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cre8ivone

06/17/12

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The absolute worst shrimp and grits I've ever had. The grits were covered in a tomato based sauce which was overpowering and made the grits runny. The shrimp tasted similar to Walmart's frozen and the andouille sausage tasted like dich soap. My friend could not eat her corned beef hash due to the runny horseradish based sauce on it. YUCK!!!!!!! So sorry we didn't walk across the street to Highland Tap while we waited half an hour for a table. The warm cinnamon roll was excellent by the way, I just hope it wasn't one that was sitting uncovered on a stand near the very busy hostess station, YUCK!!!

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James1950

05/24/12

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Best Brunch

Always enjoyable dining experience at Murphys!

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gibbers

03/15/12

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Love it

Meatloaf here is great. I love walking around the Virginia Highlands and this is one of my favorite places to stop in for a glass of chard or piece of cake.

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crfranklin44

06/15/11

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Worst Wine Tasting Experience in my LIFE (so-far)!!!

I attended a wine tasting event @ Murphy's on 6/14/11. We had RSVP for 26 people. There were other RSVPs for the same time. Unfortunately, THEY OVERBOOKED THE ROOM! The room was very quaint (small) to start, but they made it worst by asking one side of the room to squeeze together to add additional chairs!

The staff conducting the wine tasting started LATE even though the invitation that was sent for the tasting stated ""POURING STARTS @ 6:30p."" The wine staff announced, this will be a side-by-side tasting. I got excited when I heard that!!!! BUT, the other wine pourer didn't get the memo!!! He started pouring at the other side of the room and NEVER got to my side. I HAD TO PHYSICALLY HAVE SOMEONE ASK HIM TO COME AND POUR MY WINE AFTER 45 MIN OF GETTING THE 1ST POUR. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THE 1ST SIP WAS GONE BY THE TIME THE OTHER FINALLY CAME!!!!

The funny thing about this, I was sitting at the table with the President of the association hosting the event!!!

After another 30 minutes with no more pouring, I finally decided to leave!!!!! It's my understanding that they do this every week. I STRONGLY suggest if you are planning a tasting for more than 2 people to plan it somewhere else!!!

I will give a compliment to Valet, they were very prompt & professional with my car!!!

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zironchef

05/20/11

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Delicious!

Big fan of their pumpkin flan

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foodies21

04/22/11

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Not worth the wait

The food at Murphy's was good, but the service we got was horrible!!!! From start to end. My husband order an irish coffee, and it took our server almost an hour to bring to our table, YES, AN HOUR, we're not kidding!!!!! I even have to asked her several times before. We waited soooo long for our food and the people who were seated after us already finish their food. To make it even worst, the server messed up our order that we have to wait even longer!!

Because of this, We don't feel like going back there and dine in again even when the food was good!!

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ryansims

02/25/10

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Wonderful Brunch... that Everyone Knows About

Situated on the corner of Virginia and N. Highland Ave, Murphy's is one of those VaHi rites of passage. Everyone from the neighborhood, including tons of folks from beyond the district, valet park or walk to find a staggering wait time for a brunch that is usually worth it. While you wait, check out the small wine boutique adjacent to the bar and pick up a bottle for later. Focusing on a southern-tinged menu, Murphy's excels with the mimosa-in-one-hand, baby-in the-other set. Shrimp and grits served on a bed of cajun gumbo keeps me coming back along with the addictive biscuits. However, Murphy's isn't all brunch business, the dinner menu proves to be as drool-worthy with items like spinach and sausage meatloaf and the Ashley Farms chicken breast.

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Mencken

12/29/09

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Neither here nor there

Always packed on weekends, Murphy's has its location to thank, but little else. The food and the menu are always drab...you've been to these places before---nice locale, good crowd, lazy kitchen, long wait. Meh.

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ATLFoodie

07/22/09

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Worth the wait for brunch

For some reason we always end up eating at the bar because we just can take the wait on a Sunday. If it wasn't just the two of us though, the wait would be worth it. The selection is varied, so if you feel like lunch and your partner feels like breakfast you have plenty of options. They make a tasty bloody mary!

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KeithKNOWS

04/07/09

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A cozy spot for 2 will do!

