Houlihan's - Bridgewater

3.9
163 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Since 1972, we’ve believed in quality ingredients, cooking from scratch and having fun. From our famous ‘Shrooms and Stuffed Chicken Breast to our unique burger blend and ahi tuna, we believe in celebrating the small things and that every moment deserves a toast in its honor. So grab a drink (perhaps our signature Long Island Iced Tea), enjoy some great conversation and let us serve you an excellent meal.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 163 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It took 2.5 hours for 6 adults and 2 kids to eat dinner when the restaurant was completely empty. Definitely the worst Houlihan’s we’ve been to.

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vipevbuckspa
Philadelphia
216 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had a nice time here celebrating an 85th Birthday!

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vipArtH
Caribbean
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Houlihans made my birthday special! Great food snd great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Tough to find a restaurant open on Christmas but luckily for us Houlihan's was opened and took reservations. It was a little chaotic when we walked in because a dozen folks were crowded around the check-in counter wanting their to-go orders. We got our table and quickly got waited on as they were closing soon. Our food came pretty quickly and other than the top of my veggie burger bun being hard as a brick, everything else was perfect. Gave the waitress an extra tip as we appreciated her working on Christmas.

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sushiqueen
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We chose their 3 course dinner plus an additional appetizer (calamari). Every bite we took was delicious and the price was more than fair. Not just the food itself truly impressed us, it was the lonesome worker named Jason who acted as our server. In fact, he was the bartender whose main job was to mix drinks and pour beer. When he had customers, he took orders. He was highly efficient running the bar and serving as a waiter and he cleared tables sometimes. He was this amazing one man band who did his job marvelously. We tipped generously. We would sure go back. This pandemic was killing the food industry and causing such low staff turnout. It made us sad that the surviving staff was so overworked and exhausted. I just hoped they got compensated REALLY well.

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TaraV
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Christmas and the food was DELICIOUS! The server was really nice and attentive and we had the perfect family dinner.

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CharlesO
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good and friendly service even thought it was a holiday, enjoyed my time miss the one in Woodbridge/Edion area. We went offen and enjoyed it.

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Marilyn
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service were great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Christmas Eve dining experience was lovely. Service was great. Food timely and yummy. Staff pleasant. Overall, thumbs up

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HilmaO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. We were seated by host immediately. Adrian was pleasant knowledgeable and very attentive as our server. The food came out hot and was very good. The drinks were made perfectly by the bartender. We go every Christmas Eve and we were not disappointed.

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vipLORETTAT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Met friends for lunch. Unfortunately not good any longer. There was one other couple dining. Food was just ok, the waiter dropped a stemmed glass of iced sangria on the table which broke and got all of us wet. We had to change tables. I don’t see Houlihan’s staying around much longer. Too bad as it
Was always a great place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good service, appears to have been new server. Another server was not helpful when we asked for assistance and just walked away. Thanksgiving dining was excellent.

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RickA
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tia was a wonderful server. She kept her eyes on us but was not intrusive, asking us something if she detected an issue (e.g., extra gravy). She was wonderful

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RobertG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service has improved from our last visit, was a big issue in our previous visits hope it keeps improving.

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KatieK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This poor restaurant is dying. I don’t expect it to be around in another year. Myself and 6 family members arrived at 4:30pm for my nephews birthday(was specifies on the reservation). We were seated in a timely manner, but that’s it. We didn’t see a server until after 5 pm. At that point we put our entire order in. After about 40 minutes drinks began to trickle out, one was missing and some came that were not ordered. Took some time for correct drink to come out(all that was ordered were sodas, water and milk) after about 40+ more minutes only chips came out when soups and salads were also ordered but whatever there was food so we ate as we were very hungry and restless..forget about the refills we ordered as those were forgotten about an hour. Entrees were absolutely awful and my mothers did not come out until 30+ minutes after everyone else’s trickled out of the kitchen. Mine was freezing cold and very under cooked. My husbands was raw my nieces seemed to be old. I’m assuming there was cross contamination in the kitchen and once we were home my husband and I were running to the bathroom extremely sick along with my mother who called and told me the same. This place so understaffed that those who are working are just running around aimlessly not knowing where to even start. It was very sad. Working there in 07 was great but those memories were wiped away dealing with that disgusting mess I had to deal with and pay to get sick. It’s a shame.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We reserved a table for 9 on a Saturday night at 6:30, we quickly seated and waiter came over Rather quickly. All orders were correct and food was brought out in a timely fashion. Our waiter was fantastic and checked back frequently. Food was all good, no complaints. Would recommend

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vipJohnH
New York Area
174 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

"Short of staff" is a frequently recurring message in chain restaurants and that is what we were greeted with-a line waiting to check in. So we went to the bar, where the friendly and attentive bartender got our drinks, asked if we were dining, and took us to a table in the bar. A good start.

Unfortunately, there were too many flies disturbing us during dinner. And despite the elegant photos and food descriptions on OT, this once upscale chain has joined the other chains in a race to the bottom. Food items were bland and not at all unique. How do you make a flavorless spinach-artichoke dip? And please don't get me started on the thin, broken chips served with it.

My wife's salmon entrée was at best mediocre. My burger was good and the fries arrived hot.

They did have several very nice wines by the glass, as well as a favorite single malt which I enjoyed.

It is highly doubtful we'd return to this restaurant.

