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Houlihan's - New Brunswick - Houlihan's - New Brunswick, New Brunswich, NJ

Houlihan's - New Brunswick

4.2
4.2
264 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (732) 448-0500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Feed the crowd. Order half and full sizes portions of our most popular menu items (like Chicken Wings or Spinach Dip) and pick 'em up before your next shindig.
  • Neighborhood
    New Brunswick
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 264 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Middlesex

    Kid-friendly

264 Reviews
  1. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    we were the only people seated in our area at lunch, so it was quiet. Food was tasty and the right temperature. The unlimited soup and salad was truly unlimited. When you asked for a refill you were given a full size re-order, not like some places that give you mini portions after the first time. Service was fast and friendly. Place was clean, but the bench in the booth was sinking in. When we were leaving I reported that and was told, yes there are many booths with that problem.

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  2. RobertG

    New Jersey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food looks good but flavors were not good. Who the hell eats teriyaki Fiettas .. ton of olive oil on scallops.

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  3. Debee

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great, food delicious! Definitely coming back again!

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  4. GeorgeC

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Seated promptly but then waited for 20 minutes and finally had to get up and ask for a waiter… not a great experience

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  5. DavidW

    New York City

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not generally chain restaurant people, we tried Houlihans with friends. Appetizers were quite typical, but the mains were very good for a middle of the road restaurant. Also a good value

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  6. kcj99

    Atlantic City

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Haven’t been to this Houlihans before or any in several years. Was pleased the Shrooms and Fajitas were as I remember them. The waitress was pleasant snd did check back. Would definitely try them again.

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  7. CarolynL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was awful and the restaurant smells like greasy carpet smell. The yhasbt not been updatwd in years. Although the waitress was efficient and friendly as well as the host. I would probably not choose to dine here again.

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  8. KENF

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good food. Recommend to all. Very friendly and professional staff.

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  9. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Friday afternoon, very quiet....waitress was good, prices average. Food hot and tasty.

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  10. neverhome

    New York City

    1118 reviews

    4.0

    1118 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were happy to have a birthday coupon!!! Excellent service and a reasonably priced bottle of wine came quickly. I had the ahi tuna salad, which is my favorite here and unobtainable anywhere else. Birthday boy took the price fixed menu so we shared the spinach dip and chips to start. It is warm and yummy with plenty of crispy chips. He had the meat loaf as an entree which is a very generous portion. We split the salted Carmel cake for dessert…so delicious. The only problem is the construction on the old Sears property which complicates the driving.

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  11. CherylS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My dinner was swimming in oil and over salted. Very disappointed. They brought out another dinner and it still wasn't what it should have been. Same meal last year was outstanding. Don't know why the dish is now terrible.

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  12. DarrylG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant was a go-to place for us for many years in the local fast-casual category and this was our first visit back post-pandemic. The experience was excellent overall: food (including the specials) was great, service was attentive and well paced and the "bang for the buck" is as good as it always has been!

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  13. Traveler

    New York City

    52 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Service wasn’t as good as usual could be much better

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  14. DanV

    New York City

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good, as usual. I was amazed that the hostess tried to seat us in the bar, when I specially asked for a low top table. The food took a long time, we had a fried Brentwood and a Santa Fe wrap. My wife didn't like the face that the wrap was not sealed on the bottom end (like a burrito). I explained to her that I believe that is the "difference" between a burrito and a wrap.

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  15. neverhome

    New York City

    1118 reviews

    4.0

    1118 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We love getting a coupon to celebrate a birthday. Ashley provided excellent service last evening. We started with the pork dumplings. Thee were 7 with a nice soy based sauce. Entrees were the ahi tuna salad, my favorite, and meatloaf, and this portion was huge. We washed it all down with a reasonably priced Chardonnay. The construction on the Sears property has unfairly impacted this restaurant. We hope the project is finished soon.

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  16. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Menu needs some upgrades and changes(go there often and it doesnt change). Food came quickly, was hot and tasty. It was a bit noisy with a big group in the restaurant, celebrating. Restrooms were clean, no problem with waiting for my reservation, staff very attentive. I recommend it to others

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  17. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    clean, well maintained restaurant. Service is friendly and efficient. Prices are about average. Need to change or add to the menu, kind of run of the mill. Getting in and out of the parking area is a bit tricky because of the construction in the back of the lot.

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  18. MeaveW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The manager and our waitress were outstanding, funny and personable. They made our experience even more enjoyable and I will recommend location to other coworkers.

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  19. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    good food, efficient services, average prices. Clean restaurant, attentive staff.

