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103 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-0467
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Today
6:00 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Mon 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thu - Mon 6:00 am - 10:00 am
Thu 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 30
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
GOING OUT OF BUSINESS!!

We visited Galena over the weekend, and Benjamin's has a sign in the window that it is going out of business. Looking inside the large picture windows, their inventory is set up around the bar as if it's for sale. It's too bad!! It was a cornerstone business in Galena!

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2014
Lisa M
,
North Liberty
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Grayslake, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Best Bloody Mary ever! You don't need to order any food as there is, 'everything but the kitchen sink', in it! However, do try their burgers - go great with the history lessons from the locals.

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North Liberty
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113 reviews 113 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited Galena over the weekend, and Benjamin's has a sign in the window that it is going out of business. Looking inside the large picture windows, their inventory is set up around the bar as if it's for sale. It's too bad!! It was a cornerstone business in Galena!

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Berwyn, Illinois, United States
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Whenever we are in Galena, this is where we have lunch. Great sandwiches, especially the grilled ham and cheese. Good burgers too!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had visitors from England in October and took them up along the Mississippi thru Dubuque to see the museum there and then over to Galena where we strolled the streets and the shops and had a marvelous lunch at Benjamins. Any time we go to Galena, we always make it a point to stop there for lunch or just... More 

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Monroe
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stopped in with the girls for a drink and lunch. The service was friendly and recommended drinks and food. I thought $9 was a little high for a cosmo, but it was good. Lunch was a burger and fries cooked just the way I like them.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I want to start by saying our waitress was EXCELLENT and ATTENTIVE and the food was surprisingly good. But the older woman behind the bar which seemed to be the hostess as well did nothing but bark comments to us all evening. "Grab a booth!" "High chair is behind you!" "Let me see your ID's!" "You must have a long... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

After the Halloween parade we were happy to find a place open serving food. It was very cold inside, the music was blaring, but when the food got there it was good. Waitress was friendly. I don't want to judge them too harshly because it was so insanely busy that night. I would try them again on a warmer night!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We were in on a Sunday afternoon and sat at the bar for drinks. The bartender was an older gent, maybe an owner, and he was just the right mix of attentive, but not in our conversation. He offered to take a picture of us since it seemed like we were out on a special day. They had a good... More 

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Illinois
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Food was just okay, not hot and just barely warm. Good wait staff. Have eaten here on several occasions but food has never been this quality.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Unpersonable waitress, however amazing food and drinks! Fish bowl sized Bloody Marys. Great fries, burgers and Reubens were the best we have ever had!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 103 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815-777-0467

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
Monday
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?