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Houlihan's - Upper Arlington

4.6
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393 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Joan
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great return to Friday night date night. Food was wonderful as always and Victoria took great care of us. We ate inside and felt very safe as they are following all the COVID guidelines.

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vipBillS
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good local restaurant. Not crowded, unfortunately did not have all of their food options back on calendar as a result of the pandemic

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vipJennie
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I went in for the special, shrimp enchiladas. They were tasty but cold when served and a total of 3 small shrimp per enchilada. Lesson learned- be wary of specials. My husband said his salad was okay. They were out of green beans and romaine lettuce. It was 7:15. She took our order at 7:15 and we got our food at 7:55. I had a better experience 2 weeks before with the scallops.

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StephanieP
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating here once or twice a month. They do a nice job to follow Covid-19 requirements. Great happy hour. Food and drinks are always good!

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very personable. Food was unique and very good.

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vipMartyS
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The All Day Fix Menu is a great deal. You get an appetizer, main course and desert for $19.99, and it's more than enough food.

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lorin
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Houlihan’s never disappoints. We sat on the patio for happy hour - $5 drinks and appetizers. The spicy cauliflower is what dreams are made of. Service was fantastic per usual. Our local favorite.

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vipSallyP
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary! We had a wonderful dinner and a super wonderful Server, Danielle! We like the way Houlihan’s is set up for the virus! We’ll be back!!!

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vipBK49
Columbus
30 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I always enjoy dining at houlihan’s. I wish they could adjust their patio umbrellas for lunch and dinner. The patio is on the east side & so few tables are in the shade at lunch. They should be able to tilt.

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dublinfoodie
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved being able to sit on the patio! Great service, as we were greeted, seated, and had drinks quickly. Great variety of food and perfect portion size.

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Catsy
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

My reservation showed up as cancelled and not sure why the host did such. We were there. We waited over an hour for our table. The host was rude. He would not assist in getting tables that were open yet not cleaned, cleared so he could seat folks. He stood there very unengaged and like he did not want to be there and had no interest in helping anyone or engaging in any requests from anyone nor care if they were there. There were lots of us waiting and not getting any assistance from this person.
Once we were seated the wait person was very friendly and great.
I have always liked Houlihan; however, this was a very bad experience and wonder if this is the new norm for them so not sure if I would recommend or return.

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vipPepe
Columbus
52 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We have visited Houlihan's at least once a month since it opened. Obviously, we enjoy the restaurant. Food is good and service is usually excellent. Our recent experience was bipolar. Our server was excellent, but the host who seated us let us down from the outset. When he led us to our seats in the patio, he didn't hold the door for us - simply let it slam in our faces! Then plopped down the menus and walked away. More so, even though we asked him to report our arrival to Open Table - a couple of times through our server - it never happened. We actually received a text (more than an hour after getting there) saying that our reservation had been canceled. We had to get management involved to confirm our reservation had been fulfilled. One of our entrees also arrived ice cold. It was replaced and we were given a credit on our bill. All in all, our dinner was just OK this time, but not the sort of Houlihan's experience we're used to.

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vipkatherinel
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Would be awesome to be able to purchase a side order of the special side. Pretty strictly enforced NO 😳 Still great time.

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vipJoshH
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love taking our kids to Houlihans

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JaneW
Columbus
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were all very good. A very nice patio.

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vipAnnV
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Getting together with friends from Dayton.

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CindyB
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great overall -- friendly and attentive. Food was great, as always !

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bv92
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the soup and salad. My husband thinks I am a French Onion Soup snob and he maybe right but Houlihans has the best French Onion Soup. The broth has a really good flavor, onions are cooked and they top it with lots melted cheese. I get the house salad with garlic ranch dressing. The server said is was creamy ranch which did not taste the same. I am sad they no longer carry the garlic ranch because it was excellent. My husband ordered the scallops and they were perfectly cooked as always. He also really likes the asparagus risotto that comes with it.

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BethH
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Sam did an excellent job. We sat on the patio and had a delicious meal with great service.

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vipEric
Columbus
55 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We’ve enjoyed Houlahan’s for many years, and as always, the food and servers were great. However, on this occasion, we were very disappointed about the restaurant’s failure to honor our reservation, and then, failing to apologize or take any steps to correct their error. Earlier in the day, my wife and I decided to try dining out, provided we could make a reservation for outside. (I also asked for a table partly in the shade, since as a cancer survivor, I need to avoid too much sun. We knew this restaurant had outdoor seating that would be just right.)

