The Rockford

4.7
119 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Locally-sourced and definitely delicious, The Rockford uses familiar ingredients in unique and fun combinations to bring you contemporary Southern fare with an eclectic twist. Executive Chef Kevin Ruiz.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 119 people are saying
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ns16
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! It's our favorite brunch in Raleigh.

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vipOhanaOf4
Raleigh
46 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying for dinner. Very impressed. Cast iron steak had excellent and flavorful sear. The brussel sprouts, burrata salad and chicken skewer small plates were all tasty although the chicken was very spicy. Salmon and swordfish entrees were great too. Kids said best gin & tonic in town. Key lime pie was delicious but TINY (more like tartlet size). Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, service and music. 😃

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Melissa
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rockford didn't just land on Raleigh Magazine's 2021 top 25 best dishes list (September issue), but they landed on the cover—for a reason! Go forth and eat here often, you won't regret it.

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CassandraK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for brunch and it was completely worth the hype!
I ordered Tepuy donuts to start, highly recommend. They had plenty of options for brunch cocktails including an iced coffee, super good. I can’t wait to go for dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience from cocktails to entrees! Very attentive staff and delicious food!

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Marge
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall the Rockford was very good. Dinner could have been hotter, temperature wise, but was still delicious. A bit pricier than others, but would still go back.

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vipSMFND
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good and the service was great. Can you ask for more?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch with delicious food, can’t go wrong.

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vipJulieS
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great cocktails and our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients of one and made a great recommendation. The blueberry burrata salad was soooo good and creative. The ahi tuna was yummy and the bread pudding outstanding! Great atmosphere and service! Our second time there and we will go again!

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vipFrankK
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very creative dishes - refreshing experience compared to most restaurants - great vibe - interesting menu and friendly staff - highly recommended

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vipJenniferH
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two private tables outside - perfect for those concerned about eating near others during the pandemic! Excellent flavors accompanied by excellent staff.

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vipChristyK
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy brunch. Great food and service. Be sure to make a reservation.

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vipLouis
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Food was superb, but was surprised at the crowd and noise level. Would pick a weeknight to go back.

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DonteE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and I loved it!!! The ambiance was very relaxed and welcoming. The food was awesome! Chef Ruiz definitely knows his way around the kitchen! I’m definitely coming back the next time I’m in town!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome waiter was perfect and the music was great!

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hope
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

our waiter was fabulous! it was hot there....food wonderful

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BrendaO
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Bar and beverages were on-point. One of our group had the Love to Love You cocktail which was very refreshing and fresh (is this redundant?). Our party of 4 shared several small plates all of which were delicious. We had the brussel sprouts (great taste, although the amount was skimpy considering to be shared.). Chicken skewers and pork belly empanadas. Delicious and plenty to share of those. The coleslaw that was with the chicken skewers was AMAZING.
For entrees, the four of us all ordered the Cast Iron Steak. We hadn't planned to order the same thing. Two of our group ordered the steaks to be prepared "medium", I ordered my steak "medium plus" and the fourth person ordered their's "medium well plus." Whe steaks were flavorful and very tender, however, we were disappointed in how the steaks were cooked, at $34 each. The two medium steaks were medium rare. My medium plus order was actually medium rare, and the medium well plus was medium-medium rare. As the steaks come sliced on the plates, this seems like the chef could see they were not correct before sending them to us. Being cut for serving, it limited ability to send back steaks for proper cooking. I switched my medium rare delivered steak with my husbands that seemed less medium rare than mine (he ordered his medium). Our server saw me do this and acknowledged that my steak "was thicker and the cook had a hard time knowing if it was done enough." He did not offer to correct it and we didn't ask. The server was very nice, it wasn't his fault. The person who ordered the medium well plus & I (medium plus) ate around the cooked edges, and avoided the medium rare portions and took the majority home so we can properly cook as left over at our respective homes. (Kudos for our airfryer). Also the lights in the restaurant blinked frequently - weird and disconcerting. No explanation provided. maybe we were the only 4 who noticed it?

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KatH
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and cocktails and loved the live music!!

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Sabrina
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

The brunch was not as good as dinner but the overall experience was not bad. I will be returning for dinner.

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SouthernBelleDiva
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We ate here for brunch. Food was great. Service was great. $3 mimosas were the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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vipMarieS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Husband ordered the duck dish, which was good, but, sides were not.
Overall, not so good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food isn’t worth the price

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vipAmandaD
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our early dinner and will go back.

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CaryG
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Rockford is a low-key neighborhood restaurant with truly delicious food! It's an inauspicious entry with a staircase directly off of the street, but the service, food, and cocktails far exceeded our expectations.

Everything was perfectly cooked (crispiest, most delicious shrimp ever) and the combination of spices and seasonings in every dish were difficult to identify, but were amazing, in a perfectly coordinated, and restrained "I'm not screaming for your attention" kind of way. Even the coleslaw served with the Mesquite Chicken skewers tasted just a bit different and better than any I've ever had. (Whose ever heard of memorable coleslaw?!)

So, although you may not go out of your way for coleslaw, you should definitely go out of your way to book a reservation at The Rockford immediately!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The AC didn’t work the best so it was a little stuffy but the food was great

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HollyC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed being at the Rockford. The atmosphere was cool, there was live music, and the food was SOOO good!

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MEEDEE
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Creative menu, excellent service, and relaxed atmosphere.

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MrsM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time coming to Rockford! It is a cute quaint spot with great food!

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vip2lovelycreatures
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous, creative cocktails and well-prepared, beautifully presented food. Fresh flavor combinations. The noise level can be a little high at times when the restaurant is full for having a conversation with your tablemates but the ambiance is pleasant overall.

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Brixloki
Raleigh
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the mushrooms in rice dish, but my companions' meals were good but not excellent. The sauce on the steak dish was a bit over the top, and the duck wasn't as flavorful as hoped. The mushroom/rice had a paella-like crust that was wonderful and very tasty. Service was excellent.

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vipAlanM
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is more upscale than it used to be and was very good. The setting is nice (except for the bar downstairs that had some music pumping with some aggressive bass).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite spot in Raleigh! Unique plates with amazing taste

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chef is amazing and the ambience perfect for a fun date night.

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vipChrisB
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and atmosphere was great, I had the lamb chops and my wife had the burger. The food was good but not prepared the way we were used to. Both meals were a little on the spicy side, while I enjoyed mine my wife didn't so much.

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Edgar
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brunched and food was amazingly good. We enjoyed our date but the place is a bit loud.

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KateM
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the brussel sprouts to start, probably the best Brussels I’ve had at a restaurant - but FYI these def on the spicy side which wasn’t noted on the menu. I love spicy, but for those that don’t, the Brussels may not be your thing if you don’t like heat. For dinner, I had the pork chop which was AMAZING. Highly recommend the bread pudding as well!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Rockford using the Order Online button. The Rockford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 821-9020.

The Rockford is rated 4.7 stars by 119 OpenTable diners.

The Rockford does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/therockford/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.