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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

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975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The staff was friendly and fun. Every item that I have ever had at Doc Fords is great. The Mahi Mahi is one of the best seafood dishes on Captiva and Sanibel. Great atmosphere! Fun!!

Thank Mark W
Centerburg, Ohio
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ordered pleal and eat shrimp. Thought Florida should have great shrimp! Not! It was old and tasted bad. Waitress was rude and could have cared less that I did not like my food and did not offer to replace it with somthing eles. Let's just say my family and I will never be back and will tell everyone to stay... More 

Thank wookerwoo
Rochester, New York
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

First time visit. Very impressed. Great food great beer selection. Love the Gateway Gold from Ft. Myers brewing co. Can't go wrong with the Sanibel Cheese Steak. Crab and lobster bisk..was fabulous

Thank Mike K
Saint Augustine, Florida
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We returned again this year to Doc Ford's as our first dining out experience on Sanibel. Service was friendly, our waitress was outgoing, a little hyper (which we enjoyed) and quick to explain the specials available - both food and drink. We ordered the grouper, lobster roll and cedar planked salmon. All were prepared perfectly and nicely presented. The delicate... More 

Thank times6plus
Orlando, Florida
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ventured here with our two-year-old for a leisurely lunch. We got here early and only a few tables were taken. Our server was extremely attentive and helpful. We ordered Doc's beach bread (YUM!!) and the Lime Panko Crusted Fish Sandwiches. Our little one had Mac and cheese. All of the food was excellent and finally, a restaurant that doesn't... More 

Thank Alicia B
Valrico, Florida
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87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here for lunch during our Sanibel getaway and glad we did. Beach/nautical theme with tv's for sporting events. Our server was very professional and accommodating. We ordered a Cuban sandwich and the citrus shrimp special. Cuban was as good as any I've had in Tampa and the shrimp was very tasty I the special citrus marinade. Also ordered some... More 

Thank Jfig56
Fort Myers, Florida, United States
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Doc Fords is a "regular" go to for myself and coworkers! We send lots visitors there also. Their mojitos are the best in the area and a must try. One of my favs

Thank Toni W
Laurel, Maryland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Doc Ford's is the place to go after a long day at the beach! They have great seafood! Their shrimp is delicious and so are their fries. The Lime Panko Crusted Fish Sandwich is amazing, and the best fish sandwich you will find anywhere! Our waiter was very friendly and fast, and provided us... More 

Thank brittanyfreeman17
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Always a great place to eat and drink...the peel and eat shrimp are to die for, can't wait till the next time, the new restaurant will be open!

Thank Cardzfan1
Miami, Florida
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

1. decent selection of menu items 2. service was alright, nothing to rave about 3. food - we had the mahi, the shrimp tacos, the ribeye, the shrimp boil, and the salmon - all alright, nothing to write home about

Thank moose938

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, 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
Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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: 975 Rabbit Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-3037
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?