97% of 44 votes say it's Celiac friendly

708 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Directions

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Celiac
1 month ago
Celiac friendly

Server (Alexis) was knowledgeable and paid attention. He seemed to understand importance of clear communication with kitchen staff. I am Celiac and dairy free. Had a wonderful grouper dinner. We have been there before and looking forward to returning. One of our favorites!

Celiac
5 months ago
Celiac friendly

What a wonderful experience. We drove 30 minutes out of our way because of the gluten-free flatbread options (and, well, we love Doc Ford's and don't have one near us... yet) and the rest of the menu did not disappoint. Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and sensitive to the celiac issue, and she had some great suggestions. The gluten-free bread option here isn't typically Udi's crap (sorry, guys, but, well... we all know it isn't the same) — it's a sort of unleavened (I know no GF bread is technically leavened) and actually tastes good. Not, you know, like doughy bread, but more like a soft flat pizza crust. I'm pretty sure it's the same base they use for the flatbread. We shared an order of the Yucatan shrimp and it was no issue (and no uncharge) to get half the accompanying bread GF and half gluten-filled (for my husband). It was a non-stressful, delicious evening I can't wait to repeat. Thank you, Doc Ford's!

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

I love this place! They have so many gluten free options and the waitstaff are great about answering questions and ensuring a gluten free meal. I'm a sensitive celiac and I didnt have any issues or reaction.

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  • Pescetarian Friendly
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Celiac
8 months ago
Not celiac friendly

So heartbreaking. Last night we went to celebrate my nieces bday. We have had many successful meals here. This time everything we ordered GF tested as gluten found with our NIMA. I double tested. I tested GF items we brought to make sure the device was working correctly and it was. But EVERYTHING that was prepared as gluten free was found to have gluten. My daughter who is 9 was in tears with disappointment. The manager was very kind and said she would work with the kitchen to correct this issue for the future.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Amazing service here! Waitress was great at making sure everything I had was gluten free. Wonderful food! Highly recommend

Celiac
8 months ago

My favorite restaurant in Fort Myers Beach. Biggest gluten free menu I have ever seen. Delicious salmon!

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

I've ate here 6 to 8 times in the the past several years and never had any issues. Probably the safest place to go in F.M.B., and they have a huge gf menu.

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

Staff was knowledgeable about gluten free. Three page gluten free menu, I had the shrimp ceviche for an appetizer. It was excellent and the best shrimp! I also had the fish tacos, which were really good. I highly recommend getting a reservation!

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

The staff was super friendly and very knowledgeable about my gluten free needs. Was able to get a mojito with gluten free rum, the bartender took the time to read my phone for which rums were GF and made my drink accordingly. We had the tuna appetizer and I had the grilled grouper sandwich. Great food, good atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

So many GF menu options! Had the fish tacos on corn tortillas with coleslaw - it was delicious!!

Celiac
10 months ago
Celiac friendly

3 page gluten free menu.. excellent service and fabulous food...

Not celiac
1 year ago

Always an amazing gluten free meal. They have a diverse menu and are extremely knowledgeable. I had the tuna appetizer and the shrimp and grits. Highly recommended!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

They have a detailed GF menu, and the food is amazing and tasty. Best fish I’ve had, and staff kept gluten from my meal. No markers or special plates though. Highly recommended!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

ALWAYS delicious and safe! I love going here-best GF grouper sandwich ever!!! The atmosphere cannot be beat!! Cocktails are wonderful. Staff is great and knowledgeable. Hands down, my favorite restaurant at FMB. Just wish they had a dedicated fryer!! Come on Doc Ford's you can do it! :) if you've never read a Randy Wayne Wright novel featuring Doc Ford, you're missing some fantastic fiction, these are great reads!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Huge gluten free menu, very attentive staff and manager, great experince. I had the paella and it was delicious.

