El Meson
El Meson
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El Meson

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elmesonbistro.net/
  • Phone: 6128228062
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Hector Ruiz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering services offered for private parties, special occasions, etc. Contact Erin or Hector for more information @612-822-8062.
  • Entertainment: Live Cuban Music on Friday & Saturday nights 7:00pm-9:30pm - Occasionally Live Flamenco Music & Dancing on Saturday nights

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: All parking is street parking. Park anywhere on Lyndale Avenue or on 35th Street.
A word from El Meson
El Meson Spanish Caribbean Bistro, serving a Blend of Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Spanish cuisine. Try the tasty tapas and a carafe of homemade sangria, or try the famous paella with a bottle of Spanish Rioja. Whatever the occasion, visit El Meson, A vibrant locally owned restaurant that proudly provides high quality cuisine & service.
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El Meson reviews from OpenTable diners
  • As always, food was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    As always, food was excellent and service was over the top!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Meson is a solid date spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    El Meson is a solid date spot. The food and the ambiance are warm and inviting. The flavors are savory and comforting and the service is very straight forward. The wine list offers good price points and the overall feeling is very warm.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Tasty Tasty!
    MNWanderer
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    All of our food was really good - we especially liked the chorizo with artichoke & onion small plate, but really enjoyed the olives and croquetas as well. The sangria was tasty and the scallops and red snapper were both excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Four of us had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    Four of us had a wonderful dinner. We each had something different and everyone's food was just excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Server brought bill without
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Server brought bill without offering dessert or coffee...very tacky.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE this restaurant! The
    momof2
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    LOVE this restaurant! The ambiance and food are second to none! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • missing waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    We ate at ElMeson on a Wednesday night and it was quiet which was fine. The food was good not great. The seafood bouillabaisse was tasty but the scallops were a bit soggy and limp. Wine by the glass; there were three choices of red, one was past its prime. Most disaapointing was the service, it was not particularly friendly and by the end of the meal our watier had all but disappeared and another cleared our plates and brought the bill. Cafe Ena is a much better choice.
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  • El Meson is a MUST!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    El Meson offers an array of foods with complex flavors. The ingredients taste fresh and are infused in every bite. If you are looking for a great lunch buffet, then look no further. The quality of food in their buffet cannot be beat! Or maybe you are looking for a local gem for dinner? We went to El Meson for a date night and we would recommend it to anyone! The Paella Valencia is well worth the time it takes to make, and the atmosphere is very inviting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Traditionally a "birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Traditionally a "birthday dinner for my wife" go-to spot, went this time with my in-laws who were in town from Costa Rica. Love the food, as usual, and got the thumbs up from the in-laws, so an all-around win! Ceviche and tostones were excellent as a starter and the paella was fabulous as usual. Sangria also hit the spot! A dining experience not soon forgotten!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Wonderful neighborhood gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2012
    We really enjoyed their Date-night special (Tuesday nights). Salad of blood orange vinegrette, strawberries, pineapple, cucumbers,spicy pecans, and mixed greens - fabulous mix of flavors. Main entree was Paella Valencia - again great flavors (not a huge serving like many paellas but just perfect for the two of us). Great garlic bread. Key Lime Pie for dessert. Again, really good. Great service (thanks Jose!). Want to go back to try some of their regular menu items next. Note the date night special seems to be a web-advertised special so if you go for it, you need to ask for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • excellent food, terrific wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    excellent food, terrific wait staff, fair prices. One note, I cannot understand why parents bring loud young children to expensive restaurants. The kids don't appreciate the food, their noise distracts other diners and most parents think it's cute. I don't. Keep your kid at home. My $100 dinner was interrupted by loud screeching kids. Why do parents do this?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • El Meson es muy bueno!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    It was such a perfect night to visit El Meson. The guitarist and flamenco dancer were the extra touches for the night. The 3 friends with me ordered Arroz con pollo, and I order the shrimp jambalaya. It was their first time there and from their plates it confirmed that they enjoyed it fully! My shrimp was cooked nicely and the sauce for the jambalaya had just enough heat that had my brow glistening. The booths provide an pseudo-seclusion where you can still have an intimate conversation with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little restaurant serving
    OCdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Great little restaurant serving delicious Latin food at good prices. The three of us shared several tapas and an entree and we had some Sangria - under $100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • I have wanted to take my two
    JipatroVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    I have wanted to take my two adult sons to this restaurant for a year. We had a wonderful time. We shared appetizers, and the all seafood paella. It was really good. Next time they come to town, that is on their list. In the past they have been luke warm about Minneapolis restaurants, but I think I have convinced them that we have many wonderful neighborhood bistros and cafes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was delicious and the
    Robbie
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Food was delicious and the flaminco dancing and classical guitar were wonderful.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunatelt, the scallop
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    Unfortunatelt, the scallop dish was too salty! The pork loin was excellent as were the appetizers. The Rioja was an excellent wine special.
