El Meson

4.7
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618 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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About

This cozy neighborhood eatery offers classic Spanish and Cuban cuisine in a casual atmosphere. El Meson Restaurant is located in the heart of The Village, a quaint, pedestrian-friendly shopping and dinning district, a short distance away from downtown, the museums and the Medical Center. El Meson features an award winning wine list offering the largest selection of Spanish wine in Texas and a temperature-controlled wine cellar housing vintage wines, all modestly priced. The House Specialty, La Paella del Meson, saffron flavored Valencian rice with poultry, meats and seafood, is offered in a variety of ways and is custom prepared to order. The grill features fresh Prime New York Strip, Rib Chop, Beef Tenderloin and fresh Australian Lamb Chops, served with a roasted red pepper - port reduction sauce.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(713) 522-9306
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Peter A. Garcia
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Private party facilities
The Havana Room seats up to 28 guests for private dinners and is available Sunday through Thursday. Minimum charge for the private dinner is $1,200.00 which includes food and beverage. A 50% deposit in advance is required for reservation. The deposit is refundable upon cancellation 48 hours prior to the event. Business lunch reservations are also available with no minimum charge required. 20% Gratuity is added to the total. Multi course wine and food pairings are available. Chef Pedro is also a Certified Sommelier and he will be happy to personally consult with you on the menu preparation. Visit our website for more details.
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Private party contact
Regina Garcia: (713) 522-9306
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Cross street
Kirby
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Entertainment
Flamenco guitarist Randy Cordero performs every Wednesday night at El Meson. Cordero has studied with such prestigious guitarists as Rene Heredia, Paco Garrigues "El Chatarrero", Chuscales, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Pedro Cuadra and Domingo Rubichi. No cover.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good!

JL
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was over priced and lacking flavor. The only saving grace for this place was the good service and nice location/ambience.

MW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and the fusion between Spain and Cuban cuisine is great.
Ambient is nice, excellent service.

N
Houston
17 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best paella in Houston

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food
Good service

PV
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took good friends there from France, who are used to great food, wine and ambiance. They loved it! We were with 2 small kids as well, and the hosts were so gracious and attentive - we departed as good friends

FM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious tapas and paella in a relaxed environment and a nice selection of wines. Waiters with personality! Only a few parking spots in front for $5.

AG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased with all aspects of the restaurant, so much so that I did not ask for a list of charges for the items order. If you have such please send on.

Andrew j. Gordon
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DL
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good! My friend and I sampled a variety of tapas, my favorite was the bacon-wrapped dates! Next, and there will be a next time, I'll be sure to try the entrees...

LR
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our go to place for easy dining, good food and reasonably priced. Love it there.

CY
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Greatly enjoyed the food at El Meson. The bread was the best that I tasted in a long time. The tapas and paella were all excellent. I will definitely make a return visit.

c
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our third visit for tapas and they were quite good as usual. Service was excellent.

W
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Absolutely love this Restaurant! We have been eating here over 20 years. Great menu but kind of pricey!

LR
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal..... great service

C
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! Enjoyed most of the tapas we ordered. Was disappointed in the white asparagus as it was jarred not fresh! Also, the potatoes with roasted pepper sauce was poor. The shrimp with mushrooms, beef with mushrooms and foie gras were outstanding. We will be back!

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choices from tapas to entrées. The wine selection will amaze a true wine lover.

D
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD & GREAT SERVICE!! The paella is the best in Houston!

JV
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot, with cooked to order food. The Paella was A+ , the carne aside was A+, the Aguacate salad was A+. Great service and charming atmosphere.

F
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Mother’s Day and we were greeted by the friendliest people ever! The octopus and red snapper ceviche was excellent.

SB
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a good time, enjoyed the food, which, while not exceptional, was good. The egg drop soup, the spinach, the salad, was excellent. The pork tapas was overcooked, the mashed potatoes was a terrible disappointment. Their entrees figured impossible 16 oz pork chops. Who eats like that these days. So we stuck with ordering different tapas, which was sufficient.
All in all a very enjoyable evening with good atmosphere and good food.

a
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, and great service. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for Tapas or Fusion food.

SL
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Paella is delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

20 years since my last meal there and not only was it as good as the last time, it was even better than I remembered. Great service, nice selection of tapas, great ambiance, and delicious food. Ordered two entrees because I couldn’t decide what I wanted. Everything was delicious. Hopefully I’ll make it back to Houston before another 20 years goes by.

AZ
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a Latin Lunch with friends

MF
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by our waiter, Jesus. The food was delicious. Still one of my favorite restaurants.

S
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was different but tasty, but a good change from usual pace. No complimentary chips and salsa. Music level was low. When we walked in, the crowd resembled more of an upper class Luby's; we did have a 6pm reservation though. It was not super kid friendly either--no kid menu. As a side note, we were seated next to the back bar, which doubled as the "office" when a manager stood while working on the computer, and break room as the staff gathered to sit on the floor and chat while we were having our dinner...was weird. I liked the food, and our server, but will not be back.

J
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their tapas were excellent, great portions and had a lot of great flavor. Our favorite was probably the octopus

BM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places for the last 20 years! Best Mojito in town. Cuban dishes are always amazing.

m
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Hostess and waiter were not friendly at all , barely a smile , very forced to give adequate service , that being said , 1st time that this has happened , excellent food and ambience

F
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent - as usual.

Best Frozen Margaritas in Houston, TX !!

m
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely as always. Food was very good. Very nice ambiance.

JE
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food wonderful. The scallop & asparagus tapas was perfect as was the steak. We split our entree for a reasonable split fee. The rice and plantain were perfect companions to the steak.

GM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

It was too expensive for the quality and authenticity of the food

BC
Houston
50 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service in a family friendly environment is always guaranteed.
Start your meal with a tapas of croquetas and finish off with a capucino and flan

TP
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are frequent diners. We love it. Great wine list. Ask for Jessica to help with your wine selection. We have had everything on the menu and it is all great. Food, service...it's all great and neighborhood atmosphere.

Tim

BM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time to dine and the food and service was excellent.

m
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this resto , great food , wine list , atmosphere , service

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rad tapas and good scotch

EG
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like always great food n service. Great job and keep it up! See you soon ! Thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely a more relaxed atmosphere. Food is fantastic, but be patient for paella. It takes 40 min to make and the cost is not reflected on the menu. Paella for one person is 30, but you are required to buy 2 servings. I don’t get that if I go alone.

Service was great, not as friendly as I’d have liked specially providing more knowledge on their food. It was more of an inconvenience to ask. My friend ordered beer and the beer selection was minimal, but the server didn’t provide him with what’s available. Again, service needs training on courtesy.

I’d definitely recommend the place. It’s amazing. I ordered black paella and nothing from a heavenly meal. The tapas are super small, so expect to order at least 4.

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