Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Sanibel Island
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  • Faith S.
    "We had great fish tacos and the Yucatan shrimp is SO good."(11 Tips)
    Brent L.
    "Grilled caribbean jerked mahi mahi sandwich is great."(6 Tips)
    Brian N.
    "If you love Snapper, you gotta try the banana leaf snapper entree!"(2 Tips)
    Ruthanne B.
    "south fl seafood restaurant with Randy Wayne White stuff for sale!"(2 Tips)
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  • Faith S.
    Faith SpinoApril 10, 2015
    The seafood at Doc Ford's is delish. We had great fish tacos and the Yucatan shrimp is SO good. They have an excellent key lime pie as well. Good ambiance, good food, Island staple. It's a must!
  • Janet W.
    Janet WilsonJune 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the Dinkin's Bay Boil shrimp. I order extra sauce to sop it up. My dad always gets the ribs and they are great too. Go early, place gets busy - even in the off-season. A winner!
  • StephanS
    StephanSJune 11, 2016
    Had the Quinoa salad with shrimp. Fantastic and a must to have. Generous portion and great flavor.
  • Ed B.
    Ed BachelderNovember 14, 2014
    Order the Shrimp and Grits, but ask for it with the Yucatan Sauce. The best! Also like the Carribean Jerk tostados - so fresh and light. Have been coming here for 11 yesrs. Rarely disappointed.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LongJanuary 5, 2015
    The oysters were hit & miss, some plump & flavorful, others minuscule. To talk of other things: the Yucatan Shrimp tacos were good, as was the buffalo shrimp app. Try the Mount Gay Black Barrel rum.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SalomeJuly 22, 2013
    Grab a glass of fine rum and Roasted Half-Chicken with a Cuban Chimichurri Sauce. Slow roasted chicken served over a potato hash with onions, mildest amazon peppers and panama-style chorizo sauce.
  • elizabeth n.
    elizabeth nehlichJuly 17, 2017
    Loved the mussels and the atmosphere. Awesome service for an unexpected party of 17. Handled it gracefully, and I will be recommending Doc's to my friends headed to Sanibel.
  • Holly A.
    Holly AMay 1, 2013
    Try the Cedar Plank Salmon - Freshly Cut Salmon Filet Topped With A Mango Chipotle Glaze, Served With Au Gratin Potatoes, Wilted Spinach And Caramelized Mushrooms - WOW!
  • Lloyd M.
    Lloyd MurphyJuly 20, 2013
    Everything was excellent. I've read everything Randy Wayne White has written in the last 15 years, so "Doc Ford" is like an old friend. If only his popularity had not ramped up the crowds!
  • Nico F.
    Nico FrananoJune 13, 2017
    Known for their Yucatán shrimp in various forms... for good reason. And the mojitos are quite good for not being made in Havana.
  • Sanibel S.
    Sanibel SamOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Talk to your waiter if you don't think your meal is great. They really want you to enjoy it. Over 30 meals here, they only had to redo 1. Then , 30 perfect meals.
  • Danny O.
    Danny OosterveerJuly 9, 2016
    Very nice, great food. Good atmosphere, the rum made us feel like a pirate. Jim was great!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SalomeJuly 22, 2013
    Must get the: Yucatan Shrimp: Steamed shrimp in a dressing of real butter, mild colombian chilies, fresh cilantro and key lime juice.
  • Annie
    AnnieMay 4, 2014
    Fish sandwich is the best here. Great clam chowder. Tuna app was yummy. Don't recommend hurricane Allie rum drink--too sweet.
  • Janet W.
    Janet WilsonApril 2
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the Dinkins Bay Boil for the shrimp. It’s Old Bay and butter. Ask for extra bread for dipping.
  • Cole S.
    A favorite of the island. There are so many great options, but the shrimp tacos might be my favorite!
  • Ilana Y.
    Ilana YokelJanuary 5, 2013
    Large, delicious servings. Don't expect to walk out without a box! I highly recommend the Dark and Stormy.
  • Brent L.
    Brent LeoneApril 6, 2012
    Grilled caribbean jerked mahi mahi sandwich is great. Grouper is good. Seared tuna is good...god food overall
  • Rick F.
