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“Sports bar with good food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Sports bar with good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

This place is nice has more of a sports bar feel which you can't tell from the outside. All of the food that we had was good. Service was average but I think it was just cause they were busy. But overall we didn't leave disapointed.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank EmJones30
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Jasper, Indiana
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Consistently Very Good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We are in Sanibel several times a year and always find time to have lunch or dinner at this great restaurant! We have not had a bad experience yet! The fish tacos are always a winner for lunch and the banana leaf snapper is a personal favorite of mine for dinner. The service and food has been consistently good over the past several years!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ray S
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“We LOVE this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We are dinner twice and went one other time for drinks and desserts. The atmosphere is nice, the service has always been good and the food is GREAT! We haven't had a bad thing yet. The Sanibel Spinach Salad is a must-try, along with the carrot cake. YUM!!! We'll be back on our next visit for more cocktails and yummy food.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mnmgee
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Moultrie, Georgia
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133 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Hit and a miss”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Let me start by saying all the items we had at this restaurant were fine...just some were outstanding and others average. The Yucatan shrimp appetizer were wonderful. It comes with bread that you can use to 'sop' up the marinade... and be sure to do that. That secret recipe is too good to leave in the bottom of the bowl. The Shrimp and Grits were also a hit. Wasn't sure about the vegetables on top of it when it first came but they were as good as the shrimp and grits themselves!! The mojito was only average.... not really what we expected for 'the island's best'. The 'Original Panko fish sandwich was very bland as well as the black beans and rice. The fish was fresh and well prepared... just no flavor or sauce on the sandwich. Do eat here but come extra early. At 6:00 p.m. there was already a long wait to get seated.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MsViolet
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“great beer selections”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

The Wifey and I were exploring the Island and based on previous reviews decided to check out Doc's. The beer selection was wonderful and the specials were too. I had a shrimp special and it truly was! The noise level was about normal for an open bar and restaurant. The only drawback was Doc's is located on the west side of the island and in traffic it may be an issue for some.

Visited June 2013
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