Reviews of Captain Porky's (Fish Shop)

38995 US-41, Wadsworth, IL 60083, United States

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REVIEWS OF Captain Porky's IN Illinois

Mark Puskar

We loved the smoked salmon and their fresh seafood. It's not just BBQ. Also, we love their family brand olive oil. Yummmm!


Great place great food!

Lionel Guerrero

the food is good for the most part and prices are reasonable reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is the jambalaya was not good at all and i've tried it more then once just in case it was a fluke.

Nicholas Waldron

Great food! If your thinking about going, do yourself a favor and try it!

Guido Guido

Been getting seafood here for over 12 years and it was always top shelf. Last few months it has been mediocre. Salmon is just tasteless shrimp are mushy lobster salad has very little lobster and what is there is tough. We've given them 3 chances and they have failed to have the quality they used to. I don't know if it is the expansion or they changed their seafood purveyor but they are not the quality supplier they were which is very disappointing.

Kathleen Kelly

Great place for fish or ribs. Take out or sit down expanding soon for more seating. Wonderful people and wonderful food.

Joanne Thomas

The best food you can get ..wood smoker meats like ribs, chicken, brisket, salmon, all mmmmmmm. Fish cooked however you want. I love the catfish. Catering available, veggies, rice, honey, sauces deliciousness.

Denise Conley

The food was very good. Very friendly place.

Shawn Goudie

The selection here is amazing. We like to stop by on our way to and from Milwaukee. The brisket is delicious.

Steve Rasof

Always big smiles and amazing homemade foods... I drive an hour to get there delicious recipes

Brandon Morrison

Delicious food, great staff, couldn't ask for a nicer restaurant. They also buy from the fiance's workplace (habitat for humanity restore in great lakes) and she appreciates the business.

Philip Firrek

Really great ribs in a casual but business - friendly atmosphere.

Jeff Hartzer

Had the correct poor boy. I liked it pretty good

Dimitrios G. Panagiotidis

Honest to goodness food homey atmosphere sphere nice people good prices.

Chris Jasniewski

This was our first time here. The woman behind the counter was very helpful and knowledgeable. She let us try things before ordering them. Everything looked fresh and amazing In the display cases. All the meats are smoked in house. Fresh fish and seafood cooked to order. We had rib tips and 1/4 chicken meals. Ribs very tender. Some of the juiciest BBQ chicken I have ever had. My first time eating greens. Not bad! Great place!

Philip Joseph

Great Food. Cheese Cake Is Amazing.

Karlene C

So far from ordinary, the food is amazing and great service too!

Cannon Gilbert

They serve big dishes and for affordable rates. very welcoming owner. 5 stars.

Mark Lemke

Best of everything at this place.

Broken Brooklyn

I love the deep fried alligator tail

angie gatto

Good food. Will definitely come back.

Desmond Lewis

Really love this place, I think the cashier took my name from my credit card, I just loved how she called me by name, the fact that the food is great (I had the chicken dinner) also helped, I also like the brisket

Joyce Tangney

Love the open faced oysters and deep fried oysters. Great food. Wonderful people. Family owned. Love love love coming here.

ballard winbush

Amazing selection of seafood, BBQ, and desserts! The I had 5 different types of fish that was fried. Which was all delicious and fresh. The only thing I wish they had is seasoning in their breading.


What an awesome place to eat!! Seafood here is fantastic #HappyCamper

Christopher Kent

Captain Porky's is more than just great barbecue. The cajun food here is so amazing I literally cant get enough. The gator is always fresh and amazing. I'm from Georgia so let me tell you this gator is awesome. They have a rotating selection of gumbo, ratatouille, and amazing crawfish etouffee. So far other than that I have drove here 5 times to eat from Chicago is between 55 minutes - 1hr 30min drive. I've ate the awesome clam strips, the cornbread is moist, the shrimp is awesome too I cant wait to try the mixed boil next.

Eddie Coolcat

Captain Porky's is always great since every year my dear friend Ray and I always get the biggest lobster they have this year we got two three pounders that was out of this world all their dinner specials are excellent I've ate them all and the desserts are to die for. If you haven't been there it's well worth it.

