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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: 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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good experience

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
AaronGrossWi
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Grafton, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Grafton, Wisconsin
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Diamond, Illinois
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We ate here on a recent trip to the Rockford, Il area. We went for lunch and were immediately seated near the fireplace in the rear of the restaurant. The atmosphere is great with the lighting and design just right. We tried the Chorizo&Black bean queso which was great as an appetizer. The service throughout the meal was great. We... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Good setting, good staff, good food, good drink and family friendly. Highly recommended and it was also good value.

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This Restaurant I normally use when I arrive at The Courtyard hotel in the evening coming from Europe on business. It is close to the hotel(Walking distance) and it has a good choice of steaks, fish ans hamburgers. The service is always great and the choices of beers is really good.

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Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Our food was very good--jambalaya for my husband and a couple of appetizers for me. Both were very good, served quickly and hot, and in a pleasant atmosphere.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I thought they were well over priced. The food they offered was dry or tasted terrible. Then walking in I loved all the pictures of male part drawn on the tables over the dust. You can see they have been there for long time and the place doesn't care. Great family place to go to mommy what's that.

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

Thank you for your review - I am sorry that your experience is not what it should have been. Please contact me at acoffman@hoari.com to discuss further. Thank you. More 

Machesney Park, Illinois, United States
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We had four adults and a child in out party. We ordered "small plates" for appetizers. Why some places stopped calling things appetizers is beyond me, but not real important here. We enjoyed our small plates everything was delicious but not very hot, our black bean queso dip had cooled making it very hard to get out of the bowl.... More 

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missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We were passing through going to Wis. and stayed in Rockford. After eight hours driving we needed and good place to eat with good service and we got both. I had the meat loaf with mashed potatoes and my wife got a steak. Both were outstanding. the young lady that waited on us was very pleasant and helped with our... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We were traveling through Rockford, IL and I checked the reviews before we went to this restaurant. We were not mislead. It was a quiet night and we had a cozy table near the fireplace. We wanted a light meal but were tempted by the hot wings (delicious) and I had the pesto pizza and my husband had the angus... More 

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Mountainside, New Jersey
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We were pleased to find this restaurant so near to our hotel. We sat right near the fire and had an excellent dinner. The wine and beer selections are extensive and the menu has a wide variety. The salmon matched the best I've ever had; it was cooked just as I requested and melted in my mouth. If I lived... 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, Cajun & Creole, Steakhouse, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?