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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
239-472-8311
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Grill, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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!

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Marysville, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Stopped here for lunch based on how fantastic it smelled as we rode bikes by the place earlier enroute to J.N. Darling Wildlife Refuge. We came back 2 days later and ordered the exact same meals: Doc Ford's Original Lime Panko Crusted Fish Sandwich and Panamanic's Pulled Pork Sandwich. Neither my husband nor I could choose a favorite, and both... More 

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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

We love the Yucatan shrimp and the crusty bread. The salads are nice & fresh. Large selection of rum based drinks. Haven't found my must have yet, but I enjoy trying. Can be very busy with longer wait times for food. Plan your visit accordingly. Worth the wait.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

Love going to Doc Ford's when we vacation in Sanibel...the food is always good! Great rum drinks - Doc Ford's mojito is delicious as well. Top picks: shrimp and grits, Yucatan Shrimp, mahi mahi and salmon! Staff is friendly and helpful and we recommend checking it out if you haven't eaten here yet!

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Mocksville, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

If you like spicy peel and eat jumbo shrimp try the Yucatan shrimp. It is outstanding . They are also known for their home made Bloody Mary drinks which were also very good. Good parking available. Indoor and outdoor dining.

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Wales
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Great place to spend Christmas Eve. Loved the shrimp and the rum punch. Friendly staff and the place had a great vibe.

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Herning, Denmark
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Good shrimps, good service and great drinks. But be careful if you not like spicy food, some of the dishes are super spicy. Just ask the waiters, they are so helpfull.. Nice place and will be back.

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Roskilde, Denmark
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Very good restaurant just before the National Park. The service was very nice and polite, we had to wait a bit for the food, but it was worth it. The kids fish & chips was great, so the quinoa salad with grilled shrimps. Portion are huge ( maybe we are used to the European size ;) ) but my father... More 

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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

You may take a bike ride through Ding Darling and stop at Doc Ford's for libations! A snack, lunch, or even dinner are possibilities as well. We enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere welcoming. Give it a try!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

We travel to Sanibel a couple of times a year and always look forward to a meal at Doc Ford's. Try the Shrimp Veracruz- its Delicious!

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Coral Springs, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This is an island / sports bar type restaurant with several seating options. There is outdoor seating, the sports bar area, and another, quieter area, which we did not choose. The food is about what you would expect from a sports bar, aside from the Yucatan shrimp, which are huge and out of this world! We should have just ordered... More 

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Additional Information about Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Address: 975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
Phone Number: 239-472-8311
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Caribbean, Seafood, Grill, Family Fare

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