At a Glance
- Founded: 1969
- Locations: 529
- Initial Investment: $ $ 1,006 K - $ 1,224 K
- Headquarters: Nashville, TN
- Category: Food & Restaurant
For 50 years, Captain D’s has continued to catch a growing share of the fast-casual market because there is no other franchise quite like us. Aside from maintaining a long and steady run of success, we have also disrupted the market with a truly unique model in an underserved category.
Our hybrid concept that combines casual dining food quality, a QSR price point, and a fast-casual service experience is creating all kinds of buzz! Captain D’s is making serious waves in the industry and was ranked as Best Food and Restaurant Franchise by Entrepreneur and Top 50 Beloved Brands by Nation’s Restaurant News. Interested in a fresh alternative to the QSR sea of sameness? Choose the brand with no direct competition that complements rather than competes with your other brands. Choose Captain D’s.
Captain D’s does more than stand out. We stand alone. As the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, we are the only fish in the sea. By providing an alternative to burgers, pizza, and chicken, we have positioned ourselves to be the franchise of the future with no competition in the fast-casual space.
To attract and maintain customer loyalty, we offer an excellent product at a phenomenal price, with a dining experience that will keep customers coming back. Simply by focusing on seafood options, we already stand out. But, that’s only one part of it. The quality of our product also sets us apart. Our chef-driven menu starts with whole cut filets, no square patties made of processed seafood here. All of this at an affordable price—including a $4.99 value offering that will keep customers coming back again and again.
Our fastest-growing menu items are our grilled options that meet the demands of our more health-conscious customers, as well as our millennial diners. Head Chef Jason Henderson works directly with our Research and Development team in the corporate test kitchen to keep the menu fresh and on trend. As a brand with roots in the South, we offer true Southern hospitality and table service that provides everything from delivering orders hot and fresh to providing beverage refills. Along with our authentic food and hospitality, we offer real dishware and silverware to create an elevated dining experience for the whole family and cut down on the waste from your restaurant. Our dining experience is also heightened by our new restaurant design that has a beachside resort vibe that delivers a more modern, inviting customer experience. Plus our customers appreciate our drive thru and carry out options.
Another strong selling point of Captain D’s is that over 50% of our 500+ restaurants in 22 states are corporately owned. This means that we are as invested in our restaurant’s success as our Franchise Owners. The corporate team is made up of proven restaurateurs that have some serious skin in the game and are implementing the same practices as their Franchise Owners.
Our revenues are rising every year, making it a great time to own a Captain D’s!