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The Rockford, Raleigh, NC

The Rockford

4.6
4.6
294 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Named one of Raleigh Magazine's Best Restaurants of 2022, The Rockford uses familiar ingredients in fun and inventive combinations to bring you an elevated but approachable Southern dining experience for dinner and brunch.

Hidden on the second floor of a building fro the 1920s, The Rockford has been a Raleigh staple since 1994 as one of Glenwood South's first restaurants.

From Jalapeno-Honey Fried Chicken to Sage and Browned Butter Blackened Salmon, our dinner menu is unique and delicious. (Don't forget to leave room for our Pecan Bread Pudding!)

Looking for a spot for date night? Our terrace is perfect for parties of two.

Our weekly specials:
• Join us early (5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Tuesday through Friday for Happy Hour (1/2 off select apps).
• Tuesday ($10 House Cocktails)
• Wednesday (1/2 Priced Bottles of Wine)
• Thursday (Live Music!)
• Sunday ($3 mimosas)

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed 11:00 am–11:15 am

  • Phone number

    (919) 821-9020

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Dylan Wicher

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 294 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Raleigh

    Great for brunch

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  1. MB

    MichaelB

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, food, service and atmosphere. I highly recommend The Rockford.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE Dinner was great. Very nice atmosphere food was delicious. We will come back again.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food with amazing service!!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’ve never eaten here before or you’re new in town (like me) you won’t be disappointed in the food and service. A little pricey but we’ll worth your money. We’ll definitely return for seconds or thirds; this place is quaint and has its own charm. Again, you won’t be disappointed
  5. TL

    TonyL

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bartender. Food was excellent. I did get there early so did not hear the music.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All amazing! The food, the drinks and the service were all so good. We will definitely be coming back
  7. ML

    MLC9

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed our dinner here, suggestions from the staff were spot on. Drinks were great as well!
  8. A

    Anthony

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very tasty. Felt a bit rushed through courses though. Just about an hour from cocktail’s to dessert. But all in all, it was good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were not sure what to expect. However, the food, the experience, the service was outstanding. Can we talk about the Brussels? They were on point. The chicken had a great flavor. The steak had this nice crust on it. It was all fantastic! We will definitely be back.
  10. HA

    HankA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food was very good. We will visit again.
  11. MD

    MeganD

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Brussels, the burger, the breakfast burrito….AMAZING!! Love the warm atmosphere, small vases with flowers on the tables and dental picks in the restrooms! Service is good. Reservations necessary.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drink and service. Comfortable and fun atmosphere.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday brunch. Always great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, cozy place for an evening dinner. My waitress and her great hair color being I don’t remember her name. Was amazing!
  15. RJ

    RalphJ

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food but limited menu
  16. N

    Noraf

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Love the Rockford! Food is always great and we got the early bird special last visit because we were eating before 7pm (or 7:30 I cant remember the cutoff) which was an added bonus!!
  17. RB

    RobB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great service and good food
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jermaine was awesome!! The food was delicious; will return!
  19. D

    Darth1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met family for Sunday brunch and had a wonderful meal-highly recommend!
  20. BF

    BrianF

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great low key neighborhood vibe great food
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, food & cocktails!
  22. SE

    SarEinsig

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the burrata. The Rosemary honey is sooo good!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the shrimp and grits for brunch and it was fabulous! I’ve never had S&G that I like, but my friend swore by them so I gave them a try and they blew me away. Absolutely delicious. Also ordered their $3 Sunday brunch mimosas and they were very good as well! Can’t wait to come back here
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I had a last meal I’d want the Iron Steak and Parmesan truffle potatoes with asparagus! Best meal ever!! Melt in your mouth, bursting with flavor - totally worth every penny!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food was good and met expectations. Service was a tad slow despite the restaurant being at 75% capacity. For example, took 15-20 minutes to get a premade desert that was ordered to the table.
  26. M

    Matt

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance, customer service and the food were good. I will definitely return.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my kiddos for dinner and just so happy with everything!!! That’s all.
  28. j

    jakes

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Rockford is a very consistent spot. We did find it strange that they didn’t have any specials beyond a salad. And one special drink which was a summer based flavor profile.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Our server was incredible, but our food was lacking.
  30. VR

    VanessaR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was amazing and services was exceptional. We can't wait to return!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Halloween night, service was good, food was incredible!
  32. B

    Bobbbbb

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad bad
  33. DD

    DonyeaD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met my closet friends for our annual brunch date, and it was the best choice for food, vibe, and service. We will be back!
  34. CL

    CLCinRDCH

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you like shrimp and grits they need to be in your rotation. Service en pointe! Great brunch. Donuts...need I say more?
  35. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The menu was short and too pricey, but had some good variety. The food itself though was sad. The chicken tasted old. The fries were unsalted and soft. Everything, where possible, was drenched in overly sweet sauce. The bar downstairs had a very loud bass making our chairs vibrate the whole time. The waitstaff was pleasant and the ambience was nice, vibrating chairs notwithstanding.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyable dinner with friends, food was great, service was great and the atmosphere is quaint and lively.
  37. SY

    SYNITAW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and the Shrimp and Grits were great!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Place closed for the night without notifying reservations.
  39. PW

    PamelaW

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very nice. The look was very quaint. The food was good. The Brussels were the best. The Burger was good but not cook the way we asked. The Scallop Risotto was ok. The Scallops were seasoned and cooked to perfection but the Risotto was not to temperature. I told the waitress and she comped the Brusse Sprout Appetizer.
  40. TL

    TamaraL

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Me & My Daughter had the best brunch at the Rockford. Great ambience get drinks and the food was amazing. We will be back 10/10!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Rockford using the Order Online button. The Rockford also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (919) 821-9020.

The Rockford is rated 4.6 stars by 294 OpenTable diners.

The Rockford does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Rockford

320 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27603

Additional information

  • Cross street

    North Street

  • Neighborhood

    Raleigh

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed 11:00 am–11:15 am

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Dylan Wicher

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Gift card

Gift card

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