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.
Chicago, IL 60613
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday : 5pm - 11pm
Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live traditional Irish Music starts every Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday nights at 8pm in the bar area.
Free parking in our private lot, just south of the restaurant on the east side of the street at Lincoln & Byron.
Brown Line 2 blocks, taxis plentiful.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!
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 :)
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.
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