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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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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch options, great food, wonderful atmosphere

I have had lunch there once a week recently and enjoyed a few different offerings. Others with me enjoyed a number of other offerings as well. I recommend the potato soup and the BLTB sandwich. The burgers were also exceptional. The flatbreads were tasty and large portions. The cabin decor and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert W
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Rockford
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the bbq snapper. It was overcooked. The grilled vegetables were good, though. The creme brulee was good. Ambience was low energy on a Saturday night. Many beers offered although the server was unfamiliar with what the beers were like. Not sure I would go back.

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Thank mollywan
papillion
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went back during my yearly visit to Rockford. Due to late arrival into Rockfors got to the restaurant half hour before closing on a Friday night, and took my usual place in the bar, although seating near one of the 3 fireplaces did look inviting on a cold winter night. Was met by Ember, waitstaff, who makes a great Jogn... More 

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Thank richard a
Anne C, Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Great to hear! Thanks for your business!! More 

Rockford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had lunch there once a week recently and enjoyed a few different offerings. Others with me enjoyed a number of other offerings as well. I recommend the potato soup and the BLTB sandwich. The burgers were also exceptional. The flatbreads were tasty and large portions. The cabin decor and burning fireplace have a great feel on a cold... More 

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1 Thank Robert W
Roscoe, Illinois
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We have been to all the brunches around town including southern Wisconsin hands-down this is the best! Birthday celebrations, Christmas parties and any other special occasion this is our go to Sunday brunch favorite! Let's start with a made from scratch vegetable omelette with every imaginable selection or any type of meat bacon sausage Canadian bacon you name it they... More 

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Thank Steven R
Macomb, Michigan
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146 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

I always try and eat here every time I visit the Rockford area. They provide a very relaxing atmosphere with "cabin like" charm mixed with class. It's a pretty unique place. The service is aways friendly and very attentive. The food is excellent and they offer many unique dishes that I've never seen anywhere else.

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Thank Doug P
Belvidere, Illinois
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116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

We visited for dinner and were promptly seated in a booth in a large dining room. The restaurant has a cabin feel with a fireplace and high ceilings. We have visited several times over the last few years and the food is generally acceptable-- not excellent nor terrible. Last night I had the fish and chips and she had the... More 

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2 Thank robertmoffett
Janesville, Wisconsin
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Terrible food, not warm, meat was dry and tough. Had to ask for a bowl to put gravy in just to tolerate it Seating was awful, we were sitting so close together that we couldn't reach the table. I will never go there again.

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Thank Chris P
Anne C, Brand Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Chris, Thank you for your review. I am sorry that your experience was not as good as it should be. We try to balance between the demand for reservations and the available seating space. If we crowded you, please know that was not our intention. We strive for 100% guest satisfaction and we are upset with ourselves when we let... More 

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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in from our drive in the heavy snow for some dinner. The place has a nice cabin feel. There was a nice fireplace lit and the music they played was current indie style, which I liked. They have a great selection of beers and wines. I had a nice pumpkin style ale. I ate some Cajun style chicken... More 

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1 Thank Josh D
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

It was real good. I got the bacon burger and it was definitely the way to go. My girl got it too and we took half home, full bellys, and we're both over 6" tall and 180lbs. Good eatin

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Thank Kenny P
Rockford, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I frequent this restaurant for not only a Friday night date-night but their Sunday brunch as well. The staff and management is incredibly friendly and accommodating and the food is amazing. We recommend this restaurant to any of our coworkers who are here from out of town and staying in the area.

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Thank Shannon H

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Barbecue, Spanish, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions

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