Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Rstrnt

★★★★☆
  • 5157 Main St

    Downers Grove, IL 60515

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  • 630-969-0600

About Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Rstrnt

Hours
Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 1:00am; Sat, 11:30am - 2:00am; Sun, 11:30am - 10pm

Food

Food
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I really like Ballydoyle, but not for the food. The drinks are good, the atmosphere is great, and the bands are always high quality. The food is not often the greatest and is not a very good value either.

3
★★★☆☆

I really like Ballydoyle, but not for the food. The drinks are good, the atmosphere is great, and the bands are always high quality. The food is not often the greatest and is not a very good value either.

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My husband and I really like this place. Classic Irish pub atmosphere and good drinks...but without a doubt they have the best corned beef and cabbage I have every had in a pub/restaurant. It's simply fantastic. Thick strips of lean yet flavorful beef and cabbage that hasn't been cooked to death. We love it!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I really like this place. Classic Irish pub atmosphere and good drinks...but without a doubt they have the best corned beef and cabbage I have every had in a pub/restaurant. It's simply fantastic. Thick strips of lean yet flavorful beef and cabbage that hasn't been cooked to death. We love it!!!

Pros: Great Atmosphere

Cons: Not many

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This is really a fun place to go, but it can get loud. They feature lots of live music from local bands. The food is good and there are Irish cuisine items on the menu. The prices are average. In the summer moths they have outdoor dining.

4
★★★★☆

This is really a fun place to go, but it can get loud. They feature lots of live music from local bands. The food is good and there are Irish cuisine items on the menu. The prices are average. In the summer moths they have outdoor dining.

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Downers Grove doesn't appear to be much of a destination, but they have quite a few nice spots to stop off by for a drink and a snack. My friend and I decided on Ballydoyle Irish Pub and I have to say that I was glad we did. The decor inside made me feel cozy. Lots of old stuff makes the place feel much older than what it is. We sat at a table in front of the stage and the bartender came around to wait on us. I ordered a scotch (1 cube, splash of water) and my friend ordered a "Hot Kiss". Her drink was a coffee drink with some creme de menthe and white cream de cacao. The best part was the fresh whipped cream on top. I watched the bartender make it right behind the Bar! Anyhow, our bartender Mark (we ordered our drinks so fast that he didn't have a chance to tell us his name at first) recommended the corned beef bites as an appetizer. We agreed and when they arrived I was a bit apprehensive at first. BUT after biting into one, we found rich cream cheese and corned beef. Very rich, but very tasty. Mark came back by with a couple of waters and we paid our bill. All and all, exactly what I expected from an Irish pub. Good drink, good food, good service. We'll be back!

2
★★★★★

Downers Grove doesn't appear to be much of a destination, but they have quite a few nice spots to stop off by for a drink and a snack. My friend and I decided on Ballydoyle Irish Pub and I have to say that I was glad we did. The decor inside made me feel cozy. Lots of old stuff makes the place feel much older than what it is. We sat at a table in front of the stage and the bartender came around to wait on us. I ordered a scotch (1 cube, splash of water) and my friend ordered a "Hot Kiss". Her drink was a coffee drink with some creme de menthe and white cream de cacao. The best part was the fresh whipped cream on top. I watched the bartender make it right behind the Bar! Anyhow, our bartender Mark (we ordered our drinks so fast that he didn't have a chance to tell us his name at first) recommended the corned beef bites as an appetizer. We agreed and when they arrived I was a bit apprehensive at first. BUT after biting into one, we found rich cream cheese and corned beef. Very rich, but very tasty. Mark came back by with a couple of waters and we paid our bill. All and all, exactly what I expected from an Irish pub. Good drink, good food, good service. We'll be back!

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: drafty front doors

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We were with a party of 10 yesterday. I want to let you know that their service was terrible! They were understaffed for the crowd they were expecting to receive. We asked for a meatloaf dinner about 7 times over the course of an hour that was ordered at the same time as our other dinners and finally received it when we were ready to pay the bills. One of the times my husband actually walked back into the kitchen area. We couldn't even get anyone to ring up our check. It was ridiculous. Several employees knew we were having trouble but just stood around without trying to help out.

