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215 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2240
+1 815-776-9925
Sun - Mon 16:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 22:00
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Galena, Illinois
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Absolutely the biggest Burrito I have ever had and it was also the best. Juan is an excellent chef and you won't be disappointed. Wide assortment of Mexican beers and tequila add to the success of Ayalas

Thank _snapshot2
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The margaritas were good, but very small. The rice was served with green beans, peas and carrots. The beans had american cheese on them. The food was not nasty, just very catered to the American palate.

Thank Cheyenne B
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Ate at Ayala our first night in Galena. We were actually looking for a different restaurant but they were closed. We had a hard time finding it because it is off the beaten path. Once you find it though it is well worth it. It is not much to look at and the lighting is terrible, but don't let that... More 

Thank Cathie P
Level Contributor
71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Taco Tuesday had $1.50 'street' tacos. Rest of the menu seemed very pricey, however Galena is high priced overall. The margarita I got was awful! Very full of mix, purchased a Modelo to add to it to cut that taste. Salsa served with chips was very good!

Thank Doria S
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Galena. It's a quaint place run by Chef Juan. He is are always polite, friendly and fun. Taco Tuesday is a great deal - $2.00 tacos and $3.50 margaritas. Chef Juan makes his dishes from scratch. The pork simmers for hours and the tamales...yum, yum, yum. My new favorite menu item after... More 

Thank Judy L
1 review
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

If you are in galena, this is the place to be. The guacamole and chips it's delicious. The service outstanding they make us feel like home. Love the place definitely we will back

Thank Marcos C
Hull, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
218 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

The 4 of us were welcomed with joy and provided with tasty food at great prices. When Chef Juan came over to talk that explained why this place combines quality food and such a welcoming atmosphere. Glad our inn keepers at the Stillman Inn recommended Ayalas to us!

Thank Timothy5
Galena, Illinois
Level Contributor
11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Ayala's has great Mexican food. Chef Juan and his family know how to make great Mexican standards. Just about everything is house made. The burritos are massive, filled with fresh iceberg lettuce, rice or beans and other fillings. The Pastor, Carnitas and chicken are all great choices. Unlike some Mexican places, you won't find unidentifiable chicken parts and fat, just... More 

Thank happyguy1960
Galena, Illinois
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 July 2015

We love this place. We never really tried the old place on Main Street but after they moved to Diagonal we decided to try. We were really pleased. I had the Steak Taco Dinner and my wife had the Fiesta Nachos.

Thank Larry R
Madison, Wisconsin
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130 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2015

We at here on a Saturday night (2 weeks ago), we were looking for a place that had both vegetarian and meat filled options. My fiance and I opted to get some burritos...one beef, one vegetable. OMG were they good..and HUGE! We barely got through half of ours, and took the rest to go for later. Dinner plus two alcoholic... More 

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Restaurant Details

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Open Hours
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 215 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2240
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: +1 815-776-9925

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