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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“fish and chips” (63 reviews)
“shepherds pie” (75 reviews)
“irish nachos” (15 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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1 - 10 of 689 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

I liked the food . the people were nice . I think it a great place to go to in Galena. Good service and smiles.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Kalifornia1975
Reviewed 10 November 2018

We were treated to the best seat in the house (in my opinion), attentive service and LIVE Irish Dancing and a delightful Irish duo from Milwaukee. Not only was the service and entertainment a surprise, the food was delicious. BEST MASHED POTATOES I have ever...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kelly R
Reviewed 7 November 2018

The fish sandwiches were good as well as the chicken kabobs with a pineapple glaze were wonderful. We'd go again for certain

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 7 November 2018

My husband and I were hungry so we each ordered the fish and chips. We tasted the oil rather than the fish which was plentiful but thin pieces. The entertainment was very good. First, two Irish dancers and then a duet of violin and guitar....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank IowaWoman01
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

I had shepherds pie. The pie was good but not great. My wife had hamburger, also was good but not great. The service was acceptable. The beer I had was very good. I would not recommend.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Lynnlosey
Reviewed 31 October 2018

The food was excellent, and the live music and atmosphere makes you feel as if you're actually in Ireland!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Mikaela G
Reviewed 30 October 2018

The Irish Cottage offers good Irish favorites along with sandwiches, steaks and fish. Fish and chips are good. Try one of the Irish dishes.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank marko89
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

The stuffed mushroom appetizer was good. The shepherds pie was very good but the menu is limited. I tried the stuffed chicken breast… The potatoes and vegetables were cold and there was not enough sauce. The girls dancing were a nice addition and they also...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank purplehotgirl
Reviewed 9 October 2018

We choose “Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub” for our first evening in Galena IL. What a wonderful place. The atmosphere made us feel like we were in a true Irish Pub, there was the added plus of live entertainment, a folk singer playing the guitar and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 822paulk
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Visited for dinner during a visit to the Irish Cottage. O'Dowd's had a great selection of food and drink. The Irish Wolfhound and the fish and chips hit the spot after a day of wandering through the Galena Fair. Thanks for a great meal.

Date of visit: October 2018
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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
US$12 - US$21
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 10:00 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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