Galena, Illinois, is a great place to visit, not only known for its small-town charm and gorgeous scenery but also its delicious culinary scene. With nearly 30 different restaurants to choose from, we know how hard it can be to decide where to eat when you stay with us. Just steps from our historic bed and breakfast, you’ll find a wide variety of downtown restaurants in Galena, IL, to choose from. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or you’re after a fine dining experience, any of these restaurants will satisfy your cravings. Of all the great options you’ll find as you wander down Main Street, here are a few of our best recommendations!
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Experience the Best Restaurants in Galena, IL
After a long day exploring Galena, a great margarita and a big bowl of queso are the perfect remedies. You’ll find both, plus so much more, at this authentic Mexican restaurant in the heart of Galena. Campeche Mexican boasts warm hospitality, delicious food, and a fun and casual environment you’re sure to love.
Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grille
When you’re in the mood for a Guinness and the best Irish fare, make your way to Frank O’ Dowd’s Irish Pub. Enjoy a delicious and traditional Shepard’s Pie. Then, complement your meal with the best beers on tap. And, on Fridays and Saturdays, you can dance around to the best live music in town!
Fritz & Frites
When you can’t decide which type of cuisine you’re craving, head to Fritz & Frites in Galena, IL, where you’ll find French and German classics. This wonderful European-style bistro offers a wide variety of “a little French and a little German”, plus an exquisite wine menu to complement your meal.
Log Cabin Steakhouse
One of our personal favorites, Log Cabin Steakhouse is Galena’s oldest and longest-running dining establishment. Since opening its doors in 1937, Log Cabin has continuously served wonderfully prepared steakhouse favorites and Greek specialties with a “with a smile and a handshake” to everyone. Check out our specials to see how you can eat there for free!
Vinnie Vanucchi’s Little Italy
Vinnie Vanucchi’s Little Italy is one of the best Galena, IL, Italian restaurants when you’re looking for something a little more upscale. Make it a date night and enjoy made-from-scratch dishes crafted from recipes passed down through five generations, Vinnie Vanucchi’s is the real deal. We also have a special deal happening right now where you can get a $50 gift card to Vinnie Vanucchi’s!
Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar
Visit the historic Logan House building and try Big Bill’s Sandwich Shop and Coffee Bar. Then, indulge in a fancy coffee drink with a mouthwatering sandwich, soup, or salad for the ideal lunch to get you through your explorations around downtown Galena.
If you’re looking for a romantic fine dining experience, make your reservation at the Goldmoor Restaurant. This beautiful establishment sits high on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River and Galena’s rolling hills below. Dining at the elegant Goldmoor is an experience in and of itself, but the fantastic seasonally crafted menu is what makes the trip.
In the mood for sushi? Head to Little Tokyo for delicious Japanese cuisine. This incredible restaurant serves authentic dishes including signature sushi rolls, Japanese steak dishes, and plenty of perfectly prepared tempura choices. It’s also conveniently on Main Street, so you can stop by for a lunch break while exploring downtown Galena!
For a meal that feels homemade, head to Market House where you’ll find a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and house entrees to choose from. In addition to burgers, chicken sandwiches, and entrees that range from fish to pasta, Market House also offers daily specials and great vegetarian selections. Plus, you’ll love the easygoing atmosphere and beautiful stone wall as a backdrop to your meal!
Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery
Another fantastic addition to Main Street is Gobbie’s Sports Pub and Eatery. We know that pizza isn’t the first thing to come to mind when you hear “Gobbie’s Sports Pub & Eatery,” but when you’re in the mood for a delicious slice of pizza, this is the best place to go! With a menu that features gourmet Chicago-style pizza, plus a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and pub favorites, you can’t go wrong with this laidback dining option.
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Located just steps from Main Street and the best places to eat in Galena, IL, the Farmers Guest House offers premier bed and breakfast accommodations in the heart of downtown. A Top 10 U.S. Bed and Breakfast that serves one of the best breakfasts in North America, Farmers Guest House is unlike any other place to stay in Galena, IL.
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