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Houlihan's - Champaign

4.6
4.6
278 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar features a vibrant atmosphere and irresistible American cuisine. Located directly south of the State Farm Center and on the main floor of the I Hotel and Illinois Conference Center, this contemporary restaurant in Champaign includes an energetic dining room, bustling bar, and cozy outdoor patio to dine al fresco during warmer weather.

Offering delicious appetizers, exceptional entrées, and decadent desserts, our diverse selections are exclusively prepared from scratch using the highest quality ingredients to satisfy your cravings.

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Booked 3 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (217) 819-5005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ana Becerril Hernandez

  • Neighborhood

    Champaign

  • Cross street

    St Marys

  • Parking details

    Located on the south east corner of 1st and St. Marys.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Menu

Appetizer

  • Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna*$11.45

    thai chile glaze, wasabi mayo, asian slaw

    Entrées

    • Triple Decker Grilled Cheese**$13.00

      smoked gouda, herb cream cheese, pimento cheese spread, roasted mushrooms, oven dried tomatoes, roasted poblano, herb butter-toasted artisan bread, choice of side

      • Butternut Squash Pasta**$13.45

        campanelle pasta tossed in pumpkin cream sauce, roasted butternut squash, spinach, sage, parmesan cheese

        • Char-Crusted Ahi Tuna Salad* ***$15.45

          cashews, banana chips, carrots, scallions, cilantro, wontons, banana-ginger vinaigrette; (undressed 640 cal | dressing +275 cal); small (undressed 425 cal)

          • Small$13.45
        • Down Home Pot Roast$15.75

          red wine gravy, honest gold mashers, homestyle vegetables

          Dessert

          • Best Ever Apple Pie***$6.45

            walnut streusel and caramel topping, vanilla ice cream

            Last updated: October 6, 2021

            What 278 people are saying

            Overall ratings and reviews

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            4.6
            4.6 based on recent ratings
            • 4.5Food
            • 4.6Service
            • 4.6Ambience
            • 4.5Value

            NoiseModerate

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            1. SH

              SherrillH

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined 6 days ago

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              We were here for a day long seminar. We didn’t want to leave the building, it was raining, so we decided to make reservations. We arrived at our designated time and we were immediately seated. Waitress was right there to take our drink order. Drinks brought to table and we ordered food. Food was very good! We will visit again!!

            2. CD

              CaseyD

              Denver

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on October 7, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great gathering place, Rebecca server excellent!!!

            3. SW

              SarahW

              Chicago

              14 reviews

              vip
              4.0

              14 reviews

              Dined on September 23, 2021

              overall4food3service4ambience4

              Overall this was a sad experience as this Houlihans seems to be on the edge of closure. The menu was reduced to less than a third of what we are used to at the Naperville location. The hours have been reduced significantly here also. We just moved to the area and we’re excited to know one of our favorite places would be near. Unfortunately this location wasn’t serving any of our favorites anymore.

            4. M

              Moltebene

              Chicago

              26 reviews

              vip
              3.0

              26 reviews

              Dined on September 9, 2021

              overall3food4service2ambience3

              Thw music Anika Nims was way too loud and she would not reduce her volume. When she would finish a song I will clap because I can hear again otherwise I could never hear anybody at my table. It took a long time to get waited on and service was slow but once it came service was good. Our waitress was good I think it was just short of staff. I came for the music but left early because of it.

            5. CB

              CindyB

              Atlanta

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on August 25, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              We ate outside and the service was excellent. As always, the food was great.

            6. TS

              TomS

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on August 3, 2021

              overall4food4service5ambience5

              Great chance to have a wonderful meal on a beautiful summer evening with great friends. Had such a good time!

            7. CD

              CaseyD

              Denver

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on July 13, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Waitperson, Rebecca, awesome! Great food, nice ambiance

            8. CG

              CindyG

              Chicago

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on June 18, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Bekah, our server, was very busy but she was very attentive to the needs of everyone. She was friendly and professional. Excellent service!

            9. SS

              ShirleyS

              Chicago

              9 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              9 reviews

              Dined on June 2, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Wait staff is very attentive. Food arrives on time and at the right temperature.

