The Captain's Anchorage is a landmark in Big Bear, adding special flavor to the local history and to every dish served. When built in 1946, the restaurant was known as the Sportsman's Tavern. In the ensuing fifty years, the establishment has weathered fires, gambling and an innocuous ghost.Many stories are told of the ghost's antics. Most employees are not rattled by his rattling of pots and pans, nor his propensity for loudly tromping upstairs, but his habit of hiding silverware, glasses, and other common items is aggravating at times!
The ghost's name is George. The most mysterious aspect about George is the fact that no one actually knows how he died. George is said to have committed suicide, but local lore notes that he was suspected of having embezzled quite a pocketful of cash before his mysterious death. George was an accountant for the Sportsman's Tavern when it was owned by Andy Devine, famous for his role as "Jingles" in the "Wild Bill Hitchcock" television series.
One of the few Fine Dining experiences available in Big Bear, the Captain's Anchorage has a wonderful menu. For appetizer's you can start with clams, crab cakes, artichokes or mushrooms. Their specialty is the fiery Jumbo Shrimp Diablo, charbroiled with jalapeno peppers wrapped in bacon. It will make your mouth water, just make sure to have your water ready. The soup and salad bar that comes with every meal contained the standard selection of toppings, plus a tasty clam chowder.
For main courses, they offer a selection of steak, seafood and chicken. The Prime Rib, a staff recommended choice, was tender and juicy. It does come out a little on the rare side but very tasty. Something to keep in mind when ordering.
The Lobster Tail was soft and succulent. Between the two, there was no room to sample their selection of desserts that include sundaes, brownies and cheesecake.
Overall, the Captain's Anchorage has a pleasant atmosphere, a solid selection of tasty dishes and reasonable prices.
42148 Moonridge Way
Published on Dec 31, 1969