Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.5
682 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Regional Mexican, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Continuous Service
LUNCH
Daily 11:00am - 5:00pm
DINNER
Monday to Thursday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
SUNDAY BRUNCH
10:30am to 3:00pm
BREAKFAST
Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(832) 831-9940
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Arnaldo Richards
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Catering
With over 30 years of catering experience, Pico’s Catering can help you plan the perfect party. We cater Mexican buffet fiestas, seated dinners, corporate luncheons, graduation parties, holiday parties, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and all your special events.

Regardless of the number of guests, we have a menu that fits your needs. In addition to our regional Mexican cuisine, we also offer several different styles of cuisine. Contact our party consultant to assist you in designing the perfect menu for your event. Call us today at (713) 662-8383.
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Cross street
Richmond Avenue
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Parking details
We offer complimentary valet service as well as self parking areas for our guests.
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Public transit
Metro offers two bus stops exactly on our corner of Kirby Drive and Richmond Avenue - Stop Numbers 5549 and 5565.
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Entertainment
Come join us for live music seven nights a week and during our Sunday Brunch Buffet! Our traditional Mexican musicians have been entertaining our guests for more than 30 years.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, our private dining spaces are are intimate and inviting. Our spaces can accommodate up to 150 people. Our private Tequila Room accommodates up to 32 people. We also offer semi-private dining in our Fiesta Room for up to 60 peo

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What 682 People Are Saying
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SB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the "real" Mexican food which was delicious! Also enjoyed our waiter who took very good care of us. The margarita's were excellent.

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MH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a delicious dinner. The dishes on the menu are authentically Mexican, and the quality of preparation was very good. Our server was attentive and service was fast. The dining room is to the back of the restaurant, and you feel like you're in a different world from outside. We had a loud-voiced neighbor who took away from the experience, but that was not the restaurant's fault.

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EB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite. My colleague (who is Mexican) loves to go to Pico's everytime he's in Houston since its more like the regional cuisines of Mexico as opposed to the generic Tex/Mex that 99.99999% of Mexican restaurants tend to serve. ¡Viva Pico's!

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is great traditional Mexican food, not Tex-Mex. The food was great, even for Tex-Mex junkies. The atmosphere was relaxing, but the "over the top" outstanding feature was the service!!

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AW
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside enjoying margaritas and dinner. Good food

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DO
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The noise was overwhelming; really no conversation possible. The food was ok, but nothing special. What topped it off was the worse service I've experienced in a Houston restaurant ever. The wait staff left us waiting for them for 20-30 minutes several times. Not recommended even for the best parts.

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MM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Pico’s is the place we go for relaxed fun and delicious comfort food. The staff is always friendly and accommodating, whether we are a group of 4 or a party of 20.

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P
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect margarita always is a fabulous drink and love it when soft shell crabs are available

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DR
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, drinks, and service. Authentic recipes. Fun to try new things here. The mariachi music is lively and good natured. But the restaurant is VERY noisy, particularly during peak times. No noise abatement design at all. Hard to carry on a conversation with the person next to you sometimes.

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UK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alberto was the best server we have ever had at Picos and we dine here a few times a month over the last few years. He was helpful, friendly, and affable and made for a great dining experience. We will definitely ask for him next time.

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WS
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 5

I have enjoy the restaurant, but the tenderloin fajitas where tuff and stringy! Very disappointed after even asking the waiter about the meat. Then spoke to the manager and he was very kind, but had no resolution to the meat. Again disappointed and hope it gets better! I will RETURN....

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MG
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were a party of 14 adults out celebrating a birthday (made reservations days in advance, so not a walk-in) and our waiter was either inexperienced, ill, on drugs, unmotivated, or just drastically over worked - we were there for 3.5/4 hours - we had to chase down someone to even bring us chips and salsa, take our drink orders, and get refills. Everyone’s food arrived but mine was going to take a bit longer, so they brought me the saddest excuse for a salad (some romaine and 4 cherry tomatoes) to substitute until my entree arrived. Food was ok at best. Overall very disappointing, as a 14-top is an easy way for a waiter to make some money: just keep the drinks and the chips/salsa flowing!

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ML
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!
This is not a TEX-MEX restaurant, this is an authentic Mexican restaurant. The menu is fairly extensive and offers many classical Mexican dishes not available in other Mexican restaurants in town. I ordered the traditional mole and I think it was the best mole I ever ate in my life. I'm so glad we have this restaurant in town.

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pico's was recommended by a good friend in the Republic of Panama. I booked a table for three for a late lunch. I'm am from Panama and my guests are local Houston residents. They loved it. Thumbs up!

