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Garrett's Cafe

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1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
+1 815-484-9473
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Staff is very attentive and friendly. Menu is good, plenty of choices, but not pages of similar items. Food is very good, I've been going to Garrett's for a couple years and food quality has improved.

Thank Homtofigg
Rockford, United States
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43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Being a cafe attached to a golf shop is not where you would expect excellent food and a well varied menu, but Garrett's delivers the goods. We often go there for lunch, and some dishes are particularly good, starting with the lobster bisque, which is truly exquisite. Their deluxe BLT sandwich is filled with loads of thick sliced bacon and... More 

Thank David H
Rockford, Illinois
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Service was ok but waitress forgot to put in order for a side, it was added late and thus not cooked properly. Basically asparagus soaked in oil with parmesan cheese sprinkled on it. Was not charged for it but couldn't eat it either. Probably will not go there again!

Thank Abe V
Rockford, Illinois
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

There was a time when Garrett's was one of the better places to eat in Rockford. They smoked their own meat and the kitchen was directed by an actual chef. Then, for one reason or another, the management decided to save money by getting rid of the the skilled kitchen staff and replacing them with hard-working but inexperienced people. It... More 

Thank Dragases
Tucson, Arizona
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251 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Had dinner with friends. Nice atmosphere to talk while waiting for the food. Tried the Build Your Pasta dinner which allows you to pick the kind of pasta, the sauce, and kind of meat you would like to have. Rolls were tasty. Service was attentive and friendly.

Thank Richard H
Rockford, Illinois
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We went for their Monday night burger special- $6.95 for a burger dinner. A great value, but more than that- the service rivals what you'd get anywhere. Great dinner, great atmosphere, great service, great beer!

Thank ken i
Wausau, Wisconsin
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143 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Overall I was very impressed. Wait staff was excellent, food was good also. 3 of us had salads and one had el pastor tacos. All were very good. Lobster bisque was also excellent. Chips and salsa were good. Loved the chips, salsa was average. Look forward to getting back there

Thank Otisss
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112 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

We met our good friends for drinks and supper last night, and it was really great. I had the seafood ravioli and it was superb, our waitress Emily was very good also. Will be going back for sure , also it's a nice place to talk for everyone,it's very quite.

Thank BigTlk
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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366 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Garrett's has been a Rockford favorite for years. Excellent food and service. I have only had lunch here but it has been top drawer each time.

Thank Michael H
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is nice and the service was good. The food was great and priced well.I had the Ahi Tuna which was seared to perfection and accompanied with stir fried noodles and vegetables in an excellent presentation. A house salad of mixed greens was served with hot bread and whipped butter. An adequate and fairly priced wine list completed the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: +1 815-484-9473

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?