Captain D’s

#1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, leading AUV growth, fresh new look.

Business Type: Franchise

Startup Costs: $700,000 - $900,000


40 Years of Success and Counting

For a fresh business opportunity that provides industry-leading AUV growth, look no further than Captain D’s. Since opening our doors in 1969, we’ve never stopped innovating and it has paid off. Today, with more than 520 restaurants nationwide, we’re proud to be America’s favorite quick service destination for seafood.

Never satisfied with success alone, our team of brand marketers, product innovators, and culinary experts continually look for opportunities to propel our growth. From rolling out new restaurant designs to offering delicious fire-grilled menu items, our innovations, and smart business decisions, help us stand above the rest. With a reinvigorated brand, we’re entering our third year of system-wide same store sales growth.

Franchise Opportunities

A Fresh Opportunity has Arrived

As part of our goal to continue building the Captain D’s brand and expand our 500+ restaurant national footprint, we’re searching for multi-unit foodservice and retail operators with a history of business success. We’ve experienced more than 40 years of growth, and today we’re the #1 seafood chain in the QSR 50, ranked by AUV. . Our high quality seafood, warm hospitality, and commitment to innovation have helped us get there. But, we’re not satisfied with being on the top. We’re committed to staying on the top.

We’ve reinvigorated our brand with a new restaurant design that brings the beach to our customers. We’ve also upgraded our menu with delicious new fire-grilled items. These exciting changes have resulted in significant sales growth — in fact, in 2012 Captain D’s had the 12th largest AUV growth* out of the nation’s top 100 chains. And our momentum continues as we’re entering our third year of system-wide same store sales growth.

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Be in Business for Yourself, Not by Yourself

When you join Captain D’s, we’ll support you each step of the way.

  • Industry-leading product innovation — We are dedicated to improving our guest experience and menu offerings so you can focus on running your business.
  • Marketing & advertising campaigns — Our strategic marketing efforts position Captain D’s as America’s seafood favorite and drive customers to keep coming back. From TV to signage, we provide you with every tool you need to market your business.
  • Global procurement & distribution — We travel the globe to find the best suppliers and have a streamlined distribution system for fast delivery to your restaurant. We continually optimize our operations to drive efficiency so you can operate your own business more effectively.
  • On-going training & support — You will learn the ins and outs of Captain D’s through a blend of computer-based and hands-on training.


“I’m very impressed with the direction the Captain D’s brand is headed, and sales have proven that. There’s an emphasis on doing what’s right for the guest, which has always been a big part of my philosophy.”
 -Jim McClure

“You can never minimize the effect of being a franchisee when you have a good franchisor. You still have your own business, but you don’t have to spend the dollars testing things and finding products to appeal to a broader base of guests.”
- Lisa Starnes

“We’ve always delivered the service and we’ve always delivered healthy food, and that turns out to be the winning strategy.”
– Hunter Atkins 

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