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About Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

When visiting Galveston Island, you simply can't miss the Island's most unique dining experience, Rudy & Paco. 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

2028 Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
20th Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(409) 762-3696

Website:
http://www.galveston.com/rudypaco

Catering:
We offer catering services for all occasions and party sizes. Please contact Paco at (409) 762-3696 or email us at RudyandPacos@gmail.com for details.

Parking Details:
There is street parking available as well as a public lot.

Private Party Facilities:
We are more than happy to close the restaurant for your private party. Contact us to discuss the many options available.

Private Party Contact:
Paco Vargas: (409) 762-3696

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (87)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
Good for a Date (69)
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Romantic (65)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Worth the Drive (60)
Notable Wine List (53)
Good for Birthdays (48)
Business Meals (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Pre/post Theatre (41)
Cozy (39)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Authentic (38)
Quiet Conversation (38)
Great for Lunch (27)
Bar Seating (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Fun (15)
Hot Spot (14)
People Watching (14)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Tasting Menu (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Casual (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

Very memorable dinner. Wonderful lobster tempura as appetizer. Great wine selection.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food! Amazing staff! Cannot wait to go back!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 3 days ago

Our first time to eat at Rudy & Paco. The red snapper was excellent. The empanada’s were great. The fried plantains were very much to my liking.
I found Paco the owner to be very friendly and genuine.
The Restaurant is a definite must and I highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Really enjoyed it. Will definitely return there some day.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Jordan was knowledgeable - Margatini was fantastic - Paco made it special

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

I found out about this restaurant from a Top 100 list, and I am so glad I did. The atmosphere is great, the food is delicious and the service was perfect. My only regret is that I couldn't have gone back the next night to try the items I wasn't able to try during my visit. I happened to be in Galveston for business, but Rudy & Paco is definitely worth another trip to the island!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

I was meeting up with a friend of mine in her area, we hadn't seen each other in some time and I wanted an upscale restaurant, so she picked Rudy & Paco's.
In as much as we had a reservation, we still had to wait a good 30 minutes before being seated, but the hostess did a great job keeping us posted and I understand completely that some parties don't leave when they are expected and/or calculated to.

The server was attentive, she knew what to do and when to do it (a pet peeve of mine).

The food was incredible, the presentation was very nice and it was all very fresh tasting.

If I am in Galveston again and in need of a good meal, I'll definitely consider this restaurant again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always fun to come to R & P's. Great food and service. This time we had the crab cake and ceviche for starters - fantastic!! Wish the parking were better, but we always plan ahead.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always my fav!!! I don't get to come often but always look forward to the times I do. I have highly recommended this to many !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fantastic. First time at the restaurant for dinner. Weird there was no valet on such a cold night. Food and service made up for that though.

Caymus is not 10 dollars as it says on the menu however. 🤷‍♂️

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent dining experience. Would recommend this place to anybody going on the first date. Excellent place to visit if you're going to the island of Galveston

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We visited Rudy and Paco’s for our first night in Galveston. It was a wonderful dinner with impeccable service for our fabulous getaway in Galveston.

Tags: Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Love love love this place. Never had a bad meal or bad service in all these years.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Grilled fish is delicious.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Dinner with Family visiting from Houston. Always terrific!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We went Friday night early)5:40) with 2 small chikdren(19 months and 4 months). Staff was very accommodating and friendly. The food was excellent , especially crab cake and shrimp. Service was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 5, 2018

