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Thunder Bay Grille

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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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
7652 Potawatomi Trl, Near the Intersection of Potawatomi Trl and North Bell School Road/Argus Drive, Rockford, IL 61107-5265
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered this restaurant by accident last year and were excited to return. Same friendly excellent service, same beautiful atmosphere, interesting menu, great food. But its their presentation that will keep us coming back. It takes moments in the kitchen but makes all the difference...More

1  Thank karenbox
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You won't feel cornered (at bay) in this large restaurant. The fireplace is a great touch especially on a cold and foggy night. The atmosphere is rustic but the food is urban. The "Bay" has a nice lounge, entrance and banquet area. This is our...More

1  Thank Noisy41
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were with 2 other couples, food and service was great. I had the tenderloin trio, perfectly cooked. Cedar plank salmon and Salmon Frescha was also very tasty. Nicely laid out restaurant. Will definitely go again soon.

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I ate there on Veterans Day. I'm a military veteran and Thunder Bay and Grill was generous enough to offer veterans a free lunch or dinner. I had the salmon and my wife had another fish dish, both were great and the...More

1  Thank robertgH3359RG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Again, you cant go wrong about this established place. Varied menu, and anything between many items like a varieties of fish to steaks. Sandwiches too.Full bar for the adults. Service is top notch too.

1  Thank Greg W
Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We decided to give this place a try based on the reviews we read and we were not disappointed. My husband ordered the Bouillabaisse with a Caesar side salad. The salad had way too much dressing. He didn't enjoy it because of that. However, he...More

Thank dragonbythetail
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Stopped in for their Friday night fish. Molly was a happy and helpful server. I like fried cod, my wife likes baked. Both were excellent and BOTH were all you can eat! A very enjoyable meal with great food and service and it was nice...More

Thank Herbert M
Reviewed 18 December 2017

The Thunder Bay Grille is just west of I-90 on the eastern edge of Rockford, on a north service road of East State Street shared by a couple of mid-scale hotels. Its location and exterior facade and unfamiliarity with the brand could lead you to...More

Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Have been here before , but had the opportunity to visit again ...glad i did !! From the festively garbed waitstaff to the perfectly prepared filet mignon...i was in heaven !! Too quote former California governor, Arnold Whatshisname ...ILL BE BACK !!

Thank Curt H
Reviewed 12 December 2017

We needed an easy disabled accessible restaurant in Rockford and we hoped for a delicious lunch. Our experience was fabulous. Our attentive waitress, Cat, helped us figure our a pureed lunch for our disabled guest and the other 4 of us split three dishes, The...More

Thank pam728
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19 August 2017|
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Response from dragonbythetail | Reviewed this property |
Fried Walleye, seafood jambalaya, shrimp, seafood Bouillabaisse. I didn't any lobster dishes.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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