Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.6
786 reviews
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Regional Mexican
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, lively atmosphere that will transport you to the finest restaurants in Mexico. Since its inception in 1984, Arnaldo Richards' Picos has been recognized as one of Houston's premier award-winning Mexican restaurants. Executive Chef/Owner Arnaldo Richards skillfully blends his contemporary culinary concepts with traditional Mexican cooking techniques, while remaining faithful to the deeply rooted and authentic flavors of the seven regions of Mexican cuisine. Picos is the perfect place for friends, family, business associates and private parties to enjoy a remarkable dining experience and extraordinary drinks. Takeout & Catering are also available.
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Houston
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, ate stuff that I didn’t recognize and enjoyed it. I will be going back.

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Houston
175 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I bet you have not had a great breakfast like they serve here

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f
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique menu. Traditional Mexican food. The Resturant was established 37 years ago. Our waiter Soloman has been their 27 years. Fabulous food and all around great experience.

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Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Best margaritas in town!!!! Love their pozole and the oysters.

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TH
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat Mex-Mex food!

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Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and the best ritas. Good happy hour! I frequent this restaurant a lot. My go to.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal as always and our sweet waiter, Hector, even brought us 2 small pieces of cake to celebrate 2 birthdays!

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k
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Interesting place........... we went based on a recommendation from so friends. Food was ok, but not something that I would bother with again. Service was so-so. Our table would have enjoyed another Margarita or wine, but we were never asked and our server did not check on us but once when I food came.

I would not say that the noise level was energetic, but really loud.

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VE
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo esta riquisimo tortitas de camaron yummy postre delicioso recomendado 100 %

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PB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had the fajita special and the meat was very chewy.

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BC
Denver
54 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a table of 12. Food and Service were outstanding. We never wanted for anything. If we thought of something it was produced in record time. We were entering friends from put of town. They loved everything they tasted. They have already to go back the next time they are in Houston. A excellent Family owned restaurant

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a
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Seated promptly after arriving.

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JM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Disappointing compared to my previous dinners at Pico's.

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast in town I highly recommend it great service great food great owners and great chef

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HT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the breakfast omelettes and fresh fruit. Great palomas.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my sister in laws 26th birthday and Picos did not disappoint! The staff were friendly and attentive, the drinks were delicious, and the food was absolutely amazing! Best of all, they sang happy birthday too!! Fantastic food and amazing experience overall, I will be coming back here again.

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GQ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our son-in-law’s birthday! His FAVE restaurant!! We all had a wonderful meal and celebration!!!!

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Arnaldo does it again. WOW !!!

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Houston
84 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

we used to enjoy coming here but this visit we found the service lacking, it took quite a while for the waiter to come over and take drink orders. I ordered a Paloma but the bar was out of grapefruit juice. We ordered the mixed grill to share for 2 and the meats were pretty tasteless, no seasoning even on the pork ribs.
We were disappointed and probably won't be back There are just so many Mexican restaurants in Houston.

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AF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please train your servers to have checks ready right away! When people want to leave they want to leave right away! I didn’t give a lower score because I love this restaurant and I am Hopeful management will address this comment!

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Houston
32 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday gathering. Nice food and service but service was not very efficient. Good thing we weren’t in a rush!

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Good was tasty. Loved it. Look forward to returning

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great casual Mexican food - far-ranging menu, excellent drinks menu and incredible service. Only concern high noise level in crowded room.

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MQ
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was so delicious!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavor and ambient.

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NC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was just ok. We’ve eaten at their old location and we remember it being better.

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KI
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My husband and I come to Pico's frequently and we love it. This last time we went the service was a bit slow and our waiter wasn't very friendly.

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Great sitting in outdoor patio
Chocolate Martini for dessert was delicious !!!!!
Picos has taken it to a higher level.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

The server made an error when he took our order, which was understandable since we were a large group. We asked for the shrimp add on, instead he added it as a separate order, which was a 20 dollar difference. He also charged us for an extra margarita which was another 11 bucks. Instead of correcting his mistake he told us he would get us an appetizer jokingly on our next visit. Seeing as we were in a large group and everyone had already paid, my wife and I decided to not as to speak to a manager. However, The food and drinks were great.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was so embarrassed...I took my son's to dinner and the waiter told me I could not have my a happy hour margharita at our table. I asked if I could go to the bar and bring it back and was told no. If I wanted to do that i needed to sit somewhere else. All i wanted to do was have the happy hour drinks and fajitas... and i was told to sit somewhere else... even though i had made reservations...dissappointing.

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DV
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the brunch option. Last time when we were there the waiter was much better, explaining and offering us different level of spice sauces. Overall it is a wonderful experience!

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best enchiladas and shrimp in town

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Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother in laws birthday

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Houston
176 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast !

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1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s dat

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JK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Top shelf Mexican cuisine

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The hostess who seated us was very put out when we didn’t like the first table she showed us. Our waiter made it clear we were a bother to him, he never told us his name, couldn’t have cared less about us yes, and I still tipped. The food was average at best but at way above prices. Simply nothing special about the food or service. For the two of us, with the least expensive bottle of wine, no appetizer and 2 entrees the bill before tip was $130.00. To be blunt, I could have had this meal at ANY Tex-Mex restaurant for 2/3 less and of the same quality or maybe even better. Sadly, we will not eat here again.

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FF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was terrible very slow we asked him to refill our drinks the entire time we were there. I was very disappointed about Pico having a lousy service that night in because some of my companions were there for the first time.

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P
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best margaritas in the city

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall, a 4 rating. My food was fresh and my companions enjoyed theirs too.

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