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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” (62 reviews)
“fish and chips” (62 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 4 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 17 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
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Food was good. Very ethnic selections (Irish). Drinks were awesome! My perception was they could have had more servers. Servers seemed overwhelmed by volume of business and were slow to follow up on orders. Server totally missed placing our appetizer order.

Thank Summer45_10
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Irish pub setting with very good and fast service. The Shepard pie was quite tasty, lots of meat topped with creamy potatos. Husband enjoyed the corned beef sandwich on marbled rye bread. Good assortment of beers and ales to choose from.

Thank Arle495
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Atmosphere very much reminded me of Irish Pub. Food could have a few more Irish specialties on but that is my personal preference. Fish and chips just ok. Would like to see some bangers and mash or some lamb on the menu.

Thank byotty75
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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
7 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
USD 12 - USD 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
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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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