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El Meson

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
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Huge Wine List!!! Great mexican, tapas, and more!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
Karen R
Omaha, Nebraska
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  • Local cuisine
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English first
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 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Ratlas
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99 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Melissa C
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

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 

Thank Ceenyc 8
Omaha, Nebraska
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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!!

Thank Karen R
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I am a regular Houstonian and this place is great! It's in Rice Village so it has great shopping and a fun environment. The staff is wonderful and very friendly! If you like good food I highly recommend it!

Thank Katie D
New Jersey, USA
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

Thank bds0423
Franklin, Tennessee
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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.

Thank dardens
San Antonio, Texas
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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 

Thank OhhNoo2150
Cincinnati, Ohio
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118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

Thank Cincinnati-Bill

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
  • 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
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?