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