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El Meson

2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-9306
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Ranked #568 of 7,232 Restaurants in Houston
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Price range: $10 - $30
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
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Kirby
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English first
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I stopped in here for lunch with granddaughter and friends on a weekday. I should have suspected when it was 12:30 pm and the place was almost empty. Service was so bad we had to track down our waiter twice just to get what we ordered, and then to get the check (did I mention the place was almost empty?)... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Met family for dinner while in town for baseball games. Good price ! Great food, huge menu and great location. Atmosphere was ok, and the service could have been better. not very intensive had to ask for drinks 2xs before receiving them. Also had to ask for refills on my water, this is a pet peeve of mine, should never... More

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Houston, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The owner came by personally to greet every table. He also gamely agreed to take photos for my table. This was especially appreciated, since it was father's day!

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chicago
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I have lived in the US for 20 years and i have to tell you that this os one of the best Spanish restaurants in the country. They do have food from mexico and cuba, bug my family only tries tapas and wine. They have a nice selection of spanish wine, we had a nice ribera del duero for $40.... More

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Austin, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We went to El Meson twice while my spouse was going for treatment at MD Anderson. The restaurant has a nice ambiance, sort of casual chic with muted lighting and well-spaced tables, a good choice when you want to go to a "nice restaurant" with a Spanish flavor. They have valet parking, which can be handy because they are in... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant. The service was great, impecable. The food was very good. I reccomend the Tapas. Willing to come back soon.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

My finance' is Cuban, I've ate cuban food before in Miami, Lafayette, and other places, Food at El Mason is a joke. Mojito taste like lemonade with mint leaves no alcohol. They serve mostly Mexican food not cuban. Waiters don't understand Spanish, really come on must I say more. You have be careful what you order, because you think you... More

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Austin, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

El Meson is a classic. Well-cooked Cuban and Spanish dishes meet perfect service in a comfortable and relaxed, yet classy setting. Good selection of wines, and good people watching. Their pollo al ajillo is the best, and I've returned year after year for it. Prices are also good. You'll definitely leave happy!

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