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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
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had dinner here while traveling. Our server, Miguel, was attentive, friendly and courteous. We shared a whole rack of ribs and they were fantastic! These ribs had so much meat on them it was unreal. They were perfectly cooked and the barbecue sauce was not...too sweet with a little spice. They were absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Betty, thank you for the outstanding review! We take pride in our restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations. We appreciate your patronage!

Reviewed July 30, 2021 via mobile

Prime Rib ❤️❤️❤️. Only on Friday or Saturday. Caesar salad, baked potato and grilled asparagus. Oh boy!! A glass of Malbec with dinner and finish it off with Lava cake!! My culinary suggestion; 2 scoops of ice cream and only 1 of whipped cream. Sit...at the bar and the Katlyns (K&C) will treat you right. 👍🏻More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2021

Hello! Thank you for your positive review! We are so happy to hear your experience met the high expectations we strive to meet. We hope you dine with us again soon.

Reviewed July 17, 2021 via mobile

First visit was awesome. Tried. To dine again about a week later and the super rude girl at the desk stated there was a thirty minute wait when there are multiple tables empty. I asked about eating at the bar. She claimed food was not...served at the bar. When I pointed out there were multiple people eating at the bar, she ignored me and asked if I was waiting for a table or not. Very disappointingMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2021

Thank you for telling us about your experience. We take customer comments very seriously, please know we will be addressing these issues with our staff and I apologize that you received service below our standards. If you would like to speak further about this please...More

Reviewed July 9, 2021 via mobile

We try to eat somewhere new when out and about. Never heard of this place before but beef and seafood-what’s not to like? I had fish taco appetizer and French onion soup. Both wonderful! The wife had a turkey burger and thought it the best...she’s had. The kid had chicken Alfredo and said it was ok…kids. Plenty of seating at 5:30 but started filling up after 6pmMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2021

We appreciate that you took the time to post your amazing review! We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed July 2, 2021

We are in Rockford for a 3 week vacation. We have eaten at Thunder Bay Grille several times. Everytime, the food has been excellent and the service has been spot on. It is a pretty place as well.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded July 5, 2021

We are so glad to hear that the meals and service you received continue met expectations! Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to post your review. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed June 23, 2021

Our daughters recommended this place took hubby & I for Father's Day. Sit in the Big room way more open then little room they wanted us to sit in. After we were seated & our Waitress SONGUL introduced herself it was all excellent. Hubby had...the BEST Prime Rib he's had in years finally someone can cook Prime Rib Medium Rare he Loved it. Daughter had steak & I enjoyed the pan fried blackened Walleye extra crispy. Our awesome waitress made sure it was cooked crispy as I like. Salads were good need a bit more crunchy lettuce rather then the wilted spinach but overall ok. The Bread is to die for really we could have filled up on that. Food was excellent we will be back and will be sure to ask for Songul again, she said her son was working that day also. If he is as good a server as his Mom then we will try him. Drinks were fast & good. Really a delightful Surprise we will be back.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2021

Hello, it means a lot to us here at Johnny's that you choose to celebrate your Father's Day with us. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed June 16, 2021

Ate here on the recommendation of the front desk at the hotel I was staying at nearby. I ordered a pasta dish which came with a salad. Both were really good, easily comparable to one of my favorite Italian restaurants at home. The warm bread...with olive oil was yummy as well. Service was very fast and friendly. Would definitely recommend if you are in Rockford.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2021

Hello, thank you for dining with us and sharing your excellent review - we will share it with our team!

Reviewed May 31, 2021 via mobile

Ask for Soghul (Sp?) as your waitress...she is amazing! Sunday afternoon we were almost the only ones there...Anniversary lunch...we ordered from the dinner menu. Best crab stuffed shrimp ever great tasting bernaise but the brussell sprouts were a bit indercooked for me. Hubby's steak was...perfect. We both commented on how tasty the salad was, you wouldn't think a salad was much but this was really tasty. Crusty bread and olive oil to start. Just all around a great meal.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2021

It means a lot to us here at Johnny's that you choose to celebrate your anniversary with us. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and hopefully see you both again soon!

Reviewed May 30, 2021

Cant say enough about the hostess and then our server Gage. They were both so welcoming and friendly. And then the food! Delicious! I had the sirloin steak and husband had the bison meatloaf. We will be back for sure. And as an extra bonus...we had our dog with us and we were able to eat on the patio. Hard to find good pet friendly restaurants.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded June 2, 2021

Hello! Thank you for your amazing review. We are so thrilled to hear that your experience exceeded expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed May 8, 2021

We (four of us) were really tired from walking, touring and also riding in the car, so as this was right next to our hotel, it won for us for dinner. We weren't disappointed. Great service, wish I remembered her name, who also was a...bartender and she knew her stuff. Peppered Salmon Salad was excellent, the fish perfectly grilled, the salad light and full of baby greens, red onions, goat cheese, parmesan toast accompanied it. Friends had the baked cod fish fry and said it was some of the best fish they'd had in a long time. Husband had a 'chubby' sirloin and he liked it well enough, not great, but cooked just right and tender. The Manhattans and Old Fashioneds were perfectly made, service was not obtrusive and thorough. Recommend this place for a well prepared meal and great service, I'd go back.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this reviewResponded May 10, 2021

Hello! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening dining with us. We are glad that everything met expectations and we appreciate your wonderful feedback!

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Fried Walleye, seafood jambalaya, shrimp, seafood Bouillabaisse. I didn't any lobster dishes.
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Yes, Thunder Bay Grille offers takeout services.

Thunder Bay Grille is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4