Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

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$30 and under
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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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Complimentary specials

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.

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.

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Haylow
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here often for brunch and love the atmosphere as well as the food and service.

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BayDiner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This pub has a fun atmosphere even for Sunday Champagne Brunch. Always a fantastic selection and the prices are amazing. Have been there many times and am never disappointed. Gotta have the Irish Coffee too.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pat was great! He kept us entertained all night

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Shepherd's Pie was excellent. The Fish and Chips was very crispy and light. It is definitely a loud pub atmosphere. Our served, Molly, was wonderful and really made it a great experience!

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jisaac
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love fish and chips and were not disappointed. We were well served and enjoyed the vibe.

JB
JosephB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Live music every day make the place fun with great ambiance. The food is tasty and authentic, and the service is always friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Solid, but not great food and service. Great ambiance though

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Luvfood
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and music after 8:30. Enjoyed that it was Alexandria dining week.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food, cooked perfect and fast service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Murphy’s can always be counted on for delicious food, a welcoming space and fabulous value. Never disappoints.

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Haylow
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Erin is a great server and the food is always delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We will be back for the music!!!

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MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Murphy's waitresses were spot on and did a great job for our 16 person table. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun.

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vipMark
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Place was way too busy.

Food was overcooked and way to greasy. My fish and chips were dripping with grease. The fish was way to cooked and brown

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Easy relaxed atmosphere and good service!

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BayDiner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Friendly, Fun, feel and authentic ambiance of this Restaurant Pub. The Brunch is Excellent with a wide selection sooo good. Wonderful Crab Cake Benedict.

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lizs
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have only ever been to the downstairs bar for drinks, but the restaurant week menu caught my eye. They had an amazing deal for a dinner for 2 ($35 total) which was surprising due to the entree options (12oz filet, duck confit, etc.). I was served some of the best salmon I've had and the portion size for apps, entrees and dessert were all perfect. Staff is also very friendly and it's a laid back but intimate environment. Will definitely dine here again.

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vipPamela
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.

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Haylow
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BO
BelindaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was great and staff do accommodating. Thanks Kenny

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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mdm0
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While they focus on hamburgers, I had the fried chicken sandwich, and it was _really_ tasty. My wife fondly remembers the pickles. The french fries were _fantastic_, being fried in beef tallow. We were there on a Saturday, so they were _very_ busy; there was a significant wait. Our waiter was very friendly.

As for the value of the restaurant, I can't say, because my father-in-law paid. I doubt he'll pay for your lunch too.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 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
JoanieS
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.

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Yummy
Washington DC
13 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
CarolP
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Great brunch options and unbelievable great prices

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MichaelS
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.

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MarkH
Washington DC
2 reviews
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.

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AlvaH
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

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denisep
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
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
MelissaS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipSlater
Hertfordshire
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

CM
CathyM
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.

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Angela
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.

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lisetiffner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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BrianH
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.

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Murphy's Grand Irish Pub offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-1717.

Murphy's Grand Irish Pub is rated 4.5 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

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