Solid food, reasonable price/access
Cuban/Spanish cuisine that will not change your life, but is always what you want it to be. Paella's are excellent. Standard (ropa vieja, masitas, osso bucco) are all very good. Rarely over-crowded and great for larger groups (with reservation).
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
A touch of Spain
We enjoyed our dinner at El Meson very much. The tapas choices, wine, and entrees were all very good. Lamb meatballs, spanish tortilla (frittata), and serrano ham with Manchego were delicious. The Solomillo entree, a butterflied pork tenderloin filet, was cooked to perfection and of generous proportion. The red snapper entree and Paella were equally tasty. There was enough to take home for another meal.
It was a pleasure to have a leisurely meal with our party of 5 and be able to carry on a conversation without yelling at each other. That's worth 10 stars in my book.
It was our first visit there, but we will return.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I live in the
My wife and I live in the area and used to come to this place a decade ago. In those days it was a classic Mexican restaurant. They started to move UpMarket and - lost me. This is the first time I have been back in many years. They have now gone much more "Spanish" and have an extensive Tapas menu. Since I like Tapas - we tried it. It was a pleasant surprise. The food was very good - albeit - this (like many tapas places) is sort of sneaky expensive. Individual prices are not high - but as you order many places the prices creep up. Still, this is an issue at any tapas place and they are no worse. Go for the food. The service was excellent - our waiter was friendly and very attentive and professional. We will be back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a mix of tapas and
We had a mix of tapas and bacaloa (spelling might be wrong)which was very good. Service was provided by Tacy who was very good. Great spot to enjoy Spanish food.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good food. We were surprised.
Very good food. We were surprised. Best plantain ever. Tapas excellent (i tried the lamb--excellent). Recommend.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went there on Mother's Day and the service and food was terrific. They make best Cuban food in TX. Try their steak with rice, beans and plantains.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Rice Village Anchor
El Meson is an excellent long-standing fixture in Rice Village - highly recommended for authentic Cuban cuisine!
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Father's Day Lunch
I took my dad to El Meson for Father's Day lunch. We had several tapas and paella. I would recommend the CHORIZO RIOJANO AL JEREZ, PINCHOS DE SOLOMILLO DE VACA, and CALAMARES A LA PLANCHA as well as the PIQUILLOS DE LA TIERRA. They were all very good. They also have excellent sangria and coffee. Service was excellent, Niki our server was great!!. One tip, the paella does take a while so you may want to order it as soon as you arrive, it too was very tasty and well worth the wait. We will be back for sure :)
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just what we hoped
We had not been in a while, but El Meson was perfect. The house marg was tasty and the food was delicious!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had seafood paella and a bottle of wine for two people, service was great and the waiter paid attention to everything we need that we highly recommend the restaurant to anyone that desire good service.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spanish Wine Heaven
We went to El Meson on the recommendation of the owner's wife, Regina, who we met on a bike ride. Being Spanish wine fans, we were intrigued by her description. The tapas and wine we ordered were delicious. We weren't sure which of the Priorat wines to select, and our waiter was not that familiar with them, so he summoned the sommelier, who happens to be the owner and executive chef, Pedro. After discussing the options and making a selection, Pedro invited us back into the cellar, where he gingerly removed the bottle, carried it horizontally to the table and opened it still on its side so as not to disturb any sediment. Never experienced that before! And the crème brulee with Serrano pepper essence--don't miss it...outstanding!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to try out El Meson for restaurant month and weren't disappointed. I had the pork belly appetizer and it was AMAZING! My husband had the crab cakes which he really liked as well. I had the Paella for main course which was very flavor. Our waitress was very nice and we will be definitely coming back!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner with Friends
This was a very good experience for my friends who had never been to El Meson before. They loved the food and will come back on their own, I loved the Red Snapper, cooked perfectly and the spinach was great. The Tres Leches was better than most I've had and the dessert my friend had was also great. Prices were very good for the quality of food and service. It had a Latin feel, not Mexican which I appreciated. We will definitely go back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Wonderful Experience
We've been in HOU for 1.5 yrs ago &discovered this place early on. We come once a month! We always have Spanish Tapas & Sangria. The Sangria is divine! It is fun to dine with groups, ordering Tapas and trying a bit of many diff things! Guadalupe is our favorite Waiter, he is excellent &funny &wonderful with our 7yr old son. Our favorites are: pinchos de Solomillo, bacon-wrapped dates, chorizo Riojano. Our other staples are the Tortilla Española, queso manchego & jamón serrano. The gazpacho is also yummy!! Desserts are also very good here! (Just make a reservation if it is weekend to save u frustration. Oh, parking is difficult, and unfortunately they made all the spots in front Valet parking. U just park in the shopping center in front.)
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food delicious, service off
We enjoyed several tapas that we shared, but service was way off the evening we were there. I hope that this was a one time thing. We will return in hopes that the food is as good and the service is better.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Been coming for 25 years
Came to enjoy the Houston Rest. Week. Food great, Service Great, Atmosphere Great. Price was high and small portions. I perferred for the price to purchase the Paella with lobster and take home better for great price and excellent eating. I went in knowing the prices, but it still was costly for 3 course meal for three with wine. I like take up better, but it is still one of the best in town of Spanish flavored foods. Parking a mess.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
shrimp, pork, and chicken delicious
I took my husband on a date and must say i was impressed. The place clean and cozy, the food delicious, the drinks very good; and not even on their menu. I will go back soon but will order more tapas and maybe one entry to share; we had a lot of food left over! We had a reservation so we did not have to wait.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasty tapas at El Meson
We have visited twice and both times we enjoyed it very much. The snapper ceviche is a must try! Patata bravas are ok, but definitely recommend trying their gazpacho, pineapple crab cakes, seafood paella, pork belly (a little sweet), and croquetas de jamon y pollo is quite yummy, reminded us of hush puppies.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Meson was a great delight
El Meson was a great delight to dine at lunch with the five of us. The menu is varied, and food was great!
The service was excellent, as well. Try them if you have not been there before. You will be pleased.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great casual dining
Best Paella in Houston. Excellent Tapas. Winos will appreciate the great selection of affordable Spannish wines..
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for appetizers and great drinks! They have a full menu too. Neighborhood classic!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long established Houston restaurant
Long established Houston restaurant that is always offers great food and service. Perfect for just about every occasion.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were visiting our son who recently moved to Houston. This restaurant came recommended by a person who had lived in Houston for several years. It did not disappoint. Its location in Rice Village is lively on a Saturday night and the restaurant is a nice respite. Our server made the experience. He guided us through the menu, was very personable & attentive while not overbearing. Our meal was very enjoyable.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good place to catch up with friend
Outstanding Spanish food - tapas and paellas - nice wine selection. Quiet and inviting. Good place to spend time catching up with a friend
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM