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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” (496 reviews)
“black bean dip” (47 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (201 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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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I visited Doc’s last night with one of my girlfriends.We are down here vacationing from Ohio and we always make sure to stop in to Doc’ every visit! They always have fantastic food and the service is always top notch. Last night our server was...More

Thank Slittle59
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I are visiting from Massachusetts and decided to come to Doc Ford’s to give it a try after a friend raved about it. Brenda was our server and had a great personality. She’s a Boston sports fan so we had a lot...More

Thank pwbradbury
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to Doc Ford’s on Sanibel last week while in town for two days. Hostesses were friendly and sat us down right away at a nice booth. Brenda was our waitress, she was friendly and always smiling. Since it was our first time there she...More

Thank MauDavis76
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had toured so many great places and sadly...hadn't yet shared a review. Was stirred to finally do so!!! The hostesses were super friendly and took us to our requested area (outside). Met James and he was awesome...directed us back inside for more music (due...More

Thank swilk1010
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

4 friends and I had lunch there today! We had Gina as our server and she was wonderful. Great drinks and everything we ate was delicious. Started with the artichoke flatbread.. sooooo good. We all had a different salad and loved them all. Finished off...More

Thank ncatalano
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visit sanibel annually. We love it, visited doc fords which is always brilliant food. This visit though we had a server Brenda, she was so unhelpful and rude to us. Never spoke or came to see if everything was ok, literally threw stuff on...More

Thank pdoc77
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went to Doc Ford’s the first night we arrived on Sanibel Island and had a wonderful evening. Patti our server was very helpful and made some great suggestions regarding ford and drinks. The Yucatán shrimp was amazing and all of our entrees were delicious....More

Thank mattapoisett13
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

When we walked in I had a feeling that we were invisible. Three hostesses were too busy talking about hair cuts to notice us standing in front of them. Once we were seated, things got better. The rib eye steak was excellent along with the...More

Thank Gary E
Reviewed 4 days ago

Attentive & very accommodating wait staff. Sat at tall tables indoors away from the humidity & bugs. Very comfortable and delicious meal. The salmon was outstanding.

Thank CKR72482
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've given Doc Fords strong 4 star reviews in the past. However, this time we were seated and forgotten, so a 3 star is the best we can do. Other staff walked by us but never asked if we needed anything. We were hot, dehydrated,...More

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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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