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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
4:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 134
    Excellent
  • 67
    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
Irish Dancers, Pub Food, and Interesting Decor

I had the corned beef on rye, which was excellent, My husband questioned if his sirloin really was 12 ounces, but the taste was good and he loved the mashed potatoes and pretzel roll. We would have loved seeing more of the Irish dancing - WOW - and enjoyed visiting with the dancers after the show.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Nancy S
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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251 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Western Springs, Illinois, Usa
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Again, our visit to Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub was a grand experience. Above all, the service and friendliness of the staff was only matched in awesomeness by the quality of the food. The salmon and steak plate was full of flavor. The 1/2 # burgers on pretzel rolls are always a special treat. And the Shephards Pie makes me think... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Tammy was our server, it was some what busy, but she stayed right on top of everything. We went for dinner and had a wonderful experience, The atmosphere was super. Please see this place and we want to stay there on our next trip.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had the corned beef on rye, which was excellent, My husband questioned if his sirloin really was 12 ounces, but the taste was good and he loved the mashed potatoes and pretzel roll. We would have loved seeing more of the Irish dancing - WOW - and enjoyed visiting with the dancers after the show.

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Pleasant Prairie
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I checked this Irish pub out online before my mini getaway to Galena. So, when I arrived here, I wasn't surprised by it but THRILLED at the beauty of it in person. Felt like I was in an authentic Irish pub. The dark wood work, the wall hanging and especially the view from the window seat, all felt like I... More 

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Stopped in with my mom and had the cheese tray a couple drinks and dessert! They have amazing food and a wonderful atmosphere! I love this place. Nice people and always on my list!! Can't wait to return.

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Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had dinner here. Enjoyed the ambiance and the food was awesome. Had the salmon which was excellent and a Jolly Jacko libation! The free hot breakfast included with a stay is outstanding!

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Aurora, IL, USA
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great place for a drink and pub dinner, and hopefully a show. They layout of the pub is just great: stage at one end, large windows with view of woods at the rear, a long bar, and a cool "snug" room for 4 - 8 people and private access to the bar.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Had fun!! This is in the hotel that we stayed in. Hubby drank 20 yr old Irish whiskey!! I had the best Irish coffee!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

My husband and I stopped in on our way back to our villa after eating downtown. The live musician was WONDERFUL (her small talk was terrible but her musicality was superior). We enjoyed sitting at the bar and listening to her play. Will definitely return next time we are in town.

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El Paso, IL
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

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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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: Bar scene, Families with children, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions

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