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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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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (495 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (237 reviews)
“tropical salad” (56 reviews)
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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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1,211 - 1,220 of 4,475 reviews

Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

This is a great local restaurant that we always visit whenever on Sanibel. We love the jerked chicken tostadas as an appetizer and get the catch of the day for dinner.

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 9 May 2016

On a trip in May 2016 to Sanibel, we had lunch at Doc Fords. I love fish tacos and ordered a plate to share with my sister. We both agreed that they were the best fish tacos we have ever had in our lives. I...More

Thank Laurie M
Reviewed 9 May 2016

Love this place! We come back every year. The food is great, the drinks are amazing! Our waiter was a bit slow and did a few disappearing acts thru out the time we were there lol, We saw the chef more than him. We will...More

Thank Gina W
Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

Super cool decor, a bit of education, and fantastic burgers. You don't even need to be a Ford fan to enjoy this themed bar and grill, but it helps! Don't forget to check out the restrooms.

Thank Peter N
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for lunch. They have decent food, nice clean place and good staff. Decent beer selection. We did not have dinner here but based on lunch would try it. Nice outdoor sitting area.

Thank Mashadeca2
Reviewed 8 May 2016

Decor and atmosphere perfect for Sanibel Island. Servers were knowledgeable and fun. We shared a Grouper sandwich and Shake and Shuck shrimp and each had our own "Babe on the Bay" cocktail. A perfectly delicious lunch, great service and a beautiful day. Ours was a...More

1  Thank lizzardo
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We have been to a couple of Doc Ford's and have never been disappointed. Have an excellent menu with a wide variety of choices and the service has always been excellent.

Thank CandyH18
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We had lunch at Doc Fords. I'm typically not fond of tilapia but I decided to try the fish fingers anyway and I'm glad that I did. They were absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend them. I also ordered 1/2 dozen of the raw...More

Thank Joanne V
Reviewed 7 May 2016

great fish tacos- I think this was one of the best meals I have had on Sanibel. A must place to go when you go to Sanibel

1  Thank Craig J
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Doc's is a great place to eat! My friend and I sat at the bar and split several dishes. Highly recommend the tropical salad! Our bartender/server was very friendly and gave us good advice on what to order. Try the margaritas. You won't be disappointed!

Thank Yvonne B
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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, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
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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