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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Irish,
9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
+1 815-776-0707
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“shepherd's pie” (66 reviews)
“fish and chips” (58 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie, which was all-good! They offered drink specials which were tasty for our group, and certainly, the Guinness too. They also had great entertainment for the afternoon as well!

Thank Maxahartwig
Reviewed yesterday

Have made this a tradition for several years now.. Always awesome. Authentic Irish pub, music, food and drinks. Love it!

Thank Marcia W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It doesn’t get any better than being in an authentic Irish pub for St. Paddy’s Day. Began with an Irish Coffee followed with delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage with a pint of Guinness. Service was fine, Joy at the bar was superb and the music...More

Thank jbedfordd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked a reservation online and enjoyed a very nice meal. Seen some Irish dancers and enjoyed some music afterwards. Place was busy and the only reason for a 4 was the waitress was hard to find at times.

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great getaway place for dinner with a neat atmosphere, great service and fabulous food. Loved the Irish dancers and live entertainment. We will be going back for sure!

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite service being a bit slow, this is quickly becoming one of our Galena favorites. Absolutely beautiful woodwork adorns every wall, pictures/videos of Ireland play on the front wall, and when there isn't live music or Irish dancers, they still play music that takes you...More

Thank Amanda W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With a fantastic menu for food and drinks, coupled with live music, it’s definitely worth a visit. The assortment of whiskeys and Irish dishes, whether you’re staying at the cottage or looking for drinks and eats, the pub is a nice spot to consider.

Thank ShemekaRonte
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In addition to awesome food, the manager, John, was super accommodating. Had a wonderful experience.

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the food, entertainment, breakfast!! The staff were fun and extremely attentive. Remembered us all weekend. Made us feel very special.

Thank bheitzy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very fun place to go relax and don’t even have to drive when staying in motel! Joy, the bartender, made it enjoyable. Very pleasant! Good service and great entertainment! We split the stuffed mushroom appetizer and also the fish dinner. Both were awesome!

Thank gagawester
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Questions & Answers
28 December 2016|
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Response from gr82birish | Property representative |
We offer live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Seats fill quickly and we do not take reservation. During the winter months, most guests arriving before 6 pm have little or no wait time. Because of the popularity... More
Joanne L
8 October 2016|
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Response from Jesse S | Reviewed this property |
Their website says usually just Friday and Saturday. Sometimes more nights if close to a holiday. I was disappointed when I read that. I'm getting ready to go back to Galena for my birthday on the 18 with my husband and... More
7 August 2015|
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Response from gr82birish | Property representative |
The Irish Dancers perform one twenty minute set between 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm in Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill. We strongly recommend enjoying dinner prior to the show. There is no cover charge for Katie Sullivan's... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 21
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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: +1 815-776-0707
  • E-mail
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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