Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2391 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(409) 762-3696
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We are more than happy to close the restaurant for your private party. Contact us to discuss the many options available.
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Private party contact
Paco Vargas: (409) 762-3696
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
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Parking details
There is street parking available as well as a public lot.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always ,the service was wonderful. Had the crab cake appetizer and I must say it was the best crab cake I’ve ever had. Had the filet and a salad that was yummy.

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SD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Highly recommend this restaurant

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out standing, wife loved it. The food and service was excellent. Will go back

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LR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Finally went after many years knowing it's there and hearing from others how good it is. So went before a show at the Grand next door. We were seated for two in a corner out of the way which was appreciated. Our server said she was new but she did a great job. Wine is pricey and limited. Plaintains and salsas were fresh and a delight to eat as an appetizer alone. We ordered the specials. My husband's lamb chops were tender and tasty. He seemed to be more than satisfied with the dish. I ordered rib eye medium rare. For the price I paid, unfortunately, I just didn't think it was that great of a steak. It was medium rare but just tasted like any other steak. Overall, we did enjoy the ambiance and great service. I'll try the fish next time, maybe.

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LZ
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Based on reviews perhaps we expected too much. Tried the crab cake, it was ok. Ordered ribeye asked for med rare got med. had the bread pudding that was great. Best bites were honestly plantains and salsa and the bread pudding. Nice place, good service, just not worth the $$.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had tuna with jalapeño cream sauce and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The spice was subtle and didn’t cover the freshness of the fish. I know you are supposed to pair white wine with fish, but we splurged on a bottle of Brunello that was perfect in making my girl’s birthday special. The service is professional. They are attentive without hovering and knowledgeable about the menu. Paco has a beautiful room that is romantic without being too dark.

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D
Central Texas
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent and friendly without except for slightly slow removal. The KT special was the best dish of the night although the bread pudding was a close 2nd both of which I highly recommend.

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy & Paco is always a fantastic experience. If you are looking for fine dining on the island, you can't beat it. This place would easily hold its own if it was in Houston - or for that matter, New York. Highly recommend for celebrating with someone special.

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LB
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, drinks, and service without breaking the bank.

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N
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can not say enough wonderful words to describe how awesome and delicious and romantic this place is‼️. We love this place for every occasion possible😊

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I began her 50th birthday celebration with an early dinner. The food was seasoned and cooked to perfection. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. Our experience set the tone of the rest of our evening and it was fabulous.
We will be back for our next celebration.

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E
Austin
46 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arguably the best restaurant in Galveston and one of the best in the state. The food is outstanding and unique with the Latin flare. The wine list is outstanding and something on it for everyone. The service is impeccable, attentive, and not rushed. The table is yours for the evening. We spent over 2-1/2 hours dining there for initial drinks, appetizers, main course and dessert. Paco is always there and was a delight to talk to. He went outside with us then took pictures with us and asked us to text him the pictures and added us as a contact on his cell phone. He really enjoys interacting with the customers and that attitude is reflected in his staff. I can hardly wait for his new steak restaurant, Vargas, across the street to open.

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OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience. Rebecca was very pleasant and it was such a nice touch for Paco to personally visit our table and sing happy birthday to the love of my life. Thank you all for a fantastic evening.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary.

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GR
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco’s is consistently outstanding!
The calamari and Caesar salad are some of the best you will ever eat. Any of the snapper entrees are amazing, though the Freddie represents Gulf seafood at its finest. Always worth the return trip and a reservation!

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DD
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The owner is onsite. Everything is expertly prepared.

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JF
Dusseldorf Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surf and Turf: Bestes Wagyu- Steak seit langem, Shrimps groß, würde ich nächstes Mal weglassen. House Salat köstlich, sowohl mit Blue Cheddar als auch mit Italian Dressing. Grüne Bohnen mit getrockneten Tomaten sehr gut, Kartoffelgratin lecker nur zu viel und zu mächtig.Service exzellent! Danke Rebecca!
Preis hochpreisig aber angemessen.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rudy and Paco never fails to please. The food is outstanding - along with a fine wine list. And, per usual, the service level is off the chart. If you want fine dining with premiere service, Rudy and Paco is a superb choice.

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J
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to eat there. It was outstanding. The food was great and the service flawless. Army took care of our every need. Drinks from the bar were made with care and were delicious. By far the best fine dining restaurant on the island. We will be back.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't think there is a finer restaurant on the planet. Excellent food, service, atmosphere...we'll excellent everything.

Good enough for a two-hour drive one way for dinner if that tells you anything.

See ya again soon Paco.

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c
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites. One of the best restaurants in the south.

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s
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding. A rare restaurant in justifying the one hour drive from Houston. However, make sure you have reservations early as possible.

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DA
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always food ,service and atmosphere were great. But , our meal for 4 was outrageous due to the" special APPETIZER "-$130.
We will ask about "special " prices if we go again.
Recommended- just be aware pricey and ask about prices.

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MM
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Loud, crowded. Excellent service but food was just good, not great.

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Pacos is the best restaurant on the island, and possibly, the planet.

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F
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very receptive staff, and the night we went there were two large groups. The bone in ribeye was terrific. A great spot for a special night out.

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EL
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Not up to the standard service we have experienced in previous visits

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OT
Houston
140 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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DS
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good. Bread pudding is wonderful. Service good.

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JU
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, outstanding food. I will be back next visit to the Strand. We had the Chef special, sirloin and shrimp, which was exceptional.

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J
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My husband and I have dined here a number of times throughout the years. The last two times our meals were disappointing. Saturday we both had the grouper filet special which was encrusted in tortilla chips and serve with lump crab meat on top and light sauce. Overall, It lacked any significant flavored. On another occasion I had soft shell crabs which were disappointing - would have expected them to have a nice crispness and served hot. Our server Katie was delightful.

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KW
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco consistently creates great dining experiences. Everytime I eat here, I am pleased with my service, food, and recomendations. I never have any fear of recomending this restaraunt to anyone because it never disappoints.

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AP
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Paco came by our table and wished us a very happy anniversary and then the staff presented us with a fabulous dessert for us to enjoy!! See our picture below. Very classy restaurant, staff was on point and Paco was very personable. Since I'm a BOI we will return soon!! Thanks for making our special event so memorable!!

Tony & Debbie Padon

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TS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal and wonderful evening. Thank you, Paco

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TJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food! Friendly and attentive staff!

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D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at countless restaurants across the world over the years. Without reservation, we can say that after multiple dining experiences at Rudy and Paco, it is in the top three of any restaurants we have ever visited. The food is simply superb and the service is off the chart!

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is the greatest. I always look forward to bringing friends and dining here it's just the very very best.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

The prior reviews stated there was a dress code but multiple patrons were in shorts and flip flops. Sat us in a corner, too many tables throughout the restaurant. Food was sub - par especially for the price. Waitress stumbled on describing the specials and not trained properly. Young and inexperienced, not her fault. There was constant dinner interruption by staff taking away unused dinnerware.

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DD
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service & good food (only criticism is that the soft shell crabs were too heavily breaded)

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