Armandos

4.7
1055 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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Traveller
Houston
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a base hit, though rarely a home run. Reliable. Everything is always good. Just not extraordinary. A safe choice, every time. Exceptional staff and service. An institution among Houston restaurant options.

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CristinaL
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I ordered tacos Al carbon but were bland…had little flavor/seasoning.
Chips and green salsa were very good. Mild red salsa too mild. Spicy red salsa too spicy. Beans were great. Overall, Was disappointed on my entree for a high end restaurant.
Enjoyed warm ambiance and service.

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HeatherF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best mexican food in town. Whenever my kids come into town, Its their first stop for their Tex-mex fix

MO
vipMOLF
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Really disappointed in Armando’s. First, they served me cold tortilla soup which had to be taken back. Next, the wedge salad had way too many onions, no blue cheese crumbles, and the dressing was tasteless. My Pinot Grigio at $14 a glass tasted like water. The waiter, attentive at first, forgot we ordered more drinks and we waited a long time for them. As it got busier we didn’t see him for long periods. The person who brought the salsa to our table actually had his thumb in the salsa! A manager did come over to see how we were doing but I did not want to cause drama at the time (I now wish I had been honest). The noise level as the night went on was so high my ears were ringing when we got in the car. We could not hear each other talk at all. We just wanted to get out of there. I have been to Armando’s many times before and have never experienced anything like I did last night. We will not be going back anytime soon. So very, very sad to cross this restaurant off my list.

CM
vipCharlesM
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Mexican food in Houston bar none, consistently delicious and beautiful presentation, the chips are so good, the food is amazing...we ate so much and drank amazing margarita's...I can't wait to go back...the atmosphere is truly special, a special restaurant in a perfect location!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love everything about Armandos. It’s a hopping place so if you prefer quiet go when the early birds dine.

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CBarberJD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I had passed by Armandos for about as long as I can remember but never took the opportunity to visit. My bad. My date not only suggested it, but also suggested the sausage queso (cant recall the actual Spanish name) wraps. My goodness they were delicious. Nice crowd too and the place really filled up. This place is now on my short list of places to frequent. Nicely done.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was great I loved how the owner came and spoke to everyone there and was even walking around getting chips/salsa to tables. I would love to come back again.

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vipDinerbob
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

When the place turns into more of a disco at 10:00 the crowds get so packed you can’t move. To the point it’s dangerous as there’s no open isles. A fire would end in disaster

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vipTrippC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out!

PK
ProfKaos
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant looks nice and upscale inside, which sets it apart from a lot of Mex/Tex-Mex restaurants in town. House margarita is above average. Salsa is below average. The food is just okay; food-wise you'll do better at one of the three other iconic Tex-Mex places within a quarter-mile.

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vipRoyM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is the best Mexican restaurant in all of Houston and surrounding areas! Top shelf all the way around! We had Queso Flamedo appetizer and Lulus for dinner!

A must for Mexican Food

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

DJ is terrible now. What happened to the old one? It was best to start with the 70s 80s 90s and the current.

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vipAnnie
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent Skinny Margaritas!!!

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Marito
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time eating there and it looked so beautiful.

LB
vipLaurieB
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service

JB
vipJamesB
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drink. Great service

JD
vipJDSp
Houston
53 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed a last minute dinner at Armando’s!

TZ
vipTonyZ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

I usually don’t like to leave negative comments so I apologize I’m advance,
Restaurant is nice and service was good . However,
Food wasn’t that great , perhaps overpriced for the quality
…..Noise was unbearable. …. And I mean it .
I’m so disappointed I don’t think I want to visit this place again.
We just wanted to pay and get the hell out as quickly as possible
This is defiantly not an ambiance for a business dinner or a date night with your girlfriend/wife/husband /boyfriend.

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vipDaveT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The mandatory $5 valet parking is silly. Why not do like most and have complimentary valet and allow customers to tip which I always do. I ended up parking myself and paid the $5 bucks to avoid conflict, and management was very gracious and apologetic - I would prefer to sell park when I can .

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vipLTK1
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love our experience at Armandos.

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vipMarioMendias
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armando's is a Houston establishment. Jaime the GM runs a great team, which puts out amazing food and drinks. The Carne Asada Steak was tender, juicy, and extremely flavorful and the cocktails took the edge off of a long week. Money well spent and I'm looking forward to going back, again, and again, and again!

Mario

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Happygirl66
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The restaurant itself was nice, the food over priced for the quality and the flavor, the wait staff were very attentive, the restaurant was so load that my friend and I were howling to have a conversation. I have absolutely no interest in going back! It was highly recommend but did live up to the recommendations.

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MarkB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armandos has the best service in town. No one does it quite like them. Good food, good location...what's not to like!

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vipRaphealSienteSe
Houston
237 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and spotty service. Good scored and bar scene.

SM
vipSeanM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food and the best margs anywhere. Thursday night is a blast.

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lovecelebrating
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fabulous and the service is too!!! You never fail to serve up the beat !!! Thank you

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vipbengal
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, generous drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a blast as always

KK
KennethK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always excellent, staff always great, and good atmosphere

JW
vipJulieW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely delicious as usual and I made a note for a quieter table as I was bringing someone who didn’t want to be in a crowded room and they gave us the perfect table in a side room. Perfect meal and service! ❤️

MD
vipMDBKHB
Houston
89 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food terrific service

KA
vipKatrinaA
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with friends

ME
vipMattE
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better margaritas! Rally enjoyed the restaurant.

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vipLdas
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Armandos never fails to impress out of town guests. Jaime made our friends evacuated from New Orleans feel like honored guests and is always connecting with the restaurant patrons.

MH
vipMickyH
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Great food and service, poor rating on coctails

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GregoryH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Overall the main course food was good ( a little too salty for my taste), but the salsa served with the chips was very bland. It was a very busy night so my waiter forgot to give us menus and it took awhile to order food. Once ordered, the food took awhile to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
49 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Need to hire more help. Server was very good but too busy to be attentive. We love your place and will be back.

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Kathy
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Discovered them via Houston Restaurant Week 2021. Really enjoyed our evening and will definitely return.

FAQs

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

Armandos is rated 4.7 stars by 1055 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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