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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, Galveston, TX

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
4.9
3378 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.



Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, South American

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-3696

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Parking details

    Lunch - Street parking is available with payment at parking meter or by AppDinner

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,378 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Houston

    Best Overall

  • Houston

    Best Ambiance

  • Houston

    Best Value

  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Galveston

    Best Overall

  • Galveston

    Best Food

  • Galveston

    Best Service

  • Galveston

    Best Ambiance

  • Galveston

    Best Value

  • Galveston

    Fit for Foodies

  • Galveston

    Healthy

  • Galveston

    Great for Lunch

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Galveston

    Romantic

  • Galveston

    Special Occasion

  • Galveston

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. JB

    JustinB

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant I’ve been to on the island, food was amazing and service was second to none .
  2. LW

    LisaW

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, as always! This is our go to place on Galveston
  3. SS

    SusanneS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around. The scallops were unbelievable and so was the plantain crusted snapper. Service was amazing and highly recommended to anyone who loves food and good atmosphere.
  4. G

    Glo1949

    Houston

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time to this restaurant. The staff, service and food were top notch. Will definitely be back again.
  5. Y

    Yummynuke96

    New Mexico

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came back to Galveston to celebrate grandpa’s 90th birthday. The foods were delicious and the service was great! We were also thankful for the complimentary birthday cake. We are looking forward to coming back again.
  6. SW

    SusanW

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful evening as always. The beef filet was the best we ever had . We love eating here because the service , the atmosphere and food are the best on the island
  7. M

    Marc

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food,staff and the bread pudding order it now maybe twice so good.
  8. C

    Caleb

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rudy and Paco was amazing! The food is superb and high quality. Would recommend this place to everyone. You will not be disappointed. The plantain chips they bring out are the bomb! Highly recommend the appetizer crab cake, while pretty pricey it is well worth the money!
  9. LG

    LauraG

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to eat at Paco’s. The special today was wonderful as always.
  10. SW

    SusanW

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the Red Snapper tacos and my date had the grilled pork chop. It was all delicious . The only disappointment was that I asked the waiter if I could swap the tortilla soup that normally came with the tacos , for a small salad. The weather was so hot and I did not really want to eat hot soup. He said “no”.
  11. RG

    RajaG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb food and service . If you are in Galveston , this place is a must visit
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    DeMarco our waiter made our dining experience memorable. The plantains with dual sauces was a wonderful way to begin. The ceviche appetizer was tangy and flavorful. My mixed green salad with grilled shrimp was filling and savory. My husband had the red snapper with cilantro cream sauce. What a unique combination that was not too heavy. My French 75 from the cocktail bar was a fizzy lemony delight. I chose a glass of Moscato to compliment my dinner. It was sweet and crisp. Dessert was a chocolate vanilla cream masterpiece served with a bold black coffee. I was pleased from the moment I arrived and later sauntered out the door. Loved it!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my mother and her best friend to dinner while we were having a quick trip to Galveston. A friend had referred me to Rudy and Paco’s and I made reservations about a month in advance. The atmosphere was lovely. It was not loud which was really nice for having conversation. We were served by one main waitress but when our drinks and food were delivered there were three servers that all presented the food at the same time. What a fun and surprising detail! We each had a different meal and each one was beautifully displayed, aromatic and perfectly seasoned. This restaurant is a gem of a find. I will definitely find a reason to get back to Galveston and bring friends and family to Rudy and Paco’s. It is a special place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service. Highly recommended.
  15. DG

    DonnafromGalveston

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is incredible. The servers are very attentive. We tried the Maragtinas, which were delicious.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful anniversary meal! The food and service was impeccable.
  17. JL

    JoLD

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, with the exception of a slight miscommunication about who our server was, everything was perfect.
  18. z

    zanny418

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pacos was as amazing as always. Service absolutely superb, food impeccably prepared, and of course Paco himself is a delight to be with. ABSOLUTELY 100+ if not more!!!! Can't wait to go back!!!!
  19. SS

    StacyS

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an awesome experience!
  20. ER

    EdwardR

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff never ceases to amaze me. Paco Vargas is the consummate restauranteur.
  21. LE

    LovelyEvening

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful evening at Rudy & Paco’s. Food, service all the best. Certainly a must stop for dinner while in Galveston.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant anywhere
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food, service could have been better. Server lacked detail on dietary needs.
  24. CG

    CatherineG

    Amarillo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding - as was the service. I'm a stickler for good service - and this restaurant filled all my criteria. The food was beautifully presented and so tasty. Finished off with the best bread pudding I've ever had. Can't wait to return!
  25. SC

    ScottC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The shrimp my wife ordered were very good indeed looked fantastic, I can't eat shellfish but wish I could. The ribeye ranks as the the worst I've ever had especially for 60 bucks! Just over 1/2 inch thick! Dry and just plain old terrible! Could never recommend and certainly would never order again. It's a shame! I ate less then half and quite frankly it should have been comped They did comp the desert.
  26. EK

    EvieK

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning service, outstanding menu, amazing food and drinks. We will be adding Rudy and Paco's to our must do list for Galveston visits.
  27. EA

    EmilieA

    Austin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the meal was fantastic!
  28. DM

    DavidM

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is exceptional every time I go
  29. PF

    PeterF

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We were told that this was a great restaurant. Finally got a reservation, the food was not worth the price. The dishes my wife and I had (ropa vieja) was bland as were the black beans, and tasted nothing like it should. However the salad and plantains were excellent as was our son's steak. The service was 5 star and very accommodating.
  30. BW

    BradW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service we outstanding One of the best meals i have ever had.
  31. RS

    RayS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every thing was great! Left my credit card, Rudy was going in in the next morning, he let me know in and found my card for me. Many, many thanks to Rudy and to his staff for having such a super place!!!! Ray Solchet
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday …… Rudy and Paco’s is always a fine dining experience..
  33. IB

    IslandBG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding with a very attentive staff. The food was very good. with a nice selection.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing, we had the bone in ribeye. It was great that night and the other half for lunch the next day. ❤️❤️❤️
  36. MD

    MichaelD

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food and great Wine selection. Service is always great.
  37. SZ

    StevenZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional waitstaff Excellent food I had the grouper and the girls had chicken dishes And had the cuatro leches With wine All delicious
  38. DG

    DanicaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it! Extra special attention was paid to us by Paco, and he made our anniversary experience extra special!
  39. G

    Genie

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was close to a perfect dining experience. I had a snapper covered with a butter sauce and a lot of crab and it was absolutely divine. My husband had a shrimp dish with linguine and it was very spicy it was called Diablo and he loved it as well. The service was excellent the restaurant was very well staffed. The attentiveness of everyone was much appreciated. I’ve been to restaurants that have cost twice as much almost and I’ve had half the service. We will be back!
  40. G

    Grace

    New Orleans

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best restaurant in the Houston Galveston area. The service is amazing, and the food is better than any restaurant in Houston. Paco Vargas is the best!!

Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-3696.

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 3378 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

2028 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    20th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Galveston

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, South American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Lunch - Street parking is available with payment at parking meter or by AppDinner

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (409) 762-3696

  • 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

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