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233 S. Main St., Galena, IL 61036
11:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago NEW

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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20 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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142 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
Escondido, California
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292 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good sandwich, but a noisy bar. owner kept interrupting us about scheduled guest for that night, try other places if you can

Thank mike m
Coralville, IA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place served delicious food! They even made my husband a special egg salad sandwich! The bread pudding is fantastic!

Thank Vicki H
Bourbonnais, Illinois
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well done on the pastrami , crunchy roll, and Maui onion kettle chips. Quick service on a weekday. The bread pudding was wonderful. Not sure how they fit entertainment in this small bar.

Thank mhesshome
Galena, Illinois
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A friend and I stopped in for an after dinner drink. We were the only ones sitting at the bar, though there was a table or two of people. Had one drink each. I then got up to go the bathroom before leaving. Upon returning, my friend thought she should go to the bathroom before leaving as well. I asked... More 

Thank happyguy1960

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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, European, Healthy
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
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
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815-777-2323
Also has a fully stocked bar.

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