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Otto's Place

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100 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2302
+1 815-776-0240
07:00 - 14:00
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Wed - Mon 07:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate brunch here two days in a row. Sunday, they were busy, but still provided friendly, fast service and really good food. Monday, we went back for my birthday brunch, and the place still had mostly full tables, but a more leisurely pace. The hubby had an amazing quiche, great flavor and a wonderful creamy, custard-y texture. I had... More 

Thank Gwen B
Chicago, IL
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gem you must not miss. We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and this was our first stop. Great meal, great value. And great service. Order the cinnamom cake.

Thank audChicago_IL
John S, Owner at Otto's Place, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write your review! So happy we could be a part of your celebration! Happy Anniversary and wishing you many more! More 

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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

When we arrived we were told we should have called in to make a reservation. We did not know that and we did not see any signs saying that. The restaurant was not busy at all and the hostess made a big deal and was very unsure she could seat us. She finally sat us at one of the many... More 

Thank Brandi P
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464 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely lunch for two beside the railroad track. Meal was marred only by a rather surly officious waitress.

Thank AaronFWA
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn't have asked for a better breakfast! Everything was fantastic! The biscuits and gravy were amazing and my wife loved the cinnamon roll!

Thank ambauer86
John S, Owner at Otto's Place, responded to this review

We appreciate your review! We make everything you mentioned from scratch so we are thrilled you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you again! We wish you enough! John More 

Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great story behind this place. When we first tried it a few years back it was an outstanding breakfast. As time went on it seem to backslide a bit. My wife made a special order and they came back and said they couldn't do that. I found that odd especially for a small place.

Thank cpdpipemajor
John S, Owner at Otto's Place, responded to this review

Thank you or taking the time to write your review. You hit the nail on the head when you said small place. We seat 42, and on a busy day we can serve up to 250 people. We limit special orders to best serve as many people as possible. We offer over 50 items on our menu so we feel... More 

Galena, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never had a bad meal at Otto's -- their soups, salads, sandwiches are superb. Their entrees cannot be found in any other restaurant I have been to and oh, so delicious!

Thank Jane Y
John S, Owner at Otto's Place, responded to this review

Hi Jane, thank you so very much for your review! We try to offer a variety of selections to please as many people as possible. We make as much as possible from scratch and add in a dash of love! Thanks for your visits! We wish you enough! John More 

2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great portions and options. Love the whole concept! The staff was friendly and attentive. The cinnamon roll was our breakfast appetizer.

Thank Mary B
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok, so there was no "Please wait to be seated" sign and the guy looked at us like we were from Mars when we walked in, but I could be a lot more put off and still climb a mountain to eat at Ottos! I had the special...Andouille sausage scramble on grit cakes with tomato gravy. OMG! SOOOOOO yummy! My... More 

Thank Darci F
John S, Owner at Otto's Place, responded to this review

Hi Darci, Thanks for your review! Sorry if you got a funny look, certainly not intentional! So happy you enjoyed our weekend specials! Ask for me on your next visit in! Thanks again! John More 

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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food and service were fine. The view of the river and Galena was nice. The cinnamon rolls were quite good but I didn't enjoy the icing. The quiche and bacon were very good.

Thank Kevin L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
07:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Bouthillier St, Galena, IL 61036-2302
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-776-0240
Breakfast and Lunch

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