Theresa Hinman

The BBQ chicken was phenomenal. Rib tip were a bit dry but still good. The garlic potatoes weren't that garlicky but still very enjoyable. Price is to be expected for a BBQ joint. I wish there was table service but their customer service was great. Staff was friendly and knowable. Great experience.


A grass roots, family run establishment that only serves quality homemade food. Their provisions are always the freshest possible, and much of their produce is home grown. Dino the owner bottles, uses and sells olive oil from his olive ranch in Greece. You can carry out or sit at one of their rustic tables and benches and enjoy your delicious fare.

Brian Brown

It was ok....I was satisfied with the food and work staff...

Victoria Benavidez

Got the cajun seafood boil and it was amazing! Everything was hot, fresh and tasty! Worth the wait and drive! Will be coming back to try other menu items!

Jennafer Posik

Very good food and desserts! Very friendly staff as well! My dad and I love coming here!

Na Na Na Ha ha

Their ribs and the potatoes are so good! You ain’t living until you had it.

Haley Elizabeth

Very good food! Lobster mac and cheese was a let down very bland gumbo was okay was better in past for sone reason


I'll give this place five stars because apparently they care about their customers and that's everything! I ordered one type of rib but for me it just had way too much fat on it so I couldn't really enjoy it, I told the cashier about the experience and she had one of the butcher's to match my ribs in the other Style. Of course I was so full I couldn't finish all of them ,(since I had a combo dinner of ribs and I believe chicken) but great flavor on this food great friendly staff, I love The Rustic seating Style. The food was great, even my extra ribs were great later on in the day. Just a good all-around experience. They care that you are satisfied. 100% recommend


This is the best fast casual you will find in the area. Fresh seafood and southern fair. My personal favorites are brisket and fried alligator with the turnip greens.

Wil Hoppe

Great food and very friendly people.

Penny Crane

The best place around. The honey is home grown and the food is delightful. Love these peeps♡

Ryan Stollenwerk

great food fast and fresh! always packed with patrons and serving them delicious food!

Michael Poremba

Just picked up dinner here coconut shrimp with fries and greens. The liquid from the greens was in the fries now are wet the coconut shrimp all damp and not crunchy at all except for the ones they left shells on the roll that came with it was on top of the greens so you can figure out how that was. Not happy at all

Ebenezer Jesus

Very dissatisfied. Food is very nasty no seasoning. CaTFISh fillets are nuggets BE AWARE

Emily Perez

Been to captain porky's twice. I have always wanted to try the food there since I drive by all the time and see it. I was happy and excited to finally get food from there my first time because I thought the food would be really good. My Fiance and I's first experience we got the stuffed crab shrimp it was nasty really couldn't eat it. Shrimp tasted like it was frozen not fresh at all just wasn't good for me. Also we had a extra large rib tip meal and large size lobster mac and cheese. The lobster mac was pretty good the first time. The sides that came with the rib meal was decent ribs ok more on the sweet side that time then savory, but I would rather stick to Hillary's to be honest. Our second time there we ordered combo meal rib tips, fried shrimp, and a large lobster mac and cheese. This time lobster mac was disgusting dry and rubbery on top like it's been sitting for a while or something it was also over salted. The ribs were savory this time how I like it better the greens was not as good as the 1st time didn't eat it and the fried shrimp the same tasted too fishy and smell too fishy for me. They should have known better than to serve that lobster mac to a paying customer like that. Maybe it was because it was an hour before close, but still. I called to tell them about it and it's like they already knew so they know what they did for them to serve me that like it was OK, but they did say they would give me a credit and give me another losbter mac and cheese let's see if any good next time. Last time I will be spending any more money there. My first time I went I spent 60 something dollars this time it was almost 50 and I'm getting low quality food I could spend way less money somewhere else and get good tasting food. Did receive a call this morning Apologizing for the incident and they did talk to the workers and will replace the food so that's really nice they all sound very nice there I think the food is maybe a hit-or-miss.

