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.

Special Offers

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: 17 July 2019

Ends: 18 July 2118

Availability: Wed 16:00-23:30

Happy Hour

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

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 1 April 2019

Ends: 2 April 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 16:00-19:00

What 85 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MS
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

S
Hertfordshire
16 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 24 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

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
16 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good value for money and friendly helpful staff

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great server and fun live music!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
8 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

LB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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

M
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and friendly, professional staff!

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch!

B
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great part of Ireland located in Alexandria. Beautiful surroundings

SO
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great sunday brunch

D
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was extremely quick. Atmosphere was good as well. Server Blaze was really good and was fun to joke around with. Highly recommend going here.

BP
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall a really great value/experience for Mother's Day Brunch. Food was excellent, service was great.

The big negative is that they were severely overbooked. Our 11AM reservation did not get sat until 11:30. Normally not a huge problem, but it was pouring outside and they have nowhere to wait inside. A few dozen people clumped up near the door, and with children, it was awful. They did give out champagne, but it was negated by servers and bussers pushing their way through us with dirty dishes and hot coffee.

I would go back, but only because the food was so tasty at such a good price.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! So good! Great service! Ate here the last time I was in the DC area 2 years ago so I had to come back and eat here again!

SE
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went during happy hour so the noise was as expected, loud. We just went to eat and the food was acceptable for a pub. Manage your expectations and you’ll have a great. If you go in there thinking it’s anything more than a place to enjoy the atmosphere then you better off going elsewhere. We were met at the door by the hostess who sat us down right away. Our waitress was very pleasant and checked on us all the time. Prices were very reasonable for the area. I will be back on our next trip to Alexandria and have recommended it as a place to check out to my friends.

OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience all the way around, we go there every year when we come to town.

JC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun place with character. Parking can be an issue, though. The Sunday brunch is a great value!

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very average in terms of both food and service. Booking ahead just got us a table next to the door leading to the restrooms.

The crab cakes were good but lukewarm. Vegetables fresh but on the raw side of al dente. This seems to be an establishment aimed at tourists and there are far better places to eat in the vicinity.

Service was adequate but we weren’t asked how our meals were, or whether we wanted a second round of drinks. Once we had finished eating we were merely asked whether we wanted the check.

I wouldn’t recommend Murphy’s.

n
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, casual fun atmosphere, happy hour specials, perfect location, and usually very friendly helpful staff. Two years ago, I called on a Friday late afternoon to see if busy and to our surprise when we got there, they reserved a table. They also reserved me a table for my visit the other day. Waitress this time wasn't very attentive and didn't tell us the happy hour specials. Luckily we saw the specials before ordering. Tuesdays hamburgers are $5 for happy hour.

VD
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was able to get a table right away. Had my favorite cider. Stew was awesome, but the soda bread, not so much

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Murphy's is the perfect pub for a lively crowd, fun music every night of the week, and great Irish food, beers, and more. The service is super-friendly and attentive. It's a classic that everyone should experience!

FP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Murphy's has the best brunch in town. Service is great, staff are friendly and food is great.

JE
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner with friends! Food was excellent, and ambiance was great. We had kinda of a late dinner and the crowd was growing for the band so was really loud, but totally enjoyable!

g
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Murphys and their food prices and taste! GReat live music.

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