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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 #11 of 55 restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $21
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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81% Recommend
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English first
Oshkosh, WI
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We stopped in for drinks as it was within walking distance of the hotel we were staying at. The drinks were pricey, but the atmosphere was classic Irish pub. The bartender was friendly, and service was top-notch. Both nights they had an Irish singer that did both classic Irish songs, plus classic American songs, and was very enjoyable. We would... More

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Loves Park, Illinois
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have eaten here quite a few times and it never disappoints. The Irish dancing and live music is always great and the staff is very friendly. We will always keep coming back!

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Galesburg, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A great atmosphere and yummy food. A great experience all around. Came to Frank O'Dowd's when we visited Galena last year, knew we had to get there this year also. They did not disappoint. Will definitely be on the places to eat list when we come back again.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We absolutly loved stopping into the Pub for a quick drink or a night of listening to music. Everyone is super friendly! I would definitely recommend this place to everyone!

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Metamora, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We ate dinner here on a Thursday evening. Unfortunately, no Irish dancers or singer/entertainment on this evening . . . only on Fridays and Saturdays. I had the Fish and Chips . . it was good. My wife had the Paddy Melt . . .it was good, too. Great atmosphere. It's what you expect an Irish Pub to look like.

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Cedar Falls, IA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

To be honest, I'm not a big 'variety freak'. When I find something I really like, that's what I order. Well, we've been to Galena before, and have a few things that we like to repeat. But we'd never been to Frank O'Dowd's before. I ordered the Shepherd's pie, my wife ordered the fish and chips. The Shepherd's pie was... More

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Maple Park, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I have been to many Irish pub type restaurents. We had planned on having dinner but the meals seemed way over priced for pub food ($15 for fish and chips) so we ended just having drinks $6.50 for a pint of guinness and I had a red witch, which was good. The service wasn't that great but... More

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Davenport, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Fish and chips and the rueben were outstanding! Service was extremely quick and our server Joy was cheerful and helpful.

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Galena, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very good selection of authentic Irish meals. Good taste and presentation. Our friends like the Reuben but we prefer fish & chips, paddy melt, shepherds pie, irish stew. Irish music and dancing is very entertaining.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

We had another great meal at Frank O'Dowd's. My husband ordered the Reuben Sandwich, which is the same thing he had last time we were there. He said it was so good the first time he couldn't wait to have it again. I ordered the Paddy Melt. It was cooked exactly as I ordered and was very good. Just as... More

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