About Goldmoor Restaurant
We welcome our new Executive Chef Carlos Valdez; please join us for a new dining experience!
Recently received the prestigious 2015 Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor.
Unmatched Old World decor, a diverse wine cellar, and premier personal service are all complemented by our chef"s creative cuisine. Enjoy dining in one of our cozy booths, elegant tables with breathtaking views overlooking the Mississippi River or our interactive Chef's Table.
American, Contemporary European
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday through Monday from 5pm to 10pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Occasional special events, variety entertainment.
Customized catering menu per clients request.
Ample parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Dine at our chefs table, private dining room or Gazebo.
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Goldmoor Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We were a bit turned off by the lady at ...
We were a bit turned off by the lady at the front desk when we walked in. She announced to everyone that came in that we were early for our reservation. We quickly forgot about that for the night, however, once we were seated. The owner is an incredible host. Although short-staffed, it didn't effect the superb service. The food was phenomenal and worth every penny. The atmosphere and view is incomparable. There is no such thing as a bad table at this establishment. Highly recommended and we will go back again!!
Treat you like royalty. Talkative owner ...
Treat you like royalty. Talkative owner/host, heavy German accent. Misinformed when asked about veggie side dish, didn't seem to know what was in it. Said it had bell peppers, some other things, and some asparagus spears. It actually contained zucchini, yellow squash and carrots. Veggies were actually very good, since they were not overcooked. Roasted potatoes and potato gratin were also very good. Herb roasted half chicken good. Steak tagliata very tasty but underdone on some slices and medium well on others. I would order it again though. Leave the underdone slices to take home as leftovers for next day. Wine selections are sufficient but not all of them are available by the glass. Cocktails were above average. The bread pudding with shaved chocolate bits ala mode was a knockout! Very creamy and tasty. The view of the Mississippi River and the trains that run along the river an the bluffs on the Iowa side, and the wildlife right outside our window is great. [Make sure you ask for a table in the main dining room.] This is a very special destination for dinner in the Galena area. I don't recommend bringing children here. It is more for adults.
Good food, good service, nice views. Bu ...
Good food, good service, nice views. But the seating was uncomfortable - when we sat in a booth the backs were very stiff, no incline, and little padding. When we had breakfast the next day at a table the chairs were uncomfortable.
Rude treatment by new owners. Major disa ...
Rude treatment by new owners. Major disappointment as this used to be a lovely place for a delicious dinner. Shortly after being seated to celebrate our anniversary dinner, the owner told us service was slow that evening and that we would be better off leaving! Terrible customer service with no attempt to make it up to us or induce us to return. How about offering complimentary drinks, a future free meal, something, anything? I fear for the future of this once great place when it seems so easy for the owner to treat guests like they are an inconvenience. Avoid this place unless you hear it is under new ownership in the future.
My wife and I dined here for our anniver ...
My wife and I dined here for our anniversary while staying at the inn. We enjoyed the scenic view from our table next to the window and the background music was quiet enough that we could converse easily. The Sicilian flatbread appetizer was fantastic and we both opted for the blackened salmon entre. All of this was prepared perfectly and tasted great with the Stags Leap Chardonnay. A little pricey, but all in all a delicious meal and a very enjoyable dining experience!
The service was friendly and cordial, at ...
The service was friendly and cordial, attentive, not intrusive. We were immediately greeted and offered our table, but relaxed a bit with friends in the bar before going to our private table area with gorgoeous views of the Mississippi River in a country setting. We had a wonderful meal, with our friends choosing from fish, beef and chicken. One person at our table mentioned how rarely one is served beef Wellington where both the beef and the crust are cooked to perfection - his was. This seems to be the season for tomato basil soup but I can say that the Goldmoor's chef served the tastiest I've ever eaten! Every potato dish was superb; salads and dressings fresh and tasty; and the desserts were amazing! I don't like to say amazing often, but they were. A ginger shortbread cookie was perfect with coffee ending a truly delicious dining experience. My only regret is that we were not staying the night...the Inn is charming, with expansive, tastefully decorated suites.
The food was exquisite and the chef is extraordinary. We celebrated Mother's Day with my sister and my mom and we had a wonderful experience. The owner presented a rose to each of us and the view from our table was gorgeous overlooking the sunset.
The Fabulous Goldmoor.
My friend and I dined at the Goldmoor recently. The food was amazing. We had the beef Wellington. The tenderloin melted in your mouth. They also serve hand crafted cocktails. Delicious! Service was impeccable. The owner even spent time chatting with us. We had a spectacular view of the Mississippi River as well.
This restaurant was outstanding. My wife ...
This restaurant was outstanding. My wife and I spent the weekend at the Goldmoor and ate breakfast Saturday and Sunday in addition to dinner on Saturday evening in the restaurant. The food at all meals was exceptional. My wife and I both agree that the Beef Wellington was the best we have ever had. Chef Valdez is outstanding experienced chef. The owners Birgit and Slobo and all of the staff were very warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Great food, out of the way location
The Goldmoor is off the beaten path, but worth the effort to get there. All aspects of our experience were outstanding. They have a relatively small menu, but something for everyone. If you are looking for a fine dining experience in the Galena area the Goldmoor would be the place to go.
Will be going back
Went here for our anniversary dinner. Would have stayed however they were booked for the dates I was looking, amazing food however. I will be taking my wife next year to stay here, the owner even came out and asked us how everything was going, the chef sent out some pickles that were amazing and both of our meals knocked out socks off.
We traveled to Galena for a weekend away to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We searched online for a restaurant to have a "nice" dinner. We found it! The inn keepers were friendly and informative. The entire property is beautiful. We were seated by a window and got see a gorgeous sunset over the ice and snow covered Mississippi River. Service was good and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!