Celiac
1 year ago

Fabulous. They have a wonderful gluten free menu with many options that are delicious, including paella, and steamed oysters in garlic, lemon, butter with a lovely gluten free pita like bread for dipping - heaven. We went twice in a three day stay in the area. A very fun water view of the intercoastal watetway!!!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

This place is great. Had a good GF flatbread pizza, mussels (served with more plain flatbread), fish tacos, and a REALLY strong rum drink. Happy.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Celiac! GF menu, knowledgeable staff, chef called hot sauce company to make sure all were GF, they were. Food was delicious. I recommend the jerk chicken tostadas!

Celiac
1 year ago

This place has a large selection of gluten free entrees and appetizers! They have a fairly long gluten free menu and our waiter was happy to help us with ordering.

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Gluten free menu. Top quality seafood prepared well. Fun atmosphere with outstanding location right on the harbor. 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. A great Southwest Florida dining tradition.

Celiac
1 year ago

Very noisy atmosphere. We couldn’t even talk to each other as it was so loud. Gluten free menu okay but not extensive.

Not celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Flatbreads & shrimp tacos are the go to. Great options. Lots of options. Every single time the manager has come out to talk to me which rarely seems to happen anywhere else let alone every single time. I usually get a flatbread. Best part is my entire family (who can have gluten) love the place so we go every time we're visiting. Their shrimp tacos are delicious too

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Awesome food! I couldn't have had a better gluten free meal!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

never thought I would find Paella gluten free. great gluten free menu. very helpful.

2 years ago

Very helpful GF menu and delicious food with a fantastic view!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Huge menu good for celiacs

Celiac
2 years ago

Fun place. Love all the clever decorations/ bathroom. (You have to go there to understand). They have a gluten free menu. My build your own burger was great.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Great gluten free menu! Food was delicious. Awesome atmosphere and view. Gluten-free Flatbread for sandwiches was great. Manager came to our table after we ordered to assure us that the GF meal would have special handling to ensure safety and no cross contamination.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

This restaurant takes celiac disease seriously. Our server was wonderful

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Fabulous food! Knowledgable staff! Someone even came out to assure me that they alerted the chef about my meal.

3 years ago
Celiac friendly

the gf menu had lots of options. i feel great this morning, so i will definitely go back. the waiter was helpful and patient with my questions. the bar tenders really had no idea however.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

I honestly wonder if they have a Celiac working there or someone associated with this company that is Celiac. They know exactly what to do and recommend. When the waitress offered the fancy drinks I asked her if I they were GF. She went to the bar and returned to tell me that I should stick to the simpler choices or wine. I was impressed with honesty. I had two meals there during our vacation week and had zero problems.

3 years ago

Food was amazing! Atmosphere was so fun! Definitely going back!

Not celiac
3 years ago

Delicious flavorful food. My boyfriend and I shared the fish tacos and the shrimp tacos and they were incredible. Friendly staff and beautiful views overlooking the water

Not celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent food, knowledgeable staff, and a gluten free menu. A manager even came out to discuss the gluten free options. Awesome seafood. I had the shrimp and grits and it was truly awesome. A MUST DO.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

5 stars for having a separate gluten free menu so I don't have to weed through what I can't have. Really good gluten free flatbread pizzas and the gluten free bread is phenomonal! Get one of the shrimp boils with a side of gluten free bread that you can use to dunk in all of the flavorful buttery goodness!

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

Fantastic service and great food! The manager even came out to talk to me. I have a severe wheat allergy and celiac, I have to carry an epi pen...I never worry at this restaurant.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

I highly recommend this place. Many GF options. If you tell them you are gluten free due to a medical condition (like my celiac) they mark the ticket as such and cook your food on a dedicated gluten free line. The wait staff was very conscientious and notified me whenever they brought a gluten dish to the table. The kitchen staff came out before preparing my food to double check my restictions. I felt very safe. And the food is good too!

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent! Server asked if I was GF by preference or medical reason so she could have prepared accordingly. Island shrimp and grits was a delightful dinner!

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

We had several meals at Doc's. Most were at the south seas resort. Great variety for gluten free. Fresh seafood. The salads were fantastic.

