Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
3250 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Paco is the definition of the "All American Dream", awarded the 2019 "Faces of Diversity Award" by the National Restaurant Association. This prestigious award honors those who have achieved success through perservance and determination embodying the American Dream.

Rudy & Paco's offer the freshest seafood and steaks with a Central American flare. Come experience fine dining at its best with Paco and his staff.

We are honored to have the opportunity and privilege to serve you and your family.

~ Paco Vargas and Family

Lunch - Street parking is available, pay at parking meter or by App
Dinner - Street parking is free after 6 pm.

Dress code is strictly enforced for Dinner.
No shorts for men, women (including rompers) and children. Men must have a collared shirt (no t-shirts) and no hats.

Dress code for Lunch is casual with shorts acceptable but no hats.



Safety precautions

Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3250 people are saying
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suela23
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just delicious. I had the Grouper Taco's and it couldn't have been better. We loved the way the meal was served and everything about the restaurant. It's our special place to attend when we are in Galveston. The Last time was 2018 but the food is still great in 2022.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class as usual !

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StaceyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect. Excellent staff. Wonderful atmosphere. A real treat. Thanks Paco!

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vipJRuss
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. I would highly recommend!!

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vipAnthonyS
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we dine here it is a treat. We really enjoyed our waiter Jorge. He made a recommendation for a new wine to try and we were very pleased. We love coming here to dine as the service and food is always outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in an amazing atmosphere

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TylerY
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great services! We will be returning for special nights out.

MJ
MarkJ
Little Rock
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and the service was impeccable.

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JeffB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's no better service on the island, and the food never disappoints. The daily lunch special is a real value!

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KayH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Thank you Paco and Team!

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AshleighF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fabulous, the entire restaurant was beautiful and Paco himself was both very kind and quick with seating us as well as serving dishes! The wine selection was so great and we were not disappointed! I’d definitely recommend the appetizer with shrimp and beurre blanc sauce and the homemade sourdough bread to go with! We both loved it! I’ll definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional dining experience when we're in Galveston! Great service, delicious food.

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SandraB
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend Rudy & Paco for an upscale dining experience! It has a good menu selection, and the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there to celebrate our 25th anniversary and enjoyed the food and ambiance. The service was excellent especially the synchronized plating was special. The only slight disappointment was that the table across from us got a birthday cake with candles while we got a piece of chocolate that says “Happy Anniversary”. I was misled by photos on Yelp where others got complementary desert with their anniversary celebration. We did enjoy the evening but it would have been a 5 star experience with a little “icing on the cake”. Perhaps Paco was busy, I would have liked to give him compliment but left without having a chance to speak to him as he walked by our table several times.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food - great time! Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
76 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Though pricey, the food is outstanding here. Unfortunately, in their effort to provide efficient service, we felt rushed throughout most of the meal……not good! We finally asked them to back off as we were visiting with folks we hadn’t seen for some time.

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Islander
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was great. Table a little to close to kitchen.

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vipGalvestonSpecialniteout
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Excellent service. Highest quality. Delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great. Extensive wine list. We would definitely come back.

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Barbara
Houston
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and food. Love the lunch specials but was sorry not to see Paco but glad he got the day off!

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Roland
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally we made it at Rudy & Paco, we should have not waited this long (16 years) due to parking issues at the restaurant location. The synchronize service of the wait staff will win gold in the Olympics, plus the attentive service of Allana & Cloe will be another gold medal.
The crispy plantains and the Jumbo crab cakes (mostly lump crab meats) were real fresh and well prepared. I highly recommend the K.T. Delicias de Mar. For dessert please try the cream brûlée one of the best I have tried.

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vipSethGuy3
Houston
40 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with great ambiance

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vipDDDD
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Rudy and Paco’s is exceptional. Paco is always front and center greeting everyone with “welcome home”. The food and service was fantastic. We will return again and again!

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CharlesD
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & unique delicious food choices.
Tried 4 weeks out but could only get a Friday 5 PM reservation, I assume due to popularity.
Guess will have to make our reservations farther out.

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WayneZ
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood and service! Definitely Galveston’s finest!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding! Hands down the best dining experience in Galveston.

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Mindy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite go-to.

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AnaH
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a pleasurable dining experience. The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always!

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vipMaryLouise
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. One of our favorite places to dine. Paco never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food since our first visit many years ago. Paco warmly welcomes us at each visit. The service is always perfect. A must try when visiting Galveston!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, from the appetizer to the
Wine and then the food!! All was a great experience!

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vipkahp
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef never disappoints and couple with our server, Dezi we couldn't have been more delighted! Rudy and Paco continues to live up it its reputation.

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JamesL
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard to find a restaurant now days with top notch service and excellent food. Highly recommend R&P to anyone looking for a higher end restaurant.

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Aggielaw1
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent!

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JasonM
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time in many visits that the food was less than perfect. The side of potatoes that came with our main meals was undercooked and too tough to easily chew. The snap/snow peas on one of our plates also tasted a little weird, though the same on another plate was delicious. We are going to chalk it up to a one-time event and will be back soon.

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Annk
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at Rudy and Pavo was perfect. The server was so helpful and friendly, the food was delicious, and the decor was relaxing and beautiful. We loved the way the food was served by four waiters at once. My birthday desert was delicious with “happy birthday” on a chocolate label.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our son and his wife had RAVED about his experience so my husband and I wanted to try it. Couldn’t get dinner reservations so tried lunch. OUTSTANDING!! Definitely a repeat

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here from Kansas for the second time to Rudy and Paco’s to celebrate special occasions. July 2021 our 33rd Wedding anniversary, and Nov 2021 for hubby’s 53rd birthday. Both times we had beyond fabulous experiences!!! We will absolutely be back!!!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the drive from Houston. Excellent food and service!

FAQs

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (409) 762-3696.

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 3250 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.