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Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, Galveston, TX

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

4.9
4.9
3789 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.




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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, South American
  • 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
  • Phone number
    (409) 762-3696
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • 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
  • Area
    Galveston
  • Cross Street
    20th Street
  • Parking Details
    Lunch - Street parking is available with payment at parking meter or by AppDinner
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,789 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Houston

    Best Overall

  • Houston

    Best Food

  • Houston

    Best Service

  • Houston

    Best Ambience

  • Houston

    Best Value

  • Houston

    Seafood

  • Galveston

    Best Overall

  • Galveston

    Best Food

  • Galveston

    Best Service

  • Galveston

    Best Ambience

  • Galveston

    Best Value

  • Galveston

    Good for business meals

  • Galveston

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Galveston

    Great for fine wines

  • Galveston

    Romantic

  • Galveston

    Good for special occasions

  • Galveston

    Seafood

3,789 Reviews
  1. Rayk

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Andy our server was very attentive. Food was outstanding! Even Paco was helping with taking care of the customers.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There are so many good things about Rudy and Paco’s, but yesterday’s food did not impress. The empanadas were not good, I could get better ones from Costco, to be honest. The snapper was an excellent quality fish, as was the crab meat, but they covered it with waaaaay too much sauce, you could barely taste it. The quality of the salad was about the same as McDonald’s. Dessert was decent, but the drinks were very good. Ambience and service was awesome, I will say. But the price tag with the quality of food did not match. I understand that this restaurant is not in Houston, but with that price tag, it should have been the same level of quality. Disappointing.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was substandard, I ordered Red Snapper but was not sure what I was served but it wasn’t Red Snapper, the sauce tasted like A1 Steak Sauce, my wife’s shrimp was very tough, the “award winning”bread pudding was average at best and the ice cream was generic. Service and atmosphere was very nice but the food was poor!

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  4. JeffS

    Miami

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Rudy and Paco’s never fails at every corner. From the moment you walk in, you’re automatically thrown into nothing but the best. Everyone’s very friendly, making sure you have everything you need without waiting. The food is absolutely wonderful, including the delivery. My wife and I love this place, and look forward to more visits.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and fantastic service. Paco and staff are exemplary!

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  6. SteveC

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We dined here for my wife’s birthday, and the food and service were outstanding! Server recommendations were spot on, and the teamwork among servers was impressive. Even Paco got involved! This is fine dining at its best.

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  7. JuliaP

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as always. Paco and his staff make this place a special treat. Steak and the fish special were spot on. As was the Pinot Noir.

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  8. Grace

    New Orleans

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    outstanding as always!! The best fine dining in the Houston/Galveston area. Waaay better than Brennan's, for example. Bruno was amazing. The best Crab Cake ever, chock full of crab, no fillers. Fish must have been caught that morning. Hands down the best restaurant. Thank you Paco!!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem! This is such a special place. The service is top notch every single time we come. The food is always excellent. The owner has been there each time we have been and always serves right alongside his employees. Truly one of the bright stars in the industry.

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  10. SharonO

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delectable as always. Great service. Highly recommend the de La Mar.

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  11. JimR

    Houston

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Rudy and Paco’s is a must go to when in Galveston. Food is always outstanding and the service is next to none. The chicken fried steak today was not as good as it has been but still one of the best in Texas.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and great service. Paco was personally on hand to oversee his staff. Great lunch value for a high end establishment.

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  13. Underwhelming

    Atlanta Metro

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time dining at Rudy & Paco did not disappoint! Our server Oliver was expert at his craft! He was also friendly & knowledgeable about everything we asked. We took his recommendations on cocktails, salad & entrees and they hit the mark. It was small & quiet with a seemingly loyal, local following. It came highly recommended by a local friend. Worth every penny!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful food & atmosphere! It’s a favorite!

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  15. TracyT

    Houston

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 29 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Paco ‘s. My dish, the lobster was phenomenal. Unfortunately, my husbands shrimp was overcooked? Very unusual for Paco’s. Overall, our evening was splendid

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite way to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. Rudy & Paco is Our very favorite restaurant. We usually spend birthdays and anniversaries at Rudy & Paco. This time We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. The service and food were top notch as always. Our waiter, Oliver, was outstanding. Everyone and everything was perfect start to finish. We even got to take a photo with Paco as we always do! Thanks for unforgettable experience.

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  18. RichardM

    Houston

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always our favorite stop in Galveston. Paco is the best. Service is exceptional…. all meals served at once to everyone at the table… hot and correct. Amazing to see the precision. The meals are prepared expertly and full of flavor.

