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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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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“yucatan shrimp” (501 reviews)
“tropical salad” (57 reviews)
“beach bread” (92 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
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LOCATION
2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The food is nothing less than AMAZING. The Yucatan Shrimp was top notch, and so was everything else on the menu. It was kid-friendly. The staff was amazing. The GM greeted every guest. FANTASTIC!

Thank JA0826
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much Joanna!! We'll let Kimmi our GM know you guys had a blast!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Doc Ford's serves high-quality shrimp and fish dishes that are thoughtfully spiced--not your usual fried fish at the beach.We enjoyed the restaurant very much. It's large and busy, with a big bar, but service is brisk and friendly. The Yucatan Shrimp Tacos were our favorite...More

Thank ALinden
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited on Monday, 11/13/17. New restaurant location is very nice. My husband and I sat at the bar and ordered drinks and dinner. The drink I had was fantastic and my Sanibel Steak Sandwich was very tasty. Husband had the shrimp tacos and loved them....More

Thank Kimberly N
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much Kimberly Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Doc Fords is another of our yearly stops when we come to Sanibel. The food is really good; lots of shrimp dishes to choose from, like Panko fried shrimp, peel and eat, Yucatan shrimp, shrimp and penne pasta....can you tell I love shrimp? AND you...More

Thank YankeeMiss
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the review! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

The food has been sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Very inconsistent! We give them a try usually every time we go to Sanibel and sometimes we are pleased and sometimes not at all.

Thank barbarawyskowski
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the review! We're sorry for your inconsistent experiences, consistency is something we take very seriously, especially with multiple locations. We hope you're willing to give us another chance!

Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited this new location for Doc Ford's on a recent trip to Sanibel. Restaurant was lovely with a great porch for outdoor dining. Hubby had the obligatory famous fish sandwich, I tried the margarita flatbread. He raved about the sandwich and black beans and...More

Thank graymar6
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the review! We're sorry you didn't enjoy your flatbread! We'll take you comments into consideration as we look to see how we can improve our menu!

Reviewed 6 days ago

Every vacation I spend on the Island I try to go to Doc Ford's as many times as possible. There is always a great atmosphere and the staff is very welcoming, especially my favourite bartenders Lisa and Justin. The Restaurant has managed to keep it's...More

Thank Ferdinand v
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you Ferdinand! We're glad you enjoyed it and will let Lisa & Justin know you had a great time!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I like Chili's, for all it's institutional/chain similarities from place to place. Doc Ford's is a fun place, loud and bright and busy with a nice menu of tempting and sometimes unique regional favorites. It's a family place, so don't go expecting a quiet, romantic...More

Thank nagled
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Just getting round to reviewing after being reminded of how bad this place was by a conversation I had last night. We phoned up to book a table and were told that they don't take reservations but just to show up at around 7.30 and...More

Thank Richard J
Doc F, Guest Relations Manager at Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Richard, We're sorry you didn't enjoy your time with us, it's our number one priority to make sure our customers thoroughly enjoy their time with us, and feel that their hard earned money is well spent. We're sorry that your experience, on multiple levels,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The first thing we noticed when pulling into the parking lot of Doc Ford's was the paving stone parking lot. The care taken in the parking lot was indicative of the entire establishment. We walked in the front door and were immediately greeted and quickly...More

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

Thank you!!

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shanisioux66
1 August 2017|
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Response from Sharidbw | Reviewed this property |
not on the beach but a short drive away
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Hayley1804
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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hotforsanibel
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.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Meals
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, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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