T- Dub

Best place around for fish, mussels, alligator, crawfish!! Also great BBQ and desserts!! Stop by for lunch sometime or pick up some seafood to prepare at home!!

Sherry Booker

This is a family oriented establishment. They are very friendly and for the prices you get a GOOD portion of food. The prices are well worth it.

Tonja Miller

The jumbo stuffed shrimp were good ! But the lobster mac and cheese was just ok my husband got Alligator tails he said they tasted sour but loved the jumbo shrimp

Silvia Sanchez

Generally the food is good here but the last two times I bought brisket it was tough.

Sheila Melo Grospe

First time trying out this place, the food is awesome and the staff truly makes you feel comfortable. They share great suggestions and the dessert menu varies day to day, and ingredients are brought in from their farm. My family and I will be coming back again.

Laura Dietrick

I love this place! They have amazing food and the staff is always great. I can not recommend this place enough

George Olsen

Ate here for the first time today. Worth the 45 min drive. I started with the crab stuffed redfish. My lord it was amazing. And of course because he had ribs I had to try that. So good. I did get the hot bbq sause, that sause is so different. You expect to set your mouth on fire with the initial bite, then this sweet kicks in and cools it down. If he sold the sauce I would have picked up a gallon. I'm not a fan of coleslaw, but when he said it was homemade i had to try it. It has a fresh farm earth taste that i really enjoyed. With so many options that are fresh, i will be passing all the chain seafood places to get to this joint!!!!

Sirinia Robinson

This place is awesome! The food taste fresh and very good! Seafood is pricey but it's worth it!! Ribs very tender and the sauce is boss! Very friendly and great customer service, clean well kept, if I could eat here everyday believe me I would! Love it!

smokey. geertz.

This place is great, you can eat family style at a picnic table inside, sea food is great,

Rey Leblanc

This spot is worth trying. They have big portions for convenient prices. Consistently neat and with great atmosphere. Would recommend to others.

Gerald Collins

Good good good no issues

brian suchy

Came here to try out a variety of their foods. Definitely was good and will be coming back. They have an interesting breading on the shrimp that was pretty darn delicious. Also tried the oysters, hot sausage links, brisket, and lobster mac n' cheese. Everything was good.

Trent Schneider

I have known Dino for years. Captain Porky's was across the street from where I lived in Zion for 23 years. His food has been a major requirement in my diet for half my life! I was finally able to break free and dine at the recently remodeled Captain Porky's restaurant today for the 1st time. It was good to talk with Dino again as he was preparing incredible dishes behind the counter. I had my favorite and what I get most often, the hot link sandwich with greens and potatoes. It was delicious just as I have grown to expect from Dino. The young lady that I treated to this fine dining once again went out of her way to stock her refrigerator and ordered enough for 3 people. She got not 1 but 2 orders of crab leg dinners and a half slab of ribs. She confirmed it was absolutely delicious. I will rate this establishment 5 stars and the highest possible not just because of my friendship with Dino but because I am probably one of the most honest people alive! I give my personal guarantee you will not be disappointed and in fact be awestruck and deeply impressed by their food, service and ambiance of Dino Kallianis' place! I look forward to eating there for many years to come.

Scott Spayd

Great food and quick service. You can tell that these guys love to cook.

Meg Zirkelbach

Delicious food. I had a salad, and my guests loved their dishes as well. Went there on an invite to Art Rave painting night. Nice evening!


This place use to be amazing. I have been here twice since the expansion and have been quite unimpressed. I almost never give poor reviews but my experience here was fas less than expected. Don’t get the chicken. It’s dry as a bone. I ordered the 1/4 chicken and received 1/8 of a hard cold bone dry nugget of breast and another rock hard corner chunk piece or breast attached to an inedible wing. I ordered a breast and thigh. When I asked about it the guy looked at me like I was crazy. I took it back to the table to try to eat it an could it even chew the softest part. After finding someone else they exchanged it for some pulled pork that was equally unflavored and forgettable.

