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233 S. Main St., Galena, IL 61036
+1 815-777-2323
23:00 - 01:00
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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were walking past Embe on a Saturday night and had to pop in for the live music. It is a small space and must have been local musician night but was fun people watching. Julie B. Madison, WI

Thank Julie B
Morton, Illinois
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169 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here on the worst night of December. Even though no one else was in the restaurant they stayed open and served our meal quickly. We started with Soups. They were hot and thick. Served with bread. The choices change daily. Tasted homemade . We ordered sandwiches. They were good. We felt the prices were a little high for... More 

Thank JEBstuart
Palatine, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Embe after having dinner at the DeSoto House across the street, where we were staying. The hotel recommended Embe as a nice venue to spend some quality time. We had the pleasure of being served by the owner, who shared a lot of stories with us, including stories of paranormal activity. Unfortunately we were not there at meal... More 

Thank jim1049
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

General selection of sandwiches, soup, salad, and a few entre meals. Have been here several times--always good food and service. A relatively small place--better to not depend on seating at prime hours-popular with locals it seems. Try the BBQ chicken sandwich - excellent--Wednesday you get a free bread pudding with a regular order and a beverade --great deal!

Thank William S
East Peoria, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Nice vibe. Bartenders were very friendly and welcoming. Perfect place to stop in for drinks before or after dinner. Drinks are fantastic! The peanut butter martini is out of this world and shouldn't be missed!!

Thank aksmall
Delavan, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

We've been to Galena twice and enjoyed it both times. This week's bartender gave me. A great recommendation and laughed at all my husband's jokes :) Friendly to tourists without being too touristy. Check it out!!

Thank kater0926
Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in again for lunch, you must have the mushroom soup! drinks from pop to martinis, don't be hesitant on decor as it goes with all they offer, one server but she was efficient (day after Christmas), as you eat and look around, you will see how much of the owners passion and tastes are put into their business, locals... More 

Thank lovetotravel00700
Berwyn, Illinois
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Embe is the kind of place where you'd expect to find good "pub grub". My husband & I stopped by for lunch on our recent trip to Galena. After our hearty breakfast at Aldrich Guest House, we were looking for something warming and light to hold us over till dinner. Embe's soups that day were their usual mushroom soup and... More 

Thank smmartinek
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Make sure to stop in for good conversation and a bloody mary! We shared a pulled pork sandwich and it was delicious!

Thank jess g
Brown Deer, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

More nice people at this great little bar. We stopped mid afternoon, but from what we saw it's also a good night spot.

Thank Dennis G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
American, Bar, Soups, Pub, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
23:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 233 S. Main St., Galena, IL 61036
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-777-2323
Also has a fully stocked bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?