La Lucha

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
240 Reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Tex-Mex
An homage to Ford Fry’s childhood memories of visits to the San Jacinto Inn, La Lucha offers a unique and indulgent menu complete with the freshest Gulf Coast-only oysters, shrimp, crab, warm biscuits and satisfying fried chicken dinners. Meaning “the Fight,” in reference to the Battle of San Jacinto, La Lucha embraces it’s rebellious side with its beverage selections, surprising guests with a variety of bubbly wines, outstanding craft beers and the essential stellar tequila and mezcal offerings.
What 240 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
P
Houston
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was sloooooow

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out waiter George was awesome. The design was flawless and the meal was outstanding. Will visit again soon.

PN
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant was a little too dark and loud. The food was very good. The service was spot on.

JD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu is a bit simple but the food is very good and the service was great.

AO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time here. The first time was amazing. So this time I brought my parents who usually only cook at home. They weren’t very hungry when we arrived and they still ate everything because “everything was delicious” we ordered a bit of everything and it was the right move. Will keep coming back here.

MM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu, service and ambiance and teen/tween friendly.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious. Great service. Lots of windows and sunlight.

T
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent; except is hard to talk due to music being loud.

S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!

Report
PE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service
Food too spicy, shrimp dumplings- told were not hot
Wine & champagne list sparse
Waiter disappeared

DS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Waiter very capable and attentive but not intrusive. A nice space.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Per usual, everything was great. My chicken was a little burned, but was salvageable (wasn't worth ruining the night over). We really love the fusion of different flavors, and the crawfish boudin were amazing. Thinking of buying a bunch and freezing lol. Great atmosphere in an eccentrically styled restaurant. We'll be back!

OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cheeseburger is a must

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, fantastic service.

L
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The fried chicken was amazing! The crab claws were delicious. The wine menu is a little small. And the service was slow. But would go back again for the food.

KW
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time thanks to Luis. He took great care of us and had some great stories to share. Picking and choosing items to share was fun.

f
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious, and I highly recommend sharing. We had the crab fingers, shrimp dumplings, and fried chicken and shrimp. The dumplings were perfectly spicy without being overly hot, the chicken was perfection - a crispy thick crust without a hint of greasiness - and the fried shrimp was some of the best in Houston, hands down. Don’t miss the banana pudding for dessert ... better than your grandmother’s!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it there! One of our fav restaurants.

VN
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server for the evening was spectacular. I believe her name was Miranda.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food. Ambiance was laid back yet elegant. Great place for drinks after work or dinner date. Definitely get the fried chicken and the pharmacy burger. The cornbread was delicious as well

OT
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Food was delicious and service was great. Will definitely be dining here again and again.

EG
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious! Such a fun place for a date night. The fried chicken was incredible and paired it with an inexpensive sparkling Cava. The charbroiled oysters were also great

SM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite at LaLucha is special. The fried chicken, shrimp and the sauces are so good! The shishito peppers are great. The bar service matches anyone in town. Our server was great. This was our fourth trip in from Katy just to dine at La Lucha!!

DK
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool atmosphere and unique menu. Not plant-based friendly and quite expensive but it was a fun experience and service was great

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and p

AH
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Just don't sit at the bar. It is a leaking AC unit that drips on you.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Made a reservation for 7:30pm and didn’t get seated at our table until 7:45/7:50pm. The place is really cute but really small, limited dining. It was very dark lighting but our service and food was amazing. Only complain would be the size of the dining area and the wait time. Had the snapper ceviche, dad’s daiquiri, and the fried chicken. Both meals were shared by two and plenty of food.

VP
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so in love with this little gem! All around great experience. Everything we had was phenomenal!

DC
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, everything was remarkable. From the warm ambiance to the every bite of food, this was the complete package. Major shout out to Mo for excellent service from start to finish. She made the experience special.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious, very generous portions. I really enjoyed the ambiance and the decor and general vibe of the restaurant. The service was really slow however, we were there for over two hours for a simple fried chicken dinner and dessert. Our server checked in once every 30 minutes or so. We sat after finishing our entrees for about 20-30 minutes before our plates were cleared and then another 20-30 minutes for our dessert to come out. Other tables seemed to be getting faster service as others who sat down after we already had our entrees were then promptly brought their dessert, paid and left before our plates were even cleared.

S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food at La Lucha is phenomenal. I really enjoyed the parm and garlic oysters and the fried chicken! The shishito peppers are also amazing. Truly some of the best food I have had in Houston. The service was very good but nothing outstanding. The cocktail I had was just okay, so I am looking forward to going back and trying something different. Highly recommend.

MB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner at LaLucha is like an evening at good friends' eclectic yet chic industrial loft—low cocktail tables and larger (but not too large) dining tables, 1970s comfy cane back armchairs (sure we once had those in our dining room), Oriental rugs and low-wattage lighting. Service was attentive and friendly if a bit uneven. Both appetizers and mains came out individually for our party of two. We chose the Restaurant Week menu, which was quite a bargain considering regular a la carte prices and included wood roasted oysters (smoky and delicious) for a $5 supplement and the famous crispy fried chicken served with biscuits, peach jam and a dipping sauce of your choice. I had the Pharmacy Burger because I think you learn all you need to know about a restaurant by their burgers. This one was a delicious mess—crispy burger melding into the cheese, tomato, pickles, onion, mustard and super-soft bun. I ate it all and licked the paper. Skinny fries, generous in portion, were a bit too salty for my taste. The best dessert bet (Restaurant Week or not) is the $5 Nutella soft-serve—a delightful swirl of pale chocolate-hazelnut flavor piled high on the plate. Very refreshing after all that La Lucha richness. I'm saying this place is a winner.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Your hostess seems to

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is smaller for food, while 2/3rds of the menu has their drinks. Although there is a smaller selection for food, the food is excellent. Service was excellent too! This has more of a lounge environment to enjoy your drinks and chat.

PB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, service & drinks. Will definitely be back!

MO
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for HRW and will be back. Everything tasted great and the fried chicken is the best!

HJ
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner

Report
SA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in couple years. Everything had great flavor.

HA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 2

The fried chicken was outstanding as usual. My first disappointment came when we found out that the corn on the cob that we usually order was taken off of the menu. We decided to order the crab fingers to make up for the corn. I feel like I was completely robbed. The crab fingers were $15 and there were only 5 of the tiniest crab claws that I have ever seen. The five that we received had barely any meat on them. I'm from Louisiana and am aware of what crab claws are. For $15, I was expecting WAY more claws than the 5 tiny ones that we received. Go here for the chicken...but don't waste your money on the crab claws. Lesson learned, I will be asking the server how much food I will actually get before ordering anything else on their menu.

SR
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Limited menu, but what they are known for is on point. Keep it simple!

1
2
3
6