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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


$10 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood, Grill
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed yesterday

It was our first time visiting Captiva. We had a wonderful experience at Doc Ford’s. We had a friend who had been there previously and had suggested the restaurant to us. Everything was suburb from the drinks to the food to the service. Our server,...Tonya, was very attentive and so personable. She really made us feel special. Her suggestions regarding the entrees were spot on. I would definitely suggest this restaurant to anyone visiting Captiva. We also complimented the manager on a job well done. I don’t remember his name but he was also very helpful in giving us directions to our next destination.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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I came down to Captiva with a family of 4 we didn’t make it in until late and not much was open by the time we were ready for dinner. We ended up stumbling upon Doc Fords and had a lovely time with our waiter...Chris. He was hilarious and the kids couldn’t stop laughing. They don’t like sea food so he recommended the margarita pizza which the absolutely loved and wanted more! He was very friendly as well as helpful and an all around amazing person. We had a great experience 10/10 would come again.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was traveling solo for a quick business trip and wanted to drive into Captiva for some good food. I ended up stoping at Doc Fords and had a wonderful server Chris He made my night with great conversation and a wonderful suggestion of a...margarita pizza which was exactly what i was looking for!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were on Captiva for a quick girls trip, stopped in for a late dinner and ended up with an awesome server, Chris- who suggested the grouper tacos that weren’t even on the menu- and had a super meal and evening! Definitely a place to...stop for food and/or drinks and definitely ask for Chris!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Decided to take the family out to dinner after a nice day at the beach, where the wife and I wanted to unwind a little bit with some adult beverages and I can’t believe how thoughtful and attentive our server Kimberly was. The kids wanted...the cherries out of our beverages and Kimberly brought a bowl of cherries for the kids since ours were alcohol soaked. She checked on us multiple times and interacted with the kids. That means a lot to us. The food was top notch and service was very memorable . We’ll be coming back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Red snapper with tamale was amazing. Cheese grits are tasty. The penne pasta was very salty. Not.much ambiance if you dine inside (shades on all windows drawn and you cant see out. Dining outside on the other hand is festive. On the deck you can...see the sunset behind the trees. Out of server Kimberly was patient and upbeat. Table was only half cleared and our server did take too long to bring our check. There room for improvement but over all good.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s like Margaritaville. The food is typical Chili’s style menu with a flash of seafood. We ordered the black bean so appetizer. It was huge, but not really a dip - just a huge bowl of black beans and fixings. The cheesesteak was not very...flavorful, the mojo bbq sandwich was good, the slaw was great, the lobster roll was tiny (avoid it), and the Yucatán shrimp were very good. It’s a great spot for large groups and a menu that will please everyone.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food! Kids love it too. Yucatan shrimp is the best. Kimberly did a great job taking care of us.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our first day trip to Captiva Island and made it a point to eat lunch at Doc Ford's. The fried grouper sandwich was cooked to perfection and the Rowdy Razorback's went down way too easy. Our server Kimberly made our dining experience delightful.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

There may be some fancier places to dine on Sanibel and Captiva but we always seem to visit Doc Ford's multiple times during our vacations to Captiva. Don't let the Rum Bar name fool you! Doc Ford's has the freshest tasting seafood on Sanibel and...Captiva. In addition to the tasty food (our favorite is the Panko crusted grouper), diverse drink menu and entertainment, the staff is exceptionally friendly and attentive. Devin and Chris were our waiters the 2 times we dined at Doc Ford's this vacation and were both so accommodating. Joy the manager really sets a wonderful tone for her crew that will keep us coming back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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February 12, 2021|
Response from robina304 | Reviewed this property |
Not required for indoor dinning, but recommended. They would not accept reservations for outdoor dinning.
April 20, 2017|
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Response from Daydream569459 | Reviewed this property |
I think they have takeout with free delivery
March 16, 2017|
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Response from jodif128 | Reviewed this property |
You can get anything on menu to go yes
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Frequently Asked Questions about Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva

Yes, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva offers takeout services.

Yes, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva offers delivery services.

Yes, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Captiva is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4