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Frank O'Dowd's Irish 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
11:30 - 01:00
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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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Dubuque, Iowa
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267 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Regular customers for the quality meny, food, service, beverages and atmosphere. We eat out most every night, and have a wide network of great restaurants by type, but O'Dowds is a go to quite often. The servers know the menu better than many, help make every visit feel like you are number one. Tonight, Joy was fabulous waitress. Owner stops... More 

Thank Robert_Felderman
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The night was nasty -- cold, rainy, windy. We just wanted to find a place to eat and get warm. I asked the server what she would suggest on such a night. She suggested a hot buttered rum. I can say that never ... never in my decades of life have I tasted such a wonderful brew! It was hot,... More 

Thank PatriciaDiane
Dubuque, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for dinner on a whim on a Saturday evening. The food was good and the atmosphere was amazing. The entertainment was great and Joy behind the bar had some awesome drink recommendations for us!

Thank vance_stallion
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the surf n turf and my wife had the chicken kabobs. Both were excellent. We came here on the night they had Irish dancers followed by a performer doing a variety of songs, mostly Billy Joel and Elton John. The Irish dancers were kids from a school where they taught Irish dance and they were good. The performer... More 

Thank Atlas274
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a bite to eat on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and this place popped up on our search as close by. When we got there, the place was empty and we thought it was closed. Much to our surprise, they offered to re-open the kitchen for us! We both had burgers, which were good and tried the... More 

Thank Carole M
Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread, salad, soup, fruit, cheese and cracker. Unbelievable display of food. So delicious. Scones for breakfast with coffee. Great service.

Thank disney7071
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoy Irish food and after reading several favorable reviews, decided to stop in and try it out. Our visit was on a Wednesday in the middle of November--not too busy. The service was great. We ordered the fish and chips to share. Glad we did as the portions were large. On the other hand, the fish was just ok.... More 

Thank JJTJ1982
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a regular traveler to Ireland I have always enjoyed stopping in here when in Galena for a bit of Irish. This time it wasn't so great, a sparse Monday night with a thin crowd and the service was SLOW. But more than that there is now a massive flat screen that you can see from everywhere, especially in the... More 

Thank Demogirl66
gr82birish, Owner at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent experience in the Pub. We were surprised by your reaction to the large digital display screen as many guests have enjoy the enhancement. As you have mentioned, not only is there great footage of Ireland's countryside, but guests have posted their own birthday and anniversary messages. Just... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I loved this place. Our waitress/bartender, she does it all, was great. I had a Grilled Salmon and the wife had Shepard Pie. Very Good. We had about 5 cocktails and the bill was about $61, plus tip. The best was they had my favorite drink, Tullamore Dew. We will definitely be back. Good eats at a... More 

Thank jerome k
North Liberty, Iowa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here twice because we were staying in the hotel. The service was very good. We only got apps both times we ate there. The spinach dip was very good. The chicken alfredo flatbread was pretty soggy and the side of fries was not good. We got the chocolate chip cookie dessert and that I don't recommend. The cookies... More 

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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, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, 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?