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Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, Alexandria, VA

Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

4.4
4.4
258 Reviews
$30 and under
European
---- IF FOR SOME REASON, ALL RESERVATIONS SLOTS ARE GONE, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ONLY ALLOW FOR 30% OF OUR ENTIRE RESTAURANT TO BE RESERVED AT ANY ONE TIME TO ALLOW ROOM FOR WALK-INS ----
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Irish, English

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 548-1717

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    With 40+ years of experience in catering to large groups, Murphy's has you covered. We have successfully hosted all types of events ranging from military wetting-downs, tour group dining, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, fund-raising events, and even small group gatherings.

  • Private party contact

    Luiza Madzharova: (703) 548-1717

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Cross street

    King St and Washington St

  • Parking details

    After 6pm parking in available outside the 700 block on a first come first serve basis. All side streets offer meter parking in addition to city parking garages.

  • Public transit

    Metro - Blue and Yellow lines at King street Metro

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!! Great service
  2. M

    Marm

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to eat with friends. Great authentic pub cuisine and atmosphere! I highly recommend this restaurant for an outing with friends and family.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment! When we arrived, we were given a brunch menu. Nothing on Open Table or on the pub's website showed it to be brunch only. When I decided to order the steak and eggs from the brunch menu, I was told they did not have any more steak. So, both my wife and I settled for the hamburger platter. When the hamburgers came out, they were very poorly executed. There was no seasoning on the burger whatsoever. It tasted like a piece of charred briquette. My wife couldn't even eat hers. When the manager stopped by our table and asked how our meal was, I told her how disappointed I was. The manager did take the meals off of the bill. However, that doesn't change the fact the food was awful. I have eaten here in the past and the food was good, but I was not so lucky this time! I guess my only positive would be the customer service the waitress and the manager provided.
  5. W

    Wardian55

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I never pass up an Irish Pub, and this one didn't disappoint! Great location, just down King Street. This one has been there for a while and has been visited by many police officers from across the country. It's a museum of sorts as well as a great pub. I had the Sheppards Pie and draft. It was great that I went back two days later for lunch. I Had Cornbeef and Cabbage and two more drafts. Still just as good. I hope to go back again next year.
  6. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They provided excellent service. I had a special request for the way my food was served and they were so nice about it and brought my food just as I requested. I will go there every time we are in Alexandria!!!! The food is amazing and so are the servers. One of the servers - who was not our server - even came by our table to see if my food was brought out to my satisfaction.
  7. JB

    JanisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food at a reasonable price. Servers were attentative. We'd go back often if we lived closer.
  8. FP

    FriedaP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch and service. Friendly and happy staff! Enjoyable time
  9. J

    Joaniest

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great food and service! My go-to brunch place in Alexandria.
  10. NW

    NewmanW

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food and friendly/professional staff.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5
    Took my grandson here for his first Murphys brunch. Service was overall slow and lacking for 10:30a with the restaurant not even 1/2 full. Ordered my grandsons steak for his steak and eggs was ordered medium rare and it came out Pittsburgh, charred on the outside and rare bordering uncooked on the inside. He tried to eat it but was put off and went with another side of bacon instead. Will we stop coming here, nope, love it here! Jyat our honest feedback since you asked!
  12. a

    amyc

    Anchorage

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Atmosphere was Fun as always.
  13. OD

    OlivierD

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I reserved a table ,I came the day before to make sure that I will get a good table ,Kate the bartender. Put my reservation in the location of her i pad I came on Saturday no table was reserved ,I asked to talk to management,no one came ,this is the most awful pub /restaurant that I ever been,it was abominable ,disgraceful ,no one care I will not use opentable , you asked to confirm that i will be there ,and the table was never to be found for my reservation
  14. T

    Tim52

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    No one was aware of our reservation. After waiting 10 minutes they created a small two top in very back of restaurant in the hallway on the way to the bathrooms. Once seated staff came to take our order. So we left after 15 mins.
  15. PD

    PaulD

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pub and another great show from Pat Carrol
  16. B

    Biker77

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very warm Irish atmosphere. All decorated for St. Patrick's. Outstanding brunch as always.
  17. MM

