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Goldmoor Restaurant

4.7
4.7
796 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Oct 2022 - Rated Tripadvisor Best of The Best - Top 10 Date Night Restaurant In The U.S.
Unmatched Old World décor, a diverse wine cellar, and premier personal service are all complemented by our chef's creative cuisine. Enjoy dining in one of our cozy booths, elegant tables with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi River or our interactive Chef's Table.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary European

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-3925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Veitch

  • Catering

    Customized catering menu per clients request.

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Brigit Radin: (844) 334-8750

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Cross street

    Blackjack Road

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available.

  • Entertainment

    Occasional special events, variety entertainment.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 796 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. J

    Jakebudden

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing find, tucked into the Galena countryside. The food was incredible and the service was wonderful.
  2. PP

    PaulP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food as always was excellent, but the service was very slow. We waited 20 mins to get our drinks and 1 hr to get starters, which was unacceptable. The music selection was reall not very good. Regards Paul and Jane Prest
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food,service, ambiance 5 stars all around. Thank you for another wonderful experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding!
  5. MV

    MichaelV

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the tomahawk ribeye for 2. Delicious and plenty of foot for both of us.
  6. LJ

    LauraJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is attentive and the food is wonderful! A great restaurant to celebrate!
  7. DR

    DaniR

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful fine dining experience. Will be back when it is warmer and lighter out longer to take in the views. We had the Lamb Meatballs, Truffle Chicken and the Beef Wellington.
  8. JT

    JamieT

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband ordered the beef Wellington which was very flavorful and juicy. I ordered the squash risotto. It was flavored well with little balls of squash and pomegranates. I ordered a French martini and it was one of the best martinis I have had in a long time. Would highly recommend this place!
  9. JW

    JosephW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing staff and wonderful food. Highly recommended for a special occasion.
  10. LJ

    LauraJ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience with attentive staff with delicious food and drink!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had never been there before ,but loved it. Our meal was wonderful,the staff was very nice also.
  13. MN

    MrsNC

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A bit out there but worth it for the beautiful scenic drive and views, and the FOOD was incredible. My husband said it was the best beef Wellington he’s ever had. I thoroughly enjoyed my pear and walnut salad and the kids really liked the butternut squash soup. Only area with room for improvement was: 1. With kids we’re used to a little faster service 2. there’s not anything on the menu for kids… and when I requested buttered noodles (because a pasta dish was on the menu), we were told there were some chicken fingers so we went with that but they were mostly breading and apparently overdone as they were quite hard. :/ the sides of risotto and mashed potatoes were delish! Overall, we enjoyed our time and would recommend the trip, especially for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
  14. JB

    JasonB

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was expecting much better food for the amount of positive reviews and the cost of eating here. Overall the food was too salty (coming from adults less than 45 years old, one of which is Asian and used to salty food). The beef Wellington was ok and the sides were decent. She had the cod and felt like it was missing something. The octopus app was a bit cold when it came out. The chairs at the table were worn enough that I could feel the wood going around the cushion on the underside of the chair so I switched seats and it too was the same. Perhaps we are used to a Chicago dining experience with higher standards at this price point but it seems like there is a lot of room for improvement. The grounds and facility are very nice.
  15. C

    Cache

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the Tomahawk Steak; it was superb; cook to perfection.
  16. JT

    JoseT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service , amazing food and even better ambience
  17. J

    Jryder

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The dining room and menu step the diner back in time to the 60s. Beef Wellington was pretty but over cooked and somewhat chewy. Portions were huge. Bread for a supposed baguette was ho-hum, but the butter was excellent. The meal was partially saved by the desert which was a combination of apple slices, whipped cream, and candied walnuts. Yum. Host and hostess were very nice and attentive, but the host was dressed like a handy man. For the prices, Brazen and Pepper Sprout are far superior
  18. AM

    AllanM

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    very good but no bartender so we could not get a drink while we waited for our table
  19. T

    Travelguy

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fun and interesting. She was attentive and helpful. The food was delicious. We would definitely return when in the area.
  20. J

