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301 N. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
815-776-9925
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Ranked #30 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Hours:
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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English first
Scales Mound, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We recently held our company Christmas party at Ayalas' in Galena IL. The Salmon was superb! Many of the folks had the Mexican fares, and they were thrilled as well. Guacamole was some of the best around. Add pork, and it was super delicious. Service was great and nice atmosphere as well! Would recommend this to anyone!

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

It was yum!!! Tacos for 3 + appetizers and horchatas under $25. The food was fresh, the atmosphere was clean. The service was nothing to complain about-- very pleasant. The chef even came out to see how everything was-- yummy place; we'd definately return and recommend.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had dinner here for the wedding we were in town for. The dinner was excellent, they offered many different choices and had great service. I left my sunglasses there and was able to pick them up the next day, even though they weren't open yet. Would recommend to friends and family.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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170 reviews 170 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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89 reviews 89 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Additional Information about Ayalas

Address: 301 N. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-776-9925
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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