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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.galveston.com/rudypaco
  • Email: rudyandpacos@gmail.com
  • Phone: (409) 762-3696
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering services for all occasions and party sizes. Please contact Paco at (409) 762-3696 or email us at RudyandPacos@gmail.com for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are more than happy to close the restaurant for your private party. Contact us to discuss the many options available.
  • Private Party Contact: Paco Vargas (409) 762-3696

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking available as well as a public lot.
A word from Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
When visiting Galveston Island, you simply can't miss the Island's most unique dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Rudy & Paco features grilled seafood and steak with a South and Central American sabor. Relax and unwind with your favorite cocktail while enjoying delicious Antojitos. Rudy & Paco is located next door to The Grand 1894 Opera House, and is a great choice for pre-show dinner specials. Dinner: No shorts (men or women), hats/caps, or sleeveless shirts for men. Lunch: Smart Casual Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went here for our first time for my wife's birthday and had a blast! Lively vibe, delicious South American food, and an incredibly friendly staff led by Paco himself. Definitely our new favorite restaurant when visiting Galveston. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Outstanding!!! some of the best seafood I have ever eaten. The food was very fresh, wonderfully prepared and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Although we were only in Galveston for a short time we know that Rudy & Paco's is the best in town. You can tell the owner has done a great job taking care of his people- his employees as well as his customers. Everyone was friendly, willing to serve, and very clean and professional."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Believe you need reservation. Not a huge resturant. Many locals. More upscale than other beach resturants. Plantains were offered immediately upon being seated that set the stage for interesting food evening. Spinach salad was wonderful. Cerviche was good too."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Always enjoy this place, the excellent service and friendly vibe."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "It is such a pleasure to dine at Rudi & Paco's. I can't say enough that's positive about the food and service. I always order fish, rarely the same dish twice, and am always completely happy with my choice. Fresh, fresh, fresh! This is one of the finest restaurants in Texas. Not to be missed if you find yourself in Galveston."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My friend and I both ordered appetizers for dinner, and it is always is plenty of food and always delicious. We both ordered the Crab Bisque and I ordered the Crab Cakes. The Crab Cakes are the best I have ever had, and I have had Crab Cakes all over the world. They are full of Lump Crab meat. No filling. The service is TOP NOTCH. Nothing in Galveston can top this Restaurant. It is a little pricey though, so be prepared.i"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've eaten here a few times, always great service, great food, and reasonable prices!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My twin was thrilled with our birthday dinner and cake! So was I"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We ate dinner at Rudy & Paco and the experience was outstanding. The snapper with crabmeat, avocado and pico de gallo was excellent. Wine list was very good. Best place in Galveston. Paco was on site and very attentive to detail through out the restauarant including conversations with guests. Staff is well trained and does an impeccable job. As it was my birthday, we even received a complimentary dessert. Nice place that we recommend without hesitation."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I love this restaurant, it is one of my favorites on the Island. The service is wonderful and the food is equally wonderful! BUT the last time I was there, I booked a reservation weeks in advance for an 8:00 dinner for my Mom's birthday. We arrived on time... but were not seated till almost 8:20! They have a very small 'waiting area' which is really just the entry way, and a small bar that was full... my family of 6 had to stand there in the way of the door/hostess stand for almost 20 min while we waited for our table to be ready (and we were never given a status update or apology while we waited). Aside from that, our experience was great, but that was disappointing."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is great! Wonderful service and amazing food!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "After checking in with the hostess for our reservation, we were ignored for 20 min prior to being seated. Our waitress was nice and knowledgeable, but inattentive. Calmari appetizer was greasy and chewy, so we didn't eat it. The waitress did not check on us, and took the whole plate away without asking if the food was OK. We ordered the special sea bass, which was grossly undercooked. When we finally got the server's attention, the plate was immediately taken back for correction. However, the same plate was brought back with the fish mashed up, covered in a sauce we did not order. This was not typical, as our prior visits had been very enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Brought my parents in for dinner and everything was perfect. Service made everyone feel like a VIP and the food was a treat...first class 5 star experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Simply fabulous. A gem. Service was impeccable. Fish dishes are fresh and crisp. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Rudy and Pacos was hands down the BEST food we have tasted after moving to Gavleston Island. We have been dinner hopping from place to place. The food was incredible and service wonderful. The wine list is impressive. The only two problems are the noise levels (its a small place so that is understandable), and its HARD to get a reservation with the internet down the restaurant disappears from opentable and that is the only form of reservations they take. Forget getting in on a Saturday night without reserving a LONG time ahead of the date you want."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A truly wonderful restaurant. Would be a gem anywhere in the world especially Galveston. Food outstanding and the service was exceptional. However, bring your wallet as is not inexpensive."