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The Summit Food & Spirits, Galena, IL

The Summit Food & Spirits

4.2
4.2
283 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
At the Summit, you’re in for a refreshing dining experience with a view that’s almost as spectacular as the food itself! We are offering The Summit Food & Spirit menu that includes appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches. Dinner specials will be available after 5pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. We do ask that you make an advance reservation. Please be aware that the menu and seating options are subject to change. Please note that outdoor seating is not guaranteed. We look forward to seeing you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-4660

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Gray

  • Catering

    Several options availalbe, see banquet menu online at www.chestnutmtn.com

  • Private party facilities

    Several banquet rooms available, see website.

  • Private party contact

    Joan: (815) 777-4683

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Cross street

    Blackjack Road

  • Parking details

    Free Parking

  • Public transit

    None

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 283 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. B

    Banurse928

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    The view of the colorful trees and the Mississippi River was spectacular! Our food, a Reuben and chicken wrap were good. Our server was inattentive and it wasn’t because of a lack of servers. There were plenty of napkins right on the table! We would dine there again.
  2. CW

    CherylW

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best onion rings and burgers
  3. m

    miwolfe

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food was ok. Ordered the wedge with bacon thinking it would be freshly made bacon but it was definitely bacon from a can.
  4. HB

    HB70

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The only thing nice about this place is the view.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh my Good the food was amazing . The waitress was Yolanda she was great and very friendly. The view Spectacular! I will be going back again!
  6. SW

    StewartW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good view of the sunset if it had not been a rain day. Food was good value for the price.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service was very good! Food good!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice view, activities on the lodge are nice too. Good price point. Yummy appetizers!
  9. M

    Mare

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The food was awful, and then cold. It was dead during dinner on a Friday and now we know why. This was our first and last time we will come here when we visit Galena!! The best part about this place was the beautiful scenery to get there.
  10. JB

    JeffB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    First time visit. We wanted to escape the busy weekend crowds of Galena. Although we made reservations for Sunset Grille, they weren’t seating in that restaurant rather they only had the bar and grill restaurant open. Beautiful sunset views overlooking the river and ski slopes. We had the brisket and wallet strips. The fish was tasty. The brisket was lathered in bbq sauce a bit too heavily. We would go back for the views not necessarily the food.
  11. KR

    KellyR

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The view was beautiful. The wait staff was helpful and friendly. The menu was simple, but the quality of the food was great, and it was delicious.
  12. DK

    DennisK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    I had the salmon which was very good and was accompanied with a very taste sauce. My husband had the ribs which was also very good and well prepared. The broccoli was done to perfection and not overcooked and tasteless. Our compliments to the chef!
  13. D

    Dana

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    The best part of the experience is the view. Service was subpar and the food was overpriced and just ok.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The Walleye strips and brisket burger were both great. The view of the river was beautiful. It took a long time for a server to take our order. My husband had to go back up to the hostess to get assistance.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    We had made reservations 10 days prior to our arrival and 24 hrs before arriving I got an email to confirm our reservation. I replied back to let them know we would be there. When we arrived there was a sign where you would normally enter to go and see hostess saying to go next door to the summit restaurant and check in there. We checked in 10 min before our reservation time and the young girl said sorry we’re not seating anyone at the Sunset grill as there is a wedding there today, I explain to her that we had reservations that were 10 days old and that no one had said there was a wedding or couldn’t accommodate us. She just shrugged her shoulders and said well follow me so as we walk through the summit restaurant she brought us to her table in the middle of the restaurant and I asked can we sit where there’s a View and she said oh sorry we can’t separate those tables. When all she had to do was pull the two tables apart so at that point I was pretty perturbed and said to her well we wanna sit there anyway, another waitress came over and said oh sorry you can’t seat them there at which time I said kindly oh no we’re going to sit here thank you very much and sat down. Our waitress Yolanda was very nice, speedy with our drinks and was in generally good spirits. the rest of the staff that brought our food out was very impersonable set our food down didn’t say a word to us and walked away five stars for Yolanda one star for the rest of the staff.
  16. K

    Kfrankel1009

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Very few choices for pescatarian. Mahi, mahi fish tacos. They were good
  17. P

    Promodh

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Service was excellent but the food was horrible…..
  18. B

    Bupick

    Chicago

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view of mountain, river, and sunset. Walleye strips were delicious!
  19. WW

    WilliamW

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible ambiance, great food, outstanding service
  20. CW

    CherylW

    Chicago

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The views were amazing! Food was wonderful! Service was just OK
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Resort dining. Amazing views of the Mississippi River. Wait staff are very pleasant. Way too much mediocre food. I suggest a pizza or a sandwich instead of the dinner menu.
  22. z

    zk9304

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2021

    overall3food1service1ambience5
    Specified a dairy allergy, asked for sweet chili wings but was given Buffalo sauce instead, which has dairy in it.
  23. AK

    AbbeyK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My husband and I stayed at Chestnut Mountain Resort for a few nights. I made a reservation at their restaurant for his birthday. We arrived to our reservation 5-10 minutes early. We waited at the hostess desk to be seated. We had multiple employees look right at us; we even saw what looked like a manager, calling over an employee and talked to them, while both of them kept looking over at us. Yet no one greeted us or came up to us or asked us if we needed anything. There were no other guests at the restaurant, so they weren't busy with anyone. The restaurant was completely empty. After waiting for 15 minutes or more, we walked away and went elsewhere. Very disappointed in this experience. Will not be returning.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view! A hidden gem!
  25. D

