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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JanB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The seafood fondue was very creamy and surprisingly yummy. The bread served with was awesome. The menu was limited but the choices were reasonable.

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vipIJennings
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. Service was phenomenal. Ambiance was cozy and welcoming. The food was amazing - so rich, flavorful & decadent - with nice size portions for the prices. The seafood fondue is a must try! We did order it without the craw fish, but my gawd it was delicious! It exceeded my expectations by far! I will definitely visit this restaurant the next time I am in the Rockford area. Thanks for an outstanding dining experience!!

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Chuck
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, and indoor/ outdoor seating available. Food was very good!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on July 23, 2020

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit with us, Chuck! Thanks for the review!

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Dean
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Songul was very nice and knowledgeable. She knew what was best on the menu based on what we liked to help us select our meal, and which wine to recommend. A great experience overall. Everything fresh and delicious, cozy place to go for dinner!!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on July 23, 2020

Dean, we are so pleased that everything exceeded expectations while you dined with us! We appreciate your wonderful feedback.

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BlanaidO
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very friendly staff, good food, social distancing observed well

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on July 8, 2020

We love hearing from our guests to make sure everything has been up to expectations. Thank you for the review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and awesome food!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hello, thank you for dining with us and for providing your wonderful feedback. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Hopefully, we will see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and waitress we had were excellent. I would highly recommend this place.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on March 5, 2020

That is wonderful to hear that everything was up to expectations. We hope to see you again, soon!

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NWIllinoisian
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent buffet, great server. Nice selection on buffet, refilled often.

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Responded on February 26, 2020

It is wonderful to see that you enjoyed brunch - thank you for posting your review!

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tommertoffo
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall very good

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on March 11, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit - thanks for the review!

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BrofromChicago
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentine’s Day

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on February 18, 2020

Thank you for spending your Valentine's day with us and for providing your rating!

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Wheatley
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Typical Sunday brunch, omelette station, carving station , salads, vegetables and desserts. Food was good but not great. Service was excellent.

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Responded on January 28, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place definitely would dine there again

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on January 16, 2020

Thanks for the amazing review - we look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Brunch food was cold...omelettes made to order would have been hot most of it was just lukewarm

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hello, we are very sorry that your meal was not at all up to our usual standards. We have let our culinary team know so they are aware and can make the necessary adjustments going forward. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

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BeckyB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service as always!! It is really a hidden gem.

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Responded on January 6, 2020

Becky, thank you for the outstanding review! We take pride in our restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations. We appreciate your patronage!

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vipPeterT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second year enjoying a New Year's Eve dinner at Thunderbay. This year we sat in a bar area booth where there was a bit of activity on a quiet level (party animals :-) ). Food was delicious as usual (we go there frequently). The rustic atmosphere is cozy and pleasant.

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Responded on January 6, 2020

Peter, thanks for bringing in the new year with us! We are so thrilled you decided to celebrate with us again. We appreciate your patronage and that you took the time to post your review.

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vipBobby
Atlanta
31 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Place for a Business Dinner, met Customer there at the Bar 1st, then a nice steak!

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Responded on December 9, 2019

Bobby, thank you for the wonderful review! We hope to see you again soon.

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vipBobF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Surprisingly good. Great ambiance and very good service and food.

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Responded on November 25, 2019

Bob, thank you for the great review

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Dennis
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely tasteful and very plentiful. The staff did a great job of keeping up the supply and Cat (our waitress) was awesome! Can't wait to have Sunday brunch again & soon :)

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on November 25, 2019

Dennis, thank you for the great review. We hope to see you for Sunday Brunch again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The bison meatloaf was very good and had a nice sauce with plenty of mushrooms. The potatoes could have used a bit more flavor (butter). I substituted broccoli for the green beans. This was the big disappointment, it was very overcooked, basically just mush.
My husband had fish with mixed veggies, his vegetables were almost raw (uncooked). Our waitress was very nice and perfectly attentive.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you for dining with us and posting your feedback. I'm sorry to hear there were some issues with your meals. Please know we take our guest feedback very seriously and have addressed this with our chef. We hope you stop in and give us another try soon! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good time, dinner was very good

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on November 25, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.

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JonB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great lunch.

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Responded on October 25, 2019

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

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vipPeterT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Responded on October 17, 2019

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on October 4, 2019

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

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WilliamH
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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vipLindalou27
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gage was an excellent waiter!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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MaryK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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NWIllinoisian
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on September 4, 2019

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

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MarciaB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

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.

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WendyB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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JOSEPHZ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really yummy food and great service. Xxxxxcoooooo

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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NWIllinoisian
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on July 7, 2019

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

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Horace
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Charlie
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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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vipMickii2015
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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KennyG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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

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Kitgirl
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on May 13, 2019

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

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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Susu
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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MikeG
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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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Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 397-4800.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford is rated 4.5 stars by 76 OpenTable diners.

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