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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille - St. Pete

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Takeout Available
  • Outdoor Seating Available
  • Single-use or contactless menus
Updated 08/31/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/31/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
Located at the base of the downtown St. Pete Pier! Doc Ford’s St. Pete is as stunning as it is delicious. With inside and outside views of both downtown St. Pete, and Tampa bay, there’s a seat in the house for everybody. Enjoy the sea-breeze on the seawall while enjoying a couple Doc Ford’s Mojitos and Yucatan Shrimp!
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Seafood, Bar
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed today

We live in downtown and frequent all the restaurants. Matt and Rex at the back bar are the perfect team. Customer service is spot on and the drinks are handcrafted and amazing.

Date of visit: September 2021
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My sister-in-law brought me here for a relaxing lunch by the water and it was beautiful. We dined inside because of the heat. The waiter, Winston, was very pleasant and attentive. My companion ordered the special which sounded delicious…shrimp,black beans, jasmine rice and mango salsa....It was so over spiced that her mouth burned, she broke out in a sweat and was unable to eat only 2 of the shrimp and a mouthful of the beans. She declined a new choice because her mouth was on fire. In the future the wait staff should give the customers a heads up for the level of spice. She was charged for the meal. Very disappointing. My Cuban sandwich was fine.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a great location. Great food choices, a real buzz about the place and superb views. The only reason I have given 4 stars instead of 5 was the slowish service and even asking for the tab seemed to take ages.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We made a reservation and were able to get a table close to the window looking out towards the St Pete Pier! We ordered 2 appetizers and 2 entrees...all were great choices! We can't stop talking about the shrimp ceviche! So good. And, our server...was incredible. Ask to sit in Netta's section.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Came here for a light lunch and decided to sit outside because the weather was great. Our server was Kam and he was great! He was very polite with great manners to not only us but to every table he had around us. Next time...I come back I will definitely be requesting him. The food was very presentable. I ordered the Tuna appetizer and loved the noodles underneath it. If you are looking for a meal with a peanut taste that feels light I would suggest it!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Walked the St Pete's Pier and decided to stop for a drink at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille ... yet ended up staying for dinner as the massive overhang gave us shade, waitress was very accommodating and the cool breeze offered a nice relief...to the summer heat. Glad we did, the food was good and the beer very cold. I may be a bit picky about this, but the Live Musician could've been better. All in all it wasn't 'bad', but we didn't know a lot of the song he was playing, and some of the notes were off. (3 musicians at our table). Service was excellent with food and drinks good.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ordinary food. You are paying for the location. So have a drink here and then eat somewhere else, preferably not anywhere on Beach Drive.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was our second visit here and it was great, once again. The location is beautiful and the food was excellent. Try the spicy margarita! Colin was a friendly and awesome server!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Large independent building but very casual. Good outdoor terrace, a few hundred yards from the end of St Pete pier. Great waiter, Cameron, but the kitchen was slow, which made the meal more enjoyable. Hamberger was overcooked, Yucatan shrimp was tasty and a great meal....Music was a downer need happier songs on water. Lunch was reasonable, dinner entrees all $$$.More

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

The Yucatán shrimp with bread is delicious. Great service! Winston was our server and was very pleasant, attentive and even sang happy birthday to my cousin. It was lovely. Nice environment for the kids too.

Date of visit: September 2021
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We had excellent service but I understand, with so few people wanting to work in Most states, that the restaurant industry has many challenges having enough employees to represent fast service. Also, often the few new... More
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Parking is right there
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Yes, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille - St. Pete 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 - St. Pete is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5