Doc Ford’s – Captiva
Doc Ford’s – Captiva

Doc Ford’s – Captiva

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.docfords.com/
  • Phone: 2393124275
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Hours: 11:00am - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, American
  • Executive Chef: Greg Nelson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Please check our entertainment calander online. We will feature music most weekends on Fridays and Saturdays. Times may vary weekly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Just past Andy Rosse Lane
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Please Park in Chadwick's Sqaure
A word from Doc Ford’s – Captiva
Welcome to Doc Ford’s – Captiva. Home of the Island Mojito and world famous Yucatan Shrimp. Located just outside the gates of tranquil South Seas Island resort Doc Ford’s – Captiva is open to the public.
Come experience tropical flavors from the Caribbean Rim
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Doc Ford’s – Captiva reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (8)great for outdoor dining (7)neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Sanibel vacation
    MarkJ
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had dinner twice during our week stay on Sanibel island. Our service and quality of food was excellent. The manager personally came around and checked on us both times. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Doc Fords Winner
    captivatoni
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I've always enjoyed the food at Doc Fords in Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach...but the food in Captiva seemed to be even better! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yucatan Shrimp are a must!
    Magnolia
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our Doc Ford's dinner before the Island Hopper Festival events last Friday. My Ceviche and Yucatan shrimp were delicious. I love spicy and the shrimp were perfectly spicy! My husband's paella was chock full of seafood. My friend's shrimp and grits dish got a thumbs up from him. We also enjoyed the music from songwriters who were performing in an adjacent room. A great night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Ate here twice during our stay in Captiva. They were very accommodating for our large group of 3 families (5 kids). The menu has a lot of great options for entire family. Favorite dish was the spicy yucatan shrimp which made a great app.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    Mim123
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice menu. The food was great, nice size portions. Excellent waitress service, friendly, couldn't do enough for us. We will be back before we leave FL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • D F'S CAPTIVA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Another great place to dine. Love the Fort Myers resturarnt and will soon try the Sanibel one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay home
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Not worth it inept service. Food so so. Noisy and overoriced. Clay chowder was great thpugh.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    MelissaD129
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food was great! Good value as well! Loved the peel and eat shrimp and the carrot cake is to die for!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change of pace - Try Rum Flights
    emcee
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We stopped here while on vacation for dinner. Food was good, fish and shrimp. I'm not a big fan of sweet drinks, so I tried the Flight assortment of rums. Great choice! I don't normally drink rum but straight up sipping several was a unique and enjoyable change of pace.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for eating outside -Tourist
    OliveGlass
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Staff and Service was very good, food was good, good bar selection of top shelf brnds , but wine list was limited. Would go back, as good for big family dinners.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid Pub Food
    RealtorJCP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fabulous Yucatan Shrimp and great rum concoctions !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual dining on Captiva
    Creativelyswank
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    In the area for a hockey tournament this proved to be hit with our group. The grits alone were worth the trip, so delightfully cheesy with just the right hint of heat. There were no complaints about any of the items we ordered, everything was fresh and flavorful. Service was top notch. Not the place I'd go for a romantic evening but perfect for families and groups.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 36 reviews are from the Doc Ford’s – Captiva reviews archive.
  • Best on Captiva
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We really enjoyed Doc Ford's. Started w/ the Jerk Chicken faltbread ( can get gluten free crust) and yukatan shrimp for 4 people to share. Loved both. Main course, fish taco's, snapper and grilled shrimp. Drinks were great, waitress was great. Didn't let us over order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the $$
    GdEats
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Children's menu left much to bd desired. Husband ordered a salad which was wilted and I paid 28.95 for a scallop dish that was horrible. Never again. Name, location, and ambience can't make up for pricey, below average meals.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really good food
    Bwalls
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    My husband had the Mahi and I had the snapper. Both dishes were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Father's Day lunch
    tampamarilyn
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Doc Ford's! The server was very courteous, prompt, and attentive to specific requests with each person. Food was beyond excellent! The fish tacos are to die for - we requested ours with grouper. Also, the snapper in banana leaves was very good & creative. Also at the table was the grouper sandwich & cuban. Everyone was more than satisfied. All of the staff are very courteous and friendly. Can't say enough good about this place. A definite stop while in Captiva!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Eileen
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We enjoyed our meal at Doc Ford's Captiva. We followed advice from trip advisor. The Yucatan Shrimp was wonderful. . The Bayamo black bean dip was exceptional. My husband enjoyed his cheeseburger. Prices were reasonable on both drinks and food. The waiter could have been a little more personable. Would recommend and would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vacation in Captiva
    alex3434
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    My family and I were on vacation looking for a place for my wife to have a Cuban sandwich when we found Doc Ford's in Captiva. She enjoyed every bite and the shrimp and we're delightful as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, casual dining
    localFLgirl
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This was our first time visiting doc ford's. The restaurant was nice, not over-crowded, and clean. The food and drinks were amazing. I definitely recommend the Yucatan Shrimp and Grouper Sandwich. And the run drinks were VERY strong, so be careful ;)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We vacation in Sanibel & Captiva yearly. Doc fords is our favorite place to dine. Yucatan shrimp is delicious, always hot, flavorful and fresh. Prices are reasonable and service is always top notch. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needed in Captiva!
    AmazingVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Food was very tasty. It's a great location & so glad you can make reservations through Open Table!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific twice!
