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“Cool friendly Spot” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Otto's Place

Otto's Place
100 Bouthillier Street, Galena, IL 61036
+1 815-776-0240
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Ranked #1 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Davenport, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Cool friendly Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

We have been looking for our pick for breakfast for a while and the Desotto house had it until this trip..this is a super cool place accross the river from main street. At 9:30 on a sunday morning you can't exspect to walk in any place for breakfast and get the service we had...seated right away,bloody mary was fresh, food and service were awesome..you got to check this one out

Visited October 2012
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English first
Springfield, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Enjoy Main Street shopping....but take the short walk across the river when it is time to eat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

My husband and I came up to Galena, IL from Springfield to enjoy the changing leaves and get a little Christmas shopping done. Food was not the main reason we came....it is the old-fashioned shopping that was the draw.

But a couple's gotta eat, right??

Although there are several nice casual restaurants on Main Street, we followed the UrbanSpoon reviews across the river to a small, but warm, wonderful little restaurant, Otto's Place. Otto's Place was born when a pair of friends renovated an ancient building on the railroad line, and converted it to a restaurant and lounge.

Dave and John have a small, limited menu, but what they offer is fresh, wholesome, organic and healthful. The menu is printed every day with the specials ... dinner choices are just 4, desserts, 3, and "when they are gone, they are gone." We enjoyed our turkey black bean chili so much that we reserved for dinner tonight, as well. On the menu are desserts; the pineapple upside down cake is made "one serving at a time," so the menu warns to allow 30 min....but, why not?

This quiet little corner is a great place to go and linger and the wine list is lovely as well. You can lounge on the sofas upstairs or eat and resume shopping, but the whole ambiance calls out for you to....rest, converse, and enjoy.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for an alternative to the high calorie, GLOP served at other restaurants.

Otto's is open for lunch every day, and dinner Friday and Saturday night only; Sunday hours are 7-2 pm.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oak Park, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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“A Delicious Delight!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Our group felt so lucky to have found Otto's! Located a bit off of the beaten track, but still easy to find, we were delighted by the friendly staff and simple decor. Our breakfast was delicious and the wait staff very accommodating! The story of the restaurant/owners was a nice personal touch and it really had a "feel good" atmosphere! Will definitely go back and recommend to others!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good sandwiches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

The hubby and I went here on our way home from our trip this year. Read others reviews so we had to try it. We both ordered sandwiches on pretzel rolls and they were both very good and may be worth a trip to try something else the next time we visit Galena. I gave it four stars because we got there about 30 minutes before they closed and I had asked one gentleman for a high chair for my one year old son. He tersely answered "no" and turned back around to what he was doing. Thought it was very rude that he didn't apologize or offer a suggestion. The hubby had to go to the car and get his stroller so at least he had somewhere to sit. If he hadn't already parked the car, I would've probably left but since we were already there and didn't feel like packing back up, we stayed. It was a good alternative to some of the other places on the main strip for a simple meal.

Visited September 2012
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Glendale Heights, Illinois
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“#1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

EVERYTHING about this place is excellent. The hidden gem of Galena; well worth finding. Spotlessly clean; wonderfull prepared food, homemade coffee cake, attentive waitstaff.

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