Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2303 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Rudy and Paco Restaurant delivers on food and atmosphere. Perfect place for an intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Absolutely perfect on all aspects. It was our wedding anniversary. They brought a free sorbet dessert with happy anniversary written in chocolate in the plate. Paco was friendly and showed a deep interest in who we were and our evening. Great gluten free and dairy free options. We will make Rudy n Pacos a regular experience from now on.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Pistachio crusted red snapper was fantastic. Lot's of birthdays that night!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

I love this place! I’ve eaten here several times and it never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Our very favorite place on the Island. Always excellent. Soft-shelled crab unsurpassed. Anywhere.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Been eating here since 1998, always greeted with great service, ambiance and food.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

This was my first visit to the restaurant. I had previously read a lot of good things about the restaurant and was anxious to try it out. Boy, was it worth it! We went on a Monday night so it was not crowded and very quiet. Juan, our waiter, was excellent and took the time to tell us all about the specials and the restaurant having learned it was our first time there. He made some very good recommendations but left the decisions to us. My friend had the salmon and I had the scallops. He also had the lobster bisque and I had the tomato salad with avocado. My only regret was that we did not leave room for dessert. Next time, for sure.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Spectacular food and service. Best fried shrimp. Crab cake to die for....

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Shared dinner with best friends celebrating our birthdays. Empanadas tasty. Crab cake, snapper, salmon all excellent. The sides of spinach and potatoes were soso. Our server Jordan was perfect. Friendly, prompt. Offered advice when solicited

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great as always👍🏻 We have been coming to Rudy & Pacos for special occasions and just because for many years and have never had a bad experience. Will continue to bring friends and family down as often as possible.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We had a lovely anniversary celebration here. Excellent service, nice pace, delicious food. Juan made the evening special. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I would recommend R @ P to anyone wanting to have a great experience.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful anniversary dinner and were delighted with the caring service and delicious meal.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We had great food and the service was excellent. We would recommend it to everyone! Thanks, John Thomas

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We love it, and like to dine there on special occasions. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for ambiance is because it's kind of loud. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars for value is because it's pricey -- it deserves to be pricey, but I don't know if the unfamiliar patron might equate "value" with "economy"...

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

I would recommend that you don’t go too early (before 7pm) for an anniversary dinner because of the noise level. Exceptional food, and the ceviche was the best. Meeting Paco was cool too-a great gentleman. We will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Always great. Service by professionals. Count on Paco.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Dining at Rudy and Pacos is a special experience! Their food and attention to detail is outstanding!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Always an excellent experience for any occasion. I highly reccomend when visiting the Downton area.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Amazing!!!!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Outstanding food and service. Love the place!! However way too noisy to have any conversation at all. Waiting for the new bigger place across the street.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We always go to R&P for special occasions or when the best seafood is a must. Our hostess, Ivy, made the evening out of the ordinary and Paco seems to pick his teams to insure absolute customer satisfaction...It's my favorite!

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

The food and service were outstanding! Best meal you can get in Galveston

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

My mother recently ate at Rudy and Paco's for the first time on her birthday. When old friends from the 80's contacted her to visit, she immediately wanted them to have the privilege of having lunch at Rudy and Paco's Restaurant & Bar. They absolutely loved it! We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

I have only visited Rudy & Paco for lunch and it has been outstanding every time.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We visited for the first time this week. It was an incredible surprise. We have traveled to every continent and rarely have found such a combination of outstanding food, superior service, sophistication, and local hospitality. The attention to detail in the food preparation, the choreography of the service staff, and the personal attention by Paco to each table was impressive. We will make this gem a regular stop either for a drink or another memorable event.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The food and service was outstanding! Rebecca our server was very friendly and made our anniversary very special.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Exceptional and personalized service and great tasting cuisine

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Been there before service was great. This time we had to ask for menus from someone other than our waitress. This was after we received our drinks, and order appetizers. We were a party of 8, but she only had a few more tables with only 2 people. Had to wait a long time to finally ask for 2nd drinks. I assume it was the owner who was having to help us with getting menus after I flagged him down. He was very nice helping us get things finally taken care of.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This restaurant never disappoints. I always enjoy the food and great service.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We went to this wonderful restaurant 1 1/2 years ago for our anniversary, and have wanted to go back ever since. It did not disappoint! I can't think of anything that I would change. Even the appetizer, service, was the best I've ever had. Recommended anytime you have a special occasion or just crave beautifully prepared fresh seafood.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great time! Great food! Service second to none.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food was very good.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Most favorite restaurant in Galveston. There is no better food. Jordan is the best server ever!

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Food was excellent. Large portions. Nice little appetizer brought to your table and bread and butter was hot and fresh. My only concern that night was that my table was backed up to bar and very close to other tables. Noise was a small problem. It was our anniversary and although they acknowledged it we thought maybe a house dessert on the house. We saw several other tables getting one. No big deal just disappointed.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

This is a hidden gem. From the outside, it lookslike a typical eatery. Once in inside, you will be amazed by the decor and ambiance. But, the food and service is amazing. Reservations are a must. i have visited Galveston Island many times, over the years, but only recently discovered Rudy & Paco.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Fabulous surprise anniversary dessert

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