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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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  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
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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 6 days ago via mobile

The bar has very tasty bar foods and the staff are very attentive to whatever you want......very friendly individuals. Go on the nights they have live music as you will have such a wonderful time. Like they say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.....well...More

Thank Dreamingone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ambiance was Irish, music was Irish, but limited selection of Irish dishes. Where were the bangers and mash and Irish stew? Corned beef sandwiches, but no corned beef and cabbage? Sheppard's pie as okay. Pumpkin soup was tasty, but luke warm and the crackers with...More

Thank Quinnscommentary
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner at Frank's and loved every bite. The Shepherd's Pie in particular! There was a wonderful Irish band too. We'd come here much more often if we didn't live in Texas!

Thank QuincyKid
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be around on a holiday weekend, and had a great meal and great entertainment at Frank O'Dowd's.

Thank Scott F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an early supper here recently and the corned beef on the Reuben sandwich may be the best I've ever had, and there was plenty of it. We stayed at the hotel and also had the Saturday breakfast, which included blueberry crepes. Very tasty!...More

Thank DEW1907
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stayed at the hotel so we stopped here a few times. The fish n chips was great and you get 4 good size pieces.

1  Thank Ann B
Reviewed 16 August 2017

There isn't a time we are in Galena that we don't eat at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub. The people are so friendly, great drinks great food and an excellent bartender. She even remembered us. Kudos!

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I had a really good fish sandwich; crisp, hot filet on a pretzel roll and fresh, hot, thick-cut fries. Yummy! But the highlight was the live music, an Irish folk duo (violin and acoustic guitar) for entertainment. Very good. The bonus was it was a...More

1  Thank Caninecrew
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Tried Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub based on TripAdvisor reviews. Was very glad we did. Food was excellent and reasonably Priced. I had the shepherd's pie and my wife had the stuffed chicken. Both fresh and tasty. Portions a bit small by typical restaurant standards but...More

Thank legalmaven
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

After an evening tour of town, we went on the hunt for late night snacks since we skipped dinner. **In Galena, there are few and far between restaurants open past 9 pm during the week.** keep in mind for your future trips. So we ventured...More

Thank hnteske
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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
  • 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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