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Armandos

4.6
4.6
1075 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:45 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Bar Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (713) 520-1738

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Gino Llanes

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    At Armandos we have a private dining room that overlooks the main dining room. The room is available for private dinners and corporate mixers. The room can accommodate 30 for a sit down affair or up to 70 for a cocktail event.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (713) 520-1738 ext. 2

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Cross street

    Kirby

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available right in front of the restaurant main entrance

  • Public transit

    Metro, UBER

  • Entertainment

    Thursday night dancing starts at 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,075 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. l

    ladychic

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Every time I’ve been to Armando’s it’s been a 5 star experience. This time I gave it 4 stars due to the noise level. Was it overly LOUD due to the majority of 20-30 year olds dining in Armando’s. I would say yes as I understand Thursdays are dance night and it was a livelier crowd than usual. TIP: Don’t go on Thursdays unless you really DONT want to hear the people you’re with.
  2. NS

    NestorS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks excellent nothing to complain about.
  3. P

    Pablo

    Houston

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service is the standout here. Drinks are great, and the queso is good… The salsa could use a little help however, but this is a great spot for date night or families. A Houston Institution!
  4. RS

    RaphealSienteSe

    Houston

    260 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    260 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All good… great food and excellent service
  5. AM

    AndrewM

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Terrine quality of food. Restaurant looks high end but the food was awful. Service was very flat and mediocre.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Thank you to Joe for taking care of us. Excellent waitress and bussers too. Food was delicious!
  7. LF

    LauraF

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    I love Armandos but wanted a table in the bar and didn’t get it!
  8. P

    Pamspeeps

    Charleston

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and SERVICE! Ambiance was wonderful! Max was our waiter and he was great!
  9. CC

    CaseyC

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Took over 15 minutes for someone to take drink order. Service was slow and very unorganized. Food was just ok.
  10. AE

    ArtE

    Houston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is always great, so different than lots of Mexican restaurants. To of the line taste. Only problems, our server did not check by with us much. Twice had to flag him down to get tea and once for more sauce for the chips. Been here lots of time, food as good as always but the service is not the kind we normally get at Armandos. Still will go back for food and hopefully a different server.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Dinner with my girlfriends.
  12. MZ

    MarkZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I regret that I missed the reservation due to an illness in the family. I should have ben able to cancel it properly but Open Table was not working correctly. I look forward to my next visit.
  13. N

    Nonna

    Houston

    14 reviews

    1.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5
    This was the most tasteless Mexican food I have ever eaten. It’s a beautiful restaurant with worthless food.
  14. WT

    WorldTraveler

    London

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We were seated immediately (had reservations, obviously). The food was excellent. However, our waiter would disappear for extended periods of time (it was NOT a busy night) and we would have to prevail on others when we needed something. We finally got him to drop off some dessert menus but then he never came back to take our orders. We had to stop a waiter from another section to take our order. We've had other service issues at this restaurant - cocktails arriving after dinner was well underway and appetizers arriving after we had finished our main meal. The food, however, has always been very good.
  15. KK

    KK63

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The ambiance and food were great. The service was okay. The server we had did not take time to explain his recommendations.
  17. m

    marcia

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and top notch service. I have been dining at Armando’s for years and we love love our waiter. The staff treats my elderly mom with such grace and compassion
  18. T

    Towntastes

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience. It was great to see Armando at the restaurant. His presence makes it more special.
  19. CB

    CBarberJD

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    My tacos were average at best, though I do enjoy this restaurant. Yep t has a great upscale vibe. Not the restaurants fault but there was an obnoxiously loud table with a couple of cacklers next to where we were originally seated. I could not hear my date over their indifferent behavior. Yes, I think they should have a good time but it moved well into rude. The host was able to move us after a bit of thought.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great thanks
  21. MW

    MichaelW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jorge was a great server - he was courteous helpful and efficient!
  22. JG

    JettG

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I enjoy Armandos from time to time. His restaurant has been a Houston Icon for decades! We enjoyed our dining experience.
  23. RW

    RobinW

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Everything was great, except service was slow I believe due to Covid staff shortage! But they did their best! One of our favorite spots since the mid 80’s!
  24. LT

    LeoTK66

    Denver

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas Eve.
  25. G

    Gourmetmama

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The selection of wine by the glass needs to be upgraded
  26. JK

    JesK

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family holiday dinner
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Waited a significant amount of time before needing to flag the manager that no waiter had approached us. Minor mistakes with the drink orders. Food is generally quite good. Restaurant is loud, but all the guests and staff are very nice.
  28. 2

    2patl8

    Houston

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Just a few friends. Service was really slow but they were also really busy. Ordered the Tortilla soup. And that’s it.
  29. FL

    FoodLover

    Houston

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food is always great; margaritas are, too! Decor is really nice. It can be a bit loud, but we could still hear each other fine. We love Armando’s!
  30. G

    Great4couples

    Houston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and experience
  31. GB

    GeorgeB

    Houston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and fun.
  32. ES

    ElroyS

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    I was not at all impressed with my entre. I had the Gulf Fish and distinctly remember thinking "this can't be it." The flavor was good the portion was small and the tortillas were excellent. The drinks were well made but the services was quite bad. The server was not very attentive.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    64 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambiance as always but the noise level was terrible. You couldn't talk to a person across the table without screaming.
  34. JM

    JMadigan

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and had great service! Food was super!
  35. HS

    HerrickS

    Houston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Queso was absolutely horrible. Very thin and completely bland.
  36. CM

    CharlesM

    Houston

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just amazing food and service, it is the top Mexican or shall I say exquisite Tex-Mex in Houston, this is a very special restaurant, consistent and wonderful, if you seek comfort and elegance this is the place, I love this restaurant! Thank you Armando's for always being so great!
  37. MD

    MarcD

    Houston

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Have been here many times and would always rate it highly. This time, it seems as though the quality has slipped down a bit. The enchilada on a combo plate looked like it was over heated in a microwave
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delightful! cannot wait to return again for a wonderful evening!
  39. S

    Shirley

    Houston

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The man who greeted us at the door asked if we had reservations and we said, “yes.” So he then said, “I’ll bet that group of ladies is waiting for you to at that table”! We said, “no, we had reserved a table for 3 and that was not our group.” So he checked the reservation list again and confirmed our reservation and led us to a booth. As the two of us who had arrived began to sit down, our third friend called to us. She was sitting at another booth. Clearly, the man had not paid much attention to our reservation or to the first person who had already arrived. It did not seem very professional at all. We moved ourselves to the other location and finally were able to enjoy the evening. The food was great! The restaurant was incredibly loud and we were all shouting at one another to be heard. Clearly, everyone was in a festive mood.
  40. H

    Hostess

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Service is not the same how it used to be.

Safety precautions

  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

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

Armandos is rated 4.6 stars by 1075 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kirby

  • Neighborhood

    Upper Kirby / Shepherd Corridor

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm Tue, Wed 3:00 pm–9:45 pm Thu–Sat 3:00 pm–10:45 pm Bar Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking is available right in front of the restaurant main entrance

  • Public transit

    Metro, UBER

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Chef Gino Llanes

  • Entertainment

    Thursday night dancing starts at 10:00pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (713) 520-1738

  • 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

  • Private party facilities

    At Armandos we have a private dining room that overlooks the main dining room. The room is available for private dinners and corporate mixers. The room can accommodate 30 for a sit down affair or up to 70 for a cocktail event.

  • Private party contact

    Event Coordinator: (713) 520-1738 ext. 2

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