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“Great Food Service not so Great”

Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar
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Ranked #2 of 314 Restaurants in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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
Antas, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great Food Service not so Great”
Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Nice restaurant with great food, and nice touches with the service but missed out in overall great services. For example we ordered cocktails waited a while, cocktails served.....waited a while the waiter returns to take out food order and comments " Oh sorry you don't have menus ? " The service continued to just mind the mark. This would not prevent us from returning as the food was so good.

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Columbia, South Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great to be back”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

I had not been here in over 5 years. Nothing has changed. When we walked in the door, Paco got a huge grin on his face and said, "Davey, it's so good to see you baby, and what a beautiful woman you have with you!” My new wife was a little apprehensive about going there as we had eaten at some of the best restaurants on the gulf coast on this trip. She had to admit - this was probably the best meal she has ever had, and the service was impeccable, as always.

She enjoyed seeing the synchronized presentation at a table of two, then said to me that there was no way they could do that at the table of eight across the dining room (I knew they would). She was blown away when eight people came out to serve all eight meals simultaneously.

Food was fantastic and service cannot be beaten anywhere, and Paco is the ultimate host. By far Paco’s is my favorite restaurant anywhere.

  • Visited February 2013
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Cypress, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“The food was great, and the owners were just amazing”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The staff here at Rudy & Paco's were so good. There was a wait to get in, but they moved some other guests around so we could be severed at the bar.

The food was perfect from the salads, to the soups, to the main course. I had the bread pudding, which was huge, and it was some of the best I had ever had.

  • Visited February 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Service that is awesome!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

We had a large group (36) for Dinner on Friday night. For such a large group you might be concerned about sub par service, but this was definitely not the case. For each course, several servers emerged from the kitchen in a group and delivered the meals in perfect unison. Each meal was delivered to the right person at the same time. It was magnificent to watch. Paco was overseeing every detail, helping to take orders and cleaning up at the end of the meal, so the owner leads from example as well.

The food was awesome as well.

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Houston
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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“Great evening!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

My husband and I made reservations for 5:30 so that we would not be rushed before going to the Grand. Our table was waiting when we arrived, everything is detailed and beautiful in this restaurant. I love the way the waiters work together, and as a result their service is impeccable. My husband and I enjoyed our wine, entrees, and dessert very much.

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