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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
“fish and chips” (58 reviews)
“shepherds pie” (69 reviews)
“irish nachos” (13 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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place was right next to the Best Western in Galena where we were staying, so we picked it after driving from Chicago and did not want to get back in the car. The food is traditional pub type food, and is done very well....More

Thank dr_reagan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the hotel there and spent a lot of time here. Only had apps one day. It was good. Here is where this place rocks. My wife and I have been to Ireland and have yet to find a pub state side that...More

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere. We were there when it was relatively quiet but had impeccable service. Sometimes when a restaurant is slow it feels like all the waitstaff disappears but not here. The food was good and reasonably priced. No complaints. Would definitely go back.

Thank L1164
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Sunday evening and were almost the only customers. We had been in on a Friday night several years ago and the entertainment had the place going strong with Irish songs.

Thank elbamsc12018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Liked all of the fine plate . Service was good and smiles galore. Hope to bring other customers here as well

Thank boylstonman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Irish Pub atmosphere. Tammy was a great server & bartender. My husband likes Manhattans to drink & most restaurants don't do very well. This is the first time he said he got a perfect Manhattan. I recommend The Jolly Jacko & Naughty Irishman drinks....More

Thank Sherrie1166
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great time with the the Irish Dancers followed by live music. The food and drink were delicious as well. It was a girls weekend but am very interested in having a couples weekend with my hubby as it was such a good time :)

Thank Ashley H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We felt like we were back in Ireland! Great entertainment, food and beverages and bartender Joy was a Joy!

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved the live music. Food was excellent, including the cheese board. Have been craving seconds since we left. Definitely visiting again.

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to eat at the hotel (Irish Cottage) and glad we did. Fish (cod) and chips were perfect as was my Ruben. Planning our next trip to stay and eat there again. We want to see more of Galena also.

Thank Rick B
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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
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids
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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