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The Rockford, Raleigh, NC

The Rockford

4.6
4.6
252 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)

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2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

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Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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

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What 252 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

    Brunch

  • Raleigh

    Brunch

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  1. BD

    BrandonD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    For the price the food really was not all that…I got the filet with the arugula salad and carrots. The steaks were overcooked, the salad dressing was very gross and the carrots were over salted. It was beautiful inside of the restaurant so it was a shame the food was not very good.
  2. RG

    RebeccaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good staff! Quiet for the location! Loved.
  3. K

    martiK

    Raleigh

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and interesting food, loved the scallops
  4. JK

    JohnK

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We asked our server to recommend both a selection of drinks and foods. He took his time to meticulously describe each recommendation in terms of the contents, taste, and smoothness of each selection, including explaining the ingredients. The drinks (rosemary honey old fashioned, and the last mango in paris) were funky and fun - very tasty! Our dinners (the Rockford Hamburger and the Blackened Salmon) were prepared to perfection - the burger looked exactly like the website picture and tasted every bit as good as the picture looked - and the salmon was prepared perfectly as I had requested. The ambience is really funky and very nice, with ceiling beams showing, and the walls decorated with some very nice pieces. Seating is close but comfortable. We arrived at 6pm on a Saturday and it was sparse and quiet, sitting in the room away from the bar. As we dined, the place filled up, and amazingly, the noise level did not go up much at all. Overall, the food, drinks, and service was extremely pleasant, and our waitperson was super knowledgeable and helpful. Great evening and meal!
  5. t

    traceym

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Live music was a bonus!
  6. CL

    CliftonL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food great customer service and beautiful outside view
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Brussels sprouts are ridiculously good. Also loved the salmon and fried chicken entrees. Can’t wait to come back!
  8. E

    Eliza

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The steak with the steak and eggs was so small. I think the yolk on the eggs were bigger. But everything tastes good and the donuts were FANTASTIC.
  9. BR

    BensonR

    Las Vegas

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Brussel spouts yummy. quiche cold, hard, tasteless and did not look appetizing. Service slow.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal, we were there earlier in the evening, so very quiet. They were great with working with all of my food allergies, and the food was delicious.
  11. TM

    TMFfromRaleigh

    Raleigh

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haven’t been to The Rockford in years.Still good and an excellent value. Simple, but not boring menu. Great place to grab dinner before doing the Glenwood South thing. The only potential downside is that in order to access the restaurant, one must climb a flight of stairs. If there is an accesible entrance, I am not aware of it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! We shared the shrimp appetizer, a wedge salad (loved the dressing), and the scollops with tomato risotto! All excellent!
  13. SB

    SteveB

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    In the heart of Raleigh chaos is this cozy upstairs restaurant complete with full bar, quality food, and just the right ambiance. For Raleigh visitors looking for an authentic restaurant experience, this is your place.
  14. DS

    DarrellS

    Western NC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Rockford is a small intimate place with excellent food and excellent service. And best of all, the prices are not bad.
  15. JR

    JudyR

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A hidden gem! Food is outstanding and service is knowledgeable and well-paced. Took out of town family here for a special time and it did not disappoint.
  16. AL

    AnnaL

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The Rockford's new menu is outstanding and the food is really delicious. Very personable and attentive staff as well. Everything was good - drinks, small plates and the mains. It's quiet enough to be able to hear each other and have a great conversation.
  17. P

    Powell

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food quality was great! I haven't been since they were "a sandwich place", but they have superbly elevated the dining experience. Great cocktails, and a pleasantly diverse menu.
  18. M

    Mcoo

    Raleigh

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The Restaurant is very cute.Our server was very attentive .However Our experience with the food was underwhelming! My frittata was dry/overcooked!.It had the texture of a sponge. The salad dressing was so sweet it was inediable. The steak, on the steak and egg entree was not great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the service, food, and atmosphere is always great!
  20. ML

    MLB88

    Raleigh

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We needed a midweek break and wanted to try a new place. The Rockford was a perfect choice. Half price bottles of wine, good burger, charming ambiance. Service was great and we’ll definitely be back!
  21. E

    Ellie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great experience here. Food was delicious, service was quick and friendly. It was a great place for a date night.
  22. T

