Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2466 reviews
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Seafood
When visiting Galveston Island, you simply can't miss the Island's most unique dining experience, Rudy & Paco. Voted Open Table Top 100 Restaurants in American and Open Table Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America. 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
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RG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant on the Island. Unbelievable food and service. Paco is the ultimate host!

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JF
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Edwin is awesome! Great dinner!

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OR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love going here! I’ve never had anything I didn’t like! Yum!!

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TK
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly atmosphere. A bit too much of red snapper on the menu :)

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JJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our all time favorites! We love to come whenever we are in town!

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OT
Houston
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Date night trying to avoid the Valentine's Day rush the next week, we chose an early sitting at Rudy and Paco. The food was excellent(a couple of snapper dishes), as was the crab cake appetizer. Service was excellent, similar to Commander's Palace in New Orleans. Only two notes, no wine by the glass, and the desert, a chocolate cake did not live up to the excellence of the rest of the meal. Everything else was excellent and we look forward to our next meal there.

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LA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, the best service and best food EVERY time. This is our favorite place to celebrate for lunch or dinner - HIGHLY recommend!

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JE
Houston
56 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch specials!

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R
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service (from Juan) and great ambiance.

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RB
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several different meals, two of the specials. All were excellent, especially the two Red Fish dishes. Rebecca was the server and she was terrific, very knowledgeable about the entrees and provided attentive but not overbearing service. She kept the water and iced tea full without our asking. First time experience, but will try to go back again--we live north of Houston, so it's a fairly long drive.

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BS
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco was a very gracious host! Loved the ambiance, location, service, food and the Pear Martini was awesome. Will definitely return soon!!

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, delicious food and wonderful ambiance. We always go to Ridy and Pacos when in Galvestion. It should be on everyone's top 10 list of restaurants!

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service and the food with excellent! We will be back!

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HG
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was excellent. Our waitress, Katy, was very attentive and very sweet
Loved the evening. Will be back.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful birthday celebration! Thank you.

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff are skillfully trained and are on point at all times. The food was good, however was expecting more with the flavor. I had the crab cake and it was full of crab, but sauce left some to the imagination. Husband got a chicken dish, and he was pleased. Drinks were very tasty. Ambiance was wonderful. Small, romantic, dinner lighting. Owner greeted us personally. This is one of those special places to celebrate birthday's and anniversary's.

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HB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch. The portions were huge. Great value for an upscale lunch.

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PG
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is good. The service is excellent. Paco is very good at interacting with customers. We consider this restaurant a special place and would highly recommend to others.

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DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco's never fails to deliver in every way, beginning with Paco himself greeting everyone at the door with a "welcome home". Food is always exceptional.

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BF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and certainly not our last. The food was delicious and service was top notch. Love loved our dining experience. What a special 31st anniversary. The anniversary dessert was yummy. Blessed by your team.
With thanks, The Fabling's

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AP
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. We will definitely be back!

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BT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Paco is the one restaurant that we visit every time we’re on Galveston Island. It always meets our expectations!

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s
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in Galveston

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EB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, very friendly wait staff, food was good and Paco came over to say hello and to see if everything was good. Great place to celebrate a special occasion or just a “ date night”.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time to dine here. We had an excellent experience both times. We will definitely be back. Our favorite date spot.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was terrific.

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J
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best place in Galveston. But can’t wait to try restaurant across street owned by Paco’s family

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DD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was one of best meals we have had ever. The food was absolutely hands down 5 star! Perfect for our date night. The service was impeccable. Everything came out wonderfully! We will definitely make this a must do on our list of activities in Galveston! Very cozy atmosphere!

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PK
Austin
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday dinner and enjoyed a wide variety of items, both on-menu and specials. Each item was beautifully prepared and delicious. Service is amazing. Each person at the table was served at exactly the same time. Our waiter was well versed in the specials, including the daily wine special (great deals on specific bottles each day.) Great options for dessert and dessert drinks, with some specialty drinks not to be found elsewhere.

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KW
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is exceptional and food is delicious! Our second visit - the best of the best!

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D
Houston
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional. Our favorite place to dine in Galveston.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, excellent service. Always enjoy our time here.

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JE
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a good evening. Service is at a level not seen in many restaurants today. Paco is so charming with his table visits.

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N
Atlantic City
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant we’ve been to this year. The service is remarkable, the people who served us Angela, Marisa and Reese made us both feel extra special, they are the reason this is a five star restaurant.
The food was definitely gourmet, and the wine list had everything we could possibly ever went.
When we come to Galveston we will alway come here!!!
The owner takes special pride in everyone being served at the same time. It’s amazing to watch and when several people have martinis they come at the same time with the servers shaking them in a parade that made us laugh, SPECIAL PLACE!!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always superb service and the food is absolutely amazing!

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TU
Houston
46 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delicious feast served with impeccable simultaneous service and surrounded by festive patrons of this unique dining experience!

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A
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant has well deserved top service rating. Food was exceptional. Atmosphere was perfect for an anniversary dinner. Would highly recommend for a date night with the wife.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Restaurant on the Island!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish...as usual! Never disappoints!

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M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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