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El Meson

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Spanish, Tapas
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (Kirby)
(713) 522-9306
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12:00 pm - 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
Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine

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  • 16
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 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
Very nice Cuban-style dinner!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
Cincinnati-Bill
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Laurel, Mississippi
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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, Tapas

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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