Arnaldo Richards' Picos

4.6
1217 reviews
$31 to $50
Regional Mexican
Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm, lively atmosphere that will transport you to the finest restaurants in Mexico. Since its inception in 1984, Arnaldo Richards' Picos has been recognized as one of Houston's premier award-winning Mexican restaurants. Executive Chef/Owner Arnaldo Richards skillfully blends his contemporary culinary concepts with traditional Mexican cooking techniques, while remaining faithful to the deeply rooted and authentic flavors of the seven regions of Mexican cuisine. Picos is the perfect place for friends, family, business associates and private parties to enjoy a remarkable dining experience and extraordinary drinks. Takeout & Catering are also available.
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vipjemejo
Houston
75 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We shared two different entrees and they were delightful: three different 3 oz. filets in different sauces and the red snapper Merida style. Also, the service was efficient and nice.

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vipDavidF
Austin
23 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service, food, and drinks were great. Mariachi band was a little too loud.

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Swue
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite!

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vipFoodieinHouston
Houston
51 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This is the first time I went to Picos since the pandemic started and oh boy how things have changed!

Food was OK. We ordered the paella which was tasty albeit quite salty. I would have preferred the paella to have more seafood and less chorizo. The plus side is that the 3-person paella fed 4 adults handsomely. Service in general was apathic; for example, it took a long time to get the complimentary basket of tortillas.

I remember Picos was a good place for food with very alert and caring service. Don't know when I'll be back next.

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LuEllenS
Austin
16 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good brunch menu! Recommend Drunken Eggs! Palomas and Mimosas were very good!

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Bonobo
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food wise, they aren't even trying. And expensive for what it is.

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vipbdug
Houston
45 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

If you are short on servers don’t accept as many reservations. It was the worst Christmas Eve dinner ever
Got charged for something we didn’t order. Took more than an hour to get our food. My shrimp were so over cooked. Five little shrimp for $20. Please. We will not be returning

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

The restaurant was more interested in completing takeout orders than service for dine in customers. We did not get our food, a very simple order. We eat there regularly but we will not be back anytime soon.

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KatherineH
Portland
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Christmas

The beef I the tacos and the fajitas was pretty bad, tasted old and almost rancid. The other entrees were excellent. I have been a regular customer for many years and have been extremely happy . This was unusual.

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DaveG
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was not up to Pico’s usual excellence. The margaritas made up for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

Mediocre food. Queso was cold and congealed into a glob. Had to keep asking for tortillas. Fajitas were tasteless. You can get better guacamole at chipotle.

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vipBLTx
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

An hour from seating to food.

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KrystalL
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, definitely suggest the lamb. The service was great, truly enjoyed our night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the staff. Thank you Ruben for making my family and I feel so at home. Highly recommendb!!!

Also!! Can't forget the bar, thank you Daniel and victor for phoebomal pre drinks service.

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FeleciaL
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Picos. My enchiladas were very tasty and good. My waiter Jasmine was very friendly and very attentive.

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viphoudinner
Houston
109 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Terrific and authentic Mexican food. The grilled shrimp and chicken mole were outstanding. Good drinks and super service. It has a fun vibe and was nicely decorated for the Christmas season.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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DaveG
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dinner before going to a play downtown. Food and drinks were outstanding. Really enjoyed the pork shank. Looking forward to a repeat performance.

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vipWoodman
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the margaritas were fantastic, the food was great, and Hector was as "on point" as ever. Love this place.

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RavShir
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our server was Javier and the restaurant was busy. I discussed with him which of the duck recipes I should try and he suggested the PATO EN MOLE MIAHUATECO which sounded very good to me. It was a long time before the food was actually delivered and never have seen that duck dish I assumed that the duck dish which was delivered to me was the Pato en Mole, but when the bill came I realized that he had brought me a dish called Duck Two Ways. There is no great difference in price and the Duck Two Ways was very well-prepared, so I was just fine paying the bill. But I wanted Javier to know that he had erred. I called him over when we finally saw him again and told him that he had switched my order. His response was "The Duck Two Ways is better." I said that this was not the way it works. I am the customer and I make the order and his role is to take down what I order, not decide what I should order. His response was "My bad." Upon which he turned and left us. No apology whatever. Pico's is a fine restaurant and we will probably return on our next visit to Houston, but this experience was strange and the management should know.

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vipRomanR
Houston
234 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Great Service.

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ReneC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a really good place. The food was great, and the look and feel was comfortable. Our table was alittle to close to another, and the couple there was very loud. But other then that. Everything was great.

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vipDorothyS
Houston
31 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the patio and had a lovely meal. The osso bucco was delicious. Others in our party had Happy Hour appetizers. We had a great time!

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JamilaT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice place with amazing food and drinks. Will return when I’m inHouston again.

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vipMichael
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I must say that the Huasteca lacked seasoning so it wasn't full of flavor as it had been in the past. The Shrimp Brochettes were quite tasty. The beef/chicken Tacos Al Carbon were good but we've had better. I'm not sure if the cook staff has changed but Pico's has lost some of it's deliciousness.

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vipRomanR
Houston
234 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best crispy Taco in Texas

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vipClassy
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Mediocre today
Menudo was ordered but never arrived.
Server was oblivious to that fact.
Bloody Mary was very good. The one olive garnish was lackluster.
Shrimp Tampico as always was delicious.

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vipF00dieL0ve
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Made a reservation for 8, and was stuck in the back without a view even though the place was empty. We had one of the worst, most inattentive waiters. Food was cold. Waiter had to go back to the kitchen every time we asked a question and then would disappear. Will not be back anytime soon.

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vipKennethB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine is always exceptional with a lot of creative menu choices. It is just not your typical Mexican restaurant. The ambiance is very, very nice. The wait staff is friendly, attentive and prompt. The musicians are a nice touch. It is always a very pleasant dining experience.

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vipRomanR
Houston
234 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service.
Great Food.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great lunch with a great friend. Food was wonderful and Hector always treats us like family and makes us feel so welcome!!

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vipClassy
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enzo was the server and he was outstanding. He knew the menu, was gracious and intuitive, friendly, accommodating and all the good things a server could be for my tastes. He alone is a good reason to return to the restaurant. I commend him for his superb customer service.

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JillIan
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Went based on reviews but very disappointed. Server wasn’t very engaged or attentive. Drink glass had a crack in it. Food was room temp. I told the hostess it was my bfs bday but they didn’t do anything special. Won’t be going back.

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TeranceV
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The seafood and interior Mexican dishes are all really good.

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vipRobS
Houston
68 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Best authentic Mexican Food restaurant in Houston. We love this place. Complimentary valet service, rustic, classic decor, fantastic wait staff will bring you anything or whatever you want, food is top notch, menu has great variety, I try something different every time I go, there are mariachis playing during peak hours, value is 5 star, you can’t get this quality for the $$$ anywhere, etc. I look forward to
Our next visit.

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JamesT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Milanese was not considered good enough. Other 2 entries were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! And Hector was awesome!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We had a great time.

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vipRomanR
Houston
234 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

José E was our server/waiter and he was great.
Food was excellent.

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MikeB
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best quality food and excellent service.

FAQs

Arnaldo Richards' Picos offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (832) 831-9940.

Arnaldo Richards' Picos is rated 4.6 stars by 1217 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 bookings at the moment.

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