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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
+1 815-776-0707
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“shepherd's pie” (64 reviews)
“fish and chips” (58 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 5 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun place, neat way it is set up too. Service was excellent and quick. Food to us was average, thought you would get three pieces of fish in the dinner but only two so the chicken fingers were a better deal. It was fine tasting,...More

Thank JULIA68
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favorite Irish pubs ever - including Ireland. Was apparently built in Ireland and shipped to the states. Great food, authentic experience.

Thank Ogre2676
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub is a change of pace from many of the restaurants along Main St. in Galena. There is plenty of parking in front, We did not have a problem getting seated. The staff was personable and attentive. We tried the shepherd's pie...More

Thank Allen21096
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent service. We had the Shepherd's Pie and the Reuben - good! Only issue was with our online reservation, which they didn't have, but they seated us quickly.

Thank Craig L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Irish Stew was very good--I would have loved to have a little bigger portion, though, which for me (who usually doesn't overeat) says a lot. My husband enjoyed the fish & chips, which he said tasted standard from others he's had. The Irish dancing...More

Thank MicheleIOWA
Reviewed 25 October 2017

The only Irish pub in America where they charge an upgrade to have an Irish pint of Guinness. Sad David O Neill

Thank David O
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We both had the Reuben sandwich with french fries. The sandwich was amazing with plenty of meat and not too much sauerkraut or dressing. There were plenty of potato wedges style french fries. The table did not have ketchup or mustard on it but the...More

Thank Taylr G
Reviewed 22 October 2017

You HAVE to have the Sheperd's Pie. Now, I haven't had Sheperd's Pie in years, but I would order this AGAIN and AGAIN if I lived near Galena. It was FANTASTIC! Just the right portion, and it came with a small, warm pretzel bun. Service...More

Thank Kiliki6
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic lunch, friendly staff. Hotel is there as well, but we didn't stay there. No buffalo wings here, it's full on drumsticks!

Thank Christina J
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Questions & Answers
27 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
7 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
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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