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About Sunset Grille - Chestnut Mountain

The Sunset Grille is a refreshing fine dining experience, where the view is almost as spectacular as the food. Perched high on a bluff, and featuring a 1,400 sq ft outdoor dining deck overlooking the Upper Mississippi River Valley, the restaurant offers a little bit of everything. From signature sandwiches, mouth watering steaks, to fresh seafood.

8700 West Chestnut Road
Galena, IL 61036
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Blackjack Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 777-4660

Website:
http://www.chestnutmtn.com/restaurant-page/sunset-grille/

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

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Public Transit:
None

Executive Chef:
Frank Gray

Private Party Facilities:
Several banquet rooms available, see website.

Private Party Contact:
Joan: (815) 777-4683

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Sunset Grille - Chestnut Mountain Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.3

service

3.8

ambience

4.5

value

3.2

Noise

Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
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Casual (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
People Watching (2)
Romantic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Waterfront (1)
Authentic (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We had a great experience. The only thing we would suggest is allowing guests on patio to order from inside menu. Sunset menu is limited for the dining outdoors.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Te View was good. The service and the Food lacked. I will say it was a Tuesday night in the middle of September but the server did not know the vegetable or the soup for the day. The Tenderloin steak that was the highest price item on the menu really lacked any flavor. The steak was cooked well but had no flavor. My Wife's pasta was very good but if the service and rest of the food would have been better a better review would have been in order.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

This restaurant has amazing views of the Mississippi River! The food is very good. Service was pretty good, our waiter was rather shaky. Prices were a little high but typical for a resort. The atmosphere and views were worth it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Overall very good, but the scallops were too small.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

A delcious meal overlooking the ski hills and the Mississippi. Gorgous sunsets.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fun, Disabled Access, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Scenic View
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Upon our arrival, the first thing our server told us was that she was unable to split checks for parties bigger than 8. Since we were a party of ten ladies out for a bachelorette celebration, it would have been good to know this when the reservation was made. Our server continued to be rude and unfriendly. From drinks to entrees to dessert to checks, she auctioned off every single item (Who had...?). Our first batch of bread was delicious and warm and when we asked for seconds, we received cold, hard, wheat rolls that were nothing like the original baguettes and garlic rolls. Three of us ordered the prime rib special. It was cold and gray. Our server took the steaks to the kitchen and nuked them and still charged us full price (note the manager never stopped by to check on us despite the food issues). Midway through dinner, a server tried to mount an LED light pole into the middle of the table while rudely leaning over the diners without a single "excuse me." Additionally, the staff made patrons move so they could take down the sun umbrellas. Galena is such a lovely town and the owners of the shops are always so kind and welcoming. I was shocked at how terrible our service and food was for such a charming town.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We were on vacation in Galena and wanted a view of the sunset over the Mississippi River. This place is beautiful! This is a ski resort that is also open in the summer. There is a zip line and Alpine sled rides for the adventurous! The patio overlooks the Mississsippi and the sunset is gorgeous. There is also indoor dining. The scallops were perfect, the minestrone was done well, and the fresh bread and butter were welcome. Prices a little above mid point but well worth the view and service was very good. Worth the drive out of Galena to the river.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, People Watching, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This restaurant at Chestnut mountain is good for a great view of the Galena countryside but the food is mediocre. There are tables outside overlooking the Mississippi river & the surrounding hills which provides an awesome view. However, the food was nothing special & expensive. You are paying for the view. The service was good.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food was cold and overcooked. Portions were excessively big and the waiter failed to inform us when asked.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We have eaten at the Sunset Grille multiple times before and have always enjoyed the experience. This time, however, some of the other people there (who were customers who got food at the bar and tried to come out and sit at a reserved table that they didn't make reservations for) whose conversation topics and noise were extremely off puting. They caused us to have to eat quickly and leave. This time and the one entre we had was not good at all and the filet (ordered cooked to no more than medium) came out medium well toward well done. Its flavor was also not as good as I expected. The menu had also changed since the last time we were there and not for the better. Very disappointing experience for us this time. May try again sometime but not for a while.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We definitely had enough food for another couple meals. The food portions were huge.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Seasonal, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Wait staff was very inattentive. Two meals were not very good. One over cooked - One was not what was ordered. Yes both were removed from bill but too little to late We were not offered dessert. Excuses were that there was only two wait staff.. I counted 4 inside tables...

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Unbeatable views of the Mississippi River from the outdoor patio of the restaurant. Food and service were both great the night we visited, which was pretty busy. We shared a few starters - the Garlic Herb Shrimp and Caprese Salad - and I had the Chicken Piccata for my entree. It wasn't a traditional Piccata, as the chicken breast was thicker than you'd find in an Italian restaurant - but the chef's take on it was very tasty. Service was attentive without being obtrusive. Overall, a perfect way to spend a summer evening!

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

didn't have our open table reservation when we arrived. the tuna and sides were excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Food is average at best and the service was terrible. The only reason for two stars was the view from the outside deck table.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was mediocre, service was barely acceptable, but the scenery was outstanding. Waiter was not very attentive.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Absolutely loved the Chicken Caesar Salad, great flavor. My husband had the New York Strip and it was cooked to perfection! I would have liked to see a few more menu options but was very pleased with what I ended up with.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Easter. Never again. Staff and crew completely overwhelmed. The lines for the single queue buffet ranged from 30 to 1 hour from sitting. No menu options.

