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129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
815-776-0614
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  • 52
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  • 20
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Sunny Spot on a Cold Day

February in Galena, Illinois on a weekday is not exactly paradise on earth, but shops are still open, and services especially warm, arriving town a couple of days before Valentine's to enjoy a peaceful stroll down Main Street. We've been here before during summertime, and Main Street was busy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
johnow2014
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  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

The place was nice and the food was okay. My son had the french toast which was huge and good. No wow factor just decent food.

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Bartonville, IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The skillet breakfast was hot, fresh & delicious! They even served complimentary rice pudding! Yummy!

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This place is a gem!! I love breakfast here. I've had a few different things on different occasions and all have been great. Plus their rice pudding is the best I've ever had! Try it. You won't be disappointed!!

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Cute little restaurant in an old, small, quaint river town. The restaurant matches the town perfectly. They close at 3:00 pm. They specialize in breakfast and offer fresh squeezed orange juice. I must say our lunches were just average, not terrible just not great.

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Streamwood, Illinois
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

looks like a good place for breakfast. Ordered lunch & they served a chicken salad sandwich on a HARD biscuit!!!!! They titled the sandwich chicken salad on Panini. Don't think they know what Panini bread is or how to make it.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Unbelievable homemake pancackes and french toast. Omelets awesome too. Fresh squeezed orange juice and plain, old good hot coffee. Staff friendlly and very attentive..

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

February in Galena, Illinois on a weekday is not exactly paradise on earth, but shops are still open, and services especially warm, arriving town a couple of days before Valentine's to enjoy a peaceful stroll down Main Street. We've been here before during summertime, and Main Street was busy and parking difficult. Finding a place to sit down for food... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Only open for breakfast and lunch, this little place is a hidden gem. Great food from a displaced Chicago restauranteur, the fresh orange juice is squeezed before your eyes. Lunch fare is very good - simple, but fresh and tasty sandwiches and homemade soups. If you don't care about bells and whistles, just good food, this is your place!

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Black Earth, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Food was filing, but bland. Service was decent. Menu was a bit overwhelming. Biscuits and gravy were so-so, again, filling, but bland. Swedish pancakes/crepes were a tad undercooked and the lingonberries could have been scaled back a bit. I love them, but they overpowered the crepes. Had hoped for a bit more out of this place, but left feeling a... More 

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Vernon Hills, Illinois
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51 reviews 51 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We actually went into another restaurant before coming here for lunch. But after sitting at the other place (Benjamin's) without so much as an acknowledgement much less a drink order within 10 minutes we left. I am glad it turned out the way it did. We sat at the counter and they were busy but the waitress acknowledged us right... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815-776-0614

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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