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La Lucha, Houston, TX

La Lucha

4.7
4.7
982 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 p.m.


Booked 45 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Regional American (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

  • Neighbourhood

    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 982 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Houston

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, location, drinks, staff, and prices!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the environment and the team felt welcoming . Definitely coming back for brunch
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We ordered the hot jalapeño oysters, a half bird, crispy shrimp tacos, fries, and some raw oysters.
  4. S

    Sanahk

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing best fried chicken in town
  5. d

    drdebbiet

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    LaLucha offers excellent food and service, including the opportunity to order a few items from the adjacent restaurant, Superica. We especially loved the pork and shrimp dumplings, fried shrimp and fried chicken, and side salad (Superica). The wine selection is small yet perfectly curated and the mixed drinks looked innovative. At certain tables, plan to use the flashlight feature on your phone to read the menu. Highly recommended!
  6. F

    Fmc374

    Houston

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy eating here! All the dishes are fabulous and delicious! This time we especially went for the fried chicken, which is our absolute favorite in town!! We have never been disappointed. Thank you!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service consistently impeccable.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Give yourself ample time to make your reservation as there construction on Shepherd. Olivia was kind enough to save our table as we were 15 min or so late. All the food was delicious but really wanted to try their oysters and they did not disappoint.
  9. FC

    FreddyC

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time stopping in after driving by so many times. Great cozy dinner spot. Perfect dishes and ambiance. Fair food value and terrific service.
  10. RR

    RonoRon

    Houston

    33 reviews

    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Love this place. We sat on nice patio. Service was uneven. We had the fried chicken 5/5 and the shrimp/pork dumplings 4/5.
  11. M

    Monica

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Fries with crab dip was too runny and the fries were shoestring which did not hold the dip. Not a good choice. Everything else we ordered was fine, not outstanding. Server we had was not attentive, cocktails took a long time.
  12. MH

    MarionH

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was awfull and it was way too dark even for La Lucha Not sure if they have a new owner or what but it was not the La Lucha I used to go to
  13. n

    nikole

    Miami - Dade

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Drinks could be better but service and food is what makes us keep on coming back
  14. b

    bobb

    Houston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday oyster happy hour is a winner. Very fresh and beautifully shucked. And they have a gluten-free fryer that can fry up delicious fried shrimp. A real treat!
  15. R

    Ruthie

    San Antonio

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I looked for patio dining in Houston and looked for a seafood restaurant. Found @laluchatx amongst the options and what a find! Happy hour for the gulf oysters are everyday until 6pm, each for $1.50. It was our first time having gulf oysters from Alabama and they are as good as East Coast oysters. We had 3 dozens of the Island Time and Bayou Labatre Blues. I had the Telenovela, my husband had the Watermelon Queen, Dad had the Lemonade, my brother had the Bombshell and my sister in love had the Ginger Ninja. Dad and I shared the Redfish on the half shell. My sister in love had the half Pollo Especiale. I tried a drumstick and it was crunchy and juicy! My brother had the Octopus Tostada. My husband had the Blackened Snapper Collar. Such generous portion with 4 collars! Angelica took good care of us! Everything was excellent and cooked to perfection! I highly recommend this restaurant. So busy even at 5pm so reservations through Open Table are recommended!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was informative on the menu and drinks. We got drinks based on his recommendations and it did not disappoint. The food was good but a bit overpriced. Three lobster tacos for $25 seemed like a lot, albeit good taste. We will return.
  17. MW

    MecaW

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we sat on the patio - beautiful lighting, weather nice and the server was attentive but not overbearing. I ordered the crabcake sliders, my friend ordered the dumplings and "jack in the box" tacos. I also had the La Lucha margarita and everything was fantastic. we will be back.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food. Get the fried chicken and the oysters. Great vibe. Definitely going back.
  19. JS

    JSUH

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    We understand menu changes with produce that is in season. In place of Street Corn restaurant had brusel sprouts on menu and we were told they were cooked with same seasonings as street corn. The sprouts were awful, they were hard and seasoning was not good at all. We also tried the Crab patty sandwich which was totally tasteless. We previously had several good meals at this restaurant, however, this experience ended up with a very bad taste. Doubt we return.
  20. t

    tcamp

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service!
  21. J

    Jaison

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    We were really excited about eating here. Snapper was filled with bones and not much flavor. Grilled Shrimp had the same issue. Overall great ambience in the restaurant and great service, but food did not live up to standard.
  22. E

    Elsa

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best chicken and waffles in Houston
  23. MP

    MarkeitaP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Per usual, perfection.
  24. AJ

    AudreyJoelle

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love this place and we go on a regular basis! Their pharmacy burger is my favorite burger in town. Everything else we’ve had on the menu is delicious, from the fried chicken to the dumplings and the tacos… I’d love to see a couple new cocktails on the menu at some point.
  25. V

    Valentina

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    I did not enjoy my experience. No place to park my car for free. You have to use valet service that does not even watch your car. All they do is parking it for $. The place is not on the level to even have any valet services. It is very casual. Now about the inside and the food... Bar area was not clean. The floors are very dirty and dusty. Food is not great either. It is mostly fried stuff or bad oysters. There is no dessert menu. It is simply soft serve of ice cream. This place need a new manager, and a new menu. By the way, it is not my first time there. I visited this place when they just opened. The menu was awkward back then too but at least it was not that bad. To sum up, never again!
  26. AO

    AmyO

    Houston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Our second visit to La Lucha was less than stellar. The service was a little slow, the $40 plate of oysters were about the size of a nickel and a bit over-cooked, however the biscuits and fried chicken were delicious. We also enjoyed some very good cocktails. It’s a bit of a letdown that the only dessert they offer is soft serve ice cream.
  27. h

    hotpocket

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance, finishes inside the restaurant and food/service was great.
  28. CG

    CeeGee

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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.
  29. DW

    DonnaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I went around 11 am and had a good time. The tables are small. Everything is A la Carte meaning you have to order your sides separately. So with that said, larger tables would be nice. I had the chicken and waffles and boy, they give you a lot of chicken! lol it was a nice experience and our waiter dj was VERY knowledgeable about the menu , and what they do back there in the kitchen. !
  30. HT

    HangT

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best place!
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. S

    Superwoman

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent fried chicken! We'll definitely be back.
  35. 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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service as always.
  37. 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!
  38. 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.
  39. TS

    TomS

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    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.
  40. 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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 4.7 stars by 982 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 p.m.


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    18th and Shepherd

  • Neighbourhood

    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, Regional American (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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