Reynard Florida

The food is always good and the staff is really nice.

de ge

Great food and great people running it! Love the gator tail and the hot links. Place can get very busy on the weekend but definitely worth trying it.

Larnell Willis

We just move to the neighborhood . My wife and I stop by and got carry out , Crab salad , conch salad and shrimp It was honestly Horrible , the worst seafood we had ever experience .

Lover Diamond puppy love 70

I love this place. Took our girls and some of their friends to Great America and gurnee mills mall. For the weekend. Decided to google barbecue and this is one of the places they came up. We order ribs, rib tips, shrimp, lobster mac & cheese. And a couple other things. Spending a lot. We start eating driving back to the hotel. And turned around to order more. Yes that good. Don’t let the location fool you

Greg Spivey

Sea food is very good, service is also, gumbo is to die for.

Mike Carlson

Delicious food good variety

Luis Diaz

You can’t go wrong with this place. I’ve had the alligator tail and it’s delicious. Much smaller than I thought it was going to be when I went in for my first time. But the place is a great to grab a bite to eat

Flynn Castellanos

Best recommendations are the rib tips, cajun catfish, and salmon! Everything else is good but we order those 3 at least once a month!

David Shelley

We usually get food to go here and eat at home, the dining area was small. Recently they expanded though and I haven't been inside yet. My favorite thing is the Cajun fried shrimp, they are awesome. We also usually get the pulled pork with hot sauce.

Carolyn Hudson

The worst place I have ever been to. I spent 52 dollars on a seafood boil and they basically gave me anything. I ask for shrimp and snow crab, a sausage, corn. The only thing they got right was the corn. The owner ask how we enjoyed our food I voiced my opinion and he didn’t care that I didn’t enjoy my food at all. He argued me down about how many shrimps I had which i knew what was on my plate because I didn’t eat any of them. Being a owner you would expect him to go the extra mile to make sure a first time customer or anyone spending money is happy. I wasn’t expecting my money back but just a little compassion. I wasted my money and just threw the whole meal away. I recommend you go else where this place will never get my business again. In total we spent 90 dollars for lunch we all had different items and none of us enjoyed it!!

Ian Jaskela

My brisket, the sauce tasted like ketchup, my uncle had perch and the center was mushy, both our fries were cold on top and flaming in the middle of the pile, our table was extremely sticky. I would never go there again

The Tee

Captain Porky's is a great place to eat. The food is always fresh. Desserts are always tasty and great portions. Try the Cajun stuffed shrimp it is my favorite.

Nathaniel Mann

It was very good has both BBQ and seafood

Megan Kahue

A small seafood restaurant & "deli." They sell raw & cooked food and have seating for about 20 people if you want to eat in. I have never purchased raw seafood from them but I imagine it's incredible. Their cooked items are absolutely delicious. I usually get a shrimp po'boy, and it is one of the best I have ever had (I am from South Carolina, so I've had my fair share of shrimp po'boys). The ribs and brisket are also good, but not my choice of restaurant if that's what I'm in the mood for. Def #1 seafood place near my house!

Mimi Casanova

Great food! Too pricey though but delicious. The pies are to die for, made fresh.

Mark D. Kennedy

My visit to Captain Porous was great! as always. They are the best in the land.

Betty Olsen

I cant get enough of this place

Lori McG

Fast and Yummy! Take out or eat in. Can even purchase raw seafood to cook at home. Soooo yummy!!

Merie Conae

There's a jumbalaya here that is just so good. I can never duplicate it at home so I have to come back and back.

Trey Ritter

It's so Great! Smoked meat or fresh fish. Always a special! Worth the Trip

Timothy Porth

Service was great and the food is amazing.

Rich Brebner

Best dam sea food in the state!

Chris Baker

Good food for a fair price. Slightly pricey but, as expected, you gotta pay for fresh seafood. Ordering out is a good idea as the seating is currently under construction...

Peter Monaghan

Captain Porky's is a place where you can get very good fish and seafood and other items to go along with it. The food is excellent especially seafood and was other than food such as meat dishes and other things. Ambiance is great and the wait staff is great and any needs that come up during the time you're there are met by the way staff and make sure you have a great meal. Definitely a five-star meal and take out!.

