Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.6
644 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Regional Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Casual
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 644 People Are Saying
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AL
1.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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JZ
5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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

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SS
1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Very bad service. The waitress did not take care of our table since we were more than 6 people and her tip was automatically added to our check. we waited for more than 20 minutes for a refill. IF YOU ARE MORE THAN 6, DO NOT DINE THERE!!

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C
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Regional Mexican specialties, great service. Very loud. Too loud for conversation.

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JL
4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Amazing margaritas and seafood . Authentic interior of Mexico cuisine

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

We went for the soft shell crabs, which didn't disappoint. However, at 6:30pm, the place was very noisy...could hardly talk! Will return at a less busy time of day.

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DH
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I had not been to Pico's since they had moved from their original location. I heard that they had "Americanized" the menu and raised their prices. While the menu may not be as adventurous as before, there are still many mole offerings and items you don't normally find in a Mexican restaurant, such as crabs and lamb.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Best place !!!

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c
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Picos has very mediocre fajitas. No comparison to Lupe Tortilla.

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TL
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The food and drinks were priced too high and the restaurant noise level was not "energetic"...it was so loud we couldn't hear our friends. Mariachi band only added to the excessively loud restaurant. Ugh.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

All entrees were delicious

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OT
3.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Service was slow and inattentive. Water refilled once in 2 hours.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Wonderful margaritas and variety of central Mexican entrees.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I went for the soft shell crab. I had the soft shell crab. I loved the soft shell crab. It I also loved the fresh margaritas. Great lunch! Great soft shell crab. I will return

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TB
4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Excellent food, service can be spotty. Nice selection of Margaretas. Good happy hour in bar, but they will not honor happy hour drinks in the restaurant; terrible policy when I'm spending a lot more money on dinner than the reduced price appetizers at the bar. Prices seem a bit high, but the quality is worth it. Suggest you go early and sit at the bar, much better value than in the dining room.

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OT
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Upon reading other reviews thought we would give this a try for a family dinner on Father's Day. The food was some of the worst food we have had at a restaurant in Houston that was supposedly at this level. Taco Cabana would get higher scores! Despite reservations, we were seated at the entrance to the kitchen. The salsa verde was so pungent with lime juice it was inedible. We ordered mixed parrilla for 3 persons and the seafood enchiladas. The mixed plate was beef and chicken fajitas, shrimp and ribs. Beef and chicken was passable but unremarkable, shrimp were dry and overcooked, the ribs were so overcooked they were mushy and had no seasoning. The seafood enchiladas had a definite slight ammonia smell and taste to the shrimp. After the main course disaster we opted not to waste any more $ on desert. We went home and ordered chinese take-out! This restaurant is off our list permanently, we will not be back. Gave a rating of 1 only because they have free valet parking!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We've gone to Pico's since the time it was just a small restaurant on Bellaire Blvd. at Hillcroft. The food is always delicious and thank goodness, it is MEX-MEX although there is a concession to Tex-Mex tastes with a few dishes. In fact, the menu has grown with the passage of years to include...well, just attend any one of the Sunday brunches or Fathers/Mothers/CincodeMayo etc. specialty brunches for the full breadth of tastiness. My particular favorite is the cochinita pibil - tastier than some I have actually had in the Yucatan. The wait staff is top-notch, the location terrific. The only downside is that costs have increased but hey, so has gas & electricity, right?

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T
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Father’s Day Brunch was excellent! To top it off we got to watch a World Cup match. We will go back no doubt.

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MM
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We have been enjoying eating at Pico's for decades and as always it was wonderful. We went for our 35th anniversary as a special treat.

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SN
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Totally overpriced, it's Mexican food, the margheritas are good but again totally over priced! They are in a high end rental district so need to wheel in as many as they can to pay their overheads. Much better choices for both food and value when it comes to eating Mexican cuisine.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Wonderful food and service

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EM
4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Very Good food and good service...acoustics were not great for a business meeting as the bar area can be very loud and that volume carried throughout the whole restaurant ...

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OT
2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Super tough

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

great food, service and atmosphere. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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OT
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Excellent soft shell crabs

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OT
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Service is slow...

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OT
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Excellent soft shell crabs. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

It used to be a fun place with fun crowds. It’s no longer that. Hopefully they can’t bring it back to life. Good margaritas

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Excellent Mexican cuisine in addition to the very good Tex Mex fare. Always very good.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great service and food !!
Highly recommend it !!!

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B
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

The food was delicious, I went there to celebrate my birthday and it had a great time. The staff were very friendly, and the staff sung happy birthday. Loved it!

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HA
4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We always enjoyed the food here. We really like the waiter but it took over 10 minutes for them to bring us water after we asked three times. Monday blues perhaps.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day!!
It was perfect The food was Delicious fast and Hot! Everything was perfect 😍😋Pico’s is My favorite Mexican Restaurant. Staff Friendly and professional.

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MC
3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch:

Service was gracious and friendly... just a bit slow at times.

Food selection was plentiful and delicious, but the buffet looked very messy and unappealing.

The restaurant is very dark, as well, which felt shadowy and cavernous on such a bright, sunny day.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fantastic food, even though it is a buffet the quality is there. So much to choose from not enough room to eat it all! We will be back

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AK
4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Authentic Mexican dishes. Good variety. Not the same-ol, same-ol.
Pleasant atmosphere. Very clean.

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T
5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Good and service was outstanding!! We will definitely return soon.

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OT
3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Poor service. Mediocre food. Not the restaurant it once was!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Graciela is the best waitress we’ve ever had. We love her and she makes our visit a great one.

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T
2.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fun ambiance, food was lacking flavor and spice. Margaritas were great and above average. Waiters were definitely overworked and had too many tables thus a long wait for food and check.

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