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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%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (58 reviews)
“shepherds pie” (69 reviews)
“irish nachos” (13 reviews)
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
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Reviewed yesterday

Decided to eat at the hotel (Irish Cottage) and glad we did. Fish (cod) and chips were perfect as was my Ruben. Planning our next trip to stay and eat there again. We want to see more of Galena also.

Thank Rick B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was great hot and made to perfection. We went for lunch but looks like it might be a fun place in the evening too.

Thank julee313
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is good. Burgers and ruebens served with steak fries cooked to order. Service is sketchy and wait staff seemed inexperienced and not knowledgeable about food prep etc. We were hoping for traditional Irish music which was not the case. Neil Diamond sing alongs with...More

Thank SUENAL84
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful experience at O'Dowds. The whole atmosphere was pretty well like many of the pubs we've dined in when traveling in Ireland and the UK. The food was delicious and the bartender, Tammy, was also our server. What a pleasant young lady....More

Thank Unbiased0446
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I came for the first time this weekend. Weather was bad and we didn't want to go into town. Sat at the bar and served right away. Great service! So going to an Irish pub we got the fish & chips and...More

Thank Jdbfitch
Reviewed 17 April 2018

We loved this pub so much we went three times! We went for lunch when we checked in the hotel and came back for a nightcap.. then we knew we had to take advantage of the complimentary breakfast offered by the pub in the morning....More

Thank JessicaShaughnessy
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Cool place with live music. It was a nice place to go to have a few drinks at the end of the night. We didn’t eat, but the food looked good.

Thank iheartplaya
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Had dinner there on Saturday nite. Good food with some genuine Irish entertainment. Service was excellent! Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank tcz155
Reviewed 28 March 2018

Great food, great service, even on a quiet day. The decor of the restaurant was unusual and rather stunning. Would stop again!

Thank kmptmp2
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

We didn’t eat dinner here so can’t comment about the food. Beer selection was good and they had a nice Irish beer promotion going on with free tastings and giveaways. We really liked the atmosphere and were able to get a nice table close to...More

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