Dave S

This place is amazing. Check out their website for daily deals. Fresh fresh fresh.

tom lamm

Excellent food. Restaurant is fantastic as well

Ben Dulle

World's best onion rings

Cree The Painter

O my gosh. This is my favorite restaurant in Illinois when it comes to Cajun food or dishes you can't go wrong with captain Porky's. The restaurant attached is owned by the same family and actually uses the alligator prepared by porkys for there appitizer so if your hungry and driving up 41 or down from Wisconsin stop on and try it out the food is to die for and I'll definitely be coming back time and time again

Carole Rowden

The food was fresh and tasty. I will definitely go there again.

shemiah savere

This place was a waste of my 40 dollars. Food was not seasoned, it taste undercook. I never had greens taste like that. Overall I would not recommend.

Matt Naffziger

Highlight of this visit? The homemade mozzarella sticks! So good!!. Had the combo meal, pulled pork shoulder and fries alligator tail. Came with a great Buffalo sauce and marinara that seemed home made also. Both were amazing! Servings were huge for the price. Only wish i didn't live in Ohio so I could come here more often.

Alex Lynch

Best shrimp ive had and the food is super fresh hot and ready yuuum! I love Waukegan

Malia Dexter

Always a great experience, delicious food, and the employees are always happy and friendly!! Try a little of everything, you won't regret it! Dont forget to take dessert home

Alexis Turner

Very good food! Fresh seafood is amazing!

Rob Tiernan

Very good, but a little pricey!

Super Trucker!

This place is just the best. Its the go to for ribs

kenton vavrusa

The seafood boils are not cooked in seasonings! Crawfish especially need to be cooked in seasoning!

Larry Singer

Conveniently located just east of the interstate on Route 41, this little place packs big flavor. Excellent BBq as well as fresh seafood cooked just right is on the menu. The ribs have a deep brown color, and just enough bite to stay on the bone; still tender though! The hand breaded shrimp are perfect. Light breading doesn't hold in loads of oil, and lets you taste shrimp and not canola oil. Thumbs up for extensive seafood selection, from shrimp to crawfish, salmon to catfish. The combo portions aren't ridiculously overloaded, they allow you enough to fill you up, but still leave room for desert. Let's talk about that for a moment, shall we? The list of handmade deserts is almost as long as your arm. From cheesecake to bread pudding, you really can't go wrong. Seating is limited, but the crowd is friendly, as is the staff. The young lady taking orders had a huge smile, and helped pick the perfect sides. Highly recommend.

Michael Dimmel

Have passed many times without stopping; made it a point today to check it out. I was not disappointed. Super friendly staff and great BBQ and seafood selections...

Wendy Stittiam

I loved it. It was my first time there but it won't be my last. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. Even the customers were friendly. I will have to recommend this place to everyone looking for a good place to eat. If you have time stay and eat there. I enjoyed myself.

Nadeera Kulatilake

Great food and service with a laid back atmosphere. Everything I have had there is delicious!

Mario Jackson

Its fresh and good customer service

david sykes

Perfection. Best catfish in illinois

Amber McDowell

Good gulf shrimp. Wish they were bigger

Jay Fox

Small, but good food and totally friendly! The seafood was delightful and my wife really enjoyed the barbeque.

Robert Snow

Stopped for BBQ take-out ...really hit the spot. Brisket was tasty. However, rib tips weren't really rib tips.

Matt Larson

Big menu of fish and meats. Not really a fan of frying fish with the skin still on it. Bluegill shouldn't taste fish and it definitely did because of the prep

Joseph Austin

I love this restaurant! Small cozy and everything cooked to perfection. Recommended!


I love their cheesecake it's delicious

Scott White

This place is awesome. We just moved to the area and were looking to try something new. Wife got the ribs which were very tender and flavorful. And I ordered the special which was cooked to order Alfredo with very fresh ingredients. Probably the best Alfredo I've had in a very long time. The people there are welcoming and very friendly. And if they don't have a specific seafood item they'll order it for you which is outstanding. I really enjoyed my experience, and can't recommend this place enough. Hard to find places like this gem, keep up the good work.

