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“Very Disappointed” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ayalas

Ayalas
301 N. Main Street, Galena, IL 61036
815-776-9925
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Ranked #30 of 56 Restaurants in Galena
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very Disappointed”
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 buffet or we could order from the menu. We ordered the guacamole, which was bitter and tasted "off" - too much lime perhaps. We were next served a rather soggy salad, drenched in some type of raspberry, too-sweet dressing with half-baked dinner rolls on the side. The main course, chicken fajitas, (which, by the way, was the only thing on the menu close to being Mexican food) arrived on a plate, not a cast-iron servig dish as expected, filled with greasy oil that had taken over the onions and peppers. The chicken was dry and coated with a strange tasting seasoning. All-in-all, a very bad and expensive dining experience. On top of it, it took an hour and a half to be served all three "courses". Oh, and the buffet - two people came in while we were waiting for our food and ordered the buffett - mac and cheese and very fatty meat was what I could see on their plates - what a disaster and STILL not Mexican food. What's up with that???

  • Visited October 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dubuque, Iowa
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89 reviews 89 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Corner view, mucho excellente”
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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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Ayalas Offers a Warm Dining Experience”
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.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great gastro experience”
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 amazing! We were too full to experience any of the desserts.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Experience great, food could have been better”
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.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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