Laurenzo's Restaurant

4.6
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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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Mon - Fri 2:15PM - 3:45PM
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Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Laurenzo’s and go whenever we can. Good menu, the food is always prepared well, and service is always prompt and friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed with our meal!!

ND
Houston
40 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One can never go wrong here, literally the entire menu is fabulous. Our server, Jennifer, was utterly fantastic. Attentive, helpful, kind, funny, and patient. We were a party of 4 that had not seen one another for 13 years and we were loud, goofy and there for several hours. Jennifer continued to check in with us and make us feel welcome in spite of the fact that we tied up her table for twice as long as normal. We enjoyed her very much and will request her section the next time we are here.

B
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Laurenzo's is our go-to place for wonderful food and drink. Great location on Washington Avenue with excellent parking (not always easy in Houston). Extensive menu, great wines. Food is prepared beautifully.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service, we go about once a week. Great go to, delicious meal for any occasion or just dinner like tonight.

LC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We will be back again and again!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely date night with my husband. It was our first time at Lorenzo’s and our waiter, Armando, was wonderful- his recommendations were spot on and our dinner was delicious. We will certainly be back.

RV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a birthday and watch a sporting event. Great service and food.

SG
Houston
96 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I write the same review every time -- we LOVE this restaurant!! The food is always wonderful and the service is always fantastic -- especially Armando -- he is the BEST!! Just wish they would add their bread pudding back to the menu!

k
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our "go to" locations. The food, service, ambiance was just as it always is and we had a great time introducing friends to a place they had never tried before. We continue to enjoy Laurenzo's as frequently as possbile.

SP
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Laurenzo’s for a late lunch birthday. Impeccable service and food as always. Ordered the Italian chicken cordon blue sandwich (outstanding, great flavors, chicken breast cooked perfectly, with capacolla, fresh mozzarella, on house made bun) and blt shrimp sandwich (bacon, grilled shrimp, lettuce, tomato on Texas toast, was nice, but needed more bacon and shrimp). Complimentary warm brownie with ice cream was good. I always enjoy my visits here, especially with birthday credit and dessert, which improves the value, otherwise a bit pricey.

TM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
147 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

TB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service as always

MA
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and quite a menu!

GJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
91 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food1service1ambience3

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very nice brunch with exceptional service and delicious food

EJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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
97 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
41 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.