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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/pub.asp
  • Phone: (815) 776-0707
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:

    Friday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


    Everyday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Irish
  • Executive Chef: Rusvel Martinez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a number of unique areas for private gatherings. Authentic Irish Pub, charming library, sophisticated lounge, spacious presidential suite and large banquet and meeting rooms are available. Let our professional staff prepare a customized menu sure to "wow" your friends, family or business associates. Full food and beverage options available.
  • Private Party Contact: Ann Cremer (815) 776-0707
  • Entertainment: The Pub offers great year round live entertainment. Every weekend, the Pub is energized with talented musicians performing live on stage. Each evening, performances are kicked off by traditional Irish dancers. There is no charge for the weekend entertainment. Call or visit www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com for complete schedule. During select times of the year, Frank O’Dowd’s hosts regionally and nationally recognized bands. The annual Keltic Koncert Series offers great live entertainment at a resonable rate. Discounted hotel packages available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Lots of free parking!
A word from Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day at Frank O’Dowd’s Irish Pub & Grill. 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 potato 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. The menu also offers great salad and sandwich selections.

Enjoy a Keltic Kocktail, specialty Martini or Donegal Draft Delight from the Pub’s diverse drink menu. Choose from a extensive draught beer selection featuring Celtic favorites as well as, domestic craft brews. On weekend’s the Pub features live entertainment and traditional Irish Dancers.

Join us for a memorable experience and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day!
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Diner Reviews
  • "While in Galena this weekend, we made sure we dined at Frank O'Dowd's. The entertainment is top-notch, servers are friendly, atmosphere is fun, and the food is excellent. With so much to choose from on the menu, we decided on the Shepherd's Pie and knew we made a good choice. It was refreshing to finally find a place that doesn't serve your typical greasy pub-type food, but instead has unique appetizers, an selection of Irish entrees, as well as many other delicious dishes. Always a great time at Frank O'Dowd's!"
    Dined on 9/26/2014
  • "We had a great time at O'Dowds. We really enjoyed Katie Sullivan--both her music and her humor. And the food was great! I had the Reuben which was overstuffed with corned beef. My husband had the shepherd's pie, which he said was good but a little heavy on the peas! I recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "A truly outstanding restaurant and tavern. Atmosphere is friendly. Service is superb. Go on the weekend for the Irish dancing - you won't regret it. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 9/19/2014
  • "Was not too impressed. Thought it would be more authentic. The beer list was limited but they did have a wide range of other drinks to offer. The food was ok, not made from scratch by any means. Was so unimpressed by the Pub, we decided not to stay at the adjoining Hotel. Kind of a Bummer :("
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "The only thing I was disappointed in was that we had a reservation and upon entering were seated in the very back of the restaurant. We could not see the dancers well at all. Since we had a reservation I thought we should have gotten a better seat! The food and service were very good."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Had driven by many times going to Galena but had never stopped. Made a reservation for Sunday evening and was pleasantly surprised at the overall Irish pub experience! Baily, our very attentive server was friendly from start to finish and never got tired answering our questions about Irish beer, food, etc. The food was fantastic, and the icing on the cake was the performance of the Irish Dancers....that was fantastic! We will be back soon!"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town and scheduled our meal for the Irish dancers and entertainers. The food was really good, service was fast, and they have an extensive list of Scotch and Whiskey. The dancers were four young girls and the routine not so impressive. The Irish singers/entertainers were great. We wish we had more time to stay and enjoy the evening."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "The food here was just above mediocre and the room was quite loud, even without a full house. The performer was nice but it was hard to hear her over the crowd noise. This is a good place if you want to have some drinks, enjoy music, and commiserate with friends, but I wouldn't come here with kids or for great cuisine."