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Prospector Steak House

The Prospector Steak House is located on South Cumberland Street in the heart of Thunder Bay's Waterfront District. – Duncan Weller

The Prospector Steak House has a reputation in Thunder Bay as a great local steakhouse. Built into what was a turn of the century bank building, the Prospector revels in its connection to Thunder Bay’s past, and the former city of Port Arthur.

Specializing in Prime Rib & Steaks

The Prospector’s menu hasn’t changed in 29 years much specializing in prime rib and steak. Loved by locals and tourists their prime ribs have become famous. It helps that the beef is top quality, from a farm in the Slate River Valley.

And more infamous than famous, the Prospector Bones is a massive rack of beef bones. It’s piled high like the stack plunked in front of Fred Flintstone that tips his car. A Prospector waitress claimed that not even the big-eating Texans can eat all the steak they’re served.

The Prospector is synonymously known for its freshly baked buns, soups and its salad bar. I kid you not, the buns are as notoriously spoken of as any meal served.

Rustic Western Style

Entering this north side eatery in Thunder Bay's Waterfront District is a little like sinking into a rustic bit of history, complete with gunslingers and panhandlers. Antique handguns and rifles decorate the walls. An impressive large relief of a tin prospector is a big feature. As impressive is the image of Kakabeka Falls and other local art specially commissioned for the restaurant. At Christmas the moose head gets decorated with the Santa treatment. The beautiful bar made of blonde tamarack wood hosts a bounty of liquor.

They serve a wide range of wines. One of the popular local beers served is Elevator Wheat, brewed by the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. They also serve Stella, Keats, and a number of other beers.

Family and Kid-Friendly Dining Notes

The Prospector caters to families with Birthday parties, anniversaries and other celebrations. Ask for Joyce and she will take care of you!

Locally or Family-Owned Business Notes

Local owned by Leo and his son Tony Hockenhall, the Hockenhall family has run the Prospector Steakhouse for close to three decades. The Prospector Restaurant prides itself to serving local beef from the Slate River Valley just south of Thunder Bay once the original homestead of the Hockenhall Family.

A sign of good management of this family-run business is that many of the staff have been with the famed Thunder Bay restaurant for many of those years including manager Joyce Illkka.

Accessibility Notes

Wheelchair Accessible wash room on main floor


Daily 4 pm to Midnight

Seasons Open

Year Round


Price Style for this Establishment

$$$ - $30 to $60

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