Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

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Opened in 1978 and located in the heart of historic Old Town, Alexandria, Murphy's Grand Irish Pub is one of Alexandria's best loved and most inviting restaurants. Murphy's offers an extensive menu and top-class traditional cuisine in the welcoming ambience of its cosy settings.

A short 10-15-minute drive from the nations capital, this landmark establishment is located at the main intersection in Old Town, King & Washington.

Today, the tradition of great food and drink remains as steadfast as when the doors first opened back in 1978

Murphy's has Live Irish Music seven nights a week and on weekends, on both floors.
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Happy Hour

Enjoy Alexandria's best happy hour. Featuring all Irish drafts, local drafts and domestics at a discounted price. 50% discount on select appetizers.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 22, 2019

Ends: October 23, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:00PM-7:00PM

Wing Wednesday

Enjoy $40 cents per wing every Wednesday from 4 pm until close! Choose from our three delicious flavors: Buffalo, BBQ and Old Bay.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 17, 2019

Ends: July 18, 2118

Availability: Wed 4:00PM-11:30PM

What 99 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Ordinarily everything is wonderful at Murphy's Sunday brunch, but yesterday the usual manager was not working and it showed. I knew right away from having to wait 15 minutes for my reserved table to less than prompt service to 2 out of 3 meals arriving incomplete.

H
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, and we always have wonderful service.

BO
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was great and staff do accommodating. Thanks Kenny

OT
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a delightful meal with good service. Went on Thanksgiving and Christmas and the set menu was delicious and extremely reasonable.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good service and fantastic value. The brunch specials are delicious!

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sydney was an awesome server and took great care of us again. I love this place, and am a regular. Just good food, friendly staff and great Irish music!

JS
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was very attentive. Food was very good. Once the music starts at 9pm, it becomes difficult to hold a conversation.

Y
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is our fourth time at Murphy’s. The food - Shepherd’s Pie and Tuna bites - was excellent! We enjoyed sitting by the fire and the service was very good.

It is a bit noisy, but a good atmosphere.


Live music upstairs and down.

A casual place to enjoy, good food and drink...

CP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 9 had after Thanksgiving dinner here. We'll be back next year!

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch options and unbelievable great prices

MS
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and friendly staff and clientele. Way better than most irish pub food I was used too. Five of us had four apps , dinners, and several rounds of drinks. The bill per person w tip was 40.00. Great value great place.

MH
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have been to Murphys many times and find the food and value for the cost to be unbelievable in Old Town. Sunday was great but the service was poor. We had to ask our server if we could please order because we were starving. We watched him chat with other waiters before we were able to flag him down. Dirty dishes were left on the table and we had to flag him down to pay our check as well. This is the first bad experience we have had here and I will still strongly encourage you to eat and drink here.

AH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was solid but the atmosphere was off. Staff are Eastern European, no slight on them, so the atmosphere was more Black Sea than Irish Sea. Neither Trad or Irish/Brit Rock but Alternative music. Overall, I’ve seen far worse but have also seen far better in the same price point

d
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great brunch; good prices, fantastic service and wonderful atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to enjoy a Patriots game. Foods great. Staff is wonderful ! Atmosphere can’t be beat!

MS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome place! Great Irish spirits and food. Plus you can bring your dog

S
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Picked wrong night as noisy mob by chance, usuals quieter and always good value

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Murphy's Grand Irish Pub. It's been a favorite place for me for 20+ years. The food is delicious, the Sunday brunch is the best bargain for great food in town. Live music in the evenings. The manager and wait staff take excellent care of all your needs. Five stars all around. Always enjoy bringing friends for the first time. Never disappointed.

