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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

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975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
239-472-8311
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Georgia
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For a place with a nice look, excellent food and a good view. The menu has many great things to interest all. Good place for lunch or dinner. Price right for a meal out.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to Doc Ford's kind of late and got seated immediately. The food was delicious. I had the Shrimp Tacos! A funny thing happened and where I was tired from travelling and accidentally left the waiter a $100 tip! Luckily, he chased me down in the parking lot and asked me if I meant to do that!! Not everyone... More 

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Proctorville, Ohio
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Handy location and good food with an attentive staff make this a good place to eat but the "Doc Ford" themed atmosphere with associated books and souvenirs make it special.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Doc Ford always pleases. You might expect ordinary bar food. But you'd be wrong. Sure, you can have burgers, fries, etc. But you also can enjoy absolutely wonderful mussels. The banana leaf red snapper is ridiculously delicious. Indeed the menu has more really clever -- and tasty -- choices than a lot of 'restaurants' protest to offering. To call it... More 

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Thank susan j
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for dinner. Large dining area. Shrimp and grits were fabulous. Great drinks! Eat and peel shrimp for appetizer. Large gulf shrimp!

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Thank Pat W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great sports bar-ish kind of place. Big variety on the menu, great mojitos. I had a seafood pasta on black linguine (dyed with squid ink--it was THE BOMB!) and the Mrs. had shrimp scampi, which she liked fine until she tasted mine. Great service, just a fun place. If it was located on the water, it would be perfect! As... More 

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Thank Jim K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was one of our favorite spots!! Their drinks are reasonably price and a good size and their sweet potato fries are to die for! It was the perfect splurge after biking over 25 miles through the JN Ding Darling animal refuge and all over the island.

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Thank Kelsey S
North Fort Myers
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a must visit. The food is good, the memorabilia interesting and the hint that Randy Wayne White may be in the corner writing the next Doc Ford novel make this a top oof the list place.

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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the more popular restaurants on the island. Both meals were good. The shrimp tacos are good. The service is fast and friendly. Can be a little crowded at times. The beer is cold also!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

They have the best grouper fish fingers. The grouper fish sandwich is excellent. A very busy place so go early.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Cuisine
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Grill
Meals
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, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 239-472-8311
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?