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About Armandos

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.

2630 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Sunday and Monday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday and Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Bar opens at 4:00pm every day and Thursday bar stays open late until 1:00am.

Cross Street:
Kirby

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 520-1738

Website:
http://www.armandosrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday night dancing starts at 10:00pm

Catering:
ARMANDOS offers its premier Taco Trucks as a one of a kind event option, serving our entire menu right to your door. We also offer traditional catering, corporate catering, luncheons, boxed lunches, corporate events, and more. Our full catering menu and options are available on www.armandoscaters.com

Parking Details:
Valet Parking available in front of restaurant

Public Transit:
Metro, UBER

Executive Chef:
Chef Miguel Llanes

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Thursday Late Night- Dancing and DJ Every Thursday 10pm-1am

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Armandos Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (24)
Special Occasion (21)
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Authentic (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (15)
People Watching (13)
Business Meals (12)
Bar Seating (12)
Romantic (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Casual (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
·Dined 3 days ago

We wanted a new place to try ahead of a movie at River Oaks Theatre and were not disappointed with Armondos. The service was very pleasant and attentive. The table setting was very crisp. Great food and all in all a wonderful place to have a quiet dinner or private party. Highly recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

Sat near the bar which was crowded and loud. Great service and food

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vip
·Dined on January 15, 2018

I am not a fan of refried beans, but theirs....YUM!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Overall very good experience. Very good food and service by wait staff. One of the hostesses was less than friendly. Same hostess, same experience as last time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We were there early on Saturday. So quiet, very relaxing. Beautiful dining room. The food was excellent. Service was friendly but not terribly prompt. We will definitely return.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Cozy
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vip
·Dined on January 9, 2018

Armando's is a long-time favorite and the food is always excellent!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Never disappointed. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone looking for a little more than just a Mexican restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is always great. Service was only adequate, and certainly nothing notable.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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vip
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great Mexican at Armando’s!

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vip
·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Armando’s consistently delivers an overall great experience. Can’t wait for Armando’s new restaurants in Round Top!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

our waiter was incredibly rude and the service was horrible. we waited to get menus for 30 minutes and had to ask the manager for them eventually. the drinks and food was way overpriced and not worth it.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always the food was great. We always go to Armando’s on Christmas Eve.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was really good and service was very good. The restaurant was very noisy but it was a Saturday night before Christmas. Would definitely go back.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Fantastic upscale tex/mex. Atmosphere, service, and food all top notch. A River Oaks must dine place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Spicy, People Watching, Authentic, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere! Had a terrific meal and will come back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
·Dined on December 5, 2017

I always love Armando's. The food is great and there is a good variety for everybody. Whether you want a TexMex dinner or a more traditional dinner, it is available. The refried beans are the best ever!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Delicious as always!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place. Eat here often and also use their catering department for events.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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vip
·Dined on December 1, 2017

Armando's is always great! We love it! Staff is great and the food is great!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic
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vip
·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always great

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

I have been going to Armandos for years. My visit this time was disappointing. The redfish was way too garlicky, the beans oily and the service was very slow. We had a hard time getting our drink order placed as well as our order. I am hoping it was just an off night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a great place!

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vip
·Dined on October 30, 2017

We brought my daughter for her birthday. We'd indicated on the reservation that we were there to celebrate a birthday, and they brought her cake with a sparkler, unannounced. She was entranced. Before the cake, we mainly ate a lot of appetizers - shrimp cocktail (really more like ceviche, with nicely seasoned red sauce and lots of avocados), queso, and steak nachos. Theirs are some of the best nachos anywhere; the steak is definitely higher quality than the usual fajita meat. The chips are also some of the best - thick and crispy, served with a warm (temperature) tomato sauce. And the margaritas are excellent - lots of choices.
We shared some of the food, and did not run up an especially big tab, but the service was always thoughtful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
·Dined on October 22, 2017

Loved it!! The restaurant uses the best ingredients!

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of our favorite places and we love the food! Great margaritas.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent! One of my favorite restaurants! Love the quest flameado, green sauce, chips, grilled red snapper and service too!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Excellent food, margaritas and an outstanding waiter.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was mediocre Tex Mex. Drinks very overpriced —$15 + per drink—almost the price of an entree! The place is beautiful inside but truly it was one of the noisiest restaurants I have been to. I would not return.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

We had so much fun! Will return in a few weeks!!

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vip
·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always the most fun in Houston with great Tex mex food!!!! Love Armandos❤️

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Beautiful setting and the best Mexican food in town!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
·Dined on September 28, 2017

Joe the waiter was great. Food also great. Noise level is high.

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vip
·Dined on September 17, 2017

Our waiter Manny is Outstanding! great with the little ones and very pleasant

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Service was excellent and food was great. For some reason, it was extra noisy that night to the point of we could not hear each other talk at a table of 4!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Spicy, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

While I loved my ceviche and the special beet salad. My enchiladas were as any other. My friend ordered cheese enchiladas vegetarian with the red sauce. They were exceptional. But you had to yell at each other to be heard. Noisy beyond comfort. What's the point? I guess Carolyn Farb sitting at the next table made it a seen and be seen scene! Life's short good food and a place to talk is much more desirable.

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Authentic
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vip
·Dined on September 16, 2017

Fantastic food, service and ambience

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vip
·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great experience across the board!

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vip
·Dined on August 18, 2017

My husband and I have been to Armando's many times and have been pleased with both the service and food. My brother was in town visiting from London and misses tex-mex cuisine so we try to take him out to as many Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants as possible while he's here. This time we noticed, as well as my brother, that our server was being much more attentive to the other tables and quiet short with ours -all the other tables he was waiting on were seated with Caucasian people. My brother and I are Latino and unfortunately have seen this happen before at other lesser quality places -but I NEVER thought it would happen at a place my husband and I have gone to several times before. As much as I wanted to believe that I was just overreacting, it was just so overwhelmingly obvious that he wanted to treat his white guests better and with more attention than us. That's pretty sad. I've worked in the service industry before and I know there can be a perception -especially when it comes to gratuity. I guess he got his wish as we weren't going to tip our usual 20% for poor service. There are so many other tex-mex places in Houston with good margaritas, why would we waste time here? We will never be back.

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vip
·Dined on August 13, 2017

There are too many texmex in Houston to like Armandos. If you prefer real mex, Caracol or Hugo should be well above on your list and if you really want the texmex fares, I had better food and nicer service at Pappasitos. Texmexmex i would go to Pico's.
The starters were actually excellent but the main were utmost disappointing. I had to order an additional serving of onion and cilantro for my main, as they were absent from my dish despite being on the menu. Even with this, it was insipid. The salsa roja was a lame watery tomato onion mix, not a hint of a spice.
Armando's was for me what Damian's is to Italian food: the Americanized 80s version of texmex, an Americanized textexmex. Would fit perfectly in a Kansas suburb but not in Houston anymore.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Wow, what a great restaurant. Great food and the 15+ different Margarita's is unmatched from any other restaurant in Houston with the same menu profile. Mr. Hector Ortega introduced himself and it quickly seemed like we were old friends. Just a great restaurant that gives you more than you will expect.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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