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1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
815.484.9473
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Today
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food - above average prices

We go here occasionally. The food is above average. Service is good. Menu items are a little pricey. Like the atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2014
mmorgan47
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Byron, Illinois
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rockford, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This is our go to place. Never once had a bad meal, always great service, great drinks. impressive to out of town guests.

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Novi, Michigan
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Our group had a great dinner at Garrett's. Started in the spacious and friendly bar - a nice crowd on a Wednesday night. Then seated for dinner - I had the Ahi tuna with noodles, as did two others. Nicely prepared. One of our group had the lobster macaroni and cheese - he loved it. Appetizers before dinner were excellent... More 

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Byron, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We go here occasionally. The food is above average. Service is good. Menu items are a little pricey. Like the atmosphere.

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Rockford, Illinois
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We went here for a birthday... just a party of 5, so not anything unmanageable. I think that the waitress was probably alright, but was just so busy and spread out that she didn't have enough time to tend our table. The restaurant was very busy for early dinner, so we were seated in a smaller room way in the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The food and service were good. A few more options on the menu would be nice. A few more chicken dishes.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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107 reviews 107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

I've eaten here a couple of times on my visits to Rockford. The food here is ok. Steer towards the pork chops as they are good. Steaks are thin and they have a hard time hitting a true medium rare. Mac and cheese is worth ordering with any meal and I recommend adding this as a substitute. What really brings... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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176 reviews 176 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

I went to Garrett's upon recommendation of the Hampton Inn hotel Manager. This is a nice non chain restaurant that I probably would have not given a glance if just driving by. I had the salmon with roasted brussel sprouts that was great. The homemade chicken noodle was among the best I have eaten. Great service and reasonably priced. Garrett's... More 

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Portland, Connecticut
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176 reviews 176 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We came here on recommendation of a local who is a friend. It was a good choice. We started with the homemade chips and salsa. It was very good and a large enough serving to share. I opted for the grilled peach and chicken salad which was just as delicious as it sounds. My husband had a burger which he... More 

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Frisco, Texas
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This would be a superb night out if this restaurant weren't run by a bunch of 'kids". The highly touted Friday fish fry was out, with no explanation from the waitress. The appetizer 'pretzels with beer cheese' was an obvious microwaved product, over priced and not edible. Good place for a beer, that's all I can recommend.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

Very was great and so was the service. We had the sweet potato fries for an appetizer, lobster bisque & one person had the salmon and the two other had the veggie lasagna special. All was quite tasty and the service was wonderful! Sat outside and really enjoyed ourselves.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: 815.484.9473

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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