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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BA
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paco and his crew NEVER disappoint!

Thanks again for a wonderful evening!

Erin and Bill Alexander

JB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, friendly staff and excellent meal had by all. I had the scallops which were prepared to perfection. My wife had the redfish topped with crab meat - absolutely wonderful. Highly recommended and can't wait to return to Rudy and Paco for a fine dinning experience.

JJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Fantastic empanadas, shrimp and pasta was so fresh and grilled gulf red snapper with cilantro cream sauce, yummm. They have the best bread pudding (outside of my own). I have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed.

MH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a lunch date. Several selections to choose from, all very good. The setting was quiet and the service was excellent.

LG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

This is the first time the food was very disappointing. The rib eye wasn't just fatty (which I love). It was stringy. Definitely not a high quality steak. And tough. Broccolini was undercooked. The lump crab accomoanying the steak was, well, lump crab. For the money, we would have paid well for a high cut of beef and Alaskan king crab legs. I seriously have to think whether I would ever come back. The swrvice, however, was great. Rebecca was attentive and kind.

B
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best experiences we have ever had. Our server, Valeria, was perfect. The owner, Paco, visited our table several times and even took us on a personal tour of his other restaurant, Vargas, across the street.

ER
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a superlative restaurant. If you have the opportunity to eat here, do so.

e
Shreveport
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner! Food was fabulous !!

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

C
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server Nicole was perfect. The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the BT Camerones, the Crab Bisque and Ribeye. The many reviews I read said that the owner visited every table. We were celebrating a very special anniversary and did not receive a visit from Paco, even though the restaurant was not full. Oh well, we made the most of our anniversary, even if the restaurant did not.

NS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just Rudy and Paco! We had an early Valentines dinner there and it made the evening so special! The service is at a level above anything in the area, the food is delicious and the value is very good for the level of service and food. Highly recommend.

b
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was perfect as always! Highly recommend for an occasion or just wanting a great meal.

CO
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the state. First class food, ambience and service.

GR
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Ceasar anywhere
The off menu specials are always outstanding.
Any of the dishes w snapper are worth the visit!!.

SM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find!
We went to Rudy & Paco because we had a gift card which they had donated to a charity which we support. We are so appreciative of their support for PALS, but more importantly, that this donation caused us to find our new most favorite restaurant.
We will be back: The ambiance was lovely and the service (Valeria is so pleasant and knowledgeable) impeccable. We ordered the crab cake to start (hundreds of crabs must have been sacrificed because there was so much crab meat!). The red snapper encrusted in plantain crumbs was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The angel hair pasta with (yet more) crab as delicious. We even saved room for Quatro Leches (if Tres Leches is good, we figured, correctly, that the Quatro would be even better). Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. My husband and I love the food and ambiance

b
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious. We tried the scallops this time - just wonderful and perfectly cooked.

S
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday

DW
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and the service is without peer. I left a bigger tip than I have ever left.

DJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere; great food - absolutely perfect for my wife's birthday. It is expensive, so definitely not an everyday visit for us! But, then again you get what you pay for!

AX
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paco never disappoints. From his warm "Welcome Home" to staff he maintains. Service is always top drawer and the food is magnificent. While I strongly recommend the tuna, my wife believes that the steak is the best on the island. Be sure to try the Jumbo Crab Cakes - mouth watering! There is no place in the region that compares, though Vargas comes close.

EM
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rudy's and Pacos makes you feel as though they've known you way back when. It was our anniversary and everybody seemed to know it. Their food is excellent and dessert is divine! Their Paco Mojito is perfect! My only dislike is their potatoes au gratin. Reservations are required.

s
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So consistently excellent! Have celebrated retirement, birthday, anniversary and even "just because".

CA
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST restaurant in Galveston. I do not make it to Galveston very often, but once there I always go to Rudy & Paco. Make reservations early! Our waitress Becca was amazing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service, and good food. Our server was very informative and provided excellent service. The staff seem on point with synchronized service. I wasn’t too fond of the dips with plantain chips nor the ceviche. My 22oz ribeye was perfectly charred and medium rare throughout. Scallops that came with special were a little dry. Good wine list but no vintages listed. Also, another server delivered my cocktail and the luxardo cherry dripped juice on the white table cloth. Small details but great night overall and would definitely return.

CC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always.

PG
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The red snapper was great. The empanadas are very tasty. The ambiance was very pleasant.
Paco was as always very personable.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MM
Houston
62 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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 on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best dining experience

B
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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 on January 16, 2020
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
4 reviews
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!!!

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love Rudy and Paco’s before the theatre shows and for special occasions ! We always have a wonderful dinner and service is always wonderful ! Paco comes by and greets everyone and is present with his customers !

d
Dallas
22 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
3 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.