Perry Street Brasserie
Perry Street Brasserie

Perry Street Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://perrystreetbrasserie.com/
  • Phone: 815-777-3773
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Dowe
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Perry Street Brasserie is an intimate dining room that seats up to 40 guests.
    You can book the restaurant for a private party, special menus, your favorite wines and minimum required revenues are available from our chef/owner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Perry Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Perry Street Brasserie
WINNER OF OPEN TABLE'S TOP 100 RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.
"THE BEST LITTLE RESTAURANT IN GALENA"
The Perry Street Brasserie is located in an 1836 historic building and offers casual, fine dining in an intimate setting.
European gold-medal winning Master Chef Steve Dowe has cooked for The Beatles, European Royalty and Movie and Sports personalities.
His imaginative international menu changes monthly and uses organic and local ingredients when available.
The Perry Street Brasserie is the only restaurant in Galena to receive high praise from The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, and Money Magazine, to name a few.
The Restaurant is also available for private parties up to 40 guests.
Reservations requested.
FEATURING 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC ACROAMA SEASONING BLENDS CREATED BY CHEF STEVE. Visit www.acroamablends.com
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Perry Street Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.9
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)romantic (39)fit for foodies (37)neighborhood gem (33)notable wine list (13)good for groups (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Best food in the mid west
    David
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Best food I have had in my life awesome ambiance and very personal service they never fail very knowledgeable and amazing selection
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wonderful find
    myhunt
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This was a great intro to our Galena experience. 14 tables, owner/chef operated, and Stephen is very personable. Service was wonderful, food innovative and surprising for a sleepy small tourist town. We'd come back again with pleasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Galena Must!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I asked my husband what was his favorite part of our trip to Galena and he answered, "dinner at Perry Street." A small restaurant with interesting medieval décor, the food here was outstanding. Do not miss the St. Lucia special! It was a unique blend of sweet and spicy without too much heat. The pecan-crusted potato croquettes could be a meal by themselves. The small chocolate cup desert was delicious and decadent...yet just the right size. Wait staff was friendly and down to earth, they genuinely wanted us to enjoy our dining experience. Chef even came out for a chat after dinner. We found the entire experience friendly, charming, and delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food preparation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Our dinners were prepared flawlessly. The perfect temperature, texture, and seasoning of my beef was a joy. Mushrooms in Marsala sauce was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    LizzyVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I have been eating here for 12 years and they never disappoint! Food and atmosphere are simply outstanding, as is the service and friendliness! Thank you for a wonderful 60th birthday celebration for my husband!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perry Street Brasserie wins again!
    GalenaFan
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our 8th trip to Perry Street Brasserie and it is still our favorite restaurant. The menu varies with multiple items from seafood, steaks, chops, duck, etc. Side dishes are as great as the entrees. We love the Pecan Encrusted Garlic Potato Croquettes. These "potato balls" are amazing enough on their own, but the wonderful sauce they bask in is quite tasty itself. My meal was Kobe beef steak (which was butterflied beautifully into two pieces) and a large piece of andouille sausage. It included side veggies and wild rice, but of course I ordered a side of the "potato balls". Everyone in our 6 person group was beyond satisfied with all of their meals and we still ate all 6 desserts as well. Gluttonous? Sure, but completely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wondeful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Every time we come to Galena we make Perry Street our most important stop. Love it every time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    dbqirish
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Perry Street is always our go-to restaurant for a special occasion. The food is impeccable, service friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some People's Kids...
    YummyExpert
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The menu wasn't extravagant, but the choices were difficult as everything sounded amazing. We each got a great glass of wine, and shared an appetizer of smoked salmon and smoked trout. The serving of trout was amazing, but a little lacking in quantity. I ordered the veal, and my wife ordered the duck breast. Both meals were wonderful. The owner then came and was talking to us about how he had gotten all of his beautiful brass pieces that he has, and told us about the one that was directly above my head. He was very personable and friendly. He went over the desserts, and were able to choose one. The only complaint was the couple a few tables away, who brought their rowdy 3 year old daughter to their anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    You can tell the chef is passionate about what he does through his incredibly detailed description of how he prepares each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perry Bradstreet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Amazing food and service!! The St. Lucia special was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do NOT miss this GEM!
    HomerOmnivoreVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were visiting from out of town, and Perry Street Brasserie is awesome. From the oysters to the soup to the entrees to the dessert (the chocolate cup is to die for), our meal was outstanding. I had the duckling breast and lamb kebab in a tropical fruit chutney; it was sublime. I've never tasted duck that was this good. The other member of the party had the special, which was lobster, shrimp, and scallops St. Lucia, which was in a white wine, curry, coconut milk, and mango chutney sauce. This was also fantasitc. Our server, I believe her name is Heather, had a wonderful personality and her great service truly enhanced our experience. We met the owner/chef and I have to say he is a culinary artist. We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less than we expected
    ProfessorGary
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When my wife and I go to what we are told is a gourmet restaurant we have certain expectations. Price is not an issue if the quality and presentation of the food is pleasing. Perry Street was less than our expectations. We found a wonderful bottle of wine.... and 5 minutes later were informed that the restaurant was out of that. Didn't the waiter already know that? My wife's French onion soup was watery and the cheese - which did not appear to be gruyere - was sticky and clumpy. My main course was overcooked. We passed on dessert as we had no confidence. The meal would have been great for Applebees..... but that is not what we expected.
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  • Great food, helpful servers
    Lenny
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Steak with foie gras was divine! Will definitely go back!! Matthew and Heather was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible
    Satndined
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were absolutely blown away by this little restaurant on Perry Street in Galena. Everything about our experience was perfect and top notch. The only thing I would add is if you would like a similar experience at Prry Street Brasserie; you had better hurry! Word is that Steve is going to retire in a couple years so get on it! Tony and Amber
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't Miss It
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Interesting menu and everything was great. Service was attentive and friendly. Owner came out to chat. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is the third time we have been to Perry Street and each time has been great. The food and service is fantastic. My wife loves the steaks and I have had their St Luci special (sea food dish with amazing spices) twice and loved it both times. Save room for desert because they have some killers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 Stars cuisine delivered with love
    Live2brunchVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were greated by a radiant smile from a beautiful lady who seated us. Our server DJ was outstanding only to be topped by our food. I was in heaven from the app to our outrageous dessert. I wished I lived closer. An outstanding venue I will return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    Teddychicago
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The sous chef was called in to cook on Friday night as the chef was unable to work. The sous chef did a fine job with my St Lucia special (scallop, shrimp and lobster served in a yellow curry broth). My husband enjoyed his kobe steak with foie gras and duck sausage. We started with the appetizer sampler and ended with the carrot cake dessert. Everything was very good except dessert. The cake had more spice than I would expect in a carry cake, and the frosting was more of a buttercream than cream cheese, which I would have preferred. The cocktails were creative and the wine list was diverse. Overall, a solid choice for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding menu for foodies
    chella28
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    While judging this quaint little restaurant as I walked in, I didn't realize the exquisite dining experience that was to come. I selected this place based on OpenTable reviews and I am so happy I went. It is easily the best restaurant for foodies in Galena. Loved every part of my meal, including a fantastic dessert. This place reminds me of some of the small flavorful restaurants off Venice Beach in CA. I will always make reservations for Perry Street Brasserie when I am in Galena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winewoman
    winewoman
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fantastic service! All servers were friendly, well informed about the menu, attentive but not intrusive. Food what very good - what I'd expect at $30+ entrees. Wine service needs improvement. I would expect glasses of at least Riedel restaurant grade and what I got was Libby style glassware. Wine filled to the rim on white flutes and over halfway on red wines. No possibility to swirl! Time to upgrade!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Barb
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. Eating at Perry St. has become a must do every time we visit Galena. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lori
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Did not care for the breaded salmon, never had salmon that was breaded before. Did not choose another dish because many were served in a sauce on top of rice, etc. My husband and I both like items separate with no sauce. Caesar salad was limp. Ambiance was nice and staff was very friendly, but I personally did not care for menu options and service was a bit slow.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    MaryMac
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It is a definite place to dine when in Galena. Our first visit was last year and knew we would return this year on our vacation. Great menu with something for everyone and all delicious. We would definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat to dine here!
