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Generals, Galena, IL
Generals, Galena, IL
Generals, Galena, IL
Generals, Galena, IL
Generals, Galena, IL

Generals

4.7
4.7
525 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

What 525 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

526 Reviews
  1. Mo1908

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food was delicious we had the halibut and New York strip steak. Carson our server was excellent. We will be back great dinner

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  2. JanS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated a 75th birthday and were greeted with balloon and confetti! The wine was excellent, the food was delicious, and the service professional & attentive. We especially enjoyed the piano music and the ambiance of a first-class big city restaurant. Will definitely recommend it to friends & family!

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  3. ScottN

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow. Drinks were not worth the money. Food was over priced.

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  4. Joyce

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was lovely. The service was excellent. I ordered the stuffed chicken breast and unfortunately the chicken was very tough, although the flavor was good. We all loved the bread. Thank you for the enjoyable entertainment.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. The warm bread was awesome. Service was a little slow.

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  6. Daniel

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as always. A bit slow because of Valentine's Day, but they made up for it.

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  7. JudieC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service - Logan was awesome. Made my birthday dinner even better.

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  8. HpyNewWife

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Steaks and burgers were cooked perfectly. Would like to see additional cocktails and a few more appetizer options, but overall, VERY good.

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  9. Nicole

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, quiet and cozy dining for great prices.

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  10. tomr

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was really good, service is great. Bartender at the basement bar area did a great job, very personable.

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  11. BarbG

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Carson was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, hot and cooked perfectly. We were impressed with your staff especially those bringing out the food and clearing the tables. We enjoyed the piano music also!

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  12. TomP

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hotel/restaurant ambiance was very nice. Our waitress was friendly and efficient. Wished we would have paced ourselves better because food came out SO fast! One entree was a ribeye and I had the delicious shrimp special. Will recommend and return sometime.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Food was excellent! Thanks for having us.

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  14. Beenaroundplenty

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place -- this was our first visit. Historic hotel, vintage feel, comfortable dining room, plenty of history, excellent food, service was not too bad given packed house that night. Better than we thought it might be given the full house we saw around us. Filet was outstanding. Parking fairly convenient. We would go back.

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  15. Bigcordo

    Chicago

    89 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Really wanted to give a positive review, for our group of six, service was slow, one of ribeyes undercooked. Took an exceptionally long to get the bill and then checkout. I will give them the benefit of the doubt, overall the entrees were enjoyed. Seem to have nice wine list. Tighten up on the service piece and this a cool historical space to dine.

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  16. JanetW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you’re looking for the best place in Galena to have an awesome incredible dinner, then the generals is the place to go to fabulous tasting food service was stellar. Everybody working together was awesome. Thank you for the experience. Be sure you eat there. It’s one of Galena’s best kept secrets.

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  17. TeaJ

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere was nice, the service was very good. The food was ok but we are spoiled with restaurants in Chicago. The good was ok.

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  18. AliceM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy our meals at the General. Maybe a little peppermint ice cream would be nice as an option to the dessert cart. Jasmine rice side was bland and dry. Otherwise most excellent and a great server. Thank you!

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  19. Lina

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful location and great food and service. Recommend it.

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  20. BrianC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food, attentive friendly service, but it took a while to get our food (kitchen probably short staffed?)

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  21. RitaR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a beautiful setting with great food and service!

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  22. CarolN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, excellent service, excellent food. Coupons were much appreciated!

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  23. CherylW

    Chicago

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately we did not have a good experience this time! Our French onion soup came to us cold. The walleye was just okay.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Julie was so gracious and funny, we had such a wonderful experience in her care. The food was quite yummy (ravioli, pasta and Salmon by our group). Highly recommended.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoy the General’s especially for special occasions. The food was excellent as usual and our waitress was very attentive. We’ll be back in March!

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  26. Paul

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! In the basement of the historic DeSoto Hotel. Great selection of foods, attentive, courteous servers, great cocktails, lovely, quiet atmosphere. A hidden gem.

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  27. JamesB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was outstanding. Nice and quiet to enjoy conversation.

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  28. DavidD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are somewhat regular visitors to The General and always have a wonderful meal and great service. Two of our favorites are the grilled sea scallops and pecan-encrusted walleye. The food quality is always extremely consistent and enjoyable.

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  29. KathrynW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They made my mother's birthday experience very memorable. The food and service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

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  30. Propertyowner

    Chicago

    57 reviews

    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food Sides do not include a simple dinner salad

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  31. Food2Wine

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    HreT food French salad always good. Service good until the end. ALL servers should know to NOT bring the check until everyone is finished eating. Severs 101

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  32. DebbieL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food with a nice atmosphere. Live piano music was nice as well.

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  33. KarenM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, wonderful food. Always visit when we come to Galena!

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  34. JH60098

    Chicago

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Six of us and all were happy with food, ambience and server Logan. Our first time dining here and will definitely return.

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  35. monty

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming place, great menu, delicious food and our server Logan, was fantastic!

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  36. BruceB

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The bread was the best thing. Underage server recommending wine he could not drink. Had to use bread plate for appetizer and they were never cleared. Everything needed salt. Fish better at Culver's for 1/3 the price. Not good for foodies.

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  37. Daniel

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always lovely to go to the Generals. They even made my wife a nice non-alcoholic drink at the bar, just soda water, cranberry and a lime. Make sure to save room for dessert.

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  38. AmyF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bartender Elijah was awesome and very knowledgeable and personable! Food was amazing ! Would definitely visit again!

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  39. Lulubean1

    Chicago

    108 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great dinner here! Food is very good & Logan, our server, was very nice, efficient & so polite!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Service slow. Steak was dry and grizzly. Ribs very dry - threw some sauce on it. Nothing special. Stomach issues the next day. Didnt even recognize our anniversary. We thought we try something different. Learned our lesson the hard way.

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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 525 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 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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