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“Talapia or Swordfish”
Review of Sunset Grille

Sunset Grille
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Ranked #37 of 63 Restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Blackjack Road
Transit: None
Description: The Sunset Grille is a refreshing fine dining experience, where the view is almost as spectacular as the food. Perched high on a bluff, and featuring a 1,400 sq ft outdoor dining deck overlooking the Upper Mississippi River Valley, the restaurant offers a little bit of everything. From signature sandwiches, mouth watering steaks, to fresh seafood.
Waukegan, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Talapia or Swordfish”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

My husband and I visited at the suggestion of the owners of the Cloran Mansion. It was a great restaurant: service, atmosphere, and food! The customers at the adjoining restaurant were a bit loud, so the romantic feel was lost at times. Nothing could be done about that though. We both ordered seafood and it was very good. My Tilapia order, I believe was actually Swordfish! Wow! It was good regardless.

Visited December 2011
1 Thank SmoovMoovas
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Bellaire, Michigan
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106 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great view, disappointing food”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

We live in Galena and took our family to Chestnut Mtn ski resort for lunch. The view of the ski hill and Mississippi River are gorgeous. But the food was mediocre to say the least. The hamburgers were very expensive and small and terrible. The pizza was over-baked and very spicey. They even got the orders of hamburgers mixed up between the child's burger and the adult one. Both were disappointed. We told the "manager" that the burgers were awful but he didn't seem to care.

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank antiquetravelers
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Naperville, Illinois
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Long Drive, Nice View, Good (not exceptional) Food”
Reviewed November 21, 2011

The drive to the Chestnut Mountain ski lodge from the Galena area is about 20 minutes on winding and sometimes steep roads. Be prepared since it gets more difficult on the retuurn to Galena after sunset and a few drinks! Watch out for the (numerous) deer and take it slowly.

We were surprised to learn that the grill did not open till 5PM, especially since the sun was setting at 4:25PM that Novemeber day.

Service was good and menu was good too. My fiilet was also good, but the wife's walnut encrusted walleye was just OK .. not really anything special and definitely not worth the long trip.

Visited November 2011
Thank Bob S
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Galena Illinois
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Went twice, food and view decent..but overpriced”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

I think the biggest challenge this place faces, is the former reputation of being a dump. Nice job configuring the restaurant and view, steks a re great, but with drinks , $50 per person just aint worth it

  • Visited September 2011
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Appleton, WI
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Not Worth It”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

I took my wife to Sunset Grille for her birthday yesterday. Needless to say we were very disappointed. The food was below average for the $20/dish price (it wouldn't have been worth $10/dish). We did have the Snickers cheesecake dessert that was very good.
The service was very slow (even though only 6 tables had customers) and our waitress did not come back to check on us. We had difficulty getting refills on our drinks.
On a positive note, the scenery was very nice. We were seated right next window overlooking the Mississippi River. It was a romantic view that we enjoyed.

  • Visited July 2011
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2 Thank Zim11225566
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