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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

) #4 of 50 Restaurants in Galena €€ - €€€ American, Irish, Bar
9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
+1 815-776-0707
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“irish nachos” (13 reviews)
Closes in 30 min
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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 4 days ago

The food was excellent, the entertainment was great and the overall experience was unforgettable. We will definitely be going back.

Thank valentine214622017
Reviewed 5 days ago

Service was excellent. Food choices were many. Could choose from either Irish or traditional fare. Very clean and cozy. Loved the entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

Thank BookMarkMan
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place feels like and Irish pub and regularly has live music. The food was amazing, I had the Reuben wrap and it was delicious. Great selection of beer and drinks as well. Very friendly staff.

Thank Todd K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hung out here two different nights The live entertainment was excellent and the irish dancers were great. Great food, drinks, and staff. We would recommend this place to all.

Thank aaronj139
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a pub. So if you have to drink then I suppose it's OK. There was some live entertainment so once the alcohol takes affect then you might not run away. If you eat then avoid anything there called 'New York steak'. It tasted like...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere of the the Pub made it quite comfortable. The bar was gorgeous and even the rustic appearance of the floor looked like it was from an old pub. The staff (Randy) was very helpful with choosing some of the craft beers and food...More

Thank fullflaps2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great Irish food, dated decor. The wait staff was very friendly. The fish and chips were our favorite and the cheese curds were delicious.

Thank Jenni R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the hotel & stopped by the restaurant for dinner on our first night. It was a Friday & the place was hopping. We were asked to sit at the bar until a table became available, with in 10 minutes we were seated....More

Thank Geanean C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an authentic Irish Pub! Stop for a Guinness and a delicious meal! Warm inviting atmosphere, friendly waitstaff and great food!The location is easy to find.

Thank Teresa B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The shepherds pie was very good served with a hot pretzel roll. Great bar selections and the service was excellent.

Thank emholly
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We will be in the Galena area on 1/20-1/22/17. Wondering if there is entertainment at your pub that weekend?
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
Will there be live music Monday, October 17?
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
1. Do the Irish dancers perform right in the restaurant (in view while dining?) 2. Is there a cover charge for Katie Sullivan on September 12?
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
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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.