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About Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill

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!

9853 US HWY 20
Galena, IL 61036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Irish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Friday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dinner:
Everyday 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Cross Street:
HWY 20 (3/4 mi from Main Street)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(815) 776-0707

Website:
http://www.theirishcottageboutiquehotel.com/galena-restaurant.aspx

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.

Parking Details:
Lots of free parking!

Executive Chef:
Rusvel Martinez

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.

Additional:
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

Frank O'Dowd's Irish Pub and Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined on October 19, 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.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Live Music, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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·Dined 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.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Casual
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food4
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great Beer, Hot Spot
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·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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food5
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Amazing service, live entertainment, food and drinks

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on April 28, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Waitress staff was outstanding and the bathrooms were very clean

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

I would definitely recommend Frank O Dowd's! We always get nice, friendly service and they always have great weekend entertainment!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

A fun, clean restaurant with excellent service and good food and exceptionally great drinks. Will recommend this place for get together with friends

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Live Music, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 25, 2017

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!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Food was good but nothing special. Service was fast and friendly

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Great Irish bar with authentic feel and irish food, drinks and music.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Live Music, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Loved the bar. It was a shame there was no live music but the food and beer and service made up for it. My server Joy was able to recommend a beer for me based on my tastes and I really appreciated it since they were all new to me!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Good food and entertainment. Great service. We will be back

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 27, 2017

The Irish feel and live music is why we chose this place. There was Irish cloggers before the music was was nice. The service was friendly and timely. The food was good, but for the pricing we expected more - not portion wise, but something more in line with the pricing. I'd definitely recommend this place to friends and family if they are in the area. We'd go back.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Good food and drink. Fast friendly service. Great music.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Service was great. The drinks were tasty and the entertainment was very good. Thank you for the opportunity to spend the night is a wonderful atmosphere

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Great service, food, atmosphere music! Loved it! Will go back b

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2017

My chicken wrap was delicious though somewhat greasy due to the delectable sauted onions, muchrooms and green peppers. My kids loved their fish sandwich and burgers. We had great beers and enjoyed an adorable 20 minute irish dance exhibition by 3 ultra cute preteens to teens. Live music was good as well. Altogether we had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Live Music
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Beautiful, authentic Irish Pub! Our food was excellent...we had Shepards pie & Ruben. The flourless chocolate cake was AMAZING!!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2016

We reserved a table to make sure we'd get a spot to enjoy their "live music" they had noted on their website. The menu online made clear that the evening's dinner wouldn't be anything too spectacular/creative, and sure enough, it wasn't. Things were edible, but mediocre for flavor/presentation at best. The biggest disappointment was the music. The young girl with her guitar was very sweet, but her vocal and entertaining abilities were not what a typical person would consider actual entertainment.
Overall very disappointing and will not be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2016

We went for a wine tasting weekend, stayed at the hotel connected to the restaurant, fun restaurant, good food , friendly staff, good entertainment, would stay here and eat at this restaurant again.

Tags: Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch
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