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301 N. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
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Ranked #37 of 56 Restaurants in Galena
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Sun - Mon 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
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- Jul 24, 2014
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English first
La Crosse, Wisconsin
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133 reviews 133 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We just had margaritas and chips with guacamole, but both were very good. Bartender was extremely welcoming and attentive. Chef came out to say hello. Will definitely go back for a meal next time

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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had lunch in here on the 4th of July. It was not busy at all. Another couple were half way through their meal when we arrived. The prices on the food, I felt were just a little more than I wanted to spend. My husband and I shared chicken fajitas and ordered chips and quacamole and salsa (10.99). The... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Coming from Chicago, we're more used to light Mexican, not so heavy on the lard/fat. I think the steak is probably better. We loved the owner, who is a wonderful man and they had live music and a dance floor! We'll try it again ...

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Highland Park, Illinois, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

I was happy with their food. Steak tacos were tasty as we're their chips. Salsa was watery and needs a kick. Buffet is good and very reasonable at $11 for prime rib and more. Owner and chef Juan Dorantes makes this restaurant a must eat place. He is so nice, kid friendly and accommodating. I'll eat here any time.

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Byron, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I'd like to start this review by saying that I am not a hard-to-please customer or even one to complain much about a restaurant's food or service, but my experience at Ayalas was so bad that I have to say something. This is the first time that I have EVER sent back an entree and walked out of the restaurant,... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We visited Galena this past weekend, (Saturday, October 12, 2013). We were a bit skeptical about going into a place where there were no other cutomers for lunch but the advertising board outside Ayalas listed great Mexican food and that was exactly what we wanted. The host was very nice when bringing us to our table, explaining they had a... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Trying something new and different in Galena could not be more pleasant than at Ayalas. From the inexpensive quality beer, huge wine selection and excellent menu items of Mexican and Italian flavor, we were surprised by superb quality of food and extraordinary service. Folks need to give this hidden secret a chance in Galena. General Bob

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Visited Ayalas for our anniversary and was charmed by the attention and ambiance. The owner came out to talk to us personally and the drinks and entrees were well prepared.My husband insisted it was the best ceviche he's ever tasted. This is an elegant restaurant that's a step above the typical Mexican eatery.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Warmly greeted by waitstaff. Informed of specials for the night and what was not available on regular menu due to the extremely busy holiday weekend. Served us delicious sangria to start our dining experience. Salads with house dressing and homemade rolls...so good! for entree i Ordered pork shoulder with chipotle and wife ordered salmon with peach salsa. Both meals were... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The owner / chef greeted us and was beyond welcoming and friendly. The atmosphere and the guacamole were fantastic. However, our meals were just average and we wished they had been as good as the setting.

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