Reservations were wide open… That is not the problem…

This staff needs to learn that on the few major occasions ( like Easter!!) there needs to be multiple -- just 2 - queues to the buffet. Just bring in additional warming apparatus which will alleviate the "one line only" conundrum which resulted in … By example… One person who could not determine what he or she might want for an omelette or another option… which effectively stop the entire line of 50 people or perhaps 75 at 1230.

Management staff… Please feel free to contact me… Actually I had a masters degree that included queuing (lines!!!)

We walked out… Many others did as well… I had a handicapped person… It was embarrassing and the Chestnut Mountain staff must be commended on their fine offerings… But they need to learn how to serve people when the issues are not in the usual manner…

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

It wasn't not even open when we went. We made our reservation on here, and it didn't say it wouldn't be open. We were dressed up and had to go to the sports bar next door. We're pretty disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Was better first time - food is good but service our second night was poor

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Thank you so much for providing our family with a wonderful dinner experience to close out our holiday ski weekend. We look forward to our "closing" dinner at Sunset Grille and Maureen serving us every year. Again an enjoyable and memorable dining experience for us all! Thank you Maureen for your excellent care of us! See you next year

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2016

The food is good.... not great. The view over the Mississipi River is why I go there.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

The food portions were way small then I thought they would be for the price. 2 out of the 3 items on my plate were cold

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2016

You get the bar menu from the restaurant next door for lunch

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2016

Our only problem is that it was cold and too brightly lit, we did ask for more heat and lower lighting and they obliged.

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Food was good. View at sunset was spectacular. Very enjoyable evening.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 31, 2016

the staff was completely confused and very stressed....we waited 25 minutes after the host seat us for me to go ask her whats up.... seemed like they were short staffed and ungraded a bus boy to waiter..... did see a party of 4 leave due to this and another couple were visibility upset with what was going on.....we were not in a hurry so we were ok with all of this....until just as we received our food the staff started closing the very large umbrellas where guest whom were still eating had to move for them to do this...crazy....but was fun watching all of this....

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2016

Got to restaurant 15 mins early....dining room was 75 percent empty...told no table ready. Went to bar and waited 15 mins. Went back and "found" an empty table on the patio...when asked if we could be seated there was met with a huff...right after we were seated the hostess sat 3 other tables around us...all 3 not having reservations or special requests...I asked them. Service was non existent. If we didn't sit by the bar 1st we wouldn't have had any drinks...saw our waitress twice...when she took our order and when she drop the bill...ordered appetizer...never received...50 mins later and all we had was a salad....finally got our meal...estimated the bill and were about to just leave enough cash to cover the tab and the waitress just dropped the bill...no how was your meal...want dessert...sorry service sucked...and on a holiday weekend taboot. Best part of the evening was the sunset.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2016

It's a nice location with decent food in a town where spectacular meals are hard to find.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 29, 2016

Great place for a meal. Drop dead view. Server was awesome. Enjoy!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2016

The low rating on service was not for that of the wait staff as their service was excellent. However really disappointed that I had made a personal request for a special table for my wedding anniversary to view the spectacular sunset from our table. When I was seated my view was obstructed by the umbrella on the outdoor patio. I voiced my displeasure to the waiter, unfortunately no other tables were available. This was my first time and it was really a disappointment.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2016

We returned for my wife's birthday. We were immediately seated right on the windows with a view overlooking the river and ski lodge facing west. Probably the highest point in Galena. Our waitress could not have been nicer or more accommodating. A very nice meal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2016

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS, EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE, BEAUTIFUL VIEW.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 27, 2016

After a day of skiing or hiking, Sunset Grille is the perfect place to finish your day at Chestnut Mountain. With a beautiful western facing dining area, you will witness one of the best sunsets in Illinois. Relax while the staff takes great care of your dining and drinking needs. Great service, great food and a great view! You can't ask for much more!

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 30, 2016

Our experience was outstanding! We spent time at the Bar and found all of the Bartenders were friendly and very attentive. Our table was ready when we were. The food was excellent, cut the filet with your fork! Our Server (Valerie) was exceptional! We are definitely planning to go back and would highly recommend this to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2015

Came here with my parents and my boyfriend and all 4 of us really enjoyed ourselves. The food was absolutely delicious and the view was beautiful. Our served, Maureen, was outstanding. Very polite and knowledgable. Definitely will be coming back! The only negative comment I had was from the seating. We arrived at about 5:15 on Halloween night and there were no other tables in the entire restaurant. The hostess sat us at a table near the window so we could see the view. A little while went by before the next table was sat, but when they were, the hostess sat them at the table directly next to us. If was very odd considering they have at least 30 tables in the entire restaurant. There were only two tables total and she sat them right next to us. I understand if the restaurant was busy, but just seemed very odd and awkward. The restaurant was quiet so we heard all of the conversation from the table next to us. Besides that, we had a wonderful evening! I got the mushroom ravioli, my boyfriend got the lamb, my dad ordered the short ribs and my mom got the scallops. Everything was delicious!!! Definitely recommend this restaurant :)

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2015

An excellent experience (as always). Server Kevyn very attentive and knowledgeable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2015

Romantic views in the evening. Great service by Alyson. Small but diverse menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 9, 2015

great sunset view. salmon very delicious. steak done to perfection.
plan to re-visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on October 5, 2015

I booked my time to view the sunset.............too cloudy no sunset...bummer. guess the restaurant cannot control the weather. would have been really pretty I am sure. great view anyway. food was good. best was our "walleye fish" appetizer.

leaving, my gps took us on an adventure in the dark on 5 different gravel roads!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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