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El Meson

#311 of 7,124 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226 (Kirby)
+1 713-522-9306
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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
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

the food here is ok. But the attitude of the severs and reception here is too bad. They're so racist and despise, especially w Asian and without "suit" customers. We wore normally because we had just com back from the beach and they think like that we don't have enough money to pay. If you want to try the Spanish... More 

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Thank Brian N
Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

We were early for our 6:30 reservation, but had no trouble getting a table for 2 at the window. Our waiter, Armando, was very knowledgeable and suggested 2 "Tapas" for us: the Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Riojano sausage & Blue Cheese and the Albondigas Al Jerez (Lamb meatballs in a spicy Brandy sauce. Both were excellent. Our main course was the... More 

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Thank Steve R
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

This place looks understated and doesn't have a particularly vibrant atmosphere but the food is fabulous. Cuban and Mexican specialties. The Tampiquena is the best in Houston. Service is really good too. I highly recommend it.

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Thank AJB830
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

The food is always amazing from appetizers to desserts. The wine list is unique, interesting and diverse. Very cozy atmosphere and the owners are always about, happy to chat and catch up. A great Houston institution

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Thank prudencelieux
Vallejo, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

The food is so amazing. I have never had anything I didn't love. I love to get the tapas and just explore all the flavours.

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Thank JessChapa
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We were invited by one of our cousins to join her for lunch at El Meson. We were impressed with this restaurant and ordered their lunch special. The rice plantains, and adobado meat was excellent. The coffee was great as well. If you like paella this is the place for it. The wait staff are courteous and knowledgeable as well.

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Thank Domingo N
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

When you hear so many good things about a restaurant, it is sometimes hard for the experience to meet the expectations. At El Meson, our expectations were met. We started with two appetizers - bacon wrapped dates and quail. Both were phenomenal. Our main course was paella marinera. It too was fantastic. The waiter was pleasant and attentive - my... More 

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1 Thank Joe G
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

El Meson is an authentic Cuban/Spanish restaurant that has wonderful tapas choices. The stuffed peppers, bacon wrapped dates, quail, and meatballs are all nice selections -- tasty! The services is friendly and helpful.

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Thank jswflights
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant because of a review in Wine Spectator. The wine selection was immense, the service impeccable and the food was devine. I would highly recommend dining here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

My daughters and I had lunch here on a Saturday while shopping in the area. We had the spinach and mushroom quesadillas and two dishes from the lunch menu, chicken with garlic and pork medallions. All were good and prices were reasonable. Service was very good. We'll be back!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
Cuisine
Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226
    (Kirby)
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Houston
  • Phone Number: +1 713-522-9306

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