Houlihan's - Upper Arlington

4.2
630 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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 630 people are saying
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ToddH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere. We ate the Thanksgiving dinner. Taste was good, but it wasn't very warm when it arrived.

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vipJamiS
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Nowhere was it advertised that they would have a limited menu for thanksgiving. Service was very slow, took almost 10 minutes for server to show up. Got my soup order wrong twice, fish was oily and overcooked, fries were cold. Just not happy with the whole thing. Won’t return.

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JaneY
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Looking for a nice Thanksgiving dinner experience as treat for my son and two young adult grandsons. We all got the special Thanksgiving menu and were pleased with the options and quality of the food. Tasty food, nice atmosphere, good service, and generous serving gave me some leftovers to bring home! All very pleased.

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LeslieB
Columbus
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was nervous about eating Thanksgiving at a restaurant, but Houlihan’s did not disappoint. Their Thanksgiving menu was delicious. I highly recommend.

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vipDavid
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to have our Thanksgiving Dinner with Houlihan's at Kingsdale in Upper Arlington. They out did themselves! We all had the Turkey Dinner with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Orange Cranberry Relish, Cornbread Dressing, Garlic Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie.
The Turkey Breast was very tender and juicy! Very ample portions as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner with family. Excellent food and service.

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NatalieM
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous atmosphere and food was absolute delicious as always! Also, kids menu is fun and kept my daughter and I perfectly busy while we waited for our food. Well done Houlihans!

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Sunshine
Columbus
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the scallop risotto, and it's very calorie friendly!!

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Donna
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Great spacing between tables.

KG
KimberlyG
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The general consensus was “it was fine.”

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vipSusie
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday; it was very cold! Had to wear our coats.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server, Chris, was so incredibly kind. Food was outstanding. The cheesecake is the absolute best.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food there and our server was just wonderful.

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NovemberS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Celebrated birthday 🥳 put that on reservation but nothing was asked for like some restaurants do ! The food was great besides the salad was requested no cheese , got taken back to get the salad with no cheese on it and instead of them remaking it they just took some of the cheese off and brought it back still with some cheese on it . Other than that everyth was good and waiter was nice

AJ
vipAJandSK
Columbus
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service for mid week was very slow. The item ordered was no longer available that night but we weren't informed of that for over half hour and had to then reorder. When the food did come it was a bit overcooked. We dine here frequently and have not had poor service ( cook times, availability ) in the past so hoping this is a one time event. Usually one of our favorite dining locations but disappointing this time out.

BH
vipBethH
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was cold when it arrived. Chicken fingers were overcooked.

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vipJeffrey
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Booths along the outside walls are under the HVAC vents which were alternately blowing hot and cold air while we were there. The food is American comfort with a little bit of creativity thrown in. Portions are reasonable as are the prices. We see this as a good value and go there often.

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DavidJ
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Varied menu; food prepared well; excellent service by a relatively new server; quiet enough to converse in a normal voice. Only negative was substitute brand of bitters used in a Manhattan had a strange taste.

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JohnH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a good experience, will return within a couple of weeks

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Shakira
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ahi tuna appetizer is a must. The best I have ever had. The cheesecake with dulce de leche was also phenomenal.

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MaryB
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very busy because of Veterans Day promotion. Appreciated it. Food was great and our service was better. Always a favorite of ours.

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Andrew
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although understaffed our server was excellent! Give her a raise!

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vipllou
Columbus
79 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. Tuesday half-off bottles of wine is great bargain!

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JohnY
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

When we enterd, the manager was appologizing for messing up someones order. Then the maitre d assumed we were part of the party that came in just before us, and was russhing to seat us. We were not given a choice if we wanted to sit in the bar or the diningroom, and were sat in the bar. The tables were high (parsons) and the seats were, well bar stools, very uncomfortable. When I made the reservation, I entered it was a date, but it didn't seem to matter to them. I don't know about anyone else, but if I'm out on a date, I want it to be special, romantic, and something to remember. A nice table (not in the bar) would have been nice. Our server had too many tables, probably 10-13 and one was a 7 top. It took abut 15 minutes before we were greated, and our drinks took a while as well. The food was great and the restaurant was clean, everything else fell flat. The service could have been much better, and I don't fault the server, I fault that she was stretched too thin. I will say, the food is pretty amazing and a great value, it's the only reason I would return. I would recommend for the food, but would include service warnings.

