Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.6
1030 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.5
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AnnB
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our food and margaritas as they were delicious! We were seated in a side room by ourselves which was great as we felt safe. At the end of our meal, they seated a party of 9 close to us which did not feel safe Next visit we will ask to sit in the large dining room with a high ceiling.

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vipLovinit
Houston
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hector was awesome as usual and the food was brilliant as always!

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vipdubba919
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food quality was low. Our beef fajitas were scrappy, and my wife's fish had a ton of bones.

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RoslynC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fresh and amazing! Friendly staff and eager to make you happy!

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vipMarkM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Margaritas in Houston! Nothing compares!!!!

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vipMickedoo
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Just drinks. Delicious

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MargoB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our new favorite place. The customer service was great and the food was very authentic.

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KenA
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This terrific eatery is well spaced and comfortable. The service and safety procedures allow a relaxed dining experience. The food is unique and well done

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Swue
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pico’s is by FAR our favorite restaurant! Over 30 years of food, fun and memories!

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ConejaNegra
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've had three meals here, breakfast, lunch, & dinner here. All great. The mole is some of the best I've had in Houston so far. Servers are very accomodating & timely. Interior is lovely & well cared for. Not too noisy - good acoustics and I can easily speak with my family over the table. Plenty of parking. Easy to drive into & get out of. Oh and Christmas tamales are fast to get and delicious, esp. the black bean one for vegetarians!

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vipLivetoeat
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the food but very expensive especially for lunch.

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vipDonC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Miss the brunch buffet but covid. Second time I’ve had the wild boar mole. It is fantastic and so is the white queso. Glad they have fresh chicharrones as I can’t have the tortilla chips. Their margaritas are numerous and delicious. I wish there was a wine menu if there is we don’t get it. I do better on my diet with wine than margaritas now. Luckily I named a few. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on any wine or food questions.

It is pricier but very unique and worth the trip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Coffee was cold. Asked for refill and still cold, Then we asked a different server for coffee and he made sure he was filling it with hot coffee. Tortillas were also cold. Food was ok. So many other choices for a good authentic Mexican breakfast. I would not recommend this one.Good place for dinner, but not for breakfast/brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a good restaurant

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AubreyW
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the back patio and it was great. The food is always outstanding and the service was perfect. Our server was Yesmin, she was great. Drinks were on point and loved the atmosphere. Will return of course!

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STWOODS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Long waits for server to check in on us. But he was a good server.

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vipShannonH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always loved Pico's, especially their Tamales Oaxaquino and Perfect Margaritas, but this was my first visit for breakfast. YUM!

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vipGierus
Detroit
56 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, professional waiters who are knowledgable about the cocktail and good menus. Great ceviche and osso bucco and pork shank along with TexMex with a twist.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food great, Margaritas were great no complaints first time trying this restaurant out after noticing it for years I’m glad I decided to give it a try.

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Carnivore
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Pico’s never fails to impress. My wife and I had a wonderful meal, killer margaritas, and felt totally safe and distanced at our table. Arnaldo and his crew are doing a great job!

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OctavioR
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent and very friendly customer service, from everyone at the restaurant. Highly recommend

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viponevoice
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great, as always, and service efficient. Great margaritas!

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MarkR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The authentic prepared dishes were outstanding. I had the Mole Coloradito and my wife had her customary Ribeye.
Guacamole was fantastic and the house made tortillas were incredible.
The most outstanding part of the night was our server Ruben. He did a wonderful job and made sure we were taken care of.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome first experience here. The menu was very broad and the Mole was excellent. Our sever Yesmin did a wonderful job!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We waited 10 minutes after being seated before I approached the hostess to inform her we had not been waited on. She had to tell a waiter who has passed by us several times to wait on us.

