Captains of Rye has been around the traps for a while now, familiar with the locals and happily stumbled upon by visitors. Situated opposite the beach on Point Nepean Road and covered in local art, it’s easy to spot among the Rye shops. The decor has a Brunswick-but-20-years-ago feel to it, as described by owner Rob Capa, which rings true given the eclectic collection of furniture and decor. The cafe and back bar opened under the name Captains of Rye after renovations, and has continued to evolve into the rustic seaside venue it is today.
The Captains’ food is hearty and more than substantial; the smoked salmon poke bowl and eggs benny are absolute winners, and you’d be a fool to go past one of their generous burgers. Rob hails from Melbourne, but is well and truly living a classic Peninsula lifestyle. A chef by trade with experience in venues from basement bars to restaurants, it’s no wonder Captains has become a local favourite.
It’s the lifestyle that tends to draw people to the Mornington Peninsula, and Captains of Rye has no lack of Peninsula culture, with relaxed staff and food to match. It’s the kind of place you’d be happy to sit for half a day in; warm in winter and cool when it’s hot, and of course, great coffee on demand. Given its location, the cafe and bar are busiest in summer, and attract a steady crowd come winter as well.
Don’t just take our word for it, next time you’re at Rye beach head over to Captains of Rye and see for yourself