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.
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.
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.
Loved the shrimp and loved the stone crab; even the house salad exceeded expectations.
Excellent food and service!
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.
Waited 15 minutes at the table and couldn't get a server.
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.
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
Best fish sandwich -- basal!
Service was outstanding.
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.
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!
Great food. Fresh and plentiful.
Many choices on this extensive menu. We have been here a number of times and we have been satisfied with everything we have ordered.
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.
Went for lunch. Creative menu, tasty and fresh food. Server was efficient, friendly and genuine.
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.
Really nice relaxing atmosphere and excellent food!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Good service and ambiance but very average food . The bar area was nice and they had good outside music
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.
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!!!
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!
Tonight was very good at Doc Ford's Captiva. We had the Yucatan Shrimp (5 shrimp in spicy sauce, note you do have to peel them) which were excellent. The sauce is addictive! I had the scallop special which were 3-4 scallops on a bed of black linguine, mushrooms, and spinach. Both dishes were excellent.
For Captiva this is a fairly large restaurant and the food service was very quick. I would call this a casual restaurant, lots of kids and families so a bit noisy, but several couples like us as well. They accommodated our request for a booth which was a bit more relaxed which we appreciated.
Overall, it was excellent.
We went to Doc Ford's Captiva on the first night of our vacation. Our 16 year old daughter has severe food allergies...when we told our waiter about it he was very nonchalant about her special needs. We ordered a simple tomato and mozzarella salad without any of the "drizzle" on it and it came out with ALL the "drizzle" on it...he should have checked it before he served. He did bring another out that was correct. When we ordered our meal he still didn't care one bit about whether she was comfortable with what she was ordering...she did not eat her food. The concerns regarding her were the most important issues, however, our first drinks did not come out for 15 minutes, mind you, 4 were either pop or water and only 1 was an actual cocktail from the bar. To top it all off, when our meals did arrive, our 17 year old daughter's lobster salad sandwich, (not too difficult to prepare), did not come out for another 10 minutes. We eat out constantly as we travel quite a bit and our daughter with the severe food allergies has had her allergies since birth...It is very disappointing when we have a server who does not care about whether her food is prepared correctly or well. She is just as much a customer as everyone else in the restaurant and deserves the same service. If a server is uncomfortable with a customer's special needs he/she needs to say that and we will find another place to eat. We were extremely upset that our first meal on vacation was such a horrible experience at Doc Ford's. We will not recommend nor go to this restaurant again.
The best dining experience at the resort. The South Seas Island Resort should take some training from Doc Fords! The food was awesome, the service was amazing.....complete opposite of the restaurants that are part of the resort.
Yucatan shrimp app was awesome. Grouper was excellent! Great bar and spacious outdoor seating with live music!
But the fish taco was un desirable. Needs a spicy sauce to compliment the ingredients
Calamere was very good. Fresh /. I would add u need a better dipping sauce
Fish not cooked to perfection. Special was overcooked. Rice was mislabeled risotto. Service was OK but not as responsive as it should have been. Very disappointing as compared to last year.
Mary took care of us and made great suggestions. Food was great and so was service.
This restaurant which is featured in the Doc Ford mystery series is excellent. We went because my sister reads author Randy Wayne White"s mysteries. The restaurant is very good and not just a hyped up tourist trap. Our food was excellent as was our service. Also, there are many old Florida pictures and artifacts worth wandering the restaurant to see. There 3 of these restaurants partially owned by White. They have really good concept and product here. I recommend Doc Ford's for a very good meal and a touch of old Florida nostalgia.