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  19. Nonna7

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Greeted warmly by owner. Food was wonderful and the plantains were great. Our waitress was friendly and attentive.

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  20. JimY

    Dallas

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 22 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alexis was our server and was great. Escargot and lobster bisque were great as well as sea bass with crab topping also great. Had our photo taken with Paco. Will visit this again. Not a tourist hangout but when a tourist finds it, they will return on the next trip.

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  21. JohnS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, very special evening especially when Paco went table to table visiting with us....classy evening

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  22. BertB

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a wonderful place for a quiet and tremendous dining experience.

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  23. Dining4Fun

    San Antonio

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 12 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely evening for my partner’s birthday. We had great food in a relaxed setting with excellent service from Alonzo.

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  24. Kate

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! Really enjoyed the food. Service is always great.

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  25. CRAIGP

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful dinner !!!!! Can't brag on it enough from the food to the service it was great. Even had Paco himself bring us a piece of cheesecake and wish us Happy Anniversary. What a nice man.

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  26. PtheF

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic evening with exceptional food and service. Rudy and Paco’s never fails to exceed my expectations. I drive from Dallas to enjoy Paco’s food and his continued attention to detail.

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  27. JeremyH

    Houston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience here . A great place for an intimate and romantic dinner for any occasion.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible! Rudy and Pacos is what nice restaurants used to be…a great dining experience. Great service by a very professional staff in a really pleasant atmosphere. Our meal was spectacular. In a town where seafood is available on every corner, this corner is King.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both thought we had the best seafood served to us on the island. The service was impeccable. I thought the ambiance really set the mood and that is often what disappoints on a nice evening out.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening , great service and good food our server was wonderful

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  31. Molly

    Houston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So good! We had fish tacos and bisque yum! Will return.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 28 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a fave of ours! If you can go, please do! Definitely make a reservation in advance because it’s always full. The food is phenomenal! The fish is always fresh. The owner (Paco) is always there to greet all of the customers! He is friendly and wants you to feel at home;-). He pays attention to every detail!!! Food, service and ambience is always 100%!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were outstanding. We will define be back for another visit

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  34. GalenH

    Memphis/West TN

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A favorite place whenever we are in town. Food and service is as good as you’ll find anywhere.

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  35. CarlaC

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the best food, service and overall appearance. Paco and his staff are outstanding.

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  36. Lindsay

    Houston

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Way overrated. From the moment we walked in, we had a terrible experience on my birthday. The hostess said she was going to give us one of the best tables in the house but it wasn’t quite ready yet. My husband and I both go to use the restroom and come back only to find that they want to seat us clear at the front of the restaurant, the good table was “up,” whatever that means. We had a drink at the bar and then were seated at a middle table. There was no ambience and literally the fluorescent lights were on in the restaurant. Not romantic or quaint at all. Our server originally told us she would NOT be our server, and then proceeded on to serve us 1) food that was not as described either by her or on the menu 2) food the chef refused to make “so late” 3) and food that tasted terrible and for $125 plate, a restaurant like that should ensure the customer likes the food. After we asked her to remove it from the bill, she said she couldn’t because it was half eaten. It was a lobster tail and I picked through different parts of it to see if ANY of it was cooked to my liking-it wasn’t. The bill was over $350 and they didn’t even offer dessert or anything for my birthday. We told them we would dispute the charge with AMEX so they did end up taking the lobster tail off the bill, but still required us to tip our server for the lobster tail, even though it was her that described the wrong type of lobster. It was a terrible experience and it was a shame it was my birthday dinner and they didn’t care about the customers at all. I would never go back to this hyped up restaurant.

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  37. Tkstu

    Shreveport

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect. The plantain encrusted snapper with raspberry sauce was amazing. This was our first visit, but quickly knew we will drive to Galveston just to eat here. Andy, our waiter is fantastic.It was a pleasure to meet and talk to Paco. Superb restaurant. Thank you Paco.

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  38. PeggyC

    Houston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always delicious and service is outstanding!

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  39. ClarkH

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and exceptional service, made for a special anniversary dinner

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  40. AmiraH

    Houston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rudy and Pacos is an outstanding restaurant. You have to reserve a table months in advance

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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 3789 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 15 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar

2028 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX 77550

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    20th Street
  • Area
    Galveston
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak, South American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Lunch - Street parking is available with payment at parking meter or by AppDinner
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (409) 762-3696
  • 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
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