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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
+1 239-472-8311
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (500 reviews)
“black bean dip” (47 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (201 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this new location for Doc Ford's on a recent trip to Sanibel. Restaurant was lovely with a great porch for outdoor dining. Hubby had the obligatory famous fish sandwich, I tried the margarita flatbread. He raved about the sandwich and black beans and...More

Thank graymar6
Reviewed 2 days ago

Every vacation I spend on the Island I try to go to Doc Ford's as many times as possible. There is always a great atmosphere and the staff is very welcoming, especially my favourite bartenders Lisa and Justin. The Restaurant has managed to keep it's...More

Thank Ferdinand v
Reviewed 3 days ago

I like Chili's, for all it's institutional/chain similarities from place to place. Doc Ford's is a fun place, loud and bright and busy with a nice menu of tempting and sometimes unique regional favorites. It's a family place, so don't go expecting a quiet, romantic...More

Thank nagled
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

Just getting round to reviewing after being reminded of how bad this place was by a conversation I had last night. We phoned up to book a table and were told that they don't take reservations but just to show up at around 7.30 and...More

Thank Richard J
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Richard, We're sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us, it's our number one priority to make sure our customers thoroughly enjoy their time with us, and feel that their hard earned money is well spent. We're sorry that your experience, on multiple levels,...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

The first thing we noticed when pulling into the parking lot of Doc Ford's was the paving stone parking lot. The care taken in the parking lot was indicative of the entire establishment. We walked in the front door and were immediately greeted and quickly...More

1  Thank jcseagull
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you!!

Reviewed 4 days ago

We really like the new location and enjoyed our meal on the 9th. We arrived just before the evening rush and the front of the house promptly found a table for us. Scott was our server and he reminded us that we were on island...More

1  Thank S V
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you!! We'll let Scott know you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our first trip to Sanibel and we decided to dine at Doc Ford's. We were not disappointed. Drinks were tasty and reasonably priced. We started with the Calamari salad and it was delicious. We both order tacos--mine fish and my husband the shrimp....More

1  Thank foreversummer_pnj
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you!!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Doc Fords did an amazing job hosting our family and friends for our wedding rehearsal dinner. The manager, Kim McGonnell, was truly a life saver. 7 days out from the wedding we needed to find a new venue to host 35 people and she went...More

1  Thank timrG121ZD
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much! We're so glad you guy shad a great time, and we'll let Kim and James know you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped at Docs after a day at the beach looking for something good to drink. Docs did not disappoint. Mojitos were spot on and our dinners salads were all delicious! Friendly service too!

1  Thank Betsy M
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Betsy! We're glad you enjoyed it, hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great drinks, food and atmosphere! Pricey, but worth a fun dinner. Excellent service. The carrot cake is HUGE, so plan on sharing!

1  Thank Mary W
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Mary! We're glad you enjoyed it, hope to see you again soon!

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shanisioux66
1 August 2017|
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Response from Sharidbw | Reviewed this property |
not on the beach but a short drive away
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Hayley1804
24 July 2017|
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Response from Daveandshirley | Reviewed this property |
Just a joke of course ... lots of bars around home have the "Free beer Tomorrow" sign.. Have a great time !
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hotforsanibel
18 May 2017|
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Response from bonnyusa | Reviewed this property |
We were there for lunch and did not pay attention to their hours.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-8311
Description
Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille is the place to find the best Caribbean flavors on Sanibel Island and surrounding areas! It is named after the character from author Randy Wayne White's best-selling book series and is a favorite dining spot for travelers from all over the world as well as a favorite for the locals looking for great food and atmosphere!
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