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Generals

4.5
4.5
372 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Come dine at the historic Generals’ Restaurant! For your dining pleasure we offer delectable appetizers, succulent hand-cut steaks, enticing seafood, flavorful pastas, delicious chicken and scrumptious desserts! Every Saturday we present our slow-roasted seasoned Prime Rib. Our servers continually strive to provide you with excellent service to complete your dining experience. Our casual fine dining atmosphere is perfect for any occasion - anniversary, birthday, date night or just to relax with friends.
The Generals’ Bar also boasts Galena’s most knowledgeable bartenders ready to craft one of our Signature Cocktails for you to enjoy in our lounge area or with your meal.
We offer entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening featuring Mark Rockwell on the piano playing contemporary hits and your requests.
Reservations Highly Recommended

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-0090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mel Anderson

  • Catering

    Please contact Kristina Larkin directly for any catering inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    Four additional meeting rooms are available, with capabilities ranging from 10-40 people. From start to finish our professional staff pays close attention to detail and insures the service you expect.

  • Private party contact

    Linda Wickler: (815) 777-6816

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Cross street

    Main Street and Green Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Featuring the piano playing of Aaron Alexander every Saturday evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 372 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. TD

    TracyD

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful and food was fantastic! Ordered filet, kids ordered salmon and burger, no complaints whatsoever!
  2. DW

    DriveWhite

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a lovely evening. We enjoyed watching the participants in the Civil War era ball. Piano music is so lovely during dinner. I had NY strip which was delightful and prepared medium rare perfectly. Service was good but we felt rushed. I was asked for my drink order before I removed my coat. Dishes removed while I was eating. If I wanted fast food I would have gone to Culvers.
  3. LB

    LarryB

    Milwaukee

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    An amazing experience for a very special occasion
  4. F

    Familyeatsout

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great evening with my wife and son. The food was awesome and the wait staff was excellent. They took care of us like royalty! Wonderful place to have a great, relaxing end to the day.
  5. LD

    LindaD

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was very warm and inviting. The bar was cozy and the bartender went out of her way to please us. The food was excellent. We did not expect such quality at a hotel restaurant.
  6. MN

    MrsNC

    Chicago

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I planned a special trip to Galena for the first time and were not only impressed by the quaint and cute town with lots of fun shops and things to do, but we really enjoyed the food - especially our dinner at generals. Right in the heart of downtown, it was great to eat in a historic building and the live piano music, great service, and delicious food made it even better. The French onion soup was delicious, the kids ate, helping after helping of the spaghetti and meatballs, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his walleye. If we ever come back again, we will definitely come back to eat here!
  7. AB

    AnitaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Generals after the Halloween parade. We always have great food and service. Our waitress dressed as Madonna, was amazing. We also love Flying fingers the piano player. Lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend!
  8. JD

    JeanetteD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Quality food with a nice selection/variety. Our steaks were cooked perfectly!
  9. P

    Propertyowner

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was very good, nice wines from Columbia Valley, WA Our server Sarah from Las Vegas was outstanding. She kept us informed and timed our soup and dinner Setvice perfectly You kind of forget about this place because it is down stairs in the Desoto house, but we will be back And request Sarah
  10. DV

    DeborahV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very attentive and pleasant. The food was good but have had a better experience other times we have dined there. I thought the filet was a little dry. We wanted to order a cup of Crab Bisque and side House Salad but they could not be ordered as "sides." We did order them, but the sides that came with the entrees were different versions of potatoes and some vegetables. So we did order sides and took them home with us. The Crab Bisque is delicious as is the House Salad. We will be visiting again. We love the DeSoto and have stayed there many times. The staff is wonderful!
  11. JH

