Fried Green Tomatoes

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Fried Green Tomatoes proudly serves steaks and boasts a Wine Spectator Award winning wine menu. Outstanding service and an inviting atmosphere make Fried Green a must stop while in downtown historic Galena, Illinois. Fried Green Tomatoes is the place for steak, fresh scallops, and homemade lasagna. Reservations accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: We are a multi-level dining facility in a historic downtown building. For the dining enjoyment for all of our guests, we do not provide highchairs or booster seats.

We try our best to accommodate your requests but we do not guarantee certain tables.
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BZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great choice for fine dining in the heart of Galena. My seafood pasta Aglio was excellent. The decore is a great adaptation of an old building into a comfortable setting, the kind you won't find at the franchises. You pay a bit more, but you get full value for your money. Make a reservation and build it into your travel plans.

SH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

For a group of 6 adults it was rather disappointing. Appetizers were fair at best except for the fried green tomatoes which were quite good. Then for our main dishes we had 2 people who felt what they got had very little taste, 1 said his food was edible but not the best and the other three of us had cold food and an over done filet mignon that we had to send back. We will not recommend this or come back.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We loved Fried Green Tomatoes!! It was the perfect place for a nice meal. Our food was wonderful and left us with full bellies!

M
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!! Our waiter was great. Enjoyed the while experience

TB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess was very nice and took care f a special request. Wait staff was excellent x

Y
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! It is what makes our trip to Galena special!

T
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Green Tomatoes is our favorite place to dine. The food, the service, and there appreciation for your business is outstanding. If you are looking for a special place to go out, Fried Green Tomatoes is the place you are looking for. Thanks Fred!

w
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, great service, but hit or miss food. Fried Green Tomatoes were drenched in cheese & sauce to the point couldn't taste tomatoes. Steak & Shrimp was good but Shrimp Diavalo had no heat & sauce tasted straight out of a can.

M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was poor, lack of timely effort to bring our food on time. We waited forty mins for our food and the server didn’t make an effort to compensate our wait.

CH
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I felt rushed. Our entree was delivered well before we finished our salad. Perhaps our server was just a little too attentive! Otherwise, a very good experience!

Z
Minneapolis
56 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

We have been visiting Galena a couple times a year for several years and Fried Green Tomatoes always has been our favorite. It’s never a question of if we will have dinner there on every trip, only a question of which night we will go. Until our most recent visit, we always have been seated on the main floor and would give a five star review. But, this time, we were seated up on the top level, which was a major disappointment. That level has none of the nice ambiance of the lower level (not sure what the mid-level is like for seating), it is much louder, and service not as good. I’m guessing the service is not as good due to the servers needing to go farther for items. A key example is, our forks were taken away after finishing our appetizer and then after finishing our salads. That’s standard. Then our entrees were served, no new forks. So we waited several minutes with our entrees cooling in front of us until we received new forks. Also took an unusually long time to get drinks served.

This also seems to be the “big party” floor, two long tables were set up for about 12 people each. That makes the noise issue even worse. We were even joking at the table that the food should be less expensive on that floor because it’s not an experience in keeping with the prices like the experience on the main floor. We will return, but will request a main level table. Even if we had to wait beyond our reservation time, it’s worth it.

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the filet mignon and it was excellent. The bread is something we always enjoy and the salad dressing is wonderful. We were disappointed with the fried green tomatoes. We've been enjoying them since the restaurant was at their previous location away from town and they always had a very delicate bread crumb topping. This time they seemed like they came out of a frozen bag. The topping split away from the tomato when you tried to cut it and it seemed much more like it was just dipped in batter. There didn't seem to be a lot of flavor to them either. I'm sure we will try them again next year but if they are the same as they were this year we will stop ordering them and go without an appetizer.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service, food wonderful! It was a tad loud, but I think it was a large group just having fun. If I am ever back to Galena, I will be visiting Fried Green Tomatoes!!

s
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

In the past loved Fried Green Tomatoes but this visit we were seated in a highly trafficked area that ruined our dining experience. Thought maybe there were no other tables available but after we were able to see through flow of people walking by saw we could have been seated at a nicer table. Had noted it was our anniversary on reservation but apparently it was considered only a special evening for us.

AS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

We have dined here on numerous trips. We ate an early dinner before going to the magic show. We were stuck at a table for 2 on the upper level. The table felt more like an afterthought than an actual seat. The food was ok, it has been better on other visits and the salad with black olives and raspberry vinaigrette was odd but so was the messy big piece of bread. Service was good and we had a reservation so no waiting. But, I will probably eat elsewhere on my next visit.

