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La Lucha, Houston, TX

La Lucha

4.9
4.9
1215 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
An homage 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. La Lucha’s comfortable atmosphere pays tribute to chef-owner Ford Fry’s childhood memories, meshes timeless and industrial with a few nods to the 70s.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (713) 955-4765
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Clayton Hodge
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated dinner or up to 25 guests for a semi private cocktail style event on the patio. La Lucha is also available for a full restaurant buyout!
  • Private party contact
    Carol Rivas: (832) 745-2311
  • Neighborhood
    Heights / Washington
  • Cross street
    18th and Shepherd
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,215 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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    Seafood

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1,215 Reviews
  1. GabiM

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service, delicious food, quick service and ambiance was so beautiful. Definitely can’t wait to come back!

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  2. HemiSam

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omar did a super job waiting on us. Food and drink recommendations very good. The snapper on half shell needed acidity so ask for more lemon...there wasn't much on there. Snapper collars are a handful...heads up.

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  3. SCOTTH

    New Orleans

    37 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my third visit. I'd been bragging to my sister-in-law how good the food was, so she wanted to try it out. Had reservations and were sat immediately, so things started off well. It was Saturday and only 5:15p so before the dinner rush. We ordered drinks and deviled eggs and biscuits and were served within a few minutes except for the biscuits. We decided to order our meals, I ordered the Pharmacy burger and a basket of fries, my wife and sister-in-law ordered shrimp tacos. Still didn't get the biscuits, assumed they were baking fresh ones and wasn't concerned. After a bit, my burger and fries were delivered to the table. After another 12-15 minutes, are biscuits were finally arrived (About 22-15 minutes after sitting down) and they were not hot, lukewarm at best and would not even melt the butter I had requested along with the jam. Finally, about 30 minutes after ordering, the fish tacos arrived, they were also lukewarm at best and very greasy (worse than cold Jack in the Box tacos). My wife was only able to eat 1.5 of her order before she gave up. I don't know if the breakdown was with our Server or the Kitchen Staff but it was a very disappointing meal, and it will likely be a long while before I return. If I do come back, I'll order the biscuits first and judge how the meal is going depending on if they are delivered hot or not! My burger, fries, and the deviled eggs were delicious but the other items were terribly disappointing, so it ruined the experience for us.

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  4. CAllen

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a great time at Lalucha. The food is delicious!

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  5. CushmeerP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the deviled egg appetizer. Fried chicken is as advertised, Very good flavor and served hot. Service was great. Highly recommended.

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  6. MimiM

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite local spots. Always good and always a good time!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Ecuador

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was amazing!!! The girl took time to explain the menu, to give us advice… she was so nice! And the food was really good, too! No complaints about it.

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  8. KeithT

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. We sat at the bar. Both ladies were friendly and caring.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic! This was our fourth visit. The oysters were sublime! The snapper collars are a treat! Coupled with the grilled green onions it makes for a special meal. Wish we were able to visit more often. Do send postcards to friends and family🎉

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great Sunday experience at La lucha, can’t miss but get the oysters, chicken biscuits, half bird and waffle, and pharmacy burger every time

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  11. TomikoW

    Amarillo

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fried chicken in town! Short on vegetable options…

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  12. Bewildered

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great vibe and service was excellent. Food choices and portions were not at all in line with the prices. We’ve come several times and we think there’s better value other places.

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  13. Jack

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was not good at all. I’m a regular at this restaurant and this is the first time the food was really bland

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  14. peachspring

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Please compliment waiter Chris. He was very knowledgeable about menu selections.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We had to wait 20 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. The food is always fabulous though!
    La LuchaResponded on February 5, 2024
    Thanks for the review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the food at La Lucha. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you faced with the wait especially considering your reservation. Your time is valuable, and we regret any frustration caused. We appreciate your understanding and are committed to improving our reservation system to provide a more seamless experience for you in the future. Sincerely, Courtney Redmon Restaurant Manager

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great. We were celebrating a birthday and someone brought balloons which took up a lot of space and were probably annoying to the staff because they had to walk by and avoid them constantly. They were still very nice and no one seemed outwardly annoyed by them. Our server was great. I noticed she was handling to parties of 8 and yet she was still very attentive and helpful. I have never had a bad experience at La Lucha

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, drinks were good, a little mix up with my reservation, but it all worked out. At the end of the day my husband and I had a great evening together!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing chicken, great service, our favorite date night/guests in town spot

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  19. BenB

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, GREAT FOOD! very loud in the restaurant but, it was like that last time.

