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“Okay Food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant
Ranked #13 of 165 Restaurants in Downers Grove
Cuisines: American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Pueblo West, Colorado
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474 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
“Okay Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

We had the Scotch Eggs as an appetizer...then I had the Shepard's Pie and my wife had Fish & Chips. The fare was good, but the service a tad slow considering there were few people in the restaurant or on the patio.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jim N
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  • English first
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“What's the matter with the Wait staff?!?!?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This restaurant/pub has been in downtown Downers Grove for several years. When we finally decided to venture in, we had a real eye opening experience. Not a good one, either. An early evening/late afternoon Sunday ....tables unoccupied, no crowds. A family of approx. 6 members with two elderly folks, were standing/standing in the hot sun, awaiting assistance for a table. No one came out to the cafe area to help any of them. Finally, a family member himself found a shaded table, cleared it himself, went to retrieve menus, and eventually brought his family over to sit. (Heartbreaking to see the little Seniors leaning against chairs trying to shade themselves while being totally ignored). Finally, my own group of four basically did the same. That was OK for us, as we could handle it. We were surprised that we were never addressed...but OK, perhaps staff did not show up(??) Finally, a wait staff person approaches us, throws down their table rag, and asks what we want to drink; very "irked", face wrinkled & angry = a surreal scenario. What gives, Ballydoyle??? This was not your very late night, heavy drinking customer(s)??? No one in the cafe warranted such behaviour......why bother to be open on Sundays, if wait staff is tired and confrontational?!?! WHEW! Shocking.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank WindyCity2011
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“GOOD FOOD”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

good selection of food good service and great food

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Thank DEE S
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Chicago, Illinois
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203 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Food was really good for a pub!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

Just got back from the Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove, IL. It was a nice time. They had live music and a $4.00 beer. I ate a streak & garlic salad that was fantastic! My wife and family had cheese burger and fries...good as well. I would go again.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank spaboy12345
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Schererville, Indiana
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283 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Fun! Fun! Fun!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2012

What's not to like - very friendly atmosphere. Get a pint of Guiness and snack on an appetizer with friends.

Visited April 2012
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Thank Janice R
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