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La Lucha, Houston, TX

La Lucha

4.8
4.8
1254 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

10:00 pm


Booked 32 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 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
    Carol Rivas: (832) 745-2311
  • Area
    Heights / Washington
  • Cross Street
    18th and Shepherd
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • 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, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,254 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Houston

    Seafood

1,254 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always come here to take out of towners out or just whenever I’m really craving oysters. The service is consistently great, the drinks are great, the oysters are fresh and we haven’t ordered anything we haven’t liked. The inside and outside is roomy, clean, pretty and has a great ambiance. They have complimentary valet parking and self parking across the street. The chicken sliders are so delicious and they make a great Bloody Mary.

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  2. LaurieS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The fried chicken was amazing! The service was friendly and attentive. We loved the overall atmosphere of the restaurant.

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  3. TiffanyP

    Alabama

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great overall experience. Came back for brunch the next day. Will definitely be back.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing patio! Will definitely return, the food and service was amazing!

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  5. dck58

    Houston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Oyster happy hour is always a great way to end the week. Excellent food and service.

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  6. KevinB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried chicken is the best, topped with fried shrimp. Deviled eggs are outstanding.

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  7. JillN

    Houston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful service and good food. The noise level was almost impossible to carry on a conversation across the table. Would go again as a couple but not with a foursome or more.

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  8. AnnamarieD

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Although the dishes were tasty there are multiple reasons I wouldn’t go back to La Lucha. 1) The concept of family style and serving when an order is ready only works if all parties want to share all dishes. Our group wanted to order individual meals. So, by the time the last person was served their main dish and side (staggered), the other 4 people had long finished their meals. 2) The main dishes do not come with any sides. Quite the rip off. And when deciding on what pricey sides to get, the selection is extremely skimpy. 3) Two of our orders went completely forgotten. Two waiters checked on them multiple times but the food was still not served until everyone else had finished eating. I wouldn’t go back to La Lucha.

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  9. SandraA

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried chicken is 10/10 and worth the wait. Ashley was an attentive server

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Visited LaLucha for brunch with friends great experience. We enjoyed the chicken n’biscuits, hamburger, fried chicken, collards greens, roasted oysters and the deviled eggs. The cocktails were just ok but the food did not disappoint. Will definitely visit again.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little too loud at times but what can you do. Good food though!

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  12. JJJ63

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Simply wonderful place for our first date. Our server Carrie was very kind and attentive and went out of her way to make our experience a great one. The food was delicious, especially the raw Alabama oysters and the redfish. Good wine by the glass selection and a beautiful space with perfect lighting just right for a special date night or an evening out with friends. Run, don't walk to La Lucha!

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  13. KatherineK

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved our waitress! She was great. Food and drinks delicious as well.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Splendid restaurant. I have been coming here 6 years straight

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a classic stable. Never fails. Delicious wonderful service. Brought the kids, was great without feeling like a kid place

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and vibes! Can never go wrong with eating there, always consistent

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  17. SteveD

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The GM Michael is amazing and took care of my wife and I. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want a great time.

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  18. AshleyS

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my parents and in-laws and they loved it. I’ve been here several times and never got the friend chicken dinner and decided to try it. The chicken was great; crispy and delicious. The greens were spicy and the biscuits and jam was amazing. We also got the fries with the chowder dip. Everything was delicious.

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  19. Jack

    Houston

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was great. We’ve probably had take out or eaten at La Lucha over 40 times. Service was a disaster today. Entrees took 50 minutes after ordering. We were sitting right in front of the kitchen. Waitress didn’t put in the order until we bugged her after waiting 25 minutes with no food although she wouldn’t admit it and blamed it on the kitchen (I’m not stupid, I know you’re lying, just be honest and apologize). We saw people getting food after we ordered and people who arrived after us finishing and leaving, Also very disappointed in the completely MIA manager (I think it was a dude with Hawaiian shirt and red trucker hat but not sure since he may no effort to check on any tables). Never checked on any tables so no way to complain. Previous managers at La Lucha checked on tables. We are pretty easy to please but terrible experience today.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    S L O W. . . . . . . Did I mention it was slow? We saw it coming and decided to take our food to go as we only live 8 streets away. So we watched our food finished and put in Togo containers and left under the heat lamp in the window. Guess what fried chicken tastes like after sitting in a to go container for too long. At any rate the food tasted good, you just can’t let fried food steam itself.

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  21. CeeGee

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ALWAYS have a great experience at LaLucha, but this time I really wanted to highlight Chris and is great attention to detail! He has been our server when my brother and I have came in and now he knows exactly how we like our drinks with out us having to even tell him! He did a great job with our table yesterday and appreciate him for it!