Eric Gossger

The smoked salmon is great. The brisket was fatty/chewy. The greens were good (they use vinegar). I didn't care for the beans. Sweet & different.

Ronald Sezonov

Do you want beef brisket with that gristle? The beef brisket had far too much gristle, however i guess thats offset by how much beef brisket is given. I got it with "spicy" barbecue sauce, which wasn't the least bit spicy. The food didn't taste the greatest either. Probably wont be back.

Ian Wilson

Great food and service. The staff is great and attentive. There is a reason why regulars keep coming back. Worth any kind of wait.

Tamara Coleman

The seafood is always fresh & delicious. Made a boil for 3, we all got full. Def will be back to make another one.

Katrina Hamilton

Food is always good we drive from Milwaukee just to come here

Dawn Guderley

Okay, so small place, with limited seating, very casual and more than 1/2 of the customers ordered for carry out. Past that, Phenomenal is the adjective that comes to mind when I think about our first visit to Captain Porky's! We both ordered a seafood boil, his shrimp, scallops, mussel, and sausage with corn and potatoes, mine with Shrimp and Crab Legs with corn and potatoes, both Cajun - OMG! Definitely will be back to try their BBQ meats!

F Johnson

The two stars are only for the customer service. This was our first time here and the people behind the counter were friendly, and did make suggestions and answer our questions. Well done. The lack of any more stars are for several reasons: Lack of seasoning and flavor on cod and shrimp. The breading on both taste like the water it was made with. It over powered the taste of the seafood. But also the seafood itself was not seasoned. Lacked flavor completely. Totally disappointed. Rib tips were dry. Really dry and then covered in barbecue sauce. The sauce was decent. The ribs tips or lack there of were mostly fat. The little meat that was there was not worth the money. Bread roll was not fresh. Cornbread was just weird. Coleslaw was swimming juices. The only thing about the greens was the color. A more accurate description would be garlic sauce mixed with vinegar garnished with kale and sautéed onions. Two combo meals, $46 later and we will not be returning unless they put some flavor in their food.

Patricia Meier

The best and freshist food we've had in a long time. Dino and his daughter are the best!!!

Michael Walach

Been at Captain Porky's many times. Food at the restaurant always great. On March 3rd I went to a fundraiser for Fat Cat rescue. The event was catered by Captain Porky's but you never would of known it. The chicken was dry and the potatoes were nothing like you get at the restaurant. It was like they got it at Walmart and pawned it off as their own. It was a large event and to add insult to injury they ran out of food. Shame on you Captain Porky's. This is not just my opinion. Everyone there familiar with Captain Porky's couldn't believe it was catered by them.

Camillo John Iannaccone

Great food, wide selection, fantastic service.

Melanie Wright

Very good food at a very fair price. Glad we stumbled upon this restaurant while traveling.

William Clatfelter

Food was Good. Alot of the sea food on the menu you wouldnt find nearby(frog legs, gator, crawfish tails) I had the gator and fried shrimp. Staff was very nice. Place was glean. Good selection of beer. Wasnt very pricey for what you get.

Anna Wiest Lopez

Food is really good and this place is always busy busy busy.

Thais Reynolds

Was our first time. The food was good. We will go back again. They had awesome looking lobster tails! Definitely going to have to try those! We had ribs, shrimp and a lobster salad sandwich. It was all great! The best Baklava I ever had.

Beth T

Great smoked salmon & chicken, sides needed improvement.

Terrance Coman

Great food but a little pricey

Joel Estrada

Good food, obligated stop when moving Milwaukee to Chicago. BBQ, pull pork, seefood, desserts. Good price.

Tammy Video

Its great, friendly family runs it and has great food and service

Jeannette Velez

This was a nice find. Not only was the service impeccable but the food matches. We had the gator tail and clams and let me tell you this is where the gator is at . The greens was also amazing . I recommend this place .

Spirit19 Agronomoff

Great food & prices.

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