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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

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9853 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036 (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
815 776 0707
Today
11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill...
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill. The beating heart of The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, the Pub’s rich ornate interior, designed and handcrafted in Ireland, embraces an earlier time.The menu includes American favorites mixed with several iconic Irish dishes. Start with an expanded selection of appetizers. Meat and potatoes lovers will enjoy selecting entrees featuring fish, chicken and beef. While those seeking a taste of the “Old Sod” will delight in homemade Shepherd’s Pie or Hand Breaded Fish ‘N’ Chips.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food; nice atmosphere; gorgeous bar

We ate at Frank O'Dowd's on a Saturday night. It was very busy but we were seated promptly. The waitress was prompt with drinks. The food was out quickly and she checked on is frequently. The portions were huge. My husband had the New York strip and I had the fish and chips. Both were excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
dschau1
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El Paso, IL
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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242 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
El Paso, IL
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We ate at Frank O'Dowd's on a Saturday night. It was very busy but we were seated promptly. The waitress was prompt with drinks. The food was out quickly and she checked on is frequently. The portions were huge. My husband had the New York strip and I had the fish and chips. Both were excellent. The bar, woodwork and... More 

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Galena, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I just love this place! The servers are fantastic, the décor is such that you feel as though you are really in a pub in Ireland. There is weekend entertainment (Irish dancers, musicians and the like...). The food is good. The bathrooms need to be a bit cleaner (but that won't stop me from frequenting this restaurant). A great place... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Lovely decor - really feel like you're in an Irish pub! They had three little Irish dancers that entertained (and passed around a bucket for donations), and a really funny stand up guy on the mike afterward that we really enjoyed. The food, however, was just ok and overpriced.

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Peoria, Illinois
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

While staying at the Irish Cottage for a wedding we took advantage of the Pub on three separate occasions during a long weekend. Great experience. Seating options vary from stools at the bar, tables for two and tables able to accommodate larger groups. On all three occasions we were warmly welcomed by the hostess and served quickly. The whisky selection,... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The Food here was very good. The Breakfast is truly yummy! We also had dinner there and loved our meals.

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St. Anne, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The food was a blend of Gaelic and traditional. They have a traditional Shepherd’s Pie made with Irish bistro gravy, fish and chips and of course, corned beef. For starters they offer a popular Galena appetizer cheese curds - deep fried cheese with ranch dressing. A stand-alone appetizer is the Irish nachos – a huge plate of corned beef, Swiss... More 

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Kingston, Illinois
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I and a group of family and friends decided to give this place a try after touring the distillery across the highway. The atmosphere and decor reminded me of a true Irish venue. I ordered the Irish Nachos for my dinner option. The dish was filling and unusual but can't really be raved about. My dinner mates were satisfied with... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I have been to the pub a number of times (5 or 6) and have always enjoyed the "true" Irish atmosphere, authentic food and on Fridays the entertainment (Irish Dancers). The drink selection is typical of similar pubs over the world. My wife and daughter in law have the Sheppard's pie each time and consider it the best they have... More 

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Roselle, IL
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Went two nights in a row since we stayed at the hotel. I have been here before multiple times and I would have given it 4 stars but the food was just not that good and the service, even though friendly, was really slow. Had the Sheppard pie and the portion was small for what you paid for it and... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Cold pints, authentic food, and on occasion, excellent entertainment make this Irish bar a wonderful place to stop and grab a bite or a pint.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9853 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036
    (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 815 776 0707

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 21
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill. The beating heart of The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel, the Pub’s rich ornate interior, designed and handcrafted in Ireland, embraces an earlier time.The menu includes American favorites mixed with several iconic Irish dishes. Start with an expanded selection of appetizers. Meat and potatoes lovers will enjoy selecting entrees featuring fish, chicken and beef. While those seeking a taste of the “Old Sod” will delight in homemade Shepherd’s Pie or Hand Breaded Fish ‘N’ Chips.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?