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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (511 reviews)
“tropical salad” (57 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (236 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you make it to Doc Fords, you must try the Yucatán Shrimp. It is a bowl of steamed shrimp in a garlicky sauce that has a fair amount of spice. It’s messy, but so worth it. Dipping your bread in the sauce, after eating...More

Thank nmkev
Reviewed yesterday

This is a sports bar that attracts tourist's mostly. Food not as fresh, just average. They over market and do a huge turnover but there are much better restaurants on Sanibel.

Thank trubw3
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had drinks and dinner with friends. Friendly waiter, fast service and great food. The shrimp tacos were spicy and delicious!

Thank thefarmingtonhill
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice little pub and eatery that recently moved from their original location on Rabbit road to a nice new building. A little hard to find because of local sign ordinances, it's now tucked into a slightly hidden spot about a mile from it's original spot....More

Thank MaryKop
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good food. Indifferent or untrained staff. Plates from finished appetizers left on table and busboy didn’t clear before arbitrarily squeezing in entrees. It was crowded so we sat on patio, which the front staff assured us was warm, and the didn’t turn on the heat....More

Thank CrankyCritic
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a great dinner at Docs. I read some bad reviews but don’t know where they were coming from. Our food was very good the waitress was great and the restaurant was nice and very clean. There was a couple next to us and...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I was dining alone so I sat at the large bar and felt very comfortable with a nice, attentive server taking care of me. My dinner choice was a wedge salad, which is always a favorite wherever I go. One thing Doc Ford’s has done...More

Thank Bevr53
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much!

Reviewed 6 days ago

We've been to all the Doc Ford's locations over the last 16 years, and remember the 'old days' when there was only the one on Rabbit Road. One of the things we've noticed over the years is how consistent the food and service is. It's...More

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

Thank you so much! We really love hearing our customers talk about the consistency of our food. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good seafood, good mixed drinks, nice atmosphere and slightly overpriced... everything you would expect.

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

Thank you so much!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yucatán Shrimp is amazing to begin with but the tacos are out of this world. The raw oysters were fresh and plump. The ceviche ingredients changed from the old menu. It's a good appetizer but needs the bay scallops and fresh cilantro added to complete...More

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

Thank you so much!

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Questions & Answers
1 August 2017|
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Response from Sharidbw | Reviewed this property |
not on the beach but a short drive away
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 !
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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