    Dadandgirls

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    Wonderful view, pedestrian food.
  26. F

    Frank

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food is mediocre and overpriced. Nice view of the Mississippi. Really the only thing to recommend about this restaurant. In the evening there is no shade and the sun is right in your eyes for at least two of the people at the table. Not likely to go back.
  27. D

    Dahoot

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the outside deck overlooking the Mississippi River. It was quite warm outside, but the restaurant provides huge umbrellas to keep the heat down. The view from the deck is breathtaking, considering it's in Illinois. We ate, as we usually do, the Walleye fingers. They are breaded and served with a Wasabi Cucumber sauce - excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone - just when I'm not there so I can get a seat.
  28. AE

    AllieE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Went for our 10 year anniversary. Made reservations 2 weeks prior. We were sat on the sidewalk outside where people were walking around us or within our bubble. Couldn’t even have a conversation without having some kid come running through us. Service was terrible, server never came back to check on us for drinks or see how our food was. She came to bring us our bill and we wanted dessert, that was a bad decision too. If you want frozen then thawed food for a good penny, then this is your place. Food was not good for how much we paid. The only good thing about this place was the fall colors on the trees. Super disappointed. I understand COVID has made things difficult, but the least they could’ve done is put us up on the patio overlook so we weren’t interrupted or felt like we were in the middle of chaos.
  29. VD

    ValpoDave

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    First time to the Galena area and this restaurant was well rated by "yelp." We decided to eat at the bar as the outside dining was uncomfortable due to the wind. So we are sports people and the bar was outstanding for anyone who wanted to watch sports. At least 6 TV's and big TV's. Unfortunately the bartend, I will cal "J", was the most unattentive server I have had. More interested in washing glasses, leaving the bar for whatever reason, my wife and I sat there for 20 minutes before we had to summon him to take an order. The "chips" came out cold, the "wedge salad" wasn't very good.....not much bacon and dressing. Never got a "how are things, folks?" Etc. First time in many years that we walked out with a $0 tip. And I usually tip 20-25%. Too bad. I think it is a nice place, but our experience was sub par at best.
  30. TD

    TeresaD

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    We waited 30 minutes for our server to show. The manager did pay for our first drinks. But then the food came and neither of us enjoyed our meals. Food was cold and the brisket tasted like cold roast beef with a barbeque sauce that hadn't been stirred in hours. The shrimp tacos were also cold and there was a mound of what tasted like parmesan cheese on top.
  31. ES

    ElzbietaS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Walleye was perfect, catfish ok. Service excellent. Great view on Mississippi river from terrace. Highly recommended!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We visited Galena for the first time. You can imagine how many lunch options there are. I’m thrilled we came across this spot because we are avid skiers! The grounds were beautiful, the service was fantastic, the food was ok! Definitely go for the ambiance! We will be back in the winter!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for bday dinner. Amazing views outside! Food was pretty good. Good wine prices. Cute bar indoors. Server was excellent. Just wish we would have made a little early reso to fully watch the sun set as the views are amazing!!
  34. t

    tsherm65

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Go there for the view and service; don't expect much from the food. We went about half an hour before sunset and the view was beautiful and peaceful. Service was great - our waitress was attentive and informative, gave straight answers on what she liked from the menu. Tables were bussed frequently which was a plus not to have to look at dirty dishes. The food - not so much. In their defense, I have heard that they are not serving their normal menu, but one from a lower level restaurant. If so, that makes sense. I ordered the ribs and they came covered - not nicely - in a ketchupy sauce and with fries for a side. Fries with ribs? Never seen that before in my life - didn't even get asked as an option for a different side, I made the mistake of assuming it came with a baked potato like every other time I have had ribs in my life. The fried avocado appetizer was interesting but more mushy than firm. Unfortunately I didn't ask our waitress about the ribs - maybe she might have told me not to order them! :(
  35. MA

    MargaretA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2020

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We went to watch the sunset and were not disappointed.
  36. P

    Pleased

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous end to our mini vaca. Gorgeous views. Lovely sunset looking over the Mississippi. Excellent food. Ended with a delicious chocolate martini. You won’t be disappointed
  37. D

    Dahoot

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Sunset Grille at Chestnut Mountain Resort. The outdoor seating overlooks the Mississippi River and provides long distance viewing of the River and Iowa. The food is excellent, especially the Walleye fingers served with a wasabi sauce. I would recommend this place for all persons if you get a chance to visit Galena.
  38. J

    Juls

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our food was very good. We sat outside and watched the sunset. It was a really nice dinner.
  39. KH

    KevinH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a unbelievable view! Service was enjoyable and food was good. Would go back again when in Galena for sure
  40. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food was good, steak was a little rare for medium good none the less. Will definitely come back again and tell my friends to check it out.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

The Summit Food & Spirits is rated 4.2 stars by 283 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


Google Map for The Summit Food & Spirits

8700 West Chestnut Road, Galena, IL 61036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Blackjack Road

  • Neighborhood

    Galena

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free Parking

  • Public transit

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Gray

  • Additional

    Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (815) 777-4660

  • Catering

    Several options availalbe, see banquet menu online at www.chestnutmtn.com

  • Private party facilities

    Several banquet rooms available, see website.

  • Private party contact

    Joan: (815) 777-4683

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