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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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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (520 reviews)
“black bean dip” (52 reviews)
“fish sandwich” (243 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 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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1,211 - 1,220 of 4,788 reviews

Reviewed 16 September 2016

We stopped in during the pouring rain to grab some dinner, and glad we tried this place. Good atmosphere, nice menu and drink variety, and friendly staff.

Thank WtrSprite
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We come to Doc's every year. One of our favorites both the new place and on Captiva. Friendly atmosphere and great food.

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 15 September 2016

On a recent trip to Sanibel we stopped by Doc Ford's for a quick dinner. We both ordered Fish sandwiches and were very happy with the quality and preparation of our meal. Doc Fords is a small local chain and is a good option for...More

Thank Chef Dennis L
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Visited on the second day in their new location. Drinks were reasonably priced and good. Hubby had the Yucatan Shrimp Tacos which he enjoyed. I had the Quinoa Salad. Shrimp on the salad was excellent. Will visit again. Our server 'Tyler' was excellent!

1  Thank jankaz812
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Dinner out and decided to try the new location of our old favorite Doc Fords. The new location was beautiful and as expected the food was great. Unbeknownst to us this was opening week but the service was great and already set. The manager was...More

Thank Sherrie T
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Went here today for lunch and it was delicious! My husband had the shrimp tacos and an amazing rice and bean side that was very good. I had the special chicken Cobb salad. Also amazing! The chicken was juicy and pretty much melted in my...More

Thank Michelle Y
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Maybe it's the norm for Sanibel, but Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille seemed a few dollars overpriced for their entrées. We started with mojitos, one regular Island Mojito and one Coconut mojito. Both good and priced at $6.95 each. We then ordered a plate...More

Thank Incommuicado
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Reading the great reviews here on Yelp I was a bit skeptical as it seems so often that restaurants associated with a celeb figure are all celeb and No Mas when it comes to the food. But this food is the real deal. We started...More

Thank Dale S
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Killer food. Had the Red snapper sandwhich and fish tacos. New location looks so nice. Plenty of room and clean. Will go again.

Thank Jacob L
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We always seem to go to doc fords every year... A nice place to eat,drink and hangout. Even nicer now- being they recently moved and the place looks fantastic. Always a nice menu at Doc's and priced reasonably. Nice to see them have a local...More

Thank urple2
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Cyndi A
1 March 2018|
Response from Tyler K | Reviewed this property |
no. nothing this year
1 August 2017|
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Response from Sharidbw | Reviewed this property |
not on the beach but a short drive away
23 July 2017|
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Response from Daveandshirley | Reviewed this property |
Just a joke of course ... lots of bars around home have the "Free beer Tomorrow" sign.. Have a great time !
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids
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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