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Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:00 am
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped in at Ballydoyle for the first time with my wife who has been trying to get me in the door. I am a fan of stout beer, so I tried Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Nitro and found it very good. Also had a Guiness and Black, a surpisingly smooth combination. The wife had Irish Chips and I had Guiness... More 

Thank joshaurora
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212 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beer is always good. The food is traditional bar food with some Irish fare. Friday and Saturdays they have bands play which usually provide great bar entertainment. You can't go wrong for a good time. October is a good month to visit since this Irish pub adds Oktoberfest ales to the the beer line up.

Thank IllinoisCookie
Romeoville, Illinois
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

My husband was having a birthday and wanted to go here. There was also a classic car show event going on the same evening. So the downtown Downers Grove main street was very busy. We were seated within 15 minutes on the patio. The weather was perfect for eating outside. No humidity. Nice and cool. I ordered the Avocado Chicken... More 

Thank Bonnietrip62
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Good pub grub. Has classic Irish fare. Live music scheduled frequently. Easy walk from the Metra Station. Nice place to meet up with friends. Friendly staff.

Thank Craig B
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Fun Irish pub, atmosphere is perfect for a good time. For a more quiet family experience go during lunch hours, just be warned the waitresses dress a little proactively if you're sensitive to that. Try the lunch portion of the corned beef and cabbage for a light meal with an Irish flare, delicious. Great fun on Saturday nights but don't... More 

Thank BBChicago84
Leesburg, Virginia
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133 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Ballydoyle is awesome! It looks like any pub you'd find in Ireland, with such an authentic feel. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. If you want Irish food (and drink), this is the place to be. If I'd had a bigger appetite, I would've tried it all. This is definitely a place I'll be visiting again! Dana... More 

Thank Shannon J
Carthage, Illinois, United States
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

We recently returned to Ballydoyle to celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary. Since we couldn't get to Ireland, the folks at Ballydoyle brought a touch of the 'ol sod to us. Since it was a beautiful day, we chose the patio seating and with the authentic storefronts as our backdrop, it was easy to imagine dining in a sidewalk café in... More 

Thank EmmettK318
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

Authentic look and feel. Much of the wood and stage brought from Ireland. Excellent choice of beers and the food is pretty good. But mostly it's a great place to have fun with friends. And the open mic night is about the best around.

Thank Roland L
Downers Grove, Illinois
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121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We've been coming to Bally Doyle for many years. The best corn beef and cabbage on St Patty's Day in the area. All sandwiches are generous in size. Love to come and listen to the local bands. However, seating is always tight for a really good band, acoustics are not the best, & I feel the bands are performing for... More 

Thank Adrienne J
Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Especially nice in the summer. Can sit outside and can still hear the entertainment on the inside. Good food with reasonable prices. Been there many times

Thank Mike S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
  • Phone Number: 630-969-0600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?