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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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“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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1,211 - 1,220 of 4,349 reviews

Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

We always, always make sure we visit when we are down on Sanibel Island - food is fabulous, I've read all his books and the whole atmosphere of the place is cool! It's a must do. Plus shirts, hats and mugs are must buys!

Thank jwearn
Reviewed 20 February 2016

Last year we at Doc Ford's on Sanibel Island and couldn't wait to bring friends back this year. The place is always hopping it seems and we enjoy the atmosphere. Our server was friendly when we first got there but then was barely there once...More

Thank Jmits1
Reviewed 20 February 2016

We arrived at 5:00 on a Thursday night. It was really crowded and we were told approximately a 30 minute wait for a table outside. It ended up being 45 minutes. My husband and I waited at the bar and had a few drinks. The...More

Thank Kimberly S
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

We have been to Doc Fords several times. We love the atmosphere and my husband has been enjoying the Doc Fords books he was introduced to here! This is a rum bar and their mojitos are very good! Their clam chowder was flavourful and good....More

Thank Wendy H
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Had to wait for a table, but the estimate given was accurate. Fish options on the menu were good, but limited. Portions were very generous, including on the kids menu.

Thank Rrubin
Reviewed 19 February 2016

Great experience. Ambiance is just subliminal. Food is very good. Pricey but then one can expect no less on an island setting.

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 18 February 2016

I've been eating here for about 6 years and the food in the past was excellent. We had the worst meal (Blackened Group Sandwich) ever with absolutely no taste & bun worst than McD's. All 6 of us agreed that it's time to find another...More

Thank B M
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Opted for inside as very windy and cool on day of our visit. I had a grouper sandwich which was ok as I expected more based on the location. One had a burger, another the fish tacos and one had a special which was a...More

Thank Cranbog
Reviewed 18 February 2016

A small chain, but really good and fun restaurants, this one is nice but go to the one on Captiva, much nicer.

Thank doncord
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Stopped for lunch on a rainy Saturday but found warmth and good food here. We had a seafood soup that was excellent amount other food. Service and food we great!

Thank parmaohio
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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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
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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