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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.

Dinner:
No shorts (men or women), hats/caps, or sleeveless shirts for men.

Lunch:
Smart Casual

2028 Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

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

Cross Street:
20th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(409) 762-3696

Website:
http://www.galveston.com/rudypaco

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.

Parking 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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.8

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (90)
Good for a Date (76)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
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Romantic (67)
Creative Cuisine (59)
Worth the Drive (57)
Notable Wine List (52)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Business Meals (48)
Cozy (43)
Pre/post Theatre (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Authentic (36)
Quiet Conversation (36)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Great for Lunch (28)
Bar Seating (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Good for Groups (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Hot Spot (17)
People Watching (16)
Fun (14)
Healthy (11)
Seasonal (9)
Casual (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Spicy (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Very friendly service, food was the best, I have never had scallops that melt in your mouth...delicious! Everything was amazing, and we completely enjoyed our evening.

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 (El Paso)·Dined 2 days ago

Reservations a must! Quickly seated with a reservation. Great food. Amazing Service. Yummy cocktails. A little noisy and crowded but that's what happens at the best restaurant in Galveston.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and great service. Cannot complain. Will be dining again in the future.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful food and exceptional.wine value.

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

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 .

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

They have earned repeat customers with their delicious food and great service.

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is AMAZING and so are the workers. Best of eberything. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Paco always does an amazing job. The food and the service cannot be beat by any restaurant anywhere!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Consistently wonderful - Galveston Island’s go to Fave for Special Occasions!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 13, 2018

No doubt a 5 star restaurant and one of the 100 best in USA as advertised worthy of Michelin consideration outstanding service that occurs unnoticed great wine list at less than expected cost

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 13, 2018

By far excellent service! Will definitely need to return. Thank you!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Rudy & Paco's is consistently fabulous in food, service, wine, and a great atmosphere. This is Galveston’s gem!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always so good it's worth the trip from Houston for R&P alone. Food so consistently good and service so fine, should be on everyone's top restaurant list!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Best place in Galveston to eat hands down. Best service and quality food. Paco and his daughter are amazing hosts and always make me feel welcome!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love going here for special occasions as well as casual dung at the bar.. our favorite is always the fresh red snapper prepared so many delicious ways.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 5, 2018

There isn’t a finer restaurant in Texas and the staff is always amazing

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Very nice experience for the two of us on our wedding anniversary. We were a few minutes early for our reservation and able to have our table. Service was awesome and the food very tasty. Would recommend this place to friends and family.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Phenomenal service and food. We were very proud to take our out of state guests.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 30, 2018

A reservation is a must. We arrived and waited about 15 minutes before our table was ready, but loved sitting at the bar and visiting with friends. Super friendly bartender. The food was awesome and will go again. Great dining experience!!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, People Watching, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific service and great food. Our server Alex set the bar for servers everywhere. Mr. Paco, the owner was a continual presence doing everything from greeting patrons, pouring drinks to setting tables and wiping down seats. The food was superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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!!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had a great experience for the lunch date with friends

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Fantastic service, start to finish. Simultaneous drink and food delivery is quite fun. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very memorable dinner. Wonderful lobster tempura as appetizer. Great wine selection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Arguably one of the top 7 restaurants in the Greater Houston Area. If you want to have seafood any fresher than here you will have to eat it on the boat.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Amazing food! Amazing staff! Cannot wait to go back!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Really enjoyed it. Will definitely return there some day.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Jordan was knowledgeable - Margatini was fantastic - Paco made it special

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 15, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always fun to come to R & P's. Great food and service. This time we had the crab cake and ceviche for starters - fantastic!! Wish the parking were better, but we always plan ahead.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Always my fav!!! I don't get to come often but always look forward to the times I do. I have highly recommended this to many !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fantastic. First time at the restaurant for dinner. Weird there was no valet on such a cold night. Food and service made up for that though.

Caymus is not 10 dollars as it says on the menu however. 🤷‍♂️

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