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "While staying at galena territory, we came to find the Irish cottage and my family of 7 loves the live music, food, friendly service and overall experience. The Reuben, corned beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and soup was great, and nice selection of Beverages as well! We wod definitely Go back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Stayed at Cottage 12 years ago, found the food to be much better with adequate portions then. Not so this weekend. Cod which was exceptionally small and dry. This weekend the entertainment was very disappointing. Dancers were okay but the presentation was very unprofessional. Dressed like the 8th grade talent show! One girl didn't even have the hair piece to complete somewhat of the look. They fumbled around many times to find their own music selection. Shouldn't they have that marked or recorded better and have someone else, even a mother, begin the music so they don't run to their places and miss beginning. Service workers disorganized. Running into our table constantly and seemed flustered at the larger tables around us."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was our 2nd time at Frank O'Dowd's drove for 3 1/2 hours to see Ian perform...great show. First set was 2 hours long! Irish Dancers always a delight too. Great place to relax and enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have dined at Frank O'Dowd's several times when we visit Galena. We always have great food and excellent service. The atmosphere is cozy and they frequently have live entertainment. Highly recommend it !! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The broiled cod was very fresh and cooked perfectly. My boyfriend had the Gaelic Steak which he really enjoyed. We were too late to see the Irish dancers but Ian Gould was on stage which added to the overall Irish Pub atmosphere. He played a great selection of Irish and American songs. We saw him during dinner on Friday and we liked him so much we came back Saturday just for the music! And a few drinks of course, after all this is an Irish Pub. ;)"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is the third time we made reservations and upon arrival, they did not have them. They tried to sit way in the back, but our reservations for for right up infront of the stage. They also told us that we had never made a reservation because they did not have it. This time though, the hostess ran outside to catch up and inform us that she finally found our reservation. it was too late. This is the third time that it had happened and we never plan on going back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My family surprised me with an unexpected dinner at Frank O'Dowd's. The food was great and we enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Great Irish ambiance with such friendly service-our waitress took pictures for us! Shepherd's Pie was outstanding! We would definitely come back."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We discovered this place two years ago while staying at a neighboring motel, We enjoyed the food and friendly service. This visit to Galena, I surprised my wife with an "Eat, Drink and be Merry" weekend package at The Irish Cottage to commemorate our recent 52nd Wedding Anniversary. She has been delighted with our accommodations in the Glendalough Suite and the entertainment at the Irish Céilidh. Our dining experience at Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill has been delightful. We will share our stories and photos of this special weekend with our family and friends when we return home. We will definitely recommend it to others!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "A wonderful atmosphere to gather with sisters and catch up on life. The service was excellent.The staff took great care to time the meal as such so we could celebrate milestone birthdays. The Shephard's Pie was a favorite along with the salmon. The weekend entertainment featuring the Irish Dancers and Meghan Davis was a special treat. I would highly recommend as a weekend get-a-way."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Entertainment was very enjoyable and bar selection is top notch! Staff was excellent and friendly! Had a great time all weekend!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fabulous evening spot with great food and spectacular wait staff."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "None of my food was actually "hot" the mashed potatoes were barely room temperature. The vegetables were between raw and undercooked."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The atmosphere was very warm and charming. The food was average but the service was good."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We ate at Frank O'Dowds and my fiance had the cheese burger with fries; I ordered the Irish Stew. Both were quite good. The old Irish bar atmosphere is fun and appealing. The dinner was enjoyable and reasonably priced. It was a nice alternative to the pricier and more upscale restaurants in Galena."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "First off, the food is good. Service was good as well. You can put up signs and posters but that doesn't necessarily mean you've got an Irish pub. I expected to see more traditional Irish meals, drinks and specials on the menu. Where's the lamb stew? There was no corned beef and cabbage to be found. Yes, there was a corned beef sandwich which I ordered and it was very good, but I could get this at most sandwich shops. Where's the bread pudding for dessert? I ordered a black & tan and did not see the separation between the Guinness and the ale which should be really distinct with a good head of froth. Didn't stop me from drinking it, but it's the presentation and the vibe that's missing here. Oh, and how about some Irish music?"