Laurenzo's Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Created by the founders of El Tiempo Cantina, Houston’s First Family of Tex Mex, Laurenzo’s Restaurant features the other side of their family’s Italian, Mexican and American Culinary Heritage. The menu, one of the largest in the city, is packed with recipes dating back generations, and includes fresh Gulf Seafood, Prime Rib, and home-made pasta. If you’re in the mood for good ‘old home-style cooking’ made from scratch daily with the freshest of ingredients, then Laurenzo’s is your place. The family has been cooking with love in Houston for over three generations, just the way their matriarch Mama Ninfa Laurenzo taught them.

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

This has been a favorite of my family’s for decades now. My friends are always pleased when I find out they haven’t been here and I take them for the first time. Big bonus to watch the Astros win while enjoying the absolute best prime rib in Houston!

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming to Laurenzo’s! For this visit we were able to have our favorite waiter, Rohn, serve us. It was his last day at Laurenzo’s before moving to another state. We will miss him, but we will be back to find a new favorite!

j
Houston
144 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We are stuck in a rut - we love their PRIME RIB! So, we stick that when we dine there. The creamed corn and buttered peas are awfully good too! But we have had sandwiches and pasta there on occasion. Never a bad meal. It does have a sports bar like ambiance - lots of sports memorabilia and TV's which can be distracting.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed meeting my parents for Sunday Brunch. We all enjoyed the time and the service/ food was excellent.

AH
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I put notes in the reservation about the occasion hoping they would bring out surprise dessert but didn’t even mention it. Super bummed

HC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have eaten at Laurenzo's on a number of occasions and always enjoy it. The wide variety of offerings on the menu works well for us since we all have our own favorites.

RG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. We had the crab finger appetizer and the grilled quail and it could not have been any better. We will definitely be back. Can’t wait to try the brunch menu.

B
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great from food, service just overall everything was amazing

TB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, Laurenzo's was THE place to go to celebrate a birthday. Food was tasty, as always, and, most importantly, Carlos, our waiter, was attentive, friendly, not overbearing, and made it a very pleasant experience. When we want to have a special meal for a special occasion, Laurenzo's is where we like to go.

SA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for dinner on Saturday and ordered the shrimp quesadillas’. Hands down it was the best quesadillas’ I have ever had. The shrimp was extremely fresh! I also had a margarita and it was outstanding. This will not be my last time dining here because of the incredible food and outstanding service. I highly recommend dining here!!

AC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Double birthday celebration using a Birthday Certificate. The suggestions by server were very good. Our birthdays were acknowledged without drawing a lot of attention which was greatly appreciated.

LS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great special occasion spot. Food is wonderful. Vast selection and the service is impeccable. It does get pretty loud once it starts to fill and the prices are a bit high but still would definitely recommend it.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service as always

MA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service. I am only sorry I do not live in Houston to go there all the time. I make a point to go when I am in town on business. I am partial to the prime rib there, but everything I have tried is excellent. I go out of my way from where I am to make sure to enjoy the experience. See you next year!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good service and quite a menu!

GJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I both had prime rib, which is their specialty, and we both loved it. We also had calamari and a crab cake, both of which were delicious. As good as the food was, our service was even better. We will definitely be back!

d
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful dinner! Prime Rib, pepperoni pizza and quail were outstanding!! Our waiter was very accommodating and efficient. Couldn't have asked for a better birthday dinner for my husband. :)

KM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have enjoyed each of our visits to Laurenzo's and this time was no different. Celebrating a birthday with ten people and the table was ready when we arrived. Not always the situation at some restaurants as reservations for larger tables tend to wait until the last minute just in case there is a no show. The food met and exceeded our expectations. A smaller crowd in the restaurant than during my previous visits so no competing conversations and allowed for very prompt service. That may have been the one drawback of the evening as everything seemed a bit rushed, probably due to fewer diners allowing the kitchen to prepare our dinners more quickly. At the end, Laurenzo's was very accommodating as family surprised me with a birthday cake brought in and frequently restaurants do not allow any outside food. We will return.

t
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I am a VIP member of their El Tiempo Cantina group of restaurents, We like this restaurant and we been coming this restaurant many many times since 2012, very disappointed in this quiet Sunday dinner both food and service.
1. Veal Tenderloin Marsala was over cooked, chewy and extremely salty.
2. A $38.99 12 Oz Prime Rib, this is my all time favor, it was just okay but the side Spinach was very very salty.
3. A white guy the server pretended to not seeing us after putting down our dishes until we have finished our meal and wait and wait. I lost my patient to stand up to ask this guy to have my water refill.
I didn't expect this kind of experience, I hope their management pay some attention on how they are doing both the kitchen and those working on the floor.

