Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
3072 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Our commitment to ensuring the well being of our guests and staff is paramount. Single use menus and QR code to read our menu on your own personal device are being utilized to ensure the safety of our guests. Curbside and take out orders as well as Wine and Mixed Drinks to go are in full effect! Please call 409-762-3696 for reservations or To-Go Orders. Protective face-ware is required to enter the restaurant. .
We greatly appreciate your understanding during these trying times. We continue to be overwhelmed by your love and support are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.
Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner -Complimentary parking behind Rudy & Paco Restaurant on the corner of 21st and Market
God Bless
~ Paco Vargas and Family

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3072 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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5.0
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4.9
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have heard so many great things about Rudy and Paco Restaurant and feel like it lived up to all expectations. The atmosphere was perfect, the food was delicious. Would highly recommend for any special occasion or date night!

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PaulW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we enjoyed a great meal at Rudy and Paco. A Galveston tradition for us we were glad to see them "hanging tough" during these trying times. The Ropa Viejo is outstanding!

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vipMimi
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would dine here every night if possible!

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vipMaryH
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! First class service, food and cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best place in Galveston for excellent food and Service

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DianaC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit and certainly won’t be the last. Everything was so nice...service was excellent, as was the food.

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KevinV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Our service provider, Mike, went beyond expectations.

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vipMimi
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable evening when I eat here. You are welcomed and feel special. The service is excellent. They service everyone at the table at the same time. Cocktails and entrees! Don’t pass this place up!

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vipRonK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend of mine recommended for date night. What a find. From the before dinner drinks to the desert, it was all great.
Can’t wait to go back again.

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vipTerryE
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Food was delivered at correct temp and delicious. Great wine selection! The service was on point for a Monday night. Really nothing to complain about. I highly recommend Rudy and Pacos!

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Heidi
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were a little disappointed with our meal. Usually the food is outstanding. Today it was mediocre. The waiter dropped my fork on me and did not even bother to pick the fork up or apologize. I understand that we should be more forgiving with Covid and all but if you are going to do something, you should do it right.

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BessZ
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely tasty and the service outstanding.

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NissaP
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very flavorful and lunch portions were generous. The service and ambiance were outstanding.

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vipTSL50
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants on the island. Great atmosphere, great food, fabulous service.

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vipMoneymom
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our evening out with friends!

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SusanH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Margarita was unpalatable, if this is the only margarita they serve I would not get it. Food was alright nothing special, perhaps just too different for my taste. I've experience this very famous well rated restaurant, now I will move on.

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Carlos
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant, drinks (margaritini), food (shrimp tacos) and service were excellent. There are other good choices in Galveston but this restaurant is so good that I always come back.

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Scout56
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Remains one of our favorite restaurants where the food and the service is always outstanding. We eat here often. A Galveston treasure.

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MaricellaL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Dads 70th birthday

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JodyK
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Just what we were looking for - a night out for a delicious meal with fantastic service. Rudy & Paco’s delivered. The atmosphere was lovely for evening dining with low lights and candles at the tables. Music was old style smooth crooners. Mike, our server, was super friendly and attentive as were the other waitstaff, who appeared simultaneously at just the right time. The appetizer of pan fried calamari with sautéed onions and pickled peppers was a bit disappointing. Although the portion was large and flavors creative, the calamari was tough (bad batch or freezer burn?). Where the meal really shined was the other seafood. I had the grilled red snapper with cilantro cream sauce. The fish was grilled to perfection. The filet green bean/carrot side was fresh and tender-crisp, and roasted new potato blend delicious. My husband had the grilled shrimp, which were large, cooked perfectly, and also delicious. A couple of glasses of white wine for me and craft beer for my husband rounded out our meal along with slices of warm fresh sour dough bread and creamy butter. When the desert menu was offered, we had no appetite left but did take an order of bread pudding home to enjoy later. A great evening was had at Rudy and Paco’s and would recommend stopping in.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner that our children will remember as a special occasion for years to come. We will be back soon.

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CindyJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and delicious food! Very informative and helpful staff. Quiet romantic atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was excellent, and the sommelier’s wine recommendation was spot on. The dining room is upscale, but predictable. Mirrors, oblong room shape, white table cloths. The food was good, but not for the price. While the crab cake was excellent, the ribeye was under seasoned and the sides of broccolini and roast potatoes were just too generic for a $75 dish. This is the most upscale that Galveston seems to get.

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Younggma
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as always. It was our anniversary and they surprised us with a little dessert. We love this place.

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vipEllenW
Houston
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I’ve always raved about the service and this is the first time that it fell short. We obviously had a new trainee . She was quite ready to be turned loose. Didn’t return to the table much. We waited for her to return to fill our glasses and when she did she only filled one of our glasses. It was my Mother’s birthday which I included in my reservation but it was never mentioned. They usually give the birthday person a dessert. I asked Mother if she wanted a dessert to celebrate and she ordered and it was included in our bill. We missed the impeccable service and the thoughtful
Touches. But the food was delicious as always. I know all servers have to learn and better lunch than dinner just wish it wasn’t my lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary but this place was amazing

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vipDinnerOut
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at this special restaurant for a special event: Christmas. Paco greeted us warmly by holding the door for us. Our server, Carlos, took great care for us.
Enjoyable evening even under our current circumstances of pandemic 2020.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience

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Melisa
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had lunch and the food was nothing to write home about. I expected it to be outstanding since it is so hard to get a reservation but I think that is because there are so many locals that eat there. For the price of the food, I doubt we will be back.

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SBuckley
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a wonderful experience. We were personally greeted by the proprietor and seated immediately on schedule with our reservation. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. If you’re looking for world-class fine dining on the island away from the tourist crowd, Rudy & Paco’s is an excellent choice. If you’re not a local, you’ll get a refreshing glimpse into the more sophisticated side of Galveston that isn’t evident from visiting the Strand, the Seawall, or the beach.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mayra was incredible. Very knowledgeable and polite. Service was impeccable.

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Bill
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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KathiA
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat on Galveston Island. Bar selections are fabulous. Food is absolutely the most delicious. Service is impeccable.

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JoJo
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. Great empanada's and superbly prepared seafood. 2nd best bread pudding only to my own!

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AllenH
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

R&P’s never let you down and has become the standard for restaurants Galveston/Houston area. Consistent highly food with professional friendly environment makes it a pleasure to dine.

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vipPOWELL3
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where do I start ...
The atmosphere is very relaxing and classy. The waitstaff have perfected the performances of customer service with their orchestrated delivery of service. They have a way of making you feel so special. The food is beyond perfection; always meets and exceeds expectations. I always tell people, it’s the “experience” that brings you back. I highly recommend this “experience” to absolutely everyone! Enjoy!

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SteveH
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finest place in Galveston and Paco Vargas is the most gracious host around.

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vipjimg
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Lunch menu

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 3072 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.