• America's Favorite Seafood Franchise

Next Steps

Captain D’s is looking for driven, experienced restaurant or retail operators to expand our footprint

There’s a lot to like at Captain D’s: we’re the No. 1 seafood chain by average unit volume in The QSR 50, the annual ranking by QSR magazine. We’re in our seventh year of AUV growth and on track for another record year.

If you are considering a franchise investment, Captain D’s is a solid choice in one of the least competitive markets in food segments.


Getting Started

Start by filling out the form on any page of our website or give us a call at 866-955-1792. A member of the Captain D’s franchise development team will connect with you to answer any questions you may have and help guide you through the formal application process. We’ll start with a screening process to ensure you meet our minimum financial requirements and we’ll provide an overview of our opportunity.

Application & Disclosure Document

Upon completion of your Franchise Application, we will conduct a background and credit history check. At this point, we will provide you with our Franchise Disclosure Document, which further elaborates on all of the details associated with a Captain D’s franchise opportunity.


At this stage, you or the operator in your group will meet with us for an in-depth interview. This interview gives us an opportunity to share a more detailed view into our company, while also gaining a better understanding of your business objectives and plans.

Due Diligence & Observation

To help refine your business plan, we encourage franchise applicants to invest time conducting their own due diligence, including speaking with other Captain D’s franchisees and observing how our restaurants are run.

Business Plan

You will develop a business plan that outlines your goals for your Captain D’s franchise, as well as strategies for managing development, operations, finances, marketing, and other aspects of your business.

Captain D’s Day

At this point, we’ll invite you to our headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee, where you’ll meet our entire corporate staff and we’ll answer any final questions you may have.

Site Selection & Real Estate

We will work with you to find the right location for your seafood restaurant. You’ll have the full support of our real estate team and site selection tools to give you confidence in choosing the best location. If you already own property, it will need to meet pre-established demographic and location criteria.

Restaurant Development

Once your site is approved, you’ll begin developing your site. We’ll help by providing floor plan layouts and exterior designs that can be used by your construction team to streamline your development process. We’ll also work closely with you throughout the process to make sure your restaurant meets our guidelines.

Training & Support

During a comprehensive course with a duration that’s based on experience, we’ll provide you with the skills and knowledge to operate your seafood restaurant to the highest standards. You’ll learn the ins and outs of Captain D’s through a blend of computer-based and hands-on learning—and, as an added level of support, we’ll provide you with a new restaurant opening manager and a select team of corporate trainers to assist you with your opening.

Grand Opening Activities

Your new restaurant opening manager, along with our marketing team, will assist you in developing a series of Grand Opening activities and events, along with a local store marketing campaign. Congratulations – your Captain D’s is now up and running!


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  • #1

    We're the number one seafood franchise in America

  • 500+

    Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader with restaurants in 21 states

  • 27.9%

    AUV Growth over the last 7 years

  • Captain D’s, the nation’s leading fast-casual seafood restaurant, announced today the opening of two new restaurants in

  • The nation’s leading fast casual seafood restaurant, announced today that Brad Reed has been promoted to chief

  • Captain D’s signs two new franchise development agreements to propel the brand’s growth in Texas. Captain D’s

  • Captain D’s was recently featured in QSRMagazine.com November 2017, By Danny Klein Like the seafood segment in