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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

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9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186 (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
4:00 pm - 12:01 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 am - 12:01 am
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 12:01 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our third time over the years to enjoy and evening at Frank O'Dowds. The food is fantastic and reasonably priced. The drinks go perfect with the live music! We love it!

Thank markmcnees25
La Grange, Illinois
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub is the authentic Irish pub from Ireland. Mr. O'Dowd bught the pub had it taken apart, shipped to Galena and rebuilt on this lovely site. We went on a weekday evening. Was very busy, and there was live entertainment. The food and drinks were very tasty. Well worth the visit. Great entertainment also.

Thank LaatzFamily
Schaumburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to stop by for a quick lunch as we were leaving town on Sunday. We arrived before the Pub opened, however, we were sat right away and were served drinks while the staff finished setting up. Had the stuffed mushrooms appetizer which were so delicious. For our entrees we had the Rueben Sandwich and a mushroom Swiss Burger.... More 

Thank Jeepgirl38
Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Irish Cottage and had dinner here. Great food and entertainment. Very friendly staff!

Thank sandrews
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had dinner last night at Frank O'Dowd's and highly recommend it. The food and wait staff were excellent. There was live entertainment the entire time we were there. We lingered after dinner to continue listening to the music. It's great.

Thank Jean D
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you like Irish classics like Shepherd's Pie and Corned Beef or more standard fare like Steak and Salmon, Frank O'Dowds will fill you up! We ate several meals here during our visit and it was all fabulous! The staff is friendly, remembered us from day to day, and they know how to cook a steak medium rare! The entertainment... More 

Thank Kyrie D
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Live music provided by Hearthfire, great food, a beautiful setting, and great friends combined to make a very fun evening.

Thank Kevin P
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Irish singer was excellent and so was the food and service. Will be going there again during our next visit.

Thank byrne48
peoria, il
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I just wanted a quite casual dinner one evening and thought we would try this Irish Pub. We each had the Ruben sandwich and it was excellent with some of the best corned beef we have ever had.

Thank 123qwe
Homer Glen, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The first dinner of our 3 day girls' trip to Galena was at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and it was excellent! We shared the Reuben Flatbread Pizza and Jumbo Stuffed Mushrooms and they were excellent!! It was just enough for the two of us ladies - we had to have a bit of dessert so we also shared a Monster... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $21
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 12:01 am
4:00 pm - 12:01 am
4:00 pm - 12:01 am
4:00 pm - 12:01 am
4:00 pm - 12:01 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
    (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
  • Phone Number: 18157760707
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?