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Murphy's
Murphy's

Murphy's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com
  • Phone: (404) 872-0904
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm;
    Dinner Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Dinner Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Ian Winslade
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events & Promotions: Tuesday Wine Tastings, Winemaker Dinners, Thirsty Thursday's and Meatless Monday's. "Like" us on Facebook for updates.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Highland Ave
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet offered every evening and Saturday and Sunday from noon until close.
A word from Murphy's
Celebrating 30 years of service, Murphy’s is one of Atlanta’s best-loved restaurants. Located in the trendy Virginia Highlands, it is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the epicenter of the district’s shopping and nightlife. Tom Murphy’s acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, unpretentious service, a cozy, high-energy setting and excellent value. The interior combines rustic, exposed-brick and French café doors with modern design elements for a light, airy effect by day and a warm, sparkling atmosphere by night. A new renovation adds a sophisticated martini and wine bar and a sleek retail wine shop that showcases an extensive and user-friendly wine collection and hosts weekly wine tasting and seminars.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We got in quickly on a Sat night and had excellent service. The food was reasonably priced and was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Murphy's has a wide variety of entree choices, all with a local, southern spin on them to elevate each dish they have on their menu. We both ordered shrimp scampi and we're not disappointed. Unlike many restaurants with small wine by the glass offerings, Murphy's had quite a few choices in both reds and whites for many food pairings. We will certainly be returning and exploring more choices from both the dinner and the dessert menus."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Don't see what all the fuss is about, this restaurant is just okay. The noise level is so high you can not have a conversation with your guest, I felt like I was going crazy! The menu changes everyday, we must have hit it on a bad day. In no rush to go back."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great food, service and atmosphere! We couldn't have chosen a better restaurant to meet up with old friends from college we haven't seen in 18 years! Everyone's meal was excellent and the service was superb!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We live in the neighborhood and frequent Murphy's. This time was a major disappointment, mainly because of how bad our server was. Really ruined what we had looked forward to being a pleasant night out. Also, the mussels were bad. Every other one was not fresh and the "new" sauce was a butter over kill mess."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My wife ordered the salmon, and I ordered the shrimp scampi. Both were very good. The bread was delicious. I also ordered the summer bean soup, which was superb. We ordered a bottle of Vina Alberdi, which is a very good value from Spain, as well as being very tasty. Furthermore, it was wine discount night, which we didn't know, making the wine even better. The only minor drawback, was the tiny cup of cappuccino, which I drank in 4 sips. I rated the noise level as quiet, as it was a Monday night and there weren't many patrons. I'm sure on the weekend it is much noisier like most restaurants."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Having made our Thursday, July 3, evening reservation On-line where the dinner menu indicated that that evening's special was a mouthwatering duck breast, I was disappointed (and a tad miffed) that the menu still On-line and the duck breast were kaput, replaced by a different menu that even today, July 8, does not appear On-line. What we did order, the mussels and the two different wild shrimp dishes, were superb. So, I give Murphy's five stars for the food we did have, but my disappointed taste buds insist I give managment no stars and thus knock down the overall rating of our experience to three stars. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had to give Murphy's another try after our last visit. I thought the service was fair last time, it was even worse on this visit. We sat at our table for almost 15 minutes before the server came by to ask if we wanted water even though she had been to every table around us at least once during that time. Service timing was once again off, with food and drink arriving without any coordination. Nothing like getting the drink you wanted to have with your main course served more than half-way through the meal. The special that night, coq au vin, was overcooked, lacking body and flavor. Maybe we should have tried Murphy's for brunch since that it what most people talk about and not dinner which twice have been less then stellar."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Murphy's has been around for over 30 years and has a great reputation for brunch. We tried it for dinner and were less that happy. The service was friendly but the server appeared to favor other tables. Our water glasses remained empty, it took a long time for our drinks to come to the table and worse of all, the main courses arrived almost 10 minutes apart. The dinner salad the last to show up only after the server was waved down and asked about it. The braised beef brisket was on the tough side, and the short ribs with too much sauce. The mango chicken salad was drowned with the balsamic vinaigrette which we had actually asked to be on the side. On the positive side, the honor system $1 cookies were very good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We couldn't have asked for a more enjoyable experience, as always: our shared Cheese Starter was a hit/the crunchy-smokey grilled bread was fabulous with the cheeses; my dining companion ordered the Trout and simply 'cleaned her plate' ...and my Springer Mountain Chicken was juicy with crispy skin, good mashed potatoes and bright crisp-tender asparagus spears. Our server said he was In Training, but we had no hiccups/the service was attentive and timely. All in all, a highly enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "For 33 years they are still doing it right. Great food , service & value, & valet parking. Love the patio as noise level is ok, too loud inside.They should be around another 33 years. hope I am to enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We come to Murphy's quite often, for drinks after work, for brunch or weeknight dinner out - you name it. Reliably great food, excellent wine menu & shop, with friendly, knowledgeable & helpful staff. The covered patio is perfect for drinks & a bite to eat. The fried green tomatoes are delish - and the hand cut french fries come in an architectural tower of deliciousness drizzled with aioli. Their smoky grilled artichokes are also delicious as an appetizer. My teenage son loves the burgers, steaks & the fried chicken too. Their salads are fresh and huge. Murphys is a family favorite. Brunch wait times can be LONG, and if the valet lot is full, parking can be a pain."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "This time I took my kids to see their reaction. Everyone enjoyed being there. The food was perfect."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My brother and sister-in-law, who are both great chefs, were visiting from Northern California where I have yet to have a bad meal. The pressure was on to take them to a place that would satisfy them. Murphy's and our server Chelsea (only one month on the job) blew them away! Yes once again I can say I am a proud patron. Thanks to the Murphy's staff for making us feel welcome and we walked away knowing we will return!!! The food was fresh, well prepared (seasoned delightfully and not salty) and expertly presented. The cost was commensurate with the quality."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I've been going to Murphy's for 12 years. It's a great neighborhood joint a block from my house I enjoy for brunch, lunch and dinner. However, I'd never tried the Shrimp Scampi until this past weekend. It was right up there with any meal I had in Italy. To die for. If you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out! Also, even though the place was jamming at full capacity, the service was remained fantastic."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time at Murphy`s, and both times we had bad service. It took 15 minutes to get two glasses of wine, and our server was generally unaware of what our table needed (refill empty water glasses, replace the silverwear that was taken away after the appetizer, etc...). Also, the gluten free option for the hake is not good. The fish was undercooked and the gnocchi was a glob of gooey dough. Don't offer gluten free if you can't make it work. After two disappointing meals at Murphy`s, I don't think we will be giving them a third chance."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "After dining at Murphy's for over 20+ years I have to say this was one of the few bad meals I have had there. The hake dinner was overcooked and the presentation looked as if it had been sitting under heat lamps for several minutes. The accompanying sides did not seem to complement the fish very well either. Sadly disappointing for meal for $22.00."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Murphy's has excellent food, but avoid it for lunch unless you can come very early. The restaurant has no more than 8 parking places. Usually street curb parking is filled for three blocks. This is OK and, in fact, good exercise in good weather IF you are OK with your car parked blocks away on a city street curb. If not, it is certainly best to go at night when the adjacent bank or valet parking is available. The only good thing about Murphy's location is Virginia Highlands. It stops there."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "This last dining experience, the food just was not up to Murphy standards. Esp. Disappointing was the coconut meringue pie. I was expecting significant pie filling and meringue given Murphy's reputation for extraordinary desserts. Instead the filling was gritty, 0.5 inch high and the meringue was barely a quarter inch. And oddly the meringue was torched instead if baked. Just not good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Approximately 25 years after our first date at Murphy's, I surprised my wife with a return visit. Much has changed, but not the delicious food or the great service. Juliette took great care of us including a few special requests to change up some side dishes. We couldn't decide between the Bonzo and Tollhouse dessert so we got both. Best decision of the night after deciding to return to Murphy's. The only reason we haven't visited in so long is we no longer live in the area. We drove an hour to get there and glad we did."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The dishes here were excellent and they have something for everyone! Parking can be a bit of a bother if they are busy because valet fills up quickly."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I brought my husband here for his birthday dinner. I left a message through Open Table that it was his birthday and I would like a special dessert brought to him. Upon arrival, I wasn't sure if they got the message until the waiter showed me in a discreet manner what the birthday dessert would entail (this is how I realized they got the message). Needless to say, the entire experience from the appetizer to the dessert was wonderful and my husband was thoroughly pleased."