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  20. Hautechakalaka

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always excellent service. Food is fabulous. Drinks are good, but a little small or have too much ice, but still yummy!

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  21. Njoydining

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I will definitely go again. Very interesting (in a positive way) menu. The service was great. The food we had was great and there are more items that I would love to try.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Good drinks. Good atmosphere. What more can you ask for 10/10

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  23. KristyB

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Lucha is one of our go to spots in the neighborhood. The food is consistently good and the staff is very friendly. We love to take visitors from out of town because of the unique combination of Southern cuisine and seafood.

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  24. Phyllis

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great variety of unique foods and drinks offered Was a little afraid when the fried chicken came out looking a little over cooked but it was delicious and juicy and full of flavor. Loved our meal.

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  25. BrianC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy the food, best fried chicken in town, and the service. Our server last night, Shannon, was amazing.

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  26. AngieN

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere was AWESOME!!!! However, our server was incredible… she was fun, knowledgeable, accommodating, and really made the dinner 5+ stars (if I could give more, I would)! Our group had a great time and we will be back!

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  27. Foodery

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This wasn't my first time here, but I always have a great time. The food was outstanding, particularly the fried chicken. Great vibe from one of my favorite restaurants in the Heights.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The place is cute but we asked to be seated elsewhere since they had placed us in the middle odd the restaurant at a corner where everyone walks through I was told no and they will have a party there where I wanted to sit…. Later come to find out it sat open almost the entire time we dined in. The only time it was occupied was by the couple who sat behind us that asked to change tables, they were allowed to. The grilled shrimp was burnt to a crisp, then potstickers tasted like frozen but the fried chicken was good.

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  29. KKS7

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress, Ashley, was fantastic. Food was very good. It was a little load though. Nice ambiance

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  30. HPJ2020

    Houston

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The chicken was amazing!

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  31. LuisP

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful place, excellent food! We will keep coming back for enjoyment

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  32. DeanM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Saturday nights are busy and loud. If you want to have a normal conversation volume, pick a week day. Food is awesome and ambiance is great. Don't look to have an inexpensive meal, but nobody's food prices are really a great deal these days. Enjoy!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks weren’t good at all. We had 3 different types of cocktails and told the waitress the drinks weren’t good after the 1st 2 cocktails but no change on the others. Very little to no alcohol and watery with zero flavor

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  34. Gazzer

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic menu, loads of great flavours, attentive friendly service. Bobby Matos is one of the best!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best fried chicken and biscuits in town, bar none. I love the ambiance, staff and quality of everything on the menu. Will always go back.

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  36. PPfoodie

    Houston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was really good! Healthy options and our server was on point! Very loud table next to us- borderline obnoxious but the experience was great! I will be back!

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  37. MichelleK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great first experience at La Lucha. The atmosphere is welcoming, warm and "cozy". I love the artwork and the bar area is amazing with floor to ceiling windows. It was nice to try a variety of dishes a la family-style and the fried chicken is definitely worth it. We also enjoyed the smothered chowder fries. Only complaint I have is that the cocktails are pricey for their size. I'm used to the high-end cocktail price wherever I go, but La Lucha cocktails are about half the size of other venues. Our server was friendly, enthusiastic and knew exactly how to make the experience warm and friendly. I'd love to go back again and sit in the bar area.

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  38. WaltH

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great raw oysters (Texas and Alabama), octopus and our favorite—snapper collars. Great service makes it an enjoyable place to dine.

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  39. PaolaA

    Houston

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Four of us went last night, food was ok but would never consider it to be the best in Houston. Service was abismal. They served family style but we did not get small plates to eat. Once we were done, no one picked up the plates. We paid and left and no one had picked up the plates. I know it is not a big deal, but tables are tiny and there were lots of plates.

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  40. ToniA

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, excellent service, terrific ambiance! We will be back - we still need to try the burger!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Lucha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 955-4765.

La Lucha is rated 4.9 stars by 1215 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

Additional information

  • Cross street
    18th and Shepherd
  • Neighborhood
    Heights / Washington
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Clayton Hodge
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (713) 955-4765
  • Private party facilities
    We can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated dinner or up to 25 guests for a semi private cocktail style event on the patio. La Lucha is also available for a full restaurant buyout!
  • Private party contact
    Carol Rivas: (832) 745-2311
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