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Houlihan's - Champaign, Champaign, IL

Houlihan's - Champaign

4.4
4.4
296 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Steakhouse, Cocktail Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (217) 819-5005
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Zach Bronson
  • Catering
    Whether you're planning a corporate event, wedding, or private party, we've got you covered with our extensive catering menu. Contact us today to learn more about our catering services and to start planning your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    With a variety of options, we would be happy to host your next event. From rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, to happy hours, contact us for your next event!
  • Private party contact
    Christina Kurowski: (217) 819-5005
  • Neighborhood
    Champaign
  • Cross street
    South First Street and St. Marys
  • Parking details
    Located on the south east corner of 1st and St. Marys.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • Live in the Lounge Live Music

    Jan 25 - Mar 28, 2024
    Live music with local artists ranging from pop, acoustic, jazz and classical, every Thursday from 6-8 PM.

What 296 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

295 Reviews
  1. Ameah

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was just okay. Server very quiet and never came back to check on us.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was fantastic as was the food. The manager came over and checked us a few times and even brought us champagne to celebrate our 25th anniversary. The waitress was knowledgeable and very sweet. The food was delicious as usual. We love coming here and usually can't afford it, but since it was such a special occasion we splurged and I'm glad we did. An enjoyable night was had by all. Thanks so much for the wonderful night.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food but not great atmosphere. Someone started vacuuming next to us while we were still eating so it was kinda disruptive.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Assuming new waiter. Appetizer ordered incorrectly, came out wrong. Waiter Forgot drinks. New appetizer pork pot stickers came out rushed, was slightly cold. Meals came out with cold meat and dirty silverware, new food came out 20 minutes later with less portions. Overall bland food, and overpriced.

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  5. Appreciategoodfood

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great from their Restaurant Week menu, and it was fun to celebrate this wonderful occasion for our community with a 4-course meal!

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  6. Ashl

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly waitstaff. Service was a bit slow, but they were very busy.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on January 29, 2024
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review of Houlihan's! We are thrilled to hear that you had a positive experience and enjoyed our food and service. We hope to see you again soon at Houlihan's, and please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to make your next visit even better. Thank you again for choosing Houlihan's and for sharing your experience with us and others.

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  7. DawnS

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff was exceptional. Hostess was lovely and helpful. Haley was delightful and hard-working. However the food was over cooked and not hot when it arrived. Had the feeling the kitchen was understaffed.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quality food, well prepared, and at a great value. Friendly and prompt service in a warm and welcoming atmosphere! Well done.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on November 17, 2023
    Thank you for your review of Houlihan's! We are thrilled to hear that you had a positive experience and enjoyed our food and service. We hope to see you again soon at Houlihan's, and please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything we can do to make your next visit even better. Thank you again for choosing Houlihan's!

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  9. MarkS

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was awful but the bartender/server was nice.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on September 20, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent experience at Houlihan's. We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit with us and that we fell short of your expectations. Please know that your comments have been shared with our entire team, including our chefs and servers, so that we can address the issues you encountered and take immediate corrective measures. We are committed to providing our guests with delicious food, prompt service, and a welcoming atmosphere, and we will work diligently to ensure that we consistently deliver on those promises. We hope that you will give us another opportunity to make things right and exceed your expectations in the future.

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  10. CapSerious

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Waiter was awesome!!! Food very good. Atmosphere pleasant.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on April 18, 2023
    Thank you for your 5-star review! We're glad that you've enjoyed your meal with us and we hope to welcome you again soon!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the shrooms appetizer! We also had the French onion soup, and salads which were all very good!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I ordered the southwest chicken wrap. I expected the wrap to be warm - maybe similar to a Buffalo chicken wrap - but it was cold. The fries were good, and the French onion soup was good. Our server was awkward and not attentive.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on March 13, 2023
    Dear guest, I appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your experience in our restaurant. On behalf of Houlihan's, I am deeply sorry to read that your expectations were not reached for your dining experience with us. Our guest's feedback is highly valued as is the only tool we have to continue to improve our service. Thank you for your review and we hope to welcome you again soon.

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  13. Appreciategoodfood

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dining experience during Champaign County Restaurant Week!

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  14. AndrewT

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for opening night of restaurant week - 6:15 reservation -2 of the 3 dessert options were already unavailable. Problems with the bills. Had to ask waitress for drink refills. Overall, I would give this trip to a usually reliable restaurant a “C” or 2.5/5. Just kind of in the middle for everything. Not terrible, but not great.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great host and waiter. Thanks!
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on January 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review! We're happy to see you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon.

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  16. RichardL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice place to go when students are away. Potato soup is awesome! Burgers are among the best.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on January 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review, Richard, we're happy to see you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon.

