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Laurenzo's Restaurant

1270 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Comfort Food (10)
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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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Prime Rib, Italian
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Hours of operation
Sunday- Thursday 11:00am -9:00pm
Friday- Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-3:00pm
Everyday 11:00am- 7:00pm
1/2 Price Wine Bottles
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Phone number
(713) 880-5111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Domenic Laurenzo
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The Laurenzo's Family Catering Service has been serving the greater Houston area since 1949. We are dedicated in providing the Best Quality in Food and Customer Service. We provide the freshest ingredients to assure you that your Catered event is a success and leaves you worry free while you enjoy your family & guests. Call 713-807-8100 for more catering information
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Cross street
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Parking details
We have a very big parking lot attached to the restaurant.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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What 1270 People Are Saying
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vipTheBestCritic (Houston)
Dined on January 13, 2018

While self-labeled a "Steakhouse" Lorenzo's is more of an everyday type eatery, nothing special but a good spot for "eating" not necessarily "dining". More along the lines of a Chili's or sports bar with a little better food. As expected, the Tex-Mex blends into the menu from the other members of this family owned local chain of restaurants, but with the addition of some "meat" and "fish" entrees.

Their flagship dish is their Prime Rib, which is good, but not to the caliber of typical steakhouses. When you consider a 16 oz. Prime Rib at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is only $1 more than Lorenzo's and the quality is miles apart, you might reconsider your next Prime Rib Destination. Stick to their other entrees and you'll be much more pleased.

We started off with the Grilled Artichokes, which took me back to The Hitching Post II in Buellton. The were grilled perfectly with just the right amount of smoky flavor; a homerun. We had two, I suggest you get three; we are actually two or three "halves" not 2 or 3 whole artichokes. Also shared the Roasted Beet Salad, and the accommodated us by serving it in two plates without our asking. Salad was fresh with tasty roasted red beets.

I had the Pork Carne Asada "La Tana", and it was excellent. Tender pork charrasco style smoother in cheese and Serrano peppers; I asked for additional peppers and was glad I did so. The rice and beans that accompanied the pork wasn't worth the trouble, next time I'll ask for a substitute. My wife had the 8 oz. cut of Prime Rib, about 4 oz. of meat and 4 oz. of fat, which she doesn't care for. Prime Rib is always fatty, but this one was way heavy on the fatty compared to average.

Wine list is limited and carries the "X 2-1/2 to 3" markup on the majority of the wines on the list. Nothing notable about the wine list. Remember it's more like a Chili's with lipstick.

Aerfally (Houston)
Dined on January 6, 2018

Greeters were not friendly at all. I was looking down at my phone and one of them just repeatedly barked hello at me to get my attention. Then as we were walking to the table the other greeter was very short and uncaring. I’ve been coming here for a while. Pretty disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
Dined on January 1, 2018

This restaurant has always been consistently a great dining experience.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on January 1, 2018

Laurenzo's is just plain good.....good food, good service, good ambiance. We had our New Year's Eve dinner plans cancelled at the last minute and we're able to get an early evening reservation at Laurenzo's. They came through again with a top notch dining experience! I will be back....

viplive2eat (Houston)
Dined on December 31, 2017

Our favorite place for Sunday brunch! The crepes are delicious!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
Dined on December 24, 2017

When it was time to gather friends together for a holiday dinner, naturally we chose Laurenzo's. We've dined with friends there before and we love the place -- wonderful ambiance, tastey food and terrific wait staff. A great way to end 2017 -- and to get ready for 2018.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
Dined on December 19, 2017

Huge selection of items. All good. The prime rib is spectacular.

vipjmsg8girl (Houston)
Dined on December 17, 2017

Always enjoy the prime rib. And the creamed corn and buttered peas are wonderful! Michael is a great waiter.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 17, 2017

This was the worst dining experience I have ever had, Horrible service, wilted and slimy salads and steaks you need a chainsaw to cut through. Nothing was good here not even the desserts which were served already melted . The sever ignored us the entire night , no drink refills and never check on us once. Horrible experience we won't be back.

OpenTable Diner 
Dined on December 16, 2017

Service was too rushed. After placing our appetizer order, it was served in 2 minutes which did not allow us to breath let alone enjoy a cocktail. Moreover, you could tell all of these foods were pre-made and pre-plated and ready in a food “bank” of inventory (based on average number of each of these sold). We certainly did not feel like it was prepared fresh for us, just pulled from sheet pans on speed racks from a roll in refrigerator. The fish and chips were very odd and were served in finger shapes. I expected a couple nice wide and thick cod fillets but we were told it was red fish. If it was Red fish and I do not believe it was, the scraps were used as none were longer or wider than one’s index finger. Based on the rushed service, you could tell they were just trying to turn the tables to make more money. When it is that obvious, it does not lend itself to “an experience” and leans to an ordeal which I found stressful. I had even asked for a special table based on a very important circumstance, but we were not given anything special and no one informed the waiter of our situation. This is unacceptable and we just felt like a number being rushed through the process. Honestly, we could have spent a third of the money at Max’s, BB’s, Barnaby’s and had better food and service. Thanks sad. Regardless, we tipped 20% because the waiter tried but does not control the back of the house and we do not look for ways to cheat hard working staff that is being told what to do. Needless to say, we won’t be back and we spend a bloody fortune on dining out with cocktails and wine. Their loss.