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  20. ALI123

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    You can get good comfort food at Houlihan's, and it is always tasty!

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  21. CatherineL

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Dear friends get together every few months at Houlihan's. Last night, we were fortunate to have Alexa as our server. She's simply terrific and handled complicated orders with great aplomb. We'll be back in December for our next get together (we've been doing this for over 20 years). I hope Alexa gets a big raise, since she's just outstanding.

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  22. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    seated quickly...waitress friendly and attentive. food came quickly and was correct. everything was tasty. I will definitely go again

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  23. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    nice atmosphere, good food, speedy service. Clean restroom, courteous staff. Only problem in the parking lot with construction going on all around.

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  24. robertm

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All day fix deal was amazing value for 3 course dinner for 23.99

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  25. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    service good, food tasty and right temperature..friendly but non intrusive atmosphere, if you dont sit by the bar

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  26. CatherineL

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A group of friends have been getting together for dinner once every 6 weeks since 2001. It's been a lovely tradition, especially as we all get older. Last night's meal was wonderful. Both our server Joan, and the manager Tyrone, were attentive, efficient, and most kind. It was a lovely evening, thanks to their multiple kindnesses. I can highly recommend it.

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  27. Davids

    New York City

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our meals were good and service was as well. I hope they can hang on until the new development of the old Sears property gets developed. The place has a very nice dining room, decorated in wood and brick with several Roman arches. In many visits I only have had one bad experience. Give them a visit.

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  28. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    when we asked for extra napkins were told there were none. ordered ooey gooey cake for dessert, which has ice cream on it, we were told there were no spoons so we had to use forks. In defense, it was mother's day and the university graduation, but cant understand how a restarant runs out of spoons at 1230 during lunch. Lunch was ok...nothings special.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for accommodating us for our daughter’s graduation celebration. I was pleasantly surprised that they could and even more ecstatic at the number of people who pitched in to make it as smooth as it possibly could be especially since it’s also Mother’s Day. A few bumps at the end but we are all human. Thank you

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  30. Pumpkin

    Atlantic City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Shrooms and buttery cake for dessert were the best! Had excellent service too!

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  31. msfox

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Houlihans is one of my kid's favorite restaurants. The one by us in Bridgewater closed down. It was my kid's birthday so we schlepped here. The food was fine, same as usual. The service was super slow we were there for over an hour and a half and had to ask numerous times to both the waitress and manager to please have our stuff. We were never asked if we wanted refills, water, how everything was or anything. My soup which wasn't served with other appetizers until we asked, came pretty cold. The place was fairly empty. We were disappointed.

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  32. JoanB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere. We stayed to chat for 4 hours with friends and were never felt rushed.

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  33. MyrS

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Meet up with some friends who were staying at the nearby hotel. Friendly service by Asha and everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the scallops, which I highly recommend.

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  34. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Got in right on time seated where we requested. Food was good and hot. Nice and quiet order was correct and wait. Staff was nice.

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  35. SForm

    New York City

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. Happy birthday celebration. Food selection was great and of course had my Shrooms.

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  36. Traveler

    New York City

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service as usual!!! We come every Monday or Tuesday for the specials always delicious!!

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  37. Angelab

    New Jersey

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    reservation was honored right on time. food was served hot. server was welcoming, did a good job. nice varied menu. did the prix fixed menu, better than a la carte for the prices.

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  38. MicheleS

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Houlihan’s used to but one of our favorites .. it has gone downhill. We weren’t given the specials menu either which we would have ordered from and maybe food would have been better. As it was our food was horrible and our waitress seemed to hate being there. Sadly we won’t return

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  39. JoanneH

    New York City

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I ordered onion soup and Tuscan Lemon chicken. I had the wait a long time for the soup and after it finally arrived, 2 minutes later I was served the entree. I said I just got the soup. The server just said I'm sorry. I said the entree will get cold by the time I finish the soup. Again I'm sorry with no offer to fix it. I then said Please take it back to the kitchen to keep warm while I have the soup. This was done. This server was young and inexperienced. She needs better training. The food was good.

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  40. Traveler

    New York City

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rosie was excellent!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Houlihan's - New Brunswick does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Houlihan's - New Brunswick also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 448-0500.

Houlihan's - New Brunswick is rated 4.2 stars by 264 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Houlihan's - New Brunswick

55 US-1, New Brunswich, NJ 08901

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    New Brunswick
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (732) 448-0500
  • Catering
    Feed the crowd. Order half and full sizes portions of our most popular menu items (like Chicken Wings or Spinach Dip) and pick 'em up before your next shindig.
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