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La Lucha, Houston, TX

La Lucha

4.8
4.8
919 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 38 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 919 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Houston

    Seafood

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  1. EW

    ErikaW

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    CourtneyC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome menu, great drinks, and lovely service!!!!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. T

    Txgurl

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd visit the food was great, the staff were beyond wonderful and attentive. The ambience was great and we enjoyed ourselves.
  8. IB

    IsaiahB

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious as always!
  9. J

    Jamal

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service but very loud inside the restaurant. Redfish and stuffed crab claws were great!
  10. AB

    AdamB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first experience! Food was delicious and service was a 10! We ordered the garlic butter crab, baked Parmesan oysters and the 1/2 fried chicken! The biscuits served with the chicken were outstanding as well as the accompanying peach jam. Will definitely be back
  11. LS

    LaShawnM

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service, great recommendations and the food was cooked to perfection. Can't wait to return. The drink selection is on point 🥃
  12. s

    slightsey

    Houston

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wait staff were attentive, the food was excellent, and the drinks were great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was some of the best food I’ve eaten in a while! We had the crab fingers with bread (this dish was pricey for the amount you received) and the fried chicken and biscuits. It is definitely worth a visit…or two! I’ll be back!!!
  14. SD

    SandraD

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious fried chicken/biscuits and oysters! Will not dissapoint. Even the coffee was good! Very good quality. Service was kind and prompt. Ambience was casual and chill. Great neighborhood spot Parking is tight but they offer valet
  15. KC

    KristenC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & impeccable service! Loved our experience.
  16. a

    abbott45

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. Amazing oysters.
  17. DS

    DeborahS

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service; friendly, helpful staff. Fantastic food, as always. And a nice selection of cocktails.
  18. c

    cyrena

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing service and the items on the menu are so well explained by the servers! love it every time i go, and i always bring my friends and family!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall a great place. Some things were overly priced, for example 3 deviled eggs were $17. The tuna steak was excellent and priced fair. Service was top notch. I would definitely return.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Excited to try but was not impressed with the menu. If you are a fan of oysters I am sure it’s great but if you aren’t the rest of the menu doesn’t really offer anything that I thought was worth trying. We didn’t order anything after the wings which were just too salty and the fish sauce smell was too strong to get past.
  21. F

    Foodifanatic

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful accommodations made for food allergy
  22. A

    Austindori

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dumplings and blackened snapper collars were superb!
  23. R

    Rickster

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and cocktails were excellent! The service was "Johnny on the spot"!
  24. MJ

    MayaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service; especially Marlon was great. The food options were diverse. We loved the fried chicken, dumplings, snapper, and burger.
  25. HH

    HumbertoH

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and the food was awesome! Loved the 80s music playing!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The crab legs and roasted oysters were absolutely delicious!
  27. RM

    ReneeMc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was attending a family party with 8 people. I know we were not the only table our server Clayton had, however the attentive attention he provided would have made you think we were. The food was great but when it is a special event, service means everything! Excellent service, great food so the whole group said we would meet there again. Thank you for making our time together special.
  28. DM

    DeboritoM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Grilled oysters excellent. Fried chicken overdone. Dumplings left mostly uneaten. Drinks served melted or not cold, but to be fair, it was very hot that day. Music was blaring 70s top 40 rock. By that I mean BAD rock. If I have to hear "Rock me Baby" by Steve Miller Band one more time - I swear to God - I'm moving to France. Nothing ruins a restaurant meal faster than insanely loud, bad, worn-out music. Waitstaff (excellent btw) had to yell over the music - just like everyone else in the bar I mean "restaurant." This is overpriced bar food served in a bar that is masqueraiding as a vintage ski lodge. Definitely not worth the 4.5 rating on Yelp. We won't be going back.
  29. S

    Smitty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Service was great. Mike was amazing and extremely handsome.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Family dinner with In-Laws. Great service and atmosphere. We will be back.
  31. PC

    PaigeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to la Lucia for the first time yesterday, and definitely will be back! We celebrated my boyfriends birthday and Leslie was so attentive, the pharmacy burger was insane, music was awesome, great team work from the whole staff. We loved the ice cream with sprinkles and a candle for his birthday, such a cute spot and so glad we tried it out!! The la Luca marg was 👌🏼👌🏼 Ambiance was perfect, I felt like I was in the 70-80s with the decor and music. Will recommend to friends and readers, for sure!
  32. MM

    MiMi411

    Houston

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was our first time dining there. We absolutely loved it. Chris was the best waiter. Excellent service and outstanding food.
  33. WH

    WaltH

    Houston

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for our anniversary and the food and service was outstanding! Made a special occasion extra special!!
  34. GO

    GerryO

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience. From the valet to the hostess to the waiter and of course the cooks….simply outstanding. Kudos to our waiter Chris - very attentive and explained everything. He also gave us a celebratory small taste of their favorite and signature margaritas. Oysters, beer, bourbon, deviled eggs, shrimp remoulade salad, and redfish. So awesome. We will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chris our waiter was outstanding. The food was excellent. Peel and eat shrimp and cheeseburger both divine!!
  36. S

    Seafoodjunkee

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a date night in Houston so we wanted to try something that isn’t available in The Woodlands. Based on menu and reviews, La Lucha looked like a solid bet. We couldn’t get in for Saturday night so we made a reservation for early evening on Sunday. We were seated immediately, which was a good start. Service was solid and her recommendations were all very good. Since we don’t get into Houston that often for a meal, we went in a little harder than probably most by trying a number of different items. Since they serve the food family style as soon as it’s ready, you can graze for a while before realizing you’ve eaten half the menu. We started with the roasted parmesan oysters and a 1/2 dozen happy hour oysters. The HH oysters were pretty small but tasty. We followed that with some excellent potstickers, legit fried chicken and a really solid cheeseburger. The staff removed the plates quickly, so the shame of eating so much was kept to a minimum. An unexpected highlight was the peach jam on the biscuits. Together, it tasted like warm peach cobbler. La Lucha’s biscuit game is solid. Definitely will go back.
  37. PH

    PhillipH

    Houston

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very tasty, delivered quickly with a very nice ambiance. Just wished there had been a side with my fish......rice, quinoa, green beans or something other than just the fillet.
  38. MB

    MonicaB

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were awesome! It was a little too noisy. We could barely hear our waitress. Overall it really was a good experience.
  39. SW

    SusanW

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I absolutely love going to La Lucha. Food is great, service is wonderful, but this last time there was a problem. Not one, side, green item.
  40. R

    Rlsrelaw

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken and shrimp were great for an early weekend lunch. Started with delicious oysters. Waitstaff made for a wonderful dining experience

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 919 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 38 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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