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Armandos Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.armandosrestaurant.com/
  • Email: events@armandosrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (713) 520-1738
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday and Monday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Bar opens at 4:00pm every day and Thursday bar stays open late.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: ARMANDOS premier Taco Truck caters one of a kind events serving our entire menu right to your door.
  • Private Party Facilities: Wine Room fits 12-40 guests for a seated dinner or 60-75 people for cocktail party.
  • Private Party Contact: Cinda Palacios (713) 520-1738
  • Entertainment: Thursday night dancing starts at 10:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kirby
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Armandos
Armando Palacios and his eponymous restaurant of Mexican fare with "The Margarita"! Located centrally in the River Oaks section of Houston, Armandos engulfs you in an environment reminiscent of early 20th century Mexico City fine dining. Come and experience what it was like in Spanish & French colonial Mexico and dine on Armando’s family recipes. With its goldenrod and wood-paneled walls, intimate lighting, and a serendipitous selection of grand mirrors, Armandos provides a wonderful backdrop for sharing a wonderful evening with one or many. Great. Mexican. Bistro. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was very tasty, which for the price charged would be expected. Very nice Ambience, no little screaming kids like at so many other Mexican places. Waiter was unfriendly, border line snobbish. Not sure what his attitude was about?? I would have like a few more "mixed" plate options on the menu."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Nothing will compare to the atmosphere of when Armandos was located on Shephard but the food is still amazing. i highly recommend the veggie queso flameado and the filet mignon."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We started with guacamole and queso appetizers. So good and so fresh! Our party of 12 absolutely enjoyed the beef and chicken fajitas. Even though the restaurant was busy with several large parties, the ambiance was still intimate and everyone was able to hear what the others were saying. We are definitely going back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great experience for our party of 8. Excellent food, friendly and professional service and the best margaritas ever."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We had to yell across the table to hear each other. Tables are WAY too close together. Can't see going back to the restaurant. Best thing about it was the service"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We heard Armandos was a fun place to go for Thursday Happy Hour and we will definitely be going back! We didn't stay for Disco night, which starts at 10pm on Thursdays, but we had great margs (only needed one!) and delicious salsa. We all got different meals...the fish tacos, the crab enchiladas, and the Lulus were all scrumptious. We loved the dark, a bit old-school ambiance and are planning to go back with a big group for Disco night soon:) Rual was an awesome waiter!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We have been to Armando's during the week and for brunch, when it is very elegant and quiet. We were quite surprised that it was so packed and noisy on a Saturday night. It was a younger crowd than we had seen in the past, hip and animated. We could hardly talk without shouting, but the food was even better than it had been on other occaslons. The waiters were kept very busy. but were attentive. Overall, a good experience, although as seniors, we prefer a more sedate ambience. We hope to be back on a week night, not weekend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Armando's was all I thought it would be. The food was delicious, and The chips were perfect. The chips deserve their own praise since this is a Mexican restaurant. I was happy with everything, except for our waiter. He did not say much, when he first came by he asked us what we wanted to drink and my response was we will take a look at the wine list but just water for now.... And then he just stared at me. When he came back to Ask us if we knew what we wanted to eat I said just a few more minutes, and he said I will wait and stared at me hahah. It was weird, but the food was great."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Dined there with dear friends for Valentine's Day. I used to frequent there a lot when it was the River Oaks Grill. Such a wonderful and beautiful restaurant. Noise level is "energetic" to put it mildly. Restaurant was very busy that night, so the service was slower than I desired, but they were forgiven for that. It was really busy. Overall, it is an exceptional restaurant that I will visit again and again. I had a delightful experience there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great ambiance. Friendly and attentive staff. A great place for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Best Mexican Restaurant in River Oaks area!!! Very pleased with the service and delicious menu. I'm making this place my new favorite Mexican Restaurant. Try the lobster enchilada!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have been going to Armendos ever since he was on Shepherd. Thursday night is a big bar night. The food is great and the dinner comes out faster than you may want. Great for groups.........."