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“A nice way to end our vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
239-765-9660
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Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Oyster Bar, 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: Family-friendly waterfront dining with affordable pricing. Featuring fresh seafood daily and full bar with our famous Island Mojitos. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Sports Bar and Live Entertainment. Arrive by car or boat. Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille may have originated on Sanibel Island, but be sure to check out this newest location on Fort Myers Beach!
Peoria, IL
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“A nice way to end our vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

My wife, daughter, 2 granddaughters, & I recently spent a week at Ft. Myers Beach. On our last night we opted to have dinner at Doc Ford's. Expecting a crowd on a Friday night, we followed Doc Ford's website lead of "call ahead seating," only to be told it doesn't exist. A bit disappointing, but it did not deter us from going & "taking our chances," for we had heard good things about the bar & grill. Crowded it was! The hostess took our name, gave us a pager for inside seating, & informed us upon inquiry that outside dining was on a first-come, first-serve basis. It was such a lovely evening that we decided to wait until an outside table opened up. Glad we did! We had to wait about a half hour before literally grabbing a table close to the stage, where the band was warming up. It took some "eagle eyes" & some maneuvering for a table, because there is no wait list out there. You can't be shy! As we took our seats, to our left was the delightful view of the intercoastal waterway with boats & birds. Nice evening weather, outside, lovely view, & a band -- the ambiance was conducive to a wonderful dining experience. We just relaxed & soaked it all in. Our server, a delightful young man who was a student at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University, quickly made us feel welcome & took our drink orders. We decided to splurge on our "last supper," ordering a couple appetizers as well as dinner entrees. The seafood choices for both were extensive. Crab cakes, crab legs, mahi mahi, shrimp & more! No complaints from any of us on our choices! Quite tasty & fresh! As our drinks & food arrived, the band began to play as well with a good mixture of jazz, old favorites, & a little soft rock. Easy listening! The band's name is Livewire, & if you're ever in southwest Florida & you see that name -- GO! Talented musicians with a lady vocalist who will enthrall you with her beautiful voice! The 5 males in the band also sing, each doing a solo or two as well as accompaniment to the lead singer. The best part, though, is that the band encourages people to get up & dance. Soon older couples, young couples, dads with daughters, moms with sons, etc., got up to "show their moves." As did my wife & me (count us in the "older couples" category)! Fun! Then the band leader invited some of the younger folks to join them on stage & take part in their next number. It was great to see our 9 & 12 year-old granddaughters be 2 of the 3 girls selected, one playing the cowbell & the other the tambourine. The smiles on their faces spoke volumes of the fun they were having. What a great atmosphere for families! The food drew us to Doc Ford's; the music kept us there longer. We only wish we didn't have to leave so early to go back to the condo & pack for our Saturday morning departure.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Fort Myers Beach and look forward to the opportunity to serve you again!! Also remember to check out our other two locations on Sanibel & Captiva Island!!
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“Great food and nice setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

The food was great and the view was lovely! The food was very flavorful and the kids enjoyed looking at all of the different types of fish mounted throughout the dining area. The mojitos are yummy!

Visited April 2014
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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“Local Ambience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I love it here. Nothing better than sitting outside overlooking the shrimp boat fleet and watching people arrive by water on their dinghy's and cabin cruisers. Lots of sea birds to watch as well. We also like the live entertainment with dancing (have done this 3 times)Outside seating is "first come, first served" , but worth the wait. Staff were very helpful bringing us extra chairs. The food was fresh and very tasty. We bring guests here a lot-

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Outdoor Seating at it's Finest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A great place for lunch or dinner. You can spend a lot or just go for a sandwich. Everything we had was great. Wait for a table outside and enjoy the view. You'll be facing East so you won't see the sun set but you'll still get the effects of the setting sun on the shrimp boats. Great picture. The only reason I gave Doc Ford's a 4 versus a 5 was because of the Key Lime Pie. I love key lime pie and this was one of the best I've had but for $6.95 the piece should be larger.
I also like my key lime pie slightly chilled, this was room temperature. The fish sandwich was also the best I had in Ft. Myers.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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“Excellent food in a delightful setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We made our first trip to Doc Fords! We had an excellent lunch with a table on the water.
Appetizers are tasty and are large portions. The service was great.
We had the tuna appetizer and fried calamari.
Soup was good and the main courses were so unique with flavor.
We will be back there for sure.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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