Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.7
1054 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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4.6
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Padre
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice evening with great food and service. A bit loud, though.

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viphoudinner
Houston
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Tex Mex we've had in Houston. We had a fantastic shrimp appetizer in an infused olive oil--amazing. The mole dishes are particularly good, and varied (and seem authentic, based on a trip we had to Oaxaca a few years ago). There are a lot of fabulous cocktails on the menu, and the carrot cake is TDF (and quite large).

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CocoC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After a long travel day, we were put in the side room where the noise level was low and atmosphere was perfect! The food is always top notch at Picos!

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Swue
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

LOVE Pico’s!!!

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vipJoeS
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Abraham, was professional and attentive, like always.

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RudyE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great buffer selection - and incredible desserts. All the foods offered are done right.

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KathrynT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish food

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Mercedes
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waiter was slow and we had to ask for more drinks each time. Dissatisfied with the service this time. But the food was great.

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vipLivetoeat
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margaritas in Houston! Food and service was excellent but a bit pricey

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vipMickedoo
Houston
36 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on patio and food was delicious. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been a while since my wife and I had a date night. This restaurant was well worth it! Great atmosphere, great food and great customer service. Ruben our waiter was very attentive and helpful. He was spot on with his recommendations and had superior service. My wife and I are looking forward to stopping by again.

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vipAFoodLover
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An extensive and well defined menu. Nice margarita selection.

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SteenP
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always some of the best authentic mexican food. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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vipRomanR
Houston
223 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service by Hector.

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Swue
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Day at Pico’s. A tradition for us!

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TopSpur
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an experience in gourmet Mexican cuisine with the food representing all corners of Mexico, and the margaritas are the best in Houston!

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RafaelC
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly atmosphere and staff. Generous servings of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yesmine was amazing!

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DaveG
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to share our like for Pico’s with my son and his wife. Enjoyable evening. Took tamales home for another meal

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vipKimberly
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Way too loud

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TreyS
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picos is a must whenever my wife and I visit Houston. This upscale Mexican restaurant has the best quality Mexican food around and worth every penny. Fajita meat (chicken or steak) is so tender it like it melts in your mouth. Service is always great. The waiters are very attentive.

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DominiqueV
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice for authentic Mexican food in Houston. Beautiful atmosphere, attentive service and moderately priced. We enjoyed our brunch experience.

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Betz
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pico’s holiday special, The Twelve Days of Mole buffet enticed us back to in-person dining. We had ordered takeout on two previous occasions during the earlier COVID restrictions. We felt very comfortable. The tables were adequately distanced, the staff were masked and gloved and the buffet table was protected from diners by plexiglass. We were able to choose among the twelve different mole dishes and sides which were plated by staff and handed to us to carry back to our table. The food was excellent as usual. We hope Pico’s will continue this holiday tradition next year. We will be back before then.

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vipAnnB
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
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 on November 19, 2020
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
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipHenry
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great authentic Mexican food and attentive services.

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vipMickedoo
Houston
36 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
7 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
24 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
2 reviews
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
7 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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Arnaldo Richards' Picos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 831-9940.

Arnaldo Richards' Picos is rated 4.7 stars by 1054 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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