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Thunder Bay Grille

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7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107-5265
+1 815-397-4800
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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rockford ,IL
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231 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went to Thunder Bay with our regular "after church" friends at 9:30 on a Sunday morning. We did not realize that there was not a regular menu, it is buffet only. The buffet was very complete. It was not just a breakfast buffet. There was a roast beef carving station and several dinner-type entrees. If you like lots of... More 

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Rochelle, Illinois
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432 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You walk in, and this place screams CHAIN. Not that there is anything wrong with that. Some chains do it right, some, not so right. This location seemed to have it right. The drink menu was pretty good - I ordered up a Left Hand Milk Stout, which they served correctly, putting the glass over the bottle, and then upending... More 

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Fountain, Michigan
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78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just got into town and this place was recommended-- walked in and immediately loved the decor -- We were greeted upon entering with cheerful staff - promptly seated - no wait time at all for service. Waitresses were always there for us - answered our questions - able to try flavorers of beer to see what they were - explained... More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awful. Spent 70 bucks and went to portillos after. Ordered meat n cheese plate to start. We received Ritz crackers n American cheese slices. Wow. Ordered fresh tuna. Was covered with so much Wasabi sauce we couldn't eat it. Fried fish was awful. We ate very little. Server saw this n no comment on her end. No manager present Called... More 

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Thank TraciG1
MKSparkman, Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Traci, thank you for your review. We appreciate when our customers leave feedback - thanks for bringing it back to our attention. I am sorry our food and service was not up to our typical standards. We would love to make it up to you by buying your next meal, so that you can experience Thunder Bay Grille's food and... More 

Milwaukee
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99 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While I have eaten at the Thunder Bay Grille off I-94 near Brookfield it was a long time ago so while traveling along I-39 for work I stopped in here for dinner. The ribs are really good, the dining room is very pleasant and the price is reasonable. I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner and would eat here again.

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Thank Geof J
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have seen the signs from the highway many times, and finally stopped. The whole staff was very friendly and attentive. Our server made us feel like the only people in the restaurant. We got the house wine, priced well and very good. The buns and spread are to die for. We only had apps , but all we very... More 

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Rock Falls
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having had good memories of the Bombay Bicycle Club, we stopped in to see what it was like now as Thunder Bay Grille. We just had drinks at the bar which were excellent. The server was very good. The decor was very pleasant, loved the rustic look. We will return for dinner on our next trip to Rockford.

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Newton
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104 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Not much to say. The brunch was recommended and turned out to be nothing to write home about. Basic brunch fare. Nothing really stood out a great or amazing, simply decent food. Was disappointed because I expected much more based on the price we had to pay. It opened at 9am and we arrived at 9:10. The food was warm,... More 

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Thank Bryan R
MKSparkman, Manager at Thunder Bay Grille, responded to this review

Bryan, thank you for your review. We appreciate when our customers leave feedback - thanks for bringing it back to our attention. We would love to make it up to you by buying your next meal, so that you can experience Thunder Bay Grille's food and atmosphere the way that it should be. Please email me at jorourke@hoari.com to discuss... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Came in on a Saturday night to have a quick dinner before heading to a show. We were in a bit of a hurry so we let the waiter know this ahead of time and everything that we ordered was out quickly, we even had time for dessert! The whole meal was delicious, the waiter was very friendly and the... More 

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Kentucky
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161 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The lodge theme creates a relaxed atmosphere for a small, intimate dinner or large group dining. Friendly and prompt service. Tasty fish dinners with ample portions which were adequately priced.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 30
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107-5265
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: +1 815-397-4800
Description
Thunder Bay's spacious interior seamlessly melds contemporary elements in warm lodge setting; combing the natural beauty of light and dark woods, sparkling glass and soft-colored stones. Thunder Bay's innovative menu, warm hospitality and engaging atmosphere give it a fresh twist to casual dining. Thunder Bay's menu lends itself to choices from rich classic steaks and spectacular seafood to spicy Cajun entrees. Our chefs have created signature entrees like Drunken Steak, Cedar Plank Salmon or Sesame Thai Mahi Mahi. Spice things up with a touch of Cajun, Seafood Jambalaya or our Bouillabaisse. Finish with a decadent dessert of an after dinner cocktail. Try one of our many selections of craft beers. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our guest's experiences with service and want each guest to feel relaxed and cared for while dining with us. We Thunder Bay with comfortable soft seating areas meant for gathering, relaxing and socializing with friends. Memories are made from time spent sharing food and drink, laughter and good times. Thunder Bay invites you to come in and enjoy relaxing casual dining at its best. Invite Thunder Bay to your next event; whether you are planning a rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, private patio party at your home or a corporate event at your office; planning has never been easier. Contact us we can create customized menus to suit your event.

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