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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Birthdays (7)
Casual (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Business Meals (6)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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 (Houston)·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was delicious, but the paella was stand out. Service and atmosphere were nice. Will be back.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent paella and a great wine selection perfect for pairing with the meal.

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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and excellent for business and good atmosphere

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was not so good. My wife got the "palomilla" but was not tender.........kind of soggy and hard. We were expecting better quality in the black beans ( since this is a Cuban cuisine restaurant) but was not that good. Our waitress was really good and the atmosphere overall in the restaurant was OK.

Tags: Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service and food.

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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service, and they don't rush you through your meal. Food is wonderfully prepared with a mix of Spanish, Cuban, and Mexican dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great wine selection and recommendation from the wine expert. We never had a main entree, just tapas, which was perfect!

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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wife and I had dinner here before going to the Alley Theatre recently. Arriving at 6 PM we had no problem with our reservation. The valet and self parking next door in bank parking lot cost $5.00. The wait staff was friendly and courteous. The food was very good. My wife enjoyed her Pollo Salteado and raved about the black beans. I had the El Chuleton. The steak was cooked to perfection though a little chewy. The sauce was great as were the sides. The Cepa 21 Duro was a great match with the beef. Next time we will do the Tapas and/or Paella.

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

El Meson is the best place to go to get away in the Dayton Area. My husband and I chose it for our rehersal dinner and it was the perfect setting to enjoy great food that is good for me to eat. I have celiac disease and can't have gluten. Their menu is easy to navigate and the blackberry mojitos to die for.

I'll always suggest this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Tapas, Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Best margaritas! Love the tacos al carbon.
Our favorite waiter is Jesus.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Always a fantastic dinner. The food, the staff and the ambiance - Perfect!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Love the Food and the service, the waitstaff is fantastic

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Best margarita in town! Love their black bean soup and also the Tacos.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food as always and exceptional friendly service

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great service - able to impress clients with this choice on a busy Houston Friday.

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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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 (Houston)·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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on January 3, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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 (Houston)·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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 (Houston)·Dined on December 6, 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.

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 22, 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 19, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 10, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on November 6, 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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 (Atlantic City)·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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 (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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 (Houston)·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 10, 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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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 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 4, 2017

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

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