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$$ - $$$American, ,
233 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2226
+1 815-777-2323
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“bread pudding” (58 reviews)
“mushroom soup” (26 reviews)
“sandwich” (54 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Soups, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
233 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2226
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When we visit Galena, we always try to have lunch at Embe. Their daily soups are amazing - especially the blue cheese with kale & carrots. Sandwiches are substantial and delicious. We had (at the advice of our waitress) the slow roasted brisket sandwich. It...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here a few times and very happy every visit. Big craft beer list and a full bar. Wonderful menu with very fast service and delicious items. Staff is super friendly and the menu items are a step above the regular pub grub....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Kevin F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dived into this place, not expecting much for a quick Saturday lunch. Wow!!! Absolutely the best sandwiches ever! Fast, friendly service. I don't know who the chef is, but give them a raise!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jotto1960
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a well hidden gem, if you are walking fast you'll miss some of the best food in Galena. It is worth waiting for a table to open. The brisket, the salads, the soups are all high end restaurant quality! The bread pudding...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank O4275HOtonyr
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Excellent clam chowder and friendly staff! Enjoyed lunch here on a Thursday afternoon. We had a little wait to get in, but it was worth it!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mefleet
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Embe's a small storefront on Main Street but offers very good sandwiches - may need an extra napkin. Homemade soups, too.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank marko89
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Saw some great reviews about embe while we were in town. The menu had a lot of options. We shared a soup and a sandwich. Wish we would have had room for a salad as well. Would definitely go back.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank DKD
Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by at noon Saturday and got one of the last tables. Service & food were great. I got ‘almost famous’ Charlie’s way with pork. My husband got the special, a brisket sandwich. We would return if in the area again.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Amy_WDM
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Second time I have come to this place and wow it gets better every time. Food is very clean and fresh. Some of the best clam chowder you can find. Right in the heart of downtown. Cant miss it. Corned beef sandwich is something special!...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Andy P
Reviewed October 15, 2018

Corned beef sandwich special and both soups we had were amazing! We had the bleu cheese soup and the mushroom soup.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank subiefan1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2226
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-777-2323
  • E-mail
Also has a fully stocked bar.
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