About Fried Green Tomatoes

213 North Main Street
Galena, IL 61036
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Fried Green Tomatoes proudly serves Prime Steaks and boasts a Wine Spectator Award winning wine menu. Outstanding service and an inviting atmosphere make Fried Green a must stop while in downtown historic Galena, Illinois. Fried Green Tomatoes is the place for steak, fresh scallops, and homemade lasagna. Reservations accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: We DO NOT have booster seats or high chairs. Corkage fee $10.00 per bottle. We are a multi-level dining facility, please e-mail us at dinner@friedgreen.com to request first floor dining.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Italian, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday Dinner Served 4:30 - Close
Saturday Lunch Served 12:00 - 3 Dinner Served 3:00 - Close
Closed Mondays

Wino Wednesday - $3 Glasses of House Wine
50% Friday - 50% off wine by the bottle

Cross Street:
Diagonal

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 777-3938

Website:
http://www.friedgreen.com/

Catering:
Fried Green Tomatoes offers a wide range of customized catering services. From full-service to dinner to go, please visit friedgreen.com for complete information.

Executive Chef:
Steve Roussel

Private Party Facilities:
Fried Green Tomatoes offers several semi-private areas seating from 6 to 10 guests. Please call us to book your group dinner of 10 or more people at 815-777-3938.

Private Party Contact:
Katie Wienen: 8157773938x

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer private rooms to accommodate your large group - please call us at 815-777-3938 and we can create a customized menu for your group. Fried Green Tomatoes offers worry free transportation to and from the restaurant for your group; inquire about our executive shuttle for your group by phoning us at 815-777-3938. Have your party at Fried Green Tomatoes and create an event they will be talking about for weeks!

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4.5

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4.7

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4.5

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Complete Experience

Dined on April 24, 2016

Out of towners who visited FGT on a recommendation....and it lived up to the referral. Food was excellent, waiter friendly and conversive, and we visited early enough in the season (mid-April) that the restaurant was not jammed--which I know it will be come slightly warmer weather. Enjoyable experience!

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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ambience5
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The Right stuff

Dined on April 23, 2016

Every time we go to Gelena, IL, we make it a point to have dinner at Fried Green Tomatoes. I like fish but the espresso dusted filet with caramelized onions was excellent. Coupled with the mashed potatoes and house salad, it was a feast to go back for again and again.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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ambience5
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A must stop

Dined on April 23, 2016

We visit Galena every year or so and Fried Green Tomatoes is always a must stop. The Expresso Steak is always fantastic. We have dined there 10-12 times and the food and service has never disappointed.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Hadn't been back to Galena for many years.

Dined on April 14, 2016

We have not been back to Galena for years and we have missed out on a wonderful restaurant! We went mid-week and it was perfect.... Great place with ambience, especially with being in the historic town. We are now scheduling a Galena trip every 2-3 months.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

When in Galena you must eat here. Great ...

vip
Dined on April 10, 2016

When in Galena you must eat here. Great food,

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Amazing

Dined on April 2, 2016

The lobster ravioli is fantastic. The fresh bread and oil is delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Me and my guests were blown away by the ...

Dined on March 19, 2016

Me and my guests were blown away by the private room reserved for us upstairs. I have eaten at Fried Green many times before and the food and service has always been outstanding, but this was above and beyond the best time there. All of my friends had not dined there before, but they will all be back. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A Restaurant with Energy

Dined on March 19, 2016

We have been frequenting this restaurant for the past 12 years and have always been satisfied. Whether we are there with a group or just the two of us we have never been disappointed. Fried Green Tomatoes has an energy about it that makes it welcoming and fun the minute you step through the door. We highly recommend it when you are in Galena.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

birthday boy

Dined on March 17, 2016

Our favorite restaurant in Galena! Everything is always wonderful!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
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Incredible Service

Dined on March 16, 2016

Recently my husband and I were in Galena celebrating my husbands 60th birthday. This was our first visit to Galena so we were not too familiar with the area. The night of our reservation there was a horrible rain storm and we got lost. We were 45 minutes late for our reservation causing us to arrive after their last seating. They were so kind and understanding and welcomed us warmly when we arrived. We weren't rushed even though we were the last ones in the restaurant. The entire experience was amazing. The food was incredible but most of all the hospitality was exceptional. What started as a very stressful evening turned out to be the start of an incredible visit to Galena. Would HIGHLY recommend :)

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
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A favorite

Dined on March 14, 2016

We always have one meal at Fried Green Tomatoes when we are visiting Galena. We are never disappointed.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Good Food

Dined on March 12, 2016

Food was good. Service was outstanding. Very loud. hard to carry on a conversation. The fried green tomatoes are awesome.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Normally a Great Experience

