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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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Tampa Bay, FL
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We had a group of 15, which they easily accommodated. The staff was friendly. The food was good, decent prices. The Docs bread appetizer was awesome. So were the shrimp. This was our 2nd visit. We would go again.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The crowd and the wait led us to believe we had found something special, but alas we were disappointed. Our waitress was glum and not very helpful. She seemed irritated by the children and even unpleasant when they requested their "included" dessert. The quinoa salad was awkward and not very flavorful. Some of my greens were gritty. The MILD buffalo... More

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Calgary, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend the Yucatan Shrimp (giant peel and eat shrimp in a sauce of butter, cilantro, chili, and lime juice. You also get some wonderful crusty bread to sop up the sauce. If it weren't socially unacceptable, I would have licked the bowl. I had the fish tacos as my main, and was a bit disappointed after my shrimp... More

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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

Georgetown, Kentucky, United States
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This place was a must visit for us during our first trip to Sanibel. I have read both good and bad reviews on this place so I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth my time. I was extremely pleased with Doc Fords. My husband and I split peel and eat shrimp and oysters and the sharp were... More

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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

New Jersey
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We always like to try new places when coming to Sanibel. This time it was Doc Fords. Cute that it was named after a figure in books ( which were for sale in the front). The soup was very good, one person in my party had mahi mahi with a very flavorful rice. I had a shrimp dish that came... More

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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

Ball Ground, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I really hate writing this since we've loved this place in the past, but I think the public should be able to make informed choices when spending their hard-earned money on food. We've been to Doc Fords several times and love their food, however, what happened was very gross. My sis found a smallish (dime size) roach-looking bug under her... More

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

I am sincerely sorry that your experience fell short of our standards. We take great pride in customer service and satisfaction. I can only hope that you will give us another opportunity to exceed your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to inform us on what is going on, so that we can take the proper measures to resolve... More

Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My husband and I ate dinner at Dic Ford's Rum Bar & Grille two nights in a row. The food is amazing as well as our service. We ate at the bar due to the amount long wait time . We had no wait at the bar . I had the Shrimp and Grits both nights, my husband had fried... More

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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

St. Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

"Best veggie burger in town" touts their menu. When I inquired about it, I was told it was not house made, but a garden burger made from frozen. Not impressive, and since I had come just to have that, I got it anyway. It was good - garden burgers are a better veggie burger than some others. The bun was... More

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Had a great fish sandwich, the best brownie ever, and steamed shrimp on two occasions that were not cooked completely. A great place in general but someone in the kitchen needs to know that under cooked shrimp aren't that great.

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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

Richmond, VA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lunch and Dinner. Food was excellent. Staff was friendly. Two servers handling a room of families (approx 60 people). Servers making their own cocktails as well which greatly slowed service. 3 different cocktails - poorly made. $25 average check and still have to pay $1.50 for bread.

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

I am sincerely sorry that your experience fell short of our standards. We take great pride in customer service and satisfaction. I can only hope that you will give us another opportunity to exceed your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to inform us on what is going on, so that we can take the proper measures to resolve... More

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