    Maria
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We loved our meal so much for my husband's birthday- that we came back 2 nights later because our son wanted to celebrate his birthday there too! We ordered different dishes each trip- and we loved everything! (Mahi Mahi, fish tacos, shrimp & grits, crab claws, ribs, flat breads etc) Extremely well done!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doc's Got The Hunger Cure!
    Marty
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Our pompano, snapper, calamari, and other seafood was done beautifully and looked as good as it tasted. We also enjoyed the mango and pineapple mojitos! Service was outstanding and always makes a positive impression on a restaurant and Patty was very knowledgeable about the food and has a great sense of humor. I can recommend this restaurant without hesitation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible food
    JudieB
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Not sure where these great reviews came from but our food was TERRIBLE. Tasted like it came off a Sysco truck. Certainly no self respecting chef would put out such awful food. Island Style Shrimp tasted old and certainly not fresh, and had no "island" flavor. It was mushy. Clam chowder was tasteless and had the consistency of paste. The drunkin parrot carrot cake was supposed to have rum on it but no rum tasted and it was very dry and tasteless, however the frosting was good. Waste of money. Touristy. Loud. Waiter was nice but inexperienced and never did ask how we liked our food, which most of mine was left on the plate. When he asked about the dessert, if we liked it, we said no it wasn't good. No response except to give us our bill.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service. They brought
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Poor service. They brought my meal 10 minutes after my wife's. Seems they just forgot and didn't attempt to make up for it. Better food at most other Captiva restaurants. Good bar but skip the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, Upscale Pub Food
    TheFamily
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Doc Fords seems to be trying to do a little bit of everything in this venue -- family restaurant, upscale pub, sports bar and more. On the whole, I'd describe it as upscale pub food. The space is generous and maybe even too open We dined twice as a family and had good experiences both time. The food was above average and the service was attentive. Despite being kid-friendly, the food on their kids' menu comes in adult sizes and portion --can be good or bad but is worth considering. Odd thing to note about the reservations -- we made one for a party of three weeks in advance and all worked out well. When we tried on short notice, they said reservations were only for large groups.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and ambience
    Foodnut2
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Food and ambience just so-so. Three of us ate....fish fingers were very good. Fish sandwich limp, soggy and barely warm. Ribs cooked w/o sauce. Sauce put on afterwards. Chowder too thick and not remarkable. Seating just like every eating place in America, i.e. Chains.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Love this place!
    Denise
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    I'm just so thrilled to have Doc Fords on Captiva. Great staff and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AVOID
    celiar
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Extremely loud. Unbelievably SLOW service. Average food. Seriously pricey. Don't do it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Outdoor Seating w/Great Food
    Alice
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner so much we went back for a second dinner. We sat outside on the patio both times which I would strongly suggest. Inside feels very bar like and not the kind of place we would have enjoyed on our quick escape from snow. The food was great. We enjoyed grilled grouper, mahi mahi, fish tacos, flatbread pizza, hamburger - all delicious with a decent nod towards health Service was good. Prices reasonable. Good for families, young and old.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work in Progress
    MarkFromHomewood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This is a shiny, recent addition to the Doc Fords family of bustling restaurants, with a prime Captiva location at the entrance to the sprawling South Seas Plantation. We were excited to secure a reservation for a special occasion, but ended up happy to go. The food was fine. The restless ambiance was inappropriate for a 60th anniversary meal. The service was as indifferent and inattentive. We were seated on a cocktail-sized table in front of a bandstand on live music night. So much for conversation. Our server was disengaged. The wrong plates were brought to the table. The beverages were not replenished during the meal. This is out of character with other visits to Doc Fords, and I expect improvements as this location gets it's legs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent addition
    StephVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Been to all the other locations and this one was also great. Love the Yucatan shrimp!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better options on Captiva Island
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Service was not great, food just average, but fun outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the nightly specials!
    Denise
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I am a regular diner at Doc Fords and you can never go wrong with the nightly specials. Recently I had hogfish and my favorite, pan seared scallops with black linguine. Both fabulous. Yucatan shrimp is a must have starter. Great restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience.
    Mikemotor
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Always a great experience. A little loud due to the number of young children, but this was expected at a resort restaurant this time of year.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Doc Fords
    Denise
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Doc Fords is exactly what Captiva needed. The nightly special did not disappoint. It was beautifully layered hogfish with sautéed vegetables and quinoa. The textures blended so well together - it was a melt in your mouth meal. Do also have their famous Yucatan Shrimp. I will probably go back twice before I leave in a week. I was excited when Doc Fords opened this restaurant and am a frequent diner while in Florida!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our entrees were delivered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Our entrees were delivered before the appetizers were finished, and one entree was not complete.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • captive audience on Captiva
    LilMsFoodie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    our group of four had a good sampling of what this Doc's has to offer: oysters (raw), ceviche, quinoa salad, fish taco and steak. I think everyone liked their food but I felt my fish tacos, something Doc's has prided itself on since opening on Sanibel 10 years ago, were indifferent and the beans and rice accompaniment was worthy of a frozen dinner. No salsa with the taco and nothing offered. Tacos get a 3/10...edible but not much more. Our server wasn't very good. That is a problem on Captiva where business is always feast or famine. Good servers get picked off by other restaurants. While the location can not compare with the shrimp docks of Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel's Rum Bar, this restaurant had little character.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Have a special party
    Steveo
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Excellent food,service and seating worth the drive for day trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Doc Ford's
    Beezer
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    My husband and I had a wonderful no frills dinner. Good size portions and the wait staff was very attentive and speedy. Our bellies were full!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.