Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford

4.5
84 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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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vipHClarke
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Clam Chowder that I every had! Very clean restaurant and tables spread out.

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Responded on November 17, 2020

We are so glad you enjoyed the clam chowder - it is one of our favorites, too! We appreciate the amazing feedback and hope to see you again soon!

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kimberly
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waiter was just wonderful in making sure our needs were met and it was an exceptional experience with no flaws. Food was awesome and it was just fantastic.

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Responded on November 11, 2020

Kimberly - thank you for stopping in to Thunder Bay Grille to dine with us! We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and the service was wonderful. We look forward to seeing you again!

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PatMiller
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I rarely go the Thunder Bay but some friends were in from out of town and their hotel was near the restaurant. I knew after a long drive, they wouldn’t want to go far. With COVID-19 closing everything, the choices were slim.

The evening started out with being seated quickly as I had reserved on Open Table. The waitress quickly greeted us with menus and took our drink order. She helped my friend decide on a drink choice.

She came back to talk about the menu, and gave us a few more minutes. My friends husband and I chose the fish and chips, it was all you can eat and came with salad, choice of dressing, choice of potato, coleslaw if you wanted, and 3 nuggets of fried cod to start you off. My friend ordered Bouillabaisse, assorted fish in a sauce with crusty French bread. My friend asked if the sauce was made with saffron, the waitress assured her it was. She was disappointed when it was in a tomato based sauce, but she said it
was good. Our fish and chips were good, I love the fact they offer salad and choice of potato!

Our waitress came back to check on us, we ordered another round of drinks and she asked if we would like more fish. I’m not sure if she didn’t hear him say yes, but she brought the drinks and we didn’t see her again for about 30-45 minutes. We never saw the fish. When she finally came with the check, I asked about the fish, she apologized saying she didn’t realize he wanted more and she could certainly get him some more. By then we were ready to go.

In all, it’s a nice place, friendly staff and the food was pretty good.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on November 4, 2020

Pat, thank your telling us about your visit. We are very sorry that your waitress forgot to bring another plate of the all you care to eat fish fry out to your table. We appreciate that you let her know so we at least had the opportunity to make it right. I assure you that your feedback has been shared with our executive team so they are aware.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service is always good. I think they benefit from nearby hotels and try to keep
the quality up for travelers. Price are reasonable too.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on October 21, 2020

Steve - thank you for dining with us, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service. We hope to see you again!

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StanleyL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Husband and I both had BBQ ribs. I thought mine was lacking of meat but my husband thought they were very fine. Perhaps I am too picky? Will definitely go back again.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on October 15, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and taking the time to submit your feedback. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipGAG312
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great place. Food was good, better than I expected on a off-highway restaurant.
The Tesla chargers was a HUGE plus.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on September 17, 2020

Hello! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your evening dining with us. We are glad that everything met expectations and we appreciate your wonderful feedback!

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Charlie
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have had a great meal and the servers are the best.

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Responded on August 12, 2020

Thank you for your patronage! We appreciate that you took the time to post your review.

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kelliH
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Service was good. Food good and very hot when our plates came out.

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Responded on August 4, 2020

Thank you for your recommendation - it sounds like you enjoyed your experience!

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JanB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
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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Responded on August 4, 2020

Jan, thank you for dining with us! It is wonderful to see that you enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for posting your review!

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vipIJennings
Chicago
18 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!!

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
Responded on August 4, 2020

We appreciate your review - it is wonderful to hear that everything exceeded expectations! We look forward to seeing you next time you are in Rockford!

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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
11 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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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
11 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.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford
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
33 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
7 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
11 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!

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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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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.

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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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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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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 84 OpenTable diners.

Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://heartofamericagroup.com/gift-cards/.

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.