Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post; compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends.
I was so excited to try Houlihan’s in Upper Arlington because I had never been but had noticed this cute restaurant beside Market District many times.
My husband and I sat at a table in the bar area, which is super fun! We started off with drinks — I had the Blackberry Basil ‘Rita (Sauza Hornito’s Plata Tequila + blackberry preserves + basil + cranberry juice + Solerno Premium Blood Orange Liqueur) and Nic had the 1800 Grand Margarita (1800 Reposado Tequila + Grand Marnier + fresh sweet & sour). Both absolutely delicious (and mine was super pretty… a plus 🙂 ).
Next, we moved on to choosing our lunch entrees – which was honestly kinda difficult because they have so many great options – apps, soups, salads, burgers, etc. I decided on the Organic Power Greens Salad with Grilled Chicken (almonds + blueberries + blackberries + strawberries + goat cheese + poppyseed dressing + grilled chicken + organic baby kale-spinach-chard blend). Ridiculously healthy + amazing taste with the goat cheese + poppyseed dressing on the grilled chicken.
I also had a cup of Roasted Tomato Bisque soup (with grilled cheese fritters). Those fritters were outta-this-world-good. Nic and I split them and could have had about 10 more. Nic chose the So Cal Fish Tacos (chipotle mayo + panko-breaded tilapia + napa cabbage + honey cumin dressing + chips & house salsa). Two thumbs up.
I really don’t know how we had room for more food because their portions are perfectly satisfying… but we wanted more delish food so we ordered coffee + a brownie sundae (yesss, I knowww). The brownie could have seriously fed 4 or more ppl so we only could finish 1/2. So worth it though.
Also… I have to share that Houlihan’s has a new, for-a-limited-time, lighter fare menu that looks amazing! It features entrees, desserts, and cocktails– all for less than 590 cals! To learn more about Houlihan’s lighter fare options, check out Columbusite Autumn Theodore’s Best of the Menu blog (I’m such a fan of her blog)!
Diane Lorenzo says
My husband and I met at the original Houlihan’s in Columbus (The Continent) over 20 years ago! The busboy and waitress meet and live happily ever after story ;0)
I’ve been wanting to check this place out, but wasn’t sure what kind of food they had or if they had decent vegetarian options, but it sounds like they do! Can’t wait to try it out soon! 🙂
I’d love to try their gluten-free menu!
You are so sweet to mention my blog! I’m glad you had a great time at Houlihan’s as well! My friend and I couldn’t stop talking about how amazing the lighter fare options were. So much flavor and so delish! 🙂
Lindsey Nicholson says
This food looks delicious! I will definitely have to make it there with the hubs and try that tomato bisque!
My Mom and I meet there for our weekly “catch up” sessions. 🙂
Mary Happymommy (@mami2jcn) says
I’d love to try their miso grilled salmon.
That brownie looks fabulous! And I love the scarf too.
Kelly D says
I would like to take my husband to Houlihan’s, the salad looks great.
Ashley P says
I’ve been wanting to try out Houlihan’s since I found out they were opening! I’m excited to hear that they have a lighter fare menu!
Sarah C says
Sounds so good. I’d love to try it!
Jaylyn Corna says
I really enjoy Houlihans! I’m glad I found your blog – and also Best of the Menu now too!
I would like to try Lemon & Herb Grilled Chicken from new menu!
Houlihan’s is right around the corner from me and the gift card would make for the start of a great date night with my husband!
Tiffany Washko says
That brownie sundae looks incredible! Perfect to split between hubby and I on date night. 🙂
I’ve driven past this restaurant several times but never really thought to try it out until now. The food and drinks look delicious!
laura ari says
I’d love to try their new menu items! The key lime mousse would be right up my hubby’s alley. He loves key lime pie but lately has been concerned about his weight!
I would love to try Houlihan’s. I have never been there. Thanks!
Janice Freeman (@JanJanFreeman) says
Never heard of this place but everything looks delicious! Definitely will have to check it out now!
The menu looks amazing! I would love to try the steak salad
the so cal fish tacos are my favorite!
Taryn T. says
Thanks for the chance to win! I have been wanting to Houlihan’s for a date night forever! The new menu looks delicious, and I want to try the two mousses!
Yum! My boyfriend loves fish tacos so we will definitely have to check this place out!!
My boyfriend and I love houlihans! The scallops with lemon basil risotto is SO good and they have a small portion that comes in at around 350 cals. So next time I might justify getting that brownie…
Renee L. says
I’ve been wanting to try Houlihan’s, they are right in my neighborhood!
Shane Prather says
I live in HIlliard but haven’t been here yet, looks great!
Andrea Bils says
I’m so glad that this restaurant arrived in my neighborhood! I’ve visited once for happy hour and enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe. I’d love to return to try entree items!
Suzie Stewart says
I would love to get me some of that! I’d wolf that down no problemo!
Hmmm…I live fairly near a Houlihan’s and I don’t think I’ve ever been….now I’m wondering why! Looks good.
Victoria Wright says
Wow I had never heard of this place, that pudding looks incredible ! Want to give this place a try !
I would love to try it! We go by all the time!
Amanda Apinis says
I’ve been at a Houlihan’s 1 time for apps & it was delish! I’m glad I found your blog, because I’m going to Columbus to visit my uncle who lives there. This weekend!!
Sadie B. says
The food looks so good. I can’t wait to try the fish tacos.
natalie yeoman says
i had the chance to try i would get the lemon herb grilled chicken
I’ve seen Houlihan’s restaurants in my area, but also have never stopped in to check them out. I am all about fish tacos so I was sold looking at that yummy picture!
Ashleigh Mavros says
I’m on a quest to find the best fish tacos in Columbus…adding this to my list!
Misty Lunceford says
I would love to take my hubby and mother in law out for a night on the town!
Natalie Miller says
I’ve never noticed this place but it is now on my list to try!! 🙂 Thanks!
Kathy Fleming says
I’m happy to see the new lighter menu. My husband has to eat healthy foods (diabetic), luckily he loves grilled salmon.
Wild Orchid says
Their food looks amazing! I would love to try the key lime mousse!
Thanks for the chance to win!
wildorchid985 at gmail dot com
Thanks for the giveaway-there is one in Lansing MI not too far from where we live
The food looks delicious, I have never been there so I’m really hoping to win the gift card so I can visit this Restaurant soon
I love the salmon!
raquel perez says
I’d love to try the Miso Grilled Salmon Looks so yummy!
I want to try the new key lime mousse
I reallu want to try their new menu
Em Ma says
I’d love to win this! My husband and i could really use a date night. I’d love to try the lemon and herb grilled chicken and I know my husband would like the salmon
I want to try the Key Lime Mousse and see if it’s still good even though it has fewer calories!
Crystal Ward (@Crystal11) says
Everything looks so good, especially the desserts!
jen peak says
A Houlihans just opened up near us, I would love to give it a try!
Eager to head out of the office at lunch time with my gal pals to try the Rice Noodle Salad with Ginger-Soy Top Sirloin
The food looks tasty
They have a great looking menu, I think the Brentwood Chicken Sandwich and the Kansas City Prime Burger sound excellent. The Brownie Sundae looks like a great way to finish a meal!