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Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille

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2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5717
+1 239-472-8311
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Annapolis, Maryland
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

This is one of my favorites stops when visiting Sanibel. I have always ordered seafood dishes in the past and have never been disappointed but this time I got the Ribs my wife looked at me like strangely but was just in the mode for ribs. They were very good and was a very large portion. Very seldom am I... More 

Thank Jim307M
Urbana, United States
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129 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

Loud, often crowded, bustling with activity. The interior is interesting. The staff courteous and helpful. Standard American fare with some special dishes.

Thank Christopher C
Schofield, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

My friend and I arrived early to watch football and get a table so we could see the game we wanted to watch. The bar did fill up, so I'm glad we did get there when we did. It is a good place to watch football, many games on but no audio, so you're not distracted by watching one game... More 

Thank Peggy K
Buffalo, New York
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103 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

I stop here everytime I visit Sanibel. It is the best place for fresh seafood! The atmosphere is great, family friendly too. They make the best mixed drinks. Fun place to hang out, share a laugh & have a great dinner. Grab a mystery novel too...Randy White the owner also writes mystery novels.....bought another book...great read!

Thank seashell0412
Concord, New Hampshire
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This was our 1st visit to Doc Ford's. The waitress was friendly and attentive. I ordered the Salmon and the hubby had fried shrimp. Both were delicious! We plan to eat there again on our next stay on the island.

Thank 2CL4You
Memphis TN
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171 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

I'm a big fan of the Yucatan shrimp (spicy) and the best carrot cake south of Tennessee! My wife can take it or leave it...but is nice and we go when on our annual Sanibel adventure . Very popular with a nice patio.

Thank burtw
Glastonbury, Connecticut
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

We never got to eat here, our fault. One day we had stopped after eating somewhere else, and then another day we went to the Timbers because of a referral. That was a mistake. Jim and Gabby were great servers to us at the bar, very friendly and on the ball. It is a busy restaurant and the atmosphere is... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015 via mobile

Sports bar atmosphere. Wings were good. The penne and shrimp was disappointing to me. It didn't have much flavor and lacked seasoning. Fun place to watch a game or two. Wait staff and bartenders were great.

Thank Peg B
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

This is a typical sports bar with great atmosphere. Casual. Tyler took care of us, and he was really nice. He anticipated our every need. I love it when water is served. We had burgers and a fish sandwich. They have a large menu. Something for everyone. TVs everywhere. Beer was $6.00. That seems to be average price here on... More 

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Captiva Island, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

Last minute change of dinner plans and we're so glad we did! We wanted something close by and Doc Fords hadn't gotten busy just yet. Mom has been yearning for Conch chowder. She wasn't disappointed. My other half and I decided to split the lettuce wedge. Homemade blue cheese dressing. We had to ask for some more. Not a problem.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?