Dined on March 11, 2016

We must have had a newer waitress. She never left the olive oil on the table. Never offered more hot water for tea, etc. normally, the service is exceptional.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Consistently amazing food

Dined on March 7, 2016

Hubby and I went here for a birthday weekend getaway. Every time we are in town, we end up eating here, because the food and service are always great. Once again, Fried Green Tomatoes did not disappoint. This time, he had the Filet Mignon and I had the Filet and Shrimp. The filets were both cooked to our liking and they were both very juicy. The shrimp were a good sized and cooked nicely as well. The mashed potatoes were very creamy and flavorful and a decent sized portion. The asparagus had good flavor and were not too soggy or crispy. The meals also come with a decent sized salad with their home-made raspberry vinaigrette and a loaf of their garlic Parmesan bread. We also bought a bottle of their wine to have with our meal. Uncorked red, can't remember which one. For dessert, we had the creme brulee, which is one of the best creme brulee we have ever eaten anywhere. The server was very friendly and efficient at helping us, never making us feel rushed. We will always come back here to eat when in town and would recommend it as a first choice for dining.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great as ususal

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

Food and service was outstanding as we have grown accustom to. Our server Carrie was very attentive and pleasant as always. The tomato basil soup is out of this world! The salmon was scrumptious and the fresh asparagus was delicious.

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Restaurant Heaven

Dined on February 20, 2016

If I had to pick a perfect restaurant, this would be it!

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great spot to end my mini vacation

Dined on February 15, 2016

This restaurant came highly recommended from our friends who have visited Galena. From service, to the wine, to the food this restaurant was a wonderful ending to a romantic Valentine's Day weekend in Galena.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Just OK

Dined on February 14, 2016

Made reservations for Valentine's Dinner. The only time available was 5:30. Great table, great view. I ordered a Pomegranate Martini. It was TERRIBLE. Had the entree with the shrimp, scallops, and it was suppose to be spicy. Not spicy at all. The bread they serve is delicious. The service was good but I think the food is overpriced and the bartender needs to work on making a good martini. Very disappointed.

Tags: good for groups, great for lunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great

Dined on February 14, 2016

GREAT, great food, great service, great ambiance, good value, great all around on everything.

Tags: romantic
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful service...good food!

Dined on February 14, 2016

We visited with a family group on Valentine's Day and it was busy. The service was still exceptional....especially the bus staff...they were so accommodating through the night!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious evening

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a wonderful dinner including salmon / asparagus, eggplant parmesan, and meatloaf finished off with creme brulee. The wine was delicious. Our only complaint was the house salad salad dressing of raspberry vinaigrette which was awfully sweet and thick. Oveall we had a great evening.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Valentine's day

Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a great experience for valentine's day. The food was amazing and the ambiance was romantic and quiet. Felt like we were the only ones in the restaurant. Definitely will be back again.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food1
ambience3
service4
value2

Disappointment is an understatement

Dined on February 13, 2016

Every year we attend the Lobster Dinner for Valentine's Day. Every year it is wonderful with the exception of this year. The evening started off with a family and their extremely loud children in the restaurant. The parents did not seem to care that the rest of the couple's were attempting to have a semi-romance dinner. We ordered the Lobster Special with Crab/Mussels/Corn/Potatoes. Our potatoes were not cooked AT ALL. You could tell just by looking at them. The lobster and mussels were over cooked, rubbery and cold. The corn was warm but over cooked and chewy. The crab was the best part and perfect! We kept eating with the expectation that it could get better...maybe we just had a "bad bite" but as time progressed we realized it was not us, it was the food. We had a hard time getting the attention of our server and when she did finally come back (without the bread she promised us) it was too late. We were done. We were over it and I think we all know nothing at this point nothing will make up for the lousy food. We have high expectations of Fried Green Tomatoes because it has always been spot on! So to say this dining experience was a disappointment is an understatement.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great and creative food. Tuscan Mac and cheese!!!

Dined on February 12, 2016

We had wonderful evening. Excellent service and great food. The recommended wine special was excellent and great value. Filet and shrimp and Tuscan Mac and cheese were outstanding. Get the fried green tomatoes appetizer as well.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

This restaurant always rises to the top.

Dined on February 12, 2016

The best recommendation I can give about this neighborhood gem is we buy restaurant gift certificates for our friends, and give them as Christmas presents. About four times a year they offer a lobster, mussels, roasted corn, and potato dish which is a killer combination. I can't help but get it every time. My wife feels the same way about their lobster ravioli. They have a broad wine list, a very efficient and friendly staff and reasonable prices. We have always had excellent meals and friendly servers. My wife and I heartily recommend Fried Green Tomatoes!

