Armandos

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$31 to $50
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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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Houston
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took a couple that had never been before, and had recently moved from Austin. We had a drink at the bar before going to the table- which is always fun. And then had a great dinner with spicy margaritas, queso flameado, and carnitas! It was all fabulous. But as always, the refried beans are always the BEST!!! This is a great place for dinner with friends. And its much nicer than your standard TexMex joints.

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!!!

TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place embodies “high-end Tex-mex”. My gf and I wanted a nice place to go to before we ended our TX vacation, and Armandos did not disappoint. The food, the ambiance, the service, the prices, the location. Everything was as good as expected and then some

MA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a sophisticated setting with wonderful decor and service!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and beautiful place, my girlfriend and I came her for valentines days and we came back for a second time. Absolutely the best service and hospitality here,no down sides and I was filled with good food, staff is Extremely coordinated, and I will recommend coming here on a lovely dinner with a date with your significant other.

CR
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met up with 10 friends for our 35th high school reunion at Armando’s. A blast from the past! Reservations were simple, there was no problem splitting the check for our large party and we were seated in the back room where it was quiet enough for all of us to visit without yelling. A wonderful experience!

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A great tex mex restaurant,food was of a very high standard as was the service and ambiance.

MO
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Service and food were good. The waiter was attentive but not overly so. I was shocked that there were so many open tables throughout our dinner as I had a hard time getting a reservation and it was a Saturday night. I ended up picking a 6:30 time which was too early but the only time available. There were 3 open booths but the hostess told us they were all reserved and we could not sit there. Around 8:30, a couple came in and they requested a booth and were promptly seated. I questioned the hostess and she said the reservations for the booths were cancelled. We complained to our waiter who told us he would talk with the manager. The manager never came over to see us. We are not sure that we will be going back as there are too many restaurants in Houston with better overall service.

A
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armandos is the best! We love the food and the service is great!

RB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!

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AP
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood place with wonderful food and good people watching!

TQ
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Treated my beau to Aramandos for his birthday and we both enjoyed the ambiance, customer service, and food. We sat in the bar area, which became a little noisy, but it is expected. The service was top-notch, I notified Armandos we were celebrating a birthday and my beau was presented with a lovely slice of tres laches cake with Happy Birthday written on the plate. The food was amazing, the taste and presentation were second to none. Great date nite place, I wholeheartedly recommend Armandos

RA
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food quality excellent: best grilled salmon in wine sauce in Houston, fresh salad without chopped romaine filler, enchiladas that were light and not smothered in sauce. Service was friendly but a little abrupt; on the other hand, we were a difficult table. Highly recommended.

C
Houston
87 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had not been in awhile and returned for HRW menu. We were not disappointed. Armandos remains one of Houston's most beautiful restaurants. When you want upscale, unusual, and delicious Mexican food in a gorgeous setting, this is your place. Service is always top notch too. I always keep it as an option for visiting guests since it shows Houston at its best and authentic Mexican food. The margaritas are real margaritas. I tried the Smoke and Honey cocktail which was different and refreshing (better like mezcal...). We had the queso flameado which is a must at Armandos. Again, on the HRW menu, we opted for the Spinach Enchiladas which are heavy on the spinach, but delicious and perfectly seasoned and cooked. Very fresh. Tres Leches for dessert. Wonderful! And if you want more...the Birthcake Martini is kinda special too.

MQ
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, lots of energy, wonderful food, and to-die-for margaritas!

AH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best place to eat my family wants to go there at least once a week to eat and every birthday dinner.

O
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

High quality Tex mex food in a lovely setting

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Worst tortillas ever!!!!

CY
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Acerage food, good service, nice ambiance

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat to dine at Armandos. We had guests visiting from out of town and the evening was extra special. Great food, great service!

G
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Ribeye was very under cooked, sent back and 2nd steak over cooked and tough. Entree was removed from bill, but 2 strikes. Dinner was on a Monday evening, so few diners. They sat us back in corner, service was slow and not very attentive, especially when considering the few number of tables being served.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family event during restaurant week.

MD
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best in Houston!

b
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s college graduation! Armandos was wonderful. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is great, attentive service and fun people watching!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend who paid the ill

LL
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were great about letting us bringing in a cake for our son’s birthday. Food was delicious.

JJ
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Armandos never, ever disappoints. We always bring our out-of-town friends here during their visits and everyone finds the food incredible, the service kind and attentive and the ambiance fun!

SD
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Tex Mex in Houston. A very consistent experience

BD
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Visiting from out of town. Armandos had been recommended by a friend so we went despite less than favorable reviews on Yelp. Reviews were right on the money. Very average food but greatly overpriced. Salsa was too running to keep on a chip. Guacamole dip was very bland with very minimal cilantro/ onion seasoning. Taco al Carbon was average but expensive, as was the Panchita. Margaritas are way over priced and mediocre.
On the positive side, service was good.
I've had much better quality texmex food back home in the midwest for half the price. Believe the vast majority of the reviews on Yelp. Safe your money and go elsewhere. I will next time I'm in town.

TP
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This is the first meal at Armandos that was not great - the Steak Enchiladas were marginal and not a good value at $28. Additionally, my wife had the Chicken Verde Enchiladas and they too were marginal.

We dine often at Armandos and always have a wonderful meal - just not this time.

OT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come often it was tooooo loud not the customer but the music. Food, drink, and service was great

l
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

I would recommend Armandos to friends, but would warn them that on a Saturday night, plan on not having a conversation with your table mates, and plan on several hours of dining. Pros: Food and margaritas were very good. The ribeye enchiladas was amazing! Cons: exceptionally loud. Service was not very timely (I understand b/c it's a Saturday night, but why seat us and have us ask for menus after sitting for over 20 minutes? Maybe to sell more Margaritas first lol). We just felt that it was odd we were not given menus up front, but it wasn't bad enough to be miserable. Overall, I'd return but on a more quiet night (if I want to have conversations with people).

JG
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent, as always. I also enjoy the Sangria.

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is simply great. Been going there for 12 years! Consistently great food, outstanding service, great atmosphere! One of our favorite everyday dining restaurants!

OT
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as usual! Only thing missing is seeing Armando or Cinda their once in a while!

Armandos
Responded on June 27, 2019

So sorry for our absence we have been very busy in Round Top with our new restaurants. Soon we will be back in town much more. So grateful that you miss us!!

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s
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience

MA
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant in town to celebrate birthdays with family and friends

l
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Horrible service. We were placed in the back private dining room for our 6 person group. The waiter rarely checked on us since the rest of his tables were in the main dining room. Food took forever to come out. A thirty person birthday party was seated in the rest of the room midway through our meal so then our waiter went completely missing. We flagged down a busboy to get our check. A manager finally came with one. No excuses from him. I have never had such poor service here. Not their normal. Disappointed but will return for a future visit.

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