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Garrett's Cafe

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1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
815.484.9473
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11:00 am - 11:00 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
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We met our good friends for drinks and supper last night, and it was really great. I had the seafood ravioli and it was superb, our waitress Emily was very good also. Will be going back for sure , also it's a nice place to talk for everyone,it's very quite.

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Thank BigTlk
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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307 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Garrett's has been a Rockford favorite for years. Excellent food and service. I have only had lunch here but it has been top drawer each time.

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Thank Michael H
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere is nice and the service was good. The food was great and priced well.I had the Ahi Tuna which was seared to perfection and accompanied with stir fried noodles and vegetables in an excellent presentation. A house salad of mixed greens was served with hot bread and whipped butter. An adequate and fairly priced wine list completed the... More 

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Thank Gumby424
Belvidere, Illinois
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

I visited Garret's after a long absence despite fond memories. I had a wonderful experience and great food. I returned the following week hoping for the same, but alas, no such fortune. The server was not nearly as pleasant. (For example: No introduction, just a "have you made a selection."). Later, a steak came out with sauce it was not... More 

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Thank SkipperBill2
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

We looked at a bunch of places online before coming to Rockford & our group of 6 decided to try Garrett's because the Mac & Cheese sounded amazing & it did not disappoint!! We were seated quickly for a Saturday night with no reservation. Our waitress was excellent. We shared mac & cheese as an app... OUTSTANDING!! I had fish... More 

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Thank Yanicka L
Belvidere, Illinois
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

I ate here with my husband and friends on 2/26/16. I have dined here many times over the years and have usually had a very good meal. This time I ordered their BBQ baby back ribs. They were the worst ribs I have had in a long, long time. They were tough and fatty. The broccoli I had was unseasoned,... More 

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Thank ctribbs
Chapel Hill
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

When our son got married in August, we used the Garrett's Cafe to host the rehearsal dinner. We got a beautiful spacious private room with wonderful meals! The staff were wonderful and were able to help us celebrate the occasion with wonderful food and company! They even helped us box up several of the dinners when one of our party... More 

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Thank donnahC9805WK
Illinois
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

EXCELLENT food and great choices. Something for everyone. Service is great. Best cheesecake, hands down.

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Thank Mamma_ASH_618
Rockford, United States
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I've been a big fan of Garrett's for many years. The food is always excellent and the service matches the food. While the uninitiated may wonder about a cafe attached to a golf shop, Garrett's is definitely worth coming to. The lobster bisque, a standard on the menu, is more than excellent. It is fabulous! All of the sandwiches are... More 

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Thank David H
Rockford, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

Garret's is, by far, the best eatery in Rockford. You can depend on great service and great food, everytime. The menu is unique and the nightly specials reflect what is in season. This is our "go to" when we have out of town guests or something to celebrate. Never had a bad meal at Garret's. If you've never been to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1631 N. Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: 815.484.9473

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