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The Generals' Restaurant

American, International
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230 S Main St, DeSoto House Hotel, Galena, IL 61036
+1 815-777-0090
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This restaurant is at DeSoto House Hotel
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Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 3
  • 1
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Weekend in Galena

The food was delicious, the service was good. We were staying at the DeSoto House Hotel, so after a day of shopping and exploring Galena, we enjoyed eating downstairs in a quiet atmosphere with friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Deb G
Bloomington, Illinois
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  • Families with children
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English first
Bloomington, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was delicious, the service was good. We were staying at the DeSoto House Hotel, so after a day of shopping and exploring Galena, we enjoyed eating downstairs in a quiet atmosphere with friends.

Thank Deb G
Chicago, Illinois
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Had a glass of wine at the bar on a Friday afternoon and it was nice. Came back for lunch the next day, a busy Saturday afternoon, and the service was slow and food just ok. Sat outside for the sun, but unfortunately the kitchen vents cooking smoke from immediately underneath the narrow side patio, so we left smelling like... More 

Thank 4thStageTravel
Platteville, Wisconsin
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90 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

What a wonderful meal and service at The Generals' Restaurant. Our starters, bleu cheese soup for me and a gorgeous spinach salad for my partner, were exceptional. I got a taste of the vanilla bean vinaigrette dressing on the salad and it was to die for, a great combination of sweet, creamy, and tart. Never had bleu cheese soup before... More 

Thank LivelyLaura
Pella, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great atmosphere, wonderful food. Highly recommend eating at this restaurant. Great to be in such a historic place. Interesting to see all the historic figures that had been at the DeSoto House Hotel.

Thank BruceVW
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Went to this restaurant expecting a great meal, given its location and prices. Our server was rather aloof and not very helpful. I ordered the Caesar salad, which had dressing drizzled on and tomatoes....never saw that before. My "medium rare" steak was closer to medium well done. At the end of our meal, we weren't even asked if we wanted... More 

1 Thank ChrisD0304
Okawville, Illinois
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137 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

The General's Restaurant in the DeSoto House Hotel is a place you'll want to go to enjoy a delicious meal, good service and a relaxing environment. The food will please your pallet, and you will want to return. We started the meal with an appetizer of Maryland Jumbo Crab Cakes, which were excellent - moist and very tasty. For our... More 

Thank Ron H
Burlington, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Beautiful atmosphere with exposed brick decor, an old world feel. Semi low lighting. We had the Lady in Black table, which was just plain fun. I had to try their signature Blue Cheese Soup, which was very tasty, but a bit rich for my personal tastes. The Proscuitto Stuffed Chicken Breast was very good. The Tortellini Carbonara was even better,... More 

Thank Sandra O
Elgin, Illinois
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is our restaurant of choice whenever we head to Galena. The blue cheese soup is for blue cheese lovers. They even shared the recipe with us!! Their bread before the meal is delicious, and we love the atmosphere downstairs. You should definitely eat at The General's when you are in Galena.

Thank Patty C
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We stopped for lunch here during a long day of shopping and sightseeing. Lovely atmosphere, and we received a window seat. The food was very good and the service was good. The bill, however, was pretty high. We only had wraps for lunch and a couple of beers and the bill was close to $40. All in all, a good... More 

Thank LizaPie
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

My husband and I stopped for lunch here and the food was great. We sat in the window seat for 2 which was very nice. Wine, sandwiches and garlic fries were delicious. I wish we had stayed in this hotel it is lovely. And our servers were very nice and efficient.

Thank ChristiGibson

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 230 S Main St, DeSoto House Hotel, Galena, IL 61036
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-777-0090

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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