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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
2153 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • 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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4.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was very good and the service was great.

We had red snapper, black bean soup and grilled shrimp. All four of us enjoyed our food. That said, the space is so tight, it’s uncomfortable. Like really uncomfortable. And be prepared, it’s very expensive.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Top 3 meals we've had ever. Fresh. The staff from the moment you walk in was top notch. Very friendly!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

My absolute favorite place to eat when in Galveston. It's always so nice to be greeted by Paco either at the door, or at your table. He makes everyone feel welcome and special. The service is impeccable...I love the presentation of how everyone at the table is served their food at the same time. Food is always fresh and delicious. Staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating . Highly recommend this to anyone who wants to dine on the island.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic food. Tables a tiny bit cramped.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Rudy and Pacos away has great food and interesting dinner specials. I am not a fan of fish, yet order it almost every time as it is so delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Excellent food . Managed by professionals. Would go back anytime.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Absolutely a hidden gem . Can not wait to dine again there soon. I can’t say enough about this place.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The best restaurant in the whole gulf coast!!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Very nice. They were really slammed the night we were there and at a couple of points we felt a bit rushed. Nothing that was enough for us to say it wasn’t a great experience & we’ll definitely be back! Thanks for a good night & good food!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Tuesday night and the place was packed - always a good sign. I eat here whenever I am in Galveston, (which is maybe twice a year) and it is always good. Fresh fish, creative dishes and a good wine list. The service is good. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Best place to eat on the island. Worth a trip down to Galveston. Nice getaway to have a nice meal. One suggestion, always make a reservation for dinner. Made one for 9 PM and the place was still packed with more and more people coming in. Service is second to none, food is fantastic

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We are new to the island and took my parents to dinner at Rudy & Paco on a Saturday night. The food was exceptional, the wait staff was stellar, and the wine was perfect. I have a shellfish allergy and they easily accommodated me and had multiple options that I could still choose from. I would highly recommend this restaurant and cannot wait to go back again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Loved the food and ambiance- we stayed chatting and were the last people out and Paco was so nice and made us feel like special guests.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Absolutely wonderful in every way. One of the top 3 dinners I have ever had at a restaurant. Well done Rudy and Paco! Very well done!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Far and away the best restaurant on the island. Great wine selection at great prices. Food and service impeccable. We go every year we visit Galveston. Will make it 2 times next year. It is a white tablecloth fine restaurant. Don’t wear your beach clothes.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

For the second year in a row, my husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Rudy & Paco, and we were not disappointed. The food was superb: beefsteak tomato salad, baked gulf red snapper (lemon butter for me, Veracruz for him) cooked perfectly, and creme brûlée with anniversary wishes written on the plate in chocolate sauce! The service was impeccable—thank you, Samantha! Rudy & Paco is a quiet, romantic place to dine, and will make any occasion special.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Excellent and creative food, and the service reflected very careful and thorough training.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

My wife and I went to Rudy and Paco for dinner for our anniversary. Our reservations were early so we were practically alone in the dining room for about 30 minutes before other diners started filtering in. Their menu consisted mainly of Red Snapper dishes, but there were a few chicken and steak options too. We both ordered different Red Snapper dishes and both were very delicious. The wine selection was very good and the service was extraordinary. We ended the evening splitting a decadent molten chocolate cake desert. The prices were a bit steep for the food alone, but combining it with the service and atmosphere, it was a fair exchange. It was an enjoyable experience from start to finish.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Again I must say, best restaurant on Galveston Island. Paco does not disappoint. Atmosphere, friendliness, attentiveness, menu, food, Rudy & Paco's has it all.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had the opportunity to try this amazing restaurant for my boyfriends birthday. Everything was fabulous! Service, Food and Ambiance was great. My boyfriend had the grouper special and I had the wagyu sirloin. All of the food was top notch and we would highly recommend Rudy & Paco. We will back. We have found our new special occasion and date night restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A special evening of great food, fabulous wait staff and conversation with Paco!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Our favorite restaurant. Can’t go wrong. Paco is the ultimate host.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It was my birthday! The meal was superb! Great memories for me.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Fabulous experience and food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent venue to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. A memorable evening.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Not our first visit, but probably our last. Our first clue should had been when they called at 7:30 to try to move us up to 8:30 from 9:00. Everything was rushed and clearly they just wanted to close. Our food was very mediocre. Who ever heard of putting a wet onion mix on fried calamari; Sogamari. They charged a lot of money for a small, tough and overlooked Red Snapper; Freddie. If you can’t get red snapper in Galveston right, hire a new chef. What a difference a year makes. Our guests weren’t very happy with their fish and crab dishes. My wife liked her chicken and birthday cake. We’ll reboot her celebration this week.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food and service were absolutely fabulous. I heard about this restaurant from Tanji Patton. I highly recommend this restaurant, but have a reservation and check the dress code. We had the seafood tower, lamb, and scallops at our table. The Brussels sprouts were really good as well. They also have a great wine list.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food, great service, wonderful staff. I could eat there every week!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We had read very good reviews and decided to try it. That was a very good choice! The food is delicious and fresh, and the wait staff is efficient without hovering. We will definitely return here the next time we're in town!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Dinner with friends on a weeknight. Service was great. Not rushed. Calamari appetizer was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This is special dining at it's best. I have never been disappointed in a meal here.
It is loud but small and cozy. Great service.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our meals were very good. Wonderful staff and atmosphere. Looking forward to another visit.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Absolutely amazing restaurant! Would highly recommend! Keep in mind this is high end and is more expensive than your standard place, but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The best dining experience ever! The service was outstanding. All food arrived at the same time. We had the red snapper and it was great. We are fans now.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We greatly enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. The only issue we had was my girlfriend's order was messed up and the wrong dish was brought out. This was corrected promptly, which we appreciated.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Continued excellence!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

When my neighbor learned we were in Galveston, he promptly recommended Rudy and Paco's as "our favorite restaurant." He wasn't overstating it. From choreographed service to exceptional Red Snapper, this was the nicest dining experience we've had in decades if not ever.

Make your reservations early -- they book up well in advance, especially on weekends.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The food and people were awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

When visiting Galveston, \my wife and I often dine here. Expensive? Yes! Worth the money? Definitely! Periodically we invite friends to take the one hour drive from Houston to join us for dinner and am always confident that the ride is worth it.

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