    JasonH

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    We were seated off in a small room by ourselves when there were several open tables in the main dining rooms. In addition to this, this was to be fine dining and the lights were blaring bright - we asked the waiter to lower them and he did. Additional wait staff kept walking in and out a door that connected to another area of the hotel (this was really distracting.). They were caring linens and such (never food) and there was definitely an option to walk through the entrance. Our waiter Logan was fantastic but seemed to be stretched thin and was often MIA (I think this was due to being stretched thin). I ordered two martinis- both were good but had the service been “available” I would have had another drink or glass of wine). It is the first fine dining that didn’t come with a choice of soup or salad, but you could pay an additional fee. The food came timely, but my steak was not as tender as a 38$ filet should be, it did have nice flavor. The mashed red potatoes were dry and the quinoa was just so-so. My husband had the pretzel crusted walleye and he thought it was really good. His sides were potatoes au gratin, but they were “cold, no flavor, no cheese”. the quinoa was okay. Over all, definitely not worth the money and a disappointing experience for our 24th anniversary dinner. We would not go back. I understand there is a labor shortage but much of what we experienced was avoidable and lacked customer focus.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation Great food selections Beautiful historic building
  13. PO

    PattyO

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Friendly attentive staff. Had the Rib-eye and the Walleye. Both were great. Soups were good. No room for dessert but those looked good Would recommend
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We gave it another try & it was fabulous. Food was awesome & ribeye was served cooked to perfection. Our server Logan was the best & so conscientious to our needs & wants. Kristina understood our wants which helped make the best dinner experience one could ask for & making us feel comfortable. Definitely will return with confidence of having a great & delicious meal. Thank you!!!
  15. AB

    AirBoss58

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    In the interest of transparency, we did not partake in any food at Generals' because of the events that transpired as listed below. The dining room was lit rather brightly for what I would expect from a dining establishment. However I do realize many clientele do appreciate better light to read by. Perhaps some task lighting for each table would be more appropriate. A welcomed observation was the distance between the tables! Enough room to easily pass by another table without having to excuse yourself whatsoever. Well done. Onto the unpleasantries: I had indicated on my reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary. Yet we were seated uncomfortably near the entrance to the dining room within ear shot of other guests checking in with the maître d'hôtel. I do understand that I made a same day(in the morning) reservation but, when tables are still available after 15-20 minutes of our arrival, that indicates there were other tables available to be seated at. I didn't care to voice my displeasure at the time & elected to give Generals' the benefit of the doubt. My wife ordered a mixed drink & I chose to try a local beer. After 10 minutes, our drinks arrived in hand with our server. Our server carried my wife's martini glass with his forefinger and thumb directly touching the top of the martini glass, actually resting on the sugar rimmed lip where one would drink from. My beer glass was also delivered in the same fashion, fingers and thumb placed at the top of the glass. My wife looked at me & very quietly said, "I'm not drinking this", as my beer glass arrived and the server departed for another table. I replied to my wife, "I wouldn't either, and I'm not drinking this either". If a server can't be trusted with proper food safety with a drink: How can he/she be trusted with food? I quietly informed the maître d' of our displeasure and departure. I offered to pay for the drinks which was graciously declined.
  16. k

    kellyc

    Las Vegas

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went with friends good food & fun! Lots to choose from on the menu!
  17. SE

    SheilaEA

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I dined at General's for our 40th Anniversary. We are impressed at the ambiance and decor. Beginning with the host, our waiter and other staff all had a welcoming and courteous spirit. The food was delicious and delectable, as well as appealingly presented. We really enjoyed our celebratory meal.
  18. CS

    ConnieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an enjoyable experience with piano music in background which still allowed you to talk with your partner. Excellent food.
  19. f

    feedmahfotch

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They sat us in the "Lady in Black" wall seat without us even making a special request for it, which was super cool! We both had the prime rib with asparagus, which was excellent. It was a lovely dinner, totally recommend for a date night when visiting Galena.
  20. JD

    JoeD

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We expected a lot more than we got from Generals. The food was very good! There was a nice selection of sides to go with the entrees. Our server was struggling and seemed nervous or something, but he was nice. The food runner brought our dish - NY Strip with diver scallops and set down the one plate between us to apparently share. I asked where was my Bone-in Pork Chop? The server came and apologized for not putting in my order, saying that he got flustered because there were so many people when he was at the head of the line, and he forgot. Then the expediter came from the kitchen and said there was a rush on my dish. It arrived and was very tasty. Fortunately, my partner and I like to share our dishes, so we started on hers then we worked on mine when it arrived. They did adjust the bill to reflect the mistake.
  21. KB