When you view the exterior of the restaurant, it doesn’t look like much. But once you open the door and enter, you will be amazed! It is a beautiful restaurant filled with people enjoying a fine meal. I was very impressed with the wait staff as they were very nice, and knew the menu well. They kept the water filled and the tables clean throughout the meal. The food was SPECTACULAR! The presentation and taste of every course was spot on, and the amount of food served was perfect! We were first served fried plantains with two sauces, followed by freshly baked bread with whipped butter that was soooo good! For our appetizer, we ordered a crab cake to share that was absolutely devine! They were very generous with the amount of crab in it. I’ve had crab cakes with much less crab, but you don’t have to worry about running into that problem here. It was amazing! My wife and I both had fish dishes that were both equally impressive. My wife had plantain crusted red snapper and I had the sea bass with shrimp. Both entrees were equally impressive as far as presentation and flavor go. We were both rather full by the end of our meal and we had to take our leftovers to go. The food was so good that it never crossed our minds to leave the leftovers at the restaurant! Afterwards, we were asked if we wanted dessert. Unfortunately, there was no way we could fit it. Since we were celebrating my wife’s birthday, the did present her with a small birthday cake with a candle. While it wasn’t the best dessert ever, it was free and was very generous of them to give to my wife for her special day. I was very pleased with the fact that the owner was there the entire time, and he even sang happy birthday with the wait staff. He was very nice and welcoming, and we really appreciated that. My wife and I were very impressed with our experience at this restaurant. The next time we come to Galveston we will definitely be dining here again. You MUST give this place a try if you’re ever in town!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food with great service. Paco is always on site to insure the highest level of service is always maintained.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Best restaurant in Galveston. Always look forward to seeing Paco and his staff. Food is outstanding and is always consistent. Can't wait for our next visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Spicy, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great time with my beautiful wife.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is a very cozy and upscale restaurant. Prices are comparable with other Galveston restaurants of this class. Highly recommended!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was excellent as usual. Service was impeccable and the grouper special was delicious

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful service, ambiance, and amazing food. Nothing else compares.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I have been eating at Rudy & Pacos for 15 years, it always has great food, specials, and the service is outstanding. The cocktails are great, and the wine list is excellent.
I guarantee you will like it. One of my all-time favorite restaurants in the World.
Right here in Galveston, Texas

Tags: Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a wonderful meal at this excellent restaurant. Waitress was not as attentive as we would have preferred. The food here is supurb; my date and I are both culinary hobbiests who truly enjoy well prepared food with excellent sauces. Rudy & Paco did not disappoint

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

A pleasure filled experience, from the greeting at the door, service, quality of food and the greeting at our departure, fine dining all the way.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food is always wonderful here. It is our island favorite! The service here is impeccable. Never been to a restaurant that was better. Top notch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 28, 2017

FANTASTIC, AS USUAL!!! Best service, food, and ambiance anywhere in the USA. Our only go to restaurant in Galveston. Wine bottle prices are great and the selection is unique. Beautiful presentation for food. We love Rudy and Paco's !!!!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Rudy & Paco's - a good place for a special occasion. The crab cake appetizer was excellent - pure crab with a tasty brown butter sauce - enough for a meal. My grilled snapper was a little overcooked (mushy), but my husband thought his was fine. Great sides - Brussel sprouts & scalloped potatoes. As always, the service was excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Loved it! Hoping to bring family and friends there the next time we are in Galveston!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have celebrated my birthday at Rudy and Paco's twice and one word covers both experiences - fabulous!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Me and my husband love this place. We now live in Austin but we remember this place every time we go to Galveston. I have dined at a lot of restaurants and this one always sticks out in my mind. It's a gem.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Best experience in a really long time compared to Houston area over fluffed restuarants. The owners personal touch on almost every table’s dinner service and the visual flair, wonderful taste of my crab cake (ordered as entry) and the best calamari ever makes this restaurant stand above many others. They may squeeze you in ala NYC, it’s all worth it!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Overall Great...as always! The potato served as the house vegetable was undercooked and lacked flavor. An uninspired choice for Rudy and Paco’s. Lobster tempura, steaks, seafood and desserts were top notch! Love the bread pudding and ice cream ball!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This restaurant is a family favorite. We love the food and are pampered like we are royalty.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2017

One of the specials was grouper with the most delicious sauce. Fresh and delicious! Never a bad meal here!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic food and great wine list with some of the lowest prices for some of the best wine I've ever seen at a fine dining establishment. The service, quality of food and wine list rivals any of the finest restaurants in Houston. Definitely worth the drive from Kingwood.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The seafood at Rudy and Tacos is notably fresh and beautifully prepared. Some of the dishes incorporate Nicaraguan recipes which provides interest flavors. We had three types of fish, all were excellent. The starter of empanadas (different stuffings of beef, chicken and shrimp) was delicious, as was the bread pudding that we shared. There was also a very fairly priced white wine by the bottle and service was accomplished and unobtrusive. FYI, there is not valet parking but when we visited street parking was widely available.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Paca always makes every patron feel like a million bucks. the food and service are always excellent.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Superb service and excellent food. The wine selection was great, too!

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