La Lucha

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, great drinks!

T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was decent, but a bit overhyped. Some dishes were good, most just mediocre. Great atmosphere though, and great cocktails plus service

JH
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at La Lucha before, but this time took friends who had never been. We shared all plates. We started with the deviled eggs - fried shrimp is a nice touch, and the pork dumplings (fine). We had 1/2 wood fired oysters (3 of each variety) which were delicious, but very small. Then we shared the whole fried chicken which comes with 4 biscuits and we did the add-on of fried shrimp. All delicious - especially the fried shrimp which actually tasted like a shrimp - Hallelujah!

a
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really cool and relaxed atmosphere, amazing cocktails and margaritas, plus a tasty combination of seafood options and some amazing fried chicken. A new favorite.

OT
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here regularly, and it’s always a delight. Start to finish we have never had a bad experience, and always love date night here! Try the deviled eggs! Amazing!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just Because Dinner in Leap Year. PHENOMENAL FOOD AND SERVICE. Ruth was sooooooo GREAT. This was our second time, and we will be back with more friends

OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Our waitress seemed to forget about us.... Food was great

DH
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried three items from the "ETCETERA" section. Deviled eggs were very good. Shrimp tacos were decadent. Our favorite was the Crawfish bread!

C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food, ambience, service were all over the top! love this restaurant!

b
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is creative and delicious. Everyone who has the fried chicken raves about it. The fresh oysters are perfectly shucked and succulent; no need for any condiments. The bar scene is breezy and the wait staff friendly and accommodating. Five stars all around!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good. They kept messing with the lighting level throughout the meal which made it hard to see our meal.

l
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome! Loved the deviled eggs and the fried chicken. Wish I could have tried the other items on the menu but it was just the 2 of us. Will definitely be back.

C
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food, loud room and prices are high. If you want to try something unique and delicious this a good spot. I would reserve a table though it was crowded and there is not a lot of open seating.

ES
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and aesthetic. always look forward to Ford Fry restaurants. Looks like a great bar to belly up to for dinner as well.

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice ambiance, slow service. Above average brunch food

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enticing and delicious options. Truly enjoyed the sharing of bites. Wood fired oysters are fantastic. Maureen, our server, was delightful and wonderful.

MI
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third time eating at La Lucha. I was hoping to have the fried catfish which is amazing but it wasn’t on the menu that evening. Their fish is so fresh, it’s one of the few places I trust to be consistent with seafood. The oysters are also great. I’m going back soon to try their fried chicken

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite establishments!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Lucha is always a great experience! The staff here are absolutely top notch! Smiling faces, and fantastic service is a staple at La Lucha. We eat here often, and decided to check out the special Valentine’s Menu. It was fantastic as usual. You really can’t beat a four course meal of this quality, especially at this price point. Thanks for the great experience! Oh and do yourself a favor and order a “Remember the Sling”, you can thank me later.

LE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best dining out experiences I’ve had. Food was amazing. Drinks were amazing. Ambiance was perfection. The entire staff was amazing. It was perfect. Definitely my new fave.

B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and had a wonderful experience!

CM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food - loved the oysters (both on the half shell and wood-roasted), creamy crab fingers, salty-sweet crunchy and HUGE Vietnamese chicken wings, and of course the fried chicken! Service was courteou, friendly and helpful. Atmosphere was hip and laid back.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chowder fries and shrimp remoulade are huge. Meant to be shared by parties of 4, not two. All dishes were very flavorful. Dumplings were spicy, all oysters (halfshell & roasted) tasted fresh.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to La Lucha to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The service was warm and friendly. Food was amazing! The oysters and chicken is a absolute must try! Will be telling all my friends it’s a two thumbs up 👍👍

ZW
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food and service. Would recommend to anyone who is visiting Houston.

DC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Amazing biscuits. Seriously the best I’ve ever had. 5 out of 5.

The burger and chicken: not blown away by them. 3 out of 5.

You pay $2.50 for a small glass bottle of Coke. That cost is off and a nice restaurant with no fountain sodas? Odd.

JB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and we’ll be back. The fried chicken and grilled oysters are amazing. Cool drinks and great service. One of our favorite places to eat, drink and be merry.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely amazing and the wait staff was hands down top-notch!

DT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great time at dinner. Service was fantastic. Food was really good and we enjoyed looking at the menu. A little pricey but location drives that. I wish they just went with gulf oysters. The grilled were good but super small. Crab fingers, biscuits, fried shrimp, fried oysters were really good.

Relaxing chairs in the main dining room. I will go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times.. Great atmosphere and most importantly great food and service

MM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails and attentive service. Highly recommend the margarita!

c
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I am going to eat fried chicken, this is the place I’ll do it from now on! We also had oysters, deviled eggs (YUM), dumplings and Brussels sprouts. Everything was delish. Loved the vibe and look forward to enjoying the patio and a Pharmacy Burger when it gets warmer. Service was good too; informative for first timers, and attentive but not overbearing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

the noise level was TOOOOOOO loud. Couldn't talk with person across the table
The table was too small for 4. It would have been OK for cocktails but not for multiple dishes for dinner
Two diners at the table would have been a challenge!
The appetizer, salad, fritters and fried chicken were wonderful!
The dessert menu was very unimaginative. They should be ashamed of themselves for such poor offerings after the great main course. Who offers soft serve in an upscale restaurant????????

D
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at La Lucha. Our main dishes were the fried chicken and the blackened catfish and both were excellent. We also had several other dishes and each one was delicious. We were seated promptly and our server was terrific. I believe her name was Keri and I cannot saw enough nice things about her. The manager was also was very good and came by our table several times to check on things. We also received a complimentary appetizer which was very nice. We thought the prices were very good too. We are looking forward to returning and I will certainly recommend La Lucha to our friends.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Connor was the best waiter ever!! So accommodating and so nice! We can’t wait to celebrate again at La Lucha!

EP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall most dishes tasted good, only thing holding it back is the prices/value you get from a few dishes.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service and food were phenomenal. Will be coming back soon!

r
Houston
103 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! So glad our son recommended it to us. We were super impressed with the fun dining room and the great menu choices. We had excellent service and were continuously checked on by everyone. I highly recommend this place -- such a good vibe.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good! Great chef!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I thought the menu was too small and very limited lo were calorie options.