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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%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (471 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (223 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 via mobile

We've stoped in 3 times now for a quick dinner! Great bar staff and servers. Outside was a little painful with the mosquitos! But this is Florida! The fish fingers, shrimp tacos, peel and eat shrimp, lobster roll and seared tuna are all amazing! Great...More

Thank Mary Jean H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing food! Our server was John and he was very helpful. We had the shrimp flatbread to start. I had the Yucatan Shrimp Tacos, my daughter had the fried shrimp, and my mom had the Penne with Shrimp.

Thank spwood674
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had the crab cakes, green salad/blue cheese, a cup and a Blue Moon . Just a good place to spend time with friends. Great atmosphere.

Thank Cymru1
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to Doc Ford’s a few times but this was our first time in the new building. It’s wonderful! Great atmosphere and lots of room. Our server was helpful and friendly. We were there for dinner on a Friday night so it was...More

Thank cjm1971
Reviewed 4 days ago

Doc Ford's is a great local restaurant for fresh seafood and a variety of other foods. The service is friendly and fast and the atmosphere is very good. Try the daily catch as they always have a special preparation for this and the fish is...More

Thank Robb G
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food and service was very good. My husband loved the Yucatan shrimp and the crab cake appetizer. The shrimp is spicy. I had shrimp and grits. I really liked the grits. The mojitos were very good. My daughter had paella and really enjoyed it....More

Thank LoveFloridaBeachs
Reviewed 6 days ago

I have always been a huge fan of Doc Fords but must say I'm not lovin' the new restaurant. I feel it has lost it's charm and warmth now that it has moved. My daughter never got to experience the old restaurant but said the...More

1  Thank kellygal
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

We're so sorry to hear this! Being our first year open in the new building, we have heard many mixed reviews from loyal customers loving/not-loving the new building. We'll certainly be taking some of these things into account as we're always trying to improve our...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Doc Ford's has a built a brand new building, closer to Periwinkle, with a gigantic parking area. The service, drinks and the food are as good as ever. I do miss the old place, with a cozier feeling, just a little.More

Thank leavingagain14
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind review! We often hear mixed feelings about the new location. It's always bitter sweet when making big changes. We like to think that with a little time, and a couple seasons under her belt, the new location will be just...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great restaurant with a full bar (which is important to us as a lot of island places only serve beer and wine and my husband is a whiskey and Long Island ice tea guy) We all enjoyed our entrees and would return.

Thank Jackie E
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Jackie! Glad you enjoyed it!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat at the bar and the server, James, was very friendly and informative. He put the Ray's game on the television for us. I had the crab cakes with jicama slaw and my husband had the shrimp tacos. Everything was tasty.

Thank fancyn
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind review! We'll be sure to let James know you enjoyed your time with us!

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
When is happy hour at the Sanibel location and what are the details?
18 May 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
Is the outdoor seating on the water, at all??
4 February 2017|
Response from CircusMom3 |
No. No water view!
Marianne M
Is Doc Ford's pet friendly I outdoor seating areas. Thank you. Marianne
3 February 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
USD 10 - USD 25
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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