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El Meson

4.6
491 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 491 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great place in west u. Service great also. Food wonderful!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Last time we had tapas only and had a great meal. This time we decided to try some entrees. Two of us ordered fish spanish style and the other person order a cuban style dish. We thought the entrees were just ok. However, we really enjoyed the octopus tapas again, and dessert was also really good. We will still return because we think there are great things on the menu. We will probably try the paella next time.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The excellence of the food selections was amazing! The quality of the ingredients was first rate. We especially enjoyed our drinks and the wine. Waiter’s selections and assistance helped us decipher choices that fit our tastes. Have the flan for dessert!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Came for the food and superb Spanish wine list. Both were outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Our meal was great as always. The wine list is great and well priced.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great Paella which is something that you don’t often find. Terrific wine list. Outstanding service, nice, helpful,prompt. Excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

What a surprise. We’ve lived in the area 20+ years and never ate here. Always said we would. But today were walking around the village and decided to try it out. Menu is big. Tapas, paella, and mains. Spanish / Cuban. All the food we saw around us looked yummy. We had two salads and tapas and enjoyed it. Our favorite was the Pulpo (octopus). Our waiter, Jesus, was great. Price point is good for the food quality. We will definitely include this in our regular eating out rotation.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food - service was fantastic and very accommodating to our changing party size. Highly recommend this, but don't over-order like we did!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food. Waitstaff was friendly. They were also attentive and above average knowledge of menu.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The friendly wait staff and excellent food makes it all worthwhile the visit.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food had very good flavor, but lacked a little in the presentation. i had the pan fried snapper and it was quite good, but could have used a little sauce of some variety. wife had the braised skirt steak and it was really good, not great, but really good. all in all, a fine meal.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fabulous menu! The BEST croquettes ever made!!! The black beans are just like Mom use to make. Love this restaurant!

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very surprised and saddened that on a Saturday night they did not have the paella with lobster!! How do you “run out”??

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

hadn't been to eat here in years, was relieved to hear the ownership had not changed. it was just as i remembered- elegant, yet comfortable, friendly and attentive service, superb wine list, great food and prices that don't send you for an oxygen bottle. note to self: don't wait so long to go back next time.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was great on the higher cost side. The waiter was hard to understand and did not seem to understand our questions.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Really enjoyed the paella.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Loved the great variety of tapas - simple dishes but excellently prepared (like the very tender octopus and the savory morcilla) with superior quality ingredients. We ordered extra of the spinach with pine nuts and raisins. They really get things right. The Spanish wine list is fantastic. Our waiter was extremely helpful and professional and the pacing was very good. (We went back another day and the waiter that day was not so impressive). The decor is not amazing but we'll take the wonderful value over higher prices with fancier surroundings.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent service and excellent for business and good atmosphere

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and food.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Love the Food and the service, the waitstaff is fantastic

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

It was more Mexican food than tapas. At least when were there the special menu had Mexican food choices.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food as always and exceptional friendly service

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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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