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“Shepherd's Pie Fantastic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub
9853 US Hwy 20, Galena, IL 61036
815 776 0707
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Ranked #13 of 58 Restaurants in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $21
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Bloomington, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Shepherd's Pie Fantastic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The Shepherd's Pie was wonderful. Very meaty, and the gravy/sauce was excellent. (It's made with Bisto, which they sell at the Cottage.) They even gave us the recipe. I had the stuffed chicken breast the first night. It was OK but I wouldn't order it again. Too much stuffing for me.

Visited February 2014
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English first
Monroe, WI
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I had dinner here Valentines Day....The atmosphere was friendly and festive. Service was a little slow but the place was full. We were in no hurry just relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment. Loved the fish and chips!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Oswego, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We had an enjoyable dinner here but were a little disappointed that the Irish food options were limited. Service was good and the food was also good and came out very quickly.

Visited January 2014
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Waterloo, Iowa
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“True Irish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed the excellent bar service that included a redhead barmaid.The host accommodated us in finding a seat close to the live entertainment, which happen to be Jon Conover truly wonderful singer. Ashley was our server she was excellent and made great suggestions for specialty drinks.The crab stuffed mushrooms for appetizer were the best ever.Loved the atmosphere.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Galena, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Since BackStreet Steak and Chophouse closed in Galena, there really hasn't been a comparable restaurant in Galena. This is a great Irish Pub atmosphere and awesome food. The NY strip with bourbon cream sauce was simply delicious. The plates were filled with a nice vegetable medley, small amount of mashed potatoes and a to die for pretzel roll. Not a big fan of Irish Dancing, but the other live entertainment was great. The waitstaff was friendly and very knowledgeable. Recommendation would be go for dinner before 7PM when the entertainment starts unless Irish Dancing is your interest. The only negative thing I can say, is when you are spending about $100 per couple, I would expect a cloth napkin or a napkin better than a fast-food resturant napkin,

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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