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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
  • 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
  • "Paco is a gem of a host. Food presentation always great and portions huge! Best restaurant in Galveston!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The caramelized onions/salad peppers/bell peppers on the Calamari were delicious. The Spinach Salad was a bore, with just an egg slice and a couple of tomato bits. The Salmon was good but nothing special, as were the Fish Tacos. Although the Key Lime Pie was delicious, the Creme Brulee was bland and flavor-less. Although it was my friend's 50th Birthday celebration, & his first time to eat there, they do not treat with a complimentary dessert."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I made last minute reservations for our anniversary- we could not have been more pleased. Only wish we would have paced ourselves more- to allow room for dessert. Poblano soup, salmon with habanero sauce, empanadas all delicious!! My husband was thrilled with all of his choices as well as the plantains - which he usually doesn't eat. Staff was outstanding!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We took our family to R & P for dinner at 5 pm because we had a two year old and baby with us. We were seated quickly and our orders taken. We were served fried sliced plantains and sauce. Our appetizers were served promptly. Then several parties arrived and we waited and waited for our entrees. We left the restaurant at 7:30. Way too long for children and even we four adults. Our two year old ended up eating plantains and appetizer foods for her dinner. She was though eating by the time the food arrived. She was being quiet and very sweet throughout this experieince. PLEASE speed up the service especially for families with children. Food was ok, but slow service superseded everything."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Truly a most pleasant dining experience. Promptly greeted and felt "very welcome". Immediately seated. Waitstaff are enthusiastic, very knowledgeable and have excellent attitudes. The synchronized waitstaff services at tables are very impressive. The menu offered a very interesting variety of selections. Our wine, salad and main course were excellent, with evident quality. Our overall dining experience was one of the most pleasant. One of the owners circulated among patrons and made memorable impressions. A definite return to this restaurant is in order, for an assured enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food and the service at Rudy & Paco's in unparralled."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in the door, you get the feeling they have been anxiously waiting for your arrival. You are pampered with attention and excellent food...beautifully prepared & presented. A must go-to when in Galveston..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We ate for the first time for lunch last week and were very pleased with the food and service. My pecan crusted redfish was great and the quatro leeches cake was terrific. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We love Rudy & Paco's and recommend to all our friends. The food is always outstanding, as is the service. It's always fun to be greeted by Paco and his "Hello Baby!!"...."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love this restaurant! The food off the menu is always good. But I often like the specials! The owner, Paco, makes everyone feel special and appreciated I highly recommend this place and it's important to make a reservation"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Dependably great food. Great dining spot for city residents and for guests."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Fabulous food and service, so we returned again the next night and exceeded our expectations again. Had red snapper with raspberry chipotle sauce which was outstanding, husband had the Sea Bass special which was phenomenal. The service is one of the best we have experienced such as Meals are served to the entire party at the same time."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Not having visited Galveston in many years, I had not expected to find such a dining gem. I would travel back to Galveston just to eat here. Service, food, drink were all exceptional and on par with any world class restaurant."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have to say that our waitress last night wasn't quite as lovely as our normal lady, but the meal more than makes up for the slight hiccup in monotoned service. The must haves here are definitely the calamari appetizer and scallop entree.. And the bread pudding was a table favorite! Always nice to come in and be greeted by Paco himself and take in the atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food; and service. Tables are crowded together; and it's too expensive. You decide."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "read about this establishment in one of the local magazines...impressed"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Best service, great atmosphere, but most important: fantastic food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went there from our wedding. I called and asked for something intimate. They returned my call and said that they had a table in the corner for us. We met Paco. He was really nice."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I love Rudy and Paco's. It is our favorite eatery in Galveston. We attend many productions at the Opera House and since they are located yards from each other, we make the early show and then go eat afterwards. It makes the entire day special. We have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This restaurant was awesome. The food was perfect, the wine selection was very comprehensive, the atmosphere was pleasant and the staff was very welcoming. We ate dinner around 6pm which was a little early for us, but the perfect time for this restaurant. There were only a few tables there which kept the possible noise level down. It is a small place, but you can really tell that they take a lot of pride in the food they serve and the experience they provide for their guests."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Rudy and Paco's is the best restaurant on the island. Food is always great, service is perfect and Paco is always there to make sure ! Just a great place..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Paco is an awesome owner... He does it all and is always there!