Frequently Asked Questions

Does Captain Parker’s take reservations?

No, at Captain Parker’s, we operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. We do this for a few reasons. We are a casual pub where people can drop in and dine with us on any given day, evening, or occasion without the need to book a table in advance. This policy also helps us accommodate more guests and reduce wait times throughout the evening.

If there is a wait, our host will provide you with an estimated time range for your seating and add your name to our waitlist. We record names in order of arrival and seat parties in that order. To be seated, all members of the party must be present on the property.

We DO NOT accept names over the phone for our waitlist. If you are a large party (8+ guests), it is always helpful to call a few minutes before your arrival to give us a heads up, but this does not ensure your name has been recorded on our guest list.

Can Captain Parker’s accommodate large parties?

We do our absolute best to accommodate large parties in our dining room. Groups who are willing to split up into smaller tables have a greater chance of getting seated in a shorter amount of time. We recently changed our seating configuration so please bear with us while we get used to the new layout. The maximum number of people that can be seated at one table is 10-12 depending on the adult : child ratio.

Does Captain Parker’s allow dogs?

We love dogs but do not allow them in our dining areas unless it is a service animal. The Town of Yarmouth Health Department enforces the State Sanitary Code and the Federal Food Code. Per the Town of Yarmouth: Only service dogs that are trained to assist people with disabilities are permitted at licensed food establishments which include outdoor patios. Please note emotional support animals do not qualify as service dogs. Only when an individual’s disability is not obvious, staff may ask the following two questions to determine whether an animal is a service animal: 1.) Is the animal a service animal required because of a disability? 2.) What task or service is the animal trained to perform? The law requires staff to take the individual at their word.

Can Captain Parker’s host my private event?

We are honored that you thought of us to host your gathering, but we, unfortunately, do not have the space to dedicate to a private event.

Does Captain Parker’s cater?

Yes, please click here to visit our catering page for more information.

The minimum number of guests is 20; otherwise, we suggest you purchase our chowder or chowder base by the quart from the restaurant. Please place orders at least 24 hours before the event date.

Does Captain Parker’s offer takeout?

Most of the time you can place takeout orders through our online ordering page or by calling 508-771-4266. However, due to the restaurant’s limited kitchen space, we may not accept takeout orders when our dining room has a waitlist, to ensure the best experience for our dine-in guests. We regret having to turn away any guests, but we hope you understand. We recommend checking our online ordering page to see if takeout is available. Our clam chowder is always available for takeout and can also be found at most major supermarkets in New England.

Does Captain Parker’s offer vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free menu options?

Yes, many of our menu items are made to order; we have fresh ingredients on hand that allow us to accommodate most dietary restrictions and allergies to ensure that no one leaves hungry. We ask that you please inform your server if you or someone in your party has an allergy or restriction. We are confident that you will enjoy a meal at Captain Parker’s, no matter what your dietary limitations may be.

Does Captain Parker’s sell gift cards?

We do, and we think they make an excellent gift for anyone who likes delicious food! They are available for purchase through the website (click here) or in person at our West Yarmouth location. E-gift cards are available for immediate delivery via email or text message. Physical gift certificates ordered on our website are processed within 24 hours and sent out via USPS, Monday-Saturday.

Does Captain Parker’s ship clam chowder?

We no longer ship chowder directly from the restaurant. Local seafood market, Kyler’s Catch, ships our clam chowder for us. Call their market at  (508) 984-5150  for pricing. Please keep in mind that the chowder is a very perishable product that requires expedited shipping, which can be very costly.

I bought a quart of your clam chowder. Can I freeze it?

We do not recommend freezing our chowder; it does not defrost to its original delicious state. We sell quarts of our base that can be frozen and reheated later by adding light cream when you are ready to eat.

I bought a quart of chowder base but lost the reheating instructions. What do I do?!

Approximately 1 quart of light cream is required per 1 quart of chowder base. Defrost the base in the refrigerator overnight (if frozen). We recommend placing the thawed base in the top compartment of a double boiler, but a regular pot will do just fine. Start by adding ½ quart of light cream and keep adding until the chowder is at your desired creaminess. Heat chowder to at least 140 degrees F and stir frequently to avoid sticking, especially if you do not use a double boiler. There you have it, enjoy!

Where can I buy Captain Parker’s clam chowder?

Quarts of chowder and base are available for takeout from the restaurant. Our chowder is also for sale in many local retailers and supermarkets in the New England area. The list is always changing, but you should have some luck finding it at the following retailers: Shaw’s, Star Market, Stop & Shop, Big Y, Market Basket, Hannaford, Fancy’s, Friend’s Marketplace (Orleans), Fresh Acres (Springfield), Cotuit Fresh Market (Cotuit), Park & Shop (Auburn), Brant Rock Market (Marshfield), Cape Fish & Lobster (Hyannis), Clam Man (Falmouth), Dennis Public Market (Dennis), Clement’s Market (Plymouth), Kyler’s Catch (New Bedford), Cataumet Fish (Cataumet), Fruit Center Marketplace (Hingham & Milton), Gerard Farm (Plymouth), Village Market (Scituate), Windfall Market (Falmouth) and more! Check out the webpage for the Chowder Company here!

Is there a difference between the chowder sold in stores and the chowder that is served and sold at the restaurant?

As much as we would like to confirm that they are the same, the truth is that the chowder sold at the restaurant is lovingly made on-site by our talented kitchen crew while the chowder that you find in stores is made by our co-packing partner. Although we have spent a lot of time with our co-packer perfecting the recipe of the retail version, it is produced on a much larger scale than what is made at the restaurant. However, even a very discerning chowder connoisseur might not be able to detect a difference. We are proud of both products and hope that the retail version is an identical substitute when you cannot make it to the restaurant to enjoy a bowl with us. 

Is Captain Parker’s hiring?

We are always looking for personable, hardworking folks to join our dedicated team of colleagues. If you’re interested in a career or part-time job here, please complete this form.

I have a question that did not appear in this guide.

We would love to hear from you! The best way to reach us is by emailing us here. If you’re emailing to ask if we take reservations, the answer is still no. Sorry!