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About 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.

1902 South First Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Everyday: 6:30am - 10:00am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 3:59pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
St Marys

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(217) 819-5005

Website:
http://www.houlihans.com/my-houlihans/champaign

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

Executive Chef:
Marco Gutierrez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Houlihan's - Champaign Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (4)
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Bar Seating (3)
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Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
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Romantic (1)
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Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Dined out while on a weekend getaway. Had a gift certificate we needed to use before it expired. We both had the filet and it was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was excellent with the exception of the "Holy Grail of Bacon" which was just chunks of pig fat. I was so disappointed with the appetizer that I wanted to send it back but I didn't. Rest of the meal was good. Their service has never been very good in the 3 years I've been going there and this was no exception...just no attention to detail and even had one of those "did they go on break?" moments. If they can get the service under control this would be a great place.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Good ambience, architect did a good job. Has a good vibe. Good food at a good price.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We went to Houlihan's for my birthday. One of the things I was surprised that they don't give you any kind of bread before or during the meal. Our server was efficient but not very friendly. The food was very good but I was surprised that the server offer water at the end of our meal as opposed to the beginning of the meal, again she seemed seemed off. Would definitely try to it again because the food was good. Hopefully we will get another server who is a bit more pleasant and friendly.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We came because it is close to State Farm center. We had 1 hr and 15 min before our show. Our waiter took forever to come to our table and then ran away without without mentioning anything on the menu to get water. Was gone for another 15 min. By the time he came back we had to order drinks and food together and that took another 30 min just to get some salads. Food was comparable to Applebee’s or chilies. As soon as the food came out we had to get the check. Thought it would be better because the restaurant is fairly nice. The service was worse than the food but I doubt we’ll come back.

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was outstanding. Deep fried asparagus with lemon horseradish, dinner salad with balsamic vinegarette, scallops, chicken all very good.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Wait staff was slow and inattentive. Some of our meals were served cold. Hamburger was under cooked.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Our server was fantastic! We had 12 people at a long table and she never missed a beat.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great service and great food!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on June 21, 2017

After 12 hours on interstates, this Houlans and I Hotel Hotel and Conference center in the midst of a lovely large office Park is the perfect respite. This is our second year visiting and we treasure our time here. The staff could not be more thoughtful and gracious!! We would go out of our way to visit here again!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Good Food. Great Service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Though windy, the outdoor patio is a very comfortable place to enjoy a meal with friends. I particularly enjoyed the seared tuna appetizer and the Asian lettuce wrap.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This was a dinner celebrating graduation so the restaurant was busy but there were so many open tables that I found it hard to believe that there was a reason for the delays. It took 15 minutes for our server to get to us and then the appetizer took 25 minutes to come out and only came out when we reminded the server. Then when the entree finally came out the food was not hot and the orders were wrong.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

I wish I got the woman's name who was the manager. Wonderful person.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Great food and service!
Only downside is other diners were really noisy and loud. We could barely hear our guests talk. This has happened several other times too. If there are tables of kids after sporting events-we'll go elsewhere.
Still remains one of our fav places to go!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 30, 2017

My friend and I visited Houlihan's prior to attending the Garth Brooks concert. It was the perfect place to eat, grab a couple of drinks, and catch up with each other before the event. The appetizers we ordered were a very generous helping each; try the cheese-filled mushrooms, they are excellent! The service was a little slow, but that was expected with such a large crowd drawn for the concert. With the restaurant located right across the street from State Farm Center, this was the perfect place for pre-concert festivities.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 29, 2017

We probably came on the wrong night to get the very best experience. Garth Brooks was in town and the place was insanely packed, it was the Saturday he had the double concerts so they got hit before the first, before the second and again after the first. We got in right as the 2nd concert group was leaving, and honestly the bar area looked a hot mess. Once I got to the hostess stand, everyone looked like they had just survived battle. I've worked at a bar near a concert venue so I feel there pain, and being the only restaurant in walking distance ... I understand why they were extremely busy. Once we got seated, everything was fine. You could tell our server was stressed from what she just went through so we assured her that we were not concert goers and in no rush, nor are we the needy type. We got our drinks in a timely manner, as a wine drinker I appreciate that they offer a 9 oz pour. My date had a Stella and it was served in the Stella glass, which he really liked. We started with the Spicy Chicken & Avocado Egg Rolls, and I definitely highly recommend them. The salsa it is served with on the side was one of the best I have tasted. We both had a house salad with the ranch dressing on the side. The ranch is definitely housemade and made well, it's unique and flavorful. I had the Grilled Korean Chicken, it was delicious. It definitely packs a punch of heat but our server kindly told me before I ordered. I will definitely order again. My date had the 9 oz Sirloin with the honest gold mashed potatoes and green beans. Both sides were great but the mashed potatoes really stood out, his steak was cooked perfectly as well. Overall, we will definitely be back. An app, side salads, two entrees and two drinks each we were out the for around $100 ... which we found worth the value. However, you can definitely be out for way less as the menu features many different price points. Join their email club, they send great offers!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 29, 2017

My wives food was cold when she got it and was not sure the chicken was done either. When I informed the waiter, he promptly apologized and asked if she wanted another one. When my wife said no, he said he would inform the manager and have that meal taken off the bill. Also provided free desert. We appreciated this!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Fun, People Watching
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Service is usually very slow here, so not a good stop if you're on a time schedule!

