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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: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 58
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 22
    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
A good choice

I'd not been here for dinner before. The Tuna Oscar was very good. Service was great. Reasonalbe wine selection.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
NDMIII
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Lynchburg, Virginia
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lynchburg, Virginia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I'd not been here for dinner before. The Tuna Oscar was very good. Service was great. Reasonalbe wine selection.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped by on our way home after enjoying the Wisconsin hospitality and their great food. Had NO one greeting when we came into the space. (he was sitting in the upper bar on his computer watching the entry. I went to the bathroom and someone seated my other companions. when he came to ask for seating me, I had asked... More 

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Nice place. Pretty clean and log cabin rustic feel. Big bar area with plenty of seating. Decent prices. Caesar salad felt like it was prep'd hours before and was soggy.

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DeKalb
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Thunder Bay serves great food in a pleasant atmosphere. The restaurant seems always busy and never crowded. A great spot for a cozy meal.

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Rockford, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We came here for Sunday brunch. The buffet food was tasty, and there was a lot of variety. They also have a guy who will make a custom omelette for you. There was a mix of traditional American breakfast food (bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast bread pudding, biscuits and gravy, cheesy hashbrowns, fruit, doughnuts, etc) and a few savory lunch... More 

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USA
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had lunch there on a Saturday. It wasn't busy there yet, so we were seated and served promptly. The young woman, Jacquelyn, that waited on us, always came to our table with a big smile. That was nice. The food was good, (large portions also.) and the building was clean. A nice experience. There is also a Thunder Bay... More 

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Daniels, West Virginia, United States
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83 reviews 83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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
40 helpful votes 40 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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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: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business, Large groups

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?