El Capitan Seafood & Grill Revisited

El Capitan Seafood & Grill

A restaurant called El Capitan Seafood & Grill opened in late 2022. I’ve only been once and that was in the first month they opened. The first was a bit underwhelming and the service was spotty. I had plans to give them a revisited review, but the restaurant kept falling off my radar.

But thanks to an impromptu lunch with friends, I finally made my way back to the Mexican seafood restaurant in east Wichita.

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410 N Hillside St., Wichita, KS 67214
316-339-9113

Sunday – Tuesday: 10am – 10pm
Closed on Wednesday
Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm

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When I arrived, there were complimentary chips and salsa waiting for me at the table. The salsa was of the runny kind, but still very addictive and delicious. I found myself going back for more salsa throughout my lunch.

With three of us at the table, we ordered different entrées.

The first to arrive was a shrimp dish where the meal was prepared and still attached to the body and coated in a bit of butter. I didn’t even think to ask for the name of the dish, but found it to be quite delicious. Since it wasn’t my dish, I only had a couple but thoroughly enjoyed the flavor, which was surprisingly a little spicy. At this time, we asked if they had different salsa to try. They did and said they would bring them out. Unfortunately, that never happened.

About 15–20 minutes after the dish arrived, we were wondering what happened to our other orders. I was hungry and on a time crunch. Soon after, another employee asked if “we were good” which we then asked about our other two orders. Then our server came out and let us know that our order was never made, and they were working on it.

Finally, 30 minutes after the first entrée came out, mine arrived. I had the aguachiles verdes which was shrimp marinated in lime juice with onion and green chile.

I love Mexican seafood and while I’ve had better aguachiles in town, I didn’t mind El Capitan’s take on it. The aguachiles didn’t soak in much of the green chile flavor as I would have liked. It was a good dish, but maybe my expectations were a little higher than they should have been.

This dish was shared with my other friends as we were unsure if our last dish would arrive. We thought about tabbing out but then…

Roughly 13–15 minutes after the second dish came, the final one made it to our table. It was the mixed botana. This was a dish accompanied by shrimp ceviche, fish ceviche, aguachiles, octopus, cooked shrimp, oysters and hot sauce.

Our server let us know that they didn’t have oysters on that day but would be glad to substitute it with another protein or discount the ticket along with discounting more because of how late it arrived. My friend asked for the latter.

The mixed botana was basically a sampler platter of all the seafood options on one platter. I’m not sure if it was my subconscious ready to leave after it being close to an hour since we arrived, but it was just an OK platter for me. The mixed botana had a bit of everything, but nothing excited me. With each bite, I couldn’t help but think to myself, there are better options around town.

I really wanted to like El Capitan given my first experience. A redemption blog is always the best to write after a less than stellar original visit. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case here. The long wait between the three dishes, not getting salsas we asked for but still trying to charge us for it, just didn’t help the overall experience here.

During my original visit, I experienced some service issues that centered around not getting items I ordered. At that time, I chalked it up to opening month jitters. It’s been a year and half and things didn’t improve for me. From other reviews, it sounds like I’m just running into bad luck.

Will the third time be the charm for El Capitan Seafood & Grill? We shall see if that day comes.

Here’s the menu:

Happy Dining,
Eddy


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