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Thunder Bay Grille

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$$ - $$$
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7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107-5265
+1 815-397-4800
09:00 - 22:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in town for soccer and came here because several people on our team recommended it. My mom and I shared a couple appetizers and a salad for lunch. We had fish tacos, the fried goat cheese salad and the seafood fondue (based on our waitress's recommendation). The seafood fondue was amazing!!! I wish I could go back today... More 

Thank bbix
Charlotte, North Carolina
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529 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoyed my meal at the Thunder Bay Grille. I got the ahi tuna steak, which was seared beautifully. It came with potatoes, but I asked for asparagus for a small upcharge. The waiter was very helpful and service was prompt. The salad was good and the bread was awesome. I'd definitely give it a try.

Thank Bowmanator22
Freeport, Illinois
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family had been trying different Easter brunches for years and our trek took us to Thunder Bay Grille this year. The experience started out rough because we had a 1:00pm reservation but didn't get seated until 1:45pm. The wait took a toll on the younger kids who were very hungry, but the wait definitely turned out to be worth... More 

Thank reddragon815
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service good. Food ok. Took a long time to get waited on and then get our food. Quality made up for most everything.

Thank Ben S
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing and reasonably priced brunch. Fresh made omelettes. Many breakfast selections, and lunch items.

Thank Penny S
Rockford, Illinois
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85 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is good. The atmosphere is nice. The wait staff is friendly. Not one of my favorite places. Seems to be missing something. Not many locals are crazy about it. We go about once a year to try to see if anything has changed but, would rather go to other local places instead. Try it for yourself. Don't have... More 

Thank Gregg M
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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152 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was excellent. The restaurant was very clean and their biscuits were wonderful. The only drawback was that we were with a big group and the kitchen had a hard time getting the food out.

Thank Chris C
rockford ,IL
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246 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Thunder Bay with our regular "after church" friends at 9:30 on a Sunday morning. We did not realize that there was not a regular menu, it is buffet only. The buffet was very complete. It was not just a breakfast buffet. There was a roast beef carving station and several dinner-type entrees. If you like lots of... More 

Thank teachem4
Rochelle, Illinois
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437 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

You walk in, and this place screams CHAIN. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Some chains do it right, some, not so right. This location seemed to have it right. The drink menu was pretty good - I ordered up a Left Hand Milk Stout, which they served correctly, putting the glass over the bottle, and then upending... More 

Thank AvWriter
Fountain, Michigan
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Just got into town and this place was recommended-- walked in and immediately loved the decor -- We were greeted upon entering with cheerful staff - promptly seated - no wait time at all for service. Waitresses were always there for us - answered our questions - able to try flavorers of beer to see what they were - explained... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107-5265
  • 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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