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El Meson

2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-9306
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Ranked #317 of 7,200 restaurants in Houston
Price range: $10 - $30
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
Houston, Texas
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
Top Contributor
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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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent food. This establishment truly understood how to cater to a private event. I would definitely recommend.

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

Excellent Cuban/Spanish/Mexican Food. Extensive menu with tapas and the best black beans and rice. Entree's and Paella's are great. My favorite is the Tampiquena "Cuban" Style. The steak is sooo tasty and it comes with a cheese enchilada. My husband like the Pargo with vegetables. It is located next to Rice University in the Village and we have been going... More

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New York City, New York
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202 reviews 202 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

There are 2 tapas places right next to each other here across from a megamall. I tried this one and was reasonably satisfied -- wine prices were very good and they provided a carafe as an alternative to a full bottle. Basic charcuterie platter was a good value. Atmosphere was pleasant -- bit of madrid shabby perhaps but to be... More

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Ardmore, Oklahoma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

Lots of fun choices on the menu, the food was great and they have wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. They serve my favorite Spanish red, Ribera del Duero!

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