The Loading Dock in Grafton, Illinois

Once the area's best kept secret, the Loading Dock has become known as a top St. Louis destination

It's considered one of the region's best outdoor bar and grills, with the best scenic view, at the end of the best scenic drive.

The Loading Dock Restaurant

The majestic views at The Loading Dock are not to be missed. Watch the river roll by while listening to live entertainment. The Loading Dock offers a variety of salads, hamburgers, some barbeque and their famous chips and salsa. This is one of the few places that you can dine right down on the river at their outside deck. Start off with an order of freshly made Dockside Salsa, and the Catfish Fritters and White Fish Sandwich are worth the stop.

Hours of Operation

May - September

Sun. - Thur. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. to close

April & October

Sun. - Thur.: 11 a.m. to dark

Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. to close

November - March

Sun.: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fri. - Sat.: 11 a.m. to close

Grafton Riverside Flea Market

Along the banks of the river in Grafton, rare finds are waiting for you the fourth Saturday & Sunday of the month, from April through October, at the Grafton Riverside Flea Market. Housed in the Historic Boatworks building at the Loading Dock, one man's junk is another man's treasure with more than 50 vendors displaying their wares – books, furniture, glassware, tools, crafts, candles, antiques and more.

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2020 Schedule

Last Saturday & Sunday (April through October)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

April 25 & 26

May 23 & 24

June 27 & 28

July 25 & 26

Aug. 22 & 23

Sept. 26 & 27

Oct. 24 & 25

The Loading Dock Ice Rink

The Loading Dock Ice rink offers a place like no other to celebrate ice and winter right on the riverfront. It is located inside the Boatworks building and offers semi-outdoor ice skating fun for the entire family. Skate rental is available. Special group rates, as well as birthday, holiday parties and private rink rentals are also available.

Open November through March

The Loading Dock Guest Houses

Keep the fun going at one of four The Loading Dock Guest Houses, perfect for an intimate getaway or an all night get-together.

The Loading Dock: Fish Market

311 E. Front Street

Grafton, IL 62037

Sleeps 6

This upscale cottage was designed with comfort and fun in mind. Perfect for families or singles, the Guest House sleeps up to 6 with one king size bed and four twin size bunks. A full kitchen and large living room make for a relaxing stay. The Fish Market is small pet friendly with a fenced-in side garden.

The Loading Dock: Riverside Cottage

311 E. Water Street

Grafton, IL 62037

This unique, art-filled guest house is just a stone's throw from the Mississippi River. A full kitchen allows for snacks or cooking in style. This cottage has a queen sized bed and is designed for two.

The Loading Dock: Tree Tops

313 E. Front St.

Grafton, IL 62037

Sleeps 4

Located in the heart of Grafton, Tree Tops is perfect for a family getaway or a stay-cation with your besties.

Free Guide & Great Deals

Plan your trip with ease when you download or request the Great Rivers & Routes Travel Guide for the region.