Another customer passed by our table (while we were eating ) four times going in and out of restaurant without a mask. On the fifth time I had had enough and got up from my table with my mask on and stood in his pathway. He then asked me what my problem was and that he was just going to the car to check on his young child who he apparently left in the car. All of this went on with the same waiter looking on. There are signs posted in the restaurant that masks are required while entering or exiting, but it is not enforced. We are not over reacting because We have a family member who had Covid ( missed two weeks of work) who got it through casual contact with an infected person who did know they had it. We were so upset at that point we asked for the check and immediately left the restaurant going out the back door to avoid the other customer and I did not finish my drink I just ordered.

We have been customers for over 25 years but don’t plan on returning anytime soon. We sure miss the Bellaire location and reasonable prices.

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vipBabsy2Dines
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been dining at Pico’s since they operated in Bellaire. The food is always delicious and quality is consistent. Excellent servers, as well. My only complaint is: I made reservations on Thursday via OpenTable,for 6, on the patio for Saturday night. I received a call on Saturday from Pico’s and the female stated “this is the second time I’m calling you.” I had missed the first call and no message was left. She proceeded to tell me that my reservation for the patio could not be guaranteed because they had a lot of reservations and patio is first come first serve. I thought it odd because I had reservation 2 weeks prior, on the patio and it wasn’t the policy. We arrived a few minutes early and were granted our reservation. I noticed a 10 top set up, on the patio as we were seated, although none of the party showed up for at least 40 minutes and then they trickled in, but the party wasn’t complete as we left around 8:30ish . Anyhow, I found the demeanor of the employee that phoned me unfriendly and unapologetic. I get things are difficult w Covid, but the manner in which the employee delivered this to me could have been more tactful.

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Littleone143
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great. Ordered from the HRW menu and sat outside on the patio.

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vipcaranbo
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Normally I give Picos 5 stars. Have been many times. This time our waiter provided lackluster service. I had to flag him down to take drink orders for our friends who arrived few minutes after we did. I got the feeling he didn't want to be bothered with us. He was pretty unenthusiastic which has not been an issue the last few times we went.

The Mahi was delicious. I will be back but hopefully will get a better waiter next time.

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AlexA
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Pico's. They have the best authentic Mexican food in Houston.

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vipFoodboy
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hector our waiter is THE best. Some really good Maxican music would make the restaurant festive.

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vipLovinit
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our anniversary dinner was fantastic and Abraham was a fantastic waiter.

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JamesW
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been customers at Pico’s since the early days on Bellaire Blvd in 1984. We no longer live in Houston, but we always schedule a dinner at Pico’s any time we’re back in Houston.

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Jfled
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We love Pico's, but this experience was not up to par. It may be due to Covid and a wait staff being overtaxed, but the service was slow. The red snapper dish was somewhat bland, but the carnitas were excellent. We hope they bring back the Sunday brunch soon - it is the best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Poor quality shrimp. Premium prices for decent food. Everything we had we have had better for less. Flautist over done tortilla overpowered the filling. Chili relleno was good but sauce was not seasoned. Soft shell crabs were small but good lightly sautéd but $43 for 3 small crabs was way too much. Won’t be back. The location on Bellaire was a staple for 20+years.

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janeloshea
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was very good. It’s 4 stars instead of 5 because it wasn’t the best ever, but I would definitely go again.

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vipKimberly
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. We really enjoyed the food and service.

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Blanca
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pico’s is doing their best to have a safe environment despite covid. I was pleased with the distance between tables and them discarding the paper table cloths after each meal.

The food was delicious and the service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and amazing food. Margaritas amazing. Highly recommend.

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AlfredK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived about 15 minutes early because traffic was lighter than normal. We were seated right away and from start to finish the service was exceptional. The appetizers, drinks and dinner was perfect. Way to go Pico's!

JM
vipJohnM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the soft shell crab! Some of tbe best I've ever had! Reuben's service was perfect.

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Arnaldo Richards' Picos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 831-9940.

Arnaldo Richards' Picos is rated 4.6 stars by 1030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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