An old California mining town with a rich history, Murphys boasts a variety of fine restaurants with great wine lists. Situated in the Sierra Foothills, Murphys occupies only 10 square miles and houses just 2,200 residents. Still, it is a popular tourist destination. Visitors come to enjoy the vineyards, dining, cultural events, scenic natural beauty, and a stay at a Murphys bed and breakfast. Plenty of the local restaurants offer a selection of locally produced wines and chef-inspired menus. Whatever cuisine you crave, this charming locale will please your appetite.
Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant
Established during the Gold Rush days, Murphys Historic Hotel and Restaurant is a must on your itinerary. Menus change on a seasonal basis while the wine list is nothing short of impressive. House specialties, pasta dishes, seafood, and steaks can be paired with exquisite wines from California and elsewhere, ordered by the glass or bottle. Among the featured wines are local Cabernets such as Boyle McDonald of Napa Valley, Black Sheep of Calaveras and Two Angels of Sonoma Valley. Unique whites and blush wines include Tanner Doux Rose and Bunting Marsanne.
V Restaurant Bar and Bistro
For freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, look no further than V Restaurant Bar and Bistro situated on Main Street in Murphys. Serving lunch and dinner in a casually elegant atmosphere, the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday, while the bistro is open seven days a week. Either way, you’ll enjoy a list of wines that includes whites like Newsome-Harlow and reds like Stevenot, both from Murphys vineyards. There’s also a full bar with beer, spirits and craft cocktails.
At Grounds Restaurant, also on Murphys’ Main Street, lunch is available daily and dinner is served every Wednesday through Sunday. Specializing in gourmet farm-to-table cuisine, Grounds offers diners a renowned wine list and a full bar. Making the famous list are local favorites such as Irish Family Vineyards’ petite syrah from Lodi and 37th Parallel Wines’ Grenache rosé from Paso Robles.
Alchemy Market and Wine Bar
With its casual ambiance, Alchemy Market and Wine Bar in Murphys is a first-rate place for lunch or dinner every day, except Wednesday when it closes. With its chic vintage décor, Alchemy provides a comfortable setting in which to enjoy farm-fresh comfort food paired with a selection of area wines. Sip stellar Chardonnays including Four Winds, Indian Rock and Stevenot Reserve or barberas such as La Folia and Chiarella—all produced in the Sierra Foothills.