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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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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We LOVE this restaurant. We like the food, the appetizers, the ambiance, the friendliness of the wait staff and the prices. It is a "must stop" for us whenever we are on the island. Since we normally ride our bikes to Doc Ford's we have gone mostly for lunch or for an afternoon delight. They have recently moved accross from... More 

Thank ActiveAdventurer10
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't say enough about this place. One member of our party has several food allergies and in order to accommodate, the chef personally came to our table to ensure that the methods he used would be okay. Wow! In addition everyone's food was excellent. We even splurged and had the key lime pie (excellent)!

Thank Suzy H
Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Made it in after the move to the new location. The restaurant looks great. The food was very good and the staff very attentive. We had a large group and they handled our orders without a hitch.

Thank RYK-V
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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124 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Early eaters are rewarded with less crowds. Great atmosphere and very good staff on hand who are knowledgeable about the menu. Great Lobster Roll and flavorful dishes to choose from. As the dinner hour approaches it does get very busy and loud. A Late Lunch maybe a better option for those who don't like to drive a night. Sanibel doesn't... More 

Thank Kerry S
Island Heights, New Jersey
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was our first experience with this local chain but found it quite unique. The atmosphere was warm & welcoming. There was a bit of a wait for dinner but found solace at the "Rum Bar." Once seated, our server was friendly with a good knowledge of the libations & menu. We both had drinks, apys, local fish but passed... More 

Thank Deb M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited at lunch and it was not too crowded. Waiter was pleasant but service was slow. I wasn't particularly crazy about the peel and eat, although the shrimp were good size. It lacked flavor...but then I like them steamed and eat. Salad was okay. Husband liked chowder. Probably better choices or maybe it was an off day.

Thank chap488
Willemstad, Curacao
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited doc ford's tonight but it was a very disappointed visit. The setting of the bar&grille is nice. We had the appetizers clamp chowder, which was very good and the ahi tuna which was too cold and too many flavours. But that wasn't the worst. Half way the appetizers, the entree was already served. Okay, can happen, but we... More 

Thank jackthedane
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant was very packed, but we were seated in a timely manner. There was a nice aquarium feature and the food was okay. A bit crowded but I guess it is season. May come back.

Thank ahamilton78
Pittsburgh, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The reviews said this large restaurant/pub had good food and good service. They are correct. Each and every item was bought to or table looking terrific and prepared just right. The margaritas and planters punches were excellent. The shrimp boil was so so good. Their specialty fish sandwich was out of this world as were the fries served with it.... More 

Thank JimOKelly
Keller, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

New location and brand new building is really nice I'd never eaten at the old place but the food was good. Delicious chowder.

Thank douglasreb

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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
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?