Generals

4.5
163 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 163 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful along with the service, my wife and I will recommend to anyone!

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BethB
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed!!! We did not have Christmas dinner. Very upset! Will never use open table again

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vipNormaJ
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was ok

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MicheleL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat! Had a wonderful time... Maddie was a great waitress.

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dduck
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding!

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CindyE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maddie our server was absolutely wonderful!

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vipAshlie
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

The drinks were very good. My husband got the new york strip with mashed potatoes and green beans that were really good. I got the salmon with seasonal vegetables and jasmine rice. Salmon was dry but sides were really good. Our waitress Maddie was very kind and attentive.

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vipHarryeats
Milwaukee
52 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Do to restrictions we sat at a table on the street under a tent. it was a nice night and turned out really good. My wife and I both enjoyed the bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer. Caesar salad was good too. We both had the filet which came out warm and not hot but I am sure they are trying their best to get the food up and out to the street. Our server Carrol was really nice. We would return again when going back to Galena.
Forgot to mention the bread service was really good.

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CarlD
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter made the evening perfect. He knew the right drinks, the food and wine. Pleasant to talk to and attentive. A great meal.

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DMreview
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jason was our waiter. Pretzel crusted walleye was fabulous, cooked to perfection (as we're sides of fingerling potatoes and asparagus). The cheese tortellini with peas and prosciutto in garlic cream sauce was also quite delicious. Salad with raspberry vinaigrette was fresh. The creamy blue cheese soup was good, however had cut onions and celery which weren't quite tender yet from cooking. Would have preferred if that was blended with immersion blender, but that's just me. I used it to dip the fresh bread in (win-win). Split a dessert of pineapple upside down cake. Service was prompt and good. Left happy and satisfied.

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wdmkl
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In these uncertain times one never knows what a dining experience might be — especially as folks are tending to wanting to be indoors...

That said they pulled it all off. Food/atmosphere/social distancing -- all of it.

My standard always has been --- will I go back?

And the answer is yes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent! Appetizers of bacon wrapped shrimp and beef crostini were amazing. Entrees were also delicious! Chocolate cake dessert was incredible. Jeffrey W provided amazing service and was very helpful and informative on selections. A great experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Scallops were over cooked and chicken with tomato pasta was bland to the taste. Great atmosphere but wish the food was better that night.

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vipDebraKayM
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shelby was a super friendly and professional server. The General is quaint with great food and drink selections. The blue cheese soup is a must! Absolutely delicious and they also provided the recipe. We will return and highly recommend The General when looking for dinner in downtown Galena.

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SkipThisOne
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

We went here for a girls night out. The pasta waa good, but my friend had the scallops with rice and the rice wasn't cooked. She left hungry. It ws a lot of money for a disappointing meal. I would skip this one!

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Marg
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service, delicious food, attractive setting.

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Kris
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I were on a Girlfriend’s Weekend in Galen’s. We arrived late on a Rainy Friday afternoon. We quickly found out the the pandemic and rain caused restaurants to fill quickly, and although The General wasn’t our first choice we were able to get in at a reasonable time. When we arrived the hostess, Monika, apologized and said it would be a few minutes and asked us to have a seat at the bar, AND THEN TOLD THE BARTENDER THE DRINK WAS ON THE HOUSE! We honestly waited less than 10 minutes and took our drinks with us to the table. The food was fantastic! EVERYTHING was done perfectly (steaks and scallops) and the au gratin potatoes were out of this world. Our server was attentive, polite, and friendly. It was just a perfect evening! We WILL be back!

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Pc0m166
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday for my wife we had Dinner reservations and we were early. The hostess seated us immediately,we had a quaint little table. They didn’t have to put chairs together we were a party of eight .The ambience was excellent,the noise level was moderate only because of our noise. My only regret is that I am three hours away from this place,I highly recommend this Restaurant.

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Andrew1of2
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our arrival in the early evening provided a very quiet and private dining experience. Saturday evening's prime rib special was wonderful and was complimented by well prepared roasted vegetables and delicious parmesan encrusted fresh bread. Service was super friendly and attentive. As for ambiance, the loved piano player seemed to be playing just for us. Actually since we were the only guests in that section of the restaurant, he was playing to an audience of two. I highly recommend Generals.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service!