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Grilled Snapper was divine. Also, the filet was perfect. The Skinny Margarita was well done. Been before and the service was terrible. Much Much better this time around. We will return."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This was an energetic place with great food and fast service. The seafood enchiladas were awesome but the refried beans were absolutely the best I hav ever tasted. The margaritas were outstanding and the overall feel of the restaurant was friendly and personal even though they were really busy. When we left the owner and his wife talked with us for a few minutes and that was a nice touch!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "For consistent margaritas and great Mexican food, Armandos is the place. Careful though.....only two......"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We are never disappointed with Armando's. The food is excellent and the ambience is wonderful. Be sure to try the crab or spinach enchilada's."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Great Place! Food, music, people and service was awesome. Lots of fun!!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Great Tex-Mex with choices to please anyone. First class service. Excellent bar and diverse crowd."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "It is a great appetizer and is good for sharing. The table side preparation is a nice touch too."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "I really think this restaurant is overpriced for the quantity and quality of the food. Nice location and pleasant atmosphere though."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "I celebrated my 40th birthday here. I picked this place based on the reviews and I must say, I was very pleased! The food was amazing, the staff was so helpful and courteous and the scene was very fun. My group consisted of 15 people ages 26-46 and everyone had a great time! I will certainly come here again."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We have been going to Armando's for decades and love it. The food and service are really great. The Queso Flameado is an excellent start to a great meal and the beans are the best in town. We all got different entrees and were all pleased. We ended the meal by sharing the delicious Churos and Tres Leches!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Although the atmosphere is nice and the service very good, the food was very average. Margaritas are tasty but quite strong. Had 2 and they really hit me. Both my wife and I had churning stomachs later in the evening."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "We celebrated my mom's birthday at the restaurant. It was very good and great place for 3 generations of family with older teens. Everyone loved their meal."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Not your typical Mexican restaurant. The ambiance of the restaurant is very energetic with a variety of age groups. The food was phenomenal, service was pretty good, but the best part has got to be the DJ/dance floor that starts later in the evening! Went with co-workers and had a blast!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "This wasn't the best place I went to. The service wAs like warm and food was good but not great."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We went to Armando's to try a new place. My wife and I were shocked to find out that this restaurant was located in an old location of a famous River Oaks restaurant where we were engaged. What a time.... Our eyes were wide open. There is no Mexican restaurant that can compare. I always see these reviews that folks can get a better meal in a hole in a wall and surroundings don;t matter. Well let me say this. Do we all want to drive around in a Chevy or a nice Porsche. For me diner is about all the senses, and Armando's hit the bell."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "As always I can never complain about Armando's. I go there time and time again for the wonderful margaritas, caesar salad and grilled salmon and they never fail me. I love my little booth in the back."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "Armandos was as great as ever on this visit. Service is attentive, margaritas--just right and the food, of course was delicious."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "I love Arrrrrrmando's!! I go there for the great food and wonderful top shelf margarita's. If you are looking for a place where you can have the best of both worlds this is the place to go....great food and drinks! It is well worth the money every time! As always the grilled salmon, fajitas, caesar salad are to die for. In fact, it's the best caesar salad I've had at any restaurant!! And not just the salad everything is excellent especially the margaritas!!"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "We think of Armando's as "special occasion Mexican food." The prices aren't any higher than others but the decor is fancier, although you can come dressed very casually. The spinach enchiladas are some of the best around, made with very fresh spinach. Their chips are also thicker and more substantial than others, with a delightful warn tomato and onion sauce, or a respectable green sauce. They were one of the first to serve white cheese queso tacos, and theirs still are some of the best appetizers around. My one disappointment: I noted on the reservation that one of our party had a birthday, but no recognition was offered. The service otherwise was appropriately attentive but never overbearing."
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Armando's has stood the test of time. The food and service continue to be top notch. Our experience yesterday was very good, just as our previous visits through the decades!"
    Dined on 8/7/2013