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El Meson

#358 of 7,143 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226 (Kirby)
+1 713-522-9306
11:00 - 23:00
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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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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner again at El Meson this week. We eat at many of the Mexican restaurants in town and we think El Meson has the best food and is the most underrated in Houston. The Carne Asada a la Tampiquena is fabulous. I get it Cuban style with black beans, white rice and plantains. Many assert this is a Cuban... More 

Thank AJB830
Level Contributor
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

the food here is ok. But the attitude of the severs and reception here is too bad. They're so racist and despise, especially w Asian and without "suit" customers. We wore normally because we had just com back from the beach and they think like that we don't have enough money to pay. If you want to try the Spanish... More 

Thank Brian N
Temple, Texas
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94 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We were early for our 6:30 reservation, but had no trouble getting a table for 2 at the window. Our waiter, Armando, was very knowledgeable and suggested 2 "Tapas" for us: the Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Riojano sausage & Blue Cheese and the Albondigas Al Jerez (Lamb meatballs in a spicy Brandy sauce. Both were excellent. Our main course was the... More 

Thank Steve R
Houston, Texas
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 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.

Thank AJB830
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
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

Thank prudencelieux
Vallejo, California
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3 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.

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.

Thank Domingo N
Houston, Texas
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

1 Thank Joe G
Houston, Texas
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202 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

Thank jswflights
Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
15 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.

2 Thank dmg10120725

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226
  • 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?