Armandos

4.7
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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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SW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was FANTASTIC!!! The restaurant is dark, romantic and very relaxing. In scary times like this, they were sitting tables apart from one another. Great dinner for my daughters 15th birthday!

KH
Houston
41 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

We were seated in the bar area which was a disappointment. The patrons were loud and the service was not very good. This was our first "not so great" experience at Armandos. The food was great as always. I highly recommend Armandos but if you want good service and little more tame crowd, don't sit in the bar area.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the food to the service to the drinks - that’s why I keep coming back. Love the red salsa and the king margarita! Just beware that it’s hard to get a reservation on a Thursday so you’ll need to book in advance. I booked 3 weeks in advance and when we got to the restaurant the hostess told us we had to vacate the table in two hours. This really caught me off guard and I didn’t make the reservation to be rushed. If you need the table in two hours then you need to say that at the booking not when you get to the restaurant. We planned to have drinks, eat, and maybe dance. You can’t do that in two hours. We spoke to the manager and end up staying past two hours but what a crazy business practice to tell guests they need to be gone within a specific time frame when they get to the restaurant.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waiter got food and drink orders wrong. Table of 6 children seated nearby were disruptive and noisy. Charged $6 for each glass of plain lemonade--$18 for 3 glasses. Served margarita in a martini glass.
Couldn't find waiter for table service thru the evening. Bad table and poor wait staff.

JB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a very good dinner experience. We were seated immediately and the service was very good. The food was excellent.

F
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very disappointed. Food bland with no taste and poorly prepared. Service was not up to par. Top shelf margaritas over priced and not worth the price. Carnitas tacos are an insult to Mexican cuisine. It is actually pulled pork inside a flour tortilla that gave me heartburn. Pulled pork much better and cheaper at Rudy’s. Not authentic Mexican and not even Tex Mex. The last time I dinned at Armandos was when it was at Shepherd. Since I am now a senior citizen this will be my last. Fish tacos disappointing too. Does not compare to Hugo’s or Pico’s. Made a bad choice but now I know.

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gave us a great booth!! Thanks!!!!

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was VERY slow. We couldn’t even find our waiter for 15 min when ready to leave.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Our reservation was at 8:00 pm but we didn’t get seated to almost 9:00pm. 😫

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The place is super nice. I was expecting the food to be better. Not bad for a date night

K
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was impeccable. Love this place.

BT
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with a friend for her birthday. Waiter was so attentive but not intrusive. Great vibe in the restaurant for a Sunday night, especially on "Oscars" night. Hadn't been in a while but always order the flameado with chorizo. Been having that since the old days when Armando's was on So. Shepherd in the old green house. Ahhh, the memories.

DA
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

PG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were engaged at the old Armandos 30 years ago. We came back for our anniversary. Food is still great. Lump crab enchiladas with lobster sauce. Very good. Don't know where else you would get it!

T
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual.

RC
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant is very noisy! Salsa had no spice to it at all. Food was fair.

B
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect! Always!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were there to celebrate a birthday. Our margaritas were the worst we’ve had in a while and we tried several different ones. Basically no alcohol, too much ice, and not even full pours. We ordered 14 drinks and walked out sober. Server was sweet. Food was good. But won’t go back because of the drinks.

b
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We are regulars and love Armandos. But service was unusually slow Friday.

c
San Francisco
150 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place! Discovered this place in the 1980's when they were in their old location on Shepherd. Great margaritas, great good and great service. They have the BEST refried beans too. I ordered tacos al carbon on this last visit and it was perfect as usual.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with my husband. Grateful for Jesus getting us a wonderful table. Excellent service and delicious food. Thanks!!

JD
Houston
172 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is superb. Best beans in town. Service good. Need a drink order up front though. Has been a local gem for a long time.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience !!!

a
Houston
118 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good standard Tex Mex food. Better than average fajitas and natchos. Service was slow but in fairness they were moderately busy. Parking is plentiful.

P
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town and watching the Titans v’s Patriots game, the hostess got us the best table in the house, the round one in the bar, and it was great, just loud! Suggest closed captioning for the TVs during sports games! All else was great.

SS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience & cocktails were the highlight! Excellent service

D
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armandos is our Christmas Eve dinner tradition. Food and service are always amazing!

AJ
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great service! Delicious

T
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy Armando's. They have a wide variety of food, not just Tex-Mex.

KA
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armando’s is our favorite neigborhood go to for delicious high quality mexican food and cocktails, warm comfortable yet lively atmosphere and wonderful service.

R
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armando's provides delicious food in an inviting atmosphere. The redfish special was prepared with beautiful grilled vegetables and the whole fish was served with a spicy tomato and olive topping. The presentation of the whole fish was appetizing and delicious.

K
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent as usual. Service was good until the end. We had to hunt down the waiter after waiting over 10 minutes for our check after the table had been cleared. We then wound up taking the check to the hostess, since the waiter again did a vanishing act.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Party of 7.
Good service.
Let me push reservation back 30 min on the day of the reservation which was super helpful.
They should really pay for valet parking though.

K
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Great service. Delicious food.

SS
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, food was good and service excellent!

EJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, best margaritas and queso flameado in town!

WI
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic meal! All four of us had different entres and shared. What a great plan. Naturally, we started with margaritas and the quest flameado!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food - good service - noisy

y
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armando's is one of the best restaurants in the Houston area. Highly recommend dining there if you are going for dinner for two or have a large party. Everything was perfect, food & service hitting on high levels.

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