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Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

4.4
395 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Live Music
  • Authentic
  • Fun
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Irish
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Friday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dinner:
Everyday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
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Phone number
(815) 776-0707
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rusvel Martinez
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)
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Parking details
Lots of free parking!
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 395 People Are Saying
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4.4
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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It was ok .... but servers were too busy chatting with one another to pay attention to customers ...., had to ask another server for refills on our drinks and it took us a very long time to get our check! I put a note in our reservation we were celebrating a 50th birthday and the server was either not notified or didn’t care about our birthday dinner as it was never mentioned by the hostess or server. Other restaurants have always acknowledged when we put notes in the reservation for any special occasions.
We were excited to go but probably would not go back .

The decor was nice.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We always love going to this restaurant when we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Garrett was plying.:)

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Our 1st time to Frank's. Really a nice dinner out. Will definitely return. Service was great and the food came very quickly. Nice that they use Open Table to make a reservation. Took all the concern about getting a table before a concert we were attending that night.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We had an excellent time. The food was good and reasonable. Service was quick and friendly. We will definitely go back again. The pub is an authentic Irish pub.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Phenomenal food, music and drinks! Perfect date night atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Would have like more Irish selections. Shepherd pie American style. Tasty.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Wasn’t impressed at all with the food. Nice energy in the restaurant, but don’t plan to return

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing stuffed chicken and baked cod. Friends had the best Sheppard’s pie they have ever had. Topped off with an Irish whiskey, perfect.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The chicken kebab was the BEST. Nice live music as well!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

My fiance and I traveled to Galena from Cedar Rapids for a weekend getaway to ring in the New Year. Because we were booking late there was only one room left at the Irish Cottage! We jumped on the opportunity and booked the room. After reviewing the website and the events for New Years Eve, we made sure to reserve a table for the Irish New Years at 6pm. I loved the Pub like atmosphere from the lighting, the beautiful carved woods and the Irish inspired artworks. I was delighted to see the staff so happy and joyous as it seems they love their job and that is reflected in their level of service they provided us. My critique of the Pub would be the menu and the drink selections. I'd love to see more craft cocktails,a larger whiskey library Drinks and ingredients inspired by Ireland. The hotel and the pub do a great job of transporting you to Ireland except for the menu, which takes you right back to the US. The food was good but it was too "American bar and Grille".
I also thought it would have been great to have a drink special from 5-6 for the Irish New Year to initiate purchasing action. 1/2 off Guinness Pints for the New Year!

Thank you for the great stay, the excellent service, and for making it feel so special :)

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved all of it!!

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Atmosphere was terrific, the food was EXCELLENT! Our family LOVED it there. Would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting there and likes a good Irish pub!

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

WOW! Love, Love, Love this Gem of a Place!!!!
The Food was Wonderful and authentically Irish. Great Selection of traditional and Irish Beers.
Live Music was pretty Great too.
We're Hooked and will go back every chance we get.
Already miss their Shepherds Pie and A New Favorite.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Alway our first stop for a weekend in Galena! The staff, food, drinks and entertainment is always spot on. A fun cozy place to have s great meal and Guinness! A++

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3.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Went there for entertainment and decided to have dinner. Food was fair . Fish and chips, fish was over cooked. Music system was poor singer sounded muffled. Did not stay. But singer was good.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

Wonderful!

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Our first visit was for dinner. The traditional Irish beer and food selection was great. The decor and Irish folk singer brought back memories of the pubs we visited in Ireland. We enjoyed it so much we came back 2 days later for lunch.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

The food and service were very good. The music was a nice addition to our meal.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Waitress & staff were extremely friendly but the food was nothing to write home about.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

My two sisters and I come to Galena frequently for our annual sister's get together. This is the second time we went to Frank O'Dowd's. We love it there! Wonderful ambiance, Gaelic friendly people, and always great entertainment. Go there! You won't be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Was a very enjoyable evening and included music. Attentive waiter. Food was great. Would recommend to anyone visiting Galena.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2017

We dined at this restaurant during the week so it was quiet. I imagine on the weekends it gets busy as they have live entertainment. Food was delicious and the waiter who was most likely new, was trying very hard. We were totally satisfied.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Awesome place to eat!! Ambience is so cool and very authentic Irish ☘️ Dancers were fun and beautiful costumes. Good music. Spa was awesome as well.

