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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

4.6
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457 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

SEATING NEAR THE STAGE IS DIFFICULT TO SECURE. YOUR RESERVATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR TABLE LOCATION IN THE PUB. GROUPS OF FIVE OR MORE MUST ALL BE PRESENT TO BE SEATED.

The menu includes American favorites mixed with several iconic Irish dishes. Enjoy an expanded selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Those seeking a taste of the “Old Sod” will delight in homemade Shepherd’s Pie or Hand Breaded Fish ‘N’ Chips.

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.

Join us for a memorable experience and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every day!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 457 people are saying
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Excellent
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 56th anniversary! Had a wonderful meal! Service excellent! Everyone was very friendly! Food was delicious!!

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MichaelT
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife had the Fish and Chips and I enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie. We traveled to Ireland for our 20th Wedding Anniversary a few years ago and I can in complete honesty say that the Fish and Chips was the best since our visit to Ireland. The portion was so generous that I was able to enjoy some as well. Perfectly done and not in any way greasy. I had not prior to this visit, enjoyed the Shepherd's Pie and it was absolutely delicious. If we make it to Galena again, I will most definitely want to enjoy it as one of my meals while we're in town. Truly wonderful and delicious. Enjoyed an Irish Coffee with our meal and it was spectacular as well. Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill is worth the trip. You will not be disappointed. For the quality of the food served, the prices are quite reasonable. – Michael T., St. Louis

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TamaraV
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. I will be back.

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vipBillB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great entertainment

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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EileenY
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere.

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vipShellyM
Chicago
80 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience5

Enjoyed the unique atmosphere, Irish dancing & live music. Our server was trying but they seemed to be understaffed. The shepherds pie was a tasty comfort dish. Don’t bother with the flat bread. Unfortunately, the wine was awful, tasted like it had been open too long.

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jmg10
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good food and music was nice. a good way to spend a cold winter eve.

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Terry
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is like a little bit of Dublin right in our own backyard. It looks like it it feels like it and they make you feel like you're part of the family. They have and it out standing selection of both Irish whiskies as well as scotches. The food preparation is excellent. But those that stay overnight the breakfasts are absolutely fun and I look forward to knowing what it is each week. But those that stay overnight the breakfasts are absolutely fun and I look forward to knowing what it is each week It's not an established menu they have something special and it can range from crepes too stuffed pancakes to special cinnamon toast it's just wonderful. This is a place you want to visit.

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TomC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife and I love going to frank odowds whenever we are in Galena. The food is awesome. We always get the Irish Wolfhound drink when we are there. Totally Love them. Waitstaff is friendly and prompt. AndJoy is the best bartender there. Highly recommend . Entertainment on weekend is awesome.

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ChrisS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fun place for an evening out for date night or a group of people.

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vipCathyU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Yes but not through open table. We had the smallest table in the corner where people waited for tables. It was not a pleasant experience being bumped into often.

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RobertS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent entertainment, not to mention reasonably priced.

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vipBeaD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good; but seems too preplated without enough options (i.e. baking potato vs mashed potatoes.) Menu needs more vegetarian and vegan selections.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and lovely live music in a festive environment!

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StephanieR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Music and service was great. We got our food very quickly. So quickly I question how fresh things are. Tasted good though.

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vipJennifer
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok at best. Drinks were good, except my martini that tasted like cough syrup. Just not something I liked. Was very, very loud. Entertainment sound system was horrible. Waitress seemed to be upset with every table...like we were wasting her time...and didn't check on tables like she should have. I'd go elsewhere personally.

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Sandeeb
Milwaukee
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an absolutely delicious piece of salmon with wonderful mashed potatoes. My husband and the other couple we were with had the Shepherd's Pie. It was good but not nearly as good as my meal. We had an appetizer (the fried cheese curds as our friends were from another state and had never had them) and they were real good as well. We had a fabulous waitress. She was from another country, and I thought I would remember her name, but I can't, darn it. She did everything well, was attentive, friendly, and we enjoyed a nice conversation with her as well. There was no music the night we were there. We would have liked to have sat by some windows in a different part of the restaurant, but that part was closed off the evening we were there. We stayed at the hotel where the Pub is and ate breakfast in that area the next morning. The best scones!!!

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PatrickB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a Great time at Franks, the waitresses were Great.. We had the Reuben sandwiches and they were Excellent... tried Smithwicks and Harp Beers .. I now have a new favorite Irish beer... We will be back

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below
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great place to eat. Will definitely go again the next time we’re in Galena.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of the best Reuben sandwiches I’ve ever eaten! Saturday night entertainment was nice, but very difficult to hear. Pub very crowded and noisy.

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Kristi
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and music and atmosphere was wonderful.

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ShereenP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food and price is overrated. I wouldn’t go back.

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RachelB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I was very happy that they opened on a Monday, but myself and my wife's food was cold sent it back and vegetables were undercooked and not hot.

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AmandaP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu was limited but the food was tasty. Good alcohol selection. Would return.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table reserved for our Anniversary on a Friday night, we arrived a bit early and they were able to seat us. We had a nice card wishing us a happy anniversary on the table which was a nice touch. The service was on point and the food delicious. Absolutely recommend Frank O'Dowd's.

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TerriJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I greatly enjoyed our dining experience! The food was excellent, the service was outstanding, and the live music was awesome! I would definitely go back the next time I"m in Galena!

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DawnD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for food and listen to great music!

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ViennaP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The hostess greeted us. I told her we had a reservation. She didn't know about any reservation.
I booked the reservation through OpenTable.

Service felt hurried even though the place wasn't crowded. We felt rushed to order our drinks. Then we were rushed to order our food. It felt like she was trying to get rid of us just when we got seated. We were there to eat and enjoy the live music. The waitress' name was Debbie.

FOOD WAS GREAT !!!

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LisaR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer and food. Loved our Reubens! Live entertainment was enjoyable. We were a family of 3 with a 7 year old child and we all had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service... good was great. It was slow, but we dug it. Although seeing some live music would've been nice too.

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pdpclan
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Atmosphere was very nice... people were friendly... service was very good.
The food was acceptable but not incredible. I had a Rueben sandwich and is was pretty good but the French fries were not very good. My husband ordered a side salad at a charge of $3.95...it was very small and not worth the price. My husband ordered the Fish Fry and he said it was mediocre. We'll probably go back and give it another try the next time we're in town.

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SihyunSong
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was glad that I got to visit this beautiful restaurant in Galena. During weekends, they offer a time of live music and cute Irish dances. Great place to enjoy your evening!

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NancyH
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice beer and liquor selection. Friendly staff. Quaint pub atmosphere. Downsides would be that the food wasn't that good and seemed overpriced. Would go again for drinks but not dinner.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place, the Kentucky Creme Ale was amazing!!

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Brenda
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very fun place with excellent food and affordable prices.

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Iceman
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I expected much more from my Rubin sandwich. The portions were on the skimpy side, to say the least.
Good hot mustard selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to end the day with friends. Entertainment added to the experience.

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JohnV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My wife's steak salad was excellent. Well prepared and presented. My Sheppard's pie, however, was disappointing. It lacked fresh chucked vegetables and was a bit watery.

The Irish dancers were a treat and our server was cheerful and efficient.

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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (815) 776-0707.

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 457 OpenTable diners.

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