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Armadillo Palace

) #743 of 7,266 Restaurants in Houston $$ - $$$ American, ,
5105 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-5011
+1 713-526-9700
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“chilli” (4 reviews)
“fried steak” (2 reviews)
“friday night” (3 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
5105 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098-5011
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This used to be my favorite place in Houston to grab a drink in Houston. I would have given it a 5 but 2 because it has changed. They used to rent the place out for private parties and close it to the regulars. They...More

Thank WDPs
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Service and atmosphere was on point. Now the food... We had their damn Goode burger and it was... DAMN GOOD! Honestly, it's the best in houston. They cook their patties over mesquite fire wood so the texture and taste is beyond any other. The quality...More

1  Thank akhan884
Reviewed 26 April 2017

With the new menu there are so many more delicious foods, from the oysters rockefelle to the delicious desserts. Everyone was so friendly and prompt with the service.

Thank Paulette H
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I think they are redoing the kitchen and hope they will soon return to the days when they had more selection. The place is large with a live band at least on the weekends. It use to be a good place to have a drink...More

3  Thank jsthouston
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We were here on a Friday evening in January. No live music. Restaurant was mainly occupied by a private party with a buffet. Was told they were out of venison chili - really, on a friday evening, maybe the private party ate it all. The...More

Thank MumintheSun21
Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

We watched Sam Riggs here play on Friday and were very pleased. The outdoor space looked amazing, but since it was raining the concert was inside. They had TVs set up in the back so even if you didn't want to stand by the stage...More

Thank PDJ_TX
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Great place to stop by for appetizers, drinks and dinner. The staff is friendly and always helpful with menu recommendations. Fun atmosphere for adult only or the entire family!

Thank Pepperstrip
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
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
  • E-mail
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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