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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
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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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

Extensive menu, friendly staff. Always reliable food. Daily specials are excellent. Two locations: one on Sanibel, one on Captiva. Additional location near Ft. Myers Beach.

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Winona, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 NEW

We were on Sanibel last week and visited Doc's 4 of 6 nights we were there! The food was great especially the Yucatan Shrimp! To die for! Great atmosphere for anyone that would like to go. We can't say enough about our server Gabby! We even recomended her to another couple and they had the same reaction. Thanks again Gabby!... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

My friends and I went to Doc Ford's every evening of our week long trip to Sanibel! The service was over the top! Our waiter Shawn was so informative & had a great personality! The Mojito's were perfectly refreshing after a day on the water! We will ll be back soon!!

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

If you've read a Doc Ford novel or two, you'll enjoy stopping by this Sanibel restaurant built around being the kind of place Doc Ford might own if he were real. Even if you haven't read the books, you'll enjoy the place. Good food influenced by Doc Ford's fictional travels (and author Randy Wayne White's real ones). Pleasant atmosphere. Lots... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We ate lunch at Doc Ford's on Sanibel. The restaurant is "kid" friendly, and unfortunately there were several of the poorly behaved variety on hand; therefore, the environment was really noisy, but aside from that, the decor is unique, the staff is friendly, the service is speedy, and the food is average.

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Sanibel Island
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to the one in Sanibel with my husband one night for dinner. We had heard great things about it and it lived up to the hype! Great service, great food, great atmosphere. Portions are huge! Next time we are splitting an app and meal. We left so full, but happy. Drinks are good time. Definitely a fun night. If... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

On both trips to Sanibel Island we favoured Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille. The restaurant is themed on the Doc Ford novels written by local author Randy Wayne White. The menu has choice for all tastes, ages, and budget with shrimp, regional fish, paella, ribs and burgers our regular choice. The Yucatan Shrimp is my personal favourite. The restaurant... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Came to Captiva for a mini vacation from Cocoa Beach but would come back just to eat at Doc Ford's! Have eaten here every night and sampled several items from the menu and it is just phenomenal! Our server, Kelcie, was so very good and informative. Can't wait to come back.

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Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you are a fan of Randy Wayne White's novels, you know the character Doc Ford. The proprietors have taken a ordinary bar and grill and turned it into an unusual and interesting place. The menu, both food and drink, have references to the islands and Doc Ford mysteries. The walls are covered with pictures of the author and his... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were here last week for dinner on July 22nd. Fabulous!!!! The Dinkins Boil Shrimp was amazing! The shrimp were huge! Highly recommend.

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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island More

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