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Permanently Closed - Perry Street Brasserie

4.7
648 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Global, International
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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This restaurant is permanently closed. WINNER OF OPEN TABLE'S TOP 100 RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.
"THE BEST LITTLE RESTAURANT IN GALENA"
The Perry Street Brasserie is located in an 1836 historic building and offers casual, fine dining in an intimate setting.
European gold-medal winning Master Chef Steve Dowe has cooked for The Beatles, European Royalty and Movie and Sports personalities.
His imaginative international menu changes monthly and uses organic and local ingredients when available.
The Perry Street Brasserie is the only restaurant in Galena to receive high praise from The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, USA Today, and Money Magazine, to name a few.
The Restaurant is also available for private parties up to 40 guests.
Reservations requested.
FEATURING 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC ACROAMA SEASONING BLENDS CREATED BY CHEF STEVE. Visit www.acroamablends.com
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Global, International, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(815) 777-3773
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Stephen Dowe
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Private party facilities
The Perry Street Brasserie is an intimate dining room that seats up to 40 guests.
You can book the restaurant for a private party, special menus, your favorite wines and minimum required revenues are available from our chef/owner.
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Cross street
Perry Street
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
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4.7based on all time ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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4.3
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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

My husband and I have been going to Perry Street for over 15 years. Steve, the chef, is one of the most creative and best chefs we have been exposed to in our dining experiences. The food is of the highest quality with creative menus and consistent quality. We can't say enough about our dining at Perry Street!

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

Everyone in my family of 6 commented on how good the food was and I was surprised they were serving on Christmas Eve. Excellent meal and service. Was able to go to church service at 7, and walk to the restaurant in time for our 8pm reservation. Doesn't get better than that.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

This restaurant is utterly amazing!!!! I would recommend this to anyone. It is expensive bit so worth every penny!!!! I will definitely go again.

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4.0Dined on December 17, 2016

Food was fantastic. We wanted to eat here one more time before they close and the chef retires. Hope you enjoy your retirement Chef! !

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2016

Wonderful as always. Sad that Steve is retiring at the end of the month. Good news is that we have one more meal before he is done.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2016

Everything was absolutely superb! I am very sorry to know that Chef Steve will be closing the doors and returning to England in a few short weeks. Definitely worth going to before the Perry Street Brasserie becomes a wonderful memory. Good luck to you and your family, Chef. Thank you for everything.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

The food was as always superb.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

The food was oustanding. This is one of a kind restaurant and the prices are aligned with the quality of the food and service. If you want a $25 entree, go to a name brand restaurant. If you want a dining experience, this is a place to go.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Both my husband & I agree Perry Street Brasserie is our favorite spot to eat in of any place we've had the pleasure of dining. I have had the opportunity to dine coast to coast in the US and also in Europe & Morroco....My husband travels extensively in our country & enjoys finding new places to satisfy his palette...Both of us, still, vote our favorite for countless reasons: Perry Street Brasserie....

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

This is a lovely little restaurant in Galena, Illinois. It is very special because it is small, food is delicious, desserts are outstanding! It is sad that it is closing at the end of the year. I will really miss it!

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2016

A must go! One of the best meals we've ever had! Superb! I don't particularly like crab cakes but these were amazing. Wonderful use of spice and seasonings in all of the foods. The portion size of halibut was very large. We had a group of 6 and sampled each dessert...all fabulous!

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Tasty food served in a timely manner by friendly and engaging ownership and staff. The chocolate dessert is a must have so leave room for it.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

It's sad that Chef Dowe is hanging up his apron at the end of 2016. We've enjoyed his excellent cuisine each time we've visited this intimate establishment. The cocktails are creative and tasty. The smoked trout and salmon appetizer is excellent and complimented nicely by a lime vinaigrette. This time we enjoyed the veal chop and the pork special. Don't miss the ratatouille as a side dish - its excellent. If you're in Galena, do visit before the end of December.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Best meal we have had in years. But hurry up because owner/chef Steve Dowe and wife Renee is retiring at year end and moving to England to look after his Mum who is in her 80's. A great loss for Galena. It's clearly the best restaurant West of Chicago.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2016

Maitre-chef Steve imbues his medieval-flavored refectory with cosmopolitan refinement and patois authenticity, straddling the culinary Atlantic Ocean with one foot on the Dorset coast and the other on the beaches of St Lucia. In daring conception and precise execution, every dish is informed by a dual sensibility of English shadow and Caribbean sun. The background music subliminally complements the food with Cornish sea shanties shuffling to a reggae lilt. Steve is the soul of tableside affability and well-seasoned wit. Manager Matthew is a persuasive evangelist of the pleasures of the menu and wine list and a skilled practitioner of hand-crafted cocktails.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Once again an outstanding meal, had the mixed grill and each item was done to perfection. Our servers knew the offering and were able to make great suggestions. This trip to Galena was based on getting to eat here one last time before this wonderful find closes, or is sold. The consistency and high quality make the trip from Chicago well worth it.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

I chose this restaurant for my birthday getaway weekend. We did make a reservation a few weeks in advance, which I recommend because the space is very small. A large group would be difficult to accommodate. The food is very interesting, and both of our meals (we each had a different special for the night) were outstanding...the best we had since our trip to Sweden in May. The staff was very personable and spent time talking to us. It's pricey for every day but it was what we expected for this restaurant and our special occasion. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2016

great food and excellent service as always. Great place to dine in Galena if visiting. Tucked away into a great experience.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Food and service were both excellent. Make sure to leave room for dessert.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2016

