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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill, Galena, IL
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill, Galena, IL
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill, Galena, IL
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill, Galena, IL
Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill, Galena, IL

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

4.6
4.6
358 Reviews
$30 and under
Irish
Frank O'Dowd's is an authentically designed Irish Pub in Galena Illinois. We are a food forward Gastro-Irish Pub that takes great care and consideration in to the ingredients on our menu. We feature live entertainment and special events often to create unique and memorable experiences. Our Culinary program and unique bar offerings set us above not only the local restaurants but Irish Pubs nationwide! Check our events calendar for entertainment and special events.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Irish, American, Gastro Pub
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (815) 776-0707
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Froylan Cruz
  • 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. Full food and beverage options available.
  • Neighborhood
    Galena
  • Cross street
    HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)
  • Parking details
    Lots of free parking!
  • Entertainment
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill offers great year round live entertainment. Every weekend, the Pub is energized with talented musicians performing live on stage. 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 358 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

358 Reviews
  1. Terrip

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed Katie Sullivan! Came from northern Minnesota just to see her perform! She never disappoints! The only disappointment was the waiter Brandon wasn’t there any longer!

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  2. JasonR

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great. Smelled like dirty fryer oil inside restaurant.

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  3. TerriN

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It wasn't quiet night at the pub but the service was great. Entertainment was five star. Very relaxing evening. Really enjoyed ourselves

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent! We had the fried chicken and snapper.

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  5. TonyD

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated us at our reserved time. Atmosphere was pleasant. Service was friendly & attentive. Answered our questions about the food and drink menus. The food was very tasteful and plentiful. Would recommend to others.

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  6. Samantha

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great live music for new year’s eve! very authentic feel.

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  7. LacieT

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a remarkable experience at this Hotel and Pub. The culture, hospitality, and the food were incredible. The servers were friendly and the shuttle driver (Brian) contributed to an overall memorable experience. I give this place a 5 star rating !

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  8. Louis

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A great selection of interesting appetizers and entrees. Well prepared, presented, and delicious - at least in our experience. A unique Reuben sandwich, great fried Cod (a large portion) with their own Tartar Sauce and interesting slaw. They have an unusual barbequed chicken salad that features pickles. Not the lowest priced menu in town but consistent with other higher ends. Great beer selection.

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  9. tango1

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a group of 6 and Jason, our server was excellent! All of us enjoyed out meals and our beverages! Thank you for a wonderful dinner!

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  10. MELISSAS

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal. Always enjoy eating here. Food and service are great
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Hi Melissa, thanks for the amazing feedback! We love hearing about great experiences our guests have had, and we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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  11. CherylM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Irish cottage continues to shine as a go-to restaurant in Galena. Only concern is wait staff that, while doing an excellent job, is overwhelmed with number of tables they have to cover.
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Hi Cheryl, we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the pub! We sincerely appreciate that you notice how hard our team members work , especially on busy nights like Luminaria! We are continually searching for quality service-industry professionals to add to our All-Star Staff. We are looking forward to your next visit!

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  12. KatieB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing. I can not wait to go back.
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Katie, we are thrilled you enjoyed your experience on Saturday, and can't wait to have you back!

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  13. SuSie

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere! Cozy restaurant/ bar for couples or family. Entertainment added to the experience😁
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Hi Susie, I'm ecstatic to hear you enjoyed your visit in the Pub, and thanks for sharing your experience with open table! We love to get as much feedback as possible from our guests. I'm glad you enjoyed the live music with Ian Gould as well, he is one of our regular performers at the cottage.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had dinner at Frank O'Doud's with my sister and brother-in-law and heard Andras for entertainment. We can't remember when we had more fun or had a better time. The food and beverages were wonderful and our waitress couldn't have been more accommodating to our every need. We are so looking forward to our next night there!
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Thank you for the rave review! We are truly excited when someone enjoys the experience at the Pub. Andreas performs here monthly, and we have some exciting plans to extend his performances! Keep an eye out for him on our calendar of events in 2024!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience in a fun filled atmosphere. Great staff too!
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on December 12, 2023
    Thank you for sharing your review with us! We aim to give a great overall experience at the Pub, and are truly proud when someone shares that we were able to do so. We look forward to your next visit!

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  16. Slemner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, drinks, service and entertainment. A must go!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husbands steak was OK but the highlight of my meal of Sheppard pie was my husband’s broccolini. The meat and veggies under the potatoes was disgusting. It looked similar to cat food and I don’t think the flavor was far off from it either. We’re almost certain it was canned.
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and GrillResponded on November 26, 2023
    Hi Anonymous, it seems as though you did not enjoy your visit to Frank O'Dowd's. We are sorry that you did not enjoy the Shepherd's Pie and if its any consolation it is neither cat food nor canned. We would love if you gave us another shot. We have many fantastic dishes on our menu for you to try. Feel free to let our staff know if anything is unsatisfactory while you are here, we would love the opportunity to remedy any problems our guests have to make sure they leave happy. sláinte!

