Galena was the home of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other confederate generals. It was also a boom town during the mineral rush and lead mining era, from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Several impressive buildings were built during this era. A large section of the city has been listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. Since the drop in demand for lead, the population has shrunk and tourism has risen to be a major industry. Several outstanding restaurants have been established in the buildings, offering cuisine ranging from Japanese to Greek, historical to contemporary. Even foraged items can be enjoyed here. Some of the restaurants offer meals with stay over packages. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Fried Green Tomatoes

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This restaurant is based in a multilevel historic building that once belonged to the family of General Ulysses S. Grant. The building was deliberately chosen and restored to create an ambiance for distinctive dining. The choicest steaks, finest seafood and award winning wine list all add to the experience. On Wednesdays and Fridays, wine specials complement the comfort food on offer. Groups and motor coaches can be accommodated with set menus. There is an off-site and wedding catering service provided. The restaurant opens at lunch time on Saturdays and at 4 pm on other days. It is closed on Mondays.

213 N. Main St., Galena, IL 61036, Phone 815-777-3938

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2.Fritz and Frites

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Rated among the top restaurants in Galena, this restaurant offers Alsatian cuisine, the best of French and German flavors from the border region. The a la carte menu items include, escargot, schnitzel, a range of German wursts, sauerkraut and pommes frites. There are also chefs specials for the day. The bistro has a distinctly European atmosphere of understated elegance. Although the emphasis is on quality, they do not skimp on quantity. German beers, French wines and non-alcoholic drinks accompany the meal. Opening hours are between 4 and 9 pm with brunch starting at 9 am on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays.

317 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-2004

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3.Goldmoor Inn

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The restaurant at Goldmoor Inn has obtained several awards for their gourmet cooking of seasonal delights. Diners can choose a cozy booth or an elegant table with views of the park-like gardens, the Mississippi River and Iowa in the distance. An unusual option is to join the chef's table in the kitchen and to have cooking techniques explained to you. To complete the experience, diners can choose to stay overnight in the Chef's Quarters or any other luxury suite, cottage or log cabin. There are several indoor and outdoor venues available for weddings and other private functions.

9001 W Sand Hill Rd, 61036 Galena, Illinois, Phone: 815-777-3925

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4.Little Tokyo Restaurant

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Sometimes mistakenly called a sushi restaurant, Little Tokyo serves a range of authentic Japanese meals. Steak teriyaki, crispy chicken and several tempura dishes, including banana, are also on the menu. The chef's menu specials include raw and cooked Maki. Vegetarians would find several options to choose from. The sushi however is renowned, being made from the freshest yellowtail, salmon and tuna. The décor is a combination of old Galena and oriental. Diners can choose to eat in or to takeout. The restaurant is open from around noon till evening time, 7 days a week.

300 N Main St, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-8883

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5.Log Cabin Steakhouse

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The Log Cabin Steakhouse is the oldest eating establishment in Galena. It was opened in 1937 and was bought in 1975 by a Greek immigrant, Foti Rigopolous, who brought his flavors from home with him. The restaurant is known for its large, thick, meaty steaks and spare ribs, including a 34 ounce Porterhouse and Foti's massive thick cut steak which is cooked for 5 hours. There is an equally impressive range of seafood dishes on the menu and more than 100 wines on the list. There is a limo service for parties and an off-site catering option.

201 N Main St, Galena, IL, Phone: 815-777-0393

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6.General's Restaurant, De Soto House

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De Soto House was built in 1855. It was the 'Largest Hotel in the West', with five floors and 225 guest rooms. General's Restaurant is currently one of three on the property and is open for dinner only. The Courtyard Restaurant serves breakfast and lunch and the Green Street Tavern is open all day. The General offers patrons quiet dining in a sedate setting. Aptly named Infantry on Horseback and the General's Caesar Salad are items on the menu. Accommodation packages, which include dinner or breakfast, can be arranged. The General also caters for banquets, weddings and other functions. It is open 7 days a week, from 4 pm.

230 S. Main Street Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-0090

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7.Vinny Vanucchi's

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This trattoria, or 'Little Italy' as it is known, conjures up the 'taste of the old neighborhood'. Some recipes have been passed down through 5 generations. There is a full range of options on each of the lunch, dinner and gluten-free menus and a vast selection of wines to choose from. There is a choice of four dining areas, indoors and outside, when weather permits. Large parties are offered six choices of set menus. The shop at the entrance to the restaurant sells Vinny's own sauces, dressings and olive oil. The restaurant is open 7 days a week.

