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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, Galveston, TX

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
4.9
3345 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

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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 3,345 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
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Best Overall

  • Houston

    Best Food

  • Houston

    Best Service

  • 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

    Great for Lunch

  • Galveston

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Galveston

    Notable Wine List

  • Galveston

    Romantic

  • Galveston

    Special Occasion

  • Galveston

    Seafood

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  1. RS

    RayS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

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

    IslandBG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding with a very attentive staff. The food was very good. with a nice selection.
  4. MD

    MichaelD

    Houston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    StevenZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional waitstaff Excellent food I had the grouper and the girls had chicken dishes And had the cuatro leches With wine All delicious
  6. 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!
  7. G

    Genie

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 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!
  8. 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!!
  9. R

    Rhonda

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the minute we sat down at our table the experience was amazing. The days of fine dining aren’t like they use to be except at Rudy and Paco. The service was exceptional. Our waiter DaMarcos was fantastic. He told me the crab cakes are the best on the island. He was right! Actually I believe it was the best ever. We both had fish for dinner. The fish was fresh and really delishes. Our whole meal was incredible. I wasn’t going to have dessert but when I saw they have pecan ball with chocolate and caramel syrup I just had to have it. It was yummy. I told my husband we will have to get a room so we can go back to Galveston to have dinner at Rudy and Paco next month for our anniversary.
  10. B

    Barbara

    Houston

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and great service! Love the lunch specials. Great value and lots of food.
  11. BS

    BarbieShannon

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paco’s was fabulous as usual. Impeccable service and delicious drinks and food. Our favorite restaurant ever!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service!
  13. GV

    GlennV

    San Antonio

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not our first time here and again they did not disappoint. The food was fantastic and our server Mocha was the best we have ever had.
  14. s

    stacyp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was unbelievable! Service by Micha was incredible ! The food and wine was the best! Paco was nice enough to take a picture with us!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it all we had very high expectations and were not disappointed!! Have not a single negative to report and having Paco ever present overseeing the experience was great!
  16. LD

    LizD

    Austin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paco greeted as as always & it was wonderful to see him. We attend a yearly seminar in Galveston so only get to go there once a year & he always remembers us. This time it had been 3 years due to Covid & he still remembered us. Of course the food was impeccable as always as was the service. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
  17. D

    Dickie

    Houston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant. Food was superb as usual. Only downside to the evening was one extremely loud table. We've never had that problem before so chalking it up to rude guests that don't know better.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Being from Lake Jackson, much easier to get to than Houston and as good as the best there.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took some friends that had never eaten there. They loved it!!!
  20. JS

    JanetS

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is exquisite and the service impeachable. We went for our anniversary and was looking for ambiance. This place sure has. Very small so make reservations.
  21. BL

    BeckyL

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We waited 2 months to get our Friday night reservation. It was absolutely worth it. Mikah did an amazing job with service, the food was great and Paco stopped by our table as well. What an incredible experience. ❤️❤️. We will be back.
  22. DB

    DavidB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience
  23. RM

    RichardM

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rudy & Paco’s is our favorite Galveston restaurant! Really good food!
  24. k

    karenb

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere! Doesn’t get any better than this!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    6/6/22 45th wedding anniversary. Best bread pudding on the island!
  26. JM

    JudyM

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were out with friends, ordered seafood appetizer tower-VERY expensive and the seafood (lobster, crab and shrimp) were tough. Our entrees were wonderful-the 4 of us ran up a bill of more than $600 ….. no wine and no excessive cocktails. Make sure you go for a VERY special occasion!
  27. YY

    YaleY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special spot for a special night for us. Service was excellent and the food and drink equally as good. Our waiter was so kind to us. I highly recommend Paco and Jon!!
  28. LG

    LeoG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    First ones seated when they opened. Sat there for 30 minutes without being waited on. Got up and left because people after us were already getting food and stuff. 10/10 do not recommend
  29. z

    zanny418

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rudy & Pacos was excellent as usual! Perfect for lunch with friends. Always welcoming and gracious! I can't imagine the island without it!
  30. CI

    CIPCIP

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic dinner - had the chicken Managua (large portion) and Presidente (steak). All very nicely prepared. Timing of dishes was perfect. Only wished for some more dressing on the house salad (definitely could have requested but chose to roll w it). Service was attentive yet unobtrusive. Fantastic dinner per usual at Rudy and Pacos - the best restaurant on the island.
  31. M

    Mustang

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommended on Trip Advisor and a friend indicated to be sure to try their Ceviche. Went there for lunch and had the opportunity to meet Paco personally. The service was excellent and was some of the best we have had. Would definitely would recommend.
  32. B

    Barbara

    Houston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We always love Rudy & Paco's - especially for lunch. Love the lunch specials and the great food. Service is always great although the drinks were very slow to arrive - sorry! So glad to see Paco on our recent visit.
  33. EH

    EdwardH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We go to Rudy and Paco 2-3 times a year for the past 7 years. This is the first time they have not met our expectations. The service was not to the standard that we would expect and have received in the past. It’s like the staff were out of sync with themselves and the customers. Definitely with us. My steak was excellent however my wife’s meal, a ravioli type dish was disappointing to her. She said she’s had better at other restaurants. For the price and our past experiences, we expected much better than what was received. And we noted that Paco was not present. We’ve always seen him in the past. We’ll continue to recommend Rudy and Paco’s with the hope that they will rectify what every the issue was however we may look elsewhere ourselves.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent consistent service, ambiance and food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous ambiance and delicious food !
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an excellent experience. The food was delicious our server was kind very good service throughout.
  37. a

    angel4853

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of two best restaurants in Galveston.
  38. JH

    JoanneH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a gift to our general manager. He said it was amazing. Thanks for taking care of them.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful dining! The staff were very friendly and engaging. Chloe was our waitress and awesome in making our dining experience beautiful for our 38th anniversary. Complements to Ms. Jan and the chef! Beyond 5 🌟!
  40. KH

    KellyH

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food were outstanding as always!!!

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 3345 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 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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