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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
  • " 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
  • "Rudy and Pacos is my favorite restaurant on the Island. I missed seeing Paco's smiling face on Wednesday. He makes the dining experience special with his warmth and charm."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Came here (again) for our anniversary dinner. As usual, the whole experience was outstanding. Excellent food, service, ambience. This is by far our favorite restaurant and we often go out of our way to eat there, especially for special occasions"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I love Rudy & Paco's and wanted my Mother to have the opportunity to dine there. She only gets down to Galveston every few years. I am so pleased to say that as usual the restaurant delivered on every level. The food was wonderful and the service very attentive. My Mother was very impressed. A special thanks to Chad, while he wasn't our server this time, he made sure to drop by our table to see that everything was top notch. And it was!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "The outstanding food and great service set Rudy and Pacos apart from most Resturants!! But what really makes it great is Paco and his lovely daughters hospitality!!! My favorite Resturant in the USA!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our 40th anniversary was celebrated while on a family vacation in Galveston. We wanted something special...not touristy/not Landrys owned. Rudy and Paco's fit the bill to a T! Service was impeccable, food delicious. Thank you for helping us celebrate our special night in just the way we had hoped."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Perfect as always, the staff is second to none and the food was wonderful. These guys never fail to please whenever I come in. Being a local I stop by fairly often and have yet to be disappointed with anything. It is beyond a doubt the best of the best on the island. Do yourself a favor and make sure you eat here."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "It was our first time dining at Rudy and Paco's. It was everything we heard about it. Excellent!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Best service, great atmosphere, but most important: fantastic food."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "read about this establishment in one of the local magazines...impressed"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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
  • "Paco is an awesome owner... He does it all and is always there!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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