Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

4.7
227 Reviews
$30 and under
European
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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 ambiance of its cozy settings.

A short 10-15-minute drive from the nation's 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 227 people are saying
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FriedaP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champagne brunch was excellent, food was delicious!

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and friendly Irish atmosphere and hospitality. Excellent Sunday brunch. You won't go away hungry.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, food and service as always. Very budget friendly place!

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vipBandido
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great pub food in an atmospheric Irish pub. Try the traditional Irish breakfast for brunch!

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EricS
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back to Murphy's in 25 years. I'd been going to Murphy's since I was 15 until I moved from the area. Had a chance to take my wife and son. The place hasn't changed. Still great food and music. A fun night out in Old Town. Fora true Irish evening, you can't really beat Murphy's.

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic atmosphere , food, service and value. Halloween day was exceptional.

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COcouple60ish
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour prices on drinks and apps! The fish and chips was the best I ever had, crisp outside and fish melt in your mouth inside. Only complaint is we went there for the music, which is posted online to start at 7. Wrong! It starts at 9. ☹️ Too long for us to wait. Just know before you go….

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vipElizabethM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Sunday brunch - great food, service and atmosphere

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SandiH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Champagne brunch is the best. The shrimp and grits are amazing!

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CarolS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Murphy’s is great fun with tasty food, drinks and excellent wait staff. The entertainment was superb and very crowd pleasing. We look forward to our next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You get great value for your money at Murphy’s with strong drinks and great food.

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vipturnepf
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fish and chips at a lovely outdoor table. Super nice server with efficient and friendly folks everywhere!

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LaurieB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun time on Sunday for brunch. Continues to deliver good food and service o. A regular basis!!

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best. Real Irish atmosphere. Fantastic brunch. Coming from Chantilly.

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Callitik
E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server who kept drinks filled and our desires met. Kitchen a little slow but big crowd.

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LarryB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

It advertised music and dancing. Well, there was WAY too loud music and no dancing. Place was overcrowded and there was just one waitress. She did an extraordinary job but she was definitely overworked.

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful champagne brunch. Very friendly, Irish atmosphere (obviously), always welcome and at home.

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BrianF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and fun atmosphere. Lot's going on here Tuesday evening - Restaurant Week specials, 1/2 price burgers, Trivia Night, and Music....something for everyone!

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SoniaM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We dined upstairs, which was fine, but our waiter was curt. He'd get annoyed (huff and roll his eyes) if we asked him to repeat himself or asked any questions and he hardly came by. We wanted to order more drinks and dessert but our out of town guests were annoyed.
We're wearing masks - please slow down and speak clearly. We understand everyone is understaffed and try to be patient, but we felt like an unannounced house guest.
I'll be back for the food, but will refuse to sit at this person's table again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing! The food was awesome along with the live entertainment.

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WhoisAlice
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an Irish pub that has excellent food. I went there for the steak night and stayed for the music. Amazing

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vipGloriaC
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and had great drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always love to come to Murphy's! We sat outside this time, everything was great. The service was slower than normal, but we also understood that it may have been because we were seated outside.

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JENNIFERB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch! Enough options to make everyone in your group happy. Service is great and everyone is friendly.

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vipdougiep
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You can't beat the weekend brunch deal. Food is good, plenty of options, service was great and you get champagne. Staff is always friendly and attentive. We always get great service there but Erin was especially good on Sunday and Maria behind the bar is always friendly and welcoming.

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vipAlex2dine
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have brunch at Murphy’s every Sunday. Obviously, we like it!

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CGKriebel
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food for a great price. The staff is always kind and welcoming.
Fun place! Thank you!

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again - a fantastic place with true Irish atmosphere. Great location in heart of downtown Alexandria. Great place for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had a great time. The service was a tad slow but there a lot of large parties and possibly understaffed to cover the crowd. We were understanding of that. Although our waiter could’ve been friendlier. The food was great. We will definitely go back.

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DonnaF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Typical Irish pub atmosphere, very dark very loud and difficult to talk;above average bar food;nice beer selection;live music doesn’t start til 9:00 on Fri nights would be nice to start earlier especially in the summer.Also can be a bit warm in the hot summer

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vipAlex2dine
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great times, as always. Will be back again very soon.

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real Irish Pub atmosphere (genuine). This is my favorite brunch place. Always feel at home. Sunday is not complete unless I am there.

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vipAlex2dine
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So fun and dependable. We go almost every Sunday.

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Joaniest
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether eating inside or out, this is one of my favorite brunch places in Old Town!

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always friendly with excellent food and service and a genuine Irish atmosphere to boot. My favorite place for brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. It was a great service and yummy food!

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JohnS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful visit to Murphy's. The steak was delicious, the beer ice cold, and the service was especially prompt and professional. The singer/entertainer who performed on the night of our visit was a great balance of musician and comedian, and his entertainment made the night very special. I highly recommend Murphy's, and suggest using OpenTable for a reservation as a reservation was a requirement on the night of our visit.

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wendya
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, excellent food. The gravy was divine on the shepherd’s pie. Reasonable drink prices. Live traditional music at 8:30.

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vipBiker77
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without a doubt, this is my favorite place. I feel very much at home. True Irish atmosphere. Brunch is fantastic,

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vipAlex2dine
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Regular stop for our group. Dependable and good value.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Murphy's Grand Irish Pub using the Order Online button. Murphy's Grand Irish Pub also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 548-1717.

Murphy's Grand Irish Pub is rated 4.7 stars by 227 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.