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233 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2226
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not all the restaurants in Galena are open for lunch so we picked this one by default and we're pleasantly surprised. We both had "strawberry" salads. The proportions were generous and the dressing was great. Had to save room for bread pudding. Glad we did.

Thank Marshall H
Galena, Illinois
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are locals and Embe is always first on the list with my wife and I for lunch out. If you like home cooked soups, special sandwiches and inviting ambience, you'll enjoy yourself.

Thank Gerald M
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The homemade soups were good, just a bit salty. The sandwich was average. The waitress we had was not friendly at all and we felt we were interrupting her day just to be waited on.

Thank Todd G
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch after it was recommended to us by a local merchant. It was the perfect break from downtown shopping. We both had very good salads and I had the recommended sangria. All was very good.

Thank tctraveler2015
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

We stopped in after hearing nothing but raves about their bread pudding. Absolutely deserved! Almost like my mother made. Wish we had dined there for other meals. What we saw come out of the kitchen looked incredible. Promptly greeted when we sat down. Efficient service. Food came quickly. Beverages were refilled without "asking". Clean rest room.

Thank KayBee1975
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Stopped in somewhat late on a Friday night. Had great food and good cold beer after a long day of travel. The staff was awesome and took great care of us. I would recommend.

Thank Matt S
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

A sign outside of Embe advertised gluten free cream of mushroom soup with artichokes and sun dried tomatoes. Sounded fab so I filed that info away for the next meal we would eat out in Downtown Galena. We patronized this bar-type establishment later on in the day. Of course I had to order a bowl of the homemade mushroom soup.... More 

Thank B W
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Was in need of something quick but not fast food. A coworker of mine suggested I try out Embe. Ordered the Lisa So Rare - which is a cold, rare, prime rib sandwich with a light horseradish mustard, with your choice of wheat bread or a sour dough roll. Generally I'm fond of horseradish but this complimented the sandwich splendidly.... More 

Thank TimBucky31
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Quick and inexpensive! Service was great, food was great and QUICK! Location was on main street, so it was a perfect place to stop in for a quick bite to eat and continue shopping!

Thank Bridget T
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144 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went to Embe for a quick lunch and were pleasantly surprised. It is not a very large place, so get there early. The bartender was nice and prompt. My wife and I both ordered sandwiches. They were both great (I forget the names but mine was with pastrami and Cole slaw). We then had the bread... More 

Thank Gallopingghost_77

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Bar, Soups, Pub, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2226
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815-777-2323
Also has a fully stocked bar.

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