Houlihan's - Champaign

4.4
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271 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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. Our convenient location on the University of Illinois campus (close to Vet Med, ACES, Geis College of Business and College of Law), and adjacent to University of Illinois Research Park and the State Farm Center, makes this the perfect location for dining out. Sunday Brunch, daily specials, and live music are just a few things you'll come to love.
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrendaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their patio is very pleasant. You are completely surrounded by greenery so you do not see traffic nor hear it. The server allowed us time to have a very relaxing dinner, yet she was attentive to our needs.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff. All following health guidlelines. Fast friendly service.

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MaryS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere.
The staff was careful about sanitation and made me feel at ease.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that the patio is back open!!!

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OliviaW
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Highly recommend the spicy cauliflower.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scratch prepared food at a good price! My wife and I would recommend it to anyone who likes that sort of thing.

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AmyC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a really nice experience! The food was good, the service was a bit faster than it usually is. Overall, I was happy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious!

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We had reservations and there were plenty of open tables, but the hostess seemed to have a hard time sitting us. Waitress was ok, maybe just needs more experience. Food was good, not excellent. Free parking for All State Arena event if you dine there.

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Urbandweller
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

First time I've eaten here and not been happy. The food was unappetizing in presentation and the taste was bland. The salad looked like it had been sitting in the fridge too long. Although my scallops were well prepared the risotto had no flavor, unlike when I have ordered it in the past. The restaurant was practically empty and yet service was slow. It took 15 minutes to get our change after waiting 20 minutes for the bill. I will still recommend it as I hope this was just and off night.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dumplings were good as expected. The Korean chicken was decent, but the pineapple rice with it was the best part.

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vipBenC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Cold chicken nachos. Wrap was brittle and dry with absolutely no flavor.

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Mell
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

It wasn’t a bad experience, but not good either. Our server was not knowledgeable about any drinks and kept coming back to let us know they were out of many of the alcohols and couldn’t make what we were requesting. They were drinks listed on their menu, not special items.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was just the right atmosphere for catching up with friends. We had a booth which made conversation easy. Wait staff was attentive but not interrupting.

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Sandra
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I very much enjoyed the venue. I did order the apple pie dessert one night via room service. That was such a treat! So delicious. The staff and food was very good.
Sandra

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ShellyG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After we were seated we waited for 15 mins and we not greeted at all. So we ended up leaving. I would say the restaurant was about 1/4 full at that time.

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MarcR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect late night dinner after an Illini basketball win!

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JayL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food taste like they are straight from a pre made frozen box. Beer list is not up today. Will never go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Food, wine, location. Nice wait staff and pretty restaurant.

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jeffr
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Went there for a business dinner on a Friday night and was only offered a "special events" menu, which was extremely limited, not to mention disappointing. Like the place a lot, but this should be made clear somehow up front when a person is deciding where to go.

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vipAppreciategoodfood
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting on the outside patio with live music and great food to celebrate my birthday — loved it!

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SharonH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was very good and service was good. Amplifier way too loud for performer and space. Unable to talk over the music. Setting is lovely.

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DavidM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great steak dinner and ended with dessert. All was delicious!

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SteveB
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table to celebrate our anniversary. We arrived early and enjoyed a glass of wine at the bar. We were seated at one of the private booths on the elevated floor and were treated like celebrities. Dinner was fantastic. We ordered house salads which are now served on shredded lettuce with delicious vegetables. The entrees arrived on time and not while we finished our salads. That is a first class touch. Our server suggested the hot fudge brownie desert. WOW what a great choice. A mountain of ice cream and whipped cream topped with crushed heath bar arrived for desert. It is a must.
Great job. Best meal in town at a great value.

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osusnoopy
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The service was absolutely horrible but I believe they were extremely short-staffed for a July 4th party. Our server had 10+ tables and simply could not keep up.

Also, do not order the potstickers unless you like extremely spicy food.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would have preferred soup served before my entree, not with it, but the soup was good. Sauces with calamari were not the best match--maybe cocktail sauce instead of marinara? But I had the filet-- cooked and seasoned perfectly. And I enjoyed the Orange Crush drink. Very accommodating to those of us dining before the fireworks show.

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vipJules
Indiana
16 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service on this 4th of July!!

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Chuck
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, big improvement. The last visit was only average, food was not that great. Keep improving, we enjoy the music from the bands.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Convenient to U if I athletic complexes. Great place to meet for a business lunch. Service was fast and very good!

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KevinA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Not much of a choice for brunch. Waiting for food was long. Bacon was cold. French toast was just warm.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

two moms and four adult children went out for dinner. the food was delicious. our service was wonderful. we will definitely recommend it to friends and go again when we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I most appreciated the friendly and courteous service. All 4 in our party loved every bite served. We had ample space around us. I would have liked cushioned chairs instead of hard wood.

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WayneD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The other parts requested that we repeat the same reservation next month. We was a great evening.

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DannyW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Good service, but they overcooked my steak. Nice outdoor environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly staff, prompt preparation of our order for 7 and our server even took time to take s couple pics and congratulate our son on his graduation!

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PCKY
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleased to find a restaurant for Easter with a sit down menu rather than a buffet which would have been crowded and difficult with children. Our server , Chloe, was efficient and kind and patient. The menu was a nice mix. The food was prepared well, unfortunately my french toast was luke warm and the wait time for our meals was a bit long considering at that time of the morning the restaurant was only 1/3 full. Drink prices a bit steep. We had a good experience, maybe not excellent. We will return.

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vipGoodphillybeer
Cincinnati
33 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Surprisingly great food, really good prices. No complaints, will be back.

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NancyA
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great food and a quiet atmosphere so we could catch up with our friends (group of six). Very enjoyable evening!

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LeslieR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Excellent food, everyone was satisfied with their meals. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. The menu has a wide variety too.

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