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  17. Cartwright

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Very average to below average food. Ordered the steak and asparagus and they were very salty. Salad looked like they opened a bag and threw it on a plate. Will not be back here.
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on January 27, 2023
    Dear Cartwright, I appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your experience in our restaurant. On behalf of Houlihan's, I am deeply sorry to read that your expectations were not reached for your dining experience with us. Our guest's feedback is highly valued as is the only tool we have to continue to improve our service. I am disappointed to know that this was not accomplished with you and I would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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  18. Ricardo

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiet atmosphere. Diverse menu. Superb service. Easy parking. What’s not to like?
    Houlihan's - ChampaignResponded on January 27, 2023
    Thank you for your review, Ricardo, we're happy to see you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you back soon.

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  19. Cathyr2

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed Houlihan's for lunch. It was a quiet afternoon so we were immediately seated. Our waiter was such a nice young man! Easy listening music in the background was a cool touch. My friends had the fish tacos and they loved them! My hamburger and fries was very good too. I will definitely return and try dinner time next time!

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  20. Appreciategoodfood

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Asian Chop Chop salad was great!!

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  21. ChicagoAreaFoodFan

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They were very accommodating with us & our pup! We will be back!!!

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  22. AnnK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely patio for outdoor dining, good menu selection, wait staff attentive but not intrusive

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  23. NathanH

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! The cleanliness, the patience of the waitress, and the amazing food all stood out. Will absolutely go back.

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  24. Moltebene

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good. Service was great. Will definitely come back again.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very attentive and did an outstanding job at communicating what was going on with our order. We got everything super quickly, and everything was fantastic! The portions are the perfect size if you like to take food home for later, especially if you want to try a couple things at once. Everyone on staff is super helpful and the service is great. Highly recommend if you want a good meal for a good price.

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  26. Cynthia

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish tacos were wonderful as were the stuffed mushrooms! So delicious with that horseradish sauce! Pure heaven! Cannot say enough about how professional and attentive the wait staff was. Very nice evening.

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  27. nanahr

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I met two dear friends, one from out of state for lunch. The waiter was gave us the space needed, attentive but not hovering.

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  28. JimH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is good always. Menu is updated so fresh selections are available.

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  29. TimH

    San Diego

    173 reviews

    4.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tried out the new spring menu at Houlihan’s and enjoyed it. Pricing seems to have become more reasonable on drinks and a few different items.

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  30. Moltebene

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Houlihan's is always a good place to go eat in Champaign-Urbana.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    While I understand there was a concert, and restaurant was busy, but you knew it would be, and should have staffed accordingly. Never got our food, because we would have been late for concert. I normally have good experiences here, otherwise.

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  32. kermit7

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was very nice and attentive. The food was fine.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Moms weekend

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  34. Jjmf

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very dry and overcooked. The filet and chicken. The menu is very small and the waitress was lovely but they didn’t have enough staff so my tea didn’t arrive until we were done eating.

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  35. LauraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dinner at Houlihan’s. Good service, great Old Fashions, and the always delicious Asian Chop Chop Salad.

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  36. Viking

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Some of the food was tasty - hot, crispy fries. Tender asparagus. Generous amount of bleu cheese on the salad. Service was fine, if a bit slow. It took 25-30 minutes for our entrees to come to the table even though the restaurant was not busy. But the main attraction - the steaks - were quite poor. Both were lukewarm in temperature when they came to the table. Ordered medium rare, mine was medium to medium-well. It tasted charred, rather than seared. I only ate about half of it, as it wasn't very good. Also ordered medium-rare, my wife's steak was rare. There are better restaurants nearby, and I would not return.

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  37. Appreciategoodfood

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a great dinner in a laid back atmosphere!

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  38. Mark

    Louisville

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited menu but tasty and well prepared. Inexperienced server but good effort. Nice ambience, classy but not over the top.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pre game for Illinois Basketball

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  40. CapSerious

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Vanessa was outstanding .....food okay, not up to usual quality....very loud of old people next to us, hard to hear across the table.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Houlihan's - Champaign offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (217) 819-5005.

Houlihan's - Champaign is rated 4.4 stars by 296 OpenTable diners.

Houlihan's - Champaign does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Houlihan's - Champaign

1902 South First Street, Champaign, IL 61820

Additional information

  • Cross street
    South First Street and St. Marys
  • Neighborhood
    Champaign
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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
    Zach Bronson
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (217) 819-5005
  • Catering
    Whether you're planning a corporate event, wedding, or private party, we've got you covered with our extensive catering menu. Contact us today to learn more about our catering services and to start planning your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    With a variety of options, we would be happy to host your next event. From rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, to happy hours, contact us for your next event!
  • Private party contact
    Christina Kurowski: (217) 819-5005
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