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“Dependably Good Food and Service” 4 of 5 stars
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Murphy's Grill
288 E Ellendale Ave, Dallas, OR 97338
(503) 623-1211
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Ranked #6 of 28 Restaurants in Dallas
Cuisines: American
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Salem, Oregon
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Dependably Good Food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We enjoy the beautiful drive from Salem to Dallas for dinner at Murphy's Grill, and have eaten there a number of times. This time, one of us ordered the salmon with blackberry sauce and the other ordered a N.Y. steak so that we could share and enjoy both. Dinner began with a large green salad which tasted very fresh and included some cucumbers. The bread was warm and delicious. The steak was cooked as we asked and was very tender and moist with a nice seasoning on it. The salmon portion was small, but delicious. We both commented on the fresh cooked seasonal vegetables, something more expensive restaurants sometimes fail to provide. We opted for the day's special dessert, cocoanut cream pie and split the mini-pie. A nice touch was small pieces of toasted almonds on top of the whipped cream. Food was served prompty. All questions were answered and boxes cheerfully provided to take some food home.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carson City, NV
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Friendly Cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Good food. very friendly we eat here each time we visit WOU. They offer a pretty good variety of meals as well.

Visited October 2013
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Morgan Hill, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

We had a dinner and a lunch at Murphy's. The food and service were very good in each instance. The menu is varied and there is a full bar. There were a lot of locals in the place which I always take as a good sign.

Visited October 2013
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Dallas, Oregon
Top Contributor
300 reviews 300 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
190 helpful votes 190 helpful votes
“Too many misses ...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Well, our latest visit to Murphy's Grill -- after an absence of quite some time -- did nothing to encourage us to return more often. We were looking for a light supper so we ordered a couple of hearty apps and margaritas. Service was friendly and prompt, our questions were (mostly) answered and we had no complaints in this department.
The food? Barely OK. The popcorn shrimp was, I'm guessing, a box of frozen SeaPak (on sale at Safeway for $5) that had no seasoning and served with bottled cocktail sauce. Kitchen took the easy way out on this one. Our quesadilla used what appeared to be a cheap-quality mozzarella and a smidgeon of green onion and either chopped green pepper or green chiles -- couldn't really tell as there was no heat and little flavor. What the quesadilla did have was a lot of grease that dripped from the corners and puddled on the plate. It could have been so much better with just a little effort. Perhaps a combo of shredded sharp cheddar and pepperjack or a nice Mexican cojita cheese. Substitute grilled onions, spicier green chiles and a housemade salsa or chopped tomatoes and we would have been much happier.
Our margaritas were way too sweet, thanks to the use of a bottled mix rather than freshly squeezed lime juice. A quality margarita MUST use the fresh juice, along with quality tequila and Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Triple sec will do in a pinch, but the better liqueur makes a world of difference. My wife couldn't drink her margarita so ordered her standard Tanqueray and tonic as a replacement. Not good either -- a bit light on the gin... To her credit, our server took off the charge for one of the margaritas (without being asked), so more cudos in the service department. But sadly, dot sure when (or if) we'll be returning.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Meridian, Idaho
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“An OK restaurant in Dallas, OR”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

My husband and I often use reviews to book hotels and meals. Most of the time we agree fully with the current reviews. However this restaurant did not meet the exceptional standard in our book. The service was very slow. My Fiesta salad was average. My husband had the cod fish and chips and they were very greasy. Since we do not live in the area we will not be back to try it again with the hope it may have been a off night.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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