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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 - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night
Good for:
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Fun to watch the football game!

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!

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 22, 2015
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BALLWIN
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BALLWIN
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Springfield, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Bar and grill was filled with happy folks enjoying the beautiful Mississippi on the very large outdoor patio with a live band outside or folks were inside at the bar. Burger and fries were very good and reasonably priced. Wait staff was very polite and seemed happy. Overall a very nice experience and a fun stop on The Great River... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The food was good and the location is great. It's a nice place to spend a few hours on a sunny day. Most of the servers were very friendly and were working hard on a very busy Sunday afternoon. My issue is with one particular server who insisted that we ordered more beverages than we did and became very belligerent... More 

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BROWNING
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Food was good, I had the mango margarita, it was not the best, the pulled pork was good, and the weather was not the best that day, view was very nice, would have been great if not so cold and rainy, would go back on a warmer day

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Loading Dock is one of my favorite places to go to. The food isn't the best in the world, but it's not the food that I go for. It's the atmosphere and the beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend it for a nice day!

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This place is a beautiful spot to enjoy bar food, drinks and enjoy the view of the Mississippi River. There are hula hoops to have fun looking silly or impress those around you. There are games of Bags for all to play. The children of all ages can draw with the sidewalk chalk. There is also often a band playing... 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?