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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.