded is Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grill.
Captain’s Quarters meets all my requirements for a good time: It’s right on the water, so I can take in the gorgeous view of the sun setting as I enjoy my meal; it regularly has bands or DJs performing on the deck, so I can dance off my yummy dinner; and, most importantly, the fish tacos are killer.
But my favorite thing about the venue – other than feeling like a high-society yacht owner – is the diversity of dining experiences it offers. Now, I know I just made it sound like a theme park restaurant or something, but hear me out.
Captain’s Quarters has several different dining areas to choose from, depending on your mood and comfort or entertainment wants.
If the weather isn’t ideal, or if you’re really feeling the heat, dine inside the beautiful lodge. With a sky-high ceiling, a stone fireplace in the middle of the dining room and nautical motif adorning the walls, the lodge makes you want to rock those Sperry boat shoes and pretend you just spent a long day maneuvering your boat through the water – and if you actually did, I commend you.
The lodge’s floor-to-ceiling windows let you gaze out at the deck and the water while you dine. Except for the comfortable air conditioning, you’ll forget you’re even indoors.
If you’re looking to dine in the warmth of the sun and take in the river’s scent (although sometimes, it doesn’t have the best aroma), choose to sit on the creek deck. The tiered deck has umbrellas for shade and fans to cool you down. My favorite part of dining outside at Captain’s Quarters is watching the boats that dock nearby launch into the river. The boat passengers often will wave, a clear signal that everyone is having a great time.
Captain’s Quarters always has a lively feel, but it’s also great if you’re looking for something more intimate. The restaurant frequently entertains large parties. Even my little brother chose to host our friends and family on the CQ Princess – the restaurant’s very own dinner and entertainment yacht – during his Bar Mitzvah weekend last August.
If you’re thinking of hosting at the restaurant, you can choose from the CQ Princess; the veranda, the lodge’s more intimate, upper level; the river deck, which can be tented; or the stone room, also known as “the cave,” a private room overlooking the water.
With all the beauty, entertainment and delicious eats Captain’s Quarters has to offer, it’s no surprise that The Voice-Tribune chose the venue for this June’s Third Thursday party. But if you missed all the action this week, not to worry.
Ryan Cox, who owns Coxx Events, deejays every Sunday night at Captain’s Quarters. You can catch his music, which he described as up-tempo, dance-friendly, world music, at 10 p.m. Before he takes the stage, the audience can check out a different band each week, starting at 6 p.m.
Cox described the Sunday night atmosphere as something that “cannot be duplicated.”
April’s record flooding forced the restaurant to shut down through Mother’s Day, Derby weekend and Easter, but the Captain’s Quarters team was prepared. Like they’ve done after previous floods, they took everything out, replaced floors, repainted and did everything in their power to get the restaurant looking like itself again.
They’ve done a great job.
For more information, visit www.cqriverside.com or call 502.228.1651.
Try the fried banana peppers as an appetizer and the blackened chicken Caesar salad. You won’t be sorry.
Frequent customers may receive benefits such as the restaurant’s point-and-reward Frequent Diner Program. Coxx Events also offers a no-line, no-cover Preferred Guest Program. For information, visit www.coxxevents.com.
Captain’s Quarters is in Harrod’s Creek, which is significant because it served as Captain Cavendar’s way station for boatsmen needing a place to sleep, eat or simply hang out.
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