Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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Thunder Bay Grille is casual dining at its best. Highlighting fresh seafood, Certified Angus Beef, pasta, burgers, flatbreads and more – our menu has something for everyone. The rustic décor and cozy fireplaces make it the perfect place for gathering, relaxing and socializing – an ideal atmosphere for business or pleasure.
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PT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thunder Bay has become our go-to place for nice dinners out.

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Responded 4 days ago

Peter, thank you for the great 5-star review. We look forward to your next visit!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent (chicken jambalaya and ribeye steak) and the service was good. Would definitely go again.

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Responded on October 4, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit.

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WH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was better than most brunch places, the variety was small though overall great for the price. Better lighting should have been used during the day inside. Service was good. We would go back.

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Responded on September 25, 2019

William, thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We look forward to your next visit with us.

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Gage was an excellent waiter!

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Responded on September 25, 2019

Thank you for the great review - we will be sure to tell Gage to keep up the great work!

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a family dinner. Everyone was able to enjoy their favorites in a relaxed but attentive environment. Food was served quickly, hot and to order.

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Responded on September 25, 2019

Mary, thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to dining with you again soon!

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NW
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for the Sunday brunch. Excellent selection, very fresh, overall excellent.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We hope to see you for brunch again soon!

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MB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambience of a northwoods lodge was evident from the fire in the huge stone fireplace to the dark beams overhead. The menu was extensive, service timely, and food was very good. We enjoyed the half off bottle of wine special for Monday night.

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Responded on August 9, 2019

Marcia thank you 5-star review and recommendation. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope to dine with you again soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Our waitress wasn't told we were a reservation group. We had to ask multiple times where waitress was. Understand it is busy but we had reservations and was told because of walkin parties why service was slow.

WB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was OUTSTANDING. Each of my friends had a different dish. Each of us LOVED what we ordered. Our waiter was very attentive, well informed, and helpful.

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Responded on July 17, 2019

Wendy, thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit with us.

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JO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really yummy food and great service. Xxxxxcoooooo

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Responded on July 10, 2019

Joseph, thank you for the wonderful recommendation! We look forward to your next visit with us.

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NW
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent buffet. Lot of variety. Great server, went out of her way.

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Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there for a business meeting, and also it was my first time there. The waitress was very nice and met our every needs. Would recommend, as well as I will return there.

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Responded on June 24, 2019

Horace, thank you for the wonderful recommendation! We look forward to your next visit.

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C
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated right away, our server was excellent and observed the same to surrounding tables large and small.

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Responded on June 13, 2019

Charlie, thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to dining with you again soon.

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M
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We would come again when we are in the area.

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Responded on May 22, 2019

Micki, thank you for the great recommendation! We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in Rockford!

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KG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was tough the food from the menu should have been excellent for that many choices

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We and our friends each had two of our grandkids when recently eating at Thunder Bay. My two our picky eaters but the kid’s Mac and cheese and honey glazed chicken wings were amazing!!! The kids loved both!! Everything we adults ordered was delicious!!! (Roasted chicken, cedar plank salmon, bison burger and turkey burger) The roasted veggies and steamed broccoli which we substituted for fries was the perfect compliment to our burgers! We can’t wait to dine at Thunder Bay again! Soon! The server was excellent!!! Attentive and very i tera rice with the kids!!

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Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to your next visit!

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about this restaurant!! The atmosphere was perfect. We were in town staying at the hotel for a tournament for our son and we needed somewhere to eat. Man were we glad this was the restaurant that was next door to our hotel! We had the fried cheese curds and stuffed mushrooms for our appetizer and they were delish! Then our salads came which also tasted Amazing! We ordered The shrimp jambalaya and the fish and chips! BOTH AMAZING! Our boys had the fried shrimp basket and the cheese pizza from the kids menu and they were pleased as well! Our waitress was Amazing and we never had one empty glass! Thanks again for the great experience at your restaurant! Sincerely, The Marsh Fam!

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Responded on May 8, 2019

Erin, thank you for the wonderful recommendation. We are happy to hear you and your family had a great experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have come here for brunch a few times. Everyone enjoys it. On Easter before there were pies and whipped cream. We had hoped to have pie when we came last Sunday, but were informed it's only for holidays.

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Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the great recommendation. Thank you for spending Easter Sunday with us! We hope to see you again soon.

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MG
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are all former Loyola of Chicago basketball players - two from the 1963 NCAA Championship team. We came from Chicago, Madison & Racine WI. The location was a central as we could find for all. It turned out to be most central located with easy access off the I. The waitress was super along with food, service and atmosphere. The online reservation for a table was most helpful. We all had a great time. Looking forward to a return down the road.
Thanks for your kind hospitality.

