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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 54 restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
Western Springs, Illinois, Usa
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We loved the Shepherds Pie, the Burger, and ordered the Spinach & Artichoke Dip twice in the same day because it was so good!

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We had eaten here before and decided to dine here our first nigh in town! The food was as good as remembered. The Irish entertainment was enjoyable. This was a Friday evening and the crowd was roaring! It could have been in Ireland.

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Marseilles, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Did a weekend trip to Galena and first night there had dinner at Frank O'Dowd's. With it being lent we had the fish and chips and was excellent. They had entertainment which we all enjoyed and the drinks were great too! Will go back next time in the Galena area.

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1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

My friend and I were in the mood for a casual for a casual surf and turf, when suddenly, my other friend texted me about going out to eat at "Frank O'Dowds"! Naturally, we got in the truck and got on the road to Galena. When we got there, we were seated instantly in a nice cozy section. The vibe... More

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La Crescent, Minnesota
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Had a great experience at Frank O' Dowds! Food was great, service was better. If you get the chance ask to have Sara as your server. She is very friendly and fast. Entertainment was also pretty good.

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Food and drinks are always tasty- ive never had a bad experience here! Friendly staff- and on the occasion ive been therw when someone is performing its always a good time!

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Pulaski, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We were in Galena for our anniversary in February and had dinner at this Irish Pub one evening. The food was very good, as was the service. We sat near the stage so we could see the Irish dancers, which was part of the evening's entertainment. They were gals from the local high schools and colleges and they were absolutely... More

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Rockford, IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014 via mobile

Went here for dinner during our stay at the Irish Cottage. Very beautiful restaurant and unique atmosphere/decor. Food was excellent and well priced. They had live entertainment that night consisting of Irish dancers and a solo singer/guitarist which made for a pleasant evening. Great overall!

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The place is terrific. The food was great and the service even greater. Ashley (?) made our meal very enjoyable. We ordered a cheese tray which I highly recommend. The cheeses were very different and tasty, with crackers and grapes. Then we had a Reuben sandwich which we both really enjoyed. We then watched the Irish dancers which was very... More

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Northlake, Illinois, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Located in the Irish Cottage Pub. Food hot and plentiful - corned beef delicious! Good for families. Speciality drinks were amazing but a little pricey

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