About Generals

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.

230 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Tuesday thru Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Main Street and Green Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 777-0090

Website:
http://www.desotohouse.com/

Entertainment:
Featuring the piano playing of Aaron Alexander every Saturday evening.

Catering:
Please contact Linda Wickler directly for any catering inquiries

Parking Details:
Enclosed four story parking facilities

Executive Chef:
Tim Heinze

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Generals Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Special Occasion (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Mediocre food. Wife ordered the halibut. Was overlooked and dry. I ordered the king crab special which looked and tasted old.
Would not return.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a 7p reservation on Sat 12/9 and were not seated until 7:45p with no acknowledgement nor apologies. Our server brought the wrong bottle of sparkling wine. Bread and butter wasn’t brought to our table until the soup & salad.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

WE had a party of 8 and had great service and very good food. The atmosphere was very nice, quiet but we didn't feel like we could not enjoy each other. There was another big party and we hardly heard them. Loved the "old" brick and feeling of the DeSoto House. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Pricey ! Great service and ambience! Highly recommend Jeff to be your waiter ! Order the pretzel crusted walleye with baked potato and seasonal veggies ! Walleye is enough for 2 people to split the entree! Order a house salad to start your meal with French dressing ! The French is amazing !

Tags: Late-night Find, Romantic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

My boyfriend and I visited Galena for a weekend, and this was our favorite meal of the trip. He had a ribeye with scallops, and said the starter bread was wonderful. I had a filet with scallops and scalloped potatoes. Our server Cory was wonderful about making sure everything I ordered was gluten free. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had previously only had lunch here, which was very nice, so decided to try their dinner menu. We both opted for the pretzel crusted walleye which was excellent as well as the crab bisque. Service was excellent also. A lovely place to dine and we will definately return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

I have been coming to Galena for over 20 years and this was the first time at The General's. Food was delicious, service was wonderful and ambiance was comfortable. Very highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Absolutely loved this restaurant. Our server made the evening very special. We were celebrating an 89th birthday. The food was very good. The ambiance was fabulous--quiet and we could talk. Definitely will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We dined at General's on a girls weekend. Great ambiance, good pianist providing background music. My steak was done perfectly as were my veggies. I'd return here.

Tags: Cozy, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The food was excellent and the atmosphere was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation at our table without having to raise our voices over loudmouths. Classy place with refined diners.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We visited Generals. Made a reservation but wouldn't have needed it at 6:45p. The restaurant is quiet. In the basement of the De Soto Hotel which is an old quaint place. My husband had Salmon with Raspberry sauce and I had Waleye. Both were great. They have a great desert cart but we were too full.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Love the historic atmosphere but no one was present when we checked in and waited ten minutes. Food was good but nothing special. Seem under staffed

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Took the family here for a special weekend, never again. The food here is extremely expensive for the quality. I had chicken parmesan and the chicken was tough and chewy. Others had steaks that were average. Infantry on horseback appetizer was overcooked and the "snappy" sauce tasted like bottled bbq sauce. The service was even worse than the food. The waitress disappeared frequently and rarely checked on us. I ordered crab bisque and never received it. My husband had to go to the bar to order our bottles of wine for the table. The wine was brought to our table already uncorked...no presentation or tasting. The average food and poor service came with a price tag that exceeded $300. This is not the place to go for fine dining in Galena.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Food is always delicious and consistently good. Quiet atmosphere for adults.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2017

The DeSoto House, where the restaurant is located as a great history and is a great example of mid-19th century architecture. Both Lincoln and Douglas gave speeches from it's balconies. The restaurant itself is cozy and looks promising, but the food wasn't as good as I'd like it to be. The steaks were OK but not great, appetizers the same. They don't allow corking your own bottles of wine and their own selection is small and poor. The wait staff was enthusiastic but seemed new and inexperienced (at least our waiter was). Despite all of that, I'd still recommend it for the ambiance and the price point wasn't too high.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 12, 2017

My wife and I went for a special dinner offered between 5 PM and 8 PM. The special choices were a lobster and crab fettuccini entre with salad or filet mignon with two sides. You could also order off the dinner menu. They also had a singer who sounded like Frank Sinatra and sang all ofvhis hits. It was a Valentines Day offering two days early.
The General Restaurant is located in the DeSoto Hotel, an historic hotel in Galena where Lincoln and U. S. Grant stayed and gave speeches. It is steeped in history. It always amazes me how easy it is to make a reservation and secure a good table in the town is not full of weekend tourists. Our food was great, the singer too loud for me but my wife thoughtvhe was just right and thecservice a little slow simply because they did notchavecenough servers. Our server, Terrie, was running full bore all the time trying to meet everyone's needs. She did a good job all things considered. As we live locally, we eat here maybe four times a year, typically on holidays. We usually have a very enjoyable time.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Special night out with my wife. Great service, great ambiance, and enjoyed the music being played, not too loud. Very accommodating for people with food allergies.
Steak was undercooked, but were very quick to address this concern and corrected without hesitation. My pork chop was over cooked and dry and bland.
Food was ok for the price. Would be worth checking out a second time.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2017

