El Meson

4.6
604 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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C
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!

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LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Houston
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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.

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SB
1 review
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.

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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.

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

The Paella is delicious!

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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.

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

Great place for a Latin Lunch with friends

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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.

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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.

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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

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BM
Houston
4 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.

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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
44 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
15 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
San Francisco
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
8 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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