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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
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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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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited here for a light lunch where we liked everything about the place. Effective welcome, good service, wide and interesting choices on the menu, local craft beers and great food. Don't be put off that it looks a little bit like a big chain/franchise. Recommended.

Thank Rory A
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We loved the ambiance at the old place and the service was friendly. Now the chef has changed and the food does not come up to their previous standards.

Thank michiganwanderer7
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the only place to go for a meal in Sansibel (and Captiva). We visited this bar 3 times and usually in our experience, good service is very rarely this consistent. The bar staff are genuinely really nice, friendly & very professional. The food is absolutely amazing too - fresh, tasty and worth every penny (or dime !) We... More 

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Crown Point, Indiana
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Four of us recently arriving from Indiana again decided to visit this site at different location. Location and facility is greatly improved. I had the shrimp and grits. My wide had the seafood pasta special. My friend had the Mahi and our other friend went a different direction after having the wedge. Food was good with a much better open... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We eat here often but the new site has some problems. We waited over 15 minutes for drinks and 30 minutes for food during our last three visits. Seem to have some kitchen issues getting food out promptly. Servers are friendly and good. Environment is beautiful.

Thank 2014mary
Atlanta, Georgia
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161 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We usually try to get to Doc Ford's every visit at least once for the beach bread, shrimp and mojitos. We saw the place going up and was not sure what to expect. It far exceeded our expectations. They kept a rustic, boat, beach feel, but very nicely done. It is also so much more spacious and open. The outside... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

New building broken up with 2 bars, 2 patios and 2 dining rooms. Food and service were both great. Prices were reasonable. This was a good evening out and a very pleasant experience.

Thank Panama_HatWinnipeg
Sanibel Island, Florida
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very pretty restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining choices.Excellent seafood,delicious preparations.Very fairly priced!

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Cary, North Carolina
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Started our meal at Doc Ford's with the best Coconut Mojito I've ever had. Serving it in a Mason Jar was a nice touch. Our food was great. We had the special of the day which was a coconut crusted Grouper with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and roasted broccoli. Hubby had the Crusty Grouper Sandwich and Sweet Potato fries. Ended with... More 

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Augusta, Maine
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86 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Sat at the bar because we were lucky to find two seats and the wait time was long. Truly enjoyed the atmosphere and the service. Food was wonderful; beer is cold; life is good.

Thank Daniel G

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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
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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