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Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
+1 630-969-0600
Today
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Joliet, Illinois
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142 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We were at an art exhibit across the street at the library in Downers Grove and I'd seen this place pop up on my GPS. It was across the street, so we went in. interesting decor to say the least! Great Irish selections, and I chose the Stroganoff (I know - sounds more German). I also had one of their... More 

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1 Thank cooley25
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

This was second choice on a night out with friends (the other place was closed due to an unexpected situation in the kitchen!) and so we weren't quite sure what to expect. Beer selection was good. Waitress seemed distracted and disappeared for a while a couple of times. Food selection was decent and everyone seemed happy. I had a Philly... More 

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1 Thank Chuck C
Chicago,Illinois, United States
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I must admit I dont go there for the food...mainly the atmosphere (drinks) and live music. Great atmosphere. you will not be disappointed visiting and hanging out at Balldoyle for a pint. Ballydoyle is a local 'treasure'-and locally owned too. Live music is a bonus.

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Beecher, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Came in for a sandwich today. Tried the corned beef, wasn't very impressed. Took almost an hour just for lunch. The place wasn't that busy. Great Irish theme throughout. Would go back for beer and to hang out. Not so sure about eating there again though.

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1 Thank Mp44222
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173 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Sunday night after concert at the Tivoli in Downers Grove we walked over to this Irish Pub. The live band was setting up what a treat. After studying the menu we had to ask; "What is a boxty". If you go to this place and you're hungry this is what you want to order. It comes in chicken with a... More 

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Frankfort, Illinois
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111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We got here on a Saturday night around 5 o'clock and there was no trouble getting a seat whatsoever. Our server came pretty fast and they kind of have a committee system for servers. One will take your order another will bring food and other one will fill the drinks, it cetera. The menu is somewhat Limited. And had corned... More 

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1 Thank punmaster1965
Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I have been in to Ballydoyle many times but never on a Tuesday and was pleasantly surprised! Friends and I were having a late dinner, our waitress asked if we were staying for trivia so we decided to stay and play. I never knew they had a trivia night. It was really entertaining and they give away great prizes. Great... More 

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Flagstaff, United States
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Have been going here for a few years. It is always a pleasure to have dinner or late lunch here. Try the ales and the specials that are on the menu you can't go wrong. Eating and drinking here reminds me of the pubs in Ireland and Great Britain.

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Joliet, Illinois
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Delightful Irish Pub setting....acoustic music was playing when we arrived. We did go to hear one of our favorite cover bands Hi Infidelity. The setting is definitely better for acoustic then a live full band. Service was excellent as well as the food.

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chicagoland
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127 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped in at Ballydoyle for the first time with my wife who has been trying to get me in the door. I am a fan of stout beer, so I tried Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Nitro and found it very good. Also had a Guiness and Black, a surpisingly smooth combination. The wife had Irish Chips and I had Guiness... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 02:00
Thursday
11:30 - 02:00
Friday
11:30 - 02:00
Saturday
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 630-969-0600

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?