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3.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Even though the restaurant was not full and there was no waiting, we felt our waiter was in a hurry. After ordering, it seemed the food arrived almost immediately. Our shepherds pie and Reuben were hot and we did enjoy them. The fries could be improved. They were not crispy and salt needed to be added for any flavor. We ended evening with Irish coffee but this was not the drink we have enjoyed in Ireland. The decor here is authentic and the live music was good.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Looking forward to the entertainment was unable to make reservation on line except for 6 p.m., presumably full at 7 p.m. When we arrived, friendly hostess had reserved table by stage. But, the entertainment did not begin until 7:30. By then, we were nearly finished, and ready to leave so heard only a few tunes. Main complaint is that the restaurant was half empty, with empty tables near stage. Very annoying that we'd have preferred to shop longer, arrive later, enjoy entertainment, but reservation system either blocked or wrong on table for 4. And no Irish dancers that night.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We made a reservation and when we arrived they didn't have a table reserved. However, everything else about this place is excellent.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Had dinner on a quiet Thursday night and it was just the respite we needed on our way through town. The food was delicious and not only was Joy attentive but so full of information about Galena we can't wait to return for an actual vacation. She talked up the Shepards pie (apparently the owners moms recipe!) and boy she was not wrong!!! It was wonderful! Also we loved hearing about how the pub came about and the history of the town as a lead mining community.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a party of 10 and ate at the restaurant for 2 breakfasts and one dinner. The waitress and other staff was outstanding. Very friendly and accommodating and knowledgeable. We were greeted the door each time. Really enjoyed the breakfast entrees. Not the usual buffet style, but some really fun things on the menu.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

On a girlfriends get a way weekend. Had a fun time, good food. loved the Irish dancers and
singer. Unfortunately the taxi service in Galena is not very good and we had to wait for over a
hour to get picked up which was not a good thing.. not your fault.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Amazing service, live entertainment, food and drinks

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2.0Dined on July 17, 2017

We bothered to make a reservation but we were sat right by the bathroom and kitchen yet there were numerous empty tables. I left my credit card and they could have found me through Open Table but didn't bother. Problem since was start of vacation.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

This was our first time here. Wine choices were very good. Food was very good. Recommend artichoke dip, very yummy!! Staff could not have been friendlier. Katie Sullivan was performing and she was lots of fun. Only 1 Irish dancer and while she was quite good, more dancers would have been better.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Went with our family while on vacation in the Galena Territory. We had our 18 month old grandson and six adults. The waitress was wonderful! She took care of us, knowing that our little guy may get restless. Our food was good, I had the salmon which was very fresh. My husband got the fish and chips and really enjoyed it (and he is picky about his fish and chips)! Again, I have to mention our server because she was great! Very calm and friendly, even though she seemed to be bartending AND waiting tables.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2017

Food was prepared very well. On the heavy side but delicious. We liked the Shepard Pie and Fish & Chips the most. Live music adds to the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

My flatbread was very tasty and the soup excellent. Joy was a very attentive and friendly server. We look forward to returning.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Disappointed with the stage show- expected live music and professional Irish dancers per advert. Food was wonderful and the kids did a fair job at the dancing, but they were just kids and the show was not polished at all. MJ, our waitress, was AWESOME

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Enjoyed our dinner and the Irish dancing and music.
Party of 4 and 3 ordered fish meals which were very good, I had corn beef sandwich and was a bit disappointed , thick sliced and dry. Next time I would try the Shepards pie!
Great place and had a lot of fun!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Service was fantastic and they have the best burger in Galena!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2017

The vibe is Irish-ish. It's a little kitschy, but enjoyable. We had a good time and the local dancers did a nice job.

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