Fish and chips were not good. Too much coating and very little fish. The corn beef was the only thing good - it was very lean.

They did do one thing right, they had a man standing over our table with a bus tray to clean it off before we started to stand up to look for our lost waitress. Maybe he should have taken care of our bills instead of hovering like a vulture. We were more than happy to leave.

First time at their restaurant - not planning on returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

We were with a party of 10 yesterday. I want to let you know that their service was terrible! They were understaffed for the crowd they were expecting to receive. We asked for a meatloaf dinner about 7 times over the course of an hour that was ordered at the same time as our other dinners and finally received it when we were ready to pay the bills. One of the times my husband actually walked back into the kitchen area. We couldn't even get anyone to ring up our check. It was ridiculous. Several employees knew we were having trouble but just stood around without trying to help out.

Fish and chips were not good. Too much coating and very little fish. The corn beef was the only thing good - it was very lean.

They did do one thing right, they had a man standing over our table with a bus tray to clean it off before we started to stand up to look for our lost waitress. Maybe he should have taken care of our bills instead of hovering like a vulture. We were more than happy to leave.

First time at their restaurant - not planning on returning.

Pros: corned beef

Cons: bad service, bad food

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This is a fun Irish pub but service can be slow. It is a very upbeat place and there is often entertainment. Great corned beef and sandwiches. They have various specials and fun people. Parking in downtown Downers Grove is a pain but this place is worth checking out.

4
★★★★☆

This is a fun Irish pub but service can be slow. It is a very upbeat place and there is often entertainment. Great corned beef and sandwiches. They have various specials and fun people. Parking in downtown Downers Grove is a pain but this place is worth checking out.

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I really enjoy going to this bar, but you have to plan when you're going to go with your mood. They feature a lot of local music for low cover, an open mic night, a trivia night, dart league, authentic Irish food and dancing, and a menu of Irish food that is pretty authentic (coming from an Irish girl, take that to mean some things are flavorless, but filling)The pork chop is amazing, but you don't really have many misses on the appetizer menu. During the summer they open a patio, great for people wanting to avoid the smoke. Service is usually very genial. However, if you don't like crowds look through the windows before entering!

PROS: Variation - Never the same bar twice
CONS: Can become overcrowded

3
★★★☆☆

I really enjoy going to this bar, but you have to plan when you're going to go with your mood. They feature a lot of local music for low cover, an open mic night, a trivia night, dart league, authentic Irish food and dancing, and a menu of Irish food that is pretty authentic (coming from an Irish girl, take that to mean some things are flavorless, but filling)The pork chop is amazing, but you don't really have many misses on the appetizer menu. During the summer they open a patio, great for people wanting to avoid the smoke. Service is usually very genial. However, if you don't like crowds look through the windows before entering!

PROS: Variation - Never the same bar twice
CONS: Can become overcrowded

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I went to Bally Doyle pub on Sat Sept 25 for Prodigals, a great celtic rock group from New York. Place was very crowded but just terrific, overall. Sometimes it was a little difficult to get a waitress for a drink, but understandable since big crowd. People in crowd were great and then later met owner Phil Cullen. Still need to email him pictures. Overall, would definitely go back. Also had $3 appetizers after 10 which were tempting, but I did not get any. Stage for band was small, but they did fine. I think place would be great for dinner.

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★★★★★

I went to Bally Doyle pub on Sat Sept 25 for Prodigals, a great celtic rock group from New York. Place was very crowded but just terrific, overall. Sometimes it was a little difficult to get a waitress for a drink, but understandable since big crowd. People in crowd were great and then later met owner Phil Cullen. Still need to email him pictures. Overall, would definitely go back. Also had $3 appetizers after 10 which were tempting, but I did not get any. Stage for band was small, but they did fine. I think place would be great for dinner.

Pros: Atmosphere, $3 Appetizers

Cons: , Crowded, Not much parking

 

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