Generals

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Generals' Restaurant is named in honor of Galena's nine Civil War Generals. Our menu features many house made specialties as well as hand cut steaks and seafood.

Join us and enjoy Historic ambiance that boasts original Galena brick and beamed ceilings.
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OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

An excellent meal in a nice hotel dining room. Food was all well prepared, and menu offered some unique menu items such as their Blue Cheese Soup! Slightly understaffed for a busy evening, but that's to be expected in a seasonal town. We'll be back!

F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The filet was excellent. Perfectly done, as requested. The service by Jeff, and his assisting server in training Ava, was top notch. Attentive without being smothering. We will be back.

A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice Steakhouse located in the historical Galena first hotel.
Staff was very nice and and food was great and very well served. Great wine list.

DF
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We sat at the bar and our bartender was Eric. He was outstanding. Great sense of humor and very engaging. Actually, we got the sense that all of the servers were wonder because we saw how they engaged with our bartender. The food was great as well. Crab bisque, shrimp wrapped in bacon, crab legs and prime rib are top notch. This is a must go when in Galena.

JS
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

While the quality of the steak cuts was average, there was little to know seasoning to do anything to them. Hardly even salt and pepper. MY NY Strip was undersized and thin and as a result was medium well when ordered medium. My wife's filet was under cooked when ordered medium.

The service was slow for being a Monday night and only half full.

BT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant far exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hostess was amazing!

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Pork chop was terrible. Tasted off. Salmon was delicious. Bread and herb butter was tasty. A salad included in the price would’ve been nice! Atmosphere great, especially if you’re a history buff.

c
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The service was excellent. The food was delicious. We have no concerns or complaints at all. We will come back again!

L
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a nice quiet dinner at the General. The food was delicious and the service was great.

KT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

On vacation. Food was good but the experience was just so-so. The hostess was kind of rude when we asked about the restaurant’s famed ghost. I realize she’s probably sick of the question but I’m sure many people eat there because of the stories so if you want more business play it up. Just meh.

OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service is great, and the dining room is very nice.

Food was vastly underseasoned.

a
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

The server was terrible. We really love this restaurant. But to be treated like we were, it will be hard for us to go back.

DT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived just before opening and had a couple drinks in the lounge area. The hostess was very friendly. We were seated right away, our server was attentive, food was good, and we had a real nice experience.

BA
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I wanted a quiet romantic evening. Ann our hostess was so welcoming. Gail our server and Amalia were so attentive. We were there on a Tuesday so not so busy, which was great. I had the best Manhattan I think I’ve ever had. We split the crab bisque soup with their piping hot fresh bread. My husband had the blackberry ribs and I had the French salad. Generous portions and so delicious. Can’t wait to go back.

NT
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was good but nothing spectacular. The building is really nice and the history is really awesome. If you don’t eat there, at least go see it.

GN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful server. She was patient and helpful. I had the flat iron steak Oscar Style. And it was excellent and my wife had the salmon which she enjoyed also. Be aware that they advertise casual fine dining and the prices are definitely fine dining but you may have to sit next to a guy in a faded Cubs t-shirt and ball cap like we did.

BN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our anniversary. They had the table decorated with hearts and kisses. Nice touch! The walleye dinner was outstanding. Overall, a great choice.

TR
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff are very attentive, friendly, & accommodating. I would recommend all to enjoy the experience.

AB
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I chose the Generals Restaurant to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary, because of the buildings history and what we have heard and read about it. What we got was so much more. the people, the food, the ambiance the decor, it gave us so much more that we could imagine. we enjoyed it so much that we plan to come back later this summer and stay at the Desoto House and partake in the whole experience. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was 5 star, the ambiance was perfect. everyone we met, went beyond to help us. Thank You and we will see you later this summer.

