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Lulu's Jailhouse Cafe

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Mexican, American, Californian, Seafood
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1126 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207-4447
(210) 224-5001
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 14
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good old fashioned diner

We came to Lulu's to have breakfast before our flight left on a Monday morning. Place was empty, which is why we didn't go Sunday as we had heard they can be packed. Diner look old and run down, but those are the places that you usually get the best food. had the chicken fried steak, Texas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 27, 2013
Ryan A
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Jackson, Michigan
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Huge chicken fried steaks, delicious vegetables and the biggest cinnamonroll I have ever seen it is three pounds. This is an old fashioned dinner and it gets packed so be patient. The food is excellent and wonderful waitresses. The chicken fried steak comes on its own plate and vegetables are served in separate bowls. Try the cinnamon roll warmed it... More 

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San Antonio Texas
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Staff are not ready to serve very rude and avoid eye contact with customers at all cost to avoid serving.. This a place that provides a service and good customer service should be emphasized. The food was meteoker and I refuse to pay for bad service. This was my first and last time are this horrible place so much for... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Came in the restaurant and was not greeted by anyone so we just sat down at a table that was not dirty. About 80% of the tables were not clean. We were the only customers in the place. The waitress handed us menus and we ordered drinks. I ordered an unsweetened iced tea received a sweetened one. We waited 10-15min... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We came to Lulu's to have breakfast before our flight left on a Monday morning. Place was empty, which is why we didn't go Sunday as we had heard they can be packed. Diner look old and run down, but those are the places that you usually get the best food. had the chicken fried steak, Texas Breakfast of Champions,... More 

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Austin, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Biggest Chicken Fried Steak I have EVER seen! Two people could definately share it. While my mac and cheese was not the best I've ever had, the okra was wonderful, and rolls were even better. I loved the old school diner theme (probably by accident rather than design). Between the excellent wait staff and great prices, it was worth the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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69 reviews 69 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

I've been going to lulu's for years and really like the food. It does like the staff is a little unfriendly and prices continue to rise. The cinnamon roll is a family favorite but has skyrocketed since as seen on tv. It is still open 24 hours which is rare in SA. Lots of food. Come hungry!

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Houston, Texas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Went to LLulu's based on the Man VS. Food episode with the 3lb cinnamon roll. Ordered that and chicken fried steak. The cinnamon roll was yummy and chicken fried steak was one of the best we've ever had. Brought just over half of the cinnamon roll home to Houston. Woke up the next morning and my fifty pound dog had... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

Ate here when I was young at the old location. Years passed and I drove up here to find it was gone. Moved locations. This place looks like a dirty nasty rundown hole in the wall. Forget all that. This place gets packed. Why? Becaus they have the best damn chicken fried steak in the world. Check that, the universe!... More 

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Ft Worth
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I was in San Antone last week and some friends took me to LuLu's. All I can say is WOW! I ordered the small chicken fried steak and they ordered a large. They cut it in half and put half in a to go box. Then they split the remaining half and that was dinner. As for mine, I was... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

The place seems to trade on it's huge portions. The people next to us were sharing one chicken fried steak between three people. We came for the 3lb cinnamon bun. It was huge...and dry, and tasteless. Sorry, we were looking for an experience and it was a bad one. There were four in our party and the unamious decision was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1126 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207-4447
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
  • Phone Number: (210) 224-5001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American, Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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