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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.
Houston, TX 77098
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.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Thursday night dancing starts at 10:00pm
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
Valet Parking available in front of restaurant
Chef Miguel Llanes
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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