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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” (65 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ll start with a positive aspect-the live music was nice. Now, the reason for dining at a restaurant-the food. The kids menu stated “creamy macaroni and cheese.” I don’t pay to eat out at a restaurant to be served processed rehydrated food from a box...More

Thank lachiomi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Flat beer. I observed the server pour someone else’s Guinness in a single pour, for an Irish pub I was quite shocked. Our server at the bar poured it properly but it was flat, as was our friend’s coke, not a single bubble. I asked...More

Thank MDomaracki
Reviewed 14 December 2017

On my visit to Galena last summer this was a great place to get to once I got through the way on route 20 which was in itself quite a not pleasant experience. Next time i come to Galena I will try to approach it...More

Thank boylstonman
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Wanted to go to a bar off the main street away from the crowds that was more relaxing. Don't get me wrong, this place stays very busy, but I loved how we were able to get a seat and it wasn't shoulder to shoulder madness....More

Thank hawkeyedre
Reviewed 7 December 2017

We were there on a Thursday evening, it was pretty quiet. I chose the salmon and my husband had a steak. I was not eating potatoes that evening and had the steamed vegetables. The vegetables were the usual broccoli, cauliflower, carrot mix and had been...More

Thank PPowner
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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
6 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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
16:00 - 23:00
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
  • 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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