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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2082 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(409) 762-3696
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
We are more than happy to close the restaurant for your private party. Contact us to discuss the many options available.
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Private party contact
Paco Vargas: (409) 762-3696
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th Street
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Parking details
There is street parking available as well as a public lot.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 9 hours ago

Great place!!!

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BartP 
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

First time. Great atmosphere, the lighting was a little too dark, hard to read the menu. The Grouper portion could have been maybe a little bit more for the value. The Ribeye was perfect and was plenty of food. Overall, very nice place and warm.

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Tryon (Austin)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Awesome seafood dishes. Their pecan crusted snapper was amazing. Service was outstanding. Absolutely one of the best places to eat in Texas.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Very friendly service, food was the best, I have never had scallops that melt in your mouth...delicious! Everything was amazing, and we completely enjoyed our evening.

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Choose2eatwell (El Paso)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Reservations a must! Quickly seated with a reservation. Great food. Amazing Service. Yummy cocktails. A little noisy and crowded but that's what happens at the best restaurant in Galveston.

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Tryon (Austin)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food! Excellent service. So good we returned the next night. Best seafood ever. Eating here is an opportunity of a lifetime.

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ConnorB 
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service. Cannot complain. Will be dining again in the future.

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Pamala (Houston)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

My husband & I had our date night and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The wait staff was great and very friendly. The owner came by our table to check on us. We both loved our meal and felt the prices were reasonable. The restaurant is very nice but not stuffy! Will definitely go back.

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vipSherron (Houston)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Wonderful food and exceptional.wine value.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

It was a nice restaurant, the waitress was very polite and the food was excellent. I had a special request for a dozen red roses , I was very pleased with the arrangement of flowers and so was my wife. The whole experience was perfect . I will be going back there again .

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

They have earned repeat customers with their delicious food and great service.

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ErikaG (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food is AMAZING and so are the workers. Best of eberything. Can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Paco always does an amazing job. The food and the service cannot be beat by any restaurant anywhere!

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Suzanne (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Consistently wonderful - Galveston Island’s go to Fave for Special Occasions!

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vipSojourner2 (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

No doubt a 5 star restaurant and one of the 100 best in USA as advertised worthy of Michelin consideration outstanding service that occurs unnoticed great wine list at less than expected cost

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AnnalisaV (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

By far excellent service! Will definitely need to return. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Rudy & Paco's is consistently fabulous in food, service, wine, and a great atmosphere. This is Galveston’s gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Always so good it's worth the trip from Houston for R&P alone. Food so consistently good and service so fine, should be on everyone's top restaurant list!

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MelindaS 
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We live 4 hours away, but make the drive to Rudy & Paco’s for any and all reasons we can find. The empanadas alone are worth it. You can’t beat the quality and presentation of what is some of the freshest and most delicious food you’ll find anywhere. (My personal favorite after filling up on more than my equal share of empanadas is the KT Delicias; it’s light but still fillIng. My normally-meat-and-potatoes-kind-of-guy husband almost always orders one of the daily specials and has yet to be disappointed.) Those who know and appreciate dining etiquette will especially enjoy the service. It’s a long lost art (at least in my area) that Rudy & Paco’s has certainly revived and perfected. And, don’t be surprised to find the owners mingling with customers. They want ensure you have the best dining experience possible, and do a pretty great job of it!

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OpenTable Diner (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Best place in Galveston to eat hands down. Best service and quality food. Paco and his daughter are amazing hosts and always make me feel welcome!

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dineNout (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We love going here for special occasions as well as casual dung at the bar.. our favorite is always the fresh red snapper prepared so many delicious ways.

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vipTheWolfs (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We were in town for a conference and a local recommended this place. With 2,000+ positive reviews on Open Table figured we couldn't go wrong. The dinner was amazing and service (pleasantly) surprisingly formal. Escargot, grouper special and snapper and crab cake were all great! Bread pudding desert delicious!

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MikeW (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

There isn’t a finer restaurant in Texas and the staff is always amazing

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LonnieL (Houston)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Very nice experience for the two of us on our wedding anniversary. We were a few minutes early for our reservation and able to have our table. Service was awesome and the food very tasty. Would recommend this place to friends and family.

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Scott (Houston)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Phenomenal service and food. We were very proud to take our out of state guests.

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DebbieT (Austin)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

A reservation is a must. We arrived and waited about 15 minutes before our table was ready, but loved sitting at the bar and visiting with friends. Super friendly bartender. The food was awesome and will go again. Great dining experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific service and great food. Our server Alex set the bar for servers everywhere. Mr. Paco, the owner was a continual presence doing everything from greeting patrons, pouring drinks to setting tables and wiping down seats. The food was superb.

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Tinkie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I had been to Rudy & Paco's at lunchtime in December and when our anniversary came up in January I wanted to go back there and we had a great meal, great service, great atmosphere. My husband and I were able to split a dinner for a small fee, and we couldn't eat all we had, even splitting the meal. They brought out an anniversary cake for our special dessert. I loved how the wait staff was so polite, even when the restaurant was so very busy! I would highly recommend Rudy & Paco's for special occasions! Thanks for the experience!

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I took my grand daughter and my wife to lunch for her birthday. I've had both lunch and dinners there before. Over all it was a great experience. I do have a critique of the food we ordered. My wife's Salmon salad was great and my grad daughters Grouper tacos were good too. The calamari were lost in the overly sweet salad mix. It could have been anything in with the porcini pepper, red bell pepper, pickle mixture. My shrimp in a butter garlic sauce were tough and rubbery, probably from over cooking.

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Angie (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

My friends and I decided to try a new restaurant and we LOVED everything about Rudy & Paco's. They have every foreseeable detail planned out to the letter. We plan on being regulars at this fantastic restaurant. Thank you for the perfect restaurant experience!!

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