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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” (493 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (231 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Fast food, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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1,211 - 1,220 of 4,442 reviews

Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

This is a cute restaurant with interesting menu items. My husband and I each had a salad and peel and eat shrimp. It was lackluster and extremely just okay. But I would like to say that the service was fabulous.

Thank Patti2
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Sports bar setting, loud, pricey food, average food, nothing special, I think you could do better. would not go again,but it is a popular place judging by the crowd

Thank Ric A
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Food was well prepared, drinks were cold, someone in our group had allergies and her entree was made to order, on a very busy night. Bar, wait staff, hostess staff all were pleasant, and engaging.

Thank edrewes1
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Pros Location Baby back's Drink menu Gift shop Staff friendly and knowledgable Fair pricing Good fish and seafood selection Good non seafood selection Cons Not the full menu Kids menu lacked the cheese pizzas their other locations have Fish tanks of redfish where empty No...More

Thank JimDeBerry
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Always stop at least twice while in Sanibel.....great food and drinks....never had a bad meal ....we been going there for 6 years

Thank chicsim
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Referred by a friend and glad we took her up on it! Food was amazing. Yucatan shrimp was spicy and flavorful. Staff was very friendly and accommodating even with busy crowds. A must when visiting Sanibel.

Thank Ignacio M
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Food was excellent as always. First time in years did I ever get a female server with an attitude. It was like she didn't want to be there. Now Peter, who was not our server, was awesome. Very personable, pleasant, jokeful. I will ask for...More

Thank CarolynM660
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

This was my favorite place to eat. I had the crab cakes and jicama Slaw with a side of fries. It was delicious! I liked it so much we ate dinner there twice and yes I ordered the crab cakes both times. We arrived at...More

Thank tdugas
Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped by around 3pm on a Sunday. There were plenty of seats available and it was a family friendly time for our two children. We were seated promptly and our waitress Patti was very pleasant and even gave helpful tips about the island. The...More

Thank Jude897
Reviewed 24 April 2016

We stopped in for lunch on our biking expedition. Good friendly service and good coastal bar cuisine. The table shared Yucatan shrimp tacos and steamed shrimp with house made cocktail sauce. The shrimp were sweet and succulent and went well with our wine and beers....More

Thank Mmitchel
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
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 33957-5717
  • 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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