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“Great Pub” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
630-969-0600
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Ranked #38 of 147 Restaurants in Downers Grove
Cuisines: Irish
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Downers Grove, Illinois
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We really like Ballydoyles for a fun evening with good pub grub, great beer, and good companionship. We really like to dine on the patio.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Excellent management”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I had placed a negative review for Ballydoyles Pub re: the bill was incorrect and slow service. The owner or manager emailed me and explained the error in their system and apologized and offered and sent a gift certificate to me. Every establishment makes a mistake, by responding to a customer is a giant step on having me return and giving them another chance.

Visited November 2013
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Downers Grove, Illinois, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Band nights are a good time but get there early if you want to see the band member's faces.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We enjoy this bar on the week-ends when there they schedule live music venues.

Excellent Irish stew!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ordinary”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Food - OK, nothing special
Wait Staff - OK- nothing special, definitely not friendly
Drinks- overpriced
Atmosphere - loud, hard to hear conversation
I think this place has had it's run and now is to be avoided. Many other restaurants in the area with a much better value.
Have been going there occasionally since it opened but now probably won't go back.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Irish eyes are not smiling behind the bar.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We live in town and often head out on a Sunday night to put off the Monday blues with a few beers at the bar. The last few times we've been there, the bartenders have been a little cold --" zero personality, bordering on rude" (as my husband would say). And it has not just been one guy but a couple, so I am wondering if these are the regular bartenders or if they are just filling in and are not invested in the patrons who, like us, prefer bartenders with "smiling eyes" -- or at least a smile. We are not the type who sit at the bar for friendly banter with the staff, so our expectations are simple: a genuine smile, a timely refill, and food that hasn't sat under warmer for ten minutes. We like the beer selection. We like the food. We like the location. And we even like the table of guys playing music in the corner. How about a bartender who seems to like it, too.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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