Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

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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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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. Friendly and very welcoming. Definitely will be back again. Highly recommended.

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OT
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite for NYE. The Prix Fixe menu was outstanding! Alyssa and Same were awesome!

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WC
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre-theatre meal and cocktail (a gin hot toddy - YUM!) - early evening so quiet environment. ... food, staff all divine just felt chilly in the place. crazy december weather - hard to know what to do. still, we love mrs. murphy's and will always return!

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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It has a beautiful bar area, and they had great live music when we were there. Service was ultimately fine with it maybe erring a little on the slow side.

The food was OK. The white fish schmear or whatever it was (an appetizer) was DELICIOUS. The Sheperd's pie and fried chicken thighs with colcannon we're good except both were under-seasoned. Both dishes were better once we added salt, and in the case of the chicken thighs, squeezed the lemon wedge it was served with over everything. Then, both dishes were great. The side of Guinness mac 'n cheese was like 95% of other mac 'n cheeses when you order it while out, in that, they don't use a strong enough cheese to give it that tang you desire. If they mixed in some sharp or extra sharp cheddar with whatever cheese they use, it'd have GREAT depth of flavor.

All in all, we're planning on returning, just don't expect "mind-blowing" food.

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EP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a family dinner for about 14 people, which included two children age 3. The kids loved the music and there was room for them to walk around. I wasn't expecting much except pub food because I had not eaten there. My niece recommended it. was surprised how good the food was and would definitely go back!

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JB
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'd been wanting to go a long time and finally did. I went for a story telling night with the group "This much is true" (every 2nd tuesday of the month) and went early to have dinner. BEST guinness macaroni and cheese ever! Fish and chips amazing. Can't wait to go back!

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BW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very friendly server, loved the ambiance...will be back

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CS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. The restaurant has s very nice atmosphere. Wait service was attentive. The brunch selection was good. Would definately go sgain

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Nobody in the entire place at 7:30 Saturday night. Busboy was most attentive. We saw the waiter 3 times; to place our order, to offer us dessert and one last time with our bill. The busboy brought water, beverages, bread basket and our meal. Food was mediocre and bland though servings were generous. Overall a minimally average experience.

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P
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great list of Irish whiskey and good food, The rarebit cheese dip and sausage banger was great.

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice experience. Waiter wasn’t overly friendly, but was hospitable. The food was good asked for medium and got medium rare which was a little tough. The almond cake was to die for!

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PM
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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OT
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
7 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
3 reviews
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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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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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

St. PATRICKS DAY

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J
Chicago
4 reviews
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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OT
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
23 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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OT
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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AL
Chicago
4 reviews
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
16 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
4 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
17 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
13 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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OT
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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