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Sunset Grille - Chestnut Mountain

212 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View (317)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (249)
  • Special Occasion (168)
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(815) 777-4660
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Gray
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Private party facilities
Several banquet rooms available, see website.
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Private party contact
Joan: (815) 777-4683
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Several options availalbe, see banquet menu online at
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Cross street
Blackjack Road
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Parking details
Free Parking
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 212 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

great service, good food, \\great gem out in the country

AB25 (Adelaide / SA)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I visited Chestnut Mountain for the weekend. The food was decent but the service wasn't anything to write home about. Our server didn't mention any specials to us after we heard her explain them to each table around us and brought us a completely different bottle of wine from what we ordered. Additionally, we ordered the bruschetta, which has a TON of olives (?) in it. Granted, we didn't read the menu description and we just ordered the appetizer, not thinking that olives would be in the bruschetta. After it came out loaded with olives, we needed to send it back. It took the server over twenty minutes to see that we hadn't touched our food. She was a bit salty about it but we apologized for our oversight. We look forward to coming back to Chestnut Mtn but will be cautious about eating here again.

Karen (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

This was a great end to a day of skiing. The food was delicious; a little on the expensive side but worth it!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

They were closed when we arrived for our 5:30 dinner reservation on xmas night we made thru open table. disappointed but luckily the bar next door was open and we were able to eat.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

Nick (Chicago)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

Overall very good, but the scallops were too small.

Kathie (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
1.0  Dined on August 12, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 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.

pcphantomdiner14 (Chicago)
3.0  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.

vipRoger (Houston)
1.0  Dined on July 19, 2017

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

WorseThanBefore (Chicago)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on July 13, 2017

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