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Shelley
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed an evening out what the an incredible dinner of prime rib, cooked & seasoned to perfection.
Our waiter's wine suggestion was perfect.
Would definitely be back if in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was extremely complimentary and offered us a cocktail on the house upon arrival. We were seated at the exact time of our reservation. We both had filets. I always order mine blue which throws a lot of wait staff off. It was cooked perfectly, nicely seared on the outside and a cold center. The atmosphere was peaceful and we really enjoyed our dinner and the service.

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terra
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect date night. Food was amazing. Could have done without the loud Bachelorette group that was seated right next to us when we were the only people there.

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DonaQ
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding servier - Shelby! Everything was great!

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KathyM
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I went to dinner for our anniversary. They had hearts and chocolates on our table and the server wished us a happy anniversary. Very thoughtful. Good menu options and good food. Great service.

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vipHealthyGirl
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Scallops were delicious. Beef bruschetta delicious.

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vipBrianF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, drinks were outstanding. Can’t wait to go back! Truly an enjoyable evening and great time

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shir
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful! Excellent food, good service and great atmosphere. Loved it.

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vipPattiD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Galena for the Special Olympics Winter Games and had a delicious meal with friends at the Generals. The food was outstanding and the service and peaceful atmosphere of the restaurant made it a very pleasant experience. It’s the perfect place for a special occasion dinner or for spending time with friends. The soft music and low noise level made it easy to have a conversation. We’ll definitely be going back.

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StacyB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Good food, excellent service. We will go back.

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GreatSteakSeeker
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our meal at General’s was overall excellent. We loved the walk to the basement and the ambiance, the piano player further helped. A separation between the bar area and dining room would have helped the loud patron noise from interrupting the mood. The cheese platter and bread were excellent as well as the soup/salad. The only complaint would be that our steaks were under cooked. Medium should be a pink center, not red and bloody. But, flavor was certainly there so hard to complain. Would definitely recommend and return.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We were celebrating my wife’s birthday. Mentioned this when making the reservation and to the waiter when we were seated. Food was good and served promptly. My issue was absolutely no recognition of my wife’s birthday by the hostess or waiter. I cannot recommend a restaurant that does not go a little above and beyond for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years cekebration

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vipDavidF
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Family outing.

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Foodlvr
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service on a very busy weekend. All of our orders came out piping hot, and cooked to order. A festive atmosphere encouraged us to linger. One of our favorite places in Galena. It’s a hidden gem. Tucked away in the Desoto House Hotel, it is worth searching out.

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LISAS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Waiter forewarned us of slow service, citing the Luminaria Festival as the cause, yet we were surrounded by empty tables. We had 8 in our party and our dinner was to be a holiday gift to our Mom. One of the glasses of wine never arrived, so it was cancelled and a bottle of beer was ordered instead. We were charged for both. Mom's "medium rare" steak arrived raw inside, so we asked it to be returned to the kitchen and cooked a little longer. 20 minutes later, while we uncomfortably ate in front of my Mom so OUR food didn't get cold, the waiter brought out her now charred/burnt over-cooked, dry piece of meat. I don't know if the chef did this out of spite, but . . . The waiter seemed surprised when we complained about it. He grudgingly offered to remove that from our bill, but the mood at the table was already ruined. Merry Christmas, Mom! Very disappointed and will not return.

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DianeS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Generals was a very nice, quiet place to eat. The food was wonderful, the ambiance was soothing and relaxing. The only complaint I had was that it seemed that the waitstaff was not consistent. Meaning that, my son asked our waitress if he could substitute a side/house salad in place of one side. He was told no by our waitress that they could not do that. So, he placed his order choosing something he did not care for as a side and we waited for our meals to arrive. Meanwhile, about 20 minutes later at the table directly next to us, a different waiter took that tables order and they asked him if they could substitute a side/house salad instead and his reply was "Oh yes, of course". That inconsistency really left us with a dissatisfied feeling.

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BDL001
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a date night. There was no rush or extreme expectation. We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and was seated immediately. No problems, food was very good, service was very good, the piano player was very good. Excellent no stress night out. Will go back!

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vipLaLa
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Took my parents here for their 54th Anniversary due to the wide variety of choices available. Everyone enjoyed their food and the service was good. We really appreciated that the dining room we were seated in was not loud and we were able to hear our own conversations. My only one complaint was the amount of walking needed to get to the restaurant even with the elevator but we made due.

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ImaD
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WONDERFUL AMBIANCE. Great food. The soups are perfect, meal cooked perfectly. Delicious. Wonderful deserts.

FAQs

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

Generals is rated 4.5 stars by 163 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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