La Lucha

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258 Reviews
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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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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 258 People Are Saying
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KA
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had an issue with service. Our food came out really late and at separate times. The description given by our server of the oyster loaf was completely wrong.

KB
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. I've never ordered anything from LaLucha that I didn't love.

RG
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant itself is very well-designed and has great ambiance. The service is very cheerful and efficient. The food was good overall, but the dumplings were much too salty and garlicky and I found it odd that the blackened catfish was just a plate of catfish with nothing else. Also, I specifically told them it was a birthday celebration and would have appreciated at least some mention of it for my daughter. Perhaps I'm too old to appreciate this restaurant, but I really don't get the concept of being reminiscent of the old San Jacinto Inn...I'm thinking the chef or owner may be too young to have ever gone there.

LT
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Decided at the last minute to try someplace new on a Saturday night. What a pleasant surprise. Loved it. Cool sophisticated but casual vibe. excellent service. Odd menu concoctions. Settled on Fried chicken and shrimp combo, outstanding. Some of the best juicy fried chicken in town. Great seasoning. Will be back for sure. Parking is a mess like every place in that corridor. Valet available next door at their TexMex cousin.

l
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was exemplary, but it’s hard to overcome the fact the menu is overwhelmingly tilted to fried food, which we avoid.

V
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were able to make an easy reservation through Opentable and walked right to our table and able to order right away. Our drinks were good, food was delicious - especially the fried chicken. The menu had so many great specials on it, I told the waitress I wanted to eat all the opportunities. I would definitely go again. Everything was great.

s
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration. The roasted oysters, fried chicken, fried shrimp, fried oysters, deviled eggs and shrimp dumplings were delicious! Great wine and cocktails. Finished off with some soft serve for the bday girl and complementary bubbly. A great afternoon!

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the food

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food!

B
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! La Lucha. We came tonight and I can't believe we waited so long. Even the pickles were to die for and it was an incredible dining experience. amazing cocktails and Oysters are to die for as is the blackened catfish. The shrimp dumplings were served with a chile de árbol marinade that was out of the ball park. The fried Chicken is the best I've had in Houston, just simply succulent and delicious. Superica next door is also their restaurant and based on tonight's experience, we're going to try it as well.

CB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. The service is great, the food is perfect, its just the best place.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went with another couple to celebrate my birthday day. They promptly served everyone with watermelon margarita shots, which were delicious. We ordered oysters, the seafood tower and the fried chicken. Everything was yummy and the service was really stellar. Food plus about 5-7 drinks cost about $250 not including tip. It was totally worth it!

TD
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly overall great food great atmosphere definitely coming back

Z
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Location and venue are great, service is really good. Food is not, neither are cocktails, unfortunately.

FJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, price and all around experience was amazing. My wife and I will definitely be coming back to try different entrees.

SM
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in Katy and La Lucha has become a regular go-to place for us. The fried chicken and shrimp with the delicious dipping sauces is the best in Houston as far as we are concerned. The bar service is creative and delicious too. Certainly worth the drive!
Some of the dishes area little pricey but, on the other hand the sides are quite inexpensive. Put is all together and La Lacha is a great experience!

P
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Service was sloooooow

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

H
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Trendy restaurant. Although service was wonderful, we felt the food/drink was overpriced for what you received. Doubt we’ll return.

AO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great service. Lots of windows and sunlight.

T
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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PE
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

c
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool place, good music on the record player! love the respect to the old days and the San Jacinto Inn. Delicious gulf food.

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cheeseburger is a must

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, fantastic service.

L
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there! One of our fav restaurants.

VN
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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