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El Meson

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Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (Kirby)
(713) 522-9306
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cuban food and lovely service

We considered dropping in at Mi Luna but the noise really bothered my husband. El Meson was much better for us. It was lively but we could hear each other talk. The food was absolutely lovely. We ordered Tapas and finished with the Cuban rice pudding. It was all delicious. Our waiter was out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2015
Sushila N
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Chantilly, Virginia
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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Anything you order will be great and the owners are always around. Charming, lovely and very knowledgeable about wine and food pairings.

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Thank prudencelieux
Houston, Texas
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Food prepared and presented just right. Located in Rice Village on West Unversity. Best rice and black beans. and the Owner loves Osso Buco so he put it on the otherwise latin menu. I do, too. Highly recommended.

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Thank Mark E
Austin, Texas
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

My parents and I came here for an early dinner before the Houston Zoo Lights. In the late afternoon/early evening, the restaurant wasn't busy but it wasn't empty either. Unfortunately, the service seemed to be asleep. The hostess wasn't very welcoming or hospitable, and it took a while for the 1 waiter in the dining room to take our order,... More 

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Thank HumbleTexasPie
Chantilly, Virginia
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150 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

We considered dropping in at Mi Luna but the noise really bothered my husband. El Meson was much better for us. It was lively but we could hear each other talk. The food was absolutely lovely. We ordered Tapas and finished with the Cuban rice pudding. It was all delicious. Our waiter was out standing and everything he recommended was... More 

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Thank Sushila N
Belo Horizonte
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This is the 3rd ou 4th I cone to El Meson. Still very very good. The service is excellent. The best dishes are the Tapas. The restaurant is more expensive to similar ones I've been and to the portions served. Still worth coming ...

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Thank Breno D
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We wanted to check out El Meson while visiting Rice Plaza. We had authentic paella and delicious salads and cocktails. We introduced ourselves to the owner, Pedro, and he is second generation restaurant family business. From Cuba and raised in NYC, he moved to Houston in 1981 and has had this family restaurant since. The service was very good, not... More 

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Thank Ratlas
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163 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Our server Nikki was the best! I have not had great service like that in a while!!! She gave the best service in Houston! Delicious wine Delicious bread & butter, mushroom risotto was so good! Scallops w asparagus was phenomenal! Perfectly cooked! Jamon Iberico and Chorizo Riojano al Jerez was out of this world! This is my new favorite restaurant!... More 

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Thank Melissa C
kevmac10
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is our go to place for a bottle of wine and tapas. While the selection might not be as big as some of the other tapas restaurants, the quality is very good. Also, they have a great selection of wines by the glass. The place also has that neighborhood homey feel that I like.

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Thank kevmac10
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

My hubby and I are in Houston for medical reasons and find restaurants that serve healthy food, El Meson, a Spanish-Cuban resto is one of them. They have a great varied menu and awesome wine list. All their food is cooked in extra-virgin olive oil and they readily accommodate dietary requests. The service is top-notch and very pleasant. Their food... More 

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Thank Ceenyc 8
Omaha, Nebraska
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great tapas and sides. Brussell Sprouts were excellent. Enchaladas and chips and dip were very good. Huge wine list!!

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Thank Karen R

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
    (Kirby)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: (713) 522-9306

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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