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Doc Ford’s – Captiva

4.1
110 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (100)
  • Kid-friendly (94)
  • Good for Groups (87)
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: 11:00am - Close
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Phone number
(239) 312-4275
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Just past Andy Rosse Lane, at the foot of South Seas
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Parking details
Please Park in Chadwick's Square
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Entertainment
Please visit docfordscaptiva.com/entertainment to see our online entertainment calendar. The schedule does change throughout the year.
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Special events & promotions
Rehearsal Dinners, Wedding Receptions, Birthdays, Corporate Dinners, Any other occasions that need to be celebrated!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 110 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
3.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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momlovesfood (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food and service!

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vipCallaway (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2017

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.

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vipPark (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on March 8, 2017

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

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vipSueB (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2017

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.

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fan4plans (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

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

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vipFussyDiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

Best fish sandwich -- basal!
Service was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

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.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2016

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2016

Great food. Fresh and plentiful.

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viplolstar (Naples)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

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

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Fhohio (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on March 16, 2016

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.

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Schutz64 (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2016

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
4.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

Really nice relaxing atmosphere and excellent food!

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vipMarylandTable (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 18, 2015

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!!

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trush (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

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.

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vipNonVegans (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2015

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.

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vipHappyDiner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2015

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.

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KD1201 (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

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.

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Owassodeb (Naples)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

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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susanwm (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on August 1, 2015

We have been coming to Captiva for over 30 years and this is now our favorite restaurant on the island. The shrimp are large, fresh and delicious. My spouse had the swordfish which was very tasty....only wish the piece was larger. The mashed potatoes with shrimp in them was so tasty and my tropical salad was wonderful...lots of variety in it. Next year, we hope to eat there almost every night of our visit.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 30, 2015

We called ahead for reservations. Our table was not quite ready when we got there but only had to wait a few minutes. It was strange that they said that our table was not ready but then asked us if we wanted to sit inside or outside.The food and the service was great. There was a large group next to us it was very loud. We will definitely visit the restaurant again.

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Zannie (Naples)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

From the moment we entered we felt that staff must enjoy their job since everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. We sat at the bar since our table was not ready, the bar tender greeted us immediately. He was chatty and gave us some great suggestions to order from the menu. Our server again greeted us promptly and ran through the specials and menu. We ordered an appetizer and 3 entrees, all were delivered at a pleasant rate. The food was excellent and I will add this restaurant to my list of places to return to.

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CarrieGirl (Naples)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

We are 68 years old and travelled on 5 continents. This is by far one of the best meals we have ever had. Having read half of the Doc Ford novels we had to try the restaurant. Service started slow but then improved considerably, with a cordial visit from one of the female managers. The meal started with the Yucatan Shrimp made famous by Tomlinson's special sauce, not for the faint hearted. A flavor that stays with you.
The entrees we chose were a banana leaf wrapped snapper with rice and black beans, absolutely fantastic. The other entree was the Mahi Mahi on a bed of stir fry rice that had cabbage bits and excellently seasoned. After enjoying this meal there was no room for dessert. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
3.0  Dined on July 24, 2015

Good service and ambiance but very average food . The bar area was nice and they had good outside music

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

The menu is much more expansive than other places on the island and everything was prepared well and priced appropriately. Would go again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
1.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

Horrible evening. Food sub par. Not imaginative at all. Waitstaff was friendly and embarrass by meal served. Management has no right being in the restaurant business. Never to return!!!

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BigDaddyAR (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

The food was very good, we highly recommend the Sweet Chili Shrimp as an appetizer. The oysters were also really fresh as well. Our server, Josh, was great, very helpful for Sanibel knowledge as well. We would have gone multiple times if we had known the food was so good! Recommended!

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