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

Disappointing

Dined on January 31, 2016

Definitely not worth it for the price. I had been to the restaurant years ago when it was in Irish Hollow and had fond memories of both the atmosphere and food. When we arrived, the atmosphere downstairs in the new location is nice, but we were led to our table upstairs where the decor looked very dated and worn. I ordered the filet mignon and shrimp. It came with an odd cloud of sprouts on top. Not sure why - it made no sense and didn't seem to fit with the rest of the dish at all. I asked for my filet cooked medium but discovered it was very rare in the inside and had to send it back to be cooked longer. The waitress was somewhat apologetic and took care of the problem right away, but we would have appreciated some sort of additional compensation for our troubles like complimentary drinks or dessert. Overall the experience did not meet with the price and hype for this restaurant.

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

A Miss this time

Dined on January 30, 2016

Have dined here several times before and have been very pleased. The food this last visit was not what it had been. The walleye had quite a few bones that should not have been there. The manager was apologetic and offered to replace it with an alternative selection and provided a complimentary dessert. Service was outstanding...server had a great sense of humor and was attentive even when very busy. Don't think we will be back, however.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent Food and service

vip
Dined on January 28, 2016

The Salmon with macadamia nut pesto is excellent. The fish has great taste to it and it is not fishy at all. The asparagus served with the salmon were cooked to perfection along with the salmon. My server was Amanda and she was great! The fresh bread that is served with your meal is fresh made and it is amazing.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Amazing experience

Dined on January 16, 2016

We had a girls weekend to Galena and decided to splurge on dinner. THis was a great choice. From the appetizers, bread, salad, dinner, desert, and drinks it was Amazing. We all tried something different. Steak was super tender and full of flavor. Acutal fried green tomatoes were a great starter and the lemon blueberry cake for desert was to die for. Salads came with a Raspberry vinegarette which was light and very tasty. The staff was very courteous, always there to clear our plates and fill our waters. Very attentable. Great atmosphere, filled up fast. Do recommend reservations. We arrived 45 minutes early and our table was ready and we were able to be seated right away which was nice.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Great food and good service

Dined on January 16, 2016

I took my team of 9 to dinner here and all enjoyed their meal. Service was good, selection was good. We have some gluten free team members and adaptions were made for them. Our server was very attentive and helpful. Good wine list and a great promo with 50% of wine bottles that night! We have the Seabass, Steak and Shrimp, Pasta dishes and of course the Fried Green Tomatoes.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Solid choice

Dined on January 10, 2016

Every steak I ever get here is perfect...and paired with a budget friendly but surprisingly delicious wine.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

the chilean sea bass melts in your mouth

Dined on January 3, 2016

We celebrated our anniversary here and probably will every year! Food, service, and atmosphere was spectacular!

Tags: special occasion, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Service was incredibly fast and our serv ...

Dined on January 2, 2016

Service was incredibly fast and our server made some great recommendations. Everything from the appetizers to desserts were spot on. It was very quiet when we got there around 6 and then as business picked up, the atmosphere became more lively but still very comfortable.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Family favorite

Dined on January 1, 2016

One of best in Galena. I have never ordered anything I didn't like.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience1
service4
value2

While my wife and I have dined at Fried ...

Dined on January 1, 2016

While my wife and I have dined at Fried Green Tomatoes many times in the past and have always had a very good experience, this time was miserable. We were seated at a table just to the side of the coat check room so people were piled up next to our table during the entire course of our meal. We also were just off of the bar area and we had to holler at each other to just have a conversation. I realize that this was New Years Eve and they are busy, but this was also our anniversary and we enjoy going here for this since usually we have been seated upstairs where it is very quiet and serene, or even when we have been seated in the lower level we have been inside far enough to avoid most of the bar noise. The food as always was excellent and the wait staff was very polite and professional; however for the prices of the meals I don't want the noise and commotion of the bar or everyone coming for their coats. I can go to any number of places for the bar atmosphere and pay a lot less for the experience. We will certainly being looking for a different location for our anniversary meal next year.

food5
ambience2
service5

The mussels and the house bread. Oh god, ...

Dined on January 1, 2016

The mussels and the house bread. Oh god, the house bread.

food4
ambience4
service2
value4

Worth a second visit

Dined on January 1, 2016

We ate here for dinner on New Year's Eve. The food was good but the service was not. I realize that they were unusually busy due to the holiday which definitely had an impact on the long wait for food and drinks. We will try again next time we are in town.

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Excellent New Years Eve get away.

Dined on December 31, 2015

Excellent scallops and mile high meatloaf. This was a quiet peaceful evening with great great service.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Meal

Dined on December 30, 2015

As always, dinner was delicious, and wait staff was very attentive. An added bonus was that it was a Wednesday evening, so all house wines were $3 a glass!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great place

Dined on December 30, 2015

Fried Geen Tomatoes a must! Seafood was fresh and cooked just right.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem

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