    KarinB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and staff were amazing! We always feel very well taken care of at The General, and last night was no exception. Our waiter, Logan, made sure that everything was cooked to order and got everything right. The wine selection is outstanding, and Shelby provided an excellent bottle for us. The General never disappoints!
  22. M

    Mo1908

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner with friends
  23. DR

    DonnaR

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating out anniversary and the room was super quiet with a piano player near us and the table was in a corner. Food was fabulous -- steak oscar and walleye were really great......the bleu cheese soup was outstanding and the dessert delicious. Sarah was the best ever waitress. I would go back in a heartbeat.
  24. JA

    zJAG

    Chicago

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The waitress was outstanding
  25. AM

    AlanaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & service. I’d definitely eat there again! Actually we are all looking forward to it. !
  26. RF

    RobinF

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat near the keyboard player and he played all of our requests. The food was prepared perfectly and the service was top notch. We will definetly return since we enjoyed our dinner. Plus very wheelchair accessible.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We enjoyed the bar. Wry much. The bartender was good, and drinks excellent. When we were seated in the restaurant our experience went downhill. Although the service was good, the food was very disappointing. Both my wife’s blackened ribeye and my stuffed chicken dish were flavorless. The best, and only food I would order again is their signature blue cheese soup. It was very good.
  28. A

    Allan

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    First time visit and was really excited. Service was slow. Perhaps not enough help. Had to send my New York Strip back as I could not chew any section of the meat. Sad as my expectations were really high. Scallops were excellent as well as the French onion soup. My wife enjoyed her fillet but I didn’t enjoy our special date night watching her eat alone.
  29. TG

    TheresaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Dining with another couple, a couple of us had the crab bisque. It was good but I wouldn't say great; on the bland side. A couple of us had the special - halibut. It was a very good-sized portion but on the dry side - perhaps overdone? The caesar salad was good but more of a salad with caesar salad dressing. The scallops were very good as was the beef crostini.
  30. SB

    SteveB

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal! Loved the wine, loved the salad, loved the entree, loved the dessert!! We arrived early, ahead of our reservation time but were seated immediately. Service was outstanding. Sarah made our evening a special treat. Can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.
  31. M

    Melissa

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a wonderful dinner!!! Highly recommended! Loved everything about it.
  32. KW

    KarenW

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food and nice quiet interior. Music playing was a nice add, and was quiet enough to allow for easy talking
  33. T

    Tomabouttown

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I'd say that overall, the dining experience was very good. An unexpected treat was a piano guy that rolled out the standards. We stayed in the Desoto House that is adjacent to the General's. Very convenient. After dinner, step out of the hotel and you are out on Main street, Galena.
  34. SK

    SallyK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Our waiter was rude, disinterested, inattentive and should not be working with the public. His name was Jason and our meal and evening was less because of him.
  35. DG

    DavidG

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Scallops were outstanding. Tried the blue cheese soup that is the house specialty, also very good.
  36. BT

    BillT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and terrific food!
  37. JR

    JimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful historic hotel, food was excellent, service was very good. I would definitely recommend.
  38. M

    Marie

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very efficient food was excellent nice atmosphere I would go back again
  39. TW

    TerryW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious steak, perfectly done.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. Excellent food. Our server Julie was awesome.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Generals offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 777-0090.

Generals is rated 4.5 stars by 372 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Generals

230 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Main Street and Green Street

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mel Anderson

  • Entertainment

    Featuring the piano playing of Aaron Alexander every Saturday evening.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-0090

  • Catering

    Please contact Kristina Larkin directly for any catering inquiries

  • Private party facilities

    Four additional meeting rooms are available, with capabilities ranging from 10-40 people. From start to finish our professional staff pays close attention to detail and insures the service you expect.

  • Private party contact

    Linda Wickler: (815) 777-6816

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