    Msannchovy
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our latest dining experience was wonderful. The restaurant is charming, the service professional and friendly. Chef Steve is always putting a new twist on the preparation of staples like filets of beef, pork chops, tuna and vegetarian dishes. Wednesday night the special was Cobia from the Gulf. My husband and I thought we were in Florida not the Midwest. Desserts are fantastic and there is something for chocolate lovers or those who want just something sweet to end the experience. The Creme Brûlée will make you want to return to Galena as soon as possible! This restaurant is a "must go to" for those who love to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perry Street Galena Illinois
    LAF1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Well worth the time and the money! We had an exquisite meal and the Chef took the time to come out and talk with us afterwards and share a glass a wine. Wonderful touch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming restaurant
    Zazie7
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This restaurant was delightful and intimate . The veal franchise was tender and flavorful. The special for the evening had tender scallops that were cooked perfectly. The desserts are delicious especially the Banoffee. The staff was welcoming and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet gem in Galena
    Kris
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    What a gem! We are frequently in Galena and never new about it, so we were very surprised to learn they had been there for 16 years! The food was way beyond the rest of the area, gourmet standard and carefully prepared from selected natural ingredients. Highly recommmended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Go to Galena for dinner here!
    Sueandadam
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place was special. Matthew greeted us and talked to us at our table. The food was wonderful, with a menu that changes monthly in keeping with the seasons. The wine list was good, with a recommended Hilary Goldschmidt Cab that was easy to drink and reasonably priced. The best was yet to come when Steve the chef and owner joined us to talk about their signature dessert. It was chocolate and fabulous adorned with a beautiful chocolate butterfly. I won't say anything more so the surprise isn't ruined. Save room! Steve lingered with us and talked wine, whiskey and cognac for almost an hour. What a lovely man as was his son Matthew. We were there on a Friday night, Saturday was sold out! Book a trip to Galena just to go to Perry Street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    One of the best restaurants I have ever experienced. Top notch service and Steve is an amazing chef with warm humor and wonderful stories to top off an amazing evening. From the soup to the dessert, all was a mouth watering, firing of taste buds with each bite. The steak and the seafood special made you want to try the entire menu. Wonderful !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Absolutely awesome restaurant
    Luvtodine1
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The meal were fabulous and well presented. It is a quaint little restaurant with special touches that make your experience wonderful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants a extraordinary fine dining experience. The staff was friendly and provided good service. Go check it out today.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place.
    Rick
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our second visit and it was just as special as the first. Will be back very soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food and service. I would definitely eat here again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Outstanding food, wine list and ambiance. Would recommend to anyone who loves international cuisine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 37th anniversary
    Galenalovers
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Our visit to the Perry St Brasserie was an incredible experience and perhaps one of the best anniversary dinners we have ever had! Matthew and Stephen were wonderful hosts and made us feel like we were the only people in the restaurant. Very personable service with an informal touch that made us feel very much at home. The food was tremendous, had St Lucia (lobster, scallops, shrimp with medium spicy curry) and it was outstanding. Also had red snapper with goat cheese topping. Truly amazing and delightful! And the chocolate "balloon" dessert, sorry Matthew I don't remember what it was called, was like nothing we have ever experienced before! Again it was tremendous!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid dining experience!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was exquisite, the service was outstanding, and the ambience was romantic renaissance. Probably the best fine dining in Galena.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Always a favorite in Galena, enjoy the variety of menu items
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • recommended
    endaclon
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Excellent preparation and presentation. Iowa pork is an outstanding dish. This is a small space but seating is not crowded. The brasses add an interesting touch to the ambiance and are interesting on their own. Galena has a number of very good eateries but put this down as a must. Outstanding service. Their is much here to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Birthday
    Luvfinefood
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    My husband and I come to the Perry street Brasserie as often as we can. The food is exceptional! Certainly, the best in Galena and maybe in the Chicagoland area! Since reservations are often necessary, I loved how I could go online to secure a date and time. The Brasserie NEVER disappoints; ) !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.8
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 362 reviews are from the Perry Street Brasserie reviews archive.
  • Dining treat for someone who cooks.
    pickyeaterouter
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I am often disappointed when I eat out because I cook well at home. Not so, at Penny Street Brasserie, my meal was excellent. Everything, from the olive oil, Parmesan cheese and oregano for bread dipping, to my entree then dessert was wonderful. I'm usually pleased if at least one course is satisfactory, when eating out, this time I was overjoyed. Many thanks, we will be back when we visit Galena again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate