Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

4.4
488 reviews
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$30 and under
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Irish
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  • Great Beer
  • Bar Seating
  • Comfort Food
At Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro the Murphy family offers updated takes on classic Irish comfort food served with a well curated selection of craft beer, approachable wines and cocktails, and a deep selection of Irish whiskey. A 30 seat victorian style bar imported from Ireland is a centerpiece of the pub, while private dining rooms upstairs are perfect for hosting showers, weddings, meetings, or celebrations for every occasion.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Irish, British
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday : 5pm - 11pm
Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm
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Phone number
(773) 248-3905
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Sheerin
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Catering
We offer a range of catering options for all sorts of events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Byron
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Parking details
Free parking in our private lot, just south of the restaurant on the east side of the street at Lincoln & Byron.
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Public transit
Brown Line to Addison or Irving Park, Irving Park or Addison bus to Lincoln.
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Entertainment
Live traditional Irish Music starts every Tuesday at 7pm, and 7:30 on Wednesdays in the bar area.
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Special events & promotions
Click on the private dining tab to see information about booking your event at Mrs. Murphy & Sons. Visit our website for information about upcoming performances.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Welcoming hospitality with attention to the smallest detail are the hallmarks of events at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro. We'll help you plan everything from weddings to meetings, birthday parties to family get togethers. Stop by anytime for a tour of the second floor event rooms.

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What 488 People Are Saying
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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed dinner prior to the Story Telling Event.

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The food is really not very good. Much better options close by.

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GV
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent Irish Bistro. Flat out fun. Best Guinness pour; excellent whiskey selection. Cod fritters and fish and chips were delicious. Thomas was a superb, attentive bartender/waiter.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don't get to go out often so when we do, we want a place where we will have a "guaranteed" good meal, great service, fun atmosphere. Mrs. Murphy's is our place for that. We arrived to live music (always a plus). We sat near the fireplace (2 thumbs up). Our service was super fast, and according to my wife/ partner in crime, the cranberry Irish mule is totally worth it. She had the corned beef and found it to be delicious. I had the beef stew. My only complaint is that they used to have short ribs, which I loved. So while this seems to be a replacement for that dish, I was a bit disappointed.

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JL
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice neighborhood, close to L Train stop. Many beer, wine and liquor options, including Poiton, (Irish moonshine). Varied menu with all the Irish traditionals. Service was terrific and friendly.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Relaxing, restaurant has a lot to offer in decor.

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IP
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro sticks to its traditions very well. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is friendly, the personnel is great. Bit noisy though.
The band played well.

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MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a lively neighborhood place with solid food and great service.

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CL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Easter brunch was great. Large selection. Great service. Will come back

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We were shuttled into a very small upstairs room with a TV showing a motocross race. I asked our waiter if he could put the NCAA tournament on as no one was watching the race. He said someone downstairs was probably watching the race and it couldn't be changed. I learned later he just didn't want to go downstairs, because when we asked for lemon for the fish, he said it would take 10 minutes because it was downstairs. When I went downstairs and asked if they could change the channel they said no problem and did so quickly. He never brought water to the table, I had to go to the bar to get it. Nor did he ever say anything about what was on the menu or showed any interest in much besides getting our order. After our meal rather than ask if we were interested in dessert he asked if we were ready for our check. when he brought the credit card receipt for my signature I realized there was a 20% gratuity added to the bill. We were a party of 4 so it wasn't a group thing. this was never mentioned on the menu or by him or anyone else prior to the charge. I generally give 20% but expect good service. As for the food it was okay but not what I would call noteworthy, mac and cheese side was watery. Won't go back. would advise others to try chief O'Neil's or another Irish restaurant for better food and service.

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LE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food - AWESOME! Authentic and tasty. Service - not awesome. The food runner was delightful and came to the table more often than the server did, had to ask for water, refills, etc. from the runner. Server also kept $60 worth of change on a total $55 tab and had to be asked for it back. But the atmosphere was beautiful and very Irish and the food was delicious. We may have simply had a poor server, as everyone else around us seemed to have excellent service.

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JE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We went on St. Patrick's Day, and overall we thought they had a great menu and food for the holiday and the live music was an awesome touch.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

St. PATRICKS DAY

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro three years in a row for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago. We love it here! Great family environment. Highly recommend. Always great food and service!

Thank you

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NH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We came for a St. Patrick's Day meal. We were shocked to find a place that took reservations for that day.
This is definitely a neighborhood, family place. Lots of kids & strollers.
Live music was great.
Food was tasty, just not very hot which is never good for soup or shepherd's pie.
Our server was friendly and fast.
My big complaint was that they added 20% gratuity to our bill for 4 people. I understand it was St. Pat's & I understand why they do it, just mention it. We certainly didn't expect it or look for it, so our server ended up with about a 50% tip.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere for Saint Patrick’s day. All around great restaurant.

