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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
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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!

Thank Leslie S
Rockford, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 

Thank Richard G
Jiangsu, China
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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 

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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Veronica A
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it! Spicy tuna nachos and duck special. Others at table had salmon and pork chop special also with rave reviews. Great flavors and presentation. Cocktails and service also great.

Thank KathyReview
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Made reservations, was seated immediately. Buffet was delicious and plentiful with great service! Price was affordable.

Thank Bonnie S
Rockford, United States
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

The food was very good - I ordered the prime rib and was not disappointed. The service was also very good, speedy and courteous. Would come here again.

Thank cheryla922
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

I actually like this place but feel it could do with a complete service upgrade. The bar and selection of beer is pretty good, but the total service is missing. Despite having as many staff on as customers, service was laboured and slow. The food was well prepared to the menu but was really rushed. If I wanted my entree... More 

1 Thank Colin T
Monterrey, Mexico
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13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Tonight I came to this place for dinner, they have a good menu and an excellent options for beers on tap or bottle, Fish and chips are just great! But obviously you can have great other dishes. I will come back for sure

1 Thank Perico60
Davis Junction, Illinois
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

If you like to wait an hour after your reservation this is your restaurant,over booked for all holidays,and they turn the people out of here like cattle!---food is good--not worth the wait

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
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
Business meetings, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
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
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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