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El Meson

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Spanish, Tapas, 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: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 16
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fun Evening of Delightful food

I visited El Meson with 3 friends on a road trip. It did not disappoint. Everyone ordered different platters and there were no complaints. We ordered 4 different appetizers and they were all excellent. I ordered salmon, not a Cuban dish, but it was cooked perfectly with just the right herbs and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
bds0423
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New Jersey, USA
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  • Local cuisine
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New Jersey, USA
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I visited El Meson with 3 friends on a road trip. It did not disappoint. Everyone ordered different platters and there were no complaints. We ordered 4 different appetizers and they were all excellent. I ordered salmon, not a Cuban dish, but it was cooked perfectly with just the right herbs and seasonings. The mushroom risotto was especially popular and... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Very good restaurant with nice atmosphere. Variety of foods available, from paella to enchiladas..sides were awesome.

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San Antonio, Texas
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We stopped in as we drove by, I had the carne guisada with white rice, black beans and maduros. We shared a tostones salad...I'm not gonna lie, the salad was my favorite thing the normal suspects were in play, lettuce tomatoes onions...but then they throw in bits of tostones and avocado and it gets tossed in the dressing which I... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

El Meson is located in the busy Rice Village area. It is a very pleasant Spanish-Cuban restaurant that seems to have a following in the upscale neighborhoods around the Texas Medical Center. I've dined here three times in the past 3 years, most recently a few days ago. Rather than ordering a Spanish meal, I've always stuck to one of... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

My husband and I found this place through the Internet that they are #1 in Paella,here in Houston,we've been in Costa brava and the one in Midtown and Pico's Tex Mex restaurants, We decided that the one in Midtown is the best one that we have tasted as good as in Spain and New Jersey restaurant that serve Paella,the service... More 

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Mississippi
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Enjoyable experience in Rice Village. Established around 1980 by a very friendly Cuban gentleman. It's a good place for dinner near M D Anderson, a step up from fun Mexican.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Combination Cuban and Tex Mex, and they succeed at both. Their beef fajitas are my favorite in Houston. They seem to be cooked in a butter wine sauce, and the flavor is amazing! Great black beans, good fish dishes, and their salads are very good. They have a cilantro dressing that will knock your socks off. Service is inconsistant. Sometimes... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

My hu the sband and I landed here by happy accident on Valentine's night without reservations. They were pretty full but were able to accommodate us if we could be finished by 7:30 (it was 6:00). We had several tapas dishes and he had a margarita. Everything we tried was great. The ambiance was really nice -quiet and classy, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Dined solo as I was on a business trip. Wait staff were excellent in suggesting the tapas based on what I told them I liked. Everything was fantastic - wine, tapas and dessert. Would definitely dine here again on future trips!

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We had a very enjoyable lunch. I had the salmon and husband had grilled chicken. Very tasty. We each ordered $6.00 desserts. This is Texas! For that amount of money we were expecting a decent size piece of tres lechee cake and rice pudding. We got a small scoop of rice pudding and a 2x2 inch piece of cake. Both... More 

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Additional Information about El Meson

Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Phone Number: (713) 522-9306
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
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
Average Prices: USD $10 to $30
Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, Cuban

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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 to $30
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas, 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?