Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille is the namesake restaurant of author Randy Wayne White’s fictional character of Doc Ford, from a series of 18 novels.

Doc Ford’s has 2 locations, one on Sanibel Island and this one in Fort Myers Beach which is located on San Carlos Island at the base of the Matanzas Pass Bridge which you cross to get to Estero Island (which is generally the part of town most people associate with Fort Myers Beach)

Doc Ford’s has plenty of outdoor and waterfront seating in a tropical type of atmosphere. They have live music often, and Randy Wayne White has also made appearances. It is under the same ownership as The Beached Whale.

2 comments on “Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille”

  1. Gene Reply

    Not terrible, but not great either. We took some visiting friends here and while everyone liked the atmosphere and our waiter was good, the food was below average. I’ve been here a couple times, and they seem to fall short most of the time. This time my shrimp was way overcooked and other people in our party also didn’t like tiheir dishes.

    The food is also not cheap, and the portions are about average for the area.

  2. Alex Reply

    Not impressed. Sorry…

    The food wasn’t that great. The waiter was really cool though. Not his fault. My fish has a weird flavor, and really didn’t stack up to a similar meal I had at Nervous Nellies the night before.

    Really nice building and environment though.

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