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About El Meson

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.

2425 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Kirby

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(713) 522-9306

Website:
http://www.elmeson.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Peter A. Garcia

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.

Private Party Contact:
Regina Garcia: (713) 522-9306

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

El Meson Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (4)
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Cozy (4)
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

I wish I had better things to say about her visit. Food just wasn’t very good, from the chips and salsa to the point believe it tasted like Lucky charms. We just were please with her meal at all.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The paella de la Tierra was nicely done

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 (Houston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

El Meson has great Paella, and having a husband who's family is from Spain, they love a good Paella! The kids were able to also order what they wanted, so everyone was very happy with their dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Paella was second rate and overpriced.. Rice was dry and seafood was not fresh and lacking in quantity.
bean soup and gazpacho were excellent. Salad and bread were very good. Service was outstanding.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good ,liked the place and the ambiance. I would have liked to pay for valet on checkout. But overall good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food and great service! Very nice place special for a romantic date...

Tags: Tapas, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Healthy
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

A phenomenal meal every time with wonderful service. Always fantastic!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Consistently good food and excellent services. Super friendly staff.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Family Reunion

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I've been in this restaurant several times. However this was the last one. Too many repetitive issues. I’ve brought up some of them in previous review.
The person at front desk was so rude. We didn't like the table she sat us. Asked to change, she simple said no. As we insisted, she told us to change we self. We had to carrier the glasses and menus. No help.
Our server wasn't in a good day. His humor was really bad.
The bill came with 20% gratuity. As we were four, I asked the reason. He said after a certain amount the 20% is included automatically. ????
With all those problems how care about food.
As I said enough is enough. It was our last time there.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The quality of the food was extremely low considering the prices paid.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It's been years since I've been to Spain. The tapas, paella and fish dishes were as delicious and beautifully presented as I recalled. The paella el Meson was fantastic as was the queso flameado, pureed gazpacho, the macitas, salmon salad, and sautéed snapper were prepared perfectly. The finish on the snapper was fantastic. Wish I knew how the chef does this. The crème brulee with a hint of orange was out of this world. Only wish there was a restaurant weeks menu to try for lunch and brunch. We'll be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 16, 2017

First time visit; very disappointed in both food and service; specifically asked for dishes which could be served quickly and the first dish took 20 minutes to arrive; waiters in general were not attentive.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent food and service, good wine list, nice music; all in all a great dining experience. We went for the Houston restaurant weeks menu, but they have a good selection of Taos's as well. Only downside is the somewhat limited parking in the area.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We came in for Houston Restaurant Weeks and had a great experience. The food was very good and the wine menu was extensive! We wanted to try somewhere we hadn't been and would definitely come back!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Staff was very friendly, and service was great. Food was good, with a very unique menu - not the same ole' Tex-Mex stuff here. Odd to charge $5 to valet AND $5 to self-park also? It's only $5 but that's kind of weird.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We went for Restaurant Weeks. My paella had a good flavor but the chicken was dry to the point of jerky. Otherwise, it was a great meal. One couple near us got a lot of personal attention, wine samples, etc. They must come there more often that we do.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

My wife and I, took a friend for dinner. All three of us enjoyed the food,atmosphere and price.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Food was o.k. Service was adequate. Price was WAY TOO MUCH!!!

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We chose El Meson on the spur of the moment and were very happy that the food, service, wine selection and prices were all excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 2, 2017

El Meson is casual but nice with white table cloths, consistent good food and prompt friendly service. You can actually hear your companions.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

My husband and I went here on a dinner date. It was amazing!! I did not get the waiter's name but the individual provided excellent service. The salad with the avocados was one of the best I have tasted. I am glad I did not need to add dressing to the salad. We both had the Pollo Ajillo. The chicken was seasoned really well. I would highly recommend to anyone.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent menu and service.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Jessica was great help in navigating the wine menu. Portion sizes were huge, however, I felt the food wasn't that great.

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Everything was excellent! The ceviche tapas was delicious. The main entree was enchiladas, which were delicious too. And also creme brule was really good with coffee! Excellent wait staff and service!

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 (Houston)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Creative menu. No the typical Tex-Mex. Very authentic. I want to go back to try other dishes.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Reception person at the front did not display upbeat, friendly, caring, warm personality, but was cold, had a dry aloof attitude. Waiter was not unfriendly, but lacks the charisma and service-oriented demeanor to make the customer feel well served and satisfied.

The human element in this business needs a dramatic improvement if it wants to create a sophisticated, elegant ambiance, with customers returning for more excellent dining experience.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had a exceptional evening celebrating early Father's Day. The food was outstanding follow by the excellent service Jesus R provided us. We we have been here twice and both times they were also experiences. Only observation was the last time I did not received my open table point s. Please make sure I received them for past visit. We will be back again. Thank you for a great evening.

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Excellent food, great margaritas

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Overall not tastiest tapas I have had for the price. Ceviche was bland and very small portion. The blood sausage was as authentic as it could have been. The service was attentive and responsive.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Slow service, have been ignored for a while, place loud enough to not be able to have a conversation at normal voice level, good and diverse food and wine choices, white table cloth on some but not all tables (?), overall clean, parking relatively difficult.
Would expect somewhat more for the price, and would return but not too soon.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on May 26, 2017

One of our local favorites! Have been going for over 35 years!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 18, 2017

execelente comida excelente bar de tapas recomendado al 100

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Went there after I proposed. Worth it. The food definitely topped off the night. Paella and tapas were amazing.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 11, 2017

I did not enjoy my pork entree. It was dry and hard to chew.

I should have gone to my regular restaurant instead.

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 (Houston)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Enjoyed the evening, great service and food.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Houston)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Coming here since 1989 and it always hits the spot no matter the occasion. The Spanish-Cuban flavor even in the interpersonal warmth of staff is another reason to make it a regular on your eating-enjoyment-entertainment pleasures.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 6, 2017

The visit to the restaurant was with idea of having spanish food. Half of the menu is mexican food, as quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, etc. We ordered a couple spanish tapas and the taste and quality was not as expected. We may have had better luck ordering any of the mexican food plates, as most of the other tables in the restaurant had.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The Cuban dishes at El Meson are our favorites! We have been eating there regularly for the last 15 years. The food is consistently good as are the mojitos and sangria.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent everything !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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