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La Lucha, Houston, TX

La Lucha

4.8
4.8
953 Reviews
$30 and under
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 955-4765

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Clayton Hodge

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated dinner or up to 25 guests for a semi private cocktail style event on the patio. La Lucha is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Erika Askew: (404) 805-1031

  • Neighborhood

    Heights / Washington

  • Cross street

    18th and Shepherd

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 953 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Houston

    Seafood

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  1. CG

    CeeGee

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aranza provided AMAZING service during my brunch time alone. She checked in on me throughout my time and kept me updated on any delays. I was planning to meet a friend and she had an emergency and had to cancel. Aranza kept me great company while managing many other tables.
  2. HT

    HangT

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I would never go back, food and drinks are horrible
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place!
  4. MK

    MichaelK

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great as always. I would note that the happy hour oysters were past prime. Clearly were pushing too long out of the water.
  5. CC

    ChantelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was hot, fresh, and fast. Hope they get the crawfish hushpuppies back soon. the adult drinks are also awesome.
  6. S

    Superwoman

    Houston

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent fried chicken! We'll definitely be back.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This was our first time dining at La Lucha. Upon arrival, we were very impressed with the decor and ambience inside the restaurant, however, everything else seemed to fall flat for me. The restaurant was so loud I could hardly hear the person sitting across from me and I couldn’t hear the waiter at all. The waiter was also not very attentive, we had to ask (who I presume to be) the manager for the check when we were finished eating. The noise level was uncomfortable; the people talking, I can handle, but the music was entirely too loud on top of it. For dinner, we had the deviled eggs, broccoli, fried chicken, and ahi tuna. The food was just okay, nothing special. The chicken was what I was looking forward to the most yet it didn’t seem to have much flavor. I love spicy food, but the tuna was entirely too spicy and that was the only flavor it had. The deviled eggs and broccoli were good. And, I had a cocktail, which was definitely the best part of my meal. Overall, pretty lackluster, in my opinion.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The chicken and waffle brunch item is perfect! The chicken has the perfect crunch and the waffles taste amazing!
  10. MH

    MasonH

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Waited 10 min to get served cocktails. Food came out at random - not all together per course. The roasted shrimp was impossible to eat and not worth it. The fried shrimp was a joke for $19? It was 8 pieces. I love the atmosphere of the restaurants but the food is just not worth it. $200 and we left hungry…ridiculous. Would’ve ordered more food, but the menu is not all that satisfying. We dine often at Superica and State of G, but this has to be one of the worst experiences we’ve had.
  11. TS

    TomS

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    First time at La Lucha. Fun place. Pros: Great fried chicken and biscuits. Comfort food extraordinare. Staff was friendly. Cons: So LOUD! Suggestion pick a nice night and get one of their beautiful outside tables.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour snack! Can’t beat it
  13. s

    sunday

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    very noisy - not very many menu choices (esp. dessert)
  14. C

    Carlos

    Houston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love La Lucha, best food and service, price and location are also good. Easy parking as well. Highly recommended, particularly during happy hour. Love their oysters, very fresh and the choice of beer is also great.
  15. B

    Blanx

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and the place is beautiful. I think some dishes are overpriced. But still, it is so good I keep coming back.
  16. MY

    MYLewis

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Service was good but not as good as it is typically on a Saturday
  17. D

    Daniel

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always!
  18. SB

    SherryB

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at bar - Ann was fantastic!
  19. M

    Marcella

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    La Lucha is definitely worth trying. Everything is served "family style" but some portions are tapas sized which was a bit disappointing. We really loved the crab fingers, fried chicken, kimchi broccoli, and burger. The elote was okay and the smoked snapper collars lacked flavor.
  20. JA

    JeffA

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Snapper Collars - Outstanding! I love this place. Great service.
  21. SG

    SylviaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only was the service amazing but the food was above and beyond! Will definitely be returning!
  22. RR

    RoostRocks

    New Orleans

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love La Lucha. Great service, great drinks and the fried chicken is the best in the city!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our usual date night spots we frequent. Highly recommend the baked oysters and Szechuan dumplings!
  24. MC

    MarjorieC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was delicious, especially the redfish. The round table we were seated at was too small for 4 people and their plates. Although we did need to be close to each other to be able to talk given all of the ambient noise. We were disappointed by their house frozen margarita. It was an ok drink, but really not a margarita like one would expect.
  25. KE

    KavonE

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience1
    Food was absolutely amazing. I was definitely left wanting for a better atmosphere. It felt like I was sitting in a Chili’s. Queen blaring over head and multiple tables having conversations at a yelling level. Service was extremely so. It didn’t seem that this was the case for all servers, we may have just been unlucky. After we finished eating, it took an hour to order dessert and pay the bill. Will order for take out next time.
  26. DA

    DougA

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Redfish on the half shell was delicious. Fried chicken was epic. Generous portions, good people watching, friendly service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very delicious food and a very nice aesthetic. The biscuits were out of this world! Dumplings came with a lot so great value. Just wish it had a little less of the red sauce in the dish. Overall 9/10!

    La LuchaResponded on August 17, 2022Hi! Thank you for the wonderful review!! I am so happy to hear that you truly enjoyed your time with us. I did want to mention to you that you can request the dumpling sauce on the side, so you can enjoy as little or as much as you would like. I enjoy mine like this! Again, thank you for taking the time to leave this review. Please ask for me next time you are in, I would love to say, "Hello!"

  28. DJ

    DanaJ

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Man if you want Pozole like abuelita makes. Look no further.
  29. F

    Fmc374

    Houston

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything wax delicious!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hits the spot every time! Love La Lucha!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I’ve ever had. I want this to be the meal I eat before I die.
  32. PY

    PYTL

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    no more crab claws fried chicken ok deviled eggs ok dumplings ok menu is all over the place & hostess is the worst!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service was exceptional
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!!! We loved everything about this place! It does get noisy inside but food, atmosphere and service was outstanding!
  35. EW

    ErikaW

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. Very flavorful. The service was attentive but not overbearing. We will definitely return. I strongly recommend the fried chicken and crispy broccoli. Simply amazing!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely perfect meal. Our server, Chris, had excellent recommendations and the food and drinks were delicious. 10/10. The oysters, fried chicken, and snapper collars were fresh and vibrant. We’ll definitely be back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing! Food was delicious!
  38. CC

    CourtneyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome menu, great drinks, and lovely service!!!!
  39. R

    Rockportguy

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Everything good. Fried chicken moist and hot. Also good shrimp remoulsde.
  40. D

    Donf

    San Antonio

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    The food and service was very good, the unusually thing was the delivery of the food, all coming out at different times and not having any responsibility of the part of the chef to schedule delivery of the food. Sides came out well before any meals.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Lucha offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 955-4765.

La Lucha is rated 4.8 stars by 953 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

Additional information

  • Cross street

    18th and Shepherd

  • Neighborhood

    Heights / Washington

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Clayton Hodge

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 955-4765

  • Private party facilities

    We can accommodate up to 20 guests for a seated dinner or up to 25 guests for a semi private cocktail style event on the patio. La Lucha is also available for a full restaurant buyout!

  • Private party contact

    Erika Askew: (404) 805-1031

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