Houston: Armandos

private dining room by lezu photography
private dining room by lezu photography

Since 1978, Armando Palacios’ longtime eatery — fashioned after 1920s Mexico City — has been consistently packed with friends, regulars, celebrities and local socialites who love the famous fresh lime juice margaritas, delicious queso flameado and signature fajitas. Located in the heart of River Oaks, this is the “it” place for fine dining and modern Mexican cuisine in Houston.

Designed by Palacios and his wife, Cinda, Armandos is decorated with beautiful antique mirrors, an intricate sunburst latticework ceiling and rich red draperies offset by crisp, white table linens. The restaurant also houses a collection of authentic Mexican pottery and cookware showcased in dark, custom wood cabinets. The warm decor and lighting perfectly set the mood for multi-sensory culinary excellence.

From guacamole to quesadillas, ceviche to chipotle crabcakes, Armandos offers delicious appetizers to entice your taste buds. The entree list features a grand assortment of sumptuous enchiladas, from rich lobster and savory spinach to plentiful rib-eye. The authentic tacos al carbon, carne guisada and fajita choices of shrimp, chicken or beef are always popular. While the elegant seafood dishes, such as Chilean sea bass and the fresh grilled red snapper are perfect to pair with a buttery chardonnay from the restaurant’s diverse wine list. To end the meal, Armandos offers classic Mexican delights, such as sopaipillas, tres leches and fun twists like the sumptuous chocolate banana pastry.

For events beyond the restaurant, Armandos has a specialized department offering full-service catering. In 2007, Armandos Caters launched its first gourmet taco truck of their growing fleet. The gourmet taco trucks, fully equipped with top-of-the-line appliances, polished chrome accents and custom red paint, arrive in style at your event bringing tacos and Mexican specialties, signature margaritas and professional service. From breakfast tacos and corporate salsa breaks to full-blown catered functions, Armandos Caters reinvents catering with stylish gourmet taco trucks for events big or small.

In 2010, Armandos Caters launched corporate delivery, which includes both specialty Tex-Mex cuisine in bulk and Fit Tex-Mex — balanced, healthy, individually packaged meals. Fit Tex-Mex incorporates the restaurant’s classic Tex-Mex recipes with a healthy twist. All meals are analyzed by a registered dietitian. Armandos also offers boxed lunches and catering for weddings and rehearsals, corporate events, conventions, holiday parties, graduations and more.


Armandos is located at 2630 Westheimer Road, Houston. For more information, call 713-520-1738 or visit www.armandosrestaurant.com. To learn more about Armandos’ catering options, visit www.armandoscaters.com.


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