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The Golden Hen Cafe

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129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Galena, Illinois
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

LOVE the atmosphere and the staff! They make the best omelettes that I have ever had! The menu is extensive and everything looks good! I am a local who will happily "fight the tourist traffic" in order to come here. There is no doubt in my mind that the lunch items are just as fantastic as the breakfast items!

Thank Patti H
Appleton, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived about 9:00 am on a Saturday, wasn't too busy, but filled quickly. The waitress was very good, giving us ideas not only for breakfast, but on things to do in the area. Breakfast was good; if you order an omelette, they are made with 5 eggs, so either be hungry or have someone to share it with you.... More 

Thank suki6451
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Expected much more from this place given the location in a historic tourist destination city. Waitstaff never smiled at anyone while we were there. There was an older gentleman working there literally barking out orders to the staff. Food was overcooked. Beverage refills had to be obtained by tracking down anyone who worked there. Our waitress never came back to... More 

Thank KayBee1975
Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The salad was swimming in water, burger very oily, and slaw wilted and unable to be eaten. The bathroom clean and manager gave a 20% discount when told of the poor food. We will not return no matter the price.

Thank Cynthiaschumacher
Bloomington, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a delicious breakfast with a good variety of choices. It was fun to watch a machine make fresh squeezed orange juice. I would recommend it.

Thank emld75
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You know what - I've heard nothing but good things about this place from almost everyone I've talked to. However, I've given out multiple opportunities to change my mind about making this review, but to be quite honest, I haven't had one good experience here yet. I'm a huge fan of breakfast at any time of the day so I... More 

Thank TimBucky31
Racine, Wisconsin
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145 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not wanting a big meal, we stopped here for a light sandwich. Perfect choice. Very friendly waitress, excellent choices on the menu. The iced tea was fresh brewed and actually the best I had of the many stops we made on our vacation. Would highly recommend this cafe.

Thank BridgetOzzie
Elmhurst, Illinois
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food, great experience yesterday but had to hunt down the waitress today just for coffee. Was not very friendly either. Small place but good good breakfast joint

Thank lifetimelady02
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Service could have been faster, but was adequate. Food was surprising good with generous portions. Good value.

Thank Mike F
Manchester, IA, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Breakfast is my favorite meal to go out for, and The Golden Hen Café is my destination in Galena... even if it is closer to lunch time. We've eaten here both times we've traveled to Galena over the last 8 months, and haven't been disappointed. Their omelets and waffles are very good, but the shocking show-stealer is the fresh orange... More 

Thank Thomas S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815-776-0614

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