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.
Phenomenal food, music and drinks! Perfect date night atmosphere!
Would have like more Irish selections. Shepherd pie American style. Tasty.
Wasn’t impressed at all with the food. Nice energy in the restaurant, but don’t plan to return
Amazing stuffed chicken and baked cod. Friends had the best Sheppard’s pie they have ever had. Topped off with an Irish whiskey, perfect.
The chicken kebab was the BEST. Nice live music as well!
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 :)
Loved all of it!!
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!
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.
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++
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.
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.
The food and service were very good. The music was a nice addition to our meal.
Waitress & staff were extremely friendly but the food was nothing to write home about.
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.
Was a very enjoyable evening and included music. Attentive waiter. Food was great. Would recommend to anyone visiting Galena.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We made a reservation and when we arrived they didn't have a table reserved. However, everything else about this place is excellent.
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.
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.
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.
Amazing service, live entertainment, food and drinks
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.
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.
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.
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.
My flatbread was very tasty and the soup excellent. Joy was a very attentive and friendly server. We look forward to returning.
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
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!!
Service was fantastic and they have the best burger in Galena!
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.
Waitress staff was outstanding and the bathrooms were very clean
I would definitely recommend Frank O Dowd's! We always get nice, friendly service and they always have great weekend entertainment!
A fun, clean restaurant with excellent service and good food and exceptionally great drinks. Will recommend this place for get together with friends
The Manager went above and beyond to get a special request that is only available at breakfast. We had a party of 8 and everything was perfect and delicious!