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About Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
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.
No shorts (men or women), hats/caps, or sleeveless shirts for men.
Galveston, TX 77550
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
There is street parking available as well as a public lot.
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
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews
My husband & I had our date night and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The wait staff was great and very friendly. The owner came by our table to check on us. We both loved our meal and felt the prices were reasonable. The restaurant is very nice but not stuffy! Will definitely go back.
It was a nice restaurant, the waitress was very polite and the food was excellent. I had a special request for a dozen red roses , I was very pleased with the arrangement of flowers and so was my wife. The whole experience was perfect . I will be going back there again .
We live 4 hours away, but make the drive to Rudy & Paco’s for any and all reasons we can find. The empanadas alone are worth it. You can’t beat the quality and presentation of what is some of the freshest and most delicious food you’ll find anywhere. (My personal favorite after filling up on more than my equal share of empanadas is the KT Delicias; it’s light but still fillIng. My normally-meat-and-potatoes-kind-of-guy husband almost always orders one of the daily specials and has yet to be disappointed.) Those who know and appreciate dining etiquette will especially enjoy the service. It’s a long lost art (at least in my area) that Rudy & Paco’s has certainly revived and perfected. And, don’t be surprised to find the owners mingling with customers. They want ensure you have the best dining experience possible, and do a pretty great job of it!
We were in town for a conference and a local recommended this place. With 2,000+ positive reviews on Open Table figured we couldn't go wrong. The dinner was amazing and service (pleasantly) surprisingly formal. Escargot, grouper special and snapper and crab cake were all great! Bread pudding desert delicious!
I had been to Rudy & Paco's at lunchtime in December and when our anniversary came up in January I wanted to go back there and we had a great meal, great service, great atmosphere. My husband and I were able to split a dinner for a small fee, and we couldn't eat all we had, even splitting the meal. They brought out an anniversary cake for our special dessert. I loved how the wait staff was so polite, even when the restaurant was so very busy! I would highly recommend Rudy & Paco's for special occasions! Thanks for the experience!
I took my grand daughter and my wife to lunch for her birthday. I've had both lunch and dinners there before. Over all it was a great experience. I do have a critique of the food we ordered. My wife's Salmon salad was great and my grad daughters Grouper tacos were good too. The calamari were lost in the overly sweet salad mix. It could have been anything in with the porcini pepper, red bell pepper, pickle mixture. My shrimp in a butter garlic sauce were tough and rubbery, probably from over cooking.
My friends and I decided to try a new restaurant and we LOVED everything about Rudy & Paco's. They have every foreseeable detail planned out to the letter. We plan on being regulars at this fantastic restaurant. Thank you for the perfect restaurant experience!!
As always it was another wonderful evening at Rudy and Paco's. We met with friends and had a wonderful meal and conversation. The staff was attentive and professional. We moved away for about six years but every time we would come back to visit we would make a stop at this restaurant. We moved back to the area last year and are so happy we did so that we can enjoy this restaurant all the time.
Our first time to eat at Rudy & Paco. The red snapper was excellent. The empanada’s were great. The fried plantains were very much to my liking.
I found Paco the owner to be very friendly and genuine.
The Restaurant is a definite must and I highly recommend it.
I found out about this restaurant from a Top 100 list, and I am so glad I did. The atmosphere is great, the food is delicious and the service was perfect. My only regret is that I couldn't have gone back the next night to try the items I wasn't able to try during my visit. I happened to be in Galveston for business, but Rudy & Paco is definitely worth another trip to the island!
I was meeting up with a friend of mine in her area, we hadn't seen each other in some time and I wanted an upscale restaurant, so she picked Rudy & Paco's.
In as much as we had a reservation, we still had to wait a good 30 minutes before being seated, but the hostess did a great job keeping us posted and I understand completely that some parties don't leave when they are expected and/or calculated to.
The server was attentive, she knew what to do and when to do it (a pet peeve of mine).
The food was incredible, the presentation was very nice and it was all very fresh tasting.
If I am in Galveston again and in need of a good meal, I'll definitely consider this restaurant again.
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