    Tekhub

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Our server was spectacular; great attitude, pleasant and attentive. I truly appreciated his efforts. It's evident that he cares for his guests. The feed was decent (we tried the breakfast burrito and chicken and waffles followed up by the bread pudding for dessert). The ramekin housing my sauce for the breakfast burrito had left over food stuck to the side of it (likely from a previous wash). This was off-putting and nearly killed the entire mood for me. The pecan bread pudding was promising but in my opinion would have been better without the mixed berry (or was it blackberry?) compote. Peaches would have been a better substitution in my opinion and more in line with what I perceive to be the Southern theme of the bread pudding. I'd visit again for the dessert and would be willing to give the establishment another try simply because of the service.
  23. EM

    ElizabethM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place and great service. I had the steak and eggs and my husband had the breakfast burrito. Both tasted great!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch! $3 mimosas and $5 Bailey’s make these some of the best brunch drink specials in the area. The food is always delicious. I’ve been here before and will absolutely return.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Brunch was just meh except for the $3 mimosas
  26. JG

    JarradG

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the space. Very cool vibe with a good brunch.
  27. RO

    ROBP

    Raleigh

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was pretty good. Once is enough
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall fantastic experience! Definitely recommend!
  29. ED

    ElizabethD

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a dinner out with friends.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Restaurant is in poor shape: structure and cleanliness. Food was nothing special, basic ingredients, limited options. Chicken tasted spoiled. Buffalo shrimp was tossed in basic hot sauce. Not worth the money. My drink was served in a Hawaiian cup?? No idea what the theme of this restaurant is!
  31. F

    Funny777

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We had a nice time. Kyle is a great server. Food was good. Cocktails were overpriced. $18 for a tequila on the rocks is too much. A lot could be done to improve the ambiance in an old classic building like that.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    This experience was confusing. We came with the intention of eating dinner, so we ordered two cocktails and two appetizers. Both cocktails were just okay (the mezcal one better than the one with aloe), but don’t remember their names. The baguette appetizer with jam and butter was tasty, but seemed to be lacking something savory. The burrata appetizer was bland and needed something sweet. Honestly I felt like the two appetizers could have been rebranded together as a great item, but we were glad to only pay happy hour pricing. We decided to end the meal there and seek entrees elsewhere.The menu is very small and seems overpriced for the ambiance. Is it upscale, or is it casual? I think this place is in an identity crisis and could possibly use with a rebranding. The service was notably excellent, but will likely not return.
  33. RR

    RayRay

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hadn't been in quite a few years, and forgot how good it was! Had shrimp & grits, some of the best I've ever had. My husband had the breakfast burrito - delicious, with a side salad with yummy dressing. My bloody Mary was excellent, but his mimosa was rather odd - not really orange juice, it seemed...just odd. Other than that, it was great and we'll be back.
  34. KP

    KPacoNC

    Raleigh

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the earlier side. Waiter was upbeat and fun. Appetizers were good. I had fried chicken it was good. The salmon was a bit over cooked but it wasn’t too bad. Scallops were good. Drinks were great. There was a singer and they performed nice songs. We loved it and would go back again.
  35. DR

    DavidR

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I have been several times and I love going. We went and it was half off bottles of wine which was fantastic. The food was outstanding, I highly recommend the roasted squash, which the server said most people don't get but was their favorite. 10/10 would recommend.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    Drinks were pretty bad… Worst Old Fashioned I’ve ever had, and I thought those were hard to screw up, and my girlfriends drink was pretty terrible too. The food was decent but nothing special. Overall, it was okay but I won’t be back.
  37. MX

    Mom3X

    Raleigh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service was exceptional. I had a few special requests with my brunch and the chef accommodated all of them. The food was delicious! The champagne vinaigrette should be bottled and sold. AND $3 mimosas?! You can't beat that price. Charming restaurant.
  38. H

    Hank

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    My wife and I ordered the steak and eggs for brunch w/ mimosas. The Prosecco mimosas were very good. The steak was about the size of a half dollar silver and probably about an inch thick. The potatoes were soso and the eggs were alright. I wish we would’ve took a photo.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, as always, but the roasted squash small plate was AMAZING!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Appetizers were good - top shelf Bourbon was a PINKIE pour- $15???

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff 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 252 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 booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 16 times today

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

  • Area

    Raleigh

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • 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

    Gluten-free Options

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