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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

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American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186 (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
+1 815-776-0707
16:00 - 00:01
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Sun 11:30 - 00:01
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 00:01
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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East Peoria, United States
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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here for dinner on a VERY cold Sunday evening. Crowd was low. I ordered the burger, my husband ordered the shepherd's pie. Both were very good, but I thought the burger was top notch. The waitress seemed to be the only one working and was very attentive to the 3-4 tables that were full. The large screen tv... More 

Thank Jennifer W
Chicago, Illinois
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192 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fun time at Frank O'Dowd's on two separate occasions. Both times we went in for drinks and were served promptly by friendly staff. The interior makes you feel like you've walked into a bit of Ireland and there are plenty of tables. On Friday and Saturday nights in January they have live music starting at 7:30pm. The... More 

Thank Carol D
Wheaton, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for dinner. It was Jan 2nd so there was really no one else in the place. Bartender/Server was very nice and the food came out quickly but it was tasteless. I got the fish and chips and it didn't have any flavor. Neither did the cheese curds we ordered for appetizer.

Thank debraguenther
Roscoe, Illinois
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a few drinks and some entertainment since it was New Year's Eve. Place was not full at all and the only entertainment they had was a lady with her guitar and not best vocals (nicely put ). I know some will say - you don't have to be there if you don't like it - and... More 

Thank JackDelores
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere here is loud and fun. There is live music and it is a very large place. Limited number of drink options for such a large bar. However if you are into Irish beers this would be a good place for you. We ordered dinner on New Year's Eve, and it came out quickly. However it wasn't that great.... More 

Thank felicia B
Hudson, Iowa
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time to Frank O'Dowds. We had a wonderful time. We decided to be "traditional" and I had the Shepherds Pie and my wife had Fish 'n Chips. Both very good and reasonably priced and better than the NY Strip my daughter insisted on. We were entertained by local young Irish dancers and a vocalist. A very... More 

Thank Matthew U
Saint Louis, Missouri
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153 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed great food and music in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Staff was friendly as well. It was the perfect place to warm up at the end of a cold day.

Thank Anne W
Hartland, Minnesota
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This was a great little find! The music the great very authentic food. The whiskey selection and beer selection are wonderful I will definitely go back! I would love to stay in hotel sometime.

Thank Carly S
Elizabeth, Illinois
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I really was pleased with this place. I was actually quite surprised with the detail they have paid attention to with their decor. It's a nice place to get away from the busy downtown and enjoy a sexy little corner with your partner and have a delicious entree :) I will be back

Thank asmplanets
Dubuque, Iowa
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286 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Regular customers for the quality meny, food, service, beverages and atmosphere. We eat out most every night, and have a wide network of great restaurants by type, but O'Dowds is a go to quite often. The servers know the menu better than many, help make every visit feel like you are number one. Tonight, Joy was fabulous waitress. Owner stops... 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
US$ 12 - US$ 21
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:01
16:00 - 00:01
16:00 - 00:01
16:00 - 00:01
16:00 - 00:01
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
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
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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Forest Park, Illinois, United States
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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?