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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
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this place because they offer choices that you can't find anywhere else. My favorite is the crab, avocado, and mango stack. What a great combination. Rustic atmosphere that may not be for everyone.

Thank Nevagay A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a very enjoyable place for dinner. The interior is decorated north-woodsy with canoes hanging from the ceiling, a big stone fireplace, and chairs made of wood with the bark still on. We enjoyed a seared tuna ginger dressing salad and scrumptious turkey burger with wilted spinach, sautéed apples and blue cheese. The food was deliciously prepared and wait... More 

Thank Kalvia96
DeKalb, Illinois
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83 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The decor was really nice and inviting but the food was the real star. It was fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious. We had duck meatball sliders, fish tacos, grilled mahi mahi and an Asian salad. We will definitely go back since it's only about 30 minutes from our house.

Thank jmcn5195
Orland Park, Illinois
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Thunder Bay Grille for the first time tonight. We had heard about it from friends at Candlewick Lake in Poplar Grove who go there often. So we went there to try a meal. The restaurant is easily accessible and has ample parking. The dining room is very large and attractive. It was a nice, clean place to... More 

Thank RayHanania
Markham, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I were on a return road trip from Calgary, Alberta to Markham, Ontario and on this particular day we did over 1200 km and construction experiences added unwanted time to our day. We arrived in Rockord after 9pm and finally found the Super 8 where we had a reservation after driving around for more than a half... More 

Thank JayRayGM
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed my meal, very tasty. My husband said his was mediocre, but everyone had their own taste. My only concern was that there was NO CROWD on a Friday night. Convenient for us, but just concerned why no one was there at a time when they should have been busy!

Thank Jenny S
Connecticut Yankee
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Looked like it was the place to go and recommended by front desk. Was given a coupon. Associate and I went there. We were amazed how few patrons there were for a Wednesday night. Drinks and food were average. I had the Jambalaya, which would be excellent if it were not so dry.

Thank USPatriot
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

The restaurant is comfortable and welcoming. Drink service is quick. I started my meal with a very nicely done martini. The wine list is a manageable one page, with a good variety and accurate, descriptive tasting notes. They allowed me to taste, as well, which is always a nice touch. I started my meal with duck sliders. The first wine... More 

Thank Lisa G
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I liked the rustic look of Thunder Bay Grill. And with that name, I ordered the BQ red snapper & was disappointed. It was over cooked and had a rubber texture. The grilled veggies were only so so. I wouldn't go back. Too many other places to eat in the area.

Thank ark6
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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97 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I have tried this place two other times and been disappointed. Went on Friday evening when we could not get in anywhere else. This place was half empty. The reason was appetizers were smothered in sauces that had no flavor. Main entrees of salmon, shrimp were way over done and dry. Roasted potatoes were hard as rocks and cool in... More 

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

Dear Brghman - Thank you for your review. We appreciate your review. I am sorry that your food wasn't what it should have been. We will certainly address this situation in the restaurant so moving forward it will not happen again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $30
American, Cajun & Creole, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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