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vipTasty
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Food is typically good. Service is always terrible. It always takes too long for someone to take your order. They take your drink order and then you sit there for 10 minutes waiting for the drinks. They never refill drinks unless you ask and then sometimes they remember but most times not so you have to go through the meal with an empty glass. It never seems like they have enough staff and those they do have disappear. Even when there are very few people in the place the service is poor.

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ShipraS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

To my utmost surprise, the front desk manager dishonestly charged us extra 1.5 times for food and drink $44.74+$2.96
On We ordered two ($10.00) Jalopeno stuffed Chicken dishes and a House drink ($5.00). The total is $25.00 +Tax.
They charged us $44.74 for food and drink + Tax, instead of $25.00.
When I complained, they reduced it to $30.66, still charging extra $3.75 for the drink.
It's a deliberate act which should never happen again.

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ScottW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This place should really close and reinvent itself with better quality of food, service and simply caring about their customers. Terrible experience for the second consecutive time. We will not go back!!

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vipWats
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We go here slot. Took 20 minutes to get a server. We ran out of drinks and server was no where to be found. Food was not as good as usual. Everyone can have an off day but this was pretty frustrating. We watched some people walk in and walk out after not being served after 15 minutes.

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AgataG
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Stakes were dry. Ribs not cooked properly, it was hot in the restaurant no option to change the table Service was very slow. Not the same restaurant we used to eat at all the time.

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JulieS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice happy hour. Kitchen service was slow due to staffing issues but bar service was quick. All food and drinks were very good.

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vipMCQQ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Excellent service!

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vipNancyZ
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Took over one and a half hours to have lunch with just three of us, we all ordered hamburgers-all three orders (when they finally came out) were wrong. Also could not use our Landry’s gift card, which was one of the main reasons we went there.

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JessicaD
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We made a reservation for 5:30 on Mother's Day. We were seated in a reasonable time. We ordered quickly and our drinks & appetizers came quickly. That's the end of the good I can say about it.

After that, we waited almost another 1.5 hours until our food was served. Our server came by exactly ONCE during that time. We had no refills on our drinks, no free appetizers or snacks to tide us over until our food came out. Absolutely NOTHING. No visit from a manager.

We made an early reservation because it was a Sunday and I have school-aged children. We figured we would be done by 7 to get them home and bed to a reasonable time. By the time our food was served around 7:45, we essentially rushed a few bites, packed up and go home.

I was in tears for Mother's Day. It was so awful.

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vipCAFOOD
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a good meal. Everything was tasty and the service was fast and friendly. The potato soup was really good. Will recommend and return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Thank you! sheila (our waitress) for making our first trip dining in again a great night! 😍

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viptable4two
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with adult beverages!

AH
vipArtH
Caribbean
28 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was amazing snd the food was excellent, as we’ve come to expect!

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DAVEB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always enjoyed dinner. More noisy as restrictions lifted but great food at reasonable prices.

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KenGage
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Houlihans has always been a good "go to" place to eat. The food is good as well as the service. But like all businesses they have been impacted by Covid so it was a little less, on the whole, of what we're used to. I won't go into the details because this experience is not the good service we usually get. Only one thing REALLY bugged me and that was getting served my burger and fries without any ketchup. Has never happened before, but they seemed to be short staffed and mistakes are made, but how the heck can you serve a burger without ketchup??? Had to ask for it and it was promptly brought over. No big deal. Otherwise, the experience was fine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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Maryanne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Corned beef Reuben was absolutely DISGUSTING. Corned beef was thick and chewy and very skimpy. We will not be going back to Houlihans in the future. This was the 2nd time we had a DISGUSTING meal there. The last time we ordered salads and they looked as.if salads left from other patrons was put on plates and served to us

NOT AT ALL A FAN OF HOULIHANS!!!!!!!

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Dmsxs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation for Valentine’s Day and found out upon arrival it was closed. No notification, call or email to alert of the closing. They closed at 3 and the reservation was for 7 pm. Very disappointed, would come here regularly.

DA
DAVEB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always a fine meal at reasonable cost. A local gem.

SL
StevenL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is the second time we were seated on the bar side and found that the service was not as good. The waitress/bartender is not around as much. We ended up asking the people who brought our appetizers and entrees for appetizer plates, condiments, refills since that seemed to be how we could get the items we needed.

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vipcev24
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Have been going here for years, always a good meal. Menu is now cut down , understandably due to pandemic, but am missing some of the things I usually order. Service was very slow despite there being very few occupied tables. Will prob hold off until things improve to go back.

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ValerieA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was slow. 15 minutes to take a drink order; another 15 to get the drinks. 45 minutes to tell us there were no more baked potatoes. Food was relatively cold when it came out. The manager comped us one meal. No reason you shouldn’t have enough staff working when you are seating less people. Obviously not enough kitchen help or servers working.

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StevenL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had Jeremiah as our server and he is amazing. He brought us drink refills before our drinks were even empty. He brought out condiments before we got our entrees (which is a plus since I don’t like to wait for condiments while my food is getting cold). Jeremiah’s attentiveness is a huge plus which enhanced our dining experience! The food was good too!

FAQs

Houlihan's - Bridgewater does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Houlihan's - Bridgewater also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (908) 252-1300.

Houlihan's - Bridgewater is rated 3.9 stars by 163 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.