            10. DD

              DebD

              Chicago

              10 reviews

              4.0

              10 reviews

              Dined on April 3, 2021

              overall4food4service4ambience4

              Good food and service. Only disappointment was that the menu was too limited.

            11. n

              nanahr

              Chicago

              4 reviews

              5.0

              4 reviews

              Dined on November 12, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Wonderful service, food was delicious, staff was very accomadating.

            12. TP

              TrudyP

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on October 22, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              This was the first time my friends and I dined at a restaurant since January and we had a perfectly lovely time. We all felt safe and comfortable and the food and service were terrific. It was an altogether fantastic evening!

            13. A

              Appreciategoodfood

              Chicago

              11 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              11 reviews

              Dined on September 8, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great atmosphere to celebrate my birthday and enjoy awesome food/service!

            14. DM

              DavidM

              Chicago

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on August 22, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great place to eat. Patio is nicely shaded and tables are not close. Always have had a great meal. Wait staff is friendly and efficient. Will return again!

            15. MB

              MatthewB

              Chicago

              1 review

              2.0

              1 review

              Dined on August 19, 2020

              overall2food4service2ambience3

              Dinner of 4. We were all served our meal between 5-10 minutes apart. Shouldn’t meals be served together ? Or ask the customer if the meals could be served 5-10 minutes apart. I also was served coffee and waited 8 minutes for cream and sugar. Server always courteous but in my eyes not good service

            16. D

              Decaturgal

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on August 18, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Beautiful outdoor dining area. Always great food and menu.

            17. BS

              BrendaS

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on August 11, 2020

              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.

            18. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Chicago

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on July 14, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

            19. MS

              MaryS

              1 review

              5.0

              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.

            20. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Chicago

              3 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on June 17, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              So happy that the patio is back open!!!

            21. OW

              OliviaW

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on March 6, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great food! Highly recommend the spicy cauliflower.

            22. DB

              DavidB

              1 review

              5.0

              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.

            23. AC

              AmyC

              Chicago

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on February 2, 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.

            24. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Chicago

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on February 1, 2020

              overall5food5service4ambience5

              The food was delicious!

            25. MP

              MikeP

              1 review

              3.0

              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.

            26. U

              Urbandweller

              Chicago

              8 reviews

              2.0

              8 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.

            27. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Chicago

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on January 26, 2020

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Restaurant week!

            28. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              4.0

              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.

            29. BC

              BenC

              Chicago

              9 reviews

              vip
              2.0

              9 reviews

              Dined on December 28, 2019

              overall2food1service4ambience3

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

            30. M

              Mell

              Chicago

              6 reviews

              2.0

              6 reviews

              Dined on December 15, 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.

            31. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              5.0

              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.

            32. S

              Sandra

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on November 14, 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

            33. SG

              ShellyG

              1 review

              1.0

              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.

            34. MR

              MarcR

              Chicago

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on November 2, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Perfect late night dinner after an Illini basketball win!

            35. JL

              JayL

              Chicago

              1 review

              3.0

              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.

            36. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              St. Louis

              3 reviews

              5.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on October 19, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

            37. j

              jeffr

              Phoenix

              2 reviews

              2.0

              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.

            38. A

              Appreciategoodfood

              Chicago

              12 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              12 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!

            39. SH

              SharonH

              1 review

              3.0

              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.

            40. DM

              DavidM

              Chicago

              3 reviews

              5.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on August 10, 2019

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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            Houlihan's - Champaign is rated 4.6 stars by 278 OpenTable diners

            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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            Booked 3 times today
            Google Map for Houlihan's - Champaign

            1902 South First Street Champaign, IL 61820

            • Cross street

              St Marys

            • Neighborhood

              Champaign

            • Hours of operation

              Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm
              Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
              Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

            • Cuisines

              American, Steakhouse, Cocktail Bar

            • Dining style

              Casual Elegant

            • Dress code

              Casual Dress

            • Parking details

              Located on the south east corner of 1st and St. Marys.

            • Payment options

              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

            • Executive chef

              Ana Becerril Hernandez

            • Additional

              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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