Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2340 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
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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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food in a great while. Staff is excellent. we enjoyed a selection of food that was outstanding all the way around!

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

I only gave 5 stars because there wasn't 6 stars available.

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

Enjoyed R & P as always!

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LD
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife's birthday dinner was perfect for her special day. When we go to Rudy and Paco's it's always the perfect choice even when it's just with friends. We are always treated special and the food is always fresh, tasteful and the service is 2nd to none. I give the Gold Ribbon award to this restaurant for their dress code requirement! I love the evening dress code, which requires their guest to properly dress for evening dinning. The lamb chops were worth the drive alone and my wife loved the Grouper.
Thanks to the staff and Paco again for exceeding our expectations!!

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E
Houston
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Paco's has been a favorite of ours for many years. It is a fine dining experience but has a comfortable feel. Paco is always on hand to greet you. The wait staff is excellent. Many special touches. Delicious menu with chef's specials. It is a unique place to dine.

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YL
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has great food and the best service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got a reservation for 9:30 pm, and sat down at a lovely table in the moderately crowded restaurant. I'm sure the the smaller number of patrons helped us to have quiet evening. The waitress was friendly and stayed on top of my gluten allergy. Helping to answer any and all of my questions. She was there the second we needed something, and they were constantly bringing me another drink and chilled glass. The meal was divine. It was a memorable way to end our first day in Galveston. Will definitely be going back.

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C
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My meal was delicious as usual and the service was excellent

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BD
Cleveland
20 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy & Paco’s never disappoints. Great food, intimate atmosphere and the ever-present Paco greeting all while keeping a watchful eye to assure quality.

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U
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit and, again, was a great dining experience. The food is first rate and the service is unequaled. I would highly recommend this restaurant. It does have a dress code (you can't come off the beach and eat here), but it isn't suit and tie either. The prices really aren't more than any other high-end restaurant on the island. They make you feel special and valued. Don't miss this gem.

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RE
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We always wanted to try this location and we were finally able to do so. It was worth the wait! Our server, Rebecca, took great care of us. We enjoyed the French-Style service of food delivery. It was a great meal at a relaxed pace.

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C
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great ambience and the service is always outstanding.

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c
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a top choice when we visit the island. Food and service are exceptional. We look forward to coming back soon!

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HM
Houston
24 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant!! We love Rudy and Paco’s and get there every chance we can! Stellar service, outstanding food!

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b
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy going here. It is a really nice local establishment. Service is very good and food is too. Pretty consistent. Nothing over the top.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was outstanding through and through. The only thing that was at all disappointing was the salad that came with the grouper special. Everything else was spot on.

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KH
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there on my birthday. It was a great experience and the tomahawk ribeye, the crab cakes and desserts were awesome. The waitstaff was superb. Will definitely be back.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy rica la comida, la gente muy amable y el ambiente del sitio especular. De los mejores restaurantes q hemos ido en Estados Unidos

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b
Fayetteville
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab, wonderful, best.

Simply one our very favorites in USA.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant came highly recommended and we found it to exceed even our outsized expectations. Superb service, utterly delicious food, amazing wines, quiet and completely delightful. Next time we are in Galveston, we will unquestionably eat there again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Paco was recommended to me by a friend for our anniversary dinner when we visited Galveston for a quick weekend getaway. OUTSTANDING. The food was incredible. The staff was attentive and friendly. I'm ready to go back!

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T
San Antonio
26 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we have spectacular service as well as beautifully presented food. Paco is always there and makes us feel very welcome.

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M
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best restaurant on the Gulf Coast! Soft shelled crabs are best I’ve ever had. Go before they go out of season. All seafood fresh and delicious!

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PO
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three cheers for Rudy & Paco! A wonderful dining experience with great service and even better food! We look forward to dining with you again with great anticipation! Thank you for your attentive service!

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AF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service. Very attentive wait staff. The steak was impeccable. Had the tomahawk steak. Fed two of us with leftovers.

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S
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. Food is always delicious and the service outstanding.

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A
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy & Paco's is a great place to conduct business. It's professional atmosphere is a enticing.

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t
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Always one of our favorite places. But this time our friend and I had the grouper special. Was not up to Rudy’s standards. We both agreed. My wife had fillet. Was over cooked. So they cooked another. It was burned. She ate part of it. Took the rest home for our dog. Guess it was a off night. Deserts were fantastic and wine was good. We still love Pacos

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BT
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love in Houston, but when I do come to Galveston, Rudy and Paco's is my favorite place to eat when I want fine dining. The service is outstanding, as is the food.

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KJ
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to celebrate a family birthday. Top notch meal and service! Highly recommend!!

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TK
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. Excellent atmosphere. Quiet enough to have a conversation. Only negative is that parking is on street and not always easy to find.
Definately a great restaurant with many interesting dishes includes lots of local fish.

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RD
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The house salad had a lot to be desired. Huge gobs of mayonnaise was not good. I had the soft shell crab and they were fabulous but if I had asked the price I would have gotten something else. $62.00...no soft shell crab is worth that much.
They did give us a nice dessert since we were celebrating an anniversary. We got the creme brulee cheesecake to go...it was FABULOUS!

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GS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening spent at Rudy & Paco’s was a very enjoyable experience. Both the food and service were outstanding! The ambience was ideal for a romantic dinner. Thanks to all for an unforgettable night!

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Houston
30 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco is the ultimate host. The ceviche, soft shell crab and crab cakes are excellent. The servers are well trained and attentive. Great filet of beef and all the red snapper and shrimp dishes are awesome. Parmesan crusted grouper tacos are so good as is the crab bisque.

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KD
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and my birthday. The service at this restaurant was impeccable! The food was good! We will definitely return for another regular date night.

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B
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoughtful service, wonderful food, lovely room, delicious cocktails. My favorite restaurant in town !

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r
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I want great adult beverages...extremely well prepared food served by terrific waite staff ... I make the drive to Rudy's in Galveston..Bob's or Perry's or Fleming's are good...Rudy&Paco is wonderfully OUTSTANDING...

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LE
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always Paco made our 44th anniversary extra special. No one does a meal as good. Thank you!

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JM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is the best on the island with service that is attentive without being smothering. Many small touches that makes dining here special, from everyone at the table being served at the same time to recognizing special events on the dessert plate without having to ask to Paco stopping by just to say hello.

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R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the atmosphere. Great setting for any special date. We were celebrating an anniversary. Excellent staff and service. Great knowledge of menu and specials. Great flow of service, didn’t feel rushed or too slow. We enjoyed every aspect of dinner. Staff helped make it special for us. Thank you!

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