Armandos

4.7
741 reviews
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Mexican
Armando Palacios and his eponymous restaurant of Mexican fare with "The Margarita"! Located centrally in the River Oaks section of Houston, Armandos engulfs you in an environment reminiscent of early 20th century Mexico City fine dining. Come and experience what it was like in Spanish & French colonial Mexico and dine on Armando’s family recipes. With its goldenrod and wood-paneled walls, intimate lighting, and a serendipitous selection of grand mirrors, Armandos provides a wonderful backdrop for sharing a wonderful evening with one or many. Great. Mexican. Bistro.
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D
Austin
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I could tell that this is a very popular place among the locals. The service was excellent. The house frozen was a generous size, strong and not overly sweet. I always judge a Mexican restaurant by the chips and salsa. The green sauce was delicious. I loved that the red sauce was served warm. It was good but needed salt and a bit more kick. I had Flaco’s. I loved the crispy taco. The little salsa that came with the dish was super hot! Loved that. My daughter inhaled her cheese enchiladas and my husband loved his carnitas tacos. We shared the brownie which was three large triangles with dice Ream and two sauces. If in this area again I would come back.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Armandos! Has been my favorite for over 30 years! Thank you for taking care of us! Excellent table, ambiance, service and always fun seeing Armando!

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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time celebrating my son’s 18th birthday! The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Looking forward to going back!

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KD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Great service.

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EJ
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious but I wish they would do something about the tables being so close to each other

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R
Houston
54 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day was perfect at Armando’s. Elegant ambience, delicious food, exceptional service and fabulous margaritas!

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DM
Houston
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience from start to finish. The service was truly outstanding. The food was excellent. Looking forward to going back

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c
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Chilean Seabass served on a bed of sautéed spinach with a pineapple salsa. My husband had the red snapper which he also enjoyed. The refried beans are the bomb but probably full of bacon grease. Chips and salsa are really good homemade chips I believe. Respectable strong margaritas which is my barometer for a Solid Mexican restaurant.It’s pricey for Mexican food, but you pay for the atmosphere. Service was very good the night we went which was a Sunday. We will definitely be back

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2
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always amazing. We love Armomdo’s.

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LT
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday night disco dancing is a blast along with great food and drinks.

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KK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious! Thank you!

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LH
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Very good food but service was lacking. Also we were sat in the "private room" area which is quieter but atmosphere not as good as main restaurant.

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IM
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Armando's delivers reliable Tex-Mex with extra attentive and professional service. (Thanks, George) The atmosphere is like a neighborhood restaurant where many patrons know each other and the servers. Tables are packed in tight, lights are low-ish. Servers in all black, tables in white. Nice ambiance for a Tex-Mex restaurant. Margaritas are thankfully not too sweet. Skinny Margarita was delicious. Tortilla chips are homemade with fried corn tortillas - thick and hearty. Red salsa is served warm and has a roasty taste. Green sauce is DIVINE> could have eaten it with a spoon. Ingredients all high-quality. We requested custom guacamole and it came in a snap, prepared in an instant. My husband had Carne Guisada. It had a redder gravy that most others, reliant on lots of chile powder. Served with authentic homemade flour tortillas, nice rice and some of the best refried beans I've had in decades (clearly also house-made). I had the Snapper Veracruzano special. At $40, it's a lot to pay for Mexican food, but it was 10 X better than the snapper I had last weekend at Pappadeaux! The filet was beautifully presented with tail still on but not a single bone. Artfully arranged with steamed fresh spinach and grilled veggies that were beautiful and edible. The portion was huge - I took it home for a whole additional meal. We will be back soon to try the fajitas. I wish Armando's was open for lunch. Keep up the good work!

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KR
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Volume loud....but had a great time.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I want to sit in the restaurant. I always get put in the back dining room.

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margaritas in town!

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DL
Fargo
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very overpriced for the quality of food and drinks.

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Grand Rapids
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Always great.

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BR
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there about three times and I will not go anywhere else for Mexican food or Tex-Mex so to speak. Food is delicious the ambience is perfect and the waitstaff is unbeatable! Valet parking is available as well.

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GM
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thank you for such a wonderful experience with our friends for my husband’s 60th birthday! Everything was great!
We will be back!
Gracelyn Miller

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G
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciate their willingness to increase our table from 8 to 9 at the last minute

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Used to go eat there 40 yrs ago
The food is not as good as before
I was disappointed
It was bland and average

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D
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy Armandos every time we go. The food and service is always amazing!

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JT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a party of eight. The chips and red salsa were a highlight. We were mixed as a group in terms of the experience, the service was just okay. The tortillas are super thin and kind of oily. The house margaritas were good. With so much better Tex-Mex in Houston, we probably won't be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 3

It was good until 10pm rolled around and they turned on the lights and started vacuuming....

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JP
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

It was unusual but the chicken was way overcooked to the point of being dry. Service was not up to its normal excellence, very loud and crowded (it felt like they had crammed in a few extra tables). The waiter also let us order more than we needed- he should have told us we didn't need three orders of tortillas when one would have been plenty

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V
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manuel is the greatest. He makes every visit special.

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HF
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 3rd visit, it was great once again. **

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d
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I wanted a place that would be romantic yet special for my fiancé’s birthday and Armando’s was perfect! Delicious food!

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TW
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 3

The worse service. The waiter gave 4 times, 4 times the wrong bill. The mouse level super high. So disappointed

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RL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the staff always provides Excellent customer service!!!!

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KR
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a very nice dining experience! I will definitely go back!

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JA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a great experience. been going to Armando's for 30 + years.

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v
Tallahassee
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Good service. Warm atmosphere.

The Ribeye enchiladas were awesome.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Amazing food, LOVED the chips!
The guacamole lacked lemon and salt, though.

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SV
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Armandos! My family and I have celebrated many birthdays there. I highly recommend the Lulu plate with double beans instead of rice and get the queso!!!

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MA
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fabulous and fun dining experience with the best Mexican food in town and the expert service especially Manuel!

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family friendly for 5pm seating

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S
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Love the food and margaritas! Fabiola, the bartender, is amazing.

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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kids home and birthday

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