W
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We only had appetizers. 1.The crab cakes...all breading the size of sea scallops and served cold. 2. Fried green tomatoes, their specialty, were horrible. The tomatoes were hard, lot of breading. We had to literally scrape the bottom of the plate for the marinara sauce. 3. The beef carpaccio seemed like it was one piece of beef sliced from a rump roast. You needed you knife to cut pieces from it. 4. The shrimp salad consisted of 4 boiled shrimp on top of a bed of lettuce. It was supposed to come with goat cheese and pecans, which we did not discover until we actually plated our salads. The amount of goat cheese and pecans were in tiny, tiny, pieces on the bottom of the bowl. Needless to say we did not finish our "dinner". The best part of our dinner was the bread and we had to ask for it! What a disappointment this restaurant was.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were only in Galena for one night and always make reservations at Fried Green Tomatoes. The food was outstanding, as always, the service professional and cordial. We enjoyed a very warm, inviting ambiance that we have come to both expect and look forward to.

MV
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was too good, not giving us sufficient time to complete a course before the next one was served. The food was unbelievably good so certainly deserved our full focus. The servers were excellent though, very attentive and made sure our needs were met.

F
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 6 at Fried Green Tomatoes on Sunday night. It was a great experience with a few exceptions. The server was very friendly and attentive, although she didn't inquire about any food preferences (one person didn't eat dairy and doesn't eat garlic). The appetizer of Fried Green Tomatoes surprised us all....it was like eggplant Parmesan with a heavy dose of tomato sauce. We all had eaten FGT at other restaurants, and they were a lighter batter and lighter frying. One person ordered the Crab Cake salad and she was disappointed in the crab cake (mostly filler). The espresso steak was excellent and the Chilean Seabass was superb. All in all, it was a great experience. I would recommend the restaurant to a friend with the above caveats.

GS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding as usual. Filet mignon is the best in the area.

N
Western NC
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time and our waitress was wonderful. Good food and an inviting atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about dinner was wonderful! We are planning on eating there again next time we are in town!

KS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food and Wine
Excellent Service
Excellent Ambiance
Overall Outstanding

SB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Fried Green Tomatoes and hopefully not our last! We were thrilled with all of our choices and the quality of the food. Highly recommend!

TZ
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly staff.

SL
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here for our Anniversary and it was lovely in all respects. Ambiance was the perfect blend of rustic chic, with exposed brick and crystal chandeliers. Dimly lit but not too dark. Great wine specials and exquisite food. My husband had cedar planked walleye and I had the Chilean sea bass. Both were melt in your mouth delicious and wild caught. A luscious creme brûlée topped off a perfect meal. Our waiter, Erik, was excellent as well. We give it a resounds two thumbs up! 👍🏻👍🏻

JF
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Wait staff attentive.

AO
Detroit
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant, in an historic setting. The ambiance was perfect! The menu was diverse, with many appealing options. I chose the lobster ravioli, which was wonderful. The staff was very friendly. I would recommend this restaurant. Prices are a bit high for a family dining experience, but this would be a good location for a couple's night out, or just a good place to meet with a friend.

BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fried Green Tomatoes was very good. The waitress was excellent. She explained the specials and a question about one of the dishes a person had very well. We had a party of 7 and she gave us separate checks, which was very nice. Several people had the special, steak with a crab cake. They said the crab cake was a little dry, but very tasty. Salmon was excellent. The pork shank was just okay (per one of the ladies in our group). Overall a good experience. We would go again.

GB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessie was our waitress. She was very in tune with what we wanted and extremely quick about. Incredible food! Best steak I’ve had in years. Definitely a great place for dinner. Pricey but, worth every dime. Again, thanks to Jessie for some of the best service we’ve had in along time.

PK
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliably good, Fried Green Tomatoes came through again. We shared the generous caprese salad as an appetizer, and also enjoyed a split of the romaine wedge. The Mile-high Meatloaf was a repeat pleaser for my spouse and I enjoyed the expresso steak for the first time. I’ll be doing that again. Our guests enjoyed the sea bass and plain filet, complimented with mushrooms. We will be back again soon.

TT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our fish and steak was very good, full of flavors, however I'm disappointed with the lack of any vegetables on the plate for the price you pay. My steak came with one small potato and I was hoping to see at least some greenery as decoration.

SU
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, the food was excellent and so was the service

BD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the staff, to the food, to the atmosphere, everything was on point. I thought the value was great and the service was fantastic!

AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried Green never disappoints. The food was wonderful and the service was great.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a very special anniversary at Fried Green Tomatoes and were not disappointed! Our food was delicious and well prepared, service was great and we even had a visit from one of the managers during our meal to congratulate us. We would definitely dine at FGT on our next visit to Galena!

BW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was outstanding. Can't visit Galena without Fried Green Tomatoes.

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