Houlihan's - Upper Arlington

4.5
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
What 129 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeff provides outstanding, personable service.

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TC
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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L
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a pity that Houlihan's doesn't serve a Brunch menu. Nevertheless the regular menu is full of delicious items to suit any taste. The cocktails are splendid, as is the service and ambiance. My highest recommendation.

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K
Cleveland
41 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about what a wonderful experience my friend and I had. The food was delicious. Shelby was amazing and I wish I could have a server like her at every restaurant I went to. I will ask for her next time we visit. The manager was visible and checked in but wasn’t bothersome. Just an overall fantastic experience.

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J
Columbus
121 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The stuffed chicken breast is great!

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AR
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Prices high for portion sizes. Nothing special about flavors. Overall, meh. No reason to return.

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BD
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We celebrated Mother’s Day. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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AL
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and wonderful service!

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JR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great, excellent food and service. The food is reasonably priced.

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RB
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Except for a bit too rough host, service and food were quite good. It’s an interesting place, worth returning.

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P
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server took good care of us. Checked back three times to see how we were doing. Will return again soon

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always amazing here and the service was outstanding! We will be back!

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CD
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We have visited Houihan's more frequently recently for a couple of reasons. One, their food has improved in the past few months and two, they have started to allow their customers to make reservations through OpenTable. Previously, Houlihan's didn't permit reservations, except for larger groups.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my children for Easter dinner. They offer a 3 course $19 menu that included appetizer main course and a dessert a fantastic value and very filling!! I’m originally from the Cleveland area and moved to Columbus in 2016 I was very surprised to see a Houlihan’s in the area would definitely recommend and will definitely be back!!

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was crowded - lots of Easter eaters - the staff was AWESOME & made us feel like we were the only table there. We’re from Cleveland- one of our sons lives in Columbus and one is a student at OU so columbus made perfect sense for a great place to meet - and it was perfect. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!!

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JM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Meatloaf meal and chicken fettuccine dish not very good. Scallops and steak meals were very good.
Bloody Mary’s could have been better... only garnish was old stringy celery.
Waiter was great..

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G
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, food service and value for money!

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B
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for happy hour great draft beer selection but would like to see CBC.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good experience and good service

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C
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I visited this restaurant for the first time to celebrate one of my friend's birthday. I was warmly greeted by the host and given information on happy hour on a Sunday, which was great. My spiked lemonade was good. The $19 3 course deal was great as well. The dessert was a little disappointing since it did not come with ice cream, so I was expecting a larger portion. I will definitely be back though.

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K
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice experience! Delightful server who was close but not hovering. Cocktails not as great as they usually are. Appetizer came out cold but quickly the issue was corrected and everything else was delicious. Will be back...

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MD
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation for 6:30 pm requesting a booth. We arrived on time but they gave our reserved booth to a walk in customer. We were seated at a table for four. During dinner I got an email from open time telling us we were a no show at Houlihan’s.
I went to the hostess desk complaining that we were not a no show plus they gave our reserved booth to another customer. At that point they went into the computer and put us as arriving at Houlihan’s at 7:30, an hour later than we actually arrived for our 630 reservation.
We go to Houlihan’s very often. This is our first time of having a problem. We hope in the future our reservation won’t be given to a walk in customer. Luckily they weren’t busy and the table for 4 was available to us.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of different choices on entrees. Reasonably sized. Pleasant atmosphere. Staff welcoming and attentive without being pushy. Very enjoyable dinner.

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had fantastic service! We ate in the bar area and enjoyed the breeze from the large screened windows.

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VL
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Burger was outstanding! And the salted caramel cake was delightful! We will be back soon! It was very busy, I highly recommend reservations.

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CD
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We have visited Houlihan's twice in the past couple of months and we were extremely pleased each time. The food and service has improved from prior experiences that we had over the the past few years. I used to think that they were, in general, over-priced. I no longer feel that way! If you haven't been there recently, I recommend that you give Houlihan's another try!

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BH
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, the service was friendly and efficient.

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TA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great the minute I walked through the door. I was greeted immediately and taken to my table. Within a minute or two the server was there asking what I wanted to drink...it just got better. My friends and I had a great meal and visit. The only slight concern was the noise level was pretty high. But I will be back. Thank you!

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fish and chips Thursday was sooo worth it! The foods was delicious... I do have to tell you that I have always felt that this Houlihan’s is consistent. Never have had a bad experience here. Well worth a “date night “. Good food, great price! Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there! Great first impression!

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OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the kindest server!!!! She honestly made the service outstanding. She allowed us to change our order, even though she had put it in, and just had a fantastic demeanor.

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SP
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy going to Houlihan's! The Hostess, wait staff, Managers are always friendly and helpful! We decided to go Saturday evening for their advertised "Corned Beef & Cabbage" to celebrate the St Patrick's Day weekend. My husband and I like corned beef and cabbage so we were disappointed with Houlihan's offering. The meat was tough and dry, the cabbage was not what we expected, and the small potatoes were not cooked enough. It was overpriced at $15.99! We will be back, we still think Houlihan's is great! Every once in a while, things don't go the way they should!

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DR
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and consistent. Proximity to home makes it a usual stop

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CD
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, as it typically is and our service was exceptional. They were quite busy for a Sunday evening, but our meals were delivered at the same time and they were all still hot. We were a party of 6 and we each ordered something different. Sometimes this can cause some timing problems, even at top scale restaurants, but not on this night at Houlihans! My only complaint would be that their prices seem a little high, but that's a common complaint from me!

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thank you for the awesome review!

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JR
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole is an exceptional server at Houlihan's , but Melvin is good also

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thanks for the fantastic review! See you soon!

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GH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Houlihan’s is one of our favorite local restaurants for casual food, drinks. Service is always great and we enjoy the atmosphere.

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington
Responded on March 14, 2019

Thanks for the great review!

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C
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Houlihan’s is always good every time we have visited.

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J
Columbus
121 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the stuffed chicken breast!

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington
Responded on March 14, 2019

Glad you enjoyed everything, thanks for the review!

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L
Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Steak was not properly cooked. Asparagus was over-grilled and slightly burnt. Dessert was dry.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service was good even though the restaurant was packed. Tables are very close together so the noise and privacy levels may be less than desirable for some people

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