Armandos

4.8
985 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Located centrally in Houston's River Oaks district, ARMANDOS Mexican Restaurant 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.

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Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
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4.7
ambience
4.5
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RyanT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The waiter was inattentive, I had to flag him down many times to order more drinks. The rice was undercooked and the chicken was tough/rubbery. The worst part we’re the fruit flies that kept us waiving them off the entire time. I was reminded of the last time I was there and they had the same problems. I won’t be back. It’s unfortunate because it’s a cool place with good ambiance.

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HBan
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

... Yes................... Mmm.. Yes very good. Highly recommended

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vipMarkM
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Service was very rush.

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viphoustondiner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had forgotten how fantastic Armandos is. It was a very busy Thursday eve with many celebrations but the food was prepared perfectly, the wait staff attentive and the margarita just right. Just a wonderful eve.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was good service and drinks. Food was okay.

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PaulC
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Food was outstanding.

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vipPete
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s day

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vipVandy
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mother’s Day lunch experience. As usual the food and service, from reception to bartender to wait staff was outstanding.

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vipWineSnob
Houston
69 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good as usual, but several things listed on the menu were not available -- Like Chili Relleno, Flautas, etc>. What's the deal? When questioned, the waiter said they would likely be available later in the evening. I don't get it.

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vipChloe
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent snapper and service! Haven't been here in over 4 years bc of bad event...now will add it back to our rotation...Food is still excellent....
Tuna tacos perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

La comida era muy buena, sin embargo aunque amable el mozo que nos atendió olvidó nuestra orden, una hora después de esperar volvió a preguntarnos cuál era y esperamos media hora más, personalmente me sacié comiendo los nachos por lo que ya poco comi del plato principal cuando por fin llego. Adicionalmente las mesas muy enconadas y el nivel de ruido no permite escuchar nada. Esta razón también hacía que el mozo se quitara el barbijo para que lo pudiéramos entender mejor.

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vip2cocoshoes
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I love Armando‘s, but I was very disappointed. They were understaffed and people were having to ask for menus and water. The staff was amazing and very accommodating but you could tell they were very overwhelmed. The food was so so and my rice was undercooked. I had to tell the manager that the ladies bathroom was extremely dirty. I don’t know what’s going on lately but it’s not the same. I’m not going to give up because I believe that it is just difficult to get good help these days. I do think that the manager could’ve helped out some instead of standing around behind the counter.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was too loud for my comfort. It might be that the tables around us were loud but no one asked them to tone down a little.

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vipMarthaP
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent!!! But it was way too loud for us. Next time we come we will request a quieter table. My husband has hearing aids and we couldn't hear each talk.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was amazing, the food was good! The Margaritas are delicious! I ended up drunk but that’s okay! Lol I highly recommend!

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vipMOLF
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our waiter, Jorge was excellent. One of the best waiters we have encountered. The crab enchiladas were delicious, as was the snapper special. I had the ribeye enchiladas and it was very good. The frozen margaritas were delicious and very strong. The best in Houston! The only thing that was not great was the queso, it was lukewarm not hot. I really like this place but wish the noise level was lower.

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laurar
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Food and drinks overpriced in comparison to similar restaurants. Amazing service!

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vipHoustonFoodie
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food and service at Armando's, but on this particular evening, we were not seated in the main dining room and it was even more enjoyable than usual. We had a nice quiet corner and had the most pleasant dining experience we have had there.

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vipRosalindJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and experience!
The service is so personable, the atmosphere so fun and the food so delicious!

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AdamW
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Margaritas, enchiladas and faijitas. Best Queso Flameado in Houston

Armandos
Responded on April 12, 2021

Hi Adam! We are so happy you had a good experience and took the time to let everyone know. We hope you will be back soon and often.

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BettyH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding as always. We always enjoy ourselves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It was a different experience from what we are used to here. Although the service was friendly, it was extremely slow. We arrived at 6:00 before the crowd but didn’t receive our food until 7:30. Our food was cold on arrival. This is one of our favorite restaurants so we were disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Allowed to be seated early. Wonderful service, attention. Every dish was thoroughly enjoyed, as were the margaritas.
Beautiful high-end restaurant

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SkipG
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Our first time at this restaurant and we really enjoyed it!

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DanInMpls
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was busy and it felt like our waiter didn’t have the time to spend. Drink/wine pours were not very generous for the money. Deserts were outstanding.

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vipRhett
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. One of my all time favorites, visiting often.

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LauraW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Very fun.

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MichaelR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The decor is definitely “classic supper club” with dim lighting cloaking rich reds, wood fixtures, and crisp white tables. I found the cheese enchiladas and beef tacos to be top notch. The drinks were good, but a bit pricey. Chips were promptly replenished and hot... some at my table did not care for the salsa (also served heated), but I enjoyed it and the queso was excellent.

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vipDavid
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Armandos is Armandos. Some of the best beans in existence but super heavy. Rest of food is fine but not really top-level Tex-Mex. Friendly service and good margs.

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NoThanks
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service great. Salsa was watery as hell.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delightful. Service excellent, food perfect, ambience friendly and enjoyable. Great place to celebrate a fun birthday!

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vipJDSp
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m not shy in saying that Armando’s is my favorite restaurant in Houston. I’ve been going there since I moved here in 1979. This last visit was not a special occasion but we always go here for my birthday.

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vipKristi
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Highly recommend

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MikeB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Dedicated to the public. Worst storm in a long time and the staff braved it the day after the shut down to help feed people who had not prepared well. Great experience. Power went out half way through but that didn’t stop them. People ordered under cellphone flashlight ambience and drank good margaritas. A+ for effort and dedication to it local clientele.

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kennedid
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i loved the whole thing about the place, it was amazing and the food was great. i went on valentine’s day so the place was romantic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
44 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, the best Mexican Food in Houston

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Sher
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was really good & the spacing in the dining area was fine, but I’m not sure if they were short staffed or what, but the service was really slow. Slow to bring drinks, slow to refill waters.... ate so many chips that I ended up taking half my meal home. Hadn’t been there in forever so was looking forward to the treat, but left disappointed.

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vipTBird
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Return visit. Same super service and wonderful food. Definitely a favorite place to dine out.

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vipBJBaker
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Drinks, seafood and chicken mole tacos were outstanding. The chips, salsa and combo plates were average.

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SuperT
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was our first time visiting and we wont be back. The noise level was off the charts. Could barely hear the person sitting across from me. Food was lackluster and we rarely saw our waiter.

FAQs

Armandos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 520-1738.

Armandos is rated 4.8 stars by 985 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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