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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%
Travellers talk about
“shepherd's pie” (61 reviews)
“fish and chips” (56 reviews)
“irish nachos” (13 reviews)
Open Now
4:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
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 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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

This pub offers great food, live Irish music and great customer service! Every time in the bar/restaurant was make in Ireland.

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat for a couple of hours enjoyed the music and atmosphere, didn't enjoy the food. We had eaten here over the years and found the food to be OK, not this time. The fish and chips were below average, fish was bad. Service was only...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful dinner. Very low key, great service. Very good food, recommend the Shepards Pie and the death by chocolate cake.

Thank ellen6550Oakdale_MN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a quiet lunch in a very clean bar type area. There was a constant video going about Ireland and its beauty. Available but not annoying. I had the best Reuben sandwich ever. My friend ordered fish and chips. There was so much good...More

Thank c w
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub is located on US Highway 20 in the lobby of The Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel. It is also located about a half mile from the US Grant historic home and a mile from the center of downtown Galena, Illinois. It is...More

Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at 11:05pm on Thursday, September 23rd with friends while we were visiting Galena. Their website(s) states open until 1:00am. We were seated for some time and female bartender we could see behind bat never came over so when husband left group to go to...More

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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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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