Our Story

Our Story

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Our Story

On June 25, 1965, Jack and Jeanette Haley opened Captain Jack’s on Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach. Jack was a local boy – growing up in Seal Beach, attending Huntington Beach High School and Long Beach State University. Surfing was his passion – forever chasing the perfect wave whether in California, Hawaii, Mexico or France. In 1959, Jack won the champion title of the inaugural United States Surfing Championship, an honor that led to many tributes, including an induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame and the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. He is considered a surfing pioneer and hometown hero. Jack served the community for many years as a Seal Beach lifeguard and volunteer police officer. Although he had no experience in the restaurant business, he wasn’t deterred. His buddies were opening restaurants along the coast -- Chart House, Rusty Pelican & Ancient Mariner -- so he bought an old, empty building, added some used equipment, hired fellow surfers and opened a nautical-themed steak & seafood full-dining restaurant.

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With heartfelt appreciation to our amazing team, loyal guests and special community, we are proud and honored to celebrate 55 years as an Orange County family owned and operated business.

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Tent Poles
For Success

Five decades later, Jack’s original vision and dining concept continue to be Captain Jack’s tent poles for success.

*Best Food Products *Premium Super Well *Generous Portions at Reasonable Prices *World-Class Service. Jack was an enthralling storyteller and our guests enjoyed listening to him recount his many adventures. He was known to live by the motto, “If you don’t have any fun in life, it’s your own fault.” But most of all, he was proud to share stories about his family – wife, Jeanette; daughter, Sondra; sons, Jack and Tim; and grandsons, Jack and Jeff.

His Legacy
is Alive

Although he passed away in March 2000 after a battle against cancer, his legacy is alive and continues to thrive through Captain Jack’s.

The baton was passed to his son Tim who has spent his life and career at Captain Jack’s. Tim worked side-by-side with his dad since he was a young boy and for the last 20 years has grown the business year-after-year and leads the team to continued success. He is known as one of the premiere restaurateurs of Southern California and his commitment to service is unparalleled.

What a journey it has been!

With heartfelt appreciation to our amazing team, loyal guests and special community, we are proud and honored to celebrate 55 years as an Orange County family owned and operated business. What a journey it has been!