I can't believe Murphy's has been around for over 25 years, amazing. That's a huge compliment, especially in the fickled restaurant business, ...enough already! Brunch at Murphy's is to die for, my specialty... egg white omelet, the food is always freshly prepared. It's the perfect spot for a romantic date for 2 or a secret rendezvous! Save room for scrumptious desserts. The restaurant offers an extensive wine list and an ambiance you won't forget! I guarantee you won't be disappointed, there's also valet parking.

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kemeers

03/16/09

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Good food & service

food wasn't spectacular & in VaHi there is a lot of competition - several @ our table had the halibut w/ mashed potoates; it tasted good but for $17 it was overpriced in my opinion -- desserts looked really good, i might make a trip back for dessert/coffee next time -- took out of town guests & they enjoyed the atmosphere & location, plus 10 min wait was awesome since i was expecting much longer

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zadams

12/11/08

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Always fresh, always outstanding!

The grilled chicken sandwich and tollhouse pie are both amazing.

Highly recommended!

They also have a good wine selection and a wine store attached to the restaurant.

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woody111

08/04/08

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Mixed bag

We arrived on time with an 8PM reservation on a Saturday night, but still had a 30 minute wait.

Service was good, but the waiter seemed a little harried and distracted.

A major problem I've seen with this restaurant is that the red wines are served at very cold temperatures. Not sure why they would feel the need to do this. It means that you have to wait several minutes before it warms up to a drinkable temperature. This is not fun when you've you've paid a large sum for a bottle. I mentioned this to the waiter and he said that others have complained also. Apparently, management isn't paying attention.

Food was good, but not spectacular. My portion seemed a little skimpy.

I noticed that Murphy's has been bought out by the slick local chain, Concentric Restaurants. It appears that they've lost some of the personal touch they had when they were still owned by Murphy.

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Foodie407

08/01/08

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Educational too!

I just recently attend a Wine Tasting at Murphy?s and it was so much fun. Not only did I learn about different wines but it was an affordable and entertaining night with my girlfriends. I will definitely be attending many more of their wine tastings!

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danielle2323

07/27/08

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I'd only go for the biscuit/muffin basket.

First, we were sat at a table that is lodged in a corner next to a server station. We asked to be moved, and luckily, they had something else for us. The biscuit/muffin basket was excellent. They were all warm and really tasty. I was hoping our food would be the same way, but unfortunatly, it was not.
We both ordered eggs benedict (Eggs T Murphy on the menu). I thought mine was the only one cold so I wasn't going to complain, but then my fiancee asked me if mine was cold like his. For a dish with grilled ham, grilled muffins, cooked eggs, and hollandaise sauce (which should always be warm), you would think it would be lukewarm at the least, but this was cold. We told the server, and we got replacements. This time, not only was it cold AGAIN, but we had to take off all of these peppers and onions that were on the hashbrowns. (Funny, they weren't there on the first plate, and NOT listed on the menu). The server noticed us taking off the peppers and onions, AND could CLEARLY see that we only ate the ham off of our plate. We left about 90% of the food there, and he didn't say anything to us when removing the plate from the table.

Needless to say, I have always known this wasn't the best brunch in Atlanta, but we went because we were in the area. For it to win any awards of any kind is a bit ridiculous. They must be paying someone to vote for them.

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ahaldar

07/06/08

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Best Brunch in Atlanta? Really?

Murphy's brunch came with high expectations, and failed to meet them. The service was very friendly, but slow. The biscuit/muffin basket came so late that we barely buttered them before the food came out.

The food was ok, but nothing special. My chilaquiles were ok, but lacked any spice - it tasted like bland salsa dumped over some chicken. Also, it was cold. Like not even lukeward.

All in all, disappointing.

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cjamesatl

06/22/08

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Service is Waning

After living in Atlanta for the past 8 months, and having visited Murphy's on several occasions on trips to Atlanta before moving here, I've found Murphy's to be pleasant. But recently, the service is lacking. Examples are: having to wait several minutes after being seated for your server to initially acknowledge your existence, not listening when you ask for sparkling water, and instead start pouring tap water immediately, runners constantly bumping in your seat, and without apology, and being told ""we just ran out"" of the entree, dessert, or drink you want to order. If you're going to put popular items on the menu, you had better well not run out all the time, or at least not run out of more than one item. When tipping, I usually always over-tip, and take into consideration that it's not always the server's fault, but when servers don't utilize basic listening skills, and menu items are always ""out"", then cutting a tip below standard may be the only way to get the message back to management. Keep in mind: TIPS means To Insure Proper Service.

