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“Legacy lower class passengers”

Captain Bill's Seneca Lake
Ranked #8 of 47 Restaurants in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This is what it felt like being on the lower deck. On the upper deck was a live band which you could not hear down stairs over the boats engines. If your seated toward the back of the boat near the bar, you get the ambiance of the bartender using the mixer ice machine.
When we first arrived at 520PM and boarded the boat, they had music playing over the speakers. Within 5 min of being seated, the music stopped. We were given our soup before we departed which I thought was kind of odd. We departed at 6pm sharp. Sunset was 630 but being that the sun was over the mountain, it was already dusk. By 7pm it was already dark out and you could not see anything outside the boat windows but your own reflection. I bring this up because you'd think because of the shorter days, they'd move departure time. Even if they departed at 5, you're not eating your main course until 530-6. We were done eating our main course before 730pm. I guess sitting there waiting for dessert at 8pm gave us something to look forward to. So we there waiting anxiously to get back for the last hour. They say you are free to get up and walk about but honestly there is no room. The front of the boat has a small deck that maybe 10-15 people could stand comfortably. The food was ok, nothing to rave about. I understand that the price includes the cost of gas but I wouldn't pay that much again at this time of the year. And I'm sure the people that paid the same price and ate their dinner with a live band had a more pleasurable experience. It may be worth it during the summer but definitely not the fall. Our waitress Dawn was nice.

Thank Brian J
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Wanted to have a look at the lake, and needed to eat. We always enjoy a dinner or cocktail cruise on the water. Captain Bill's looked good for this small town. I had the prime rib and scallops which were much better than I expected. The service was first class and the boat crew were professional and friendly. I would do this every visit to the Glen.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Take the one hour tour of Seneca Lake for a relaxing and informative excursion. Your hosts are very friendly and anxious to share their knowledge of Lake facts and history. It's really a pleasant diversion.

Thank Gibbled371
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

History of the lake(Seneca) was interesting.This is not a restaurant.It is a senic boat ride. There is no food .

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Thank Stephen H
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

What a way to experience Seneca Lake!
The boat was medium size, just perfect for enjoying Seneca Lake with a bunch of friends... And a dozen or so others.
The boat ride was smooth and offered fantastic views of the shores of Seneca Lake. The narration provide interesting historical facts as we passed the many notable landmarks.
We enjoyed a delicious roast beef luncheon on board. So plentiful, it was more like a small beef roast. Cooked perfectly and served with gravy that was so good it made you want to lick the plate! The potatoes and vegetables we equally delicious. Our meal started with a cold, crisp salad served with warm buns. Our yummy lunch ended with brownies and coffee.
Great service, too.
Be sure not to miss this Seneca Lake adventure!

Thank Travelinggal0121
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