Celiac
4 years ago

Impressed. The GF menu is huge with a variety of fantastic options. After I gave the waiter my order and before I could spit out my celiac routine & questions, the waiter asked if I was ordering for dietary preference or a medical condition because the chef would need to know if my food needs to be prepared in a separate area. Whoa! Never had someone offer up this information before. I always have to initiate the (often awkward) conversation so this proactive approach on the restaurants part was pretty exciting. The food was awesome, best fish tacos I've ever had. It's the day after and I'm in the clear, no issues. A great celiac find!

Celiac
4 years ago

Several choices on separate menu. My son has Celiac, and had no issues the next day. Friendly staff, delicious food, fun atmosphere right on the water. Highly recommend.

Celiac
4 years ago
Celiac friendly

good number of GF dishes. had a burger, not much of a fish eater. very good burger with flat bread, realy a grilled pizza crust, so it didn't crumble like many breads or buns. everyone else loved their meals as well

4 years ago
Celiac friendly

Has an awesome gf menu. Had the Yucatan shrimp taco. Loaded with shrimp and awesome flavor of u like spice. Kids loved the fish fingers and pizza and husband loved blackened grouper Sandwich. Prices are average for seafood in area

Reviews of this Chain

Celiac
2 months ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 months ago
Celiac friendly

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!

3 months ago
Celiac friendly

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.

5 months ago

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.

Celiac
6 months ago
Celiac friendly

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.

7 months ago

Excellent service. Great gluten free options.

Celiac
7 months ago
Celiac friendly

Huge GF menu and it was tasty!

Celiac
8 months ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
9 months ago
Celiac friendly

AMAZING!! A large GF menu! We came back twice it was so good! I highly recommend the cedar plank salmon yum! Ask for Seth, he was awesome!

Celiac
10 months ago
Celiac friendly

Service here is fantastic. Servers are very knowledgeable, and there are tons of gf options.

Celiac
11 months ago

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

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent options and a good sized separate menu. My daughter loved that she had so many choices. They were knowledgeable and accommodating. Good food too!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Very knowledgeable- asked if it was allergy or preference. has GF menu which is most of the menu. Had tostado, spinach/artichoke flatbread, tropical salad w blackened chicken which does not have the crisps onions. Mine came out w them and the manager rushed over to apologize. Overall great food. Also mojitos are yummy!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

They had a separate gluten free menu and even had a dedicated gluten free fryer, so I got to have French fries!! The server was very knowledgeable and helpful. I highly recommend Doc Ford’s.

Not celiac
1 year ago

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.

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 year ago

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

Not celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

Best gluten free menu and delicious! I have never seen such a large gluten free menu anywhere, 3 whole pages!

Celiac
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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
1 year ago
Celiac friendly

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

Not celiac
1 year ago

Absolutely hands down best place!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Extensive gluten free menu. We tested the grilled chicken sandwich on gf bun, 1/2 roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables with Nima Sensor. Result indicated our order was gluten free. Everything was delicious.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

Excellent gluten free menu with friendly and knowledgeable staff

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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.

2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
2 years ago

Great selection of gluten free options. What a treat!

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

sehr grosse GF Speisekarte für erwachsene ein Traum. leider nichts für unseren Zöliakie Sohn drauf.

Celiac
2 years ago

They have a very extensive gluten free menu and seem to know what they are doing. My food was very good.

Not celiac
2 years ago

Very large and delicious menu with lots of choices.

Celiac
2 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 years ago

They have a Gluten Free Menu, many dishes are the same from the regulare menu, that simply needs to be ordered GF. Burgers come with no bun, no dedicated fryer. They seems to be informed about celiac and cross contamination but we didn't risk it and had a cheeseburger no bin and we were fine.

Celiac
3 years ago

Great crew, knowledge and awesome variety.

Celiac
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
3 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
4 years ago

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.

5 years ago
Celiac friendly

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
5 years ago
Not celiac friendly

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.

Not celiac
5 years ago

Great selection! Knowledgeable and helpful for gluten free options.

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