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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

9853 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036
815 776 0707
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Ranked #13 of 57 Restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $21
Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)
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.
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English first
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
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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
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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
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93 reviews 93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
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108 reviews 108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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North Liberty
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107 reviews 107 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The bar has a lot of charm and old-world feel to it. The décor is perfect for an Irish pub. The service was terrible! Everyone we encountered had a bad attitude. Waitresses/bartenders looked annoyed and inconvenienced. Drinks were overpriced and full of ice. We were very disappointed.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I had a small wedding at the Irish Cottage and the reception at Frank O'Dowd's Pub. I booked everything sight-unseen. John, the general manager made the process easy- dinner menus, appetizers...I was surprised at all the options. I knew my party was small compared to some of the large weddings they have at the hotel, and I figured we would... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Love the Shepard's Pie and Irish Nachos. Lots of great beers on tap! Service is always excellent and the Fri/Sat .free entertainment can't be beat!

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

We ate at Frank O'Dowd's once during our few days in Galena and found it to be a very pleasant atmosphere with a nice staff and decent food. The on tap beers and ales were a really nice selection and variety. I would like to suggest that they add some more vegetarian choices and maybe ramp up the wine selection... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We enjoyed our experience at Frank O'Dowd's and only wish we had dined later so we could have seen more of the live entertainment. We had made reservations for 6:30 and the live entertainment began about an hour later. The food was good. My wife had the fish and chips and I had the chicken kabobs. Both were flavorable. The... More 

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Additional Information about Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

Address: 9853 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 776 0707
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
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
Average Prices: USD 12 - 21
Cuisine: American

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