100% of 8 votes say it's celiac friendly

2500 Island Inn Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957 Directions

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Separate, extensive gluten free menu with appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Waiter was very knowledgeable and conscientious about importance of gluten free. Kitchen includes dedicated space for preparation of gluten free items separate from other food, and a dedicated gluten free fryer only used for corn chips and GF french fries.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff was knowledgeable- ate chicken sandwich. GF bread was good. Ordered fruit as a side since daughter can’t have dairy. Went back for a second time. The first time server told us they did not have a dedicated fryer. Second server said they did. She went back and checked and confirmed. Ordered chicken sandwich with GF bread, mayo, and fries. No issues.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

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I felt assured that the staff took my celiac needs seriously. I had the fish tacos and they were delicious! I’m an extremely sensitive Celiac, which is a blessing in disguise (I get contamination warnings some of my fellow Celiacs don’t) and had zero cross contamination. I also ordered a coconut rum drink from the bar - delish! I will come back here and recommend as a safe option.

Plenty of GF options. A nice full GF menu which is hard to find!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 7 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dedicated Kitchen Space
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Restaurant
  • Seafood

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My family ate two meals here and neither of my celiac kids got sick. The gluten free menu had many options and everything we ate here was delicious. Our servers informed us that they have a separate line for gluten free meals. Would love to see a few gf desserts.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 11 months ago read full review

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They had a three page gluten free menu, and the waiter alerted both the chef and manager that I have celiac and am allergic to shrimp. I had no issues and was pleased that I didn’t have to spend time meant for relaxing educating the staff. Would go again.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Awesome atmosphere and gluten free options. Bartender was excellent, gave me meal recommendations which I really appreciated. Had a great meal, never got sick. Highly Recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Very extensive GF menu...which makes my 15 yr old Coeliac daughter feel like a normal person with all of the choices. Love the Sanibel branch...Captiva was very disappointing..not from a GF perspective just it was very dirty, layout isn’t as nice and food just wasn’t as nice. Along with Sanibel Fresh, Doc Fords is one of our go to places.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Ate there 5 times and did not get sick. Staff cognizant of GF and cross contamination. All good. Note that I’m not celiac but highly sensitive.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Absolutely DELICIOUS food! Large GF menu. I had the Sanibel Cheese Steak with GF flatbread instead of the bun, ate it like a gyro. So yummy!Not sure why the price tag for Doc Ford’s is $$$, should really be $$, my sandwich was only $11. A must stop when in Southwest Florida.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Excellent service. Great gluten free options.

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Good food, staff was great, and they seemed careful with prep for celiac. Have been a bunch of times and no G issues.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of GF options. Staff very knowledgeable and the food is excellent. We always go here when we are staying on the island.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Chef made the special gluten free for me. Large gf menu- fantastic!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I’m gluten and dairy free and was ecstatic over the menu. So nice to have more than 1-2 options. The food was fantastic. We will definitely return when we are back in the area.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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They have an extensive gluten free menu, which is the only good thing I can say. We had to wait over 30 minutes longer than they suggested (forecasted to be an hour). The food took 50 minutes from when we ordered. It was mediocre at best. Given all the positive reviews on the site, I wonder if we were just there on a bad day.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a large gluten free menu. Even gf pizza for kids! The service was slow, however.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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LOVED IT HERE! The waitresses immediately had a GF menu on hand and they were very knowledgeable about all of the GF options. I had previously seen reviews for celiac-friendly fries, but they weren’t on my GF menu so that was disappointing. I had the shrimp scampi flat bread and I could not have asked for a better meal. The food didn’t take that long to come out and it was the best tasting food, like tasted like a pizza, that I have had in so long. I wish I could go back for every meal on this trip!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing...so delicious. So much better than other places on the island for gluten free. The staff is very friendly.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Absolutely hands down best place!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent gluten free menu with friendly and knowledgeable staff

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Best GF meal. Very knowledgeable staff. Separate GF menu. The grouper was delicious. Also they have a dedicated fryer.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing food! Had the margarita pizza on a gluten free flatbread, and it was delicious! They do have a gluten free fryer, and the fries are terrific! I have been twice since being diagnosed with Celiac, and have had Absolutely no issues. Visit if you have he chance

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This restaurant was amazing! The staff was knowledgeable and they had a lot of gluten free options. I have been here a few times and totally love it. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This place had an actual tri-fold GF menu full of amazing choices. My teenage daughter had the beef cheesesteak and I had a cheeseburger, both on the best GF rolls we've tasted in a long time. The fries have a dedicated GF fryer rounding out this awesome meal. **There are two Doc Ford's locations in Captiva; only this one has the dedicated fryer as it's a brand new kitchen. The chef came out and explained his fiancé has a dairy allergy and he now understands why prepping food safely is such a big deal. Wonderful experience all around!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Great selection of gluten free options. What a treat!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Very large and delicious menu with lots of choices.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Another great visit. Very nice Gluten-Free menu and knowledgeable staff. I had the blackened Grouper sandwich with GF bun and side salad with balsamic vinegar and oil from cruets. Delicious. IMPORTANT NOTE: they have relocated to a beautiful new building near the old location. The new address is 2500 Island Inn Road.

