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The Golden Hen Cafe

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129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
+1 815-776-0614
07:00 - 16:00
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464 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a lovely old fashioned lunch here.Good service in a great old building. Don't expect anything fancy, but fairly priced and good food.

Thank AaronFWA
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there on a quiet Sunday morning for a breakfast before we hit the road back home and were quite pleased we decided to go back downtown. The orange juice was amazing, very fresh! We had a great table right by the window. Awesome food!

Thank ambauer86
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We headed into Galena to check out Main Street and wanted to grab some lunch. Too bad we settled on this place. The service was slow and a bit less than friendly, but the food was just really bad. Got the Mediterranean plate and the steak was BLEAH. Our started salads were pretty basic. The chicken parm was nasty and... More 

Thank AEB_MN
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87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The food was very good, but nothing terribly special. I liked my chorizo skillet with jalepenos. My daughter's 'The France' french toast was cinnamon raisin bread, with pecans, raisins and fried apples on top. My husband had the sausage patties, which were nice and spicy. The bacon was thin and bland, but fine.

Thank jfs6
Flagstaff, Arizona
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I went here many times while staying in Galena. The food is always hot and fresh! The service was awesome! I really enjoyed this restaurant and the servers!

Thank lindasprout59
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I were looking forward to starting off our day trip in Galena with a wonderful breakfast from The Golden Hen, which was far from wonderful! We raved about our previous experience here in September of 2015 and what a huge disappointment! For starters, this establishment is becoming very run down!There is paint peeling on the tin ceiling,... More 

2 Thank fyrman46
Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I thought the food was good and the fresh squeezed orange juice was great! the service was non existent though. the waitress never came back to check if we needed anything or refills. I thought it was rude and strange for an employee to come around the tables to fill the sugar packets from a disgusting looking plastic bucket, while... More 

Thank richzemail
Elmhurst, IL
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 January 2017

How is it that neither the cook nor the server noticed the large green growth of mold on my english muffin? To add insult to injury, they charged me for it even after I pointed it out - and they had not told me that requesting an english muffin instead of toast would incur an additional charge! Even though the... More 

Thank pja817
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We had a large group of people and they were very accommodating. Okay food, fresh squeezed orange juice and quick service.

Thank ShaleeneH
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203 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

This is definitely a greasy spoon diner. It was tasty and came out really quick but not exactly what we ordered. "Pot of Hot Chocolate" for $2.50 is a cup of hot coca made from a powder packet, the skillet was missing the potatoes and had hash browns instead (why order the more expensive skillet instead of an omelet if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 129 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036-2224
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-776-0614

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