As much as we love Perry Street for the ambience and creative cuisine we were surprised at how "booming" our waiter's voice carried throughout the small restaurant. Unfortunately, this was a detriment to a quiet dinner date.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2016

Wife and I ate here and the food was outstanding! Top 10 meals of my life! We would absolutely go back. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Amazing food! The staff was so nice! I highly recommend!!!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Food, atmosphere , and service were above and being fantastic! It was our anniversary and the BEST lace we have ever gone to! The chef and owner comes out and talks to his guests - truly a wonderful experience!!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Sublime! Everything about our culinary experience at Perry Street Brasserie was simply sublime. The expert wait staff were friendly, even humorous, and knowledgeable about the menu items. The food recommendations were spot on. The appetizer and main courses were to be savoured, slowly and deliciously. The dessert brought this delightful anniversary meal to a sweet end. The chef's attention to detail in his food is impeccable and the friendly staff are a pleasing compliment. If you are interested in an elevated experience of food and wine this is your one stop in Galena. No other restaurant we tried would merit a comparison.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2016

Stephen Dowe's place is great!! Always terrific food. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Great value for the quality.

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1.0Dined on October 8, 2016

The highest marks I could give. Totally individual and incredible. The chef is a wizard of great taste! No cell phones going off, only a modest seating. I took my wife there on date night by mistake, don't misunderstand me. How can I ever top this place? The Chef is planning on retirement as of the end of 2016, I wish I knew of this brilliant little diamond sooner. Date night for November is already reserved!!!!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Outstanding food and service. My wife's first visit--the St Lucias and the chocolate cup were all she needed to proclaim the date "outstanding"

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Food and service were both outstanding. This is a special place hurry up and enjoy it while Chef still has the doors open. Way better than any other in Galena or Illinois for that matter.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

As always, the food and service was superb. I am very sorry the restaurant will be closing at the end of the year. Make your reservations now!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Have dined quite a few times there but not for some time and it was just as delicious as I remembered!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Perry Street Brasserie never disappoints! A little pricey, but worth it for the amazing quality!

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2016

Tight menu, great flavors, good ingredients, and a solid staff. The chef slash owner also came out to say hello and ensured everything was top-notch to his standard.

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2016

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. They have a nice selection of menu options and most of the food is very good. This time I dined with a large group and most of the meals were good, but not great. The escargot appetizer was tough and tasted like dirt. The Prime Veal Cutlets looked different from the last time. The cut was one piece and served like a thin pork chop. It had sausage on the side (the same one as the special came with), which was strange, because the menu states that it comes with cured ham and English cheddar (of which there wasn't any). It was a bad cut of meat and I had to spit some of each bite into the napkin. The waitress was a bit late returning to the table and by the time she had a new entree brought out for me, the rest of my party was done eating. I was warned beforehand that the drinks were very expensive, but my brother-in-law didn't expect to pay $18.00 for the same drink that he purchased for $3.00 down the block the day before. The hostess was a wonderful woman who made the dessert selections sound exciting. Our desserts were outstanding, especially the chocolate ball with the ganache inside at the bottom, light chocolate moose in the middle and heavy whipped cream at the top. I was very excited to bring a large group here, but left disappointed. THIS RESTAURANT IS PRESENTLY CLOSED (2-27-17). The owner has retired and is looking for a new chef/owner to purchase the business.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

Delicious and well worth the money. It was $130 for 2 285) wine and dessert and coffee. Small room but not too close for comfort.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2016

We've been to Perry Street a number of times, usually for an anniversary, and the food and service have always been excellent. The chef always has interesting items on the menu.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Very good meal food was very well prepared and fresh we went for our 20th wedding anniversary and had such a great time ! The people were so nice we felt very welcome and comfortable!

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Perry Street Brasserie is our favorite go-to restaurant for a special meal and evening. The food and drinks are delicious and beautifully presented. The atmosphere and location - especially when seated by a window overlooking Commerce or Perry Street - are quaint, cozy, and elegant, without feeling stuffy. Matthew will cheerfully engage in conversation with you, and the chef/owner encourages you to request your favorite recipes from him.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2016

Perry Street is our favorite find since moving to the area. The food is exceptional, the ambiance is intimate and romantic. Great seafood options, which is rare. They have a nice wine list covering nice choices in all price ranges. The servers are always full of information and helpful without being cloying. Go and enjoy before it's gone!

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5.0Dined on September 21, 2016

We loved everything about this fabulous restaurant. The food was especially outstanding.
We started with the crab cakes, which were perfect and had a wonderful tartar sauce that is their special one. The mushroom broth soup was so flavorful. The special that night was one of the tastiest dishes I have had. It was shrimp, lobster, and scallops in a totally delicious spicy
curry sauce over rice. Fantastic.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Reservation was ready at time appointed and our table for two was set away from the main crowd. At first the noise level was quite loud as it is a small room with close sitting but it quieted down as folks were served the wonderful food. The servers were very attentive and patient in explaining the menu, making recommendations and answering questions. The food was served piping hot and was outstanding! Highly recommended.

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