Houlihan's - Champaign
Houlihan's - Champaign

Houlihan's - Champaign

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houlihans.com/
  • Phone: (217) 819-5005
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Everyday: 7:00am - 10:59am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:59pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Joel Gieseke
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: St Marys
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Located on the south east corner of 1st and St. Marys.
A word from Houlihan's - Champaign
Everybody deserves delicious. We go to great lengths to make dishes from scratch, in-house every day. From homemade soups and dressings to fresh baked breads and desserts, we mean fresh you can truly taste.
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Houlihan's - Champaign reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.2
  • Food3.4
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (5)fit for foodies (3)good for groups (3)romantic (2)great for outdoor dining (1)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)neighborhood gem (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Houlihan's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We met another couple for dinner on Monday nite. The staff was friendly and our waiter was very good and checked in on us through out the nite. Not a big crowd--more at the bar. The food is good--not outstanding. Out of the four of us 3 ordered the specials. Everyone liked what they ordered. It is a nice place for lunch--been there often. Nice place for our area and sure that the people staying at the hotel have a place in the building for drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    potsonpans
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    houlihan's is a great restaurant near campus. It has great servers, a nice atmosphere and most of all great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't Impressed
    HardtopleaseVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I am rarely in Champaign, but the place looked interesting. Nice atmosphere but the experience is not worth going back for. Went for a Sunday Brunch and the place was almost empty. It took a while to flag down someone even to get seated. The food was average and the coffee was only warm.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service is severely lacking
    Jess
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    want to love this place. food is decent. service is terrible. no one is ever at the host stand. servers are not attentive and poorly trained.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Next level
    foodie51
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food looked good, ambiance was romantic, the service was better than good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not crowded
    Bangforthebuck
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I liked the broad menu but the quality of the food was mediocre, the drinks nothing special....the environment classy....they need to find new chefs!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 104 reviews are from the Houlihan's - Champaign reviews archive.
  • Nice evening dinner
    Foodies
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was an excellent choice for a nice dinner. My wife had the stuffed chicken breast, I had the scallops and risotto. Both dishes were very good, large portions, well prepared, and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great lunch
    Lovesfood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great wait staff at lunch! The food was excellent and served in timely fashion. The waiter promptly refilled water and tea too
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet Saturday Night
    Susan
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This restaurant is next to the I hotel/conference center. I don't usually think of eating here on the weekend and it appeared no one else does either. There were only a couple of other tables occupied when we arrived at 7:20pm. My niece and I both had soups, mine was french onion and hers was chicken tortilla. Both were excellent! We both had steak, mine was the 4oz. pettite center-cut filet and hers was the 5oz. prime sirloin, again both were excellent, cooked and seasoned perfectly. If you live in the Champaign, Urbana, Savoy area then I highly recommend this place on a Saturday evening. BTW, save room for dessert! The creme' brulee and bourbon pecan pie were delightful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced Undervalue
    Ymmik0484
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I was pretty disappointed in the servings for the prices, and the price for a bottle of beer was ridiculous to me... I understand it is supposed to be an uppity dinning experience however I was just not impressed... and the waiter was just to eager to take away our plates when we were not even finished yet... the best part of our dinning was after dinner when a different waiter served us drinks on the Patio.. his name as Nate and he was a lot of fun and very outgoing!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • flight of martinis!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    we were celebrating graduation with my daughter. the flight of martinis was just the ticket!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    PlainFun
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We found the place great. As always. It is a favorite of my wife and I. She loves the fish tacos. It is the only place she orders then in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing brunch
    Traveler
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Made reservations for Easter breakfast. Very small buffet included burnt scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, very thick pancakes, small bowl of fruit, store bought pastries, ran out if fresh muffins.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun location - when there's no game
    PaulincAshburnVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Across the parking lots from the Fighting Illini stadiums, Houlihan's is a good choice when there aren't crowds to contend with. Our food did not come out hot from the kitchen, but was otherwise very good.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    Bingo
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Consistently have a good experience at Houlihans....good food, nice wait staff, pricing OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice for Champaign Dining
    Geaux93
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Went with a small group, including a job applicant from out of town, to close out a day of interviews. Nice place to drink, eat and talk casually. Great drink selection and lots of food choices. Food and drinks were good. Also got to watch a hockey game. Recommended for a casual night out with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service dissatisfied
    dissatisfied
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    When we arrive although we had reservations our table was not ready. The hostess that serviced us had a bad attitude. There were not enough place settings at the table. Several of our drinks had unknown particles floating in them as if the glasses had not been washed properly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location is great for U of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Location is great for U of I and it was understandably packed before a game. We understood the wait for food but all food was delivered only slightly warm and in fact parts were cool.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I and her parents
    illinijimbo68VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    My wife and I and her parents have eaten here many times, and have usually been very happy with the experience. Our most recent experience, however, was not that good. My wife's entree was surprisingly dissimilar to previous versions of this entree. The "panko-crusted fried shrimp" were literally ⅓ the size of previous iterations. The Tuscan bean salad was a mere shadow of its former self, with uninteresting greens and soaked with oil.The grilled salmon BLT, whose menu description was meticulous in describing the adornments, arrived with shaved red onions, something I definitely had checked the menu for and did not want. The whole experience was peculiar. I'll chalk this one up to a bad night in the kitchen unless it happens again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food overall was great, the macaroni was a bit disappointing but everything else I ordered was amazing. The service was quick and perfect and I've already recommended this place to people!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Making Reservations are Pointless
    JustinVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    I made reservations via Open Table for Houlihan's about 1 week in advance. When arriving to Houlihan's, my party arrived at the time of our reservation. However, the staff seemed very unorganized. I checked in with the hostess and they said we'd be seated shortly. Abour 25 minutes later, after everyone else waiting without reservations had been seated, we were informed they were cleaning our table now. When we asked the hostess why there was a 25 minute delay from when our reservation was initially, they just said "sorry, it's a really busy night.". I feel like that was an awful excuse for why I was not seated at the proper time. Additionally, the restaurant staff did absolutely nothing to compensate for the late service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent long islands
    Eveningout42
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Had a nice evening out with my wife and another couple. Good service decent prices and the long islands were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice option for a night out
    eiugrad1996
    Dined on 9/19/2013
     My husband ordered a burger and said it was very good. I ordered the small entree of seared scallops which was a much smaller portion thanI expected. We ordered the small appetizer of spinich dip and chips which was very good snd larger than expected. There was a special on Martinis the night we went so we each had one, both were good. We each had a dessert also. Portions were small but they were good and the price wasnt bad. We ended up eating for anout $45, which was pretty good since we had an appetizer, both had drinks, entrees and dessert. Since it is so close to the Assembly Hall we just left our car in the lot and walked over which saved us some money. Will definately go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Houlihan's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Good food BUT our service was lousy. Our waitress seemed like she didn't want to be there. She was late taking our order,brought us silverware when we asked for it when our meals arrived and i declined a second cocktail after i waited till dinner was almost over before she told me she forgot and if i still wanted it. The food was good and maybe she was just having a bad day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu change?
    Martha
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    We ordered our usual choice, wedge salad and steak. The waitress asked how we wanted the steaks cooked, medium well and medium. When they were brought to the table, they were both cooked the same. Not good. No polenta croutons. Not good. Very little dressing on the half of head of lettuce. The waitress had a very group at another table. We waited for about fifteen minutes aft the food was delivered for her to return. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    02zo6guy
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Highly recommend this restaurant. Very good food and service. Chicken tortilla soup was amazing as was my entree salad which had sliced bananas in it, a first for me. Other members of my party enjoyed the fish tacos and chicken quesadillas. Mojitos were awesome also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoor patio great & food is good
    JimC
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    We've visited a number of times for work and non-work related events and the food has always been good, with colorful presentation, and the staff is always helpful and attentive. We love the outdoor patio area. It's a soft, welcoming design that makes a person want to just stay and hangout out, and the inside is nicely designed as well. We are designing our home landscaping based on some things we like on your patio. Prices are reasonable. We've always had good experiences here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I thought I was making a reservation for father's day brunch but it turned out to be lunch instead.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrated Graduation
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We almost always dine at Houlihan's when visiting UofI. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent. We dined late after the graduation and you could tell the staff was getting tired but they were still attentive. I would recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food, good variety
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    I've been to Houlihan's a few times now and have always enjoyed the food there. This time I shared the 'shrooms and chicken/avocado eggroll appetizers with a friend, and they were excellent. I had the steak, baked potato, and steamed broccoli, which were all very yummy also. There's a wide variety of choices in food and drink. The server did come and go very quickly, often before we could all order what we wanted, so that was a little annoying. Also, although the live music was good, it made it a bit harder for our book club conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast not their forte
    thatOneGuy
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    Go to Houlihan's for lunch, go for dinner, skip the breakfast.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed some healthy vegetarian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Enjoyed some healthy vegetarian options while in town for the Illinois Marathon. Nice place tucked into a hotel / conference center - probably sees a lot of partying during events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Before a show
    JFW2
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    This gem was selected because of its proximity to the Assembly Hall. The food was great with a good selection. Excellent service. A great place before a game or show!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was mom's weekend so it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    It was mom's weekend so it was crowded but our service was terrible. The server was rude and sweating profusely because the sun streams through the west facing windows. We had to put menus on top of our booth to block the sun.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They had a big crowd that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    They had a big crowd that day. Probably more than they could handle. We had to wait an hour for our food. Other tables that arrived after us seemed to get served before us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The food was very good, and the waitress very helpful with making suggestions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While their new breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    While their new breakfast menu was missing some of my past favorites, the food was good and the service for our group of 12 was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was great. Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Everything was great. Table was ready when we arrived. Waitperson gave helpful suggestions regarding menu and her recommendation were right on target. Everyone enjoyed their meal and wait staff were attentive throughout.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun! Fun! Fun!
    Normalites
    Dined on 2/7/2013
    The petite filet is delicious!! We had good service even though the place was packed. Great place to go before or after the game!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had my booth ready in a quiet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    Had my booth ready in a quiet spot as requested. Even though the place was crowded and busy I was able to hear my guest during our conversation over a lovely lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic