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Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier, St Petersburg, FL

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier

4.6
4.6
734 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Winner of TripAdvisor’s 2023 #1 ‘Everyday Eats’ restaurant in the COUNTRY!

Located at the base of the downtown St. Pete Pier, Doc Ford’s St. Pete is as stunning as it is delicious. With inside and outside views of both downtown St. Pete, and Tampa bay, there’s a seat in the house for everybody. Enjoy the sea-breeze on the seawall while enjoying a couple Doc Ford’s Mojitos and Yucatan Shrimp!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Caribbean, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (727) 857-8118
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    For parties of 6 or more please call the restaurant.For parties of 16 or more please email stpetereservations@docfords.com
  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 734 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • St. Petersburg

    Hot spot

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for outdoor dining

  • St. Petersburg

    Great for scenic views

734 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was just delightful. Food was great! And service was good. Ambiance excellent!

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  2. RobertB

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was wonderful! No rush, we were meeting with a couple that we haven’t seen in 48 years. Food was great, environment was windy, but not fault.their

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  3. pamelal

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Welcoming host at desk was about us unenthusiastic as could be. Did not make eye contact, very monotone, poor customer service qualities.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent Ambience couldn’t be better

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were not given an outdoor table as requested…too loud inside

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Recommend reservations. Hope you don’t have to stand up to go look for silverware.

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  7. deba

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Once we got to our reserved table, the experience was positive. Great service, good food which came quickly. The check-in process, once we got there, was awful. The table wasn't ready and they were giving tables to walk-ins before we got our reserved table. The ladies checking us in were frazzled and somewhat rude. The place was very chaotic.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really loved this restaurant. The food, the service everything about the place was great. Beautiful view of the ocean. The most wonderful surprise was the fish fingers. I’m still thinking about them. Absolutely fabulous!!

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  9. Tennisgirl

    Tampa

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Antonio was our server and couldn’t have been better. All the food we had was great we weren’t rushed. It was a beautiful day and will certainly be back.

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  10. John

    Greater Boston

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Location, food and the service were all great. Our waiter, Shane, was exceptionally good.

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  11. DoritS

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super busy place. Had to wait 20 minutes to be seated although we had reservations, but it was all very much worth it. Gorgeous outdoor seating overlooking the water service was very good and food is always consistently great no matter how busy they are.

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  12. KenF

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there with some friends, The scenery was amazing. Prices were very reasonable. We didn’t get offered refills on our drinks. We will be back.

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  13. SallyK

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had 6 adults, 2 kids. We were seated immediately. Our server was amazing. She was able to get the kids meals out really quick! She was very attentive, refilling drinks, bringing out any extras we needed. Even immediately lowering the blinds when we asked. All the adults loved the meal we ordered! Wonderful experience!

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  14. MargotF

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our meal was excellent! Especially loved the Yucatán Shrimp app which I had as an entree with lobster bisque. The chocolate banana bread dessert was a hit as well! Service was spot on and the location is lovely downtown on the bay. A little noisy but a good spot for a family.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food, drinks and vibe. Will be back here. Reservation worked out well.

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  16. Beeks

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Server said he was too busy to get a beer list for the table and wanted to keep moving along. Those were his verbatim comments. Considering we weren’t even there for 80 minutes for a party of 5 that is ridiculous. Server was from Evansville, IN.

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  17. MichaelM

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our dinner was great! We both ordered seafood entrees and they were excellent. The staff is attentive and friendly. Casual setting...can't go wrong!

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  18. usma81

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Salad with blackened mahi was delicious. Key Lime pie was scrumptious. The mojito lacked flavor. The inside dining room is very loud, hard to carry on a conversation.

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  19. DuaneA

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to enjoy relaxing dinner! Water view was terrific

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  20. Foodie

    Baltimore

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively restaurant. Food was very good. Service was top notch.

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  21. lizc

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The venue was very noisy and extremely cold inside.

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  22. JamesR

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional service! Great creative food. Beautiful views.

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  23. PinkJulie

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This meal was amazing! First time to Doc Ford's and it did not disappoint! We had the Yucatan Shrimp and the Hogfish special of the day was beyond delicious. We also had the salmon which was also very tasty. We will definately be back!

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  24. NWFL

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location with fabulous views! You have to try the Yucatán Shrimp! Excellent service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place and food on the water in St Pete. Highly recommend if you need to eat gluten free—huge, separate GF menu and waiters were knowledgeable about Celiac disease. It was such a relief to have somewhere safe and delicious to eat.

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  26. KeithM

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The dining room was NOISY! Large open space with high ceilings, metal ceiling, nothing to buffer the sounds. One group of 30 seated next to us. And another of about 15 nearby. We had a fantastic server but the kitchen had a hard time handling food delivery to so many diners at one time. Food was just average compared to my previous visit to Doc Ford's. Probably won't return.

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  27. BobC

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the seafood paella, which was terrific, as was the key lime pie!

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  28. Lawrence

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Parking was expensive- $7.50 for lunch. But Doc Ford's was very good, although it was a little cold inside, we had to keep our jackets on. Arrived at about 11:30 a.m. Also, for a group of 4 for lunch, with no alcohol, we spent over $100 for the bill, plus tip.

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  29. Southporter29

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    While the food was good, and service was excellent, this was a TERRIBLE dining experience because it was WAY TOO LOUD. Impossible to have a conversation. It was a Friday evening, so the place was packed. Tables are quite close to each other. Metal ceiling treatment (duh), and floor-to-ceiling windows amplify all the voices, sounds. We live in St. Pete. We may try again some day, but only if we can get a table on the patio outside. That's my advice to others who enjoy going out to dinner for the conversation, as well as the food and drink.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service by Heather! Delicious big fish special Friday night and of course the ceviche.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining with friends and family; had wonderful time; introduced brother-in-law to Randy Wayne White, Doc Ford, Dinkin's Bay, et al. When in St Pete, the place to eat.

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  32. PaulE

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff was friendly, attentive and efficient. Quality of food was very good. Food came out quickly. Will definitely go back

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  33. greatservice

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice place on waterfront - great ambiance and service

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  34. AuntieR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again we enjoyed entertaining an out-of-town guest at Doc Ford. You can't beat the view but more importantly the service is extraordinary. We enjoyed the special of the day and when one of our dining companions did not care for his beverage, our server made it right and made sure he was happy with a different choice.

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  35. WilliamM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Doc Fords. Yucatan shrimp amazing as always. Macadamia crusted grouper never fails. All washed down bye tasty rum runner. Perfect meal

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  36. PatG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I had fish tacos and he had shrimp tacos...marginal. Not prepared fresh. My grouper was dry and cold and his shrimp were over steamed and dry...was not impressed with the food.

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  37. AMWhit

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience is phenomenal...we sat at a table right on the water. Service was adequate but we were never asked about dessert or coffee. A $25 grouper sandwich was just mediocre...bun was soggy.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We would highly recommend. Will be going back soon.

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  39. Stlouisramsfan

    New Orleans

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was good all the way around, great atmosphere and site looking at the water. The food was reasonably priced. Service was fast and good. I recommend this place!

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  40. ChuckH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sort of a tourist trap place… loud… almost a quick food restaurant fell/vibe

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 857-8118.

Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier is rated 4.6 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 36 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier

610 2nd Ave NE, St Petersburg, FL 33701

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    St. Petersburg
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Caribbean, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (727) 857-8118
  • Private party facilities
    For parties of 6 or more please call the restaurant.For parties of 16 or more please email stpetereservations@docfords.com
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