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HN
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

First time here. Restaurant was only about half full, but very noisy - difficult to hold a conversation. Food was OK, but not exceptional. The chiles rellenos were very good, but the chicken pibil was dry and relatively tasteless. The $12 margarita I had was not great. Service was poor. Our waitress showed up to take our orders and then disappeared for the rest of the night - she did not check in with us again until after we were done eating. My wife ordered a coke, which was served in a small glass and was mostly ice; she emptied it 10 minutes into the meal and was never offered a refill. There are so many wonderful, more moderately priced Mexican restaurants in the Houston area that we really expected more for the high prices here. We do not plan to return.

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NQ
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was good and the place was cute. BUT the food (we ordered fajitas, seafood, and a steak) was ok- definitely disappointing considering the high prices. I would happily choose to eat out of a taco truck than to go back to this place.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday and had a great time. Good food, good service, and a dessert with a candle, as requested.

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DJ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We found Pico’s in Houston as an authentic food place. Being my wife is from Puebla Mexico, she loved it. Chile en nogada a specialty

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the duck 2 ways and it was great!

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KG
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Girls day out.

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L
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We keep going back- after 25+ years Arnaldo and his family have served the best "Mex-Mex" in Houston. Just to go and try the amazing variety of margaritas and curated tequilas is an experience in itself, but don't miss out on all the regional flavors you can savor.

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MH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous time celebrating a mother/daughter birthday. Our waiter was very friendly and courteous.

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RE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Pico’s food is consistently very good, but in our last few visits, the service has not been as good. On this visit, one of our meals came out about 15 minutes before the other.

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FD
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience

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TI
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is very good. Waiters were helpful but order was slow to come out of the kitchen. Nice festive atmosphere. Pretty noisy.

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OT
Houston
153 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best most incredible outstanding breakfast in Houston !!
Try The pancakes!!!! Huevos machacados !!!
WOW.

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food is good.

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TT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food still as good as always, service tonight was pretty slow.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

This restaurant was nice. The food portions for the price were a disappointment but the food was great! The server we had was trash. He barely came to the table and when he did he acted like he had something else he had to do. It was my fiancé’s birthday and it felt like I made a mistake with going to this restaurant. This is my first time dining here. Maybe I’ll try it again by myself at the bar. Never again for a date night!

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DS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I've been eating at Pico's since the restaurant opened on Bellaire Blvd. in 1984, so I feel qualified to review it. The new location on Kirby and Richmond at the renovated former Ninfa's is worth visiting for the food as well as the atmosphere, especially on weekends. Three of us had dinner on the patio July 31. Although the service was spotty even though the restaurant and patio weren't overly crowded, we still enjoyed the experience. The food and margaritas were excellent, and we stayed and talked for two-and-a-half hours. We tried cuisine from several of the various regions of Mexico, and it was creative and tasty. The margaritas (made with Don Julio tequila) were among the best I've ever had. The way they're served in shakers with ice and then poured into martini glasses makes them even better. I've taken business associates to Pico's for lunch, dined there socially with friends and family, and reserved tables and the event room for special occasions. It has never disappointed.

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S
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner for a group. The soft shell crabs were outstanding and the margaritas are a perfect pairing for them. Look forward to coming back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came after church on a Sunday. It was pretty busy but we were able to get seated quickly. We decided to try the Buffett they had available as it came recommended by our server. They had a wide selection of offerings including fresh ceviche. We will likely visit again and maybe try something off the menu instead.

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LD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Spencer, was friendly and impressed us with his knowledge of the menu items. He added fun to our special reunion.

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CD
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My wife and I invited a couple especially for the soft shell crabs. One of our guest uses a walker, the receptionist located a table situated for easy in and out access, making the outing much comfortable. At the waiter's suggestion, each couple shared a platter of three crabs each and side fixings. The meal was served promptly, arranged in sumptuous display and enjoyed by all. Not drinkers, we had lemonade which I recommend as a non-alcohol alternative.

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L
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not your everyday Tex-Mex- amazing flavors and best margarita selection in town! Try a tequila tasting...oh my. Been eating at Pico's for 30 years and counting. Thank you, Arnaldo Richards.

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LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we go to Picos it never fails! The food is always great and the service is nothing less. I recommend everyone try Picos their is something in the menu for everyone!

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OT
Houston
106 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love Pico's. We went for a fajita special for National Tequila Day, and we also had the Margarita special. Both were great values. And we can never pass up the table-side prep guacomole. Pico's is great.

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k
Houston
72 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We've been with Chef Arnaldo since the beginning! Always exceptional food and service. I was looking through some recipes the other day, and came across the Chef's recipe for Chiles en Nogada. I had a craving for them after that, and I thought about making them myself. Then I read the recipe. Lots of work! It was much easier to have Arnaldo do the work and for me to do the eating. Always delicious, and this continues to be one of my favorites. Truly a remarkable dish!

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AL
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

food is down grading and the daily special menu price is ridiculously rip off .

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JZ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic and the food, as always, was delicious!

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