Doc Ford’s – Captiva

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128 reviews
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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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HD
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always a pleasure to experience. Yukatan shrimp dish the best!

L
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately allergies are not taken seriously at this restaurant. There is a big difference between diet where people choose to avoid bread and people who literally get sick from gluten. I informed waitress about gluten allergies and yet my appetizer arrived with bread on top of it.... worst part was the waitress response to my disappointment, she suggested to just take it off... well, unfortunately it is not an option for someone with gluten allergies. Main dish was a fiasco as well. Since I didn't have gluten free options for a taco or sandwich, I ordered just a plain piece of fish. A lonely piece of fish arrived on empty plate and the worst part was that it was the tail. I was surprised that the chef thought it was appropriate to put worst part of the fish on the plate where it was so obvious. I wonder what they put in the tacos then. Needless to say that I didn't enjoy my meal at this place.

OT
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very clean and servers are quick and pleasant. Sit on the lovely patio. Eat and peel shrimp are wonderful.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food on the island

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Host was rude.

BK
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere.

KC
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Biked to Doc Ford’s for a mid-day lunch. Amanda, our server, took excellent care of us! Food was fresh and delicious, music on porch entertaining.

SC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere EXCEPT that the live music, which was good, was way too loud. We could not really have a conversation and were happy to have some quiet when the left .

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty food and quick service

D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Crabcakes were good; thoroughly enjoyed my Cuban sandwich. Mojito was delicious. We weren’t seated in the greatest part of the restaurant, hence my low ambience score . Then outside seating with entertainment would be have been preferable.

RO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was excellent
Good selection of drinks!
Salads were delicious

RB
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot for dining outside on a beautiful day. Lots of TV’s to take in your sport event with friends and family.

S
Philadelphia
52 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at South Seas Resort and ate here as soon as we arrived. Ray, our server, was phenomenal. Food was delicious! We ended up here for food or drinks every night of our trip.

V
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Yucatán Shrimp are to die for!

C
Naples
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amanda, our waitress, was outstanding in service and knowledge about the meals and cocktails. Food was outstanding. The grouper fingers a great choice as was the snapper special with shrimp and lobster. I would recommend this place!

W
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a light brunch easter morning prior to spending a bit of time on Sanibel and Captiva. Not our first time at Doc Fodr’s. Always enhoy the ambience, and the food is well prepared. Not haute cuisine but a great meal. If you are looking for island food a good place to come. They have certainly added some special touches in terms of spices and sourcing. Of course RWWs books are for sale - and if you haven’t yet read one that is another reason to go by.

w
Naples
40 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Only eat outside here. The inside is old looking and ugly with spartan decor. Food overall is very good, as is service. Unfortunately there was loud live music for lunch that made conversation difficult.

VM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is listed under South Sea Island Resort.
Purposely booked here to see the resort and it is NOT on their property.
There is a gate and only residents are allowed through.
VERY disappointed.

m
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was good.calamari app was great.
A few of us had grouper sandwich; it was very fresh. Best dessert was banana bread pudding: was surprisingly good. Big enough to share.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the shrimp and loved the stone crab; even the house salad exceeded expectations.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

C
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outside table where there was live entertainment. The service was quick and the food was excellent. We were very pleased with this restaurant.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waited 15 minutes at the table and couldn't get a server.

SB
Naples
36 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Doc Ford's is synonymous with tasty food and a wide array of fun beverages. This particular location does not have quite the frozen drink selection as the Fort Myers Beach location, but still many wonderful choices.
I highly recommend the Yucatan seasoning if you love shrimp.
Gluten free options abound.

f
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was great! Real knowledge of how to treat patrons.fun drink menus and if you like Mojitos try one- yum! Everyone happy with meals: shrimps grits delicious, fish tacos very good maybe some guacamole or avacado would be a nice addition quinoa salad a nice healthy option- atmosphere lacked any kind of charm; I know it's a newer location but I felt like I was eating in a cafeteria; I like a it of ambiance or vacation flair when I venture out

FD
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best fish sandwich -- basal!
Service was outstanding.

d
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we expected it to be a little more formal but we enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. We were impressed by the food. Service was OK but the reservation staff led us to believe that tables were scarce and we would loose our reservation if we were late. When we arrived, the place was half empty and remained so until we left. The hostess didn't even ask if we had a reservation and immediately seated us at one of the many empty tables. Not good form.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This year we came for lunch on Christmas Day. The staff were friendly and fun and the mood was relaxed. There were couples and families and someone had brought their dog. People were dressed up and others were in running gear. The food was delicious. We had the perfect Christmas Day lunch!

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Fresh and plentiful.

l
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Many choices on this extensive menu. We have been here a number of times and we have been satisfied with everything we have ordered.

F
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We reserved a table at this newer location for Doc Fords in late afternoon, 3:45 pm which was supposedly the only open time that they had. This was simply not true, there was plenty of room well after that time, even after 5 pm. So, call ahead instead of using Open Table online, as the times we were provided were simply not correct regarding reservations.

S
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for lunch. Creative menu, tasty and fresh food. Server was efficient, friendly and genuine.

SE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Doc Ford's is a great place to enjoy the Sanibel/Captiva atmosphere Both restaurants have a fun vibe and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The food and drinks are reasonable and good. The Key Lime pie is the best we've had in that part of Florida.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really nice relaxing atmosphere and excellent food!

MT
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun - and yummy!! - lunch we had Doc Ford's on Captiva!!! The service was extraordinary - the food was delicious - and the outdoor seating was just what we wanted! Thank you for the perfect remedy for the Winter doldrums . . . we'll be revisiting Doc's again soon!!

t
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and eservice were good. The ambiance was non existent. I would not recommend it to anyone who may b e looking for a beachy Florida like experience. The noise level was deafening.

NV
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were staying at the resort next door and wanted something off-campus. Doc Fords was rated #1 on Captiva so we gave it a shot. Very nice atmosphere but we can see it would be energetic during high season. Ordered the Crab Cake appetizer and we split the Seafood Paella. Had the Carrot Cake for dessert and we walked away stuffed! Both the food and beverage prices were reasonable. The chef came out to greet us which was a nice touch.
So go ahead and give them a try.

HD
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've had the occasion to visit both of the Doc Ford's establishments in Captiva and Sanibel and find the food, atmosphere and service to be consistent. My husband is a huge fan of Randy White and his books (he's read them all but not the ghost writer versions yet) so our server was terrific and supplied the information he requested. The food was pleasing and the fish was fresh an tasty. We'll be back when we visit next year.

KD
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner here so went back the next night. Fish specials were amazing. Peel n eat shrimp another favorite. Service was top notch. Loved the Rum drinks too! Not too outrageously priced. Great if you're staying at South seas.

O
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time at Doc Ford's but we will be back for the Shrimp and Grits and Boneless Pork Ribeye! Both dishes were outstanding!

Doc Ford's also had one of the best Conch Chowders I have had so far in Florida.

Nice place!

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