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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
+1 239-472-8311
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“yucatan shrimp” (478 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (226 reviews)
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American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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Reviewed yesterday

We arrived around 630pm on a Friday and the place was packed. After being told it was approximately a 45 minute wait for a table inside, it took about 20-25 minutes for us to be seated. Our waiter was Andy and he was outstanding. When...More

Thank GreyScott26
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I really need to try a different meal...but the Yucatán Shrimp is just sooooooo good. The Service was great, as it has been on every trip. Drinks are well made. Desserts every bit as good as the meals.

Thank GunnyS2862
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed our meal at Doc Ford's. The food and service were excellent. Being from Boston, my eyes lit up when I saw a Maine Lobster Roll on the menu. It was not exactly prepared like a real New England lobster roll, but it was...More

Thank Garry M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a fun relaxing place for lunch or dinner. We got there late, tired, and thirsty after a day at the beach. We left full, refreshed and also purchased a signed book from the author/owner. Enjoy a relaxing meal in a fun atmosphere. Kids...More

Thank SunshineYes
Reviewed 2 days ago

We choose Doc Ford's for our first dinner on the Island. Three young gals at the front seemed less than interested in us. We had to wait about 10 minutes for an inside table, and were seated with not much enthusiasm. But then our waiter...More

1  Thank Beach Bum Woman
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went there yesterday and got seated quickly but nothing happened after that for well over an hour. This place was great when I was here last year but we actually had to get up and leave because the service was just soooo slow. So...More

1  Thank I6885TSdan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to Doc Ford's after a day on the beach dreaming of fresh seafood and we were not disappointed. Our waiter was friendly and enthusiastic about the drinks and the food and he was not wrong. Starting with the cocktail of the day, the...More

Thank Sharidbw
Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been going to Doc Fords in Sanibel for years. They recently opened a new location I actually liked the old location better but this one is larger and more open. The food and service is great. I always get the Yucatan Shrimp but...More

Thank maxxies1
Reviewed 3 days ago

You can't go wrong here. Seafood was great. Not expensive and love the nightly music. Only downside was we were not impressed with their soup.

Thank AMA411
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I ordered the Sanibel sunset x 2. Great drink! We shared the crab cakes and margarita flat bread for appetizers, both were very good. Entrees Cuban sandwich, the 10 yr said it was great but two people could easily share this. The other kiddo ordered...More

Thank Angel T
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Questions & Answers
May 18, 2017|
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Response from bonnyusa | Reviewed this property |
We were there for lunch and did not pay attention to their hours.
Alison Z
February 3, 2017|
Response from CircusMom3 |
No. No water view!
Marianne M
February 2, 2017|
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Response from tomkozlowski1 . | Reviewed this property |
Did not see any dogs when I dine at Doc Fords. No signage regarding pets either. Best to email or call lthe restaurant
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
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, Bar scene, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
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 33957-5717
  • 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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