The Rockford

4.7
149 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 149 people are saying
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Nash
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and we were seated not even 10 on our arrival
Very cozy
The staff was Very attentive to the patrons
Thank you!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Rockford consistently delivers great food in a lovely atmosphere.

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micheller
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation for brunch at 11:00 on Saturday, 11/20. The doors were locked. We waited 10’, still nothing. We called, no answer. 15 minutes later we left. We called again and still no answer. We left a message on their recorder, gave my name. They did not bother to return my call. I was sooooo angry! We killed hours waiting specifically to dine with them. We were hungry and could have eaten at many other places much sooner. WTF? Were they all in a car crash? I have no idea. They never bothered to communicate with me at all. They can suck it!

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kevin
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was wonderful. We had steak and salmon. Both were outstanding. Only negative was the room was a little cold and drafty.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

The ribeye was tough and very over cooked. Could not eat it. All of the veggies (kale and broccoli) were super salty. Not good food at all!

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vipGymshoe
Charlotte
233 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has character. Everything about it is cool from the boiled peanuts and rockin's shrimp to the apple salad, vegan gumbo with shrimp, and Raleigh hot chicken. We also tried the strawberry and fernet ciders which were both good but very different from each other. The service was great and so was the food. It had everything we wanted.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast was so delicious

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AnneB
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were Rockford customers for years, when the food was good for a weeknight but not really date-night fare. We returned last night after seeing the new menu, and we’re so glad we did. My vegetable stir-fry with filet on the side was just delicious, and my husband enjoyed the Cornish hen. Bread pudding to finish was great - sticky and huge. Glad we decided to order just one. Our server was efficient and helpful. We will definitely be back.

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Lowe
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hats off to the Chef. Food was mouth watering finger licking delicious. Drinks were amazing and the atmosphere was romantic.

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LindseyW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most delicious food in Raleigh! This restaurant is a gem - cool ambiance and fun atmosphere.

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SteveW
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. The chef’s interpretation of what the food was supposed to taste like was absolutely impeccable.
The server was considerate and very accommodating
My new favorite restaurant in the Raleigh area

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Shontera
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrating my husband’s 53rd birthday. Service was exceptional while atmosphere was eclectic. Appetizers and pork chops were scrumptious. Drinks were quality. Key lime pie was delicious!!! We would recommend and we will return.

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martha
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the duck. Chef did an excellent job, and service was attentive, even though it was a busy Saturday night.

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful service, and wonderful atmosphere!

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TaraS
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding. We had the Brussels sprouts for an appetizer, I had the Cornish hen, and my husband had the swordfish. We shared the bread pudding for dessert. The service was very good, if a little slow, although it seems to be that way everywhere right now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Would not recommend. Worst hostess experience and the food is subpar.

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Anastasia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The ambiance was lovely. My waitress Cassandra didn't rush me in choosing what to eat and was kind enough to help me decide. She was prompt with her service and very friendly. The grilled eggplant that I had was perfectly cooked although the sauce was a little spicy to taste. The Lord Bergamot was downright dangerous. Had I not had the need to drive home I would have had a couple more as it was so smooth

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Dinner
Raleigh
11 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall, the experience was outstanding. The food was good and the service was attentive without being overbearing. Not a lot of choices for vegetarians...in fact, I don't think there was anything for vegetarians - certainly no small plates. With the thumping music from the bar downstairs - it was hard to hear other people at my table at times. However, the music stopped halfway through our meal. Nothing negative to say - just things to be aware of.

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Sailormoon
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak in town..totally worth the money! Wished they gave you more.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I loved the chicken and collards. The shrimp and grits were great as well. I went for brunch and it was a $3 mimosa special! I’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was our first time there. We felt very Covid safe. I wish our food was consistent but in truth it was hit or miss. The tuna appetizer was excellent. The roasted eggplant was tough and under cooked. The swordfish entrée, which we split, was amazing. I would have loved to see a nice green salad on the menu which would have been a great addition to the dinner. My cocktail was watery and lacked flavor.I didn't send it back because I wasn’t in the mood for that conversation. The beer was fine. We finished the meal with dessert which was quite nice. Yes, we were disappointed leaving us the question-should we try it again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious. Service is wonderful. And the live music is a lovely touch!

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NickT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cassandra was VERY pleasant,patient,and knowledgeable!!......A REAL professional and efficient person!....She made our dining experience ALL THE BETTER!!

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nbivens
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I visited The Rockford during their Sunday brunch. I ordered the Tepuy Doughnut French Toast. It does not come with a side so I also ordered the potato hash. Both tasted great! The toasted meringue on the french toast was very good and I thought the potatoes were seasoned well. I expected there to be more to the french toast (it was only 1 doughnut), but the side of potatoes I ordered was more than enough. I ordered "The Influencer" from the bar and it tasted good, but I don't believe there was much alcohol in it. I browsed the menu before I came so I did notice their menu prices differ from the ones posted online, but I didn't mind - it's expected due to COVID. The restaurant is a bit cramped, so if you are worried about social distancing it may not be your first option. However, tables were spaced out as much as they could be given the space, surfaces were regularly being wiped down and employees were wearing masks. Overall, I enjoyed my visit and will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service

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Delaney
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered the steak & eggs and it did not disappoint! The steak was excellently prepared, the potato/veggie hash was delicious and I can't wait to go back to try more of their delicious food!

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Letdown
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Overpriced. The "outdoor" seating was
2 tables on a dirty rooftop overlooking other dirty rooftops. Empanada sauce tasted like cheap jar tomato sauce. Burger was not medium rare like we requested, the duck was so spicy I could barely eat it and a tiny portion, and blackened to the point that it was not tender. Just a disappointing experience. A letdown on me and my wife's 15 year anniversary. We got the check before dessert, nothing on the dessert menu interested us.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing!! I got the swordfish, highly recommend. Great place for date night

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loverofdesserts
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

OUTSTANDING service! Delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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ns16
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOhanaOf4
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
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 on September 14, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant!

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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 149 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.