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About Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

It is fitting that the Murphy family motto is "Fortis et Hospitable" which means brave and hospitable. 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. A 30 seat victorian style bar imported from Ireland is a centerpiece of the pub area, while private dining rooms upstairs are perfect hosting showers, weddings, meetings, or celebrations for every occasion.

3905 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Irish, British

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday : 5pm - 11pm
Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm

Cross Street:
Byron

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(773) 248-3905

Website:
http://www.irishbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Live traditional Irish Music starts every Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8pm in the bar area.

Catering:
n/a

Parking Details:
Free parking in our private lot, just south of the restaurant on the east side of the street at Lincoln & Byron.

Public Transit:
Brown Line 2 blocks, taxis plentiful.

Executive Chef:
Jonathan Trubow

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, 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

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.

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.

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, People Watching, Tapas, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Cozy
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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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 (Naples)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very good food. Very small portions.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Music, Authentic, Great Beer
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day brunch.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We love the Mother's day brunch-we've been coming for about 3 years. Always good food and service. Would definitely recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

It was a busy night but Katie & Alyssa took great care of us. They recommended the short rib - it was awesome!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 22, 2017

A little pricey for what you get. But not so bad that I wouldn't return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

$225 for four people for brunch. Service was the only highlight - food was average, I've had better and cheaper at hotel airports...where they overcharge for convenience. This Easter brunch was just highway robbery. Certainly won't be back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Great. Enjoy

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2017

Great Irish bar. Consistently good food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We took my dad for brunch as it was his 85th birthday. We had fish and chips and the awesome prime rib off the brunch menu. It's was a delightful time. My only disappointment was there was not a desert featuring chocolate.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Well known for their ribs! Amazing! Seafood is definitely very good here! Worth it!

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Quick Bite, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 21, 2017

This is a wonderful place to have lunch or dinner. On some weeknights, live music adds great ambience. They also have a small Irish market where they sell shelf items along with cheeses, bread, etc. And it's easy to reach via the Brown Line. It's in a neighborhood where a Saturday lunch/brunch could be followed by strolling around & stopping in at various boutiques. Service is always top-notch.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Live Music, Afternoon Tea, Kid-friendly
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 (Seattle)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Great food, service and a perfect Sunday Fundy!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Always perfect for brunch or dinner. Sophisticated but approachable food that is always delicious. A classic tasteful Irish setting. Beautiful wood touches. Accommodating service.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Didn't like all the plastic cups, a bit too loud, wish we weren't stuck in the corner. Didn't feel very attended to, we did get our drinks and appetizers comped (but didn't even know until we looked at the bill). Fish and chips weren't warm.
Overall the Mac ' n Cheese was the best part of the whole night. Forgave the busyness, will go back-but not for a special occasion probably.

Tags: Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on March 17, 2017

We had a really nice time. it was St Patricks day and we were looking for a fun Irish pub for our dinner and a few relaxing drinks. We enjoyed it and we'll be back

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Pretty awful! I was surprised they took reservations for St Patrick's Day, so was happy to book for dinner. But what a mess! We were a party of two and put upstairs in crazyville. So loud, you couldn't hear across the table. When I asked to be moved, "sorry, all the tables are taken". Well, they weren't. Limited menu and our food was cold by the time it came. And for some reason, I thought there would be live music on St Patrick's Day in an Irish restaurant, but no luck for the Irish there that day.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Upon arrival, host showed me to our table upstairs. It was empty, ugly and I said this would not work for me. I asked if I could sit on the first floor and was told there were no available tables. I told the host I would sit at the bar until my party arrived, and then we would go elsewhere.

Miraculously, when my party arrived, a table was open for us on the first floor. BTW, there were several tables available on the first floor at that point.

I had gone to the website to be sure the menu had food that I wanted to eat. However, because it was St. Patrick's Day, a special limited menu was available. There was nothing on it I wanted to eat. If this info was on the website, I missed it.

Had thought it would be fun to be in an Irish restaurant for St. Patrick's Day, but this one let me down.

Tags: Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 16, 2017

Very disappointed. Been coming here for 2 years on St Paddy's - this year they changed the menu. Corned beef was meh - nonexistent cabbage and what is with 2 small tots vs buttered red potatoes.

Murphy family made this a ho hum experience. Won't be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 14, 2017

I recently had the best burger at Mrs Murphy's and Sons Irish Bistro. The fries were also delicious. I was at the restaurant for a storytelling event and was not expecting to enjoy the food as much as I did but I will be returning often for dinner.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We visited Saturday as a part of Chicago's St. Patrick Day celebration. This was our second year making reservations for 4 p.m. Works well that the bar drinkers tend to ease up before dinner rush. Still hear the band and feel the energy.

Tags: Seasonal, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Live Music, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 11, 2017

St Patty's Day Family Reunion! We had a great time & our waiter was awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 9, 2017

I thought for what I ate, the amount of food was too small. It would have been nice to get a veg. beside the fish I had. I don't think you should have to pay for every little item. Too bad since the service was good and the food tasty. I thought I would bring some friends for my June 29th birthday, but I will not!!!!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Live Music
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Great food and service. Ordered way too much food because many delicious choices. Beef short ribs are a definite favorite. Coming back for another dinner within one week.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 28, 2017

We went for two reasons: 1) Katie (actually she's always one of the main reasons we go) and 2) the Fat Tuesday menu... Ok 3) the band - they were GREAT! We LOVED the menu that night and wished we could have had more. We had the smoked chicken gumbo, fried green tomatoes, crawfish etoufee and blackened catfish. The smoked chicken gumbo was a favorite, but it was all so so good. We really loved it. And Katie was providing her usual great service, personality and helpful advice on what to order. There's good reason why we ask to sit in her section :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 28, 2017

The Soul Message Band (jazz) was GREAT entertainment.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This place is located right down the street from me yet I never tried it but when my parents were coming into town I thought this would be a good lunch option. I thought the food was really good, I suggest getting the Shepard pie or the corn beef plate. Those were the winners in my eyes. The waitress we had seemed a little out of it, she wasn't paying much attention to our table and the restaurant wasn't even crowed. We had to ask to have our order taken after waiting for 25 minutes then once our orders arrived one of the meals was wrong. We also had to ask for the bill and we weren't rushing they just would walk right past us as if we weren't there... Overall I enjoyed the food but not the service. I would like to go back but if the service is the same that would be my last time.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Fun, great food, good beer, good cocktails! Deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese are a must have!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great Beer
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Wow! Great food and service. Bar looks like it would be fun to hang out in.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 15, 2017

We always enjoy Mrs. Murphy's Bistro! Alyssa was great - she always is - and put up with my sarcastic, indecisive father. We like the new menu and keep trying new things. So far, the chicken and dumplings is a favorite. We tried the monkfish. It was ok, but not something we would order again. My dad had the corned beef and cabbage and said the beef was outstanding. His complaint was that he didn't think it needed to be "fancy" and that he just wanted "traditional" cooked cabbage and potatoes. We also had the wedge salad which is another favorite carried over from before. Overall, we had great food and great service! But no surprise there :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

You would leave happy with the Starters alone! Great food, great service. Had a wonderful time! Highly recommend the Salmon Mousse and the Cheese board, Tuna Tartar. We all had a something different for our mains and everyone enjoyed it. Delicious and affordable are not the norm these days!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Excellent food and beer. Excellent service. They accomodated our request for a warm table. Been here before. Definitely returning. Ownership is also invested in the community .

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great ribs!

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