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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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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (551 reviews)
“black bean dip” (56 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (251 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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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1 - 10 of 5,101 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

Great service from Ray and the rest of the crew. Dinner was very good, particularly the calamari appetizer.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Darren M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I , ate there today and we sat on the patio and had a great Barbados punch!!! Our amazing sever Heather recommended this tasty drink. and had great bean dip. If your looking for great drinks, excellent service with a wonderful atmosphere,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Noelle M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My mom and I had lunch on the patio, it was a great atmosphere and the food was outstanding. I had the Yucatán shrimp and would definitely eat it again, soon. Our waitress was phenomenal! Her name was Heather, and would recommend asking for her...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Bria2396
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Doc Ford’s is one of our places we don’t miss when we are in Sanibel. This time, in a new location. We were not disappointed. The paella was outstanding and the wait staff was top notch. I would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BillPiedmont_OK
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came in on a weeknight without reservations for dinner and got seated immediately on the patio-very pleasant. Hostesses very friendly. Server was efficient at a busy time. Mixed green salad was very large as a dinner and I added the special fish (Mahi Mahi). My...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BillP1123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with a multi-generational group and it was great! Very family friendly with a kids menu. Highly recommend the shrimp tacos :)

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank beccahammond
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very much enjoyed our dinner at Doc Ford's in Sanibel. We had the steak, pork chop, lobster roll and the salmon - all were very good - the steak, I'm told by one of my dining partners, was one of the best he ever had....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank K B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice enough looking restaurant, I have been to the old location on Rabbit Rd. and had a good experience,but our dinner, service, and drinks were at best OKAY. The Paella had one scallop thrown in on the side, clearly to make sure it kept with...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 864timm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, staff and the new location is amazing! Allie was our server and was such a sweetheart. Menu has amazing selection of great seafood, drinks and their version of key lime pie was so much better than most. We ate at the Sanibel location...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank PaulaM279
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the food here was really good and fresh .Oysters on the half shell were so fresh ,Very relaxing sitting on the outside deck with the palm trees .Staff was very accommodating .definitely worth the stop

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mrfreeze968
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May 13, 2018|
Response from Gammie8 | Reviewed this property |
No. I called the restaurant and was told they do not allow dogs on the outside patio.
March 1, 2018|
Response from Tyler K | Reviewed this property |
no. nothing this year
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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