El Meson

4.6
590 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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.
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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

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

Everything was excellent - as usual.

Best Frozen Margaritas in Houston, TX !!

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

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

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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.

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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

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BC
Houston
43 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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

Rad tapas and good scotch

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EG
Houston
17 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

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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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RR
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Meson has a wide variety of tapas plates which are exceptional. Try something outside your usual selections and discover a new favorite. Service and ambiance were also superb.

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W
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the Restaurant! Have been going for over 20 years! If I had any negative -prices have gotten pretty high for family dinning. Food is really great and owners are awesome.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous flavor. I would pass on the drinks sangria wasn’t good at all and the margarita tasted like a mix. The food though was very good.

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PK
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. It's great for larger groups. Great food, great margaritas and a good wine list. One of our favorites in The Village.

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LC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jessica the owner is wonderful. Have her recommend a favorite wine!

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LR
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good, easy parking

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N
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Excellent menu, beautifully prepared from the Tapas to the Paella. Will be back....loved it.

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff is exceptional. We were well taken care of even on a busy Friday night, with a charming waiter. We had the bacon wrapped dates, the croquettes, and a shrimp tapas. All three were amazing. We had the seafood paella, which was phenomenal. We were not rushed. The noise was only noticeable at one short point during the night. That was more a result of a group erupting into laughter.

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JE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific restaurant and service. One of my favorites in Houston!

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VN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a family birthday this past Saturday. The staff was friendly and accommodating. All of our dishes were satisfying--especially the seafood paella. We will definitely return.

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

Atmosphere and staff was very friendly. Great food and service.

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N
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely neighborhood place popular with locals. The tapas prior to our main course were delicious very fresh and perfectly seasoned. We split the house paella; it was outstanding with fresh seafood and well prepared. A bit pricey but huge portions so plenty of left overs for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.

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CC
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always receive great service and delicious food.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is always attentive and friendly. Food is excellent

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DL
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We were looking for a quiet place to dine with friends. We found it. The menu was diverse including both Mexican and Cuban entrees. I ordered fish. The fish was crusted but lacked flavor and the guacamole was not fresh as it had started to brown. This is this is the reason for my less than favorable review,

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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OT
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

El Meson continues to do a great job on traditional Cuban menu favorites. Returning after a year, we found the same quality that we have enjoyed for over 15 years. The prices have risen noticeably since last visit and portions appear a bit larger. The environment is surprisingly quiet compared to other dining possibilities.

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RE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good wine list, including several available by the glass. The red snapper was great, but the gazpacho and shrimp nachos were only so-so. Pleasant atmosphere and better parking options now that parking meters are in many of the parking areas.

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MR
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish-Cuban food I’ve had in a long time. Open one in Dallas Texas, please!!

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JN
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was quite good. However, the waiter who took care of us was very poor. It unfortunately ruined the whole dining experience.

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BC
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at El Meson feels like family. Excellent food and service with a friendly atmosphere.
Fish meals are outstanding with a choice veggies or outstanding rice and black beans to be topped with tostones.
A nightcap with capuchino and flan closes out a great meal

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NR
Austin
31 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food - loved the lamb chops and the flan. Solid but not out of the box. Would definitely go again.

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BC
Houston
43 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service will make you go back to this Houston gem
Ask for the flan for dessert or croquetas as an appetizer

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b
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love El Meson! It is my favorite neighborhood gem. I would go twice a week, if my family let me.
It is awesome to even just pop in during the afternoon for a quick bite while in the Village.

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MF
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It old faithful for 20 years, it’s our family favorite.

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KB
Perth / WA
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food good, although tapas served all at once. Service sparse.

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AH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual holiday dinner with friends

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