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El Meson

4.3
4.3
574 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (713) 522-9306

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    W. University / Med Center

  • Cross street

    Kirby

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • 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 574 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good!
  2. JL

    JLEA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was over priced and lacking flavor. The only saving grace for this place was the good service and nice location/ambience.
  3. MW

    MauricioW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and the fusion between Spain and Cuban cuisine is great. Ambient is nice, excellent service.
  4. N

    Nikki

    Houston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best paella in Houston
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food Good service
  6. PV

    PeterV

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took good friends there from France, who are used to great food, wine and ambiance. They loved it! We were with 2 small kids as well, and the hosts were so gracious and attentive - we departed as good friends
  7. FM

    FoodieM

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious tapas and paella in a relaxed environment and a nice selection of wines. Waiters with personality! Only a few parking spots in front for $5.
  8. AG

    AndrewG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleased with all aspects of the restaurant, so much so that I did not ask for a list of charges for the items order. If you have such please send on. Andrew j. Gordon ajgordon612@sbcglobal.net
  9. DL

    DavidL

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was very good! My friend and I sampled a variety of tapas, my favorite was the bacon-wrapped dates! Next, and there will be a next time, I'll be sure to try the entrees...
  10. LR

    LizR

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our go to place for easy dining, good food and reasonably priced. Love it there.
  11. CY

    CYOC

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Greatly enjoyed the food at El Meson. The bread was the best that I tasted in a long time. The tapas and paella were all excellent. I will definitely make a return visit.
  12. c

    ces1

    Austin

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our third visit for tapas and they were quite good as usual. Service was excellent.
  13. W

    Wonderful

    Houston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Absolutely love this Restaurant! We have been eating here over 20 years. Great menu but kind of pricey!
  14. LR

    LizR

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a great meal..... great service
  15. C

    Cajunfoodie

    Las Vegas

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    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!
  16. LB

    LindaB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choices from tapas to entrées. The wine selection will amaze a true wine lover.
  17. D

    Dselby

    Houston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD & GREAT SERVICE!! The paella is the best in Houston!
  18. JV

    JohnV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  19. F

    Foodlovers4

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went on Mother’s Day and we were greeted by the friendliest people ever! The octopus and red snapper ceviche was excellent.
  20. SB

    SeemaBP

    Houston

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    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.
  21. a

    aarvide

    Houston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food, and great service. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for Tapas or Fusion food.
  22. SL

    SugarLandMom

    Houston

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Paella is delicious!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  24. AZ

    AclZ

    Houston

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a Latin Lunch with friends
  25. MF

    MaryuryF

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by our waiter, Jesus. The food was delicious. Still one of my favorite restaurants.
  26. S

    Skep

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    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.
  27. J

    Jon8

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their tapas were excellent, great portions and had a lot of great flavor. Our favorite was probably the octopus
  28. BM

    BrianM

    Houston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places for the last 20 years! Best Mojito in town. Cuban dishes are always amazing.
  29. m

    montreal

    Houston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    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
  30. F

    Foodman1

    Houston

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent - as usual. Best Frozen Margaritas in Houston, TX !!
  31. m

    mary

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely as always. Food was very good. Very nice ambiance.
  32. JJ

    JoJo

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  33. GM

    GerryM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was too expensive for the quality and authenticity of the food
  34. BC

    BCSaggie

    Houston

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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
  35. TP

    TimP

    Houston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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
  36. BM

    BeverlyMillerWood

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time to dine and the food and service was excellent.
  37. m

    montreal

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this resto , great food , wine list , atmosphere , service
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rad tapas and good scotch
  39. EG

    EGO79

    Houston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always great food n service. Great job and keep it up! See you soon ! Thank you
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    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.

FAQs

El Meson offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (713) 522-9306.

El Meson is rated 4.3 stars by 574 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kirby

  • Neighborhood

    W. University / Med Center

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Peter A. Garcia

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (713) 522-9306

  • 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

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