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Obviously a great place for regulars as individual wine cellars attest, but also a warm and welcoming place for tourists, too. Elegant without being fussy, food thoughtfully presented and perfectly prepared. If I am ever back in Galveston, I will head to Rudy & Paco for sure."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The only reason we are giving this a 4 star is cuz the service was not up to par as it usually is. Dirty dishes and empty water glasses sat for way to long. This was not the norm."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We searched several restaurants and this one stood out. Very good experience. You get to meet the owner and interact with him. The Scallops are a must have here. Lump Crab for appetizer a must. Very fast and respectful service. I will eat here in the future for special occasions. Best experience I have had at a restraint in a long time."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The dress code is no shorts, no hats, etc - which I REALLY appreciate since it's a beach town. When I asked if women's dress shorts (w metallic or other embellishments) were ok, I was told no. But when we got there, khaki shorts and denim cutoffs galore. Then, the food. Snapper and shrimp in slightly different heavy cream and butter sauces. Just sort of sad and outdated - like it used to be a good restaurant. It needs a revamp. The ceviche was great, as was the skinny margarita."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Service thoughtful and food cooked exactly the way we like it!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant for a nice dinner out. Great service and great food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "First visit for celebration of wife's birthday. Promptly received by friendly staff and seated immediately. Wait staff were prompt in coming to table and taking drink orders as well as bringing fresh bread. Jessie was very helpful in explaining menu items and was very attentive throughout meal. We shared a mixed greens salad and then chose grilled salmon over habanero sauce and grilled red snapper with cilantro cream sauce. Both entrees were accompanied by a green bean medley and scalloped potatoes. Entrees were well-presented and served very warm. Both had outstanding flavor. Complimentary chocolate cake was provided for wife's birthday celebration. Great experience and look forward to return visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "our meal was excellent. we both had one of the seafood specials. Portions are ample size and service was impeccable. there was a 14 top table across from us and it was quite the show to see how they set the plates down.....all at the same time. would certainly visit this restaurant again. It was our anniversary and we had quite the treat with the chocolate mouse cake as well."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Really great place, great food, great service. Can't be beat."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner and are so glad we did. The food was wonderful and the service was exceptional. We had the scallops and the grouper and both were the best we have ever eaten. Our waitress was so attentive and helpful and Paco came to our table and chatted with us. We highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely come back. The atmosphere is lively and but not too loud. Everyone was having a great time and many patons seemed to know each other and Paco. Love this place!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Outstanding, exquisite, fantastic....even the salad leaf was perfect. Had crab cake, size of softball, all crab ( Eddie V's - seriously??...) Grouper was cooked perfectly in fragrant light sauce, dad had scallops- divine...best bread pudding ever. The service - without question, the best. Yes, we liked it! Wish they had a place in Houston, but DEFINETLY worth the drive!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Rudy & Paco's continues to be our restaurant of choice on the Island. My husband will even drive in from Austin for less than 24 hours just to dine there. And now they carry our favorite Garrison Brothers Bourbon, made in Hye, Texas! We're trying to get in tonight, and Open Table says there's no room, but hopefully Paco will make room for us!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Crab cake appetizer was great, all crab! I had the Red fish, it was good. The veggies were great and were cooked perfect! She had the Salmon, she said she liked it. Definitely lunch portions. Bread pudding was through the roof, best I've ever had! Recommend if you don't mind spending $100.00 for lunch... I was our 3 year anniversary."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My husband, daughter and I really enjoyed our meal here. The service was outstanding. My husband I am split several courses, and the service team was very accommodating, there was plenty of food and it was great. The crab or lobster bisque was our very favorite and was the best we have ever had. They actually drizzled some dry sherry on top!! Wonderful and I would have never thought of it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We travel a lot and enjoy restaurants around the country and around the world. We found Rudy and Paco's to be the equal of some of our favorite restaurants in Manhattan and beyond. And a lot cheaper! Exceptional service and generous portions."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Not you regular resturant. Great for special occasions like our wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "My friend and I arrived at Rudy and Paco's and seated immediately. Our waiter took our drink order and told us the daily specials. I opted for one of the dinner specials and she ordered off the menu. She requested that instead of the scalloped potatoes if there was another potato dish (minus the dairy) she could substitute. Our waiter said yes - roasted potatoes with rosemary. We ordered a half bottle (Conundrum) of wine with our dinner. When dinner arrived, the scallop potatoes had not been substituted and we waited as the chef quickly cooked the potatoes. After we were served our meals, our waiter then told us they were out of the wine I ordered. We ordered two glasses of wine, which were $10 more that the half bottle of wine."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "You would never believe how nice this place this is from the building or neighborhood it's in, but the minute the door opens you change your mind. Excellent food and service, try it on your next trip to Galveston for sure! "
    Dined on 6/5/2014