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“Based on a story...”

Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Grill
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
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!
Morristown, TN
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Based on a story...”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

This restaurant was named for a character in a book, Doc Ford. The shrimp 'n grits were good, but not the best I've ever had as some reviewers said. I usually like a lot more sauce aka "gravy." The seafood paella was really good.

  • Visited April 2014
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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Better than we expected”
Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

We knew from the reviews that we'd be waiting, but were told 45 minutes and it turned out to be almost 70 minutes. By the time we were seated at 7:45 on a Thursday night, those arriving were being told an hour and a half wait time. We were ready to eat.
Food was better than we'd expected. For appetizers, had crab cakes (not much crab, more bready), Yucatan shrimp (understand why it is one of their signature dishes--yummy, if very messy--found ourselves wondering how many they'd sell if they sold it peeled), and the seared tuna over a Thai-style slaw, which was really a superb combination of tastes and textures. Then had fish tacos (pretty average, and needed a big dose of habanero hot sauce to have any personality), grilled grouper sandwich, pretty much on a par with others on the islands, and the veggie burger, which seemed to our vegetarian to be the prefab type rather than fresh-made. Skipped desserts. Great drink selection, my husband had a small batch rum he loved. Servers professional and efficient, if not particularly personable. Our teenager liked the sport-bar vibe, but adults not sure we'd go back--food fine, but not good enough to justify the wait and the crowds.

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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review, April 18, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
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Sanibel Island, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Favorite spot on the island”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

We visit Doc Ford's every time we come to Sanibel--at least half a dozen times per year. The food, atmosphere and service are all top notch. We can't pass up the Yucatan Shrimp or Shrimp and Grits--they are both the best we've ever eaten.
Perfect place to bring first time island visitors or, like us, perfect to visit every time we come to Sanibel. Not to be missed!

  • Visited April 2014
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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
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Sanibel
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant off the Beach”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

BC bartender outstanding, Servers could not have done more to make you have and outstanding dining. Just be here

  • Visited April 2014
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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
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Sanibel Island, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“No bad experiences”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I have eaten at Doc Fords 4 times and each time was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited April 2014
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Doc F, Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this review, April 17, 2014
Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us here at Doc Fords Sanibel and look forward to seeing you again! Also remember to check out our other locations on Fort Myers Beach and Captiva Island.
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