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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

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9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186 (HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street))
+1 815-776-0707
16:00 - 00:01
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Sun 11:30 - 00:01
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 00:01
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are here in our first night staying at the Irish Cottage. The Irish dancers and musician we were. All staff was friendly and helpful. We ordered the stuffed mushrooms which were very good. We both ordered appetizers for our entrees and they were both good. The death by chocolate cake was good but very rich.

Thank Sarah L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No reservations so go early for a table if you want to see the dancers! The food was great and many different types of drinks! Fun atmosphere and excellent weekend entertainment !

Thank Laurie O
Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is our 2nd time back to Frank O'Dowd's and once again everything was very good. The atmosphere was very close to authentic Irish Pub and the "snug" was a nice addition. The waitstaff was very friendly and efficient. The food was good. My husband had the Bourbon Glazed New York Strip w/honey braised onions and I had the Grill... More 

Thank Julie B
Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We are staying at the Irish Cottage, so after a day with a trolley tour and shopping in town, staying in for dinner felt like a good option. We had our toddler with us, so we were a little nervous when we saw the signs outside about supervising kids. But we shouldn't have worried. The staff was super friendly, even... More 

Thank Melissa G
Evanston, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for lunch on a gloomy February day. The staff was quite nice and the room decorated with the theme of an Irish Pub - we had Shepard's pie and a burger. Both were pretty tasty. I wish they'd had Irish music playing -- they do have live music some nights.

Thank Tracy T
Terre Haute, Indiana
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are going to order a drink, try any special that Joy has concocted. Joy's hot cocoa (liqueur) is more than lovely to keep you warm in winter. Limited lunch and dinner menu... Order the salmon! There is none better.

Thank Karen R
Germantown, Illinois
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good recreation of an Irish pub. Excellent selection of whiskey. Food was good, nothing extraordinary. Service was excellent.

Thank kkaramchandani
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brandon was an excellent waiter. We had appetizers while waiting for Irish dancers to start at 6:30. Irish nachos n chocolate flake martini pictured. Yummo

Thank lori f
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

By far the best get away accommodations! The pub makes it a one stop party! Drinks are well poured - try the Irish coffee. The fish fry is crispy and fresh!

Thank Gina K
East Peoria, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited here for dinner on a VERY cold Sunday evening. Crowd was low. I ordered the burger, my husband ordered the shepherd's pie. Both were very good, but I thought the burger was top notch. The waitress seemed to be the only one working and was very attentive to the 3-4 tables that were full. The large screen tv... More 

Thank Jennifer W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 21
American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?