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  • A cozy neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2012
    A cozy neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the LynLake neighborhood. The outdoor seating is pleasant and good for people watching. The service was perfect and the food was great. A broad palate of excellent Spanish favorites. The flan was exquisite! We will definitely be returning to try more of their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Our first visit here. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    Our first visit here. The inside of the restaurant is pleasant but simple. The service was very attentive,quick and friendly. The food was prepared with a careful balance of flavors and we liked every item we ordered. Definitely a place to go back to.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • An unassuming place in an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    An unassuming place in an uptown neighborhood, it has wonderful Spanish-Caribbean food and good friendly service too. Want to go back to try more things on the menu.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Viva El Meson!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent and friendly. I was allowed to bring my dog in the patio area. A classy neighborhood restaurant, yet down to earth and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I took my fiance to El Meson
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2012
    I took my fiance to El Meson for her birthday. It had a great atmosphere and the booths tucked into the walls was a very romantic and private setting. We both ordered fish and it was excellent. Can't wait to go again and bring friends!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great find! excellent spanish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Great find! excellent spanish food, and the waiter actually greeted us by name when he got back to the table (carded us first. :) ). Would highly recommend visiting them, and am planning on trying their sister restaurant Cafe Ena
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  • Great food and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Great food and atmosphere - we really enjoyed our dinner!
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  • Shared the meat and cheese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Shared the meat and cheese plate with my guest - delicious! Had the corvina and coconut risotto entre for dinner - highly recommended. Sangria is delicious. Everything was reasonably priced. Will definitely be going back soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The food is slightly adapted
    Wiczerd
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    The food is slightly adapted for local tastes a bit, but really good and definitely has a Caribbean sense to it. Of course, the fried plantains were a great addition to any dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Still a MN Gem!
    Ruby
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    I've been going to El Meson for decades but hadn't been recently - just sort of forgot about it. But food was better than ever, service was outstanding. When we had a major spill of about 5 drinks caused by a klutzy teen, the staff whisked us to a fresh table to enjoy our desserts. Live Spanish guitar music serenaded us during dinner. Steak, seafood casserole, ceviche, empanadas, chorizo, tostones, platanitos - all terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We went to El Meson for my
    AlliVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    We went to El Meson for my sister's birthday and it was amazing! The food was delicious, the ambiance was really unique, and the service was impeccable. Their seafood was perfectly cooked and left me wanting more (having already licked the plate), and their paella is out of this world. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was delectable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    The food was delectable. The service was great. There was live music, a single guitar player, which was lovely and not loud enough to interfere with conversation. My only quibble is that the wine by the glass list is very, very short.
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    fit for foodies
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  • A nice place for a casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    A nice place for a casual meal, but a mixed food experience. The Iberico appetizer plate of Spanish meats and cheeses with a really great balsamic reduction was outstanding, but the paella didn't live up to its reputation and was a real disappointment.
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  • Fantastic Food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/16/2012
    Excellent food, service and prices. The food was fantastic, especially the appetizers. This is our new favorite restraunt in Minneapolis. Great Cuban and Caribean dishes...and we are hard to please in that regard, having come from Florida.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Only problem is layout for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    Only problem is layout for flamenco. Dividing wall blocks much of entertainment. Probably should elevate them
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The flavors are fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The flavors are fantastic and the cozy booths are quite charming. Oh, and the Sangria is a perfect hot Summer treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was asi-asi...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/7/2012
    The service was poor. The waitress would make snide remarks regarding our choices of food and beverage. Further, the service was lacking in attending to the table's needs (refills, etc.). They refused to split the bill or assist us with splitting the amount due. There was a flamenco performer who was quite loud and annoying. The food was good, however for a restaurant that serves primarily Caribbean food, they lacked sweet plantains on this particular night.
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  • Reserved one of the alcove
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    Reserved one of the alcove booths and had a wonderful anniversary dinner.
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    romantic
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  • Was wonderful, all the foods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Was wonderful, all the foods was equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great food. Very nice outdoor
    rusty
    Dined on 6/23/2012
    Great food. Very nice outdoor dining, however a bit noisy when trucks, busses, or motorcycles go by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great except
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/15/2012
    Everything was great except the dessert. For some strange reason desserts have been an area where many of the Latino restaurants, at least in the Twin Cities, need improvement. BUT, we will go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Had a fun time sitting in
    ChristyW
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Had a fun time sitting in a booth, like our own little cubbie. It was noisy from the bartender tossing bottles into the garbage however (really?!). Food was very good, interesting, flavorful and unique. Definitely will go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food - great service.
    Jean
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    Great food - great service. Very accommodating, even with two toddlers! Go early and sit outside (like we did) with noisy kids. Inside is more romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • could improve the decor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/11/2012
    could improve the decor. Looks a bit rundown. Even though we had reservation, they were not prepared for a table of six and needed to set it up for us. No big delay but surprised that they were not prepared. They were moderately busy. Food great and waiter was charming and efficient.
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