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About Fried Green Tomatoes

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.

213 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday Dinner Served 4:00 - Close
Saturday Lunch Served 12:00 - 3 Dinner Served 3:00 - Close
Closed Mondays

Wino Wednesday - $3 Glasses of House Wine
50% Friday - 50% off wine by the bottle (Dine In Only)

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.

Cross Street:
Diagonal

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 777-3938

Website:
http://www.friedgreen.com/

Entertainment:
None

Catering:
Fried Green Tomatoes offers a wide range of customized catering services. From full-service to dinner to go, please visit friedgreen.com for complete information.

Parking Details:
Street Parking

Public Transit:
None

Executive Chef:
Steve Roussel

Private Party Facilities:
Fried Green Tomatoes offers semi-private areas seating from 6 to 10 guests. Please call us to book your group dinner of 10 or more people at 815-777-3938.

Private Party Contact:
Lee Sa Hatfield or Fred Bonnet: (815) 777-3938

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer private rooms to accommodate your large group - room rental fees apply. Please call us and we can create a customized menu for your group. Fried Green Tomatoes offers worry free transportation to and from the restaurant for your group; inquire about our executive shuttle for your group by phoning us. Have your party at Fried Green Tomatoes and create an event they will be talking about for weeks!

Fried Green Tomatoes Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (51)
Special Occasion (50)
Good for Anniversaries (42)
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Good for Birthdays (34)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Romantic (30)
Cozy (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Notable Wine List (24)
Casual (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Authentic (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Good for Groups (15)
Hot Spot (14)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
People Watching (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Scenic View (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Three of our meals were good but the fourth was not so. The veal was rather tough. We were on the upper floor and found it very loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Celebrating my birthday .. just love this place ..spectacular food

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We were in Galena for an anniversary weekend, and overall found Fried Green Tomatoes one of the better places to dine while there. While it wasn't FIVE STAR, it was good, comforting Italian food. Galena in general does not have a bunch of "Foodie" choices, but has plenty of Italian restaurants, and too many Pizza joints. Not being a huge fan of Italian food, this was a tiny bit disappointing. Also it's very hard to find a place to enjoy a "healthy" meal (with lots of fresh veggies) in Galena. Fried Green Tomatoes was no exception. (for example, the signature dish, was way more cheese and batter than green tomatoes....we would have LOVED tender slices of perfectly fried tomatoes with just a tiny bit of sauce and cheese to enhance the dish. (It was super heavy). All in all, I'd say if visiting Galena, this would be one of the better picks. (along with Vinny Vannucci if you love Italian, old school)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food and service was excellent!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and friendly staff!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our waitress was very rude. Our bread came out AFTER our appetizer. The Lobster ravioli tasted like tuna casserole. Some of the worst Italian food I have ever had.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful food and Service. We hosted our company Christmas party here and were not disappointed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fried Green is a gem! Those of us in the area are lucky to have such a wonderful fine dining establishment. The food is simply outstanding but the stars are Fred, Lisa, and Trevor! Keep it up! Can’t wait to return!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We went to Fried Green Tomatoes many years ago when it was at its original location and loved it. Decided to try it again at its current downtown Galena location and it did not disappoint! We have a large family and they were able to accommodate us for reservations. Stephanie was a fabulous server. The food was exceptional! A we were able to hear each other's conversations... amazing for such a popular place. Will definitely be back next time we visit town!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing place in a beautiful town

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was so overrated. Lasagna was the worst I have ever had. Fried green tomatos were too hard to eat. Salad was only greens

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

My steak was not cooked as I requested. I asked for "medium rare" and it was "medium".

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Restaurant was recommended by a couple of local individuals so we gave it a try. Not disappointed!! Wine list was very nice. The bread, mmmmmmm. And the espresso blackened filet did not disappoint. Best steak in a long while! Oh and the garlic mashed - pure perfection!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fun, Business Meals
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

As always, Fred delivers on great food, ambience, and a great dining experience. Lisa makes us feel welcome and special. Such a gem, like no other, anywhere. We love Fried Green and we’re their biggest fans!

BTW...Marcos is a great bartender too!

Tags: Disabled Access, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

While the food was good, and the service was good, I had specifically asked if there was something that the restaurant could do for our 20th Anniversary dinner to make it special, having driven 350 miles to go there. I never got any kind of response from them and as such, it was a disappointing experience.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My wife and I loved Fried Green Tomatoes. We got the filet and shirmp. It was wonderful. Service was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very nice staff. Dated decor. Food was good, but surprised by the price point. Menu online is outdated.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Restaurant did an excellent job helping us with our dinner, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Our table attendant was Molly, which offered exceptional people skills.

