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6860 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61114-7418
+1 815-282-3400
16:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely the best restaurant in Rockford. Food is superb and atmosphere is perfect! The service we had was wonderful from start to finish. The chef came out and talked to us. He was amazing!

Thank Kathy H
Belvidere, Illinois
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90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This review is about the bar side of the restaurant. When you want the quality food that Josef's is known for, but don't want it quite so fancy, the bar side of Josef's serves a full menu and a bar menu. It is a great place for a casual dinner.

Thank SkipperBill2
Rockford, Illinois
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246 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is the place to go for the special anniversary or birthday dinner. Food and service is always great and they have a special dessert to top off the special evening.

Thank AJLIllinois
Madison, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Picked this place from Trip Advisor and so glad we did! Located in a strip mall but once you walk in you are transported to a lovely casual elegant restaurant. We were there for our anniversary and the meal was excellent. Beautiful presentation of delicious food. My husband said his trout was the best he'd eaten. We ate in the... More 

Thank Jane D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Lovely place, nice decor and ambience. Very good food. Nice menu choices. Little more upscale than most places in Rockford. Do not think prices are out of line for what you get. Have not had a bad meal here.

Thank Lynn S
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I am Italian....I had so great experience in terms of quality, atmosphere and service. A place to experience over and over....congrats and special thanks to Mia!!!😊😊

Thank Acquario1980
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Josef Barbados is on the top of the list of excellence in food, presentation, creative variety, wine options and ambience. I have never had a negative experience there. Josef is often in hand to chat and serve drinks. Sherri's artwork is really tops in its dream interpretation of life moments. Staff is always solicitous, knowledgable, attractive and pleasant. No need... More 

Thank barrie g
Rockford, Illinois
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Very good continental cuisine. Daily specials. Best patio dining in the Rockford. We like to sit in the cozy bar to eat and enjoy their very good wine list and well made cocktails. A bit pricey but worth it.

Thank TorxPlus
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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298 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Unlikely setting in a strip mall for such an elegant restaurant. Started with tuna and salmon tartare and tuna carpaccio, both wonderful. Then I had diver scallops with mashed potatoes and asparagus. My husband had the Dover sole and we both loved our entrees. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. A bit pricey but worth it. On a cross country road trip... More 

Thank maapar
Freeport, IL
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60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We went on a Saturday night, was not very crowded. With the beautiful weather, people tend to eat on the patio. Enrique, our waiter, was very knowledgeable and attentive. We had appetizers of Escargot (the blue cheese makes it more flavorful than just parmesan) and Ahi Carpaccio (with arugula salad, tomatoes, and capers and lemon olive oil dressing). Nice slices... More 

Thank TravelmomFreeport_IL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6860 Spring Creek Rd, Rockford, IL 61114-7418
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: +1 815-282-3400

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?