Tags: Live Sports
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Chose this spot before a big concert at State Farm Center right across the street. The ability to make online reservations in advance was amazing! We walked in to a crowded waiting area and were seated immediately. Service, especially on such a busy night, was exceptional. Our server was very attentive, checked on us frequently, and provided drink refills very timely. Wide menu selection. Our food was delicious as well. Would absolutely come here again, anytime we are in town for an event. Wonderful!

Tags: Healthy, Live Sports, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Late lunch for mothers weekend with my son. I had to tell them that I had reservations, they did not ask. I was addressed by my first name and it was pronounced wrong. Maybe understaffed because the person that seated us seamed to be waiting tables as well and seemed flustered. He kept his composure. When our waitress came over to offer another beverage for my son, she came over with the soda can, opened it at the table and it splashed in him. Food seemed fresh and was flavorful.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Food and service was great. We had a member of our group with severe food allergies and he was accommodated easily. Eating out can be a big concern with food allergies so Houlihan's helpfulness is greatly appreciated. We will be back.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat with some friends before going to the U of I basketball game. We were able to get in and out in less than an hour. My wife loved the SPIRALIZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH & SAUSAGE LASAGNA, spiralized butternut squash and sausage lasanga, I had the fish and chips which were nothing spectatular. Good service, friendly waitress and good value. My only negative was you had to pay $10 to park because it was game day, yet given Houlihan's proximity to the stadium I undersand.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on March 14, 2017

Stopped here before an Illini game for a quick bite. Ordered the mushrooms (very good), cubano eggrolls (good but didn't think salsa went with this item), and lettuce wraps (good with a bit of a kick). Didn't like that they brought out our soup first, quickly followed by the appetizers when we asked for the soup first and appetizers later on. Oh well. The menu is very extensive with many items I believe I would have liked, but we just wanted a quick bite so stuck with the appetizers.

Tags: People Watching, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 1, 2017

We had dinner with a group before a U of I basketball game. I was amazed how the staff was able to serve a full house in such a timely manner to get everyone served before the game. The staff was operating at "full speed" to get the job done!! The filet magnon that my husband and I shared was fantastic--very tender and tasty!!

After the game, we stopped in for a small snack to take to our room. We were helped very quickly and had just a short wait for the take out! Congrats to the entire staff!!

Very well run restaurant!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Healthy, Quick Bite, Casual, Outstanding Value, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Fun
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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 12, 2017

There were three in our party. Two of us had the rack of ribs, which were the worst tasting ribs that I ever had. The third had the vegetable lasagna which was very good. The server was excellent but the ribs left a bad taste i my mouth (literally).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Good food and has something for everyone, even a gluten-free member of our group!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Good food, Good service, every time we go. Nuff said.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 25, 2017

Visited prior to an Illinois basketball game - paid $10 to park and eat. Good location and easy walk. Service was good. We were seated at a table for 10 and only had 6 people. When asked if we would consider splitting table, we said of course - manager gave us a round of beers on the house! Food was solid. Beer cold.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 12, 2016

The food was delicious with generous portions and good presentation. Our server was timely with drinks etc. My only complaint is that we told him we were there on an open table reservation when he seated us, but apparently he didn't mark us off the list.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2016

I took a co-worker here for her birthday lunch. The staff was great to take our order early since we only had an hour to eat and had it ready on the table soon after we arrived. They have a choice of great drinks and the food has been great every time I have dined here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

7pm reservation...seated at door at 715, wet table. Took advice of server for entree, one of the worst dishes i have ever eaten.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Atmosphere and decor was nice, my of bar restaurant. Food was ok, service was excellent from entering to table service by Allie. Cubs game was on in the bar so it was nice to see it from our table.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 28, 2016

We where greeted by a young man that was kind however, he has a huge hickey on his neck. It was very tacky.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Great place for pre-game "table gating" for out of towners. Staff was incredibly accommodating and the food was fantastic. Would definitely come again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Great to sit outside on the patio!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2016

A bit slow... But decent food.. if a full house be patient because it will take 3/4-1 hour...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Indiana)·Dined on July 27, 2016

Service was fast, efficient and mindful that we had only about 45 min for a business lunch. We got out MUCH faster than anywhere else arriving 15+ mins late.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2016

A bit too much salt on the food. Cake for desert was good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 19, 2016

I dined here with my mother and father recently for Father's Day. This was my first time but not theirs. We had a great time here! The food was good and we had a pleasant waitress. It was very quiet that day and I don't know if that was because it was Sunday in the afternoon or what. We noticed that the temperature was just perfect inside - not too cold and not too warm. It was just right and I will definitely dine here again. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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