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Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

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5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
630-969-0600
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11:30 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
The food wasn't good.

I used to go to the Ballydoyle in Bloomingdale, and was so sad when they closed. When I heard of this one, I was super excited. But the food isn't anything compared to the other location. Potatoes soup was borderline flavorless. The corn beef bites were just gross. Smothered them in spicy mustard... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
Jafitzen
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Bloomingdale, IL
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Bloomingdale, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I used to go to the Ballydoyle in Bloomingdale, and was so sad when they closed. When I heard of this one, I was super excited. But the food isn't anything compared to the other location. Potatoes soup was borderline flavorless. The corn beef bites were just gross. Smothered them in spicy mustard to make them edible. My husbands corn... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

You must try the corn beef bites. They are so good. The fish and chips rock as well and you can listen to free music most nights

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Unfortunately I was not very pleased with my visit here! I have visited Ballydoyle often in the past and have always had good food, but as I stated in the heading, poor service has always been the drawback! It is unfortunate that the poor service cannot make up for the good food since if the service is poor, the food... More 

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Chicago
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
247 helpful votes 247 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

A fun evening for a cold Chicago night, we attended the once-a-month Thursday night "Singer, Songwriter Showcase" at Ballydoyle's in Downers Grove. Local talent at various levels --- enjoyed The Jalopyz (www.youtube.com/The Jalopyz). Different groups can be showcased each month. The music was a bit too loud for the size of the room. Visit www.ballydoylepub.com for upcoming showcases. Home made... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A great place for a weekday lunch. Check out the choose two combo. Their meatloaf sandwich is very tasty and not greasy at all. Chopped salad has a nice vinagerette dressing. Great selection of local, USA and European drafts at 5-6 dollars a pint. Restaurant was actually dismantled in Ireland and shipped to Downers Grove. Very much like Weatherspoons décor... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The reuben is one of their specialties and for a great reason, it is a solid sandwich. The meat is not greasy, fat, grisly or dry. It was perfect. I will definitely eat here again.

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Downers Grove IL
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Ballydoyle has great music. A bit too loud if you're there to visit or talk with friends. I would not recommend this place for children, too loud, too crowded for kids. The food is real Irish food which is hard to find. Service was slow but it was crowded, needed more staff that night.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great local place for hearing up and coming bands with great food and great beers in an autentic feeling Irish pub.

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Devils Tower, Wyoming
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

If you are looking for live music in the area Ballydoyle is a good option. Forget about the fact that the room wasn't designed for live bands, the good acts that play there make it work sonically for the patrons just fine. And there are some good bands coming through. The place can get pretty crowded so if you're claustrophobic... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Bartenders and owners are cocky and poor. In 2 separate visits they took my seat while I went to the bathroom. Today I ordered a 10 oz Wobble. I waited the typical 10 min as the bartenders caught up on their daily bar duties. Too bad customers get in the way. Then they served the 10oz beer with an inch... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
  • Phone Number: 630-969-0600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Irish
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:00 am

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