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275 South Airport Boulevard, South San Francisco, CA 94080-6703 (Formerly Houlihan's at the Holiday Inn San Francisco Airport)
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Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: US Route 101 at South Airport Blvd
Transit: Service ran by BART to South San Francisco BART Station or to SFO BART Station and take hotel shuttle.
Description: 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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114 reviews from our community

55% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Stopped in for lunch, plenty of choices on the menu and the food quality was good. I sat at the bar for lunch and the service was very good and friendly, would have no problems on a return visit

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Columbia, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

-excited about the menu. My waiter recommended the baby back ribs as perfectly cooked and fall off thy bond. This was totally wrong ! To start, the ribs did not have much meat on the bone . A major error in preparing them for the smoker Was to remove the silver skin backing.this cause the meat to cling on to... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We picked this place to eat because it was across the street from our hotel. The food was excellent. I was impressed at how fresh it was. The server was very slow and seemed awkward. I would return again because of the food taste and price.

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Elk Grove, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We dined here because it was across the street from our motel. We just had appetizers and soup and everything was good. The French onion soup was very good. Both the hostess and our waiter were friendly and accommodating. The atmosphere felt like a glorified coffee shop with a bar, thus the 3 star rating.

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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Came to eat during Happy Hour but no seating was available in the bar area. Then learned that Happy Hour prices are not offered in the dining area. Very disappointed that they wouldn't offer us the HH deals since they couldn't seat us in the bar area.

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Atwater, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We found this restaurant on the advice of the desk clerk at our hotel. I don't remember the name of our server, but she was great! Prompt friendly service- we were seated immediately. Sunday night so not full, but still plenty of people- room has good acoustics for dining as there were no echoes and no kitchen noise. Salads &... More

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Good atmosphere, friendly bar staff, the bar food is OK but not out of this world. Good place to unwind after a stressful flight. Not many hotel bars near airports have local people use them so they must be doing something right there.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Not many options in this area. we tried this place because it was inside the hotel - Holiday Inn. Service was not good and food was ok.

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Sudbury, United Kingdom
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153 reviews 153 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The food is ok but the menu has not changed for three years - breakfast is good but the room could do with brightening up. Very low lighting for morning service.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Located in the SFO Holiday Inn. Standard sports bar atmosphere and food. Acceptable quality and service. Nice to not have to leave the hotel with an early morning departure.

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