02-17-2016 review: Great luncheon. GF menu. Knowledgeable server. Had Campeche Fish Tacos with GF corn taco option. Best tasting beans and rice I have ever had. Staff showed their allergy awareness by bringing a fresh batch of Papaya poco de gallo direct to our table and explaining they had just prepared carefully to ensure no contamination. Excellent food and attentive service while restaurant was packed at noon rush. This is a top notch operation.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great crew, knowledge and awesome variety.

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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The options were quite expansive. They now have a specific gluten free menu with many items and statements on how to order certain items gluten free. We did have a miss on the appetizer. Despite the server and us both saying no bread the mussels got plated with bread. Fortunately it was off to one side so our daughter still had several to choose from. The waiter was apologetic and was prepared to take it back but it worked out. We all had gf meals and so she was able to sample quite a bit. Banana leaf snapper, steamed shrimp in bay, paella and fish tacos. There isn't much in the way of gf desserts I saw, but we had no room anyway. Very good food, no reactions, solid process in place to accommodate.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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They have a gluten free menu and are happy to accommodate Celiacs. They seem to be very careful with cross contamination and they "flag" your food as an allergy in the kitchen and cook it in a different oven.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We went twice to the one on Captiva Island. They were very knowledgable both times we went. They don't have a ton of options but I felt like my daughter was in good hands. The manager came out and personally delivered her meals and dessert. She is very sensitive to even the slightest cross contamination and she didn't have a reaction. Overall very good just wish they had more options.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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They place is great.... I was worried when reading the reviews above about soy sauce, but the have obviously corrected there error and have in big lettering on the gluten free menu to order without soy sauce.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Please DO NOT eat here if you have Celiac disease. Our initial impression was very good as we ended up with a server that seemed knowledgeable. I explained to him that I have Celiac and must worry about gf ingredients as well as cross contamination. I ordered the Ribeye entree as my dinner and the server assured me all ingredients were gf. Three bites into my dinner I realized I was tasting soy sauce. I called the manager over and he checked with the kitchen who advised him they had in fact used soy sauce on the vegetables. He offered to make me a new one but that didn't help because I knew the evening would be spent vomiting. They took the meal off of the check and comped our drinks. I found Doc Fords on this website and needless to say I was very upset by my experience.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Great selection! Knowledgeable and helpful for gluten free options.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac

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Gluten free menu. Top quality seafood prepared well. My favorite is their specialty “Yucatán Peel and Eat Shrimp” (it comes with GF flatbread for dipping in the spicy, lemon sauce). Fun atmosphere with outstanding location right on the harbor. ***Large outdoor seating area is available on dock level for COVID safe dining and all staff wear masks ***. You can even arrive by boat and dock at the restaurant. If you don’t have a boat, you can enjoy watching the procession of craft through the harbor (everything from small inflatables, luxury yachts, working fishing vessels, and even a pirate tour boat). It can get crazy crowded at peak times, but definitely worth the wait. I have eaten here often over the last five years and have never been glutened or disappointed. A great Southwest Florida dining tradition.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Offers outdoor seating

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We had the Seared Ahi tuna appetizer with rice noodles and a gluten free Asian peanut dressing , shrimp tacos which were a bit too spicy for me so I ordered the spinach artichoke flatbread which was amazing. The gluten free menu was huge plus straws were safe as well!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Offers outdoor seating
Not celiac

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Relatively big GF menu, I was surprised at the options. I believe the fries are cross contaminated so they offer rice or veggies as a side on GF sandwiches and such. Burger was huge and yummy! Not sure how celiac friendly they are.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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The gluten free menu is huge and our waiter reassured me that anything ordered off of there would be prepared gluten free as if the person has celiac. I ordered the shrimp appetizer and it came with gf bread (did not expect this so I was nervous and waited to eat so I could ask and he reassured me again) Also ordered paella and split with my husband, plenty of food for the both of us, with awesome service and view. Did not get sick, Highly recommend!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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They had a gluten free menu and great food! I loved my experience at this restaurant and will definitely visit again when in the area!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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