I have eaten and enjoyed lunch here many times. Having an evening meal here was an additional reason for a great recommendation. Food was delicious. The wait staff did an excellent job. Desoto House is another reason to enjoy Galena.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Outstanding Value
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Poor Service, Mediocre food, there are significantly better options in Galena.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 24, 2016

The General is located in the DeSoto Hotel in Galena, Il, in 1855. Both U.S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln stayed there.
Some of the original structure, including the staircase in the lobby still survives. The General is a multi room restaurant on the first floor with a quiet ambience, excellent food and great service. For Thanksgiving, they offer an outstanding buffet with seafood, turkey, fried chicken, roast beef, smoked salmon, shrimp, crab legs
Stuffing, vegetables, and a zillion different desserts as well as a chocolate fountain. We go every year ti this buffet. Reservations are needed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 12, 2016

Loved all aspects of dining at Generals. It was a perfect place for a quiet and romantic meal. The service was great and the food was delicious, quality and well cooked/presented.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great Food, Great Atmosphere and the piano player was fantastic! Very romantic.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Great food. A very quite, hidden gem in Galena. I am glad we found it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Awesome food! We both had the ribeye steak. I had mine with blue cheese crumble on top and two scallops. So yummy!! We had the best server, David. He was so sincere and took very good care of us. My husband had the chocolate cheesecake for dessert and loved it !

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Loved the cheese plate appetizer, walleye dinner and chocolate cheesecake. Very romantic setting, more quiet compared to all the other restaurants along main street. Great
value for the money, huge servings and will definitely return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Food was good, but there was hardly anyone there on a Friday night. It's in a basement with no atmosphere.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 9, 2016

The food--from appetizer to main dish--was excellent. It's just that we arrived early (20 minutes before reservation time). Our server was pleasant about seating us; however, my spouse overheard a fellow server complain. When our server returned to the table, we told her we would be glad to wait, that we didn't mean to cause some kind of inconvenience. (Keep in mind we were the only ones in the restaurant at the time.) She remained very pleasant. It was the other individual's attitude who put a damper on the evening.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Fabulous food, great service. Surprised it wasn't busier, my guess is because the prices are too high.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 22, 2016

Had a very enjoyable dinner at the Generals. My husband ordered the rack of ribs (which was huge) and I ordered the scallops which were cooked perfectly. The service was very good and the atmosphere was very charming. Our server told us the history of the De Soto House and he was very knowledgeable about the property. We are locals for over 15 years and have never been there for dinner and wish we hadn't waited so long to go there! One of the nicest restaurants in Galena. Don't pass it up!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 6, 2016

There is nothing particularly bad about this place other than I just found it dull and a little under par overall. The food was acceptable but nothing stupendous. The service was acceptable but not attentive. The ambiance was old and out of date. However, the good news is that the price is also low - only about $60 for two (no alcohol).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 21, 2016

We love the General and go there every time we are in Galena. It is a beautiful, quiet place to have a romantic dinner.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 8, 2016

As I have written more than a few reviews for this restaurant, it is difficult to come up with new comments. We came for the Mothers Day Brunch and knew we would not be disappointed. There were so many menu items we could not even sample some of them. There were no lines at the stations, ample seafood options including cold king crab legs large shrimp, smoked salmon. Carved beef and turkey, the usual breakfast selections, and the champaign. Order the Orange juice and you could make your own mimosas at your table. We never tire of coming here for special occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2016

The halibut that had ordered was thi, dried out and and small.
It had no flavor at all so I sent it back for the walleye. The walleye was much better but still lacked flavor. The waiter seem to lack trading and confidence but was extremely helpful. I don't blame him at all. I do however blame management. After all our issues not one did the manager stop by to apologize or see if we needed anything else.
We were very disappointed and will not return to this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on March 27, 2016

The Generals Restaurant is located in the DeSoto Hotel in Galena ,IL. It is steeped in history as Abraham Lincoln not only stayed here but gave at least one speech from its balcony. We always go for their Thanksgiving Buffet dinner. Reservations are needed so make them weeks ahead of time. The food choices are so numerous, one needs to take small portions to get even close to sampling everything. We have also gone to the Christmas buffet. Smoked Salmon, crab legs, shrimp, roast turkey, many vegetable and salad selections are offered. There are many dessert selections and a chocolate fountain as well as unlimited champagne. The selections do not change much from year to ear which in my opinion is good. You al;ways know what will be waiting for you. We have recommended it to many of our friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Blue cheese soup, great steaks

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 24, 2015

Food was great. I had the Filet and my husband had the ribs!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 9, 2015

We had six in our party. Four had never been here. They loved it!! All agree that it's a great find

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 9, 2015

Everything we ordered was great. The shrimp appetizer was great. Very good filet. Very impressed. You wouldn't know it was a Hotel Restaurant. We will return our next time to Galena.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 8, 2015

The service was friendly and timely. The food was delicious and they had a wonderful variety.
The entire setting was interesting and "fit the entire theme" of Galena... One must eat at Generals, after visiting the Grant Home..

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 18, 2015

If it weren't for our waiter, our experience would have been a lot better. He was awkward and didn't really say much, and seemed mad about having to serve a younger couple (low 20s). The food was also very overpriced.

Tags: Romantic
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