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Best Galena Restaurants to Try in 2023

We love to talk about food here at our Galena Bed and Breakfast – but usually, the food talk revolves around tantalizing breakfasts and our sensational wine & appetizer trays – both features that come standard with every stay at our #1-rated luxury Bed and Breakfast in Galena. However, there’s more food worth enjoying in town, too, and that’s why we offer a roundup of our favorite local Galena restaurants. 2023 is no different!

Galena has long been one of the most visited cities in Illinois, second only behind the sprawling metropolis of Chicago. But beyond just escaping to the historic charms of downtown Galena, countless visitors over the years have made the trek from all over the world to visit our top-rated Galena Bed and Breakfast. Whether you’re in town celebrating those most special of occasions or are just looking for a change in pace and scenery from your everyday life, we’d love to welcome you into the fold of our Galena Bed and Breakfast and guide you to the best of the best of Galena restaurants.

Galena offers a much slower pace to life. Downtown, which is just a short walk away from our Galena Bed and Breakfast, is filled with quaint shops, wine-tasting rooms, bars, and, of course, plenty of tantalizing Galena restaurants. If a day in nature is what you’d prefer, you can do that here, too!  There’s a little bit of something for everyone in Galena, and combined with our town’s legendary focus on hospitality, it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular getaway destination for millions each year.

From sharing our recommendations for our favorite Galena Restaurants to helping you plan a fun day with your sweetheart, we can’t wait to share the very best of our town with you. Just make sure to plan your getaways with plenty of advance notice, as our Galena Bed and Breakfast tends to book up quickly! Book your room today!

A couple enjoying a delicious night out at the top Galena restaurants in 2023

The 8 Best Galena Restaurants for 2023

Though our list of the best Galena restaurants often features some tried and true favorites from year to year, we always try to bring you the most up-to-date list of the best places to dine while you’re visiting our Galena Bed and Breakfast. A couple of our steadfast favorites have yet again made our list of the top Galena Restaurants in 2023, along with a couple of new & great Galena restaurants worth trying in the upcoming year.

Whether you’re looking for a casual and quick bite in town or would appreciate finer dining for celebrating special occasions, you’ll find plenty to choose from among Galena restaurants. In fact, the range of what you can find here is somewhat surprising, given the small nature of the town itself!

However you spend your days in Galena, you’ll eventually need to take a break for a bit to eat. Below, you’ll find our most up-to-date list of the best Galena restaurants to try in 2023.

  1. Fritz & Frites is a longtime favorite in downtown Galena and is one of the Galena restaurants we always recommend to guests at our Galena Bed and Breakfast. This European-style bistro serves a wonderful combination of French and German fare. Due to their relatively small size, we do recommend planning ahead for this one!
  2. Another of our often-recommended Galena restaurants is Fried Green Tomatoes. It’s casual and charming and a great place for a romantic meal out. The food and service are always on-point, and they have great wine and cocktails to enjoy, too.
  3. Another of our favorite Galena restaurants is Little Toyko, which offers a surprising array of fantastic, fresh sushi and other wonderful dishes.
  4. The desserts aren’t the only thing worth talking about at Bread & Vine Bakery. This place has also earned its spot on our list of top Galena restaurants thanks to its delicious daily offerings and specials. Make sure to ask the staff about their favorites – and if they offer you any suggestions, we recommend you take them up on it!
  5. If you’re looking for a casual yet still delicious meal, head to Savory Kitchen in downtown Galena. The setting is intimate and great for date nights, and the food won’t disappoint.
  6. For an old-fashioned vibe and a great steak, the Log Cabin Steakhouse tops the list of Galena restaurants. It’s the oldest and longest-running eatery in town!

If you don’t need to restrict your meals to downtown Galena, there are also a couple of favorites that require a car.

  1. The closest of these restaurants is located just outside downtown Galena at the Goldmoor Inn. Their restaurant is a superb place for a romantic dinner, offering diners exquisite views of the Mississippi River and rolling countryside.
  2. If you’re up for even more of a drive – or perhaps if you’ve spent part of your day enjoying downtown Dubuque – then a great restaurant to visit is Brazen Open Kitchen + Bar. The food is divine, and it’s almost as though you’re still supporting businesses in downtown Galena, as the chef and owner is a Galena native!
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More Good Food at the Best Galena Bed and Breakfast

Our guests sometimes tell us that they don’t need to visit Galena restaurants during their time here because we already feed them plenty.  Between our gourmet, 3-course breakfasts that will leave you anything but hungry and our sumptuous afternoon wine and appetizer tray that is delivered straight to your room each afternoon, that might be true. Even so, we have a few tried and true favorite Galena restaurants that we love recommending to guests – even if it’s for something as simple as a quick snack and a drink to celebrate the time together.

There’s a lot more to staying at our Galena Bed and Breakfast than great food, though!  Staying with us at Jail Hill Inn is about luxury from start to finish – and you’ll see and feel the difference from the moment you pull up in front of our Inn.  Not only are we the only Galena Bed and Breakfast to have earned the 4-diamond AAA distinction, but Jail Hill Inn also belongs to the Select Registry group of Inns around the country and has been voted both the #1 and the #2 Best Bed and Breakfast in the country!

Each of our six guest rooms is outfitted with luxurious touches throughout. Each space is 800 square feet and features a separate sitting room and bedroom, a private bathroom with features like Kohler jetted tubs and/or luxurious steam showers for those added moments of indulgences.  Waiting in your room upon arrival is a bottle of chilled champagne and a custom box of chocolates. It’s little touches like these that set our Galena Bed and Breakfast apart from the rest.

If you haven’t yet experienced the luxury at Jail Hill Inn, there’s never been a better time. Book your room at our Galena Bed and Breakfast today!

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