We are often asked for our list of recommended Galena restaurants. This is always a tough call because there are so many great restaurants with all sorts of dining choices. But, here are our favorite restaurants to visit. when you come to Galena.

pot of chili , loaf of bread and cheese plate

While many of these eateries are on Main Street, we also have a number of recommendations out of downtown, several of which also have their own parking lot.

At Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages we are known for our home-cooked breakfasts, but did you know we also have a number of dinner options available? Our loaf and ladle and slow cooker meals can be waiting for you on your arrival. During the warmer months, we also offer grill-your-own feast options.  Check out our offerings here

We always recommend reservations, if available, and checking operating hours as they change throughout the year. This list starts more formal and goes to more casual dining. As a bonus, we have included some restaurants that are near Hawk Valley Retreat & Cottages.

Recommended Galena Restaurants for 2024

Fritz & Frites
317 N. Main ST, Galena– (815) 777-2004
Specializing in German and French Cuisine, this cozy bistro is one of our go-to spots. Try the schnitzel with spaetzle for a real treat.

Goldmoor Dining & Spirits
9001 W. Sand Hill Road, Galena– (815) 777-3925
Overlooking the Mississippi River, the building is reminiscent of a European Castle, and the food and service match. During the warmer months, enjoy cocktails and sunset on their amazing patio.

Log Cabin Steakhouse
201 N Main ST, Galena– (815) 777-0393
A Galena tradition that is known for steaks. You can never go wrong with the Prime Rib and try it Greek Style for something unique.

Fried Green Tomatoes
213 N. Main ST, Galena – (815)-777-3938
One of Main Street’s best-known restaurants. Tuscan specialties along with some American favorites.

Chips, salsa, and two margaritas

The General’s Restaurant
230 S. Main Street Galena, IL -Downstairs of the Desoto House Hotel-(815) 777.0090
Classic American fine dining, plus, it is haunted!

Little Tokyo
300 N. Main ST, Galena – (815) 777-8883
This is the place for sushi and other Asian Specialties.

Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub
9853 Highway 20, Galena – (815) 776-0707
In the Irish Cottage Hotel with plenty of off-street parking. Modern American Irish food in a traditional Irish pub setting.

Galena’s Tajin Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
125 N Main ST, Galena – (815) 281 – 2276
Authentic Mexican food and the very best Margaritas in Galena.

Embe Eatery and Lounge
233 South Main ST, Galena – (815) 777-2323
This casual upbeat restaurant and bar has some of the best sandwiches, soups, and salads around. Don’t miss the bread pudding for dessert.

Bread and Vine Bakery
217 S Main ST, Galena – (815) 402-2100
Homemade French Pastries are the star here, but don’t miss their amazing salads, sandwiches, and shareable plates. Never pass up one of their Almond Croissants.

Outside view of Fritz and Frites.

Cannova’s Pizzeria
247 N Main ST, Galena – (815) 777-3735
Best known for their amazing pizzas, don’t pass up their other Italian Specialties. They also do great pizza for take-out

Durty Gurts Burger Joynt
235 N Main ST, Galena – (815) 776-9990
A fun, raucous eatery known for its burgers. Try a boozy shake or rum bucket for something different.

Galena Bakehouse

421 S Main ST, Galena – (815) 402-3308
Amazing scratch-baked deliciousness. The empanadas are a real treat and don’t pass up the cookies!

Other Close-by restaurants

Looking for something a little outside of Galena but still close by, check these out.

Brazen Open Kitchen
955 Washington St., Suite 101, Dubuque, IA 5200 – (563) 587-8899
A James Beard-nominated chef known for his time on Top Chef, this restaurant shouldn’t be missed if you are on the other side of the Mississippi.

Timmerman’s Supper Club
7777 Timmerman DR, East Dubuque, IL – (815) 747-3316
A blast from the past with an amazing view. Old-school supper club with great food and cocktails.

Southside Hornet Pub & Grill
402 Franklin St, Scales Mound, IL – (815) 845-2417
Located about 5 minutes from Hawk Valley, this local pub offers burgers, pizzas, and sandwiches in a very casual tavern atmosphere.

The Old School Saloon
311 Provost Avenue, Scales Mound, IL – (815) 845-8140
Literally, the old school turned into a local favorite serving pizza and sandwiches. Just 5 minutes from Hawk Valley.

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