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  22. Jennifer

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was very slow and refilled our water glasses one time . Also our food came out a lot later than people who were seated after is

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  23. Cameron

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La Lucha is fantastic every time. Very consistent food and service. We go at least once a month.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Food and service was great and we really enjoyed our visit

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  25. Livetoeat

    Houston

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the friend friend chicken and added the fried shrimp. It was yummy. Biscuits were great. We added the collard greens and we ate it all. Margaritas were delish!

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  26. It12

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was so awful neither my companion nor myself finished our meal. I ordered bay scallops which came on a huge oven dish of biscuit The scallops were ok but the biscuit was inedible having a strange under taste and too much fat. My friend ordered fried chicken which had a batter so thick the chef may have used cornflakes.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always have great food at La Lucha. You can never go wrong with your chicken, the pharmacy burger or the parmesan fries. YUMMY

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  28. Jaybird

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at La Lucha! Excellent service in a relaxed atmosphere. Select oysters on special and the Pharmacy Burger is a classic. Top it off with soft serve ice cream + crumbled saltines!

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  29. sherryp

    Houston

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! The deviled eggs, the snapper, the fried chicken and collared greens were all winners! Fried chicken was exceptional! Service was attentive and friendly! We will be back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time dining here! We truly enjoyed our meal, amazing food and service!

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  31. foodcritic

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is amazing! First, I was drawn to the restaurant due to them appearing on a list for Houston’s best burgers. The Pharmacy Burger is juicy and truly is delicious! Next up, I was a bit apprehensive to try the wood grilled oysters in fear of them not comparing to the taste of NOLA oysters, but I was not disappointed! The prices are high, $8 for a side of fries, $11 for 3 deviled eggs (1 whole egg and a half), $16 for a burger… so this is my one negative. Other than that, I thoroughly enjoy the food!

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  32. AlexandriaC

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I met here for dinner on a Sunday night. We sat outside as the weather was perfect! We got there in time for the Oyster Happy Hour and we both ordered 2. They were fresh and not slimy at all, served with cocktail sauce, crackers, lemon and tabasco. I ordered the La Lucha Frozen Margarita, it was delicious and strong although I think i would skip next time only because I'm not a huge fan of the smoky mezcal after taste. My friend got the "This Side of Paradist" drink and it was delciious! we ended up getting 3 more each HAHAHA We split the crunchy shrimp tacos, a side of fries and the fried shrimp. Everything was delicious, 10/10. Our waitress was so nice and I cannot wait to go back!!!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A small menu ain’t a bad thing. The red fish was amazing.

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  34. Foodery

    Houston

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy the food here. I had the fried chicken, the peel-and-eat shrimp and the fries with the smoked oyster mayo. Everything was delicious and the service was top-notch as usual.

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  35. RUBYD

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    chris was a great server, food was all delish. made for an easy group dinner and was so fun to celebrate my birthday there!

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  36. NikkiG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never miss a chance to hit la lucha when I’m in Houston!

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  37. VicenteA

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Omar really took care of us. We had friends from Alaska visiting, and they left with a great impression of Houston cuisine and hospitality. Thanks so much.

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  38. GabiM

    Houston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service, delicious food, quick service and ambiance was so beautiful. Definitely can’t wait to come back!

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  39. HemiSam

    Houston

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Omar did a super job waiting on us. Food and drink recommendations very good. The snapper on half shell needed acidity so ask for more lemon...there wasn't much on there. Snapper collars are a handful...heads up.

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  40. SCOTTH

    New Orleans

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my third visit. I'd been bragging to my sister-in-law how good the food was, so she wanted to try it out. Had reservations and were sat immediately, so things started off well. It was Saturday and only 5:15p so before the dinner rush. We ordered drinks and deviled eggs and biscuits and were served within a few minutes except for the biscuits. We decided to order our meals, I ordered the Pharmacy burger and a basket of fries, my wife and sister-in-law ordered shrimp tacos. Still didn't get the biscuits, assumed they were baking fresh ones and wasn't concerned. After a bit, my burger and fries were delivered to the table. After another 12-15 minutes, are biscuits were finally arrived (About 22-15 minutes after sitting down) and they were not hot, lukewarm at best and would not even melt the butter I had requested along with the jam. Finally, about 30 minutes after ordering, the fish tacos arrived, they were also lukewarm at best and very greasy (worse than cold Jack in the Box tacos). My wife was only able to eat 1.5 of her order before she gave up. I don't know if the breakdown was with our Server or the Kitchen Staff but it was a very disappointing meal, and it will likely be a long while before I return. If I do come back, I'll order the biscuits first and judge how the meal is going depending on if they are delivered hot or not! My burger, fries, and the deviled eggs were delicious but the other items were terribly disappointing, so it ruined the experience for us.

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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 1254 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

10:00 pm


Booked 32 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Lucha

1801 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77008

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    18th and Shepherd
  • Area
    Heights / Washington
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Southern, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • 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, Takeaway, 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
    Carol Rivas: (832) 745-2311
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