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El Meson

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European, Spanish, Portuguese
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94 Beechwood St., Ottawa, Ontario K1L 8B2, Canada
613-744-8484
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 6
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  • 10
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Surprising mix but with good results

The Meson is an "hiberic restautrant" serving mainly Spanish and Portuguese cuisines, but we found out that the Chef was Swiss and our waiter was Scottish.... The place is an old Victorian house far from the turistic part of Ottawa. The food was good and prices reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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  • English first
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  • Japanese first
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English first
Mississauga, Canada
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105 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

What impressed me at this location was the dining room, classily appointed, with food served in the same manner. It comes as a bit of a surprise considering that the formerly quaint neighbourhood of Beechwood Village looks slightly abandoned these days. Between on-going renovations and run-down places, it was pleasant to find a restaurant serving meals in a very cool... More 

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Chelsea, Canada
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We celebrated our anniversary at El Meson recently. We had been once before with a large group and liked the food. The spices and flavors are really wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The Meson is an "hiberic restautrant" serving mainly Spanish and Portuguese cuisines, but we found out that the Chef was Swiss and our waiter was Scottish.... The place is an old Victorian house far from the turistic part of Ottawa. The food was good and prices reasonable.

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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

After driving by this place for year and hearing good reviews, it was time for me to give this place a try. Alas, this first visit will be my last. Our visit got off on a weird note when I gave the waiter/host my last name (for the reservation) he chuckled and made a comment that couldn't hear. When I... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I have been at El Meson on several occasions, invited by my business associates, with my staff, with friends and members of my family. Every time we have been served like kings. The staff is amazing. They have knowledge of the various dishes they serve so they could advise you what it is best for your needs. They also have... More 

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Had recently experienced a fantastic lunch at El Meson which included the house dessert that I couldn't wait to have again so I brought my husband out for a Saturday night early dinner (5pm). As with my first visit, I noted the very professional service and attentive wait staff that all work at keeping the diners happy. We were offered... More 

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ottawa ontario
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A large group of elderly ladies were so pleased with the variety of tasty dishes being offered at a recent luncheon. The service was not only superb, but kindly done in keeping with their ages. Some had to be assisted to a table, and this was done gently and with good humour. So pleased that this very special restaurant continues... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I was attracted by the building - I love the atmosphere of old houses. However, the decorations do not take advantage of the history of the house. The decor is kind of kitchy. The service was very formal and very attentive which I had to get used to but got used to and then didn't mind. I am sure the... More 

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Ottawa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I've been here twice and have been disappointed each time. While the atmosphere is nice and enjoyable and the service is excellent, the food is so so. I had the paella the last time I was there. It was quite overcooked. The rice had turned to mush, the mussels and clams had shrivelled to nothingness and the saffron infusion could... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The food and service was excellent. Enjoyed the calamari, soup and salad appetizers, followed by Fish selection of the day (Hake) and to finish assorted cheese plate. The wine selection very good. The most important aspect was the service. Taken care of from start to finish. Great special occasion lunch, Thank you.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 94 Beechwood St., Ottawa, Ontario K1L 8B2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 613-744-8484

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: European, Spanish, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?