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Galleria de Paco

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622 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701-5416
Tue - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Waterloo, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is just great. You have to see the ceiling and walls that were painted by hand. I was told they used spray paint oh my they are beautiful. The owner is always there to greet you and everyone makes you feel like old friends. The food is great and the prices are right. The only true way to... More 

Thank David M
Seattle, Washington
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The arched ceilings have been spray-painted reproducing the Sistine Chapel. A menu with a wide selection of Italian-style dishes. The food was well-presented & prepared. All-in-all, a good dining experience.

Thank Madronaguy
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I only get back to Paco's about once a year when I am in town but it's always a special treat. Everything is perfectly prepared, the service is gracious, and the atmosphere can't be beat. (Seriously, when it looks like the Sistine Chapel, how can it be rated less that spectacular.) I had calamari -- it was quite big not... More 

Thank cross1242
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Now this place is classy, and has great service. The walls are covered with paintings by Paco Rosic, a very talented artist. The service from the owners, in the fancy basement bar- called the Catacombs. This place will remain one of our local favorites.

Thank ttphotography
Waterloo, Iowa
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This was better than expected. We had a guest from New Orleans with us. It really impressed all of us with the paintings and the dinners. He felt this was more impressive than the real Sistine Chapel as it was closer to you. We had fantastic food and good conversation with the staff. There was a 60 year class reunion... More 

conrad, iowa, usa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Loved it. We are definitely going back. Great place to bring friends. So unique and the food and drinks are delicious!!

Thank maryeckerman
Level Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

The art is the main draw for Pacos, but the food is wonderful. They have a marvelous selection. Ultra clean kitchen. The staff is very professional and on point. The bar downstairs is a fun and totally different feel from the more elegant upstairs. Great martinis.

Thank Heather H
North Sydney, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Excellent supper. Four course meal was only $30. Service was excellent. Most amazing are the paintings all over the walls and ceiling. Almost like something Michelangelo would have done, but apparently were air brushed. Jackie is an amazing host. Very nice evening!

Thank 295bethl
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28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere. ..the décor is lovely and the art work is amazing....it's a little gem hidden in Waterloo Iowa...the food is good. The tapas are a meal in themselves.

Thank Victoria J
Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Nice dining experience in the Cedar Valley without feeling overly pretentious. My husband and I had the four course meal and were very impressed. We both were very full afterwards, although that didn't stop us from finishing our dessert... Will definitely be going back.

Thank DKL929

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $25
American, International, European, Eastern European, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 622 Commercial St, Waterloo, IA 50701-5416
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-833-7226

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La Porte City, United States
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Garner, Iowa
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?