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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

) #3 of 52 Restaurants in Galena $$ - $$$ American, Irish,
9853 W US Highway 20, Galena, IL 61036-9186
+1 815-776-0707
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 3 days ago

There isn't a time we are in Galena that we don't eat at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub. The people are so friendly, great drinks great food and an excellent bartender. She even remembered us. Kudos!

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a really good fish sandwich; crisp, hot filet on a pretzel roll and fresh, hot, thick-cut fries. Yummy! But the highlight was the live music, an Irish folk duo (violin and acoustic guitar) for entertainment. Very good. The bonus was it was a...More

Thank Caninecrew
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub based on TripAdvisor reviews. Was very glad we did. Food was excellent and reasonably Priced. I had the shepherd's pie and my wife had the stuffed chicken. Both fresh and tasty. Portions a bit small by typical restaurant standards but...More

Thank legalmaven
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After an evening tour of town, we went on the hunt for late night snacks since we skipped dinner. **In Galena, there are few and far between restaurants open past 9 pm during the week.** keep in mind for your future trips. So we ventured...More

Thank hnteske
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is a Galena gem tucked away inside the BEAUTIFUL Irish Cottage. I wish we would have stayed there instead of the Ramada, but we wanted cheap accommodations. But the food at Frank O'Dowd's was sooooo good and fresh tasting. I had the surf...More

Thank Nina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Your typical Irish pub. They do have a good selection of beer and mixed drinks. The food was decent, I got fish and chips, my husband got the shepherds pie. Portions are large. If we go back I would definitely split a plate.

Thank traciel99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food was good and service was decent. We went at sort of an odd time (about 2 on Friday) so it was not busy at all. Drinks were a little overpriced as was the food, but overall it wasn't a bad experience as everything tasted...More

Thank Bryant H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, decent atmosphere and very attentive wait staff. We would definitely go here again. Not recommended for young children as the following sign is at the door:

Thank Tracy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in the Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel and as the name denotes, specializes in Irish cuisine and beverages. Our meals were served with by a very friendly server who wasn't afraid to engage in conversation, which made the experience all the more...More

Thank JGMM
Reviewed 14 July 2017

so I ordered a cheese plate, mistake! I could have gone to any grocery and bought what they brought me. My husband's dinner was somewhat better. The scones in the morning were a nice touch, if hard!

Thank floribel1
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
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
  • 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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