A
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I ordered a crab cake. Instead of being a patty it was a large lump cooked on the outdid and raw on the inside. I sent it back telling the waitress to tell the chef to just smash it on the grill so it would be cooked. it came back black on the top and bottom and raw on the index. The desert which they comped Jamison cake was also very overcooked on the sides and bottom. The place was not clean, the seats were hard, it definitely need some upkeep. The entertainer was pretty good.

l
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for the restaurant week special which was an amazing value. $35 for two diners, appetizers, and dessert. The music started just as we finished dinner at 9 and was a nice addition. I appreciate that there were vegetarian options on the standing menu which allowed our entire party to find something delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went to Murphy’s for the first time for Alexandria’s restaurant week and it was excellent! I was worried from seeing pictures that it might be a little ratchet, but it’s not really. My boyfriend and I both had filet mignon and I have to say, it was probably the best steak I’ve had in a long time. We were very surprised with how excellent the food was! It’s definitely an energetic place, there was a bachelorette party hanging out at the bar (we sat next the the bar, tight squeeze because it was packed, although we didn’t mind) and a live singer came on as we were leaving. I’ve heard it’s a fun bar at night, so next time we’ll have to go later in the night!

BH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I have been in Alexandria for 2 weeks and have eaten there 6 times. Wednesday Wing nights are great and Thursday Steak night is awesome. Perfectly seasoned and prepared. Will definitely return when I come back.

MR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and a warm welcome for families with little ones!

TC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We ate there about 2 years ago and enjoyed the place and the food.They must have a different chef because the sheperds pie and irish stew were terrible this time .tthe stew was very watery and two people in my party could not eat the Sheperds pie.we will not be returning again.

S
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good value for money and friendly helpful staff

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server and fun live music!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our group of 4 had the Irish egg rolls, onion rings, shepherd’s pie, and pulled pork sandwich. All of the food was very good; we especially liked the egg rolls and onion rings. My one complaint is that we did not see much of our waiter after he took our order. We had asked for refills on water when we ordered our entrees, and 20 minutes later I had to flag him down to ask again for the refills. Someone else brought our food, and the waiter never checked to see if everything was OK. He also never offered to refill our water glasses a second time, though all four were empty again partway through dinner.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have been visiting Murphy's Grand Irish Pub for over 20 years! The staff and entertainment are wonderful and the whole environment is like family! The Happy Hour is awesome for both drinks and appetizers, and although it is a busy place, there are tables for two tucked away.

DL
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Live Music sounds good in theory but not when every song is slow and depressing. 😬. I think Patsy Cline was the most upbeat song she sang.

f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waiter, Sheik, on Sunday during the World Cup was terrific! Thanks for a great morning/afternoon!

LB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Murphy's is the BEST place for Sunday brunch -- we're repeat diners (brunchers). Good food VERY reasonable cost ($9.95-10.95--really?) Champagne refills are reasonable. Staff is great. "Everybody knows your name."

B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This day I went later than normal so the level of background conversation was higher - but it was a great to see people really enjoying themselves. Great food and service and the waitress remembered me from previous visits. This will be a regular for me.

SB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great friendly service, inexpensive delicious eggs Benedict. Brunch there every Sunday

M
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and friendly, professional staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a FANTASTIC Father's Day Lunch with Family! The staff was extremely accommodating. Since the main dining room on the bottom level was crowded and noisy, the staff seated us up top on the 2nd level, backside near the fireplace. Placing us there was definitely ideal because of the four children in our 12 top party, giving them a little more running room without the predicament of bumping into any staff. Though Sunday is limited to the Brunch Menu, the Manager allowed us to enjoy the Full Menu instead. The drinks and appetizers were delivered promptly. Loved the Spinach and Artichoke Dip served in a bread bowl with tortilla chips to pair and the Smoked Salmon served with Irish Soda Bread was so tasty and yet so light, it definitely did not spoil my appetite for my entree (Shepard's Pie). All entrees of my party came out altogether and had no problem whatsoever with our dishes. Everyone enjoy the entire experience. Our server, Erin, did an amazing job. She gave us ample information of the types of meals as well as the drinks they serve. Thr price and value of the restaurant/meals was by far the most unexpected, so very reasonable and the service was the best. We will definitely come back again soon!

OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch!

B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great part of Ireland located in Alexandria. Beautiful surroundings

SO
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This place had outstanding service and food at a good value and it's located on King Street within Old Town so it's a good location to do some window shopping afterward; it's a bit noisy though so you need to consider that for your purposes.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a good.time. Our waiter was good and the atmosphere seemed authentic. Both of us enjoyed our meals. Early evening on a Sunday probably isn't the best time to assess the atmosphere of an Irish pub.

B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time there. I was made to feel very welcome. The food was excellent and the value unbeatable.