Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2561 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
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r
Houston
39 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service ...outstanding! Jordan is a great server.

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VO
Omaha
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Great service. Impressive wine list. Overall a perfect high end dining experience.

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PO
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time eating during the lunch time. The experience is equal to the evening. Still get the white tablecloths and black cloth napkins. The food was exceptional, as always. The meal was served in the normal orchestrated manner. That's part of the experience. The main difference between lunch and dinner is the dress code. Shorts are allowed, but no tank tops so don't even go there. There were several guys in shorts and that was fine. Overall, my experience was exceptional. Looking forward to my next visit to Galveston so I can book another reservation at my favorite restaurant on the island.

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Every dish prepared to perfection, expertly drawing out the vibrant flavors of the Caribbean. Don’t skip dessert. The bread pudding was better than my grandmother’s - and that’s saying a lot. Everything about Rudy & Paco underscores the cherished family-run vibe. If I ever find myself in Galveston again, a return visit is guaranteed.

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J
Houston
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service. Always plan to come back!!

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GR
Houston
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding snapper and specials!
Excellent service

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ST
Houston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Paco's is always what you expect , I had know the silent partner Rudy for fourty five years + and he would not have his name on anything he didn't fully enjoy and respect his partner. Paco Vargus does an exceptional job as Chef and Host, I have eaten lunch and dinner many times since 1999, I have celebrated many special occasions there since and have never been disappointed. Vargus / Cut and Catch across the street is another 'Gem' in the making

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately,special of the day “ grouper” was undesirable,poblano soup and salad was great ,friends snapper with crab meat was bland ,Juan our server was great ,but noticed our table was only one not greeted by owner ,party of two locals and two others

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f
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of the few places left with the ambiance that used to grace the high-end Galveston restaurants before most of them started accepting diners in shorts and flip-flops. Top-notch service, white tablecloths, dark paneling, intimate yet not crowded. In short, ambiance and service that make you feel like it is a special occasion, even if it isn't. The owner stopped by our table (and as far as I could tell, all tables) to make sure everything was right. And it was quiet enough for conversation - so rare these days! Although I felt the food was a bit overpriced, fresh seafood is always expensive, and it was worth a bit of a premium to enjoy the Southern hospitality and service that seems to have fallen by the wayside everywhere else.

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HC
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is always excellent! Love this place!

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OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no better restaurant than Rudy and Paco’s, it’s always a treat to go!

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BP
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best meal we had in Galveston. Just amazing - our favorites were the empandas, scallops and bread pudding!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome, top notch service, food, ambience.

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LE
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

When I am in Galveston, I mark it a point to eat at Rudy & Paco's. The best restaurant in Galveston for fish or steaks.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You definitely pay for what you get. Yes the quality of the food is very good and the service is excellent. Unless you just have money to burn this is definitely a "very special occasion " restaraunt.

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Shreveport
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our third time dining at Rudy & Paco’s. My wife and I had dinner there for our 30th anniversary last week. It was excellent, as usual! We live in Louisiana but love going to Galveston for weekends. Rudy & Paco’s will always be on our list of eating places in Galveston!

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FH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long-time fans of Rudy and Pacos ! Enjoyed the incredible evening with delicious cuisine , near -perfect service and memorable ambiance again Friday night ! Truly the only venue in Galveston that can consistently deliver the 5-star experience. Two “new” additions to the experience that we were not fans of:1) the table display of an enormous raw, bone-in beef cut in a seafood restaurant -perhaps asking the guests if they want to see that raw beef display before placing it right in their line of vision which was unappetizing to us and 2)our forks kept sliding off our plates so either the plates were new or the forks were—neither of these were enjoysble and they otherwise flawless evening.

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S
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy this restaurant when we visit Galveston! We have traveled a great deal & this is one of our favorite!

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B
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt, our favorite restaurant in Galveston and maybe in Houston too.

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MN
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rudy and Paco's is a great restaurant with awesome food. The service is alway great and I love the atmosphere there.

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TK
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience for our party of 4. The food, wine and service was on point! Would highly recommend if you are looking for fine dining while on the island :)

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SB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent! Ambience in point. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the interaction of staff. Had the special which has grouper with lump crab. It was tasty and the veggie sides were good. The only criticism is that the grouper was a bit tough. Overall, would absolutely recommend! I will return!

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KH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Has been a favorite in my family since it opened. When I'm in Galveston I always make sure I can enjoy their delicious food during my stay.

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CG
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is absolutely my favorite restaurant in Galveston. Hands down, you cannot beat the service or the food.....excellent in everyway.

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G
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Rudy and Paco's. Service is impeccable and the food is consistently great. They have a great wine selection with reasonable prices. If I lived closer I would eat there all the time.

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b
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Edwin was our waiter and did an outstanding job! He was very attentive and informative. The food was delicious, and we all enjoyed our experience.

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j
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very good food. A little tight to fit in, but everything else is perfect.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a Tiki Island resident and this is, hands down, one of our favorite restaurants on the island!!! We go every time we get a chance!!! If you want a great dining experience and treated like [as Paco always tells us; “Welcome home, babe!!] you’re home, this is your place!! You’re gonna fall in love!!!

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L
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service! Wait staff is well trained and fish fresh from the gulf. Excellent mixologist

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BD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambience. The service was impeccable and the food was some of the finest I've ever had! Great wine selection as well. I would recommend to anyone looking for a fine dining experience on Galveston.

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JG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the best meals/experiences that my wife and I have shared. We have eaten at fine dining establishments all over the states and this ranks up there with the best.

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J
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and staff, they all worked together to make for a great dining experience. Food was delicious, potatoes were a bit blah and not real hot however the brussel sprouts were very yummy! I had the baked red snapper in a lemon garlic sauce and my husband had red snapper with pico and avocado, we both enjoyed our entree. It is however a bit expensive.

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E
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant

Old school charm and world class service

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, excellent service, wonderful evening! Paco and his staff are so attentive! What a fantastic dinner! My husband and I shared the Tomahawk steak...WOW! Our server Alex was excellent as well. He knew the menu very well and made recommendations for us. Our wine was paired beautifully with our meal. We will definitely come back if we’re back in Galveston. As we were leaving, Paco showed us his new place next door called Vargas...looks amazing also!

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I have food allergies, and the servers made me feel completely comfortable in ordering a delicious meal including dessert!

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M
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be my favorite place to dine. They always have fresh fish specials. I’ve never found one I didn’t like. Don’t forget to add their famous crab bisque.

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E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 58th Anniversary at the restaurant. They truly made it a lovely and memorable celebration. From Paco to the entire staff we felt treated royally. Ours thanks to all.

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OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as Always!!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

food and service was great great for a date found entres to be very expensive

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D
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Paco continues to run the best on the Island. Rudy and Paco's is our go to restaurant when we are in Galveston. Always delightful. Always good food.

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