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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
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2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
+1 239-472-8311
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had lots of recommendations from friends that live in Ft Meyers and they were right on the money the fish sandwich was great and the Yucatan Shrimp he best

Thank Francine J
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to eat. Love the hats for sale. Very clean and service was excellent. Always my favorite place to eat on Sanibel.

Thank Ron B
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to their old location and gasped with disappointment when we thought they were gone. Thankfully we discovered they moved. Their new location is beautiful and the food is even better. Very fresh and flavorful food. Love the outside seating. Nothing like a rum drink and fresh seafood after a day sunning on the beach.

Thank Jill R
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55 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun atmosphere, great Fish 🐟 dishes. We had the ceviche as an appetizer, the fish tacos and spicy 🌶 shrimp tacos. The salsa for the fish tacos 🌮 was excellent. We saw someone with carrot cake and wished we had room for it. Try a dirty monkey 🐒 it's a great frozen drink. For for groups of all ages! Terri... More 

Thank Melissa G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Husband and I were seated on the back porch. Great waiter and food even better. Husband was wondering about the pairing of his food: coconut encrusted triple tail special, mashed sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli served with a pinta colada sauce but is was delicious. My Yucatán Shrimp and mixed salad also were fabulous!!

Thank Ekeeke
Nashville, Tennessee
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312 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had never visited Doc Ford's but enjoyed our dinner here. The new building is large and attractive. There is plenty of parking. It has a nice large full-service bar. Most people wait for outdoor seating but we were fine indoors. The menu is local/tropical/Mexican inspired. Excellent mohito!! The food was good but not fantastic. Our server (Ray) was super... More 

Thank Marybeth58
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We typically go to one of the Doc Fords restaurants during our stays in Fort Myers. While some restaurants come and go, Docs is always a place to go to get great food. This new Docs is beautiful. We went on a busy night but had great service and the food was excellent. I'm not a seafood person so I... More 

Thank Christopher W
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

No trip to Sanibel is complete for us without a visit to this restaurant. The Yucatan shrimp are heavenly and the daily fish specials really are special. Even simple things are done well with premium ingredients.

Thank Catbody
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Plenty of rum drinks to choose from. Way underrated menu item is the Parmesan crusted chx sandwich. Get it without bun @ extra lemon aioli sauce. TDF!

1 Thank Briahna C
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219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Friends invited us for lunch at Doc Ford's and it was so fun and delicious that we brought our family back for dinner. Doc offers a huge menu and everything was excellent. We ate at some fine dining places while in FMB and all agreed the food and service was better at Doc's for half the price.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-8311
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?