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“Tired menu - inept bartenders”
Review of Houlihan's

Houlihan's
Ranked #18 of 96 Restaurants in Lawrenceville
Price range: $11 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night
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.
Reviewed May 16, 2014

Houlihan's has a policy of promoting servers to bar tenders whenever there is an opening. This is not a good policy. Now that Jay and Shannan have departed, there is literally no one tending bar that would get a job at any other restaurants in the area. Without going into infinite detail, the bar service is poor, at best.

Additionally, the menu is "tired" and need an update. Some dishes have been there since Houlian's was invented. An update is needed.

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Thank mazolia
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Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Houlihan's, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2014

Thank you for taking time to leave us your valuable feedback. I'm sorry you are having an issue with our service, and I will be alerting the Area Director about your experience. Would you like us to contact you? If so, kindly email us directly at alexhoulihans@gmail.com - thank you. - Alex, Houlihan's Marketing

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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Houlihans is always consistent. Love to go to the bar for appetizers and drinks especially the stuffed mushrooms! On the entrée list there is a low carb option I love with grilled shrimp and California mashers which is cauliflower mashed like potato with all the fixins! I love that one! The service is always good and we always have an enjoyable time there.

Thank njersey8229
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Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Houlihan's, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review us! We're glad to hear you enjoy our made-from-scratch menu items, and our service. We look forward to serving you again soon. - Alex, Houlihan's Marketing

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Reviewed February 22, 2014

From the outside, Houlihan's looks like another TGIF or Applebee's. But once inside, you see that the decor is decidedly more upscale and better maintained. The big difference, however, is in the food and the service: both exceed the competition by a long shot. This was our first time at a Houlihan's (we're visiting from Brazil), but it won't be the last. Uncommonly excellent on all counts!

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Thank Frank K
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Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Houlihan's, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're so glad you enjoyed our made-from-scratch menu and our service! We look forward to serving you again soon. - Alex, Houlihan's Marketing

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We did some shopping at the mall and around 2pm needed a pick me up. We love going to here and just sitting at the bar and we get calamari and some other app with maybe a cocktail. The bartender is great. The food and drink and atmosphere are just right, always. Try it sometime:)

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Thank treasureB4
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Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Houlihan's, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2014

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We're glad to hear you enjoy our food and service. We look forward to serving you again soon! - Alex, Houlihan's Marketing

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Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

Awesome apps and great entree dishes. You have to try the scallop and risotto dish!!!! I can't wait to go back and try more dishes. Bartender is nice and remembered us! Keep up the great work. My only complaint is that I wish all employees had the same Enthusiasm, some just walk around zombied.

Thank Culturaltrvlr83
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Alex H, Public Relations Manager at Houlihan's, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thanks for taking time to review us. We're glad to hear you enjoyed our food and service (and appreciate your comments about the rest of the staff. We strive to improve every day.) We look forward to serving you again soon! - Alex, Houlihan's Marketing

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