Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

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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. Men are required to wear a collared shirt.

Lunch:
Smart Casual
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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! Nicest restaurant I've been to in a decade. Service was second to none.

MM
Houston
62 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food and service. We always enjoy coming here when in Galveston. The romantic atmosphere of the restaurant makes it easy to have a nice conversation. Everything we ordered from the ceviche and salad to the scallops and bread pudding was fantastic. The wait staff was attentive and very professional. Really a top notch restaurant in Galveston.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best dining experience

B
Houston
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rudy & Paco's. We celebrated my birthday and my brother-in-law's birthday and it was awesome as always! So glad that Paco was there to give me a big hug and make our lunch extra special. Thank you!

GR
Houston
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently remarkable food and service.
You will find every snapper dish outstanding, one of the best Ceasar salads you will ever eat and insanely delicious bread pudding. Worth the visit!!

KM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary and it was awesome. The service was impeccable and the steak was amazing.

M
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Rudy & Paco's. It was as good as I had read about and based on what people had said about it. Franco(Frank), our server, was awesome! Everything aspect of the meal was perfect. Excellent wine list and outstanding cocktails. A truly enjoyable evening and I will definitely be back!

DW
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always.

CP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy going to Rudy & Paco Restaurant when we are in Galveston. The food and services are as good there as any restaurant we have ever gone to, and we have traveled all over the world and enjoy eating in fine restaurants. We have been there numerous times, and the restaurant quality and service are very consistent!!! Always GREAT!!! Thanks very much to the owners and their staff. We will return in May!!!

d
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS delicious food served with attentiveness and caring !
I drive from Dallas to visit my favorite Galveston restaurant!

PR
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service with great attention to all the details. The coordinated service to multiple guests at the same table is an example of the attention to detail. Staff is very professional and friendly. Good quality and value of food.

P
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience. Great seafood, great service. Destination restaurant on the island.

DB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great intimate spot for special occasions. Impeccable service and outstanding food. I especially loved the scallops Marsala.

JT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paco always provides exemplary service and outstanding food. We have never been disappointed with any dish we have ordered. The mojito was fantastic.

BS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been coming here for years. Love it. It is worth the experience!! Thank you.

WB
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service, great food!, romantic atmosphere, we will be back, maybe with friends. It was fun to watch how they served everyone in a party at the same time, even a party of 14!

AS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place to come too! The food and drinks are always amazing. Big shout out to Becca for the amazing service.

KD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit. The food was AMAZING !!! The service was impeccable. We will definitely come again!!!

D
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO romantic & perfect for our anniversary! Service is impressive & food is AMAZING!!! We LOVED IT! Extensive wine list! Perfect for any impressive dinner date!

0
Houston
34 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is always excellent and friendly. The crab cake appetizer is stocked full of lump crabmeat and very large. A meal in itself. We love the Parmesan crusted grouper that comes with a pineapple salsa with crunchy cabbage...perfect amount of crunch and sweetness. These tacos come with crab bisque that is delicious and creamy. Very nice lunch menu and special items.

JM
Shreveport
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come o Galveston we come here. It is a masterclass in cooking and service. Best steak of the year and I eat a lot of good steak! Rudy and Pacos is still the king!!!!!!!

MB
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service but far too expensive for what we got.

MA
Central Texas
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad meal out experience at Rudy and Paco’s. Every dish was delicious and the service was excellent.

WR
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paco and crew are a class act. We always feel right at home when dining there. The atmosphere is great!

SF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an all around fantastic restaurant. Will drive down to Galveston for a night just to dine there again.

DF
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The plantain encrusted snapper is amazing

k
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service were amazing.
a table beside us had a touch of attitude.
overall we can't wait to go back.

JM
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rudy & Paco is our favorite place to eat in Galveston. Paco stopped by our table to welcome us.

SE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the most wonderful dining experience we've had a long, long time. The service is exceptional, the food is nothing short of amazing and we love the intimate setting. I cannot recommend this place enough!

g
Houston
99 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the classiest restaurant in Galveston. Paco's sister restaurant Vargas Cut and Catch is across the street and I can't wait to dine there. I am sure the service will be as great as Rudy and Pacos. I did have a drink at the beautiful bar there before dining at R and P's. The service is the absolute best. They deliver your drinks at the same time, you food at the same time and they pick up your plates at the same time. Just A one. And the food is outstanding as well. Many many seafood choices to pick from. And Paco, the owner, will visit your table for sure. Happy New Year!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service (Thank you, Rebecca), great dinner special, great wine list. Perfect night with my wife.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Eight of us dined. Most of the orders were correct. One item was left off, but was fairly compensated. Lamb chops were tough and full of grissel

OT
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t remember other restaurant where I had received better service. It was really and excellent service. The food was fantastic. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

HV
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was my second time dining at R I gave it to my friend to try. I didn’t even say anything and they agreed the slaw was way too sweet. They separated out the fish and didn’t eat the slaw or tortillas. Just a bit of honest feedback here. Rethink the slaw and it could be outstanding.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff is always impressive

l
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service exceptional

L
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Everything was and always is perfect. If your in Galveston it is a great place for dinner.

TC
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I was really looking forward to the meal at Rudy & Paco's. It was recommended by a friend, who raved about both the experience & the food. So my expectations were high, but not met on several counts. In terms of food, we loved the plantain chips and the empandas (kudos for the waitstaff switching out the shrimp empanada for us). My wife liked her dish but wasn't amazed by it. The Ropa Vieja I ordered, a specialty, was very very salty - hardly edible. I mostly ate the rice and black beans (which were good). Desserts were very good. The waitstaff were very friendly and knowledgable. They kindly provided kids meal options for my daughter. However, there were a couple of times I was surprised, not in a good way. My daughter drank all her lemonade, and it sat for ~10 minutes without anyone coming to refill it. When a waiter came, he tried to give her water, I had to remind him that she was drinking lemonade. Now these are small things, but for the prices and reputation of Rudy & Paco, I just have to say I left a little disappointed. We don't go out to restaurants this expensive very often, and usually I am just amazed at the quality of the food and the attentiveness of the service. But not yesterday - it was satisfactory, not amazing. Thanks for listening!

JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food amazing great service great atmosphere

LC
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place, great atmosphere and superb service and food! One of our favorite places to visit when we are in Galveston!