Arnaldo Richards' Picos

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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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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
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing love it
For sure I’ll be back soon !!

SH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like Picos alot. This one is so pretty and wonderful food. We had great service.
Love this place

BS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I've eaten at Pico's many times. This time I would say our service was very average. Maybe just post holiday stress.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

If you’re open for business, you should be prepared to serve customers. It was a very disappointing experience after 25 minutes I had to get up and go find someone to wait on us. In all that time we had no water or drink orders taken. That was after waiting on our table in the bar area and having to go to the bar and order drinks and bring them to the table myself.

This is the first time ever having such poor service on a special evening very disappointing. We usually love going to Pico’s

L
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual. This was our 30th year to do family dinner on Christmas Eve at Pico's

UT
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've enjoyed the sumptuous cuisine and fine folks of Pico's for 25+ years, and a visit here is the first request for our grown children in from the East Coast.

KW
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and drinks.

R
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very much enjoyed the evening with the strolling musicians (guitar and harp). The food was delicious.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Not happy with the way we were treated from the moment we arrived. The employees they have working the check in area need lots of training on how to properly communicate with customers. They ignored us, didnt have eye contact with us....told us the table was not ready....and left us just standing there.

The food and the service from the wait staff was good....no complaints there....but the time to get the food was not acceptable. The appetizers came quick....we thought we were in for a great meal....but after that....it took an hour to get our entrees.

It seemed that managment was not worried at all.....almost like, you'll get your food when you get it.

We've been here before and received great service from the beginning to the end....and really good food too....but this time.....we only received good service from our waiter and good food....everything else was lacking.

b
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Our server Leo was just terrible. Got our queso and waited 10 minutes to get our chips. He basically forgot about us the entire evening. No hurry to go back

HS
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the high ceilings and décor, the wait service was friendly and helpful in explaining the Day Specials, and the selections available, the Shrimp Brochette was excellent, all six of us loved the food and ambiance and will be back to try other dishes

a
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the atmosphere was great. AC

WM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Considering the selection of the brunch menu, I find it difficult to justify the $36/person charge. I understand the location is centralized and the cost for the monthly rent must be substantial, but perhaps trimming some of the staff maybe the answer?

BC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food1service1ambience3

Food was good but didn’t get what I ordered - serious language issues- finally got my drink at end of meal (it was melting so probably forgot)

B
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food, as always, was very good. Server was very diligent, but seemed disorganized. I ordered a margarita with salt. Didn’t think he heard me...it is very loud there...so, I repeated it twice. Came out with no salt. It was easily remedied. My wife ordered a side of queso for her tacos al carbon, specifically said that. They brought it as first appetizer. And, please.....bigger water glasses. Otherwise, great meal!

E
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, best margaritas in town, and fantastic service

RR
Houston
214 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around !!!
Maggie Service awesome !!

TG
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We enjoyed the margaritas. However when a friend ordered a glass of wine, it was about 4 oz. she got up and went to the bar and the bartender added more. We had to ask for more water which was difficult since we couldn’t find our waiter for several minutes. We got separate checks and three out of the five checks were wrong. The biggest thing was the noise level. When we got outside, one of my friends said, “I felt like I was yelling the whole time in there!” I said, “Because we were.” Nobody dislikes their food but also nobody said, “This is great! Ya’ll have to try it.”
We are a group of friends that have know each other for years. We started a “supper club” a few years back so we could see each other more on a regular basis. We try to meet once a month and so far, we usually make about 10 months out of the year. This experience we enjoyed the least and I’d say it was because of the noise. If we were able to chat and laugh as we usually do without such an effort to hear, empty water glasses and mixed up checks wouldn’t have matter.

J
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am always very satisfied when I eat at Picos. The service and quality of the food are excellent.

TM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Very loud restaurant. Table was in the walkway and service was slow. Food was okay but nothing great. Will not go back again.

C
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here—-so disappointed I waited so long to cone here!!!! Fabulous in all facets: food, music, atmosphere, service. Cant wait to try other menu items

GC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can count on the food and service it never disappoints. And the tequila menu is outstanding.

h
Houston
388 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Most items were fresh, paella was dry, service was. UST and a bit slow.

K
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great.

RE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was slower than usual even though we went early and the restaurant wasn’t crowded. We had small kids along, and their food came out quickly, but they were finished eating long before the adult orders came out. The pork rib dish wasn’t very good. El Tiempo’s ribs are much better.

K
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed watching the Astros game at the bar tonight. The food was delicious and the service was great.

JW
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hector is a professional and great waiter .

GT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful time at Picos...from the staff, drinks to the food...simply great!

j
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food make me keep coming back.

OT
Amarillo
27 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There were three of us on Friday, Oct 3, 2019. Waiter recommended a main course that was not eatable for one of us. Waiter didn’t come and ask whether our food was ok. He failed to notice that appetizer was not eaten and main course was also not touched. When he brought the bill I said that one of us couldn’t eat the main course as the meat was simply disgusting. Waiter asked whether we wanted to take it home... unbelievable

Meat dish looked awful and wasn’t cooked properly. We also had an octopus. Two legs of the octopus were ok, one had a funky smell. Ceviche is huge there and mixed with other stuff - very little raw fish and fish is not that great - big chunks. We won’t be back. Paid over $100 for there people plus tip. Really?

JG
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy the restaurant being a little quieter than their competitors and the tables being further apart so conducive to conversation. Chips are warm and love the roasted flavor in the salsa.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food I have ever had. Authentic with live music, amazing service, and a even better price

OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Buen lugar para comer auténtica comida mexicana.

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JS
Houston
59 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

This was our fourth time dining here, it was my wife’s birthday dinner. She ordered Fish which very dry and I had grilled shrimp, also just OK. Previously I have had the bacon wrapped shrimp which always excellent, but perhaps anything wrapped in bacon would be?
The service was really tentative, I think it may have been a new waiter?
So we will not be so eager to rush back

BC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous Sunday brunch buffet! We celebrated a family birthday in style!

PP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food and drink were great! Service was a bit off. Multiple servers and had to keep tracking one down.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner. Been here before and knew dinner would be great. Our family is from GDL, MTY, Filipino, and good ole Texas. Be back soon!

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