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Galleria de Paco

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International, European, Eastern European
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622 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
319-833-7226
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 78
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  • 11
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Delicious meal friendly owner

We phoned first as we were concerned about our attire; traveling clothes. The owner said not a problem come anyway you are. Very amicable and sophisicated sounding gentleman. Beautiful surroundings with paintings mimicking the Sistine Chapel in Europe. Meals were excellent, I had the four course... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We phoned first as we were concerned about our attire; traveling clothes. The owner said not a problem come anyway you are. Very amicable and sophisicated sounding gentleman. Beautiful surroundings with paintings mimicking the Sistine Chapel in Europe. Meals were excellent, I had the four course meal what a super deal for only $27.99 and I was able to share... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The service and decor are very nice. We were greeted warmly and welcomed without a reservation on a Saturday evening. Our server, Dana, was excellent . I had the prie-fixe menu: appetizer, salad, entree and dessert for $28. I started with the feta and roasted vegetable appetizer. It was good, but not what I expected. The vegetables were sparse and... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The art work is like being in another world -- all done with spray cans of paint. What a talented artist -- and, he's also a very good chef!

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Delightful dining experience. Went to view the amazing art and fell in love with the food. The owners were kind and personable. Highlight of stay in Waterloo. Anyone visiting Waterloo should visit Galleria de Paco. Family owned and the artist is family. The food won't disappoint.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Amazing artwork on the walls and ceiling. A rendition of Michelangelo's "The Creation" was right over my head. And the food was equally great. Appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert all for a fixed price of $28. Can't wait to eat here again.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A little on the pricey side but the food was great! Atmosphere was good and the service was excellent.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The service was very good. The menu is small, but something for everyone. I like their 4 course meals they offer at one price, which I felt was reasonable (choose your own salad/soup, appetizer, entree, and dessert). I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone and look forward to returning. If not interested in dinner, they have a lounge below.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

It doesn't get any better than this - Especially in the mid-west where international culture, food and experience is lacking. The Spray Painting Replica of the Sistine Chapel is unlike anything I've ever seen & exquisite. The painter is humble, shy and endearing. The staff is incredible & the food is worth the money & drive. Go when it's not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We just went to the basement to meet some friends for a light dinner. The staff was amazing, the decor was great, atmosphere nice. We ended up ordering some appetizers and then our main meal. I had the steak and mashed potatoes. Steak was fabulous, tender, done to perfection. The mashed potatoes were good but they were just instant. I... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We visited on a Friday night and the place was completely dead. We got there around 9p just looking for some apps and cocktails and decides to sit in the lower level by the bar. Our server was vey friendly and nice and she made a good cocktail. We ordered the Brie but it looked nothing like the photos we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 622 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA 50701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-833-7226

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: International, European, Eastern European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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