Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.6
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$31 to $50
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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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KW
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice corner table. Food service and drinks were very good

C
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

The food at lunch was not well prepared. The chili rellano was not hot and lacked taste. The service was not good . Waiter did not bring things that were requested. Silverware was dirty. Very disappointing. We have noticed that the food and service has gone down recently.

ME
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Four of us had the buffet and we all got nausea and stomach problems.

HV
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great places and delicious food, great ambiance and very nice staff, will cede will return.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine. Typical Mexican fare and environment. Nothing to complain about, just wasn’t overwhelmed with quality of food and service to warrant higher stars.

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Was birthday for my Grandson and they were made aware when I made the reservations but it was never brought up and restaurant never did anything!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had not been to new location since it moved from Bellaire. Beautiful interior!!

AZ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Picos at night and during the day, are two completely different environments. I went during the day and the lack of service was shocking. Our waitress would disappear. I ran out of water, chips, and tortillas. Service is horrible here during the day. Night time is great, but never going here during the day(have given them a chance multiple times).

JH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to have Brunch. The food is always good and huge variety. The service is excellent and very attentive. It's usually always busy, so its best to make reservations and have everyone arrive at the same time so you can be seated. Staff is friendly and helpful.

RR
Houston
219 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Food !!!!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food service etc. love this restaurant!

RR
Houston
219 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience!!! Great Food.
Great Service !!
Wines are very nicely done.

JS
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good, but especially great this visit. Our waiter, Abraham was terrific!

GW
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We have dined at Picos many times but this time it was a little disappointing. The waiter got our orders wrong. My wife was served something that she did not order and while I ordered my steak medium, it came out rare. To top it off, they tried to bill us for a side dish that should have come with our original order. To their credit, they graciously revised the bill after we questioned it. I hope this was a one time error as we have always enjoyed Picos in the past.

NR
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch after Valentines Day was excellent once again. The food and service was perfect. I ordered coffee at the end of the meal and wished I had tried the hot chocolate. Our waitress brought me an extra cup of steaming hot chocolate to enjoy with my dessert. One of the great Sunday brunches in Houston.

RR
Houston
219 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food
Great Service

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a nice restaurant , very elegant and the valet added a better experience. The food was fantastic and to the degree of being fully cooked .. outstanding!!

SP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!! Everything went smooth and the food was delicious, we will be going again❣️

AE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitress amazing and food spectacular, real food with real Mexican Ingredients.

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines lunch. Pescado Tikin xik was wxcellent

JL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent, well prepared, fresh, authentic. We just had a mediocre server who didn't communicate some of the nuances in ordering, like how many mimosas come for $15. They actually serve 4/per person for the $15, but they don't allow them to be split between 2. So we were each charged $15, had 4 drinks which neither of us could drink all of them. That whole scenario wasn't made clear. We also had to ask for our server a couple of times which was inconvenient. However management seemed tuned in and came to our aid each time. Food is delish!

P
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Margaritas and food were great. Service excellent. Didn’t have a reservation so had a 40 wait. Reservations always get my party seated quickly.

BT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. One of the best in the city.

MD
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant surprise! Solid menu, great margaritas and professional service for a reasonable price.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hector was a very attentive server. Love that we were able to sit in the private dining room to enjoy our meal!

BL
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, attentive service and delicious food. Worth the drive.

JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was rushed. The waiter needed to chill!

LD
London
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Good food and service, but kind of expensive for what it is.

JG
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive. The menu is a nice change from traditional Tex Mex.

D
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very kind and considerate. He allowed my guest and me to talk for a while and when we were ready to order, he carefully explained several items on the menu about which we had questions. It was my guest's birthday, and he brought her flan with a birthday candle and the waitstaff and the harpist and guitarist sang her happy birthday. It was a lovely evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good service. Smaller Venue so doesn’t feel too crazy busy or loud even when it is full.

BD
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience regarding drinks, food and service!!! Had dinner on NYE and per usual everything was excellent. Shout out to our attentive and friendly server, Jairo O! Been enjoying PICOS since it’s past Bellaire location. Great atmosphere to boot! Love this restaurant and my favorite hot sauce ever.

AR
1 review