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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, 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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Germantown, Illinois
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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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141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Chicago, Illinois
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192 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fun time at Frank O'Dowd's on two separate occasions. Both times we went in for drinks and were served promptly by friendly staff. The interior makes you feel like you've walked into a bit of Ireland and there are plenty of tables. On Friday and Saturday nights in January they have live music starting at 7:30pm. The... More 

Thank Carol D
Wheaton, Illinois
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6 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in for dinner. It was Jan 2nd so there was really no one else in the place. Bartender/Server was very nice and the food came out quickly but it was tasteless. I got the fish and chips and it didn't have any flavor. Neither did the cheese curds we ordered for appetizer.

Thank debraguenther
Roscoe, Illinois
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for a few drinks and some entertainment since it was New Year's Eve. Place was not full at all and the only entertainment they had was a lady with her guitar and not best vocals (nicely put ). I know some will say - you don't have to be there if you don't like it - and... More 

Thank JackDelores
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere here is loud and fun. There is live music and it is a very large place. Limited number of drink options for such a large bar. However if you are into Irish beers this would be a good place for you. We ordered dinner on New Year's Eve, and it came out quickly. However it wasn't that great.... More 

Thank felicia B
Hudson, Iowa
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58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time to Frank O'Dowds. We had a wonderful time. We decided to be "traditional" and I had the Shepherds Pie and my wife had Fish 'n Chips. Both very good and reasonably priced and better than the NY Strip my daughter insisted on. We were entertained by local young Irish dancers and a vocalist. A very... More 

Thank Matthew U
Saint Louis, Missouri
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153 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed great food and music in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Staff was friendly as well. It was the perfect place to warm up at the end of a cold day.

Thank Anne 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
US$12 - US$21
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?