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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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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Thunder Bay's spacious interior seamlessly melds contemporary elements in...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Decent food & service

Wasn't busy in the middle of the week. I sat at the bar which was a little uncomfortable but the bartender was very pleasant and attentive. I ordered the blackened walleye which was properly cooked and not over spiced. Good food reasonably priced.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
RJM304
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Daniels, West Virginia, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Daniels, West Virginia, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Wasn't busy in the middle of the week. I sat at the bar which was a little uncomfortable but the bartender was very pleasant and attentive. I ordered the blackened walleye which was properly cooked and not over spiced. Good food reasonably priced.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I sat at the bar which turned out to be a mistake. The bartenders only paid attention to one customer while not noticing that I had no silverware. I also never received my drink while my server assumed I slammed it. The alfredo sauce was only ok.

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Granger Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is an excellent restaurant with a really neat interior. The food was wonderful and reasonably priced. Try the crab sliders

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Pekin, Illinois
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174 reviews 174 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Reading the reviews I thought I would give this place a try. It close and in walking distance to several hotels. I sat at the bar since I was by myself. I am not for sure who my server was all night it seemed like their was some confusion who was taking care of what almost to a point of... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Okay it is a chain. I had the Walleye. It was good. It was also pricey. And, the atmosphere was about Denny's level. I can see this being ranked high in Rockford, but probably not anywhere else in the world with better competition. This is about the level of Red Robin to me. Safe, for visitors, good food - not... More 

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Milton, Wisconsin
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120 reviews 120 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Unique menu items, love the crab cakes, fish menu items, and beef tips! Wait staff is helpful and well trained offering tips on menu items and helpful in explaining details. For something different and special, we enjoy Thunder Bay Grille

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Our group of 8 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here in March 2015. We had a very pleasant and attentive server who provided excellent service. Large round tables are great for a large group. We all ate something different and nobody left unsatisfied. I would definitely recommend this place for seafood or a nice steak.

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Balaton, mn
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I stopped in for a late supper. I had the Drunken Beef Tips, they were to die for, the best I have ever had, hands down. They came with a big Caesar Salad, and fries, and fresh bread. The restaurant was clean. The service was excellent. I would recommend this place.

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Gages lake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went here for a late dinner and drinks. We decided on just appetizers because they all looked very interesting. It was well worth it. Every one we tried was excellent. The waitress was very helpful. She made wonderful suggestions, let me sample a different wine based on what I was already drinking. One of the better restaurant experiences I've... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We had a group of eight for a work dinner at this restaurant. The staff was very informative and answered all of our questions. The service was appropriate for our group and the quality of the main dishes was great. I had the salmon, and it was well prepared, better then I expected.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?