Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille St Pete Pier

4.5
252 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Having trouble getting a reservation on open table? Give us a call at the restaurant we have limited spots available on open table. We try our best. However, We can not guarantee seating preference.
Doc Ford is tropical adventurer who has spent a lot of time in the same far flung countries that I wrote about when I was a monthly columnist for places such as Cuba, Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Borneo, and all over South and Central America. It was while traveling for Outside and other magazines I came to know and love the superb cuisine of the rural tropics.
I loved the sauces, the spices, and the passion that went into the food preparation. We hope that spirit is part of Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille, too.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 252 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent, staff was good but the restaurant feels like a Greek dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

With reservations we still had to wait. The menu item I wanted was listed as a newer item and was removed from menu and was replaced with shrimp and crab but there was no crab. Very bland. My husband's dish was missing items items and he was not happy. We were celebrating our Anniversary and it was a horrible experience and they told us if it 2as a birthday celebration we would've had free cake. We had to ask for dessert 3 times

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service by Trey was great, and the outdoor patio was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doc Ford’s has a beautiful location right on the water on the St. Pete Pier. Ask to sit outside on the deck or under an umbrella outside next to the restaurant. Perfect family dinner spot plus kids can play on the nearby playground before/after dinner.

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vipPatrice
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Grouper was cooked perfectly. Interesting and enjoyable rice and sauce. Wine was good and well chilled.

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beth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Sit outside if possible, great staff and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Visually the place is quite nice - great view and comfortable seating. Staff was pleasant. Unfortunately the food doesn’t do it justice. I had a pulled pork sandwich which was pretty tasty but paired with soggy unseasoned sweet potato fries. My husband had a soggy fish sandwich and nearly tasteless Caesar salad. Biggest disappointment of all was the mojito which tasted like rum and water. Expectations weren’t that high to begin with but this place totally underwhelmed.

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SusieQ
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Nice location but do not go there for the food. Very disappointed in the food. We had the Grouper Sandwich. It was like cafeteria food but expensive. Service was very good. Nice location but very noisy. Basically a TOURIST TRAP. We live in the area year-round so we will steer clear of Doc Ford’s in the future.

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BeckyW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. We split 3 dishes. Great service. Great fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this location. Have visited the Captive and Sanibel locations… food excellent… went on a Sunday afternoon…. Super busy.. but had a reservation and was seated in a reasonable time … would definitely eat here again

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and well staffed, food and drinks were delicious

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nightrain
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a busy and noisy place. The wait staff could have fewer tables to cover. Food was generally good.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Were not acknowledged when we arrived to hostess desk. After acknowledging us we were seated outside. The music was so load we could not hear what the other person was saying. Not even the waiter was able to hear our requests. The food was great especially Yucatán Shrimp! Location and view was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and were pleasantly surprised they gave us dessert. Top notch treatment and experience.

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DebraC
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

View of the water was nice! Acoustics inside make it nearly impossible to hear conversations. We were seated next to large, loud party adding to the inability to hear one another. Next visit we will sit outside - air conditioning was not working inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gloria at the check in was amazing and sat us immediately, this open table app works. We Had fried shrimp ,oysters on the half shell, tuna, fish tacos and calamari everything was fantastic. The view is amazing and I would definitely go back

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SusanS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Crab cake appetizer had delicious sauce, but the two crab cakes were the smallest I've ever gotten in a Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater restaurant for the price. Calamari salad was excellent. Area at far end of restaurant by bar was unbelievably noisy for 3:30 in the afternoon. We asked to be moved and were accommodated nicely.

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Rich
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall the food was uninventive and overpriced for what served. The setting of the restaurant was great but all in all the experience was that of going to a tourist trap with expensive uninspired menu

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IsabellaG
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jackie was amazing. She had everything timed so well that we switched from drinks to apps to entrees perfectly.

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JeanneS
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Isobella was very helpful and a delite as a server. Reservations were right on track, lovely table, yummy lunch special.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great! Thanks for a lovely evening

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JamesG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Tourist trap. Nothing special. We were expecting something different.

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Benjam
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going and it was amazing. Reservation made it a breeze, practically no waiting time. Drinks were cold and delicious. Food was amazing. Highly recommend.

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ErikM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, service and view! Get the Yucatan Shrimp, amazing.

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AnneW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent offerings & all price ranges, loved the new crab cakes appetizer & like the consistency between visits of past favorites so highly recommend. Just be prepared for loud & need to talk over that, wish they could improve that, not as noisy when restaurant not at full capacity but they would get 5 stars in all categories with efforts to mitigate the noise for such a busy place when seated inside. So glad they take reservations & are so organized in their seating system when have made one & makes for a wonderful visit.

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Gigi
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I am glad I ate there as I had heard a lot about it. However, it would not be my favorite. I would however everyone try it.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Maybe if we had been drinking we would have gotten better service. The serving size was small and not as much shrimp in our Penna shrimp. Only 5 shrimp in the buffalo shrimp. The view was wonderful sunset from upper deck. It was really windy. Glad we were outside. The staff were not wearing masks.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Crowded fun decent food w/ huge menu

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vipJaneB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great view from a high top on the deck.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food….sat outside and had great water view too!

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vipkristyM
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had a fabulous lunch at Doc Ford’s. Our server Ash was simply amazing. She was completely attentive to our needs and friendly as can be. How lucky they have her on staff. I also must say the hostess Alicia was also wonderful. There was quite the crowd at the door but, her and the rest of the host staff had everything under control.
On to the food and drinks. I had their bread appetizer which was delicious and my husband had the oysters in the half shell. He said they were huge and the horseradish was great. He also had their signature dish Yucatán Shrimp his words were to die for. I just had a wedge salad that was crispy and refreshing. I had a rum punch with banana rum you have to try it. The whole experience was perfect and thanks Cam for checking on us, we’ll be back.

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JEdC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful views, great food, friendly yet professional wait staff, choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Highly recommend it.

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OperaVermont
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous, raw oysters, crab cakes and seared tuna over rice noodles. Atmosphere is fabulous. Views are fabulous. We will be back.

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MarcM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for lunch! The view was fabulous, the food was delicious and the service was excellent! We would return to Doc Ford's again! Our server, Diane, was very helpful, efficient and personable!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service! Everything we tried was delicious and our server was outstanding. It’s a little loud but didn’t take away from the meal at all.

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vipJFD79
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and fresh food and cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Went to celebrate bday & Mother’s Day

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FredG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All good great fun to come by boat have a great lunch and watch dolphins swimming by!!!!!

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SusanK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good. Picked the atmosphere since it was on the water.

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RickR
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ambiance and service amazing. Cocktails are pure syrup. Food is just ok.

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 4.5 stars by 252 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.