Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

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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!
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CU
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

RS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

BD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and lovely live music in a festive environment!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

J
Minneapolis
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

S
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!!

PB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

b
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

K
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and music and atmosphere was wonderful.

SP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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

RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

AP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

AB
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

TJ
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time.

NS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

DD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for food and listen to great music!

VP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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 !!!

LR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

p
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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!

NH
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

JH
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

I
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

EB
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant surprise in Galena. The cheeseburger was very good. Our server Tammy was great and very nice to us. The live entertainment was fun!

LR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok. Service was good. Dancers were cute but very short show.

D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of associates to O'Dowd's after a business meeting, was pleasantly surprised. Nice menu selection, food was excellent, and the Guinness was particularly good. Live music was a plus; really enjoyed the singer. Everyone in our group said they will return.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Good service. Friendly people.

CW
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. We ordered a more expensive meal because we had a Wyndham gift card. We were told they don’t accept them. The GM at Wyndham was not happy when I told him this. Entertainment was great. Wish she could have played longer. She comes from Chicago once a month!

DA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great place. Food was wonderful and the manager treated us like life long friends. Perfect Irish pub vibe

J
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Loved the Gaelic steak

LS
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun restaurant and great food. We will definitely be going back.

RT
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was our first dinner at the restaurant. WOW, this place was hopping on a Saturday early evening. Complete with Irish dancers .... adorable. Great drink offerings. If you like a very enthusiastic dining experience .... you'll definitely be pleased. The only thing I would improve upon is the dessert menu. It was just the usual treats you could order at just about any other restaurant so we passed on those. Playing off of the Irish theme of the restaurant, I think the desserts could reflect the Irish culture too. Adding perhaps a whiskey cake, Irish creme trifle or Irish cream topped brownie, Irish apple cake or an Irish cream cheesecake. Just a suggestion.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a Friday night dinner here during our 3 day stay in Galena. We enjoyed the live music and fun atmosphere! Tammy was a great waitress & we appreciated her recommendations. Definitely worth a stop if you're traveling to Galena!

JL
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here during a weekend in Galena with family and friends-group of 9. The staff was able to get us all at one table on a Saturday night despite the place being busy. There was great live entertainment while we ate. Service was excellent! Our waitress was attentive and on top of our food and drink orders at all times.

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