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The Loading Dock Bar and Grill

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American, Bar
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400 Front St, Grafton, IL 62037-1143
+1 618-786-3494
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disappointed would be a fair assessment. Gorgeous day on the Harley. Waited 75 minutes for a burger and fries. It was good but not an hour good. Note: there is not table service. You go to the bar and wait 20 minutes to buy a beer and stand in line to order food which is delivered to your numbered tag.... More 

Thank 115gene
Chicago, Illinois
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2,593 reviews
1,432 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,665 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sit on the deck of the Loading Dock Bar and Grill in Grafton, Illinois, and gaze at the beautiful sunset over the Mississippi River and you suddenly realize that the famous explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark observed the same sunset as they prepared for their historic Corps of Discovery Expedition to what was to become the Western United States... More 

Thank Taylor B
Belleville, Illinois
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place to watch the sun set and the river.they have a ice skating rink in the warehouse in the winter the have bands on the weekends.. food is ok. Beer and drinks are over price.road trip type of bar.lucky you get waited on

Thank cowboy1956
Carlyle, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

Unexpected weather just added to the weekend. We stayed at the Riverside Cottage, across the street from The Loading Dock. We walked into town but came right back here. The band was amazing, the service was super, and the pretzel breadsticks were excellent. The skating rink was beautiful, and we saw a lot of families enjoying it, as we sat... More 

Thank wolfet77
Highland, Illinois
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214 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017

We stopped by during a day of Eagle watching in early February. In the winter, this is a different place, but has big garage doors that close and nice heaters. The summertime allows for lots of outdoor seating. There was an ice rink in the attached building that is popular with children and families. We stopped for drinks and weren't... More 

Thank tmf7150
Roanoke, Virginia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful views of the river while enjoying lunch. Then, off to the skating rink! So much fun! We had a large group and reserved a tent for all to gather. Skating rink is the perfect size and set-up for beginners. Even had buckets for the little ones to use for balance!

Thank Kbhi
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017

Very casual. Indoor and outdoor patio seating. Fun for a quick beer and lunch. Average food. Limited menu choices. Wait staff very nice. View of the river is the reason to go.

Thank Rockergirl1959
Glen Carbon, Illinois
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138 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Driving up the River Rd hopefully to see bald eagles and look t the ice flows in river. Decided to stop for lunch. The back of the restaurant is all glass and we had a bright sun shining through. This was great as the temp was 9. Lots of folks having lunch or drinks. Very mixed crowd of families, party... More 

Thank 042143
Rock Springs, Wyoming
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Great outdoor themed bar right on the banks of the Mississippi River. Huge deck and open walls make this a seasonal hotspot. Service was outstanding for the number of people present. Food was good, drinks delicious and prices very reasonable. Highly recommend!

Thank WyoBobert
Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

This place is a blast all the way around! It offers a great atmosphere, pretty good food, fun drinks and good music on the weekends. It is family friendly during the day if you want to include the kids. At night the bonfire comes out and gives a more adult atmosphere. It is a must stop in Grafton.

Thank tarafX8648XV

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Front St, Grafton, IL 62037-1143
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Grafton
  • Phone Number: +1 618-786-3494

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?