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was a fun place to eat, the music and dancers made this a fun experience :) the waitstaff were nice and professional. My other half had the Shepherd Pie. I tried a couple bites and it was just ok, I had the stuffed chicken breast. It had no flavor, extremely bland. When we go back to the Galena area again, I would go for the fun and have a drink or two at the bar to watch the entertainment, but would have dinner somewhere else."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were looking for something different to do. Found this place on the internet. Great food, waitress was wonderful, the entertainment by the young girls was great. We stayed a bit for the live music. Nice oldies selection. Drinks were a little pricey, would have liked to sat at the bar and a had a few more, but the pocket book was broke. Glad we decided on this place for something out of the ordinary."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "My husband said if he couldn't take me to Ireland...Frank O'Dowds was the next best thing...and he was right. Good times!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Frank O'Dowd's was a pleasant surprise wasn't sure what to expect. Food was good entertainment by Andres was a nice addition to the atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Frank O'Dowd's was the restaurant my husband and I chose for our first anniversary dinner and we had a great time. We started by having authentic cheese curds, which were delicious. Both of us ordered the gaelic steak--it was a New York strip, covered in a white wine and mushroom sauce. The meal came with mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, and a pretzel roll. When ordering, we mentioned my husband's food allergies and the waitress was courteous and careful with what she brought us after that, which was very helpful. We didn't wait too long for our food and the steak was one of the best I've ever had. The potatoes were smooth and rich and did not need salt, pepper, or gravy to be enjoyed. The entertainment was good and we enjoyed our night."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Very nice pub feel with dark woodwork and beautiful bar. Food was great and HOT which is often a restaurants failing. Entertaining Irish cloggers stage show added to the pub feel, then relaxing after dinner ballad singer and Irish coffee ended our relaxing evening. Nice casual atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Owners very nice. Staff was a mixed bag, some nice some rude. Some if the food was very good, some not so good."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "great bar, beautiful place, very "authentic" Irish look for someone who has not been to Ireland. Very nice staff, live entertainment. Fun night out."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great food, great service, great drinks, great fun. You can't go wrong with this amazing pub!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Food was very good I would recommend to eat there the bar entertainment on the week end was great and lively and we are not Irish. but we had a great time. Breakfast was a different way to have a buffet they give you your plate, and tell you what they are serving for breakfast, not standing in a line and you can ask for as much as you would like. very unusal buffet. experience. the food was very outstanding too."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My sister and I were spending a weekend in Galena and decided to try Frank O'Dowd's Restaurant just minutes outside Galena. Between 6:30-7:30 PM every Friday and Saturday, they have Irish Dancers. These adorable (aged 15-22) young women are fully attired in Irish dancing garb and really know their routines well. They danced beautifully together and apart. We enjoyed their costumes, the music and their well-rehearsed steps. We then were entertained by a young man (Sam) on the piano playing popular oldies. He also was talented both in voice and instrument. The food was excellent--we both had the chicken kabobs--and very reasonable prices. Waitress was friendly and quick. We really enjoyed our evening there and will return."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We booked the Anniversary package and stayed two nights in a suite overlooking the valley, beautiful room and view. Had breakfast at Frank's O'Dowd's Bar and Grill on Saturday and Sunday morning and Saturday night dinner. All the food was delicious!!! The Irish Dancers were great to top off the Saturday evening at Frank's."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Warem cozy, great service , great menu, good portions, excellent entertainment... great deserts."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "For traditional Irish Pub, the Irish Cottage,has to be at the top of the list, Great Irish Dishes as well as great regular fare. The pub is a step into a pub in Dublin. The waitstaff are friendly, courteous and helpful. The entertainment on weekends is outstanding and the Irish dancers are a must see.Truly a the place to go!"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The fish and chips were excellent as was the salmon. Had cheese curds for appetizer and enjoyed them with delicious mixed drinks. My first experience with using Open Table. I had requested a table close to the stage if possible and we were pleased with the table we had. Enjoyed the Irish Dancers entertainment."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "The corned beef was excellent!! The beer delicious. What made the evening very memorable was the entertainment. An Irish singer singing Irish folk songs!! It was so much fun!!"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
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