Raleigh >Food & Dining > Rockford
320 1/2 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760335.780755 -78.647536
Lunch 11:30-2:00pm M-Sat Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm S-W 10:30pm F-S
Neighborhoods: North Boylan, University
Great Dining Experience – Loved the atmosphere and food! I like how they put small twists on their menu items. I would recommend sitting on the porch balcony for dinner if it's nice out.
The Rockford is back! – As a long-time customer of the Rockford, I was worried that the new incarnation would be lacking. But my wife and I had dinner there on Thursday night and found that it was as good as ever. They seem to have kept almost everything the same, from the menu to the decor. We each had the Mission Burrito with a cucumber salad. While it wasn't EXACTLY the same as before, it was close enough, and most importantly, very good. It wasn't a busy night, but the service was exactly what you would want from any restaurant.
It has always amazed me how many negative reviews this place gets. I've experienced poor service a few times, but compared to how many times I've been there, the small percentage is probably what you would get almost anywhere. So when I read terrible reviews like the one below, I can only say: Yes! The Rockford is back, and as good as ever! :)
UPDATED: When 20 out of 60 reviews are negative... – I wrote a review that apparently upset some people, so I am going to edit the review.
Still only giving 1 star, but I won't give all of the reasons. For me personally, it was the worst dining experince ever. And I've had a lot. I miss the old Rockford, but with the new ownership, I am sad to say, "R.I.P. to the TRUE Rockford..."
Terrible Service – I went to the Rockford while I was on my lunch break. As soon as I ordered my food, I asked the waitress if I could also pay at that time becuase I had to get back to work. It took 20-25 minutes for me to get a Turkey Rueben!
When my food came, I asked for a box as I now did not even have time to eat before I had to get back to work. Rather than bringing me a box as she went to 2 other tables, she ignored my request. I finally got up to ask her again for a box and she proceeded to have an attitude and never once appologized to me for the service which in turn made me late getting back to work without so much as getting to eat the food I paid for.
I am not one to complain about restaurants because I have waited tables myself and still do as a second job. However, when you pay to eat somewhere and this type of service is what you get in return, I felt compelled to post something about this.
Not a good way to conduct business!
Service needs work – The food has always been pretty good and I have never had an issue with service. However, last night we had the most rude waitress I can ever remember (at any restaurant). That's all it takes to ruin a place when there are so many other great places to eat in town.
Still Good – Still enjoy going here. Food is consistent and not too expensive.
Delicious, inexpensive food and great atmosphere – I love the Rockford and I have been going there since it opened in the mid 90s. The food is delicious! Lots of tasty gourmet sandwiches and of course, the Mission Style Burrito which is a long time favorite of mine. All the food is under $10 and there are many vegetarian options as well as lots of choices for meat eaters. I love the atmosphere. The music is always great and not too loud. It's on the 2nd floor of an old building and has big windows that look out over Glenwood avenue. The Rockford also functions as a bar and is open late night for drinks.
The Rockford is located on Glenwood South so it's a great place for dinner before a night out on the town. The only downside is that it is very popular so you may have a long wait to be seated (up to 40 minutes). They do have a nice bar, so I recommend hanging out and having a drink while you wait.
In short, I love the Rockford and so does my husband and my friends. We often meet there for a good meal or to socialize and have a drink. I think that people don't usually bother to write a review of a place when they have good experiences, so I am not surprised that there are a few bad reviews. I don't remember any bad experiences with the staff and I have been going there a long time... The bartender, Rob always remembers my favorite beer when he sees me at the bar, and I have always been treated well by the wait staff, many of which have been there for years.
If you haven't already, the Rockford is definitely worth checking out!
Great Food Low Prices – I've eaten at the Rockford numerous times. I love the food especially the chicken salad and the pimento cheese sandwiches, cute bar, nice artwork. I've read and heard many people comment about the service at the Rockford but everytime I have eaten there everyone has been very friendly and nice. I highly recommend it!
Great food finicky service – I could champion the food all week and I can also say, without hesitation, that in no other place can you find hipsters playing so well into a type--dirty, jaded, and rude. I am twenty three and have patronized the Rockford since I was eleven. Even at an age when I had to be driven there by my mom I was given the cold tattooed shoulder. I continue to go, however, because the Rockford is inexpensive and my high school friends and I share many memories there and I don't intend to stop going. I recommend everything on the menu even though I've long since been a vegetarian. Just think of the jerks serving you as dinner theater.
I don't understand all the bad reviews. I love this place. I have been going to the Rockford since I moved down here, almost 15 years ago!! It is by far my favorite place to go out. I have consistantly received good service and good food. I will continue to go there and enjoy everything about it.
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