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“Another delicious trip to Lucio's” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lucio's BYOB and Grill

Lucio's BYOB and Grill
905 Taft St, Houston, TX 77019
(713) 523-9958
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Ranked #286 of 7,216 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Lamar
Houston, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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“Another delicious trip to Lucio's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Was in Saturday night for dinner with 6 friends - while Lucio's remains a BYOB, they do offer a good wine list by the glass or bottle. We started with crab cakes and calamari and then moved on to filet mignon, the flounder and the rib eye- every one enjoyed their food and the service is perfect! We will be back in soon - if you haven't had the pleasure of eating at Lucio's- make it a 'to-do' in the near future!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Clifton, New Jersey, United States
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“Local gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

I was there for lunch. Place was empty (a Tuesday). It's on a side street and you go right past it if you don't look. It's a cute space plenty of tables and a really nice patio outside the smell coming for the kitchen is amazing. We startled with the carpaccio which was with truffle oil. Perfect. I had crab cake the others had roasted chicken over an amazing broth and butternut squash. Service was attentive food amazing. All all of this coming from a frequent NYC eater. Go you will not be disappointed

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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“Lucio's Continues to be a Favorite Dining Spot in Houston”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

The menu at Lucio’s concentrates on seasonal and fresh local ingredients. The menu changes often at Lucio’s, but many of the high-quality ingredients (extra-virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables, etc.) are constant.

Lucio’s continues to be one of our favorite dining spots in Houston. Ask for Robert or Steven for consistently fantastic service. I've recommended Lucio's to friend's looking to try something new, or those seeking an intimate venue to host a birthday dinner or special date. I always look forward to returning to sample Executive Chef Rick Guerrero and Sous-Chef Brett Maesch’s latest seasonal menu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Outstanding food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

My party of three dined at Lucio's on a Monday evening in October after reading the wonderful reviews the restaurant received on TripAdvisor. Reviewers--thank you! Never have I been so happy to followed the recommendation of my fellow reviewers. The restaurant was a complete gem, in a "comfortable and unpretentious" setting (thanks AlainHarvey). Because we were business travelers, we didn't take advantage of the BYOB option, but the wine list was well-curated and extraordinarily well-priced. My fellow diners enjoyed a fresh and imaginative house salad while we waited for our entrees (sea scallops on butternut squash risotto, red snapper, and the sesame seed encrusted ahi on wasabi mashed potatoes). See dinner menu here: http://www.luciosbyob.com/index.php/menu/dinner. The entrees were perfectly prepared, plates were cleaned, and dessert of strawberry tart topped off the meal. Chef Rick Guerrero stopped by during our meal for a pleasant chat, and a semi-rowdy monthly blind wine tasting was happening in the front room. The restaurant has a great neighborhood vibe, and the diners ranged from a multi-generation family to snuggling couples. I will definitely return on my next trip to Houston--the restaurant is convenient to downtown, but away from the noise and bustle. A real gem!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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“Comfortable & Unpretentious Gem Offering Seasonal Menus”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

People like me, who frequently spend their evenings haunting vast, baroque dining establishments, puzzling over crowded, multipage menus and gorging (or trying not to gorge) on remorselessly similar variations of foie gras or molten-chocolate cake, often dream of escaping to a certain kind of restaurant. This imaginary restaurant is a neighborly place, tucked on an out-of-the-way street, where waiters aren’t excessively fawning and the prices aren’t excessively high. The room is big enough not to be poky, but not so big that you have to shout to be heard. There are no trendy circular lampshades hanging from the ceiling, no freakishly large flower arrangements sprouting to the sky. The food is various but not busy, and prepared in a way that highlights the ingredients instead of the vaunted skills of an egotistical chef. It’s a restaurant, in other words, where one would be happy to dine on a night out with a date, spouse or close friends who know and appreciate well-prepared food made with quality ingredients.

Lucio’s, which opened not too long ago near the nondescript corner of Taft and Dallas Streets in Montrose, is this kind of place. The modest little restaurant occupies a couple of rooms, with a recently-constructed outdoor deck for eating and sipping wines. The beautiful and creative works of local artists are on display throughout the establishment and are for sale. Lucio’s strikes a perfect balance between being both comforting yet upscale.

If all this sounds a little precious, well, that’s because it is. Lucio’s is already a favorite haunt of delicate, food-obsessed souls who murmur over the quality of the goat cheese and spinach leaves in the goat cheese salad or the interplay of seasonings coating the sesame crusted Ahi tuna seared to perfection and served with a savory side of wasabi mashed potatoes and fresh spears of tender asparagus.

Lucio’s isn’t especially glamorous or inventive. Which is precisely the beauty of it. Unlike at some of the city’s other high-minded, ingredient-conscious foodie palaces, however, the menu here is presented casually, within the context of a familiar culinary tradition, and it’s relatively cheap. It’s the kind of straightforward, unfussy food that would send you into paroxysms of tourist glee if you came across it at a trattoria in the hills around Treviso, for instance. Service is generally prompt, attentive and friendly without being intrusive. On past visits both of our wait staff, Richard and Steven, were personable and competent, providing exceptional service and advice.

Of the starters I liked the blackened ox heart with spaetzle and aji the best, and would have ordered another plate or two if my cholesterol-fixated wife hadn’t threatened to grapple me to the floor. I also enjoyed the beef carpaccio laced with truffle oil complimented by a chiffonade of greens. Before the heftier courses arrive, it’s also possible to indulge in Lucio’s crab cakes drizzled with chipotle cream accompanied by a chive-mango salad, and a variety of other starter dishes designed, in high fashion, to be admired as much for their beauty as for their taste.

Unlike with the majority of brawny, overstuffed American fare restaurants these days, the menu at Lucio’s concentrates on seasonal and fresh local ingredients. My dry-aged ribeye complimented by a roasted garlic tomatillo chimichurri and accompanying stacked potatoes was cooked just as ordered (rare) to melt-in-your mouth perfection. My wife’s sesame crusted Ahi tuna lightly coated with a sweet and sour glaze was paired with savory wasabi mashed potatoes which I greedily “shared” with her.

The menu changes often at Lucio’s, but many of the high-quality ingredients (extra-virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, fresh herbs and seasonal vegetables, etc.) are constant.

We loved the desserts, which are unfussy and agreeably sophisticated. There was a creamy, perfectly wobbly goat cheese panna cotta infused with honey complimented by a brush of huckleberry sauce. Perhaps best of all was the strawberry tart
featuring Chambord and a delicate macerate of strawberry lemon cream that we opted to enjoy with a carafe of Lucio’s richly flavorful French press coffee (Lucio’s also offers a variety of specialty teas.) Taste these desserts delicately, like we weary gourmets are taught to do, or do the natural thing and devour them whole.

No review of Lucio's would be complete without mentioning that because patrons can bring their own wines for an extremely reasonable $5 per bottle corkage fee, our dinners are always at least $50-$100 less (if not more) than a typical night out with two to four adults.

Lucio’s continues to be one of our favorite dining spots in Houston. I've recommended Lucio's to friend's looking to try something new, or those seeking an intimate venue to host a birthday dinner or special date. I always look forward to returning to sample Executive Chef Rick Guerrero and Sous-Chef Brett Maesch’s latest seasonal menu.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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