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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 #14 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
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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106 reviews 106 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

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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87 reviews 87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

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
7 helpful votes 7 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 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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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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