    MichelleM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Having made a reservation which we showed up for on time, the table where we were seated was a disappointment. How was a table not ready when we had a reservation? We followed the hostess around while she looked for a table. There were plenty of seating options near the fireplace but she said we could only have a table squeezed into a tiny corner by the stage or a table directly in front of the very cold and very drafty door. We chose the drafty door. Not long after we received drinks, another two top came in —no reservation—and she immediately sat them at one of the areas in front of the fireplace, where she said we couldn’t sit. The rest of the experience was a pleasure as always, but I can’t see the point of making a reservation for my friends birthday brunch if it wasn’t going to be honored. As a frequent patron, this is the first time an experience here has been disappointing.
  18. B

    Biker77

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite place. Genuine Irish hospitality and atmosphere. Great food and outstanding value. Very warm.
  19. D

    Drew

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and the live music daily!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere, friendly staff, great service and great food.
  21. DR

    DRock

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fun venue - good food and service - a bit loud, but knew that going in.
  22. B

    Biker77

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always warm, very Irish, authentic, caring. Great food and great value. My absolute favorite place.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had another lovely lunch at Murphy’s. Haven’t been out in a long time. They were wonderful and honored our request for a table by the beautiful fireplace. Thanks to them for that. The food is alway good. Quantity may be down a bit, but it is to be expected in this climate we are currently in.
  24. PT

    PeterT

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Participated in Alexandria Restaurant week so decided to try them. The place was packed. No social distancing possible. Many without masks. Host sat us immediately as per our reservation. Both our main dish (NY Strip and duck confit) came out cold! The soup bowl was not wiped clean before serving and none of the deserts were available. So we both ended up with a terrible bit-sized bread pudding as the only alternative. Beside the desert, if the temperature of the food was appropriate and the presentation was good, it would have been a better dining experience. As for the waiter, I would not call him service oriented at all. Could not explain any menu item. Even when asked for a glass of water, he seemed annoyed. The 2-men band was nice and not too loud. Would probably return only for a drink.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A dear friend’s birthday!
  26. I

    Issy211

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good breakfast and $11.95 for steak and eggs, not bad at all. I ended my breakfast with a spicy Irish coffee, yummy!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday brunch is great!!!
  28. AG

    AndreaG

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So well decorated for Christmas! Thank you for staying flexible with our reservation!!
  29. WM

    WillardM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated fairly promptly on the second floor and enjoyed nachos and Irish stew.
  30. JR

    JosephR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    seafood combo was very good, although the crab cake was a bit bready. Server was excellent
  31. M

    Michellevsp

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    I’m chalking this up to a bad day at Murphy’s… My burger was grey outside and raw inside plus my martini was warm. The replacement burger was just plain bland. This was NOT the food quality Murphy’s usually provides. My husband’s fish and chips was great as usual. I was disappointed enough to cancel our brunch reservations. 😔
  32. FP

    FriedaP

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Champagne brunch was excellent, food was delicious!
  33. B

    Biker77

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful and friendly Irish atmosphere and hospitality. Excellent Sunday brunch. You won't go away hungry.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, food and service as always. Very budget friendly place!
  35. B

    Bandido

    Washington DC

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great pub food in an atmospheric Irish pub. Try the traditional Irish breakfast for brunch!
  36. ES

    EricS

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  37. B

    Biker77

    Washington DC

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, fantastic atmosphere , food, service and value. Halloween day was exceptional.
  38. CO

    COcouple60ish

    Denver

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 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….
  39. EM

    ElizabethM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved Sunday brunch - great food, service and atmosphere
  40. SH

    SandiH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Champagne brunch is the best. The shrimp and grits are amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

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 4.4 stars by 258 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

713 King St Alexandria, VA 22314

Additional information

  • Cross street

    King St and Washington St

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town Alexandria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–1:00 am Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Irish, English

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    After 6pm parking in available outside the 700 block on a first come first serve basis. All side streets offer meter parking in addition to city parking garages.

  • Public transit

    Metro - Blue and Yellow lines at King street Metro

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (703) 548-1717

  • Private party facilities

    With 40+ years of experience in catering to large groups, Murphy's has you covered. We have successfully hosted all types of events ranging from military wetting-downs, tour group dining, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, fund-raising events, and even small group gatherings.

  • Private party contact

    Luiza Madzharova: (703) 548-1717

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