The Mucky Duck: Beachfront Favorite for Amazing Sunsets and Great Grub on Captiva Island, FL

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The famous “Mucky Duck” came about quite inadvertently, giving birth to a Southwest Florida beachside legend. Many years ago, a quaint little tea house known as The Gulf View Inn resided on the Captiva beachfront, with a window seat to the Gulf of Mexico.Time passed, and due to beach erosion the Inn was moved back 300 feet. As the years went by, the Inn was closed and transformed into a beach house.

In 1975, two entrepreneurs got together and purchased the beach house as a potential rental property. While at the Lee County Courthouse, they inadvertently discovered an expired beer and wine license for the property, which could be reactivated for $100.00. That evening while sipping cold beer and watching the sun paint a picture as it set across the Gulf of Mexico, an idea was born…this magical sunset experience needed to be shared with others.

Many ask, where did the name “Mucky Duck” originate? Quite simply, from England, where drinking establishments are frequently at the heart of the local community. It is rather common for English pubs to bear names such as “The Black Swan”, “The White Swan”, “The Dirty Duck”, or “The Mucky Duck.” On January 29, 1976 the old Gulf View Inn on Captiva Island was reborn as The Mucky Duck.

In 1980, Swiss restaurateur Andreas Bieri purchased an interest in The Mucky Duck, and was its head chef and manager. In March 2011 he bought out the then majority partners and now is the owner/operator of  The Mucky Duck.

The Mucky Duck is a MUST destination in Southwest Florida. Located directly on the beach, the views and sunsets translate into memories that will last a lifetime. It doesn’t get better! Then comes the food: unpretentious, pleasing to all, with friendly, convivial service, in a relaxed, beachside setting.

A recent menu featured the following:

, GarHomemade New England Clam Chowderden Salad with mixed baby greens, tomato, cucumber, red & green bell peppers, hearts of palm, dried cranberries and roasted pecans, Caesar Salad- Romaine with fresh parmesan, tomato & crisp homemade croutons, Oysters on the Half Shell, freshly shucked, served on ice, and Oysters Rockefeller–fresh oysters baked with sautéed garlic, leaf spinach, shallots & bacon, with a white wine dill sauce, Shrimp Cocktail, Duck Fingers with raspberry sauce, Crab Cakes, and Smoke Fish Tapenade, among other starters.

Favorite entrees at The Mucky Duck include: Roasted Duck a L’Orange- half of a roasted duckling glazed with homemade orange sauce, BBQ Shrimp with Bacon- a Captiva original & longtime favorite, Char-Grilled Ribeye– the finest in prime beef, with sautéed mushrooms, Maryland Style Crab Cakes, Filet Mignon, Coconut Shrimp, Crab Cakes–Maryland style, served with black bean & corn salsa, Grouper “Cafe’ de Paris,” a house specialty, baked in white wine, lemon & Worcestershire, finished with a buttery herb topping (may also order simply grilled) tender chicken breast sautéed and topped with a Marsala wine sauce, Grilled Florida Lobster tail– 12 oz., served with drawn butter, Chicken Piccata, sautéed chicken breast topped with a lemon caper butter sauce, Flounder Meuniere, Grilled Swordfish, Pork Chops, Pasta of the Day, Salmon en Croute, and Pasta of the Day, among other specials and favorites!

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See you on Captiva Island, and please tell the folks at the Mucky Duck that Fred Bollaci sent you!

The Mucky Duck
11546 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva, FL 33924
239.472.3434

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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