ME
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Walleye wasn't anything special, husband really enjoyed his pasta. Sat next to small birthday gathering so was a bit louder than I hoped but not unbearable. Cheesecake was excellent!

j
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The steak I have to say was not a great cut very fatty for a sirloin and the taste was not out of this world very bland . But we had an autistic child and the service to make his dinner perfect was outstanding.

KK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just not as upscale as we usually look for in a restaurant.
The place was lovely and the staff was friendly and accommodating and although the food was good, we just cant rave about it.

OO
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the set up of this restaurant. The hotel is gorgeous and the food was great for the price. The staff was very friendly.

OT
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ann the hostess was delightful! Jeff our waiter was great and very professional while being fun! Food was fabulous!

PS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I will definitely be a repeat customer!

P
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good
Service was a little slow to start but improved
Nice wines on the special for wine lovers weekend

B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistant . Great staff. Steaks and seafood dishes excellent. Have tried them all. Must try the blue cheese soup.

BS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I made this reservation a month in advance and confirmed my request for a specific server directly with the restaurant. We arrived after driving through a blizzard on bad roads because we had such a great time last time and didn't want to cancel. Checked in, the hostess didn't ask our name after we said we had a reservation. Okay.... we get seated. The place is empty. There were 3 other tables there. We were given our server, Lindsey, who was NOT the server we requested and confirmed with the restaurant before hand. I didn't even see our server there. Fine, maybe he didn't come in. Lindsey came over, suggested a wine and said she'd be right back to take our drink order. After 22 minutes and no sign of Lindsey in the empty restaurant, only 2 other tables at that point, we left. Horrible experience because of a horrible server. We left and went to the Goldmoor. Food was great, as was the service. We will NOT be back to The General's on our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Generals. The filet is amazing.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

First, I have been here before and really liked it, not as much this time, after waiting 15 minutes to get a drink after being seated, we then ordered. It took another half hour to get our appetizers once we talked to the matre d. The whole dinning experience took almost 2 hours. They did however comp our drinks

JH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The hostess was sweet and funny! Our waiter Jeff was fantastic. Food was great, and reasonably priced! Will definitely return! We came for our anniversary and we were given a complimentary glass of champagne and we were able to keep the glasses!

D
Minneapolis
74 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would not go here again, service was VERY slow, the food was not good at all and I did not get my full order.

Even getting check to leave was a long drawn out process.

a
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurant in Galena. Service was great and the food was very good.

Y
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a night to remember! From a quiet drink at the bar, to the tour of the haunted storage area by Eric, to our totally amazing server (so sorry I forgot your name!) Everyone took such good care of us. You must have the pretzel encrusted walleye, best fish I've ever had!!!!! Thank you for a very special night!!!!

K
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We were there for the Night of the Luminaria. We had reservations for the General restaurant, but first they tried to seat us in the Courtyard. Then they told us we had to wait, even though we had a reservation and there were only about four tables occupied in that area in the restaurant. Then when we were finally sat we had to wait about 15 minutes before anyone came over, that was only because I walked to the hostess stand to inquire about a server, or we may have had to wait longer. Also when we were finished with dinner, we ordered a dessert, then the waitress brought the check over before the dessert. Come to find out the dessert was out and the waitress had to adjust the bill, not the most professional for anyone who has worked in the business. The food was good, but the service was severely lacking that night. We come to Galena every year for the Night of the Luminaria, and with many other food options to choose from, we will probably avoid going back here.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat! Everyone was so nice. The food was great. Ambiance of the Christmas tree in the courtyard!

B
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Thanksgiving meal was a bust. Very crowded. Long lines to check in and confusion about which host to check-in with. Upstairs or downstairs? Then the meal felt very rushed. To top it off, they ran out of mashed potatoes, salmon, pumpkin pie and coffee! All that for $80! Thanks General 🤢

JH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed two meals at Generals during our short stay in Galena, and plan to return again soon!

RP
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific decor. our server was outstanding. the food was enjoyable and everyone was pleased. WE will be back. Thanks

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