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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“yucatan shrimp” (511 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (237 reviews)
“tropical salad” (57 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

We always eat here when we visit Sanibel and we have yet to have a bad meal or experience. They have a Shrimp dish that is from Guatemala, Panama, or some such place and it was messy but well worth getting it all over the...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed yesterday

Steamed shrimp in a dressing of real butter, garlic, mild Colombian chilies, fresh cilantro, and Key lime juice. Don't miss this dish, along with the hot french bread for dipping. Patio dinning was pleasant and relaxing.

Thank Wayne F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Doc Fords Sanibel location is where the locals go for good food and drinks and a friendly atmosphere! There is something for everyone here - great seafood, appetizers, flatbreads, steak, and sandwiches! The specials are always fantastic. Yucatán shrimp is a must try! The carrot...More

Thank Marion B
Reviewed yesterday

We vacation on Sanibel every winter and stop at this Doc Ford's location at least once. It's tops in atmosphere, service, value, and food. There's a lively, comfortable vibe; good local beers; attentive service without being suffocating; and the distressed paneling reminds longtime visitors of...More

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I stopped here for lunch after touring nearby Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. We chose the garlic mussels for an appetizer. It is served with fresh baked bread and comes in a sauce that excite your taste buds. For our entree we ordered...More

Thank AFVet436MAW
Reviewed 2 days ago

I last visited Doc Ford's in its old location in 2009, and it did not go well. However, a new location and local reputation gave me reason to revisit. I'm glad I did. My wife and I dropped in for a weekday evening dinner. We...More

Thank Jawsh71
Reviewed 2 days ago

Eaten twice at Doc Ford's on this trip and twice before on another 3 years ago. Since the last trip they have moved closer to the centre of the island. The visit last week was faultless from start to finish, attentive waiter, excellent food, an...More

Thank Guesthouseowner
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We ate outside at this restaurant for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. This place has nice atmosphere, a really good menu selection, and good food.

Thank Stephanie G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We made a quick stop after some time at the beach to check out this newer location. We had a drink at the bar. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Will stop again for a meal.

Thank Sue A
Reviewed 4 days ago

Two tasty entrees provided plenty to eat, with no starters or soups tempting us to overeat, and leaving room to share a very good dessert.

Thank larry l
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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