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$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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8240 Gateway Overlook Drive, Columbia, MD
+1 410-782-6016
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Darnestown, MD
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217 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Work in Columbia and Houlihan's is a great place to grab and lunch or dinner. It is also a great meeting place for people who live near Washington or Baltimore. They have a tuna appetizer that is just so tasty. I order it every time I eat there. Their French onion soup is also good. Their salads are amazing. I've... More 

Thank BullyLover2
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116 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

We sat at the bar and enjoyed some very good appetizers . Service was very good and drinks specials were nice Will be back for dinner soon

Thank DaveThornbury
New Jersey
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113 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We were traveling back home (via I-95N) and were looking for a place to eat (non-fast-food). We recognized the Houlihan's name and though we hadn't dined in one in years, gave it a chance. The place was very nice and well maintained. Our server (Matthew) was very friendly and accommodating and another person (I can't remember her name) helped out... More 

Thank Lawrence G
Ellicott City, Maryland
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

We've eaten here before but were a bit disappointed this time. My husband enjoyed his grilled shrimp and I like the side of brussel sprouts. However, the cheese on the chicken nachos tasted like ersatz cheese and the burger seemed to be from a frozen patty. The bag of warm donuts for dessert was delicious though!

Thank GBruz
Reisterstown, Maryland, United States
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I went here with out of town family who were staying nearby. The restaurant had some good reviews, so I thought it would be a good place to try. We were seated almost immediately and waitress was attentive and knowledgeable of the beer selection. He suggestion for one of the guests was spot on. The calamari appetizer was nice and... More 

Thank Kirke W
Columbia, MD
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370 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

My wife and I decided to try Houlihan's once more after walking out a couple months ago, after it was too loud to stay. Seems someone must have listened to my complaint on Tripadvisor and turned the music coming through the speakers down to a reasonable level. Anyway, We ordered a Margarita, a Chicken Tortilla soup, a Steak and Wedge... More 

Thank LordThomMohr
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is an overpriced, overrated place. food is a joke. not worthy to spend a buck at this place. Service was good but it does not complement the kind of food served here. Stay away.

Thank Megastar K
Level Contributor
101 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This was my first time back in a while. This is a great location that has always been accommodating to my group. The service is attentive and appropriate. The cocktails for a chain restaurant are creative and of good quality. Overall, this is our "cheers" of the Columbia area.

Thank Brandon L
Columbia, MD
Level Contributor
370 reviews
318 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My wife and I decided to try this place and walked in and asked for a quiet booth. The music being played through the speakers was registering 65 to 75 decibels. A normal conversation is at 60 decibels. When our server walked up to ask what we wanted to drink, we said we were deciding whether we were staying because... More 

Thank LordThomMohr
Ellicott City, Maryland
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180 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We've gone here twice in the past 3 months for big groups. The first time was with about 14 people. The server was attentive, got everything right, and kept the refills coming. Everyone got a variety of food and was very pleased. Many have never experienced a Houlihan's and really liked it. Well, last night we went and our server... More 

Thank Becky K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Television
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8240 Gateway Overlook Drive, Columbia, MD
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 410-782-6016
Forget 'casual dining.' That's an industry term so out of touch with how consumers eat and drink today. For premium quality and style; fare that's at times familiar and other times adventurous and a laid-back modern setting, Houlihan's is a true original.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?