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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
  • "Small, elegant restaurant. We loved the attention to detail and the eclectic mix of patrons; very energetic crowd. Service was a little slow, due to the packed house for the evening. The escargot and crab cake appetizers were delicious, but small. The crab bisque was excellent, but the portion was too small. My plate, the Vuelva a la Vida, was very good, but I would have made changes to it. The broth was too thin, the calamari was overcooked, and the crab claws required you to dip your fingers into the broth to pick and eat them. I would thicken the broth, add clams and mussels, and a few scallops. My wife's red snapper with cilantro sauce was excellent, but also too small. Her scalloped potatoes were excellent. Loved meeting Paco."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "It's the best restaurant I've gone to in the last 25 years -- and I've been to plenty, both in the U.S. and abroad. Our table was ready the moment we got there, we were welcomed warmly by the owner and wait staff, and got a complementary appetizer, along with the delicious dried banana strips and sauces. The wine list was very good, and the menu is large and varied. However, we all ordered the delicious evening specials. I had the parmesan crusted soft shell crabs, others had halibut and sea bass. The crabs were large, perfectly done and the best soft shell crabs I've ever had in my life. The service was amazing -- all our entrees were served at the same time, by 4 waiters. It's best to get dinner reservations. Need reservations."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Rudy and Paco is a one a kind gem. Fantastic food from the fried plantains presented soon after you are seated to the dessert is delicious. The service is amazing. They are the best. Formal but friendly, prompt but not hovering. The way they present the food to the table as a team so that each customer is served at the same time is unique. My husband and I have eaten in San Fransisco, Napa, on the slopes of Diamond Head, and the Florida Keys. Next to Michels in Hawaii this is our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "A rare restaurant that combines outstanding food with professional service. The seafood is so fresh and the dishes do bring the something special- the "sabor" as the menu says. There were three in my group and each of us loved our dinner choices: appetizers of jumbo lump crab cake and Camarones EJ (shrimp in a lemony caper sauce); Caesar salad; entrees of grilled snapper, one with creole sauce and one with a cilantro cream sauce. The star of the evening was the incredible bread pudding with bourbon sauce. So wear something nice and treat yourself to a special dinner at a special restaurant. Moderately expensive and worth every penny."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Delightful experience with excellent service and wonderful food. Portions are generous and the presentations are very tasteful, both in appearance and on the tongue. Waitstaff, from the moment we entered to the final good-bye, were appropriately attentive. When asked for a bit more of their great salsa, more than just a little bit was brought out with a smile. Clearly this is one of Galveston's best restaurants - a little more relaxed for lunch and more formal for dinner. A perfect blend of Central American, northern South American and fresh Texas coast gulf seafood. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Always a standout experience with great food and impeccable service. Reliable and consistent with its own unique charm."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "As always, Paco was a great host with food and service to match. The place to go in Galveston. Atmosphere transports you to New York in terms of ambience and service with the informality of the tropics."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This is our favorite place! We usually only come 1-2 times a year (special occasions) because it is kinda pricey BUT WORTH IT EVERY TIME!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The front door is very unassuming. We were hesitant to open it because it looked like it might be the back door. But we stepped inside, and the service was incredible. The wait staff weren't so attentive as to be annoying, but we never had to wait long to ask a question or to have our glasses refilled. The food we had was amazing (crab-stuffed grouper and Chilean sea bass) and I'm so glad I got the Quatro Leche cake for dessert. The next time we vacation near Galveston, we will definitely make a reservation here."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Rudy and Paco is by far one of our favorite restaurants! The ambience of beautiful (including the restrooms!), the food is amazing and the service simply could not be better. We are always greeted by the owner and made to feel very at home. No trip to Galveston is complete without a trip to Rudy and Paco. We cannot recommend this restaurant more highly!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were so lucky to find this place on a week night during our recent trip to Galveston. It was quiet around the place but when we got it in it was a wonderful atmosphere of laughter and happiness in the air. We met Paco and he was such a gentleman. Took pics with us and all. Just an absolutely wonderful experience. Only thing was my chicken with black been sauce was not as crispy as I have had it at Americas in Houston but that was just a smalllllll blimp."