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Chicago
69 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great for St Pat’s Day lunch!

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FL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there on St. Patrick's day ... festive & fun. Crazy crowded but if you had reservations, no problem. Food always delicious especially corned beef. Brought some elderly people into a younger crowd but everyone was so nice and the hostess was very accommodating. THANKS!

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PT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

I have been here before and enjoyed it. This time however the food was awful.
What I had was overcooked and edges burnt.
Others did not enjoy what they had except the french fries.
The price was outrageous considering food quality.
Very disappointed.
I will look elsewhere for Irish food.

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RL
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only does the restaurant serve good Irish food, but the live music on Tuesday evenings is wonderful. It has everything you need for good craic! And in a side room of the restaurant is a small Irish market with wonderful food items to take home with you. It's a priceless "taste" of Ireland in the neighborhood.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to have dinner and watch and listen to the Tooles play. Food was GREAT, and the staff were fantastic!

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DG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great modern Irish Pub and Bistro. Great food, traditional ambiance.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our favorite group Juke Box Heroes were playing there.

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CB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my "go-to" places - ALWAYS a good experience!

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Wonderful spot, loved the food and price points. Main room is wonderful, the side rooms a little sterile. Great beer/whiskey selections and the Mac & Cheese is tremendous!! Definitely will go back

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CC
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I suggest avoiding the “special” - my dad and I both opted for what the menu said was a roast bacon - and the waiter described as pork but in essence was two extremely thick slices of bacon which was mostly fat and extremely salty. Our experience with “bacon” in Ireland has been something resembling ham but this was very American bacon. Totally yuck and really inedible - looked like they were trying to get rid of virtually inedible leftovers.

On a positive note both the beef stew and shepherds pie were great, but given our extremely disappointing experience with the special I doubt we’ll be back as you need to be sure the food is consistent...and this wasn’t, so sorry.

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MK
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a large family gathering. The service was great. Large enough table seating and yet privacy from others. Excellent food choices for everyone and beers. Parking next door.
Such a great new find for our family. Will definitely return during baseball season and when visiting children in the area.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday Brunch/Lunch menu for when with a group that can't decide on breakfast or a lunch/dinner entree. Great authentic Irish dishes and some standard favorites. Nice holiday ambiance and ample seating for my family of 5.

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d
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

excellent food, server was great....nicely decorated restaurant for christmas.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet family dinner in a cozy atmosphere. All enjoyed their individual drinks, appetizers, meals and shared desserts (2). Excellent waiter.

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Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a great effort to find our soccer game made the food taste all that more impressive

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EB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my dad's 70th birthday celebration and they had a lovely spot all ready for us by the window. The food was incredible and the service was wonderful, too. We all had a great time!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro was a wonderful gem that I discovered through open table. I was directing a show in the area and looking for somewhere nearby that would be affordable and have good food. After reading reviews and looking at their (wonderful!) menu I decided to meet a friend here for dinner pre-rehearsal. From the moment we walked in the door, we were treated well. They offered choices of seating style, and let us know about their really cool Irish goods store in the front of the restaurant. Service was excellent and attentive and the food was perfect and above par.

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C
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The folks at Mrs Murphy was able to accommodate our large group by the bar. Excellent service and the food came quickly. The weekend roast was amazing. There was a band playing which got a little loud. Otherwise it’s a great neighborhood spot that can please everyone.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bloody Murphy with a Guinness back. Awesome Food was incedible.

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PG
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We really wanted to like Mrs. Murphy & Sons. The live jazz in the bar was a pleasant surprise. It was Friday night and I was hoping for Irish music but that’s only on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. We were seated next to a fairly large party and they were LOUD! We could barely converse with our friends. The food was just ok. I had the corned beef and it was so salty I could barely eat it. I thought of sending it back but since corned beef is generally salty, I decided it was my fault for ordering it. My guy had a burger which he said was good. Our friends had ribs which were deemed ‘ok.’

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

On a Friday night in October there were only 9 people in the place from 7:15 to 9:30pm. The band was ok but too slow and boring. Not a single person sitting at the bar. I started to wonder if I should have researched this place better.
Very sad to see a nice place with nobody there! Perhaps you need help finding your niche?

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HG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Seated at 5:45 on a Friday evening and told our server of a 7:30 curtain we had to make a couple of blocks away. Staff was courteously efficient and quick, and our bill was presented at 7:05 giving us plenty of time to make our way out. Good selection of beers and nice that the drafts are offered in a variety of sizes. Scotch Egg like none I ever had before, quite delicious. Mussels and clams served with plenty of toast points to sop up the broth. Delicious Irish butter served with the bread basket. French fries (chips) could've been crispier. Already decided what I'll order next time I visit, so I'd go again.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Very small portions.

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Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alyssa took great care of us - as usual. The grilled artichoke is a nice addition to the menu - we enjoyed that a lot. Got the cheeseburger as well - definitely one of our favorites.

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