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Who would have guessed that this absolutely incredible restaurant would be in the heart of Galveston! Rudy & Paco rivals any five star restaurant in Houston! The food was EXCELLENT. The flavorings and uniqueness of the dishes was spectacular. The service was impeccable. We especially loved how all meals came out and were placed in front of us and taken away by four waiters simultaneously. We can hardly wait to return. Hands down the BEST restaurant on the island!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A refreshing change from most Houston restaurants that are too loud, too trendy, too expensive and/or avant garde to be worth the money. Their food was fresh, delicious, reasonably priced and recognizable as mainstream American food."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday there and were totally impressed. Service was top notch and the food was amazing."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Pacos is always a great experiance. The best spot in Galveston and in the top 10 in the greater Houston area."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I'm a foodie, and this was the best meal I've ever eaten. The seafood was locally caught, so it was fresh, and it was masterly prepared. The staff was knowledgeable of the menu and very prompt and courteous. My wife and I went here for our 10 year anniversary celebration, and it was perfect!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "The food is amazing. Service is equally good. We went last week with my daughter who must eat a gluten free diet. While they don't have a specific gluten free menu, our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating. My daughters meal was fabulous! We have been here a number of times. Food is always great. I HIGHLY recommend Rudy & Pacos"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We walked by this place everytime we visit the island, tried the restaurants across street, and the cigar shop nearby. i think this place is Okay, i suppose for those that live on the island, its a place to get dress up to have a meal, but dont bother to dress up to drive from Houston, there are plenty of better restaurants in Houston."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My second visit. Food is delicious and service is great!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is always one of our favorites and never disappoints! We love the food and the service always is excellent!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Great food but the service was awesome. A nice place for special occasions."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The entire dining experience was fabulous. The plantains with sauces was unexpected and delicious. Our server even brought us more after we devoured the first serving. I had the grouper special and my husband had the snapper, both were very good. We enjoyed dessert and the bread pudding was enough to share and was a perfect ending to our meal! When visiting Galveston Rudy and Paco will be a must."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We dine at Rudy and Paco's almost every time we are on the island. Good food, served by professionals and the attention to detail is above all others in Galveston. Pacos has done an amazing job of training and managing the perfect Resturant for a nice night out. Oh and yes, the bar tenders are amazing!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Have been going to R&P since med school. Still fantastic. Paco greeted us at the door and is as hospitable as ever. The food is always delicious. Will try to stop by whenever we go to Galveston."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "What a lovely evening! Food, ambience, wine and good friends could not be beat. We tried everything from the crab cakes to Redfish and Grouper specials and all was delicious. The desserts were also to die for! We also enjoyed visiting with Paco and hearing his stories. Can't wait to come back for a second visit!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I loved the wide choice of fresh red snapper and shrimp dishes at Rudy and Paco's. I had the grilled snapper with cilantro cream sauce, which was delicious. The atmosphere was lively and the service was very good as well. Extensive wine list."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Simply amazing! Food and service is the best. I would recommend this reaturant to my family and friends. A hidden place located in Galveson on the Strand Street."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "For a special day that calls for a celebration Rudy and Paco is the place to dine. The moment one walks into the restaurant you feel like you are walking into a magical fancy environment. The special magical waiters make you feel like royalty not to mention the unique style when they bring your food out, a style you can't find anywhere else on the island. You can even have your owe private wine cubby with your name on it. That's classy ! Want to feel special ? Rudy and Paco is the place to go to for a special evening with your love one or with family and special friends."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Thank you for my birthday dinner. It was the best as always. Thank you also to Ashley....we love her. We missed seeing Paco on Saturday night. We will be back. The only place we dine on the Island for special events. We always see some of our friends there. Perfect...A+++++ Thank You Jeff and Marsha Oden with friends from California, Ray and Melissa Long"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent service. Absolutely no problem and with our reservation and we were seated on time."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Galveston this weekend and went to Rudy and Paco's for dinner to try something new. It was wonderful with great food and service. The portions were plenty and the calamari and red snapper with lump crabmeat superb! I am originally from Galveston and I would definitely go back as well as recommend it!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We live in Houston and go to Galveston just to eat at Rudy and Paco."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We were greeted like great friends and valued customers ! I love the table cloths, the wine list, the friendliness of the staff. All of our needs were met. Our server was superb - the food excellent. We will eat here again. It was a bit noisy because there was a show next door and some people had met there for an early dinner and drinks. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Galveston and looking for recommendations."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Unique recipies and presentations. Reminded me of New Orleans restaurants. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/20/2014