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ErynG
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We loved the cheesy tots and wings but when our dinner arrived it was a different story. One of the meals was undercooked and one had a hair. Overall not a great experience
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PatriciaI
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated promptly. The young waiter gave us plenty of time to decide our orders. He was profusely apologetic that the Special was gone. Food was just what we wanted.

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vipJorgeNR
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Stephan was EXCELLENT! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Our waiter spent more time talking with other waiters instead waiting on his tables. He was very dry & impatient.
The food was cold but was able to get it replaced & then it was delicious.

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vipHober09
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We sat at our table for 15 minutes and no one even came to the table to greet us, so we left.

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vipTLH1
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Light over the table was out. Hard to read the menus. Food took forever. Waitress was apologetic but when you are having dinner with a child it doesn't help.

KC
KCandtheband
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Birthday celebration made even more special by our server Eric. He made the wait time for the kitchen to catch up go by quickly. Thanks Eric!!

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vipBethH
Columbus
37 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I am normally a big fan of Houlihans. This time my lunch had clearly been sitting under a warmer for awhile and seemed to be a smaller serving size than previously received there. I had chicken fingers and had to request honey mustard sauce. They brought my soup out after my lunch arrived, I'm usually asked if I want it before the meal. A member of my group had to ask to have her water refilled after waiting some time. I was overall not impressed.

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Mickey0617
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Normally would review Houlihan’s as amazing, but our quick experience last night was frustrating. We decided to go to Houlihan’s last night to celebrate the fact we had gotten married the previous day. Created a reservation with no problem for 8 pm online because we didn’t want to walk in an hour before close and make anyone stay late to make our food. Drove half an hour only to get to a locked door. When someone came to the door, they informed us they had been closed since 7 pm due to low food quantity and decided to close early rather than have to tell customers what they still had available. There was nothing posted on their Facebook page and they should’ve canceled reservations if there was no way to fulfill them. My husband and I love Houlihan’s, but it will probably be awhile before we come back just due to the frustration that was felt.

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vipColumbusDiner
Columbus
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was really good, but the service and overall management of the restaurant has fallen dramatically in the past year. I understand that it’s more difficult to hire good people and retain them during the current pandemic. Reduced dining-in by the general public has made food service a less desirable occupation. Proper training has been forgone as the reduced staffing levels have to focus on serving food to the customers that are in the establishment. Unfortunately, a full staff that has been properly trained may not be in place for quite a while.

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KNord
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Staffing clearly an issue. Out of some ingredients. Dusty.

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AndrewH
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

All I have to say is the food was delicious, but the service was horrible.

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vipKatsiekoo
Columbus
36 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We arrived for dinner during Happy Hour. Drinks were $5.00 and appetizers were $5.00 each--had 2. A very nice and delicious dinner with interesting flavors for $15.00. What a bargain!

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vipNancyB
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, but it took two hours for the whole meal for 4 people when they weren’t very busy.

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diners
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

When we entered the restaurant no one was at the door to welcome us. We did have reservations but the inside the restaurant was virtually empty…which should have topped us off for what was to come. Waited for quite awhile…so when no one addressed us…went to the kitchen area to get help. Waited again and finally a man who appeared to be a manager seated us outside. Food was good…tacos, hamburger etc. when we ordered dessert the waitress brought our checks even though we weren’t done with our meal. Needless to say the evening was not a winner. It was apparent they did not have enough staff to run the restaurant as we have known it to be from past visits.

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CathyH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was sprinkling rain and they closed the patio. Said it wasn’t safe for workers. We aren’t eating inside because of Covid.

FAQs

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Houlihan's - Upper Arlington also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 326-2449.

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington is rated 4.2 stars by 630 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.