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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

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2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-8311
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Food was good, but kind of pricy which makes sense for the atmosphere. Fish Tacos were a little watery but my boyfriend for the Cheesesteak & loved it. Liquor was extremely strong- which isn't always a bad thing. Although, for someone who is extremely allergic to nuts, there weren't any dessert choices available that were nut-free. Still would recommend.

Thank Mary A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

This is a great place to have lunch . They do lots of burgers and fish sandwiches etc. They always have 'fish of the day' dishes and much more besides. This is a modern restaurant and there is also a shaded outside eating area too. Good value family restaurant.

Thank suzanNantes
Katy, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

My family and I travel to Sanibel Island every year, usually we get in pretty late but this year we got here around 5 PM went shelling came back showered by the time we were ready to eat dinner it was 9:30 PM. We started searching for a place to eat dinner we found this place was open so we... More 

Thank jackie_sassy_28
Fleming Island, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

Well, the reviews were right about Doc Fords place. The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. The rib-eye steak as well as the various seafood selections were well prepared, presented, and tasted great. This was such a pleasant surprise after the trip to Trader's the night before. Great job Doc Ford.

Thank Dennis D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

Third visit this week, a big shout out to our Server Lisa, and eve though she was from Michigan, she did a great job taking care of us. The Deep sea Mahi Mahi was one of the best meals I have ever had!

Thank Dave S
Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Our family has been vacationing in Sanibel for the last 7 years and Doc Ford's has never disappointed us! In our opinion, it's one of the best restaurants in both Sanibel and Captiva! Don't miss it!

Thank Joanne C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Ate here 2 nights, and my mom and brother had dessert here one day as well. Very close to where we were staying (Mitchell's Sandcastles). Since it is a rum bar had flights of rum which was unique. I enjoyed the "Sanibel Stoop" the drink they had created, and $1 of the price was given to the children's hospital. We... More 

Thank Doozer L
Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

I went in the off season, it was really quiet so we got exceptional service. YOU HAVE TO GET DOC'S BEACH BREAD! It might be my favorite part of our meal! I also got the Mahi Mahi. From start to finish it was an awesome meal!

Thank Becky H
Princeton, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

Every summer after 5PM Mass at St. Isabelle's, we drive across the street to Doc Ford's on Sanibel Island. It's a family tradition. But the past 2 years the service and food quality have lost their edge. Our appetizer of black bean dip was good, not great. My husband's rack of baby ribs was approaching the quality of "fast food."... More 

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Woodstock, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015 via mobile

My girlfriends and I went here for dinner after reading all the reviews on trip advisor. We were very disappointed! Service was slow - tables around us sat three different sets of couples before we even received our appetizer. When we got our food it was cold and not very flavorful. We waited so long to get check that manager... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?