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Responded on May 1, 2019

Mike, thank you for dining with us and taking the time to write such a great recommendation. We look forward to your next visit with us.

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S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brides maid dress shopping

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Responded on May 1, 2019

Thank you for the 5-Star review!

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CR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great! Service was great! We ordered a main entree for our kids to split; and without asking, waitress had it split for us vs. having to do to that at the table. Servings were appropriate to generous. Taste was great! Will definitely be back!

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Responded on May 1, 2019

Christopher, thank you for the wonderful recommendation!

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RR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We drove from out of town just to go to this restaurant, we had been told that it was a very good place to eat. The ribs I had were undercooked very fatty and tough and the meal was supposed to come with fries and they never came out. After leaving very disappointed we went home and after about 1 hour my wife, mother and myself all became very ill. Very disappointed

MC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress, Chelsea Sage, was fabulous. Very sweet and accommodating. There were a group of 6 ladies, so we truly had her running. She couldn't do enough for us and I truly believe she went "the extra mile."

Can't wait to return and will definitely ask for Chelsea....great waitress.

Food was delicious!

A
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service , the fried cod was excellent. We went there for the Friday fish fry. The steak, shrimp,soup and as well as the salad were great. Been to the Davenport location , great consistency at both locations.

BG
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was great and so were the prices !

DS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The only issue with the restaurant is that the music playing is too loud. We always try to get a booth in between speakers.

BC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Buffet was well stocked, clean, easy to access. The food was kept at appropriate temperatures for each item. There was quite a variety as well.

MW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They handled our party of 16 with ease. Good value, great staff, very accommodating.

MG
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Thunder Bay Grille many times. We live in Beloit, WI and love the Northwoods ambiance, especially the fireplaces. We have never been disappointed. The food is always very good and the service is always good

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Responded on March 28, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and providing the incredible review! We hope to see you again, soon!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grandsons 16th birthday

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Responded on March 28, 2019

Thank you for choosing Thunder Bay Grille to celebrate your grandson's birthday! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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N
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The baked fish had an unusual spice I didn’t care for. Drawn butter alone would have been better. The fish just wasn’t good however the fried was good. The salad wasn’t good either and the cheesecake did not taste fresh or made there as I was told. Would not go back.

JB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We will not be going back. Food was vey disappointing.

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious brunch!! Never disappointed, worth the hour drive for sure.

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Responded on February 26, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful recommendation!

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Some of the food was cold,due to broken chafing dishes, ran out of dishes at 1 point and Spicey Bloody Mary was horrible! Mgmt said they are working on these items & I’m sure they will. I would go back again because the warm food is so good! It is a really good deal for what you get. I also loved the layout of restaurant

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Responded on March 7, 2019

Cindy, thank you for providing feedback about your recent experience with us. I'm happy to hear that management was able to address these issues during your visit right away. We take our guest feedback very seriously and always strive to resolve issues as soon as possible.

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JO
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was our first time to this restaurant. We were very pleasantly surprised by both the diversity of the menu and the taste of every item ordered. "Our Famous Seafood Fondue" appetizer is an absolute must. Will definitely be back!

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Responded on February 26, 2019

John, thank you for the great review! Our Seafood Fondue is definitely a fan favorite! We are looking forward to your next visit!

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LL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. Good spicy shrimp appetizer. Tasty crab cake and salad with chicken. The tiramisu was the best my friends had ever tasted - and they've tasted a lot, LOL. My caprese flat bread was a bit soggy, but I still enjoyed at least half of it. Our waitress went missing a few times, but we usually could stop someone going by our table for assistance. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Rockford, good variety.

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Responded on February 26, 2019

Thank you for the great recommendation! We apologize for the spotty service you received. We will be addressing this as a training tool moving forward.

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We arrived early for our reservations and had a drink in the bar. The service was excellent in both the bar and at the table. The food was great tasting and a good value.

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Responded on February 26, 2019

Pat, thank you for the wonderful review!

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SQ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the Porterhouse but we got a T bone
Server said that is what everyone got
Tasty though

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Responded on February 19, 2019

Steve, thank you for the great review!

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive drinks but overall was a great experience.

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Responded on February 19, 2019

Chrissy, thank you for the great review!

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming from out of town we didn’t know what to expect. Our Meal was fantastic, the drinks were spot on! We would have stayed longer but were in town for the John Mellencamp Concert and had to leave. Would definitely recommend and go back.

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Responded on February 19, 2019

Thank you for the great review. We hope you stop in again the next time you are in the Rockford area!

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