We are very thankful to Open Table for creating tools to reserve a table outside. Both my wife and I are at very high health risk, and with the pandemic continuing, we are not yet ready to dine inside at a restaurant. So, earlier in the day, I made a reservation for an early dinner outdoors at Houlahan’s. I believe it was for 4:30p, knowing that seating and physical distancing would be easier when there were fewer people. Our reservation was confirmed, specifically for the time and outdoor seating that we had requested.

We arrived at the restaurant on time, only to be told by the hostess that despite our confirmed reservation, the restaurant was no longer accepting reservations for outdoor tables. She said we’d simply have to wait, as if we had no reservation. Despite several requests, they would not honor the reservation. They even agreed that we had actually reserved an outside table via Open Table, and they were aware that Open Table was providing their guests with confirmed reservations for outdoor tables. The hostess said that the manager had tried without success to eliminate the outdoor option for their restaurant from your website.

They twice told us our wait would likely be no more than 30 minutes from the time of our reservation. The wait turned out to be 50 minutes. We were quite unhappy, and we said so. We received no apology and barely an acknowledgment. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful!

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vipHaveforkwilltravel
Columbus
77 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were lucky to get an outside table and were seated right away. Our server offered drinks, took that order and gave us time to look at the menu. Everyone enjoyed their dinners and thought the prices were good too. Houlihan’s has been a great addition to the Kingsdale neighborhood.

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Terrific scallops! Great indoor and outdoor seating.

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vipEasterbunny46
Columbus
108 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We ate outside on the patio. Had the meatloaf in the 19.99 three course meal. The scallops portion seemed a little smaller than usual, but still my favorite.

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BethH
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This was the 2nd time in a row we had problems with our order. The 1st time on Aug 5th, it was our anniversary celebration and for some reason our order was not put into the kitchen causing a long wait for food. The 2nd time on Aug 17th my salmon was raw 1 bite into it and had to be taken away and cooked again. The manager comped us chips and salsa the 1st time and a dessert the 2nd (without us asking). While that was very kind we would have rather had our food prepared/served correctly. I had surgery in late July and sitting up straight for extended periods of time is very uncomfortable. I understand covid has made things hard on restaurants so try to be understanding, but 2 times in a row has affected how we feel about choosing this restaurant.

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vipAJandSK
Columbus
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food , good service and pleasant staff

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vipSallyP
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time! Our Server, Abbey, is wonderful. The food was great! We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time there food was good experience was good waitress was great

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KarenaS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Love Houlihans, food is always great. However, noticed on this visit that the cleanliness was lacking. Could see a layer of dust separating our booth from the next. Appeared as if some of the pictures on the wall were losing the frame.

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BethH
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and enjoyed the environment. Our server was attentive and friendly. Husband got steak, I got salmon, both were delicious!

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vipCindyD
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our server was not very good. I was waiting for someone and he kept asking me if I wanted to order, even after I told him I was waiting. Once we got stuff, he didn’t check on us. He never asked if we wanted a second drink.

I had made a reservation and asked for the patio and was disappointed a table was not reserved for us. There were tables inside reserved for people so one should be reserved outside.

The food, however, was delicious.

I will still return.

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vipSallyP
Columbus
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great , as always! All the Associates are great! Our Server, Kelly, was wonderful! We wl be back! Best of luck to you during these trying times!

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EstelleS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The service was prompt. The food was hot. The price was reasonable.

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vipKate
Columbus
21 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place with upscale food and presentations

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Fernanda
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to relax and eat good food at the end of the day.

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StevenC
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service

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TriciaD
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live nearby and have been getting carryout meals during quarantine. I’m a member of Houlihan’s loyalty club, and the deals are good.

This time, I needed to meet a friend for lunch, and we ate outside on the large terrace. The staff did everything right for anti-virus protection: masks, hand-sanitizer for everyone, very distant spacing for each group, disposable paper menus, etc.

The salads were excellent. My tomato soup was okay but too acidic for my tastes. Service excellent. Overall a lovely lunch outdoors.

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BethH
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipFoodieChuck
Columbus
91 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Houlihan’s is consistent. The menu has enough diversity and at a price point that makes it a great option. Sat outside on the patio and enjoyed, great service and a good solid meal

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SamM
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and good prices. Service was good, but they were out of some beers.

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 4.6 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

Houlihan's - Upper Arlington does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://houlihans.cashstar.com/store/recipient?locale=en-us.

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.