My husband and I were staying at the Inn and had heard about the great food from friends and family. I had ordered salmon and my husband preferred steak. Both were presented nicely, cooked perfect and tasted delicious!!! Our waiter was attentive and had good recommendations. Our booth where we sat was private and faced the windows. The ambiance was very nice and romantic. The perfect end to the dinner was our apple strudel desert. We had breakfast in our room one morning, and it was a beautiful presentation and amazingly tasty too!!! Best restaurant in Galena!!!
Pleasant Gem tucked away from the city
This restaurant has a great view in the setting sun. Most tables are next to external windows.
The service was very good and they give you quite enough time to eat and enjoy the ambiance. This is definitely a go-to place for a romantic dinner or special occasion.
The ambiance and scenic view were wonderful, however, the service was painfully slow, and for the price, the food quality was mediocre at best. Our party of 4 ordered an entree each and shared two dessert orders for a total of nearly 3 hours spent at this restaurant. The Goldmoor came highly recommended, but we were not at all impressed.
This restaurant is a gem out in the country with a beautiful view. From the very first greeting upon entering to leaving it is excellent. The waitress brought us a basket of rolls with lavender butter that was outstanding. For my entree I ordered the salmon that was done perfectly and very flavorable, my husband had the filet and he said the same. We had a wonderful Pinot Noir with dinner. The owner walked around talking to the customers, our waitress was perfect. You can not beat the ambiance of this restaurant. They have a beautiful bar room. It is small and lovely, well appointed as is the entire restaurant. The food is exceptional to say the least. Our waitress was very attentive as has always been in the past. They continue to excell.
Review for Men: In a word "Fabulous"
If you love your wife this is the place. Fabulous view, fabulous service, fabulous entrée's, and fabulous atmosphere for romantic evening. A special thanks to the owners, staff and waiter for accommodating my special "dessert" request and delivering the 20th anniversary ring with class and right on time. Thanks again. Definitely will return and recommend for anyone with a special occasion.
What a fabulous meal. The Goldmoor tops our list for fine dining in the Galena area! The view of the Mississippi River is stunning from every table. The service is impeccable and the ambiance is classic sophistication. The wine list is good and appetizers tasty and well portioned. All three of us had the Beef Wellington and it was superb. We will go back soon!
Very romantic place
My husband and I went there to celebrate to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. No one else was there so it was very quiet. We loved the décor, the service, the food and we even got to meet the owner which was really nice. They even gave us a free dessert since it was our anniversary. I love the look of the inn/restaurant. It looks castle like. The grounds and even the scenery is beautiful. I would love to stay there sometime! Very lovely place all around.
Good food, long wait
The meals were very good. The Beef Wellington and the Salmon. My husband was wondering where the rest of his salmon was though. It was very small especially compared to my meal and the salmon I had had at another nearby restaurant the night before. The table was a little noisy, would have rather had a booth. The owner was very friendly but the people next to our table annoyingly loud, not the fault of the restaurant obviously. The meal took a very long time to come out but not as long as those next to us. They had come in just a few moments after us and when we left after having dessert they still hadn't gotten their food. We weren't in a hurry so it wasn't a big deal but it was noticeably a long wait time.
We loved the service and the tour afterw ...
We loved the service and the tour afterwards. The appetizer and dessert were the best. My husband ordered his steak medium and is was well done. Mine was overcooked also but not as much as his. The potatoes were just ok. The veggie was great. We were disappointed that the brush was too high and we couldn't see the water from our table.
The peacefulness and beauty of the grounds makes it a very special place.
Kind of Disapointed
We went here for our anniversary dinner. The building and scenery were absolutely beautiful! Our server was nice, but we could tell he was new (had to come back to ask what kind of potatoes we wanted with our entree). To start, we ordered an appetizer and it took a really long time to come to our table. When we received our main entree, my husband had to send back his steak because it was very rare (ordered medium rare). We were excited to order dessert ( the waiter at another table talked about a chocolate volcano), but when we went to order we were informed they were out of it. It was very disappointing. The other negative factor was there was a wedding reception going on while we were eating and the wedding guests were rather loud and sometimes vulgar when in the bar area. That kind of ruined the romantic atmosphere of the restaurant. Overall it was a nice time and I'd like to give the place another chance.
Excellent food!! Very romantic!! Superb staff!!
Walking into the Goldmoor, I wasn't sure what to expect after reading mixed reviews on trip advisor but the Goldmoor exceeded our expectations in every way!! The ambiance was extremely romantic as we sat in a quiet, candlelit booth overlooking the river. The waiter Adam was very friendly, sweet and attentive. The food was extraordinary and was served to us in a reasonable amount of time. After reading some prior reviews regarding long wait times for food , we were pleasantly surprised. The ambiance was very romantic and inviting. I thought it was a extra added touch that the owners stopped by our table to make sure everything was prepared to perfection and we were having a great experience, and we were! We had a very memorable evening at the Goldmoor and we'll definitely be back! Thank you Goldmoor staff, you did an outstanding job! Thank you!
Our favorite in Galena!
Food, service and atmosphere always outstanding here. Personal attention from owner and chef. There are many fine restaurants in Galena and we have visited most of them. Goldmoor remains our favorite. Come and watch the sun set over the Mississippi River--gorgeous view.
I would give them another try
My 13 year old daughter and I chose the Goldmoor for a special dinner. We put on our Sunday best in anticipation of a very special evening. The server was pleasant and the house manager checked on us frequently. The food was very good, but we waited over an hour and fifteen minutes for the entrees. Good bread on holds you for so long.
Despite the long wait, I would give them another shot.
Great experience overall. Train is a little closer than I would like but many people may not notice it. Our server was quite slow but it seemed that other tables received better service so I don't believe that all experiences would be the same as ours. Food was amazing filet was juicy and tender
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