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About Garrett's

Upscale. Casual. Eclectic. Relaxing.

Garrett’s is the kind of place where you can have Filet Mignon in your blue jeans. Enjoy the freshest seafood and hand-cut steaks with your kids. Meet your friends for real drinks after work. Garrett’s strives to give you the best experience . . . you deserve to be comfortable while enjoying it.

Something for Everyone

Take a look at the various food items we offer under our menu link. Our upcoming special promotions – including live bands and wine tastings – are listed under our events link. Curious about our bar scene? Click on the bar link above. We offer private room accomodations for groups up to 50 people. We will make your event a memorable one.

The Perfect Gift

Your friends and family will love receiving a Garrett’s Gift Certificate. Available in any amount and they never expire. Simply call 815-484-9473 after 11am and we’ll have it for you to pick up, or we will happily mail it anywhere if you have a valid credit card. It’s that easy to make people love you.

Garrett's is proud to announce

that Rockford voted our restaurant...

  • "Best Place to Work"
  • "Best Wings"
  • "Best Margaritas"
  • "Best Breakfast"
  • "Best Place to go on a First Date"
  • "Best Place to Celebrate an Anniversary"
  • "Quite Possibly the Best Food and Presentation in Town"

History

It all started with a golf store and a vision. In 1973, the Polivka family of Rockford founded The GolfShack, one of the first off-course, golf retail stores in the country. After 27 years of success, the Polivka’s had an idea: Move the retail store to a new facility on Interstate 90 and incorporate a golf driving range and restaurant. The restaurant was to be named Garrett’s, and the quaint café opened on June 8, 2000.

The original menu consisted of Jewish-deli style sandwiches, grilled sandwiches, homemade soups, and salads. As time went by, the menu changed to include specialty appetizers, handmade raviolis, fresh pastas, fresh seafood, grilled poultry and meats, and specialty desserts. Garrett’s bar added a full wine list, over 50 beers, top shelf spirits, and signature drinks.

After two years in business, Garrett’s had become popular. The small café was having trouble accommodating the large number of guests each day. It was common to wait 1 1/2 hours for a table! A solution was needed, and in 2002 plans were drawn to expand the restaurant. The size of the expansion surprised everyone.

On April 7, 2003 Garrett’s completed a five month addition project to expand from 2500 sq feet to 5700 sq feet! The staff tripled in size. Garrett’s bar, dining area, kitchen and outdoor patio doubled in size. New menu items were added to the lunch and dinner menu, as well as the wine list and beer menu. Contracts were made with fresh seafood and meat purveyors to provide the highest quality products to Garrett’s.

Due to overwhelming demand, on April 7th, 2009 Garrett's completed a three week renovation and private room addition to accomodate large private groups.  The spacious new private dining room was constructed around the clock to provide the least amount of interruption to our guests.  New flooring was installed throughout the entire restaurant adding a warmer atmosphere.  Garrett's now hosts private functions virtually every weekend and throughout the week. 

The Polivka’s vision has come to fruition – Garrett’s now serves over 1400 people during the week, and over 500 people a day on weekends.  We're here to stay and look forward to sharing great times with you and yours for many years to come. Cheers!