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For 2
Date
Fri, 1/19
Time
8:00 PM
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El Meson

4.7
456 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Neighborhood Gem (8)
  • Worth the Drive (8)
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
What 456 People Are Saying
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4.7
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4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaxnFranqui (Houston)
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

This restaurant is our favorite for the delicious Cuban food and the fabulous tapas. The service is very good and efficient.
We came to celebrate a special occasion but this is also fantastic for everyday dining.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant is good as well as the food. Everything started with the parking. It is a busy street, and there was a valet/self parking fee of $5. The price is not the problem, if you go to a fine restaurant you are expected to pay for parking. The issue was with the guys in the parking place. I felt he was more worried about his $5 than to offer us the facility to park. The he was on front of the car thinking I was going to run away without paying. Not a friendly guy for sure. I didn't want to make a big deal of it, so we wouldn't ruin the evening.
The menu is good, with variety to choose from. They charge $5 to split and 20% tip for parties or 6 or more people. You gladly give 20% for good service, but I didn't feel it was nice to impose a tip. The we asked if they would offer bread or chips, and the waitress responded that if you ask for it, than yes, because some people leave it on the table. Come on, a restaurant of this category worried about chips!!
They should pay more attention to customer service. Food was very good, but little details like this don't make you feel welcome and there are plenty more restaurants in Houston to choose from. Don't let the name of the restaurant fell you control the market.

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mary (Hawaii)
5.0
Dined on January 5, 2018

We've always enjoyed El Meson but the food, ambiance and service seem to get better and better.

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EGO79 (Houston)
5.0
Dined on January 4, 2018

We came to dine in for our anniversary. Food was outstanding like always. Our server that evening I believe it was Armando he was excellent. We will be back soon. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 16, 2017

The restaurant staff is very customer service oriented, and the food is delicious!

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vipBCSaggie (Houston)
5.0
Dined on December 13, 2017

Great food and outstanding service makes us come back to this place. It’s like having a great meal with friends

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on November 26, 2017

The paella de la Tierra was nicely done

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vipGinaba (Houston)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0
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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