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Thunder Bay Grille

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7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107
+1 815-397-4800
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Newton
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101 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not much to say. The brunch was recommended and turned out to be nothing to write home about. Basic brunch fare. Nothing really stood out a great or amazing, simply decent food. Was disappointed because I expected much more based on the price we had to pay. It opened at 9am and we arrived at 9:10. The food was warm,... More 

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Thank Bryan R
MKSparkman, Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Bryan, thank you for your review. We appreciate when our customers leave feedback - thanks for bringing it back to our attention. We would love to make it up to you by buying your next meal, so that you can experience Thunder Bay Grille's food and atmosphere the way that it should be. Please email me at jorourke@hoari.com to discuss... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came in on a Saturday night to have a quick dinner before heading to a show. We were in a bit of a hurry so we let the waiter know this ahead of time and everything that we ordered was out quickly, we even had time for dessert! The whole meal was delicious, the waiter was very friendly and the... More 

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Thank marie e
Kentucky
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157 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lodge theme creates a relaxed atmosphere for a small, intimate dinner or large group dining. Friendly and prompt service. Tasty fish dinners with ample portions which were adequately priced.

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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is decorated like a cabin--nice. Comfortable booths and quiet--good for conversation. I had beef which was very good but the topping was disappointing. Baked potato looked good.

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Thank Marie M
Rockford, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good salads both times. Servers very attentive, making changes as needed by diet. One guest had broccoli cream soup and it was excellent. Another wanted a pork burger, served with fries, one lady had a large salad with no tomatoes or bell peppers; all were pleased.

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Thank kayn0te
Rockford, Illinois
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went here with another couple this past Friday night. We live in Rockford but haven't been to Thunder Bay in several years. We all ordered their Friday fish special. 3 of us had it fried and one had it baked. All of us found the fried to be fair. It was crisp but too heavily breaded.... More 

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Thank ken i
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big appetite or just looking for some appetizers....they got it covered! Food is excellent! Love the atmosphere in the bar area, very laid back and welcoming. Servers are very efficient and friendly! Highly recommend!

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Thank Leslie S
Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The car club my wife & I belong to has their monthly dinner meetings at Thunder Bay. We have been attending the meetings for two years at Thunder Bay and are very satisfied with the restaurant.. There is plenty of off street parking. The restaurant has a rustic "north woods" type atmosphere with fireplaces in a couple of the rooms.... More 

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Thank Richard G
Jiangsu, China
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

I went there with my family to celebrate my birthday. The ambience is warm, rustic, and inviting. However, the food was quite a different story. I had high hopes for the food going in. I love Cajun food so I was very excited about eating here. I immediately chose the seafood jambalaya and the crab cake. The crab cake was... More 

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Thank Eric N
MKSparkman, Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Hello Eric, thank you for sharing your review. We very much value our guests' feedback and I am sorry our food and service was not up to our typical standards and you were dissatisfied. I will be sure to pass along this information to our executive team. We would love to make it up to you by buying your next... More 

Illinois
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

We were in town for one night and saw this place across the way from our hotel. We started with the fish tacos which were outstanding. We both had steak dinners that were just delicious. Even the side salad that came with the meal was so well done. Our server Songul sp? was perfect and went above and beyond making... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: +1 815-397-4800
Description
Thunder Bay's spacious interior seamlessly melds contemporary elements in warm lodge setting; combing the natural beauty of light and dark woods, sparkling glass and soft-colored stones. Thunder Bay's innovative menu, warm hospitality and engaging atmosphere give it a fresh twist to casual dining. Thunder Bay's menu lends itself to choices from rich classic steaks and spectacular seafood to spicy Cajun entrees. Our chefs have created signature entrees like Drunken Steak, Cedar Plank Salmon or Sesame Thai Mahi Mahi. Spice things up with a touch of Cajun, Seafood Jambalaya or our Bouillabaisse. Finish with a decadent dessert of an after dinner cocktail. Try one of our many selections of craft beers. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our guest's experiences with service and want each guest to feel relaxed and cared for while dining with us. We Thunder Bay with comfortable soft seating areas meant for gathering, relaxing and socializing with friends. Memories are made from time spent sharing food and drink, laughter and good times. Thunder Bay invites you to come in and enjoy relaxing casual dining at its best. Invite Thunder Bay to your next event; whether you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, private patio party at your home or a corporate event at your office; planning has never been easier. Contact us we can create customized menus to suit your event.

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