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Wonderful birthday dinner, great atmosphere and service. Had the red snapper special. Will certainly go back."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The ultimate in dining experiences in Texas and perhaps the U.S."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Rudy & Paco's lives up to every expectation that anyone would want from a nice restaurant. Having this gem in Galveston makes it even better. Great for a special occasion, group dinner or a romantic surprise. "You get what you pay for" is true here. Top service combined with the best food makes it #1 in my book. One of the best steaks I've ever had in my life. I'm glad I live only eleven blocks away!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "When we were seated, our waiter greeted us by name. We munched fried plantains dipped in the excellent house pico de gallo and had a very difficult time choosing an item from a great menu. The food was excellent; the portions were sensible. My wife and I split a slice if Key Lime pie and left for the theater. This was the second time we celebrated my wife's birthday at Rudy and Paco's in Galveston, and it will certainly not be the last..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great seafood restaurant, fresh fish. The crab bisque and crab cakes are fantastic! The snapper dishes we each ordered were wonderful. Highly recommend this great restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience at Rudy and Paco! Everything was delicious and it was the perfect place to celebrate our new marriage on our honeymoon! Next time we are in Galveston we will be sure to stop at Rudy and Paco again!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Our dinner at Rudy and Paco was truly outstanding. The food and service were impeccable. We started with the ceviche and the crab bisque. Both were excellent. The bisque was one of the best soups we have ever had. Our entrees were a halibut special and pargo elegante. Both were great. Our waitress, Ashlee, was also outstanding. Overall, it was one of our best dining experiences ever!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We stop here every time we are in town. Food and service is impeccable. Always perfect."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Exceptional dining experience for Galveston...or anywhere else. Houston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco...this restaurant would be highly rated anywhere. Great food, quality service, and the owner onsite greeting diners and overseeing every detail. This trip I had the pecan crusted snapper...the best I have ever eaten. My wife had a shrimp dish in lemon butter sauce. She loved it, but vowed to order my snapper next time. Excellent wine list, good selection of appetizers, soups, and salads. Plenty of meat on the menu and as specials if you are leaning that way. But if you like seafood don't miss the snapper."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the service impeccable. We had salads, fish, and desert. The atmosphere was quiet and quaint."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We have eaten at this establishment at least 10 times and we have always thought R&P had consistent food that we wouldn't hesitate to go back . My husband was very pleased with his rib eye and Zi with my snapper Freddie, although quite full after sharing the crab cake for our appetizer . I took half my meal home and had it for dinner the next day. The quatro leches for dessert was truly outstanding ! Thank you Paco for always an enjoyable meal ! You have the best food in Galveston!!! Maybe even Houston as well!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Staff very attentive. Menu excellent, top to bottom. Food delicious. Ambiance very good."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A first class operation. An amazing dining experience. Everyone was professional. Excellent ambiance. Some of the best seafood I've ever had. Killer sauces!! We'll drive 3.5 hours just to dine there. A true gem. I can't say enough about this Galveston restaurant. Nothing but superlatives. An absolutely phenomenal dining experience!!!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "From the moment Paco greets you at the door until you finally roll out of the restaurant, top notch experience. Great food. Great service. Excellent wine list. Skip gaidos...head to Post Office & 21!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had dinner with some business associates and the food and service were both fantastic as always."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had heard many good things about Rudy and Paco's, so my wife and I decided to celebrate her Birthday there. We were greeted and taken to our table with no waiting. Our server was courteous and did a great job allowing us the time to make our selections without feeling pressured. We both ordered drinks so two servers brought them and they both hit the table simultaneously as did our dinner plates. Food was delicious! During our dinner, Paco came by our table introducing himself and welcoming us then also shaking our hands and thanking us on our way out. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Selected Rudy and Paco's for anniversary dinner on trip to Galveston. Wine list is outstanding...a treat to read and savor. Crab bisque was perfectly balanced with lump crab meat, sherry added at serving. We had buttery seared scallops and KY Delicias De Mar, a fantastic cold dinner salad with avocado with lump crab and remoulade sauce, beefsteak tomatoes topped with shrimp w/raspberry Chipotle sauce all surrounding a demi stemmed cocktail dish of Gulf red snapper ceviche. We ended our celebration with the rich but light bread pudding topped with a warm bourbon pecan sauce. Great, great meal, great service (wait staff works like a precision team). Only complaint is that space is limited, seating very close."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • " Our waiter was fabulous and overall the food was very good. Unfortunately there was something "off" about the ceviche and later that night, and the next day, I became ill. My son and husband ate it and were fine though so I can't say for certain that the ceviche caused it. Their staff needs to be better informed however. While having a cocktail at the bar the bartender was telling us about their specials. One was halibut. My son asked if it was local (as a joke) and the bartender said yes. Halibut is a cold water fish and NOT local to the gulf. The bartender had no clue! She did make a great martini though."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "The lobster tempura is a must appetizer! The simultaneous serving of the entrees and desserts by a group of waiters is a nice touch. Bread pudding is very good! Comfortable atmosphere. Less than 20 tables in the dining area creates an intimate setting. Being located in the historic Strand area of Galveston also adds to the experience. It has become one of our go to restaurants when we dine out."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Nothing ever disappoints here. From the warm welcome at the door to the incredible service, nothing is less than perfect. The worst is making a decision about what to eat. All the food, from appetizer to dessert, is made to perfection. Another incredible evening with friends who drive from Louisiana just to eat here! We are fortunate to reside just a few minutes away so may partake of this gastronomical heaven on a frequent basis."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Terrific food and service from this well-run restaurant. Makes any special occasion even more special."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We usually make it here once a year. It's always wonderful. The plantain encrusted fish with the raspberry chipotle sauce is to die for. Also try the calamari for an appetizer."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Service very good. Exactly the right level of attention. Food mostly good. Scalloped potatoes so-so. Fish good. Appetizer and bread very good. Dessert good. Waiter helpful in slightly modifying dessert serving as requested. Not much to choose from at this level in Galveston so if you are seeking fine dining, come here."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My experience at Rudy and Paco's was one of the finest dining experiences ever. The food was great. Lots to choose from on the lunch menu. The My husband and I had our first experience at Rudy and Paco's for lunch Friday July 25. We had been given the recommendation by friends who frequent the restaurant. We were celebrating our 22nd anniversary. I have nothing but good things to say about the superb service. The waiter was attentive to our needs without being right in our face at all times. The menu had a large selection of pasta dishes, sandwiches and of course seafood. One of the best wine selections I've seen in a long time. I can't say enough about the fine service. The wait staff must be very well trained....."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I used to say it is the best in Galveston but I think it reaches much furthur than that. I have eaten here many times and recently tried a few old staples like Gaidos..yuck...and Number 13 expensive and small portions if you eat fish...Over and over never are you hungry when you leave Rudy and Paco, always the service is first class and food amazing, Paco always comes by to say hello unlike any other place that I know of in Galveston."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "food was great! service is impeccable, drinks made perfect!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This is our second time to dine at Rudy and Paco and if possible this was time even better. The soft shell crabs were the best I've ever had, and the bread pudding was also delicious. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoy our dining experience each and every time at Rudy & Paco's. The service is par excellence and the food is always such a treat. Thank you, Paco, for that wonderful "Hello, Baby, and welcome back" every time we walk through the door!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Amazing food and amazing service. Paco personally seated us and held out the chair for my girlfriend. He remembered us from a prior visit and was warm and welcoming. The food was unbelievable, the garlic snapper special was to die for, as were the crabcakes. Will absolutely be coming back soon!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014