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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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Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (464 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (220 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped by this place after spending 2 hrs. at Ding Darling in the hot humid sun to cool off. We ordered a couple of appetizers and some of the many tropical drinks they have on their menu. They were some of the best drinks...More

Thank Ed O
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ate here our first night in sanibel. Food and drinks were delicious, staff attentive, and right in town! When we come back we will definitely continue to make this our first stop! Recommended!

Thank Bobby P
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Hey Bobby thank you so much for the kind review! We love hearing our customers enjoyed every aspect of their visit! Thanks!

Reviewed 3 days ago

This Caribbean theme restaurant is low key, but is understandably ranked as one of the top ten (10) eateries on Sanibel Island. It is inspired by 20+ novels authored by Randy Wayne White whose main character was Doc Ford. My husband and I had the...More

Thank divaonthego2017
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Thank you! We're glad you enjoyed it, and we'll be sure to let Terri know that she did a great job, thanks!

Reviewed 3 days ago

We visited Doc Fords last year, the food was very disappointing, not the food and atmosphere from rabbit road. We tried again this year same results, four different meals not one hit.More

Thank cbradway
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

We're so sorry to hear this! We work hard to train our staff and make sure our food is up to our guest expectations, and for that not to be the case for you is unacceptable. We hope you're willing to give us another shot...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Really loved the seafood here. It was exactly the type seafood dishes we were looking for while visiting the island. Buffalo shrimp is amazing Great kids menu Large seating area

Thank chitsey
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 3 days ago

This place came highly recommended by other resort goers. I'm SO glad I listened for once! First, it's a little pricey but so worth it! There's enough food for 2 days. Every decent place to eat within Sanibel and Captiva is pricey and a lot...More

Thank shellakers
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Thank you SO much for this great review! Hearing your enthusiasm about how much you enjoyed your experience is one of the best parts of doing what we do at Doc Ford's! Thank you so much, we're glad you and your family had a great...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Trendy "in" restaurant delivers with interesting menu but pricey. The Yucatán shrimp appetizer was amazing and totally worth ordering.

Thank BandwagonPa
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed our menu, the Yucatan is always a hit! Thanks!

Reviewed 4 days ago

I was turned on to the Doc Ford novels by Randy Wayne White by a dear friend 15 years ago, and when vacationing in Captiva, we always made it a must do to eat at the restaurant owned partially by the author. The food is...More

Thank Dogfoodguy
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Hey Dogfoodguy (love the name)! Thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed Doc Ford's, and the books as well. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our family, friends and I have been coming here for years. LOVE the new location. So glad that the menu and hospitality didn't change. This is easily our favorite restaurant on the island.

Thank SHANNON D
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Hey Shannon, Great! Thank you so much, we're glad you enjoy the new location! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you like shrimp and just a touch of heat you must get the Yucatán shrimp. We come over to Sanibel every year in May and always spend our first night at Doc Fords for the Yucatan shrimp. Steamed peel & eat shrimp in the...More

Thank Lois E
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review

Hey Lois, Thank you so much for the kind review! We're glad you enjoy the Yucatan Shrimp, it's definitely a crowd favorite!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
hotforsanibel
When is happy hour at the Sanibel location and what are the details?
18 May 2017|
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Response from uthoosier | Reviewed this property |
I'm sorry but I did not go to this restaurant during happy hour. You will need to contact the restaurant for this information.
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Alison Z
Is the outdoor seating on the water, at all??
4 February 2017|
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Response from CircusMom3 |
No. No water view!
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Marianne M
Is Doc Ford's pet friendly I outdoor seating areas. Thank you. Marianne
3 February 2017|
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Response from tomkozlowski1 . | Reviewed this property |
Did not see any dogs when I dine at Doc Fords. No signage regarding pets either. Best to email or call lthe restaurant
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Meals
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
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
Description
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!