Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.7
1107 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was terrible....over rated ....food was ok....asked for additional items and never came back ....one of our orders was wrong

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vipvisitNYC
New Orleans
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pico's was excellent as always. We make a point of going whenever we are in Houston.

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Swue
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual!

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VipulM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The price was higher than expected.

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MichaelG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great soft shell crab. Perhaps Pico’s is the best place in Houston to enjoy soft shell crabs.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Place was loud and warm. Service was very very slow then the food was cold. I recognize the challenges restaurants are having yet I saw our server standing around plenty. I don’t know. Maybe just a bad day.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant offers great variety of food and it’s remarkable how they attach to original mexican flavors.

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KimB
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Mother's Day breakfast at Pico's. Service and food made it a special day for us all!

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Jman12
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time visit. Brought the family to celebrate Mother’s Day. We were seated right away which was nice there was no wait. The environment is great have no complaints with the noise or the establishment. What I did not like is having to wait for refills of chips, drinks even just water wasn’t refilled. Waiter was very informative of the menu and was attentive to our requests but our requests were for more refills, chips, silver ware stuff that shouldn’t need to be asked for in a place like this. One other things is my food came out cold but by the time I was able to get a hold of someone to reheat I just instead dealt with it. Great tasting food. My wife loved it so that’s all that matters especially being Mother’s Day.

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JamesS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first pandemic restaurant experience, over 14 months since we've been in a restaurant, and Pico's was stellar! Outstanding food, great table service, and the drinks were topnotch. Pico's politics (expecting masks, caring for its workers) also makes the food even better. I recommend supporting Pico's with your dollars.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration with friends.

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JohnM
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent variety on buffet and replenished often. Server was attentive but not obtrusive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, skinny margaritas worth Serrano pepper 🌶 and service!

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JohnElias
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great fun. Mariachis were amazing. This is our anniversary place every here.

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vipLivetoeat
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food.

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Ruth
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The margaritas were perfect, the food was excellent and Javier, our waiter was outstanding. It was a low key birthday celebration and we never felt rushed or interrupted, but Javier was there for whatever you needed. It had been quite some time since my last visit, but I won't let so much time lapse again. It was a perfect. Again, thank you Javier your your outstanding service.

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AlexV
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mole, Tortilla Soup, and Spinach Enchiladas in the state! Truly authentic and absolutely delicious. And the best margaritas in the south.

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vipSunny
Houston
96 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good and waiter was attentive. My friend enjoyed the chili rellenos and said they were very good. We shared the Nachos Jorge which are always good. The atmosphere in the smaller room is the one we enjoy the most.

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HalG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Salmon is an excellent waiter. For many years

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!! Even my husband was impressed and that usually never happens. 🙂

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vipKeithW
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food. Service was a little slow. Hand an enjoyable meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We have been eating at Picos for over 15 years. It’s been our go to Tex mex. we are not giving up on it but we have noticed a recurring drop off in the quality of they fajitas. Beef not as good and chicken coming out dry as a bone. Margaritas remain great! We are hoping you guys can correct whatever is going wrong

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vipUTex1991
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pico's remains our go-to when wanting to show off to our out of town guests the quality of Houston's restaurants.

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vipRobS
Houston
61 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I decided to go out for brunch near friends and found this gem. Menu was fantastic. Food was incredible. Mimosas were awesome. Loved it.

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vipDinerB
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to Spot for Menudo and Pizole.......Absolutely DELICIOUS !!!!

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EricaH
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Ive been going to Pico’s since it’s opening in the mid ‘80’s. The food is good and the margaritas are good.

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vipPhillipH
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch buffet was delish!!! Raw oysters, shrimp, ceviche, salad and a line of scrumptious Tex-Mex plus a line of deserts!!!

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vipJasonF
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and I look forward to going again!!!

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ThomasE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too noisy. Too expensive! Waiter never came back and asked if everything was alright. Never going back

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King
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipGB11
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had dinner with friends at Pico’s last weekend. We have had good experiences there in the past. The service was very good and attentive. The ambiance was nice. Unfortunately, the food wasn’t at the level we expected, and have had in the the past. The specials sounded delicious, but my wife’s fish was disappointing. My beef dish missed the mark by a lot. Didn’t even want to finish it. Not sure what happened this time. But, it gives us much hesitation to return. We hope this was just a COVID era challenge for them. The food value was mismatched with the prices.

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SonniaE
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My birthday luncheon with family

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vipGuesswho
Houston
124 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Pico's is wonderful, more Mex-Mex than Tex-Mex. We really appreciate how they have continued to maintain distancing with their tables and require masks. It makes us feel safe going there.

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vipmurphmeister
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

we sat on the patio since weather was nice but were surprised to learn it was smoking - i didnt know you could do that in Houston anymore. luckily until the very end, no one was smoking. it was nice and quiet. our waitress was extremely friendly and kind. good menu recs.

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GaryB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

My primary dissatisfaction was with the food. Otherwise, it was great. I believe this is the first buffet brunch they have had this year, so I will give them another chance. But the food must improve to keep people coming in regularly. Nice place with very good service. $15 mimosas were shocking, but you get refills for a penny. Don't touch the horse.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

It was awesome! Celebrated my mom birthday and we definitely enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience of regional dishes. I had the Mole Rijo and it was amazing! Can’t wait to come back.

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Baylorlaw
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Open table reservation was easy. Made a request in notes for outside table and it was arranged. No valet now. That wasn't a problem for us. But, they've taken up several parking spots with their tamale sales and some other vehicles. If fully busy, parking would be an issue. Food and drink were great, as usual.

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HalG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All good. Salmon, our waiter is always Great ! Good experiance

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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 1107 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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