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“so amazing and always good” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Meson

El Meson
903 East Dixie Drive, West Carrollton, OH 45449-1928
(937)859-8229
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: South American
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
St. Petersburg, Florida
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653 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 168 cities Reviews in 168 cities
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
“so amazing and always good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We had tapas and drinks for an amazing dinner. Everything was delicious and so unique - unlike anything you could have at any other restaurant. Service was excellent and so attentive. Our drinks were outstanding as well.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dayton, Ohio
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231 reviews 231 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 114 cities Reviews in 114 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
“Inventive menu and great service - one of area's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

I've eaten at El Meson too many times to count and have never had a bad meal. Featuring monthly specials of either a South American region or country, the food is always fresh, presented in an appealing way and the service is great. It's a big restaurant, but they can handle large numbers easily. There's a small covered patio that is open year round, which is a nice choice if it's not too hot or cold. My only complaint is that food is served as it's ready, so some folks at the table get their meals before others. The last person waiting to be served always looks a little awkward watching other's eat. Can't go wrong with this place.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“El Meson is one of my favorite restaurants!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've gone to El Meson with my husband, my family, my friends, and also for business lunches. Service is extraordinary with both large groups and couples. The South American menu is unique for Dayton. They have a large variety of Tapas as well as many entrees. Beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian options are available. I find it very difficult to choose! A few popular items remain on the menu at all times but they "freshen" the menu annually after the owners take an annual working vacation to search for new taste sensations.

The restaurant offers many fun extra things to do like cooking lessons and dance lessons. They'll even help you with your Spanish if you want to try!

The atmosphere is festive and outdoor seating is available all year long! What a great "feel good" place to spend an evening.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Come here every year for our annual pillgramage to Ohio. For the middle of Ohio this is pretty good food.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dayton, Ohio
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Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Very unique for Southern Ohio”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

I actually love this place. It features Hispanic menus that change monthly, so you can taste the specialties of different cuisines every time you go. It's a little pricey, but the dining experience is fun and authentic. The service is generally very good and there's a nice gift shop area featuring Latino crafts. A fun place to splurge on once in a while...

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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