The Captiva House, which is a part of 'Tween Waters Inn, is undergoing transitions to update itsmenu and decor. In July, Hospitality Director for Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts Laurent Bosc added small plates and new entrees to the menu. Bosc also rebranded it as Captiva House Gulf Front Seafood Restaurant.
The ideas behind the changes are the influx of new people they're seeing year after year and an increase in families staying at the resort.
"All the prices on the menu have been lowered. The idea is to change the Captiva House from a fine dining restaurant to a casual, family restaurant. There used to be a dress code, now there is none," Bosc said.
Blackened scallops over a bed of key lime butter and coconut rice with sauteed vegetables.
Since offering the new menu, he has found that the small plates have become a hit among customers.
"The small plates are one of the best sellers because you have the opportunity to taste a full dish but a smaller portion. The fish is four to five ounces instead of eight," Bosc said
The small plates include Chilean seabass, blackened scallops, mahi mahi and filet mignon. The prices range from $23 to $29. They are also available in a full portion as well.
For their entrees, some new items include the island snapper wrap, lobster spaghetti, citrus seafood risotto, seared duck breast and a grilled rack of lamb. Entrees range from $24 to $34. Bosc said that all the seafood is sourced locally and that the menu will change seasonally. He also plans to incorporate gluten free and vegan options once he finalizes the menu in December. New decor is on the horizon as well.
"In the future, we'll change the tables and take off the tablecloths," he said.
Bosc has even revamped their wine list. Instead of only carrying wines predominately from California, Bosc has brought in different types of wine from Italy, France and even Washington.
"The wine is less expensive and quality wise, everybody's winning," Bosc said.
In addition to their regular menu, the Captiva House is still offering sushi from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. everyday except for Sunday and Monday.
'Tween Water's other restaurant, the Crow's Nest will be getting a makeover as well. Bosc plans to start renovations to transform it into a beach cafe in three months. By August of next year, he said both restaurants will have a brand new kitchen.