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Armadillo Palace

$$ - $$$American, ,
5105 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-5011
+1 713-526-9700
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“pecan pie” (4 reviews)
“pork skins” (2 reviews)
“chili” (3 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
5105 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-5011
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Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Attended a private party at the Palace. A perfect venue for feeling the Texas culture.This place has been a fixture in Houston for decades. And is a must see when in Houston. There is a larger than life size Armadillo out front of the Palace....More

Thank Rockdoc7
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Good value for your money. Had the chili with grits, liked it. Pecan pie - ok. Paloma drink - excellent. Nice athmosphere and decorations. Some minor glitches with the service but overall exprience was nice.

Thank sannal701
Reviewed 5 October 2017

My husband and I went here tonight expecting the usual from an American restaurant: okay food, okay service. But everything about this big and multifaceted restaurant surprised us. For one thing--this isn't just a restaurant, it's an experience. Multiple bars, multiple seating areas. It's got...More

Thank Margot62
Reviewed 13 September 2017

This place is a little hidden but its huge! I went for a Tuesday happy hour and loved it. They have a large outside area, a stage with a big dance floor inside and a full bar. This is part of the Goode Company BBQ...More

Thank Natalie R
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Armadillo Palace has a great bar & food selection, add to that a great outdoor patio and live music- you've got a great recipe to kick back and shoot the breeze! Their menu features a little of everything and the empanadas & pork skins are...More

Thank zleos377
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

This is an utterly authentic and amazing dining and drinking venue with top flying get musical acts regularly appearing. Valet parking is first thing you encounter before the walk of the Country Music legends. So many options for enjoying yourself from indoor and outdoor open...More

Thank Hey_Joe54
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

The original plan was to have a little Independence Day BBQ at Goode Co., but we looked across the street and the Big Open Patio of Armadillo Palace looked so inviting. After going inside to see the hostess, we were seated out on the Patio....More

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

I cannot say enough good about this place. It had been years since I had been to Texas and I did miss it. I should have been a Texan. I had a steak and it ranks as one of the top 5 steaks I have...More

1  Thank KyBuffalo
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Food was delicious, salads and carnitas really were good. We even had a decadent strawberry something that was incredible. We ate in patio which was fun and waitress was prompt, despite the huge party going on inside an event room.

1  Thank isildor
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Great food that combines all flavors of the Goode family cuisine. Food was some of the best in Houston and the service was spot on.

1  Thank LKay113
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5105 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-5011
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston>  > Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Neighbourhood: Greenway/ Upper Kirby
  • Phone Number: +1 713-526-9700
Leon "Pappy" Selph just may have been the best fiddle player that ever lived. He was the inventor of Texas swing and is best known for having written "The Orange Blossom Special." Back when the Original Goode Company BBQ opened on Kirby Drive, he'd play the first Friday of every month for a flat rate of $65 and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He'd always take the whiskey upfront. And at the end of the evening when Jim handed him the money, the fiddle player would quietly fold it up and stick it in Jim's shirt pocket. He'd tell him, "Jim, things will get better. You just stick with it." It was a kind gesture and good advice.This all left quite an impression on Jim's son, Levi. So it was no surprise, when years later, Levi decided Houston needed a dedicated home for Texas music and created the Armadillo Palace right across the street from the original barbeque place that Pappy played all those years ago.Goode's Armadillo Palace hosts live Texas music several days a week. It serves a full menu of Texas comfort food and is available for parties of just about every size. Levi is no less demanding than his father is, and no place captures the spirit of Texas music the way the Armadillo Palace does.
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