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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)
“irish nachos” (13 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 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great dinner and the atmosphere was great. Service was great and the food was outstanding would go there again

Thank Bruce M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to Galena for over 20 years. Often going to the same places, my husband relented (been asking to go here for a long time)and we took our daughters. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly staff,...More

Thank Andrea J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we were there on a mid-week night in January, the service and food were excellent, no slacking off because it wasn't a particularly busy night. The lady behind the bar -Tammy ? - was a great host. We really enjoyed it and stopped in...More

Thank Charles K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We asked for the kids menu and were told that they no longer have one. They suggested we order the 1/2 pound hamburger and split it for the kids. I can't imagine a child biting a 4 inch tall burger or wanting one! We ended...More

Thank OJanuary
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You cannot beat the ambiance. My husband and I found the place to be cozy and unique. The drinks were tasty and well-made. Service was prompt and friendly. Everyone seemed to be having a great time!

Thank stephaniekristin
Reviewed 14 January 2018

We love this restaurant and hotel. The staff is great, the food authentic, drinks and Guinness fabulous, entertainment on weekends. Get the Shepherd's Pie. YUM! They have all forms of Guinness and we tried the Guinness and Black this last time. So good and smooth,...More

Thank Christean H
Reviewed 9 January 2018

I'm sure you will like it. Large variety of beer and the fish was crisp and Sheppard Pie just like we had in Ireland. The staff is great and we really enjoyed the singer/entertainment. We rang in 2018 in the Pub, singing, dancing, wearing party...More

Thank l12342017
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

Shepherd's Pie and Bangers & Mash are just a couple of the items available on the Irish menu. The food is good but the drinks are fairly pricey. Live Irish music nicely compliments the establishmemt

Thank Mary Ellen M
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped in late afternoon for drinks and appetizers on Saturday Dec 30, 2017. Beautiful Irish decor. They had live music which was very good. The stuffed mushrooms were amazing. The chicken Alfredo flatbread pizza was very yummy. Everything we had was delicious! The drinks...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 1 January 2018

The food was great, the music made it sensational. The service was fair to poor but overall what a great time. When I dine out it's not "one-thing" that make my restaurant experience it's multiple things that make it a total experience. Meaghan was awesome....More

Thank PewaukeeJim
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
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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