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Filling Up on Sushi at ‘Tween Waters’ Captiva House


This is only a fraction of our gluttonous order!

One word never fails to get our millennial son to the dinner table with us: sushi. So when Aaron found out that the Captiva House Gulffront Seafood Restaurant at ‘Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa has added sushi to its dinner repertoire, he was there!

Believe me, this is no afterthought to keep up with the sushi super-trend. Captiva House goes the whole distance, using only the freshest products rolled up to order in creative packages.

On the regular menu, two sushi rolls appear every night – the Specialty Sushi Roll and Ultimate Captiva Sushi Roll. Then, Tuesday through Saturday, an extended menu of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and sake totally seduce even the casual sushi lover, never mind the obsessed type like my son.

Allow me to illustrate: Whereas my husband was content with the Tropicana Roll as an appetizer and I with the Ultimate as a meal, Aaron ordered five different specialty rolls.

I love my rolls with a little kick, so the sriracha aioli with the lump crab and ahi tuna on the Ultimate struck the right chord, as did the spicy tuna in Aaron’s So Yumi and Sunrise rolls.

He leans toward the fried seafood rolls and anything with cream cheese, so, as a surfer, could not resist the Surfing on the Ocean, where the entire crunchy-creamy roll is deep-fried.

We all loved the naming process — so in keeping with ‘Tween Waters’ sassy seaside temperament. Bikini Heat Stroke or Dancing on the Beach, anyone?

Aaron tucks in.
Welcome to Captiva House Gulffront Seafood Restaurant!

Sushi Date Night | Captiva House Sushi

I’m a sushi newbie, so when I heard that Captiva House restaurant has a new sushi menu, I thought it might be the perfect time to dip my toes in some sake and get them wet in the sushi world.

My husband and I decided to make it a date night, since he’s a sushi-lover, so we left the baby at home with a sitter and made the date night drive to Captiva. I love the drive this time of evening — there’s hardly anyone driving onto the Islands (they’re all stuck in traffic on the way home from a day at the beach), and depending on the time of year, you’ll catch a memorizing sunset over the causeway (just don’t peek too long, or pull the car over and watch the sunset safely from the side of the road).

We didn’t make reservations for Captiva House, but reservations are recommended during peak season if you want to get a table in a timely manner. I’ve never had a problem getting a table except for holidays or extreme spring break season, or when bringing a large group (five or more) to enjoy the delights of Captiva House!

I eased my way into sushi by trying a non-seafood item — the California rolls — which I absolutely adored. This cucumber, avocado, kani, sesame seed and masago item is the perfect sushi starter for a vegan or veggie-lover (and for maybe the less brave food tester). Mathew, of course, dove right in with Fire Sanibel Island Roll, which he describes as a mix of spice, cheese and crawfish taste with an awesome eel sauce (ermmm…eel did he say?!)

For my second option (because who can just have one?!), we shared the rainbow in the beach specialty sushi roll, which literally did look like a rainbow of raw fish and veggies, and I have to admit is was really good. The fresh salmon, white fish and tuna mixed with the cucumber, kani and avocado made a fresh and juicy blend that I actually really loved. Mathew also ordered the spicy tuna rolls (can you tell there’s a theme for him? — spicy!) and let me try a few, because once I tried one, I couldn’t quite stop myself. I loved the crunch that this had on the outside — it was almost like a fish-flavored steak with spicy crust!

After a few bites of raw fish from my second and third dishes, I hardly thought of the “raw fish” aspect, and really started concentrating on the flavor explosions happening. It was a real, “rare,” treat, and I think I’ll be back to try sushi again —but maybe not the eel.

Check out the new sushi menu from Captiva House here!