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 neighborhood pub where people can drop in and dine with us on any given day/evening/occasion without “booking a table” in advance. This policy also helps us accommodate more guests at a shorter wait time 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. Once your name is on the list, you are welcome to grab a drink at our bar. We record names in order of arrival and seat parties in that order. To be seated, the whole party must be complete and present.

We DO NOT take any 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 of up to 20 people 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.

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 we can accept takeout orders via our online ordering page or by calling 508-771-4266. Due to our kitchen’s small size, we cannot accept takeout orders when the dining room has a wait to ensure that our dining room guests have the best possible experience. We hate to turn away any guests but appreciate your understanding. We recommend checking our online ordering page to confirm whether we are offering takeout. Our clam chowder is always available for takeout and is also available in markets around 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 here is a quick summary: Shaw’s, Star Market, Stop & Shop, Big Y, Market Basket, Hannaford, Fancy’s (Osterville), 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!

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.