Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.5
755 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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
165 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best enchiladas and shrimp in town

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Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mother in laws birthday

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Houston
165 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast !

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s dat

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JK
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Top shelf Mexican cuisine

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F
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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 2, 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
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best margaritas in the city

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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

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IM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was ok, food extremely overpriced. Fajitas was bland and paid $60 for fajitas for 2? Prefer lots of other places. Best thing was Mole though.

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m
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

3 of us enjoyed our food and drinks; however, my husband’s steak was poor quality, very chewy. He wasn’t given a steak knife and when he asked for one it took several minutes to get it. It was extremely loud so we had trouble having conversation. Not likely to go back.

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C
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server is the best, in the moment that we walked in, he knows what we always drink, my wife, son and my self. He knows what we always want for appetizer.
Thanks

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely anniversary lunch. Great food, quiet comfortable environment, and excellent service.

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FD
Houston
65 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of 10 really enjoyed our evening at Picos!
Service was excellent(Isaac) and food wonderful as always

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T
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious! The waiter was courteous! The chips we're a hit!Will be back to sample other items on the wide ranging menu!

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W
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunch we opted to order off the menu instead of the buffet. The ceviche was excellent

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was fantastic!!

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Houston
165 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW this is the greatest place !!

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

What amazing specials!!! And the handcrafted endless Margarita choices!!! And the duo playing music were fantastic! Kudos to the Richard family and continued success in 2019!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good, waiter was very friendly and helpful and had some of the best deserts at a restaurant that I've been to. Great time.

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j
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic!!!

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CS
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, as always. Thomas the server was very informative with the menu and daily specials. He was also very attentive to our needs and wants. The bartender even made a drink for us that was no longer on the menu. Will definitely go back.

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OT
Houston
165 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service. Great Food.
Great atmosphere.

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GF
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and excellent overall experience. Our seating was near a large and lively group that was having a great time as well. Looks to be a popular place with large and small gatherings. Many sports fans dining after the Texans game. Our wait staff was helpful and attentive.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No service. Arrived and seated and then no service for 10 minutes. No waiter, no drinks, no chips, no anything for over 10 minutes. We ended up leaving. Food is usually good but service is always hit or miss.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with a family ambience and fantastic drinks!

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T
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place! It never disappoints. The food is excellent and different than Tex-Mex, the service was impeccable. Lunch and breakfast and brunch are unbeatable.

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been fans of Pico’s for 25 years, following the move from Bellaire Blvd. to Kirby. Same fabulous margarita selection and authentic, delicious food.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pico’s has terrific food (we had breakfast this last outing), nice atmosphere, creative cuisine, and attentive, but not overly so, service. Great place.

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PN
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Parking is tight and didn't feel to welcome at the door by the hostess. The food and service was great. Fish was cooked well and the flavor was great. The Crab/Shrimp Enchiladas were tasty but lacking in crab.

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AK
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, but service was better. We did have a couple of mistakes made hut they were so apologetic and righted everyone. It was outstanding service!

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DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve with family. Great service, food and music. The churros were to die-for!!!

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MP
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Picos is that rare bird: a restaurant that offers an extensive menu of ambitious dishes and excels at each one! In addition to a wide range of outstanding, authentic delicacies from the interior of Mexico, Picos offers a broad range of excellent Tex-Mex dishes. This is a truly wonderful Mexican restaurant.

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SR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lupe, our waiter was awesome!!

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KG
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We live and learn. Heard good things about this restaurant. Nice atmosphere but noisy. Very zealous wait staff, which made it difficult to have a nice conversation or leisurely peruse the menu; seemed to rush each stage of the meal. The kind water emphasized every "special" item that was not on the menu, which items probably outnumbered the items that are actually on the menu; on and on and on. Since this is known as an "authentic" Mexican restaurant I was considering ordering something different - not on the menus of the typical TexMex restaurant, but I was convinced to try the fajitas. I now regret that, not only because every TexMex restaurant serves fajitas, but more significantly because the fajitas were nothing to brag about, not nearly as good as the more popular Mexican food chains in the Houston area. Did I mention value? Somewhat overpriced in my opinion. To have spent around $110+ for fajitas for 2 and a couple of drinks I think we would have been better off at the local order-at-the counter chain.

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j
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great bar service and good food. Enjoyed our first time dining experience and look forward to returning.

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T
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted by several people from the time we entered to our table.
Wait staff was excellent

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S
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

Really loud

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