Armandos

4.7
1082 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 1082 People Are Saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Dinner with my girlfriends.

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MarkZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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Nonna
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience5

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

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vipWorldTraveler
London
35 reviews
Dined on 11 January 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.

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vipmarcia
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 7 January 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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience5

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

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Towntastes
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CB
CBarberJD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great thanks

MW
vipMichaelW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Jorge was a great server - he was courteous helpful and efficient!

JG
vipJettG
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

RW
RobinW
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 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!

LT
LeoTK66
Denver
41 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve.

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vipGourmetmama
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The selection of wine by the glass needs to be upgraded

KJ
vipKimJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family holiday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 December 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.

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vip2patl8
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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

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FoodLover
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on 20 December 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!

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vipGreat4couples
Houston
39 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and experience

GB
vipGeorgeB
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun.

ES
ElroyS
Denver
1 review
Dined on 16 December 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
52 reviews
Dined on 15 December 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.

JM
vipJMadigan
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar and had great service! Food was super!

HS
HerrickS
Houston
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Queso was absolutely horrible. Very thin and completely bland.

CM
vipCharlesM
Houston
54 reviews
Dined on 12 December 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!

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vipMarcD
Houston
87 reviews
Dined on 12 December 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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delightful! cannot wait to return again for a wonderful evening!

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vipShirley
Houston
87 reviews
Dined on 9 December 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.

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vipHostess
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Service is not the same how it used to be.

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Traveller
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
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.

CL
CristinaL
Houston
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2021
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.

HF
HeatherF
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 21 November 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
40 reviews
Dined on 20 November 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
54 reviews
Dined on 19 November 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 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

CB
CBarberJD
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on 17 November 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 13 November 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 11 November 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

TC
vipTrippC
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and dining experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out!

FAQs

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

Armandos is rated 4.7 stars by 1082 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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