Thank you all

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Cornbread under their meatloaf was too sweet for us but the dish was very nice. The lobster ravioli was the best we've ever had. Beautiful restaurant on a cold evening. Not noisy as if was a Thursday evening but clearly the restaurant to be dining in! We enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything about our visit was great! The food, the ambience and the service were wonderful. I would definitely go again and would recommend to friends!! The ribeye special was fantastic!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything was delicious. Nice variety on the menu. Only disappointment was they were out of the house special wine by 6 pm and also one of the 2 house cab wines.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Couldn’t have been happier with our meal at Fried Green Tomatoes. The food was excellent. Courtney are server was one of the best servers we have ever had. They made a birthday dinner a very memorable occasion.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second time at the restaurant. The food and the decor (they had moved since the last time we were there) were everything you'd expect for an upscale, comfortable Italian restaurant. Everything on the menu looked delicious and the food we chose (lasagna and chicken piccata) were perfectly cooked. Our waiter, Kevyn, was friendly, knowledgable and made our date night/anniversary a great one. Thanks again for the food!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Austin was our server-- he was awesome, always smiling and had a lot of patiences. Everyone was accommdating and nice, even though it was an extremely busy night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The espresso filet was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! We had reservations the night of the Halloween parade and got a table right by the windows so we could watch the whole thing during dinner. Definitely would recommend!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

although our server Sophie was awesome and very friendly , the restaurant seemed short staffed. We waited a while for our food and when it arrived it was luke warm. We went ahead and ate it because it was a while before someone asked how our food was and because we had a show to go to and would not have been able to wait for them to correct it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Wednesday was “Winesday”:which means $3 wine selections which were quite good. I had the beef short ribs which savory and fall off the bone delicious. My significant other had the chicken piccata which was fine, but not very lemony. Service was very solid. Our waiter was attentative without bothering us. Overall a very nice experience.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Really enjoyed our dinner; crab cake salad and pork chop. Delicious salad and the pork chop was very tender. Service was very good as well. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Scenic View, People Watching, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We liked the venue, a nice blend of period & modern. Our waitress was attentive, but couldn’t answer questions about the history of the building. We had salmon & scallops, both were delicious! Portions were good for us, but if you are very hungry, add on a appetizer or cup of soup.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our first night dinner spot on a road trip to Galena and we were glad we chose it. Galena is hopping on fall weekends and this restaurant is on the top of everyone’s list. We started in the beautiful vintage bar with a half price bottle of Stags Leap cab, and then moved into the dining room. The whole building is historic and charming with exposed stone walls and vintage copper, all on Main Street. Service was attentive but the server called us “sweetheart” continually. We ordered beef- a steak and the short rib. Both were delicious but the steak ordered medium rare came medium well. We didn’t want to send it back but were treated to comp dessert- thank you! Our flatbread app was tasty too. This is a very worthy restaurant to visit and the ambience is pure Galena. Must stop.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

we were there friday night..our server was the best!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We had an amazing time at Fried Green Tomatoes !! Arrived 15 min. before reservations and were very warmly greeted and were immediately seated. Our Waitress, Amanda was wonderful, and very knowledgeable about the Menu, as well as wine list. She provided us plenty of time to peruse the menu, ( first time here). The Fried Green Tomatoes were wonderful, ( there were 4 slices, 2 for ea. of us, then we ordered the Mini Crab cakes, ( 4 on the plate, very tasty). The Pork Orso Bucco was outstanding. Amanda was attentive, and provided us plenty of time between courses. On Friday evenings, the Restaurant offers 1/2 price on everything on their Wine list. We had a delicious Chardonnay, ( chiller provided), and a wonderful Cab. which was decantered at table. Pumpkin Cheese cake for dessert was to die for. Cappuchino's were outstanding ! a most memorable evening. Thank you Fried Green Tomatoes.

Tags: Vegan, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Went to Galena for an annual getaway weekend along with friends. Dinner was superb, excellent service and quality food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very disappointing meal. We went on 3 dollar wine night and it took almost 30 minutes to get our 2 glasses of wine and that is after an attempt to get it ourselves at the bar. Salads and bread arrived after that. Our entree pork osso bucco which was a special showed up before we were done with our salads and it was lukewarm and bland. How they are are rated so highly by trip advisor makes me question their website.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is our go-to place when we want to take our guests out to dine. Fried Green has great food and exceptional service.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The restaurant has an old-world charm about it. Service and Food were very good. Felt a little packed in with the other 2 tops. Would return if we could get a little more privacy. Noise level was fairly high...but it was a Saturday night so they get a pass.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always amazed at the quality of the food served and they have a great chef. Great ingredients cooked the right way equals a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went to FGT for a bday dinner/ girls night out! The food was on the spot, but the sides were tiny, for all three entrees ordered. Just a tiny small potato and quartered, my friends had 1/4 c of sweet mashed potatoes! What?! However the service was excellent and the food was delicious and cooked well. The tomato basil soup was the best I’ve ever had!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was not our first visit to Fried Green Tomatoes. When we visit
Galena this is part of our destination. Good food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Molly was fantastic. Super friendly and very attentive. Espresso Filet was so flavorful and tender. Best steak I’ve had in a very long time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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