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Generals

4.7
4.7
338 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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 338 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. DG

    DavidG

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    BillT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and terrific food!
  3. JR

    JimR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful historic hotel, food was excellent, service was very good. I would definitely recommend.
  4. 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
  5. TW

    TerryW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious steak, perfectly done.
  6. 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.
  7. MR

    MalcolmR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in IL, IA, MN or WI. Great food. Served at proper intervals and at right temps. Service is very polite. Not too loud. Just a great place for a relaxing evening dinner.
  8. MW

    MichelleW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Our waitress was very friendly. Wonderful atmosphere!
  9. TC

    TomC

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner! The walleye and poorly chop dinners were outstanding!
  10. M

    Mo1908

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice quiet dinner with good food and drink .
  11. DP

    DebbieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Logan was our server. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
  12. V

    Vegetarian

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    DeSoto House guests dining as a couple. Hotel supper restaurant offered clean, well appointed interior with nice artwork on walls and well-placed antique adornments. Pleasant background music. Server was clean, neat and well-dressed but several support staff (Anglo males) - including the host - had unkempt appearances with shirt tails hanging out. Non-Anglo males and all female staff were neatly attired. Very limited menu stressing beef and fish. Our orders were slow coming, with our nervous and distracted server attributing the delay to computer problems and competing orders from a group seated out of sight. Our room contained fewer than 10 people. The food, once it arrived, was very good. There was no point taking left-overs back to our room because there was no refrigerator there.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Honestly our service was substandard. I ordered a ribeye & was brought a strip steak which I do not like nor ever eat. The server told me that it was a ribeye & that the cut of meat for a ribeye was like & next to a strip steak. Basically telling me it was a ribeye. I wish I took a picture because was was served to was a strip steak. I ordered as replacement Chicken Marsala & was brought Chicken w brown mushroom gravy. Being of Italian decent I cook w marsala wine & I don't ever recall my marsala dishes coming out dark brown gravy. So, I do not at this time recommend this restaurant.
  14. NV

    NelsonV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thomas was a real host. We had a few not so pleasant experiences around Galena but he made us happy again. Highly recommend Generals and hope you get to seat with Thomas!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was delicious. My husband ordered his filet well done and it was to his liking. He often has trouble with this at other restaurants. We like the atmosphere and the service. We always dine here when we are in Galena.
  16. SZ

    SZJSINGS

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive server (but not too…); Infantry on Horseback appetizer was awesome; blue cheese soup was a rare and delicious treat; pretzel crusted walleye and pan seared carmelized diver scallops were both excellently prepared. A pleasant, relaxed dining experience.
  17. AB

    AmyB

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    So much fun. Love the historic feeling
  18. SW

    StewartW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great place to have our final anniversary trip dinner. The staff was very attentive and even put petals on the table when they found out. I had the blackberry ribs with asparagus and potatoes au gratin. The ribs were fall off the ribs and very tender. My wife had the 8oz sirloin steak with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes. Her steak was perfect which rarely happens when you order medium well.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and great service.
  20. TJ

    TimandJenG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service! Had a perfect anniversary dinner with my wife. She had the pretzel crusted walleye and I had the prime rib special! Both were cooked perfectly and tasted amazing! Ambiance was spot on with live keyboard music and great lighting. Definitely recommend and definitely will be back!
  21. SB

    SheriB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Dinner was great! Both my husband and I ordered the special for the evening which was Prime Rib. We asked for them to be “finished on the grill” which was something they had never heard of but were very willing to do what we asked. The bread and butter arrived before our salads and I have to say, it was some of the tastiest bread I’ve ever had. Salads were very good. I ordered a cup of the special blue cheese soup. I had never had anything like this but it was very rich and I would definitely order it again. Our meal came and everything was cooked as asked. We were too full from dinner to order dessert but I would definitely come back. Nice atmosphere and dinner was appropriately priced.
  22. S

    Shoo

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife had the ribs, and I had the walleye. Ribs were fall off the bone with a very good blackberry bbq sauce. My fish was done perfectly and the portions were large. Excellent service from Logan! Highly recommended place to eat, and they serve excellent adult beverages!
  23. B

    Brian

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was great but the waiter was not very friendly.
  24. MG

    MaureenG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating my birthday in Galena
  25. t

    terryw

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was perfect, the drinks were excellent & the food was delicious. Most of all, Thomas took such good care of us. He shared information about Galena, the restaurant, etc. with us & just treated us like friends. It was my birthday & he made it a lovely evening for us. We definitely will return when we visit Galena again. And, we plan to stay at the De Soto Hotel during our next trip to town,
  26. KW

    KristineW

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food was excellent. However the wine list was less than average.
  27. PA

    PamA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved Generals...except...the duck confit appetizer was terrible. The 3 wonton with it we're delicious but the duck confit was very tough, inedible. Also, the ambiance was nice and peaceful until a group of 12 ladies were seated next to us. They were extremely loud. We couldn't hear each other talk, had to yell. All was made better because the dinner and dessert was exceptional. Service was also exceptional. Beautiful restaurant.
  28. JF

    JessicaF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Get the duck appetizer!!! The wontons it is served with are amazing)!!!
  29. RR

    RussR

    Denver

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Context matters. This is one of the best restaurants in the area, certainly the best in downtown Galena: decent food, good service, a calm and quiet setting. The filet and prime rib are both tasty, and the beef barley soup is terrific. The by-the-glass wine list is remarkable, offering among other things a lovely French Chardonnay and Sonoma Cabernet. Downsides: the desert options are all entirely too rich and staid, and we were disappointed when coffee came with non-dairy creamer in those wretched little portion control plastic cups instead of actual milk or cream. Not what one expects in an otherwise attractive restaurant.
  30. CV

    CandaceV

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were taken in immediately , our server was very friendly and helpful with my need for a gluten free meal. Food was delicious, I had a fillet cooked to a perfect medium and my husband chose the walleye which was THE best he said.
  31. g

    geni1124

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love to visit this restaurant when we come to Galena! what a treat. All of the dishes are wonderful...and so fresh. Our waiter, Thomas was so thoughtful and nice. What a treat. Many thanks!
  32. CW

    CherylW

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    What a wonderful surprise! The food was great, service was friendly. We will go again!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was great and service was excellent
  34. KB

    KateB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was top notch! All the wait staff were friendly and attentive. The food was out of this world good and a great value for the quality. The history of the building was intriguing too.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal with exceptional service
  36. CF

    CardsFan

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Unique ambiance in the historic DeSoto Hotel. Attentive service and good food. We had pretzel encrusted walleye, which was delicious, and chocolate cake to celebrate our anniversary.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a whim we decided to try Generals. We ordered ribs, tortellini carbonara, ravioli. All were delicious. Our server, Sarah, was friendly, timely and professional. We enjoyed our meals and experience. The venue was busier than our photos show, but it was a quiet Monday night on the 4th of July. Likely people were at fireworks and celebrations.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was extremely happy with my meal. I had the appetizer Infantry on Hourseback, which is bacon wrapped shrimp deep fried. So good! My pretzel crusted walleye was magnificent. Black Lady Martini was tasty. Service was spot on. An excellent dining experience.
  39. JF

    JohnF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was wonderful, service was great! We would definitely dine there again!
  40. j

    janineg

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was my first trip to Galena and the Generals. Excellent food, service and I will definitely return!

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 4.7 stars by 338 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 9 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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