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  18. PattiO

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu with a variety of options of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts! Love the Irish entertainment and venue. Took me back to Ireland for an evening! Thank you!!

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  19. Slemner

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food!! Always our first stop in Galena!

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  20. SteveS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great authentic Irish food and drinks! A bit pricey, but the food was excellent!

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  21. FREDP

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food outstanding! Service was good, she was very busy and manager helped out!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience!

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  23. Hkkjl4

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server Aaron was very good - friendly - always had his eye on us to make sure we were taken care of. Didn’t like that other servers stood next to our table during their down time having personal conversations and waiting to see who would be cut and sent home. Food was ok - have stayed here in the past many times have had many meals here - this time dissatisfied with the stringy corn beef - drinks were delicious. Had big hopes for the evening due to the many wonderful times we had here and was disappointed.

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  24. Nancyd

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was awesome. Waitress was very attentive. Fish fry was great as was the burger. We had dinner at about 6pm on Friday night. Probably did t. We’d a reservation , but any time after that, I would make one.

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  25. JudithA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited the Irish Pub on Friday the 15th of September with my sister, mom and aunt while we were in Galena for girl’s weekend. The Irish pub did not disappoint! Our server Jason was courteous and attentive, food and drink’s delicious and the entertainment was spectacular! The man singing along with the girl who sang and played the fiddle was the highlight of our evening there! We must have stayed there 3 hours or more. Would highly recommend and definitely be back next time back in Galena!

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  26. RonB

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First time dining at this restaurant. Food and service was average. Probably wouldn't dine here again.

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  27. 4sambos

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Noise level was fine with an awesome 2pp band with great music Food, service staff is truly outstanding and I highly recommend the place, foid, drinks, and you won’t go wrong! We both had the Shepherds pie which we both loved! Dinner drinks were great and so was the many choices of after dinner coffee choices! Erin the bartender was fabulous too! Thanks & highly recommended and definitely we’d come again

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  28. MarW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great and Hearthfire was on stage, which was unexpected. We had so much fun enjoying the upbeat music and the perfect setting. We'll be back.

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  29. TDCinc

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Interesting is the fact that open table is still taking reservations as when we arrived we were told the restaurant has changed hands and the new owner doesn’t want to subscribe to open table. The restaurant was chaotic to say the least. Filthy is an understatement. Disorganized and challenged would be putting it lightly. The waitress was sweet and attentive albeit over burdened with tables and very flustered. The kitchen was open to our view from our table. Two cooks, no gloves and no masks. Quite concerning. The drinks weren’t up to snuff and the food was fair at best. We might come back for a beer and live music if that were an option but definitely will never eat there again.

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  30. RandyS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have great food, service, and atmosphere at a good price.

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  31. Minnie

    Chicago

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate dinner here and the service and food was beyond what we expected. We will be back

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  32. KimM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We made a reservation online for 8:45pm only to find out when arriving that the kitchen closes at 9pm. We were rushed to order, could not get anything past 9pm. We tried to order mashed potatoes at 9:02pm and was told the chef already took the left over items downstairs and was out the door to clean up already. My food was undercooked and was told the chef could adjust it but would have to stop cleaning first. I was not comfortable having my food go back down to a half cleaned kitchen for cooking. The server tried to be nice about it, but I was very, very disappointed.

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  33. Dangerus

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All our meals were excellent. Best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Also shepherds pie delicious

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  34. RondaP

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was expecting a true Irish Pub experience and I felt cheated. The restaurant was attractive and inviting. However, the food was okay. I had the Irish Nachos plate. I was deeply disappointed. It was potato fries with chunks of cornbeef and mozzarella. Then, I ordered the fish and chips. I received 2 huge fried fish patties with more potato fries. I guess I was expecting too much. If there is a next time, I will order the steak. First impressions are highly important. Unfortunately, this restaurant didn't impress me. However, I am willing to give this place a second chance because the service was good.

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  35. Nancy

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was good, but we also went for the signing and music, which unfortunately wasn't available due to covid.

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  36. KellyR

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though the restaurant is quiet now during the pandemic, it still provided us with a lovely place to eat great food and enjoy the pleasant service. All precautions were taken to ensure separation and cleanliness. Food is always delicious. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Miss the usual non-pandemic music and lively crowd, but food, staff, and decor still gave us a good experience for our infrequent trips out these days.

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  37. Excellent

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our 56th anniversary! Had a wonderful meal! Service excellent! Everyone was very friendly! Food was delicious!!

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  38. MichaelT

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  39. TamaraV

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding. I will be back.

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  40. BillB

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and great entertainment

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 358 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

9853 US HWY 20, Galena, IL 61036

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)
  • Neighborhood
    Galena
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–1:00 am Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Irish, American, Gastro Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Lots of free parking!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Froylan Cruz
  • Entertainment
    Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub & Grill offers great year round live entertainment. Every weekend, the Pub is energized with talented musicians performing live on stage. 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (815) 776-0707
  • 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. Full food and beverage options available.
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