Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
As the Covid-19 Virus continues to affect our community and surrounding areas, Rudy & Paco is committed to protecting the wellbeing of our staff, valued guests and our wonderful community.
By order of the City of Galveston, we will temporarily close our dining room from March 18th to March 25th.
Our family is still committed to serving you and will be offering a special To-Go Menu for lunch and dinner. Please visit our Facebook page or our website for this menu and for more information. You may also call our restaurant for more information.

Sincerely,
Paco Vargas
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and owner was very friendly and engaging. Will definitely come back.

JQ
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paco makes everyone feel welcome and the food is always perfectly done.

AB
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, everything about my experience at Rudy & Paco’s was phenomenal. The quality of the food is unsurpassed. The server, Franco Perez, was the ultimate professional. The attention to detail and unique, delectable dishes paired with an upscale, elegant atmosphere makes Rudy & Paco’s one of the most absolutely delightful places to dine anywhere.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Perfect service
Nice atmosphere not noisy
Overall fantastic
Wish there was a Paco and Rudy’s in Houston

KM
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grilled snapper with creole sauce was excellent and I will order it again. The bourbon selection was very good with some hard to find bottles. We enjoyed the dinner very much and will return soon.

I
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is a great place to relax and dine. The service is outstanding as is the food. Paco introduced himself and was gracious and friendly. If you are looking for a nice, quiet, relaxing place to enjoy a meal with friends this is a great choice.

j
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food, good service, high priced for what you receive.

R
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Still a good choice for better food and atmosphere over 99.9% of island. I have to say I am disappointed the last few times in as long as I've been going (practically since it opened). I am greeted by owner as feeling forced (like he HAS to say hi as I'm there next to my husband) but warmly greets my husband like it's a male thing. It may seem petty to some but as a long time customer (I'd not go anymore bcuz of it but my husband loves it), I feel unwelcomed and unease. I do not know why as it was not always the case. One wants to feel welcome and comfortable when dining out. It is my only real gripe as food and service are mostly on point.

M
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. We had the grouper special last night! So fresh and tasty. Always count on Paco for great fresh fish with daily specials. You need to make reservations and remind your guests of the no shorts policy. You won’t regret your visit to Rudy and Paco’s.

m
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was stellar. Would highly recommend!!

RH
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was a great server!!!!!!

MC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You expect a quality experience at Rudy & Paco's and you always get it.

RH
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

KV
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience!

ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant with amazing food and top notch service. It's not inexpensive but it's worth every penny.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! We had the best time! Great food and great service!

LG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service with amazing food! Good variety of cocktails that were hand crafted and perfectly balanced. Seafood was fresh and not overwhelmed by sauce and/or cooking method. Dessert was perfect!

JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant to visit when we are in the Galveston area. The staff, ambiance, and food are always excellent, without exception.

R
London
54 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four friends reunion that Rudy and Paco Restaurant made so very special!!!

CV
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really had a good time with our dining experience last Saturday. The person attending the table was very professional, nice and helpful. The food was great. Overall was an excellent dinner.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attention to detail was magnificent! The servers bringing everything out together along with drinks even! Outstanding! We even met Paco!

EI
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic restaurant with delicious food and attentive service. Great for special occasion, date night and celebration.

MA
Central Texas
21 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rudy and Paco Restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants any where and our favorite Galveston restaurant. Our trips to Galveston are never complete without a couple of Rudy and Paco meals. Our waiter Alex, always works hard to give us the best possible experience. I had the grouper with lump crab and it was delicious.

MI
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, service, wine selection. Owner came to tables to inquire about how we liked everything. Great food selection. We will definitely return when in Galveston.

BA
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
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.

R
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of the best experiences for dinner. Food was fantastic!

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.

AV
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! The food was marvelous!

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!!.