    Rick FoxFebruary 3, 2017
    The shrimp and grits were very good. They also have several craft beers on tap.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BernsteinMay 11, 2013
    Yucatan shrimp were legendary! Authentic, quality restaurant. May need bug spray if eating outdoors.
  • Peggy B.
    Peggy BendelJune 11, 2014
    The chicken tortilla soup was yummy, and the grouper was a good dish to split with my dining companion.
  • NikNak B.
    NikNak Bar1 week ago
    Great ambiance and friendly staff. You have to try the Yucatan shrimp!!
  • Parke L.
    Parke LaddJune 15, 2013
    Crab cake appetizer is amazing. Mojitos and specialty drinks are excellent.
  • Connie K.
    Connie KnappFebruary 26, 2016
    The fish tacos were terrific and we also enjoyed the selection of local beers.
  • Laura P.
    Laura PopeJune 24, 2015
    Waitress was rude. Mango Mojitos were good but skimpy on the alcohol. The Yucatan shrimp tacos were delicious, but only 2 tacos and rice and beans for $15?! Insane.
  • Jenna L.
    Jenna LacovaraDecember 27, 2012
    Had Yucatan shrimp, crab cakes, and the fish sandwich -- all delicious.
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiJanuary 7, 2012
    Weak drinks but great stone crab claws. Skip the standard mustard sauce and ask for extra yucatan sauce. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ruby G.
    Ruby GeorgeOctober 11, 2013
    Great steamed mussels.. lots if bread to sop up all the great sauce!!!
  • Yuwei Y.
    Yuwei YuanNovember 19, 2013
    Fish tacos Yucatan shrimp were the bombs. Def hit the spot.
  • Brian N.
    Brian NorthropFebruary 14, 2014
    If you love Snapper, you gotta try the banana leaf snapper entree! It's excellent!!! :)
  • Brigette K.
    Brigette K.August 6, 2014
    Clam Chowder was too thick. My cedar plank salmon was okay. Steak and the mahi mahi with rice were much better choices
  • Karen K.
    Karen KirkpatrickJanuary 11, 2013
    Fantastic fish tacos! Large chunks of real fish yummo
  • Jim G.
    Jim GagnonDecember 27, 2014
    Food was decent, we liked the Yucatan shrimp like everyone else but we also enjoyed the BBQ sauce on the ribs. What ruined the experience for us was that our food was served cold
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GriesemerMarch 4, 2015
    Service was on point. Blackened grouper sammich is bomb dot com
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher PowisMay 11, 2015
    The Snapper steamed in a banana leaf is delicious.
  • Sanibel S.
    Sanibel SamOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Paella is great. Try the 3 sauces on the table.
  • Kristina A.
    Kristina AllenApril 2, 2011
    Veggie burger and sweet potato fries are a must for vegetarians. So good!
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StonerOctober 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Sanibel's Local Sports Bar. Enjoy a beer and the yucatan shrimp.
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine CApril 3, 2012
    Try the Mahi Mahi! It is great as well as the raw oysters.
  • Natasha S.
    Natasha S.March 8, 2014
    Perfection: a mojito & an order of the Yucatan shrimp
  • Scott S.
    Scott SmithJanuary 6, 2012
    Order the Mojito light on the syrup! Great place.
  • Sherri C.
    Sherri CoxApril 30, 2014
    Great shirts and cool Mojito glasses to purchase!
  • Donna E.
    Donna EatonJuly 18, 2013
    The ribeye was out of this world!
  • Brianna G.
    Brianna GoodmanMarch 15, 2012
    Mahi entree is AWESOME. Perfect portion sizes.
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NygrenJanuary 22, 2014
    Great atmosphere & really nice to eat outdoors
  • Mark C.
    Mark ClackMarch 19, 2013
    Go for the Cuban sandwich and a nice frosty glass of Sierra Nevada...
  • Ruby G.
    Ruby GeorgeOctober 11, 2013
    Get the mussels and bread to sop u p all the great sauce!!!
  • Stephen O.
    Stephen OndakJanuary 3, 2012
    Try some rum, clean preferably, thank me later ;)
  • Maryjane W.
    Maryjane WituckiAugust 30, 2011
    The curry chicken soup and Cobb salad was great. Mojitos were good too.
  • Josh H.
    Josh HopkinsMay 5, 2011
    Mojitos and calamari all the way! The Mahi Mahi was decent.
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