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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, Dinner, Lunch, 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
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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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent Food

I was new in town and wanted to try a different restaurant, instead of the typical ones. I happened to come across this place and loved it because they had outside dining/patio. The waitress was absolutely charming and polite. I sat outside and enjoyed a cocktail, but then the wind picked up, so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
Nita219
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Gary, Indiana
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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English first
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Visiting Rockford for business and went for a quick dinner. Very nice venue and an impressive menu. The selection of local and regional beer and the wine list is worth a visit in itself. I ordered a ribeye medium rare and got it medium to well done. It was ok, but not a great ribeye (and that is a fair... More 

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Gary, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I was new in town and wanted to try a different restaurant, instead of the typical ones. I happened to come across this place and loved it because they had outside dining/patio. The waitress was absolutely charming and polite. I sat outside and enjoyed a cocktail, but then the wind picked up, so I went inside. The waitress was so... More 

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Menominee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

While staying overnight in Rockford, IL got a menu from our hotel. Even though it was across the street (highway), husband and I opted to get their delivery service. Delivery was quick and the delivery person was very clean, professional, and nice. I ordered their Wood Fired Chicken, husband ordered the Maytag Monster Burger. Both were a great warm temp.... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was a great restaurant, close to a lot of hotels but with a nice local feel to it. The food was really good and wide variety to choose from. Our server was attentive to our needs and made good recommendations for food choices. Enjoyed that they had a decent craft beer selection of beers on draft.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel. It's was a great choice. The menu is much more extensive than posted on here. The service was above average. The menu is a little pricey.

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Athens, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant in March and I gave it 5 stars because it was excellent but we were back on June 12, 2015 and it was terrible. We arrived at 7:20 and waited at the bar for a table. We got seated at 8:00. We waited awhile for someone to take our drink and food order. After we were... More 

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

Dear ihwi, Thank you for your review; we were understaffed for the evening and that is on us. Please know we will keep this in mind and will staff appropriately moving forward. I have contacted you via private message so we can discuss further. Thank you, Anne Coffman Brand Manager Thunder Bay Restaurant More 

Crown Point, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We have been to this location many times as well as a Thunder Bay in Wisconsin. The service and food are consistently good. The sweet biscuits they serve with honey butter before the meal are a particular favorite. Everything we have ever ordered has been yummy, so you can go there with confidence.

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Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The menu choices were excellent and our food was great, one of the best steaks I have had! The location from our hotel was perfect and the hotel offered a 15% discount if we ate there, it was worth it even without the coupon.

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Naperville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Pretty good restaurant. Went there on a relatives recommendation and was pleasantly surprised by quality of food and prices. Recommend.

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Toledo
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 via mobile

I had a stopover in Rockford and this restaurant was next to my hotel. Since it was within walking distance I took a chance on it. I found great food a great atmosphere and the service was spot on. I had the typical man order...steak & potato but added French onion soup. The steak was cooked correctly and the soup... More 

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Additional Information about Thunder Bay Grille

Address: 7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107
Phone Number: +1 815-397-4800
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Pub

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Cajun & Creole, Bar, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Large groups, 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?