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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 56 Restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $21
Hours:
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
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We lived in the UK for many years, and have been to Ireland. My wife is of Irish descent. Naturally, one of the first places we visit when we travel somewhere is any Irish or English pub we can find. Usually, the owners have obviously been in the States too long. Not here (as far as I can tell). I... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed at the hotel for our Anniversary and ate here several times over the weekend .....AMAZING food. The breakfast both days were delicious. ....The blueberry crepe and the strawberry french toast was the best I have ever had. We enjoyed Saturday evening in the pub as well. The live entertainment is good. The local Irish... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Off-season; food okay; not a night with live entertainment, which may be a big plus if you like Irish music.

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Clinton
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Loved the decor, food was good, service wasn't bad. We both had the shepherds pie which was very good.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Great music and authentic Irish feel! Have now been here a couple of times and enjoyed both. Would recommend.

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Algonquin
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The management better get on the ball, let me start by saying we have been here several times and you can see the place falling apart figuratively and literally chunks of the facade fell off loose boards and dirty, went into the bar we love to stop for lunch it is allot like being in Ireland sat at the bar... More

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gr82birish, General Manager at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub, responded to this review

All of the staff at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub and Grill are deeply troubled by this guest’s experience. As the author of the post noted, their visit fell on the busiest week of the year and unfortunately we did not meet their expectations. With many positive comments written by other guests, we can assure you this was an isolated incident... More

Lake Geneva
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57 reviews 57 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Good Irish music and a goodly list of beers and ales. The night we were there the gentleman performing sang rousing versions of Irish ditties and shared a lot of "stories" and jokes. Good fun! Wood go there again.

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Indianola, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were told that while in Galena the Pub was a must. The decor was wonderful and set the mood for dinner. The food was out of this world! We both had chicken dishes and they were to die for. The presentation was great. The server seemed too busy to check back on us and let our empty glasses sit... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Great service and awesome food. Irish dancers were amazing. Next trip we definitely want to stay at the lodge too. #1 experience!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We had a wonderful meal! However, there was not a large selection of Irish food, many of the dishes were common American meals.

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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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