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El Meson

#299 of 7,026 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 (Kirby)
(713) 522-9306
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All 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
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were excited to try an alternative tapas place. Menu sounded excellent. Unfortunately almost everything we ordered was tasteless (although the shrimp did taste bleachy!). The Poblano Con Vegetales was supposed to be served on a carrot purée but instead was a watery tomato sauce - double negative when you're allergic to toms and carefully order according to the descriptions... More 

Thank BonnieBanchory
Flint, Michigan
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Great place for lunch or a romantic dinner. My wife and I went for an early dinner and ordered exclusively off of the Tapas menu. We had Piquillos De La Tierra, which are peppers stuffed with a ground, spiced lamb. Fantastic. We also had Codorniz Con Madeira Y Ajo (grilled quail in a simmered wine reduction), Morcilla Al Ajillo (a... More 

Thank J M
Marietta, Georgia
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51 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Our group had a variety of the lunch dishes and everyone was pleased. We returned to the restaurant once more during our stay in Houston. Very enjoyable.

Thank Mike B
Pearland, Texas
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136 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Had lunch with my daughter at this darling restaurant. Chic decor in a quite atmosphere. I had the Milanesa which was a breaded chicken with a wonderful caper sauce and fingerling potatoes with braised veggies--wonderful flavor combinations. My daughter said she and her co-workers have eaten there periodically and have always enjoyed the flavors and selection. There is a lunch... More 

Thank Nancy S
Olathe, Kansas
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186 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

I had a cuban that was good and there were several tasty options on the menu, but lackluster service. Slow for lunch, but the vibe and service might pick up for the evening.

Thank RyanP_KC
houston, texas
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94 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

I've been to the restaurant several times and the food is so good. We had the seafood paella, which was really good, but it needed a squeeze of lemon to brighten the meal. We ordered the most expensive margarita because I don't mind paying for quality, but the drink was tasty yet weak on the alcohol. The is a wide... More 

Thank cruzblue
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here this evening. For an appetizer, we had the Honey-glazed Pork Belly; it was magnificent. For our entrée, we had the Paella. At $56 for two people, it was definitely overpriced, but it was also definitely good. Great service, and a great atmosphere.

Thank Stephen M
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29 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

We found El Meson to be incredible. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The peppers stuffed with lamb,raisins and pine nuts were amazing. Prices were more then reasonable. There are no end of other dishes I would like to try.

Thank Bill F
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

We showed up late after a movie and the restaurant was still busy. The wine list is excellent and the paella tasted just like it does in Spain but wasn't as long a wait. Atmosphere is tasteful, simple, and elegant. I've lived in Houston for 15 years and it's been around for awhile...I should have tried it much sooner!

Thank Johanna S
Austin, Texas
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

This small storefront setting in Rice Village didn't prepare us for the interior amenities. Quiet setting with table cloths, a vast wine list and knowledgeable sommelier plus a varied selection of dining choices. Excellent Spanish cuisine but featuring tasty fish selections, Osso Buco and steaks. The salads looked delicious, too, but haven't tried those yet.

Thank Suzanne H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Latin, Spanish, Caribbean, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, 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
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?