    Jenn

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Hard time finding a place to park because a wedding was going on at the same time and the parking area was very dark. Also the food was ok but the portion size wasn’t ample for the amount they were charging. $56 for an entree that you could barely find the potatoes. Thanks
  21. k

    kellyc

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Cozy & Beautiful! The staff is always so nice and excellent service food is good.
  22. B

    Bill

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beef Wellington was outstanding. The proprietor was very attentive and showed great interest in each table.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    food and ambiance were great. service was attentive and friendly but tad slow in getting the check at the end. overall, a wonderful place
  24. B

    Bill

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine dining for your special someone! The duck was delicious and we’re going back tonight for the beef Wellington.
  25. T

    Terri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food were great, but it was very expensive for the size of the entrees. I had the lobster which turned out to be no more than 4 oz of lobster meat, but the cost was $56. Will probably not go back there.
  26. KR

    K2Review

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Wonderful ambience. Friendly staff.
  27. TD

    TonyD

    Chicago

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful location, ambiance and people. Food is not ordinary which is very good and enjoyable
  28. AZ

    AmyZ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming location a short drive away from downtown. Food and service were to notch!!
  29. M

    Mike

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Under staffed which created a long wait time to complete the meal. The food was over salted, however it did have good visual presentation.
  30. JD

    JamesD

    Des Moines

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It has been 6 years since we had dinner at the Goldmoor Restaurant. We were so sorry that we waited so long. The New owners did a lot to improve the Food and experience. We will be back, soon.
  31. G

    Gebs

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our time and dinner at the lovely Goldmoor Restaurant. We chose to celebrate our 50th anniversary there and we were not disappointed, again, overall. We do have a few comments regarding ways to improve. The appetizer we ordered was too spicy for us. The description mentioned cayenne pepper but even our waitress felt there was an excessive amount on the lobster shrimp. We waited a very long time for our entrees to be served which was ok because we really were in no hurry. However, both of our dinners were just lukewarm, not enough to complain about, but still we took note of that. My husband regularly orders salmon and he felt this was just average. It was a bit dry and not as flavorful as he's had elsewhere. Yes, I would recommend dining at Goldmoor for its ambiance and friendly service.
  32. GT

    GTF20

    Chicago

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the view was spectacular, the service outstanding, and the food excellent!
  33. TR

    TevellR

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A truly wonderful dinner with a terrific host and staff and our compliments to the chef of course!
  34. CE

    CarynE

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Girls weekend in Galena. Food was phenomenal. Service was exceptional. We will definitely be back next year!
  35. AR

    AndreaR

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cozy little place! The food was outstanding and service was a 10!
  36. TP

    TrevorP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had our anniversary dinner here. We were treated like we were some of the most important people in the room. Food was great. Drinks were great. Service was great. Scenery amazing. Highly recommend!
  37. AP

    AngelaP

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything was beautifully plated. Cream of mushroom soup very salty. Entrée was cooked per my request but overall the plate was warm, not hot. Most importantly, the dirty vodka martini was perfection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  38. FW

    Food2Wine

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience4
    Disappointed … Celebrating a birthday, marked this on Open Table and husband reminded hostess about celebrating a birthday and nothing was acknowledged. We were told when approaching the owner afterwards that we needed to ask for a complimentary dessert and that it would be ok to have waiter sing…. Huh???
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, very clean, excellent service and the food was spectacular. Pricey, yes but well worth it. You won’t eat there everyday but when you do, you will be glad you did. Great place for a special occasion.
  40. JO

    JosephO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great place for food and drinks. Hidden gem in the woods

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Goldmoor Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 796 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 3 times today
Google Map for Goldmoor Restaurant

9001 Sand Hill Road, Galena, IL 61036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Blackjack Road

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Thu–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary European

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Veitch

  • Entertainment

    Occasional special events, variety entertainment.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-3925

  • Catering

    Customized catering menu per clients request.

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Brigit Radin: (844) 334-8750

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