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, the service outstanding, the space very warm and inviting. BUT the valet parking attendant was a jerk!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Always love Murphy's. It is one of our go-to restaurants. They rocked the Salad with shrimp and the strawberry shortcake but the vegetable plate which I usually love when I order at Murphy's was just eh."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Artichokes appetizers were tasty and well cooked. Gazpacho was excellent, texture was perfect, not too chunky, not too creamy. Soft shell crab in its special was good, not great,the tomato sauce overwhelmed the grits a bit. Braised short ribs were perfectly cooked, fell apart. The horseradish mashed potatoes were a highlight. We tried the trio of desserts, they were rich and wonderful."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "As a native Atlantan, I've loved Murphy's for many years. I really enjoy bringing out of town guests and introducing them to the Virginia Highlands area. I highly recommend Murphy's and look forward to my next visit. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Extremely noisy with large groups of people drinking too much and feeling the need to yell their conversations. Food was average at best. I had the brisket which was SMOTHERED in an Extremely rich, horseradish sauce. Was not appetizing or that good. Not a place for a romantic dining experience. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Arranged a birthday lunch for friend and overall, we enjoyed the service and appetizers however my meal was less than acceptable. Normally, if I had an issue with my food I would kindly make mention to the server however, because I didn't want to change the tone, I decided to deal with it. I ordered the special salmon BLT Samdwich that our server raved about. The bread was hard and the salmon was so bland. I'm just thankful I ordered calamari as it held me over"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Murphy's is a great presence at the nexus of the Virgnia-Highlands neighborhood. The service very professional and friendly. They have a good wine list. The menu is more comfortable than adventerous, but is quite good and well-prepared. The ambience is good as well."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This was my second visit to Murphy's. The menu is fun, food good and great wine list. However, the room we were seated in was so loud and deafening, we asked to be moved. We split the flat iron steak which is divine, but the portion is way too small for splitting. The pepperoni flatbread is consistently excellent and the meatball appetizer was good although one piece so chewy, I had to discard it. The artichoke app is good but needs more of the artichoke heart and less outer leaves. The staff is very accommodating and professional and we'll definitely be back! And the atmosphere is fun if you're seated in the right spot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. Go pretty often. June Weis"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I got the slow-cooked salmon dish, and it was fabulous. We tried three different appetizers, and they were not great. We got the artichokes, calamari, and flat bread. The atmosphere is romantic. I will definitely go back. I won't bother with the appetizers!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have gone to Murphy's for many years and the food is always consistently good."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere; great service; great menu; interesting dessert menu; fabulous food presentation. Pricey but kind of worthy. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Chosen place to celebrate a birthday with two other couples...great food, great service. We did have to wait over 20 minutes for our table, even though we were on time and had a reservation, we were told that it "had not been confirmed" by phone."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love the crab cakes at Murphy's! I will always go there for that dish. Our server was attentive and very helpful, but it was very, very noisy. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Murphy's serves good food with polite service. But the noise level is high and the tables are too jammed together. That is, Murphy's should not put so many tables so close together. The result is that people at one table cannot squeeze into their seats without people at another table getting up first and moving out of the way. This makes for uncomfortable dining, high noise levels, and very likely a dangerous situation should a fire require rapid evacuation. Very unsafe, uncomfortable, and noisy."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The staff is the friendliest and most welcoming group I have encountered at any place in Atlanta. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food was very good--nothing terribly special but very, very tasty. Because we had someone with us who does not eat any fish, it did come to my attention that there was l lot of fish on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The wife, our son, and I visited Murphy's for dinner for our anniversary/"familiversary." The service was excellent. The ambiance was perfect for our purpose; it was at once romantic and family friendly. I had the daily special, a very nice fish dish, my wife had the meatloaf, and our son had the Murphy's burger. The fish was amazing, though I did find the accompaniments a bit less stellar (not bad, just not up to par with the amazing fish). My wife was more than satisfied with her meatloaf, as was our son with his burger. While, on the whole, we agreed that Murphy's isn't the best restaurant in Atlanta in or around Murphy's price point, it is a very, very solid choice, worthy of being a part of any serious diner's restaurant rotation."
    Dined on 5/18/2014