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“Love the food and the service here”

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #2 of 317 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$21 - US$30
Cuisines: Latin
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th Street
Description: 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
Reviewed 21 September 2017

We work by this eatery and stop in for lunch at least once a month. The menu is varied and the staff and owners are very friendly and customer oriented. The food is great and I have never had a bad meal here. The South American slant coupled with modern foods is well worth the try.

Thank mikmor22
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Francisco V, Owner at Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Every day we count our blessings that our business attracts such nice and kind hearted patrons like you. That you would take your time to so generously honor our staff is totally appreciated. We are believers that within each review one gets a glimpse of the character and quality of the reviewer as well as that which they review. That being the case....we can only hope that our business is near the quality that you represent.

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Reservations required! Superb food. Excellent service. The owner, Paco, is always at the door. This place is perfect for a pre-theater dinner if attending shows at the Grand 1894 Opera House (next door).

Thank S H
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Francisco V, Owner at Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Thank you for selecting us and for revealing your positive view of our business with others. We strive to deserve accolades like yours every single day and we will never tire of hearing that we please our treasured customers and clientele

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

I had a client take me to this restaurant roughly 3 weeks ago and found it to be a great place. I was in town and returned tonight as a single and sat at the bar to have dinner and a couple of drinks.

For the second time I found the service to be impeccable, the chef delivered every dish cooked to perfection and I truly enjoyed myself. My experience is that this is unusual especially for someone sitting at the bar...as opposed to a table. My hat is off to the staff, from start to finish. A tad expensive for Galveston but as the saying goes you get what you pay for!

Thank LICritter
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Francisco V, Owner at Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Yes I really do mean it. We've eaten at a lot of good restaurants worldwide over the years, but Rudy & Paco's is quite simply the very best we have ever experienced. We're from the UK and stumbled on this restaurant by chance. What a piece of luck ! We felt we'd struck gold and for ever more we shall include Galveston on our holiday itinerary just so we can eat here again. It's that good. Here's why:


The steaks are delicious, so flavoursome, tender and juicy. The bread and butter pudding is to die for, so light it just melts in the mouth - not a bit stodgy as you might expect.

The service was outstanding, both friendly and professional. Meals arrive together, with each person being served by their own waiter. Those having steak are invited to select their own steak knife from a canteen of cutlery. And when the steak arrives you are invited to check it is cooked to your liking, with the waitress shining a light on the meat as you cut into it so you can see exactly what shade of red/pink it is. The owner also visits each table to personally check diners are enjoying their meals.

Don't be fooled by the plain exterior of this establishment as some reviewers have mentioned . From the outside, it looks like it's not even open. But the decoration inside is very elegant with crisp white linen table cloths.

Seriously guys, this restaurant is the place to eat. The prices are not cheap but very good value - they fairly reflect the quality of the food and the skill of the chef. Beg steak or borrow in order to reserve a table at Rudy and Paco's, it's an experience you'll never forget.

Thank B W
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Management response:Responded 26 September 2017

The first thing we do each morning as a service team is check out and review our reviews. What a way for us to start the day....that is by reading what you wrote about what we offer the public and the manner in which we serve....our greatest asset....our clientele. Please revisit us time and time again and feel free to introduce yourself so that we may thank you in person.

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

The outside honestly looks like a hole in the wall. The inside is another story! It's a beautiful white table cloth restaurant with amazing service. Whatever is delivered to table, everyone is served at the same time. Each person has their own waiter/waitress bring you whatever you've ordered, so no one's food is left in the kitchen for the waiter/waitress to run back and get. The soft shell crab is hands down the best I've ever had (and I do think I'm a picky seafood eater and can tell if it's been frozen ). It was seriously delicious!! Paco himself is super sweet and cheerful and made many points to be seen within the restaurant. Can't wait to go back!

Thank SSMcGee
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Francisco V, Owner at Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Thank you for visiting us. It's always nice to learn that we have exceeded expectations and especially on such an important occasion as your event. We never lose sight that you, as all of our guests, especially now due to the wonders of the web, have a range of options available to you when seeking out a business to meet your needs. Therefore, your praise today means more than ever.

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