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

My friend and I chose Laurenzo's for Houston Restaurant Week. It was a great choice for the price we paid. Our server was very attentive at all times.

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

very nice brunch with exceptional service and delicious food

EJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. The panna cotta is the best thing I’ve ever eaten. It was a little weird though because when we were leaving there was a fire truck outside and firefighters coming in and out of the kitchen. My friends and I were none the wiser and I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.

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

BEST PRIME RIB IN TOWN. CREAMED CORN IS THE BEST -- ORDER IT EACH TIME WE GO TO LAURENZO'S. THEY HAVE OTHER EXCELENT CHOICES, AND SOME OF THE GUESTS WE HAVE HAD JOIN US AT LAURENZO'S LOVE THE BABY BACK RIBS.

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

Laurenzo's always has capable and friendly staff. The decor is inviting and the food and menu delicious and creative.

1
New Orleans
37 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is one of my favorites but they have gone through some turnover and newer waiters and not as attentive or friendly as they have historically been. Hopefully with time they will improve. Food is still amazing.

TV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We went for my Mom’s birthday. Laurenzo’s is one of her favorite places, so we thought it would be a nice choice. We got there and were seated, got our drinks ordered, and noticed it seemed extremely loud ... not sure why, but it was certainly louder than usual. Then, much to our dismay, we ended up with a family with three small children seated next to us. Two of the kids were “screamers”, and with parents who felt that this behavior was somehow cute or entertaining. By the time our dinner came, we were all ready to leave. Shame, because the food was wonderful. Our server was great, but it’s really impossible to enjoy dinner with a table of disrespectful people messing up the atmosphere. Happy Birthday, Mom !!!

SG
Houston
96 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prime rib is always fantastic, but this time it was exceptional!! So tender and full of flavor.

SH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 5 celebrating my birthday. Food was great; everyone got something different and loved their entrees. This has been my 6th visit to Laurenzo's and the food has never disappointed.

ND
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Slower than usual service, not all meal components served at the same time. Waited 15 minutes for water and another 15 for bar beverages. Food good but not outstanding. Probably choose another option next time.

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I wasn't initially impressed but the service when I first walked in. I stood at the front entrance for about 1 minute before the hostess acknowledged me. To be honest, she did not greet me, she greeted the guests that walked in after me and asked if she could help them. Completely overlooking me, but I made it clear by moving directly in her view to be clear that I was next. My friends were already there and instead of her telling me where they were seated, she offered for me to walk around and look for them! I had to ask her to look and tell me what area they were in so I could easily find them. If the service would have continued like her I would have given it a 1 star. But our waiter was good so it made up for where that hostess lacked. The foodceas great

L
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Laurenzo's was a find among so many run-of-the-mill restaurants in Houston. The menu was quite eclectic, the ambiance was lovely, the noise level could have been a been toned down. My party was not impressed with our server as he did not come across as happy to be there. I will return; however, I will try hard not to sit in our server's section again. The prices are a bit higher than other equally good restaurants, but the crab leg appetizer and the French dip sandwich were outstanding. The fries were a big soggy and cool.

BH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Prime Rib is their signature dish. It is very tender, moist and enjoyable

AB
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Extremely expensive greasy food. Overpriced for what you get

G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent as well as the food and service. This is our favorite restaurant!

JK
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

We were seated and promptly brought water and bread bus server; however, after waiting 20 minutes with no waiter we left.

a
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. I had the 20 Oz prime rib and it was spot on. My wife had the Blackened Red Fish and she loved it.

B
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group from the office went to Laurenzo’s for the HRW lunch menu. Our server was great - friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient! Food was delicious!

SV
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences my husband and I have had in a long time. Great food, great service and lots of fun.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for brunch before attending a play. Had reservations. We took a few minutes to order. Took along time for the food to come. When it finally gets there it’s barely warm. Our waiter did his best to accommodate us but he was working nearly all the dining room alone. We could tell he was very stressed. Don’t think we will go back.

a
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HRW Brunch Sunday was fantastic. Artichoke, St.George's breakfast and Bananas Foster were so delicious. Ask for Kody as your server, he was fabulous. Our first but not last dining extravaganza. Highly recommend.

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