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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TM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
10 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
387 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

K
Houston
13 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
13 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
25 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
7 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
1 review
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
56 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!

b
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The wine is way overpriced

DO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Very disappointed in the menu choices - very limited as compared to the selections seen on line when making the reservation. Price point reasonable if food would have tasted better. Had their version of a skinny margarita- I would not have another. Also building obviously need some updated a/c - had at least 4 tower fans in various areas around the restaurant. Would not recommend to a friend. Will not go back. Too many better choices in the same area.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Wonderful authentic food and great atmosphere. Could have been a bit quieter.

OT
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliably good food and service in a quiet-ish environment. The roaming musicians were a bonus on Sunday.

e
London
41 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner—we had a great time. Food and service were excellent.

DR
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The only issue we had was that service was slow. Our waiter was good and accommodating, it's just that we sat for almost 30 mins before we had a drink and then he did not come back often enough.

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious- Too loud

g
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was ok. Service ok. Server did not make suggestions or offer dessert menu.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed all day happy 😊

C
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Sunday brunch buffet. Many great mole dishes to choose from. Service took a bit because it was a busy Sunday, but the margaritas helped pass the time. Great value and fun way to choose a favorite dish for regular dining.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Crawfish enchiladas & the sauteed spinach were excellent as always. Our waiter though left a lot to be desired. Only came to our table once after our food was brought out & only checked with the male at our table about the food. Margaritas were bad. Waiter must not have told the bartender no salt because everyone's drink tasted as if they had been poured from a glass that had had salt on it into another glass. One bad waiter will most likely not keep us from returning because the food is good. Margaritas are hit or miss though.

JS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Abraham was fantastic!

MZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great food; however, extremely noisy. So noisy that it was difficult to carry on a conversation. Please, consult a designer and add carpet or whatever it takes to bring down the noise level!

DG
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food is fantastic along with dessert! Highly recommend Sunday brunch.

DW
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

... always fabulous... best margaritas anywhere... and Lupe is the best!

BD
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner for family outing(all adults). In town visiting our son who had just moved to Houston. Read multiple reviews about Picos, and sounded like a good place to try. We were not disappointed. Multiple margaurita options and several were sampled; Excellent! Various mole dishes sampled by the table;Excellent! Finished the meal with coffee and dessert, also very good. Service was fantastic. We will definitely be returning on our next visit!!

OT
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was very accommodating for a birthday dinner. Food and drink selections were great!

RR
Houston
211 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all great but they charged me for my birthday dessert !
Oh well.

RR
Houston
211 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service and Food !!

J
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food in Houston

JR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I found this restaurant in a top 10 of Houston article. It was wildly disappointing! We went for the happy hour - margaritas were just okay. The tortillas were gritty and the fajitas were dry. Queso looked like it was cut with a can of nacho cheese from Sams club. The ceviche was was oddly chewy, I just left it. I did try the pork belly tacos 7$ for two tiny tacos like you would get at a sushi place. The filling was tasty but it’s hard to mess up what is essentially hunks of bacon.

LA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I miss the old Pico's. I miss the whole grilled chicken breast they used to have. My table ordered the fajitas and unfortunately, I went along with it. I have been eating at this restaurant for more years than I can count and I was truly disappointed in the 75.00 fajita combo for three. The chicken was dry and the meat was all so jumbled together that we didn't even find some of the shrimp until the end. Avoid the fajita combo. I will still go here because of the other food but my first time at the new restaurant was a big disappointment.

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