Welcome to Mainstay Restaurant and Gift Shop!

We will be open tomorrow - Wednesday, October 9, 2019

We are open every day from 11am - 8pm

Lots of great changes - new look and menu - come check us out!

FAQs and Information

Below are some common questions and information that we are asked. It includes our location, the logistics of getting here, docking, food allergies, available amenities and additional phone numbers you may need.

Our phone number is 239-472-1204

How do I get to Barnacles on North Captiva?
North (Upper Captiva) is not accessible by car.
To get to Barnacles, you must either come on a private boat or take Island Girl Water Taxi (please go to IslandGirlcharters.com for location and departure times.) Island Girl Water Taxi drops you off right in front of Barnacles. Island Girl Charters phone - 239-633-8142.

What are the hours and days of the week that Barnacles is open?
Barnacles  is open seven days a week. During season, the restaurant is open 11am - 9pm (last seating at 8:00pm.) The Gift & Ice Cream Shop are open from 10am - 9pm. Off-Season (August-December) we close at 4pm everyday. If there is inclement weather, please call to see if we have closed as a precautionary measure.

Does Barnacles take reservations?
NO - however - if your group is more than eight people - we would appreciate a heads up. Give us a call - 239-472-1204 - and tell us the date and time your group is planning to come - so we are prepared. Thank you!

We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We do not accept personal checks or travelers checks.

Where is Barnacles located in Safety Harbor (North Captiva) and where do I dock?
When you come into Safety Harbor from marker #48 or #49 from the Intercoastal Waterway - look straight ahead - Barnacles is the large dock with flags waving. Limited docking is available for Barnacles, free for our customers and a dock master is on duty during busy days. Feel free to dock here, following the designated areas and protocol.
The harbor can accommodate up to a 3' keel and 45' boat - stay within the channel markers - there are very shallow areas within the harbor.

Overnight docking is available at Barnacles - $3 per foot per night (three night minimum) or $14 per foot per week. Florida tax of 6% will be added at checkout.

Any questions, please call us at 239-472-1200. If we don't answer, we are either busy or closed, please leave a message if you want.

What amenities does Barnacles and the island provide (grocery store, pharmacy, gas etc.)?
Amenities are extremely limited on North Captiva, so come prepared, whether it is for a day or week.
North Captiva does not have a grocery store or pharmacy. Barnacles has limited toiletries and essentials, but be advised to bring all these along on your trip. Gas is available but not at Barnacles.

What facilities are available at Barnacles?
Barnacles (hold on to your hats!) does not have a television. No BIG SCREEN (or little screen) on the wall or anywhere. Wow! What to do?
We have a bean bag toss, hoola hoops and nature to entertain. Also, you can have conversation and laughter! Which is free! and fun! WOOHOO!
We do however have FREE WIFI - so you won't get a panic attack and feel your out of touch!

We have three restrooms available for our customers - two located inside in the restaurant and one upstairs in the gift shop.


We do not use nuts or nut products including oils in the restaurant, but we cannot guarantee outside products before getting here.

We use soybean oil to cook all our fried foods.

We have a few gluten free items on the menu - please ask - but we are not a gluten-free facility.

We have a very small kitchen - if you have a fish or shellfish allergy you can order beans & rice, salsa/guacamole, salads without meat. All other items on the menu are not guaranteed safe for your allergies.

Queenie's Ice Cream served in the upstairs ice cream shop however, is made in a facility that uses nuts and some of the ice cream has nuts in the ingredients.

<Please> no food or beverages brought in from the outside allowed at Barnacles

<Please> No Split Checks - No Exceptions!

We do not rent golf carts or any boats. You can call Boats & Fun at NCIC at 800-991-3259.

Additional helpful phone numbers:

Island Girl Charters - 239-633-8142

Safety Harbor Club - 239-472-1019

North Captiva Island Club - 239-395-1001

Sea Tow - 855-988-1633

Doc Watson's - 239-283-1515