201 South Main Street, Galena, Illinois, Phone: 815-777-8100

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This pizzeria was established in 1921 and the current owners took over more than 25 years ago. It is an establishment that offers fine Italian cuisine from Tuscany, Sicily, Venice and New York. Patrons can construct their own pastas or pizzas or choose from a range of antipastas, platters, deli sandwiches, seafood, salad and the signature garlic bread. Wines from across the globe are available to wash down the meal. Deliveries are made until 10 pm in the Galena area. The restaurant opens at 11 am every day of the week, except Mondays.

247 N Main St, Galena, Ill 61036, Phone: 815-777-3735

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More Ideas: Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast in Galena

Perfectly blending elegance and luxury with modern sophistication, Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast is a charming bed and breakfast in the historic town of Galena, Illinois. The beautifully preserved mansion exudes a rich history and charm with resplendent interiors of high ceilings, hardwood floors, Victorian sash windows and ornate fireplaces. The guest house offers comfortable accommodations in the form of five stylishly appointed guest rooms with private bathrooms, first-class amenities, facilities and guest services, and warm, affable hospitality.

Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast features five beautifully appointed and uniquely decorated guest rooms with wooden floors, country-style décor, contemporary furnishings, and large windows that flood each room with natural light and gorgeous views. Each bedroom offers a comfortable queen or king-sized bed with pillow-top mattress and luxury linens, an en-suite bathroom with shower/bath combination, fresh thick towels, and Beekman 1802 bath amenities, and central air conditioning.

Room 1 is located in the front of the house and is bright and airy with a queen-sized bed in premium linens, an en-suite bathroom with a stand-up shower, fresh thick towels and Beekman 1802 bath amenities, and sunny sitting area with a double loveseat and large electric fireplace.

Room 2 boasts beautiful park views with a spacious sitting area featuring a slide-out twin sized sofa bed for additional guests and a small electric fireplace. The room has a comfortable queen-sized bed with premium linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower/bath combination, vintage ceramic sink, fresh thick towels and Beekman 1802 bath amenities.

Located in the original part of the house with wooden floors, angled ceilings, and a quiet ambiance, Room 3 offers a comfy queen-sized bed in premium linens and an antique oak dresser. The room also has an en-suite bathroom with claw foot tub, vintage brass shower, and pedestal sink, fresh thick towels and Beekman 1802 bath amenities.

Room 4 embrace beautiful garden views and features a Victorian walnut dresser, a queen-sized bed in premium linens, and an en-suite bathroom with a stand-up shower, fresh thick towels and Beekman 1802 bath amenities.

Room 5 is the largest room in the guest house and offers an elegant sitting area with two wingback chairs, an electric fireplace and large bay windows overlooking the garden. The room also has a comfy queen-sized bed with premium linens, an antique oak dresser, and an en-suite bathroom with claw foot tub, vintage brass shower, and pedestal sink, two thick bathrobes, and Beekman 1802 bath amenities.

A full hot breakfast is offered every morning and includes coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt, and a variety of hot entrées, meats and egg dishes. Guests can enjoy eating in the dining room or on the sunny porch in the warmer months. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are served every afternoon from 5:00 pm in the parlor and coffee, tea, hot chocolate, complimentary soda and bottled water, and homemade cookies are available throughout the day.

Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast offers an array of amenities to enhance every stay from a delicious full hot breakfast every morning and wine and hors d’oeuvres in the afternoons, and coffee, tea, hot chocolate and homemade cookies all day. Streaming Internet radio is available in the parlor, and there is free wireless Internet access around the property, and the mansion has a screened in porch for relaxing on in the warm months and a cozy crackling fireplace in the parlor for winter evenings by the fire.

The Aldrich Guest House Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of the historic town of Galena, which presents a variety of attractions, activities, and entertainment, including a beautifully restored historic Main Street that is home to a range of art galleries, antique shops, museums, and restaurants. The region also has many vineyards and wine estates in the area, downtown tasting rooms, several world-class spas and a variety of hiking, biking, and walking trails, and other outdoor recreational activities. Historic sites in the area include the U.S. Grant State Historic Site Home, the Elihu B. Washburne House, and Dowling House.

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900 Third Street, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-3323

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More Ideas: Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard

Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard is the wine enthusiast’s ideal destination in the city. Here, people come to buy or sample award-winning wine as well as tour the country vineyard to witness firsthand the winemaking process.


For special events, contact 815-777-3330 x203

For private tours of the vineyard, contact 815-777-3235

For lodging reservations, contact 800-397-9463

All kinds of reservations can also be made online through the official website by filling out a form.


Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard sells their wine products both in their store and online. In addition, they also sell a number of gift items, event tickets, and custom labels.

Wine Products: Dry white, dry red, fruit, semi-sweet, semi-dry, sparkling, and dessert

Gifts: Gift cards and posters

Special Events

Galena Cellars Winery & Vineyard hosts its regular special events such as the Annual Nouveau Weekend and the Wine Lovers Weekend in addition to the traditional holiday events like Christmas. They also accommodate private gatherings for all kinds of occasions.

For more information about reservations, special events, and their wine products, call 800-397-WINE (9463)


Downtown Galena, 515 S. Main St., Phone: 815-777-3330

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More Ideas: Farmers Guest House

Farmers Guest House is an award-winning boutique hotel and bed and breakfast in Galena, Illinois that has been taking care of guests for nearly 150 years. Located in the heart of the charming town of Galena, the unrivaled historical inn offers luxurious accommodations with sumptuous décor and private gardens, outstanding cuisine in the form of delicious country-style breakfasts served every morning, and exceptional service and hospitality.

Farmers Guest House features nine beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated guest rooms, all of which have comfortable beds and sumptuous furnishings, and private bathrooms with showers and/or bathtubs, plush towels and deluxe bath products. Modern amenities abound, including individual climate control, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, DVD players, and fireplaces.

The Aimee Room is named after the wife of Civil War General John Corson Smith and offers a cozy retreat from the hustle and bustle of life. This quiet room has a comfortable sitting area with a gas fireplace, a queen-size brass bed with plush linens and down pillows and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, thick towels and deluxe bath products.

Annie's Galena Cottage suite is a luxurious two-story, two-bedroom cottage that is ideal for families or friends wanting some extra space and privacy. The cabin features two bedrooms with king-size beds and plush linens and one private bathroom with a shower and bathtub, thick towels and deluxe bath products. The cabin also features a guest toilet and a spacious living area with an electric fireplace and whirlpool tub for two. Modern amenities include two flat-screen televisions on each floor of the cottage, DVD players, a fridge and a Keurig coffee maker. The cottage has two private porches on which to relax and soak up the beautiful surrounding views.

The Charlotte Suite enjoys spacious sitting areas in both the bedroom and parlor with comfortable armchairs. The suite has a queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower, whirlpool tub, thick towels and deluxe bath products. This suite has a private porch/patio that overlooks the gardens.

Named after the wife of President U. S. Grant, the Julia Suite is a magnificent two-room suite that features a king-size iron sleigh bed with plush linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with a whirlpool tub, thick towels, and deluxe bath products. The sunny parlor room has a gas fireplace and flat-screen television with DVD player.

The Elizabeth Room is a bright and airy room accented with soft pastel shades and charming décor. Overlooking the beautiful backyard, the room features a queen-size bed with plush linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and soaking tub, thick towels, and deluxe bath products.

The Malvina room is the largest queen-size room in the hotel and boasts gorgeous views of the backyard gardens. This lovely room is decorated in shades of blue and floral designs and features a queen-size oak bed with plush linens and down pillows, and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower and soaking tub, thick towels and deluxe bath products.

Farmers Guest House serves full breakfast every morning in the elegant dining room, as well as a complimentary cheese and wine every evening at 5:00 pm where guests can gather and get to know each other over some fine wines. Hearty home cooked breakfasts include hot and cold dishes, including egg frittatas, French toast, and homemade bread, as well as fresh fruit, yogurt, and cereals.

Farmers Guest House offers a variety of amenities, including a complimentary country-style breakfast, served each morning and cheese and wine special each evening, where guests can gather and socialize. An elegant living room offers a place to relax and features a big screen television for watching those important sports games, while an outdoor patio area is a perfect spot to soak up the stunning surroundings with a refreshing drink and a good book.

Farmers Guest House has a private spa studio that offers an array of pampering massages and body treatments that can be enjoyed alone or as a couple. Spa services include Hot Stone and Deep Tissue massages, hand and foot treatments and couple's massages.

Galena, Illinois is a beautiful country town in Illinois that offers an array of activities, attractions, and adventures. Whether you are into shopping, browsing galleries and museums and visiting historical sites or prefer the adrenalin rush of exhilarating adventure, Galena has something for everyone. Stroll along the historic Main Street and explore the art galleries, antique shops, boutique stores and cozy cafés or head slightly further afield to visit a few vineyards and sample some the region's finest wines. Enjoy a hiking, biking or mountaineering adventure followed by rejuvenating massages at one of the several world-class spas in the area.

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334 Spring Street, Galena, IL 61036, Phone: 815-777-3456

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