Give your group a true, authentic taste of West Texas at these seven top restaurants for big groups in Lubbock.
Location: 118 Inler Ave.
Can accommodate: Up to 50 people for small gatherings; 375 people for large groups
The vibe: A red clay adobe building houses country-style decor with wooden tables and chairs and old-fashioned portraits of cowboys on the walls. An outdoor patio is surrounded by saloon-like buildings and vintage signs.
Menu highlights: Cagle Steaks serves a wide range of choices to satisfy the biggest meat eaters or vegetarians in your group. Items on the menu include catfish, burgers, ribeye steaks, fajitas, salads and fried dill pickles.
What people say: “The service was friendly, quick and attentive. The steak and baked potato were the best I’ve ever had.” – Yelp reviewer
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 5:30 to last seating at 9:15 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5 to 9:45 p.m.
La Diosa Cellars
Location: 901 17th St.
Can accommodate: About 35 people
The vibe: You can find unique Spanish cuisine at La Diosa, which has an eclectic and fun interior of bohemian star lamps, paintings of old Spain, mosaic tables and walls full of local and imported wine bottles.
Menu highlights: Your group can order pitchers of sangria that pair well with dishes like papasito tacos, peppers stuffed with goat cheese, sardines and meatballs. The cuisine is tapas-style, meaning you and your group can share plates to taste the many flavors of Spain.
What people say: “They have the best wine in town. It has a very authentic atmosphere and music on the weekends just tops off the experience. One of my favorite places in Lubbock.” – Google reviewer
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: noon – 11 p.m.; Friday & Saturday: noon – midnight
Orlando’s Italian Restaurant
Location: 2402 Ave. Q; 6951 Indiana Ave.
Can accommodate: Varies
The vibe: The restaurant is known for its old-fashioned approach to Italian cooking with a Texas twist, serving guests at tables with classic red gingham tablecloths.
Menu highlights: Expect to see traditional Italian-American dishes like pasta, hoagies, pizza, lasagna and more. Non-Italian dishes are also available like cheeseburgers and salads.
What people say: “All of their pasta is amazing.” – Yelp reviewer
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
Lisa West’s Double Nickel Steak House
Location: 5405 Slide Road
Can accommodate: 175 people
The vibe: Upscale, so dress accordingly. The restaurant has an impressive wine collection on its walls.
Menu highlights: Double Nickel is proud of its traditional Texas plates of meaty ribeye steaks, loaded baked potatoes, shrimp cocktail, racks of lamb and more.
What people say: “We rented out the private room with the agreement that we would spend a certain amount as a group. The amount was low and easily obtainable for the amount of people we had.” – Yelp reviewer
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 5 to 9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.
Location: 7723 Milwaukee Ave.
Can accommodate: 30 people
The vibe: The two-story restaurant has a gorgeous interior with large chandeliers made from blue glass bottles, mosaic walls and wrought iron stairways. There’s also an inviting outdoor patio.
Menu highlights: While your group is enjoying the warm Texas weather from Albarran’s patio, they can try traditional Tex-Mex dishes like fajitas, taco salads, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas and more.
What people say: “Hands down, the best Mexican food in Lubbock.” – Yelp reviewer
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to midnight
By: Jillian Guinn
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By: Jillian Guinn