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Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant

££ - £££
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
+1 630-969-0600
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Chicago,Illinois, United States
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must admit I dont go there for the food...mainly the atmosphere (drinks) and live music. Great atmosphere. you will not be disappointed visiting and hanging out at Balldoyle for a pint. Ballydoyle is a local 'treasure'-and locally owned too. Live music is a bonus.

Thank Tina K
Beecher, Illinois
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came in for a sandwich today. Tried the corned beef, wasn't very impressed. Took almost an hour just for lunch. The place wasn't that busy. Great Irish theme throughout. Would go back for beer and to hang out. Not so sure about eating there again though.

Thank Mp44222
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163 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday night after concert at the Tivoli in Downers Grove we walked over to this Irish Pub. The live band was setting up what a treat. After studying the menu we had to ask; "What is a boxty". If you go to this place and you're hungry this is what you want to order. It comes in chicken with a... More 

Thank Ed V
Frankfort, Illinois
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98 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We got here on a Saturday night around 5 o'clock and there was no trouble getting a seat whatsoever. Our server came pretty fast and they kind of have a committee system for servers. One will take your order another will bring food and other one will fill the drinks, it cetera. The menu is somewhat Limited. And had corned... More 

Thank punmaster1965
Downers Grove, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

I have been in to Ballydoyle many times but never on a Tuesday and was pleasantly surprised! Friends and I were having a late dinner, our waitress asked if we were staying for trivia so we decided to stay and play. I never knew they had a trivia night. It was really entertaining and they give away great prizes. Great... More 

Thank Junebugga
Flagstaff, United States
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Have been going here for a few years. It is always a pleasure to have dinner or late lunch here. Try the ales and the specials that are on the menu you can't go wrong. Eating and drinking here reminds me of the pubs in Ireland and Great Britain.

Thank Mark M
Joliet, Illinois
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Delightful Irish Pub setting....acoustic music was playing when we arrived. We did go to hear one of our favorite cover bands Hi Infidelity. The setting is definitely better for acoustic then a live full band. Service was excellent as well as the food.

Thank SharyK27
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107 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Stopped in at Ballydoyle for the first time with my wife who has been trying to get me in the door. I am a fan of stout beer, so I tried Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin Nitro and found it very good. Also had a Guiness and Black, a surpisingly smooth combination. The wife had Irish Chips and I had Guiness... More 

Thank joshaurora
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212 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The beer is always good. The food is traditional bar food with some Irish fare. Friday and Saturdays they have bands play which usually provide great bar entertainment. You can't go wrong for a good time. October is a good month to visit since this Irish pub adds Oktoberfest ales to the the beer line up.

Thank IllinoisCookie
Romeoville, Illinois
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

My husband was having a birthday and wanted to go here. There was also a classic car show event going on the same evening. So the downtown Downers Grove main street was very busy. We were seated within 15 minutes on the patio. The weather was perfect for eating outside. No humidity. Nice and cool. I ordered the Avocado Chicken... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5157 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515-4616
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  DuPage County  >  Downers Grove
  • Phone Number: +1 630-969-0600

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