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Abuk

05/20/08

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Bad service and terrible food

Our waiter was very unattentive. Murphy's dinner menu was very limited -- if you would like to have chicken but dislike the lemon ricotta filling in the Ashley Farms Chicken , then you are out of luck. Things that could go wrong in cooking took place in this restaurant -- the calamari and fries were undercook and not crispy at all; the mashed potatoes tasted a bit sour; and the Guinness Braised Beef Brisket was way too salty. The restaurant looks pretty on the outside, but the food could ruin your appetite and mood for the evening...

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Impressed18

04/18/08

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Great Servers, from someone who actually knows what service is.

After reading the previous reviews on this site, I've come to realize that most of the negativities about the servers come from people who don't know exactly how a restaurant works.
When a glass of wine comes to your table and you disagree with the pour, it's not the server's fault. They do not pour your wine, the bar follows restaurant regulations on the pours. When your food comes out undercooked or over seasoned, it isnt your servers fault, its the kitchen's unfortunate mis-hap. When the host under-estimates the wait time, dont be angry to your server when you sit down, once again, it isnt their fault. Many unexperienced diners in Atlanta take out their frustrations on their servers when in nearly every case, it has nothing to do with the waiter. In fact, most of you think that it is actually acceptable to tip poorly, based on other reasons than your servers performance. Servers in Atlanta are paid 2.13 an hour and they never see a paycheck -- it goes all straight to taxes. Most servers owe over a grand in taxes at the end of the year.
Re-access your restaurant services and if something goes wrong, be sure to blame strictly the party involved.
Murphy's has a wonderful atmosphere -- great food -- and impeccable service. If something goes wrong on your first visit, come back.
Whether you are from the suburbs or downtown Atlanta, Murphy's is THE place in Atlanta to receive true southern hospitality.

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ladieswholunch

03/03/08

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Good weekday lunch spot

We've eaten there a couple of times for lunch during the week with great success. The service is not fast, it is a leisurely lunch, but the food is really good. Top picks: Shrimp & Grits; Crab Cakes; Chicken Salad. MMMM, MMMM, GOOD!

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Murphy’s is loved as one of Atlanta’s best restaurants and has been for more than 35 years. Located in the heart of stylish Virginia Highland, Murphy’s is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the best of the district’s dining and nightlife. Tom Murphy’s acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting, and excellent value. The Atlanta Journal Constitution in a 2016 review said... "Considering the seasonality and execution coming from the kitchen; beverages — wine, in particular — that attempt to match the food in quality and offering; service that is both proficient and pleasant; and a space with so many nooks and crannies that it’s hard to say which is the best seat in the house (it depends on why you’re there), when I take a seat at Murphy’s I am getting a lot for a reasonable price, and far better than any other “neighborhood” restaurant."Murphy’s is loved as one of Atlanta’s best restaurants and has been for more than 35 years. Located in the heart of stylish Virginia Highland, Murphy’s is the long-standing hub of neighborhood camaraderie and the choice destination for visitors seeking the best of the district’s dining and nightlife. Tom Murphy’s acclaimed restaurant brings in the crowds with the perfect combination of upscale comfort food, gracious service, a cozy setting, and excellent value. The Atlanta Journal Constitution in a 2016 review said... "Considering the seasonality and execution coming from the kitchen; beverages — wine, in particular — that attempt to match the food in quality and offering; service that is both proficient and pleasant; and a space with so many nooks and crannies that it’s hard to say which is the best seat in the house (it depends on why you’re there), when I take a seat at Murphy’s I am getting a lot for a reasonable price, and far better than any other “neighborhood” restaurant."
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Phone: 404-872-5611

Fax: 404-872-5611

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Categories
American Restaurants, Bars, Family Style Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Irish Restaurants, Night Clubs, Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Soul Food Restaurants
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Price Range
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Neighborhoods
Virginia Highland, Northeast Atlanta
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Murphy's Restaurant

Other Information

Good For Groups: Yes

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Southern, Soul, Burgers, Family Style, American, Hot Dogs, Irish, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Wi-Fi: Free

Parking: Street, Valet

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible

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