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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/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, 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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Good for a Date (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (17)
Hot Spot (14)
Romantic (13)
Authentic (12)
Fun (11)
People Watching (11)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Cozy (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Spicy (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

The twice refried beans were magical. I don’t like refried beans normally and I couldn’t stop eating them.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

We've been going to Armando's since it opened decades ago on Shepherd, and generally like it. But this particular visit, it was crazy busy - loud, and not easy to talk to our friends. At least we were in a booth, which helped. I suspect because of the crowd, the service wasn't very attentive.
The Queso Flameado, one of the old standbys, did not disappoint our friends, who had not been there before. I got the chicken enchiladas. They were OK, but nothing special (especially for the price). I should have gotten the spinach enchiladas, as my husband did. The spinach is freshly sautéed. The sauce on top is an unnatural green, but it plus the almonds sprinkled on make for a really good dish. The beans are probably made with lard, they're so good - but worth every bite!

Tags: Hot Spot
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food4
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Simply the best there is.

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

We had a lovely dinner with their special Valentine’s Day menu. Our waiter made our meal even more enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Just mediocre. Worst margaritas we’ve had in Houston and we’ve lived here for 15 years. Had really high expectations and was really disappointed. The service was very attentive but good and drinks- terrible.

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 (Houston)·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service on Valentines Day with friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The service was great!! The food was delicious as well! We look forward to returning!

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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We are regulars at Armando's. This time, the restaurant was filled with large tables of big groups
and was so loud. Two of us ordered fish tacos with red snapper and sauce on the side. The came with a lot of sauce on them, and the fish was fishy. Once we flagged down our waiter he quickly
replaced our fish tacos with something else and was very apologetic about the problem. Everyone else enjoyed their food- shrimp and beef fajitas and a chicken dish. We will go back because of location, and it can be a fun evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food, service, and drinks were great as always.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Great atmosphere ... beautiful people... come to party

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Always a pleasure to come to Armandos. Food quality, service and atmosphere are excellent. I'm sort of a regular and I've never been disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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

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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 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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 (Houston)·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
 (Houston)·Dined on January 8, 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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food5
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 (Houston)·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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food5
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 (Houston)·Dined on December 30, 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
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great Mexican at Armando’s!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 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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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 24, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 10, 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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food5
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 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
 (Houston)·Dined on December 4, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Delicious as always!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 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
 (Houston)·Dined on November 30, 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
 (Houston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Always great

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 (Houston)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always a great place!

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vip
 (Houston)·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
 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Loved it!! The restaurant uses the best ingredients!

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 (Houston)·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
 (Houston)·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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 (London)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Excellent food, margaritas and an outstanding waiter.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 13, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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