Houlihan's - Upper Arlington

4.7
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308 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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MA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent. We had people order salads, French Dip, steak, and Scallops Risotto. Everything was hot. Waitress was very attentive. Can’t wait to be back!!

BJ
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were disappointed with Server not aware of $5.00 Margaritas available. Also, wanted us to order our drinks before our 4th diner came in from parking the car.
Again, before our bar drinks were received from the bar she wanted us to order dinner. Come on, this is not a fast food restaurant. Server was nice but a bit to quick for are liking....Food delicious...Just don’t like being pushed.

GS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We're regulars at Houlihan's at Kingsdale on Tremont Road in Upper Arlington. As a consequence, we get many special offers from them via email. For example, I had a very good $6 Hamburger topped with chopped ribs at this visit based on one of those offers. They are friendly and do a very good job of making the restaurant feel neighborhood/local/family friendly.

J
Columbus
142 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet friends. Food is good and the service is always efficient.

RA
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food took over an hour to get to us, preparation of food was not as experienced in past. We have eaten there many, many times and that has not been our experience. Restaurant did not appear to be busy, wait staff was adequate.

BS
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unfortunately, it took over 20 minutes to order and over 30 for food to arrive. Waitress was great and comped our dessert. Not the usual, especially for a Sunday afternoon around 2 PM

MW
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

We come to this restaurant many times and this was the first time I felt like we were at the Indy 500. We came in for the Valentine's 4 course dinner on Saturday. The restaurant was not busy. Each of the courses came within minutes of each other and when I said this is unacceptable, the food runner said the server was putting the orders in too quick. When I said something to the server, she said she was sorry, but each course continued to come quick. We had 4 courses. Bottle of wine and we were out the door in a little over an hour. Very dissatisfied with this visit!!!!

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall enjoyable. Nothing special but a decent date night place. Beer drafts are unfortunately overpriced. No other complaints. We’ll be back.

m
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and really great service, even though it was Valentine's Day!

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Ignored most of the night. Brought out our wine half way through the meal. Still charged us for it.

ML
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiance and I visited the Houlihan's location in Upper Arlington for Valentine's dinner. We were extremely pleased with the service and restaurant ambiance. We would recommend it for any couple looking for a date night restaurant.

JP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always yummy and consistent with great service. Get on their mailing list for coupons.

DM
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service

J
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant. We go there often and enjoy the good food and service. We highly recommend it!

E
Columbus
106 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very accommodating to our seating preferences and use of coupons. Happy hour food was great as usual.

J
Columbus
142 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining here. This time we only had pot stickers, onion soup, and the house salad - but all made for an enjoyable meal. It was nice having Nicole from the bar and Ryan the manager stop by. We also enjoyed excellent service from a new server, Lydia,

J
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and it was great! Awesome menu with lots of choices. The portions were generous and the value is outstanding. Great place to dine at any time of the day. Lunch and happy hour specials have great pricing.

k
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service, got seated right away. Food was cooked to order. Forgot to bring my husband's bread and apologized and brought over quickly.

SP
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were met at the door by a very friendly hostess who confirmed our reservation. We were seated immediately. Our Server was Carmen. We were happy to see her because she had served us before. Once again, she did an outstanding job! The food was wonderful! We will be back!

AB
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellently prepared food; nice presentation; attentive service, reasonably price.

JR
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Service is always excellent. Nice place to celebrate a birthday

R
Columbus
15 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

But this is the second time in a row that we have had problems being waited on. The staff is doing the best they can, but there are just not enough of them. I don't know if Houlihan's is _trying_ to hire more staff, but can't find them, or if they have decided to have less staff as a cost saving measure. Either way, it's not working out very well for the customers.

s
Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All day happy hour on Sundays is great! Available in the bar only. Sangria, Tuna Poke Nachos, and Wings are delish!

F
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The most disappointing part of our visits here is that there has not been enough dessert options during our last 4 visits to the restaurant. We have visited for lunch and dinner and Houlihan's is out of dessert options. On our last visit on February 1, they were out of half of their dessert options. Management needs to learn how make sure that enough of all dessert options are available throughout the day. How do you run out of dessert at lunch?

K
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Houlihan's has a varied menu that changes occasionally. Service is always friendly. We've never had anything there that we didn't like, and we have tried many of the salads, soups, appetizers, entrees and desserts, rather than sticking to the same thing every time. It can get very busy; we used to walk in and get a table pretty quickly, but reservations are a good idea. We made a reservation for our latest visit, on a Saturday night. There were at least two parties waiting for a table, apparently without reservations. When we showed up, we were immediately seated. Only one recurring complaint: Our entrees often are brought to us before we have finished our soup or salad, and it's not as if we linger over the first course.

l
Columbus
66 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good experience this time. My main negative comment in the past has been portion size is too small, especially on the entrees. The fish and chips was sized to my expectations. It was very good. The cole slaw wasn't what I expected. The Cole slaw is more like just a salad than Cole slaw. They always keep our seating preference which is very important to us. Server knowledgeable and very good. The 3 course for $19 is a great option. The vanilla cheese cake wonderful but very rich.

TC
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always. It was nice to sit by the fire on a chilly night.

AG
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Houlihan’s - won’t be our last! My husband and I decided to try Houlihan’s for the first time during Columbus Restaurant Week and we had a excellent first time experience! We had a reservation at 7:15 and we were promptly seated. The service was wonderful, our server was attentive and always a step ahead of us. The food was delicious, we had the firecracker shrimp and baked potato soup as our first courses and we knew right away we loved this restaurant - everything was so flavorful! For our 2nd course I had the scallops and my husband had the strip steak - both dishes were melt in your mouth delicious!! And for our 3rd course, the giant peanut butter cup and the salty caramel gooey butter cake, which was to die for! We will definitely be back to try other items on their menu!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

SP
Columbus
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding!!!

e
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Our server was very pleasant and on top of her game and the All Day Prix Fixe Menu was even better than the Restaurant Week menu, and its available all the time. We will definitely be back soon!

D
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib lasagna was very good!

MA
Adelaide / SA
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met up to celebrate my birthday. All of us loved the dishes we ordered, and we had a nice time together. The server was very helpful.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience, food was good, had great deals affordable and a high level feel

P
Columbus
46 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Our go-to place in the neighborhood - at least once a month. Always consistent food with variable service, depending on the server. The one we had this time was excellent (although I can't recall her name). She was attentive to the perfect degree and was responsive whenever we needed anything. We love Houlihan's!

r
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My veggie sandwich was too mushy. It was like eating a sandwich filled with mashed potatoes. I suggest the manager try the "Veggie Burger" at First Watch--much better!! On balance, Houlihan's is a great restaurant and we continue to eat there regularly. My comments are meant to help improve a selection on the menu that could greatly improve.

KM
Columbus
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Madi was a fantastic server!

B
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience! The food was good and the service was excellent.

PP
Columbus
23 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect: outstanding food, great service, comfortable seating, and friendly staff. Our favorite place to eat in Upper Arlington.

J
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Houlihan's is a favorite neighborhood restaurant of ours. We go there often. Good food, value and personable, attentive staff!