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O'Leary's Ale House

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
American, Bar, Irish
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260 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229
+1 815-748-0000
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Freeport, Illinois
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We walked in and we're quickly seated. Drinks ordered fairly fast food order soon after. We wound up getting 2 salads and a flat bread. The food seemed to take awhile for what it was but the flat bread might have been slowing the order down. I had the Cobb salad which was pretty good nothing special. My wife had... More 

Thank TheRiddleBox
Sycamore, Illinois
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228 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is actually a real nice place located in the heart of downtown DeKalb. Pretty much a bar / sandwich place for the college town patrons. Service was very good. The menu has a lot of choices but my diet is very restrictive to high carb / high sugar food. Therefore sandwiches and big bread / potato choices are out... More 

Thank HOTROD37
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

When we get a chance, we love to come here for their burgers and especially the onion soup. It is so tasty. They have excellent sandwiches too. Half a Sandwich and this French onion soup is sooooo good.

Thank Bonana
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This is a fun place to go lots of the collage kids go and work there , food is good and the beer is very cold.

Thank Blair A
Rockford, Illinois
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109 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

O'Leary's Ale House, located in downtown DeKalb, is a good spot for a quick bite or drinks and dinner with friends. The food is good and the atmosphere is comfortable for all ages.

Thank okie56
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Came across this when looking for restaurants on my GPS. This was an excellent find. The food was great. Being an Irish pub we ordered the fish and chips, they were excellent. The establishment was very clean and the service was excellent. We would recommend this establishment highly.

Mendota, Illinois
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Ordered a Mac & Cheese with bacon burger ...Mac & cheese was great, bacon was crisp BUT they screwed up and served it with a frozen formed hamburger patty ...gross...also had Thia chicken flatbread with NO flavor ...disappointed

Thank clark2424
DeKalb, Illinois
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Like many restaurants O'Learys the food can be uneven at times. They have a separate lunch and dinner menu. I enjoy the pastas most. They added chicken taco's, that I really enjoyed this last time. I have given up trying to get a Gold Cadillac margarita, but the Cosmopolitan's are first rate.

Thank daughterofhercules
Harrison Twp
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301 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Had a chef salad with slow roasted turkey and a cornbread muffin. Delish! The "Ale House" looks like a fixture for the locals, Unfortunately I was not able to have a dinner and beverage to get a better feel. If in the area, I will be back1

Thank John W
Marseilles, Illinois
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Was in the Dekalb area for Northern University Family Weekend. Family of 6 went around 9PM. The food was good and the service was good, no complaints.

Thank momofboys000

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Irish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 260 E Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115-3229
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DeKalb
  • Phone Number: +1 815-748-0000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?