Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille – Captiva

4.2
172 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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foodies
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Matt was great as was the food and drinks. Very festive , clean and pleasant people !! The food was delicious from start to finish . I had the quinoa salad and my partner had the shrimp and grits . Highly recommend both dishes.

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vipLrb57
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food, service was good, patio nice with live music that was very good.

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foodies
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time at Doc fords the food was fantastic !! So was Brandon our server he was a breath of fresh air !! So attentive and pleasant !! It was obvious he enjoyed his job :)

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vipSteve
Tampa
187 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner of ribeye and lobster tails.
The ribeye was just ok, not a very tasty cut of meat but seasoned well and cooked to order. One of the lobster tails was undercooked and tougher than the other.
Not a bad way to spend Thanksgiving though.
Our server, James, was awesome and very conscientious and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere!!

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vipboca234
Miami
92 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch today while in area. We brought out golden retriever with us and the staff were very accommodating. Servers were friendly and genuinely happy to assist us with menu choice questions, etc Food was excellent! Very fresh and portions large. We will be back!

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vipAlfredoA
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food bar and atmosphere for a group gathering

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SergioB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, the service and place is wonderful.

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LeoM
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "Must-Visit"! Great staff and service. Food and drinks were awesome. Can't wait to go back!

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NCJ20
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service provided by Kimberly. Definitely would go back again. Very attentive waitress. Very friendly service

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RossW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was fantastic with suggestions.
Yucatán Shrimp the best ever.

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RayD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Food was delicious. Yucatan shrimp were fantastic. Atmosphere very relaxing and quiet. Highly recommend

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Poor service, mediocre food, dark- no blinds opened.

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CarolF
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. Nice outdoor patio.

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vipFrequentdiner1
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun, casual place with excellent shrimp and good place to watch sports.

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jeffg
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been a customer since the first Doc Fords has opened! They really do a Great
Job at all 4 locations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipMR818
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good choice for a Covid era night out: plenty of outside seating, tables well-spaced, mask-obedient staff and guests (when not eating/drinking). Interesting menu and beach drinks. Excellent service.

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vipAnneM
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

During COVID. Very empty. Hard to judge.

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DebraF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was excellent! I would definitely return to eat at Dic Ford's again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

this was a wonder experience, come to this place often for a special night, but dining last night was something different! Chris was our waiter and he was absolutely wonderful, was very busy but made sure he gave his undivided attention when it came to each of his tabled including ours. Food was amazing as always. thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good shrimp and grits! Lobster roll was heavenly!

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KristinT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Drinks are better than the food. But there's no view and feels dark so the island vibe is lost here. Largely disappointing.

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SandyB
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Doc Ford restaurants! The food is great! Captiva location is beautiful!

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RuthM
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food and service was terrible! Appetizers didn’t even come out and then the server failed to check on us until she dropped off the check. Plus the tip suggested on the receipt was wrong 22.5% not 20% I know how to do math. Do not go and waste your time and money. Go to the green flash or lucky duck instead.

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FloridafamilyA1A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delightful lunch. We enjoyed the tropical salad with fresh grilled grouper and the shrimp tacos. The outdoor seating area was enjoyable.

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JenK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service to match. This was my first visit to Doc Ford’s but it certainly won’t be my last! To top things off they even brought a surprise birthday dessert to share since our reservation indicated we were celebrating a birthday. Highly recommended.

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AmyB
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice. Usually eat @ Sanibel Island one this is the first time at the Captiva one. Completely different vibe. Everything was excellent and enjoyed tremendously!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We were told numerous times to check out Doc Ford’s on Captiva while on vacation and left disappointed. Our server was very inattentive and checked on us very little. My wife’s meal didn’t even come fully prepared. The food was decent. The servers weren’t honoring social distancing standards very well so it made us uncomfortable to dine there after the pandemic. Not what we expected but the food was still good.

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FaithS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

No atmosphere at indoor wooden booth.
There may have been more atmosphere outdoors but it was too hot to sit there. Also not sure about outdoor atmosphere since It was not visible due to a label of windows/doors.
Although we had booked through Open Table and mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary, we were seated right behind the reception desk, a as is at no time was there an acknowledgement we were there for a special occasion.
Signature shrimp dish was tasteless.
Lobster in lobster roll was overcooked.
Coleslaw had an unidentifiable taste not compatible with Cole slaw.

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vipUncinmi
Naples
81 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zach our server helped make my birthday special. Doc Ford’s is consistently serving great food and drinks.

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vipDick43
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great raw bar & adult beverages. Desserts were awesome - entrees were ok. Ambiance was very casual.

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vipAnneM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Yucatan shrimp and wedge salad! Always a good time and great food.

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vipFoodieGal
Columbus
83 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the service to cocktails and to the food. Well done, we will be back for sure!

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Edward
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doc Ford’s never disappoints- we have been to Captiva multiple times and eaten just about everywhere. That said if we consider our top 5 meals quite honestly 3 of them were at Doc Ford’s.

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vipLindaS
Chicago
188 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ate here Valentine’s Day hoping for a table outside but ended up inside. The splits of rose were nice. We enjoyed the gulf coast oysters and calamari - asked for additional sauce for the calamari that took a bit of time to be delivered. Entrees included baby back ribs - a large portion, shrimp and grits - shrimp were rubbery, mussels and fries - good also a large portion. Key lime pie was good.

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Jonathan
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friendly, accommodating. Good food, but not Hot. Clean dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience4

We were expecting a dining “experience” but once seated, we had dinner and the check was on the table in 20 minutes. It felt very rushed. The food is serviceable but it was not an enjoyable evening. This is a high turn-over restaurant which is fine, especially for larger parties and/or families.

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vipLousie54
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Enjoyed the meal...tried to get the servers attention that the fries were not as expected.
Bring back thin fries!!!

Server was nice about giving us to go cups
of soda and tea!

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vipThomasF
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sticky table. Restaurant is ready for an overhaul. Poor, slow service. Cold tasteless food.

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vipDenali
St. Louis
106 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Doc Ford's on Captiva was a very pleasant experience. We arrived earlier than our reservation and were seated promptly. The indoor dining is quiet and allows for conversation. The food and service were good, and at a good price.

FAQs

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille – Captiva offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (239) 312-4275.

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille – Captiva is rated 4.2 stars by 172 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.