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Matt Murphy's Pub

14 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445-7905
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Ranked #29 of 171 Restaurants in Brookline
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: Irish, Pub
Most recent review
- Sep 11, 2014
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English first
Brookline, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Friendly bartenders and regulars. No TV, which is unusual in bars these days, but kind of refreshing. Authentic Irish food on the menu, homemade ketchup. Atmosphere is dark and pub-like, as it should be. A great place.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We stopped in to try the brunch at Murphy's. We were very positively surprised. Try the sweet cream on porridge for a very tasty take on oatmeal. Try the delicately thin and NOT overcooked omellette with smoked salmon for something savory. Coffee was good, service was quick. Only one slight surprise/downside: cash only, no credit cards. We would definitely go... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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80 reviews 80 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

tucked in the middle of a strip of stores, including a Dunkin Donuts (which provides the free wi-fi), is this little gem of a pub. Clean and fresh decorations make it different from the start. Finding Old Speckled Hen on tap was a rarity! The lamb burger was amazing - full of fat and flavour - just like it should... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I was taken here for a birthday celebration and was BEYOND impressed. Although this is a "Pub" (with exceptional Guinness) the food is high quality and authentic and the atmosphere warm and welcoming, yet classy. Our waitress was attentive, yet never tried to rush our courses or our conversations. I had salmon on a bead of lentils and curried cauliflower... More

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We used to live in the Brookline neighborhood nine years ago and always enjoyed the pub food and beer. We were back recently and the food was even better. This is not chicken wings and hamburgers but a lamb steak burger that melted in your mouth and the fresh plump mussels that my wife had. The food has gotten better... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We've been going here for years. Many tings haven't changed at all--soda bread, fish'n'chips. It's a very relaxed atmosphere--there's energy, but not chaos. You can find what you want whatever mood you're in--full-course gastro-pub dinners, or a smaller meal of just "bar bites," or just order a sandwich. Or just sit at the bar and have a beer. ...the most... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

A friend of mine had some business in Brookline. We wanted to find something great, but casual. We found it at Matt Murphy's. When I called to make a reservation, I knew that this was a real pub - great food reviews aside. The person on the other line sounded real Irish (I'm half, and have spent a great deal... More

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Toronto, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We went to Matt Murphy's for our wedding anniversary while staying in Brookline. We were attracted by the selection of local craft beers, and the menu which includes numerous seafood dishes. We started with an appetizer off the bar plate menu featuring salt cod and potatoes whipped with loads of butter and cream - PURE BLISS! My husband had the... More

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Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We've been regulars at Matt Murphy's for years. It's a great local pub where they're pouring our drinks before we've even ordered. Service is especially good when Siobhan, the owner is around - she really knows how to make you feel welcome. Can be a bit more haphazard the rest of the time, and some of our friends balk at... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

This was the second time our family shared Sunday morning Irish breakfast. We started with bloody Mary's which were great. Most of us ordered the Irish Breakfast which included blood sausage, Irish sausage, country bacon, skinny sausages, great scrambled eggs, then along side were about 3 or 4 different grilled veggies. It's impossible to eat it all but we all... More

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