Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2412 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
What 2412 People Are Saying
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P
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service in addition to wonderful food. Wonderful experience

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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 2nd Time there and both were for special Occasions. Both times we have enjoyed the food and the dinning experience. They make you feel special every time. We will for sure go back again.

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RS
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Pacos is my go to place for special occasions. The food is consistently outstanding. I have never had anything but a great meal there. They are also noted for their service with each of the staff waiters helping our waiter to place all of the food on the table at the same time. The waiters are extremely attentive but know when to let the conversation flow. On this occasion I took my staff to lunch for Christmas but when it came time to determine where my wife and friends would take me for my birthday it was Rudy and Pacos. I cannot recommend it enough. Also they just opened a steak house across the street so I know where I will be dining for my next birthday or any other excuse I can make to visit Paco.

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G
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to dine in the Greater Houston Area. Food is always fabulous and service is second to none. Paco is on top of his game.

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AD
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Galveston. Everyone is very friendly and wonderful food.

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RA
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RUDY AND PACO'S WAS FABULOUS. MET PACO EARLIER IN THE DAY, VERY FRIENDLY AND ENERGETIC!! CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN!! THE SCALLOPS IN A CREME SAUCE WAS THE BEST!!
THANKS TO PACO AND HIS CREW

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C
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every business can offer two out of the three values. Quality, price and customer service. Paco’s offers quality and customer service.

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DD
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time we have been at Rudy and Paco's for one occasion or another and it is always outstanding. In addition to the personal care of the wait staff, the simultaneous delivery of servings, Paco personally visited our table and joined in the picture taking. They also provided a very nice birthday plate for my wife which was served quite elegantly.

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PS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was outstanding. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was great. Loved it.

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SC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! Food is wonderful and service is nothing short of impeccable!!

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AC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special place to dine. The service is exquisite and perfectly timed, the staff is so knowledgeable about the menu, and the food is outstanding! I love that Paco comes to each table to shake hands. Try the ahi tuna! Enjoy!

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LT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fish was a little fishy. Medium rare ribeye a little too tough for my taste

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GM
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy & Paco delivered on all the hype. Wonder ful service, inventive menu and Paco himself making the rounds.

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G
Houston
107 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable
Always excellent
Great seafood and varied menu choices
Good wine list and excellent cocktails
One of Galveston’s very best

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RT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here. Great little place, food is always amazing, you feel like royalty.

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OT
Austin
75 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a nice meal, but it wasn't spectacular...based on reviews, I was expecting more.
My partner ordered the steak, she said it was nicely flavored, but too dry. The potatoes augratin were dry and much like buffet potatoes instead of high end, also dry. She had the spinach side dish with her meal, which we both agreed had very nice flavor, but were actually room temperature to cool, so not very tempting. I had the ravioli which were rich and creamy and tasty, but nothing I would put on my must have list. The bread was probably the best dish.
We come to Galveston a couple of times a year, and we are glad we got to sample this place, but we won't be in any hurry to come back. We wouldn't avoid, but nothing that calls us.
Good stuff, just some mistakes (like cold food) that have no place in an exceptional restaurant.
It's worth a visit though, at least once.

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LG
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an incredible evening celebrating our anniversary!

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt very welcomed upon entering establishment. Staff was very friendly and helpful in making food choices. This was first time visit but will return.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service.

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JW
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the impeccable service to the incredible food everything was top notch. Don’t pass up the bread pudding for dessert.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! Will return when I am in town. My new Houston/Galveston Favorite

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DP
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
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 on November 16, 2018
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
8 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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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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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
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary.

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GR
Houston
11 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
12 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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