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The Loading Dock Bar and Grill

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400 Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037
618 786-3494
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun place on the river

A great venue with several levels of patio and decks overlooking the river. Often has entertainment. Prices are no bargain, but certainly in the moderate range and the food is good enough. It's the setting that really makes the Loading Dock a winner and you can sit with friends for hours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Bill_and_Janet_13
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

A great venue with several levels of patio and decks overlooking the river. Often has entertainment. Prices are no bargain, but certainly in the moderate range and the food is good enough. It's the setting that really makes the Loading Dock a winner and you can sit with friends for hours enjoying watching the boats on the river while enjoying... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My husband and I decided to go there and get something to eat and try out their drinks. The food is decently cheap nothing too fancy. And the alcohol selection is pretty nice compared to most places. This is definitely a place to visit often in the summer not too loud and the servers are friendly and courteous. You order... More 

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Chatham, NY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I took my 96 year old father there with the young man who helps take care of him. There are a couple of handicapped parking places, but the drive/parking lot is so rough, it was difficult to maneuver his walker. We were going to eat outside, but realized it was way too windy, so we picked a table just inside... More 

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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Beautiful setting. Good fish tacos with corn and bean salsa. Ice cold drinks. Service is good. We eat here several times a year.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Nice place! Lovely deck right on the water. Good service for such a large place! Food is ok---we didn't go there for the culinary note--just the view! Can be very crowded on the weekends!

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BALLWIN
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Great crowd, great bartenders. The owner opened due to the nice weather for the weekend and served free food since the kitchen was closed for the weekend. Fun!

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Brussels, Illinois
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64 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

This place is popular for it's river road location and nice view but the food is not good and overpriced. Very crowded in the summer, servers have a hard time keeping up. The food is terrible. I rated it average but really not so good. The drinks are too expensive to enjoy. W don't stop in anymore.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Loading Dock is a family owned bar/restaurant located directly on the Mississippi River off the The River Road in Grafton, IL. Lively on weekends, especially during the fall "leaf viewing" season. Very large bar area and lots of scenic seating at outdoor tables. Very casual atmosphere. The food is limited to mainly "Bar Fare", but reasonably priced and well... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The loading dock is right on the river. It has inside and outside seating, cheap beer and live music. The food is tasty, try the pulled pork nachos.

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Quincy, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Limited menu, but everything is done well. There must be 200 feet of river frontage. I am talking on the Mississippi River where the Illinois River joins it. Very wide at that point. Tall bluffs beautiful. Sit at the outdoor bar or one of the tables. Great catfish, burger and salads. Many other casual items. Attentive service. Go in good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 Front Street, Grafton, IL 62037
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Grafton
  • Phone Number: 618 786-3494

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?