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El Meson

#209 of 7,051 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226 (Kirby)
+1 713-522-9306
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Today
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place looks understated and doesn't have a particularly vibrant atmosphere but the food is fabulous. Cuban and Mexican specialties. The Tampiquena is the best in Houston. Service is really good too. I highly recommend it.

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Thank AJB830
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The food is always amazing from appetizers to desserts. The wine list is unique, interesting and diverse. Very cozy atmosphere and the owners are always about, happy to chat and catch up. A great Houston institution

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Thank prudencelieux
Vallejo, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The food is so amazing. I have never had anything I didn't love. I love to get the tapas and just explore all the flavours.

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Thank JessChapa
San Antonio, Texas
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were invited by one of our cousins to join her for lunch at El Meson. We were impressed with this restaurant and ordered their lunch special. The rice plantains, and adobado meat was excellent. The coffee was great as well. If you like paella this is the place for it. The wait staff are courteous and knowledgeable as well.

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Thank Domingo N
Houston, Texas
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

When you hear so many good things about a restaurant, it is sometimes hard for the experience to meet the expectations. At El Meson, our expectations were met. We started with two appetizers - bacon wrapped dates and quail. Both were phenomenal. Our main course was paella marinera. It too was fantastic. The waiter was pleasant and attentive - my... More 

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1 Thank Joe G
Houston, Texas
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127 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

El Meson is an authentic Cuban/Spanish restaurant that has wonderful tapas choices. The stuffed peppers, bacon wrapped dates, quail, and meatballs are all nice selections -- tasty! The services is friendly and helpful.

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Thank jswflights
Houston, Texas
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant because of a review in Wine Spectator. The wine selection was immense, the service impeccable and the food was devine. I would highly recommend dining here.

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Texas
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359 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

My daughters and I had lunch here on a Saturday while shopping in the area. We had the spinach and mushroom quesadillas and two dishes from the lunch menu, chicken with garlic and pork medallions. All were good and prices were reasonable. Service was very good. We'll be back!

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Thank TravelIntl
Houston, Texas
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94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Enjoy Cuba without a passport! Authentic Cuban cuisine in a typical Cuban setting. The food is delicioso...a wonderful menu. A well kept "Rice Village" secret.

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Thank Herb B
San Antonio, Texas
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260 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I liked El Meson, sort of a tapas-inspired restaurant specializing in Latin American cuisine. The service was excellent; the food good to excellent; and the prices most reasonable. The place was almost empty when we got there at 6 p.m. on a Saturday night but within an hour it was packed. Just looking around, I'd guess that paella is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Latin, Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226
    (Kirby)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-522-9306

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?