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El Meson

#320 of 7,176 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226 (Kirby)
+1 713-522-9306
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Austin, Texas
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A non pretentious,white tablecloth restaurant that is well worn a visit. Spanish, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Mexican fusion served in a comfortable atmosphere. Our Waiter from Madrid gave perfect recommendations and elegant, but not stuffy service. Can't wait to go back and dive into their extensive tapas menu. One in our group, whose favorite dish is chicken verde enchiladas declared those... More 

Thank Snakehandler666
Houston, Texas
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251 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

El Meson is a nice romantic spot for lunch or dinner with a nice glass of wine. It has nice Cuban cuisine with friendly service. It is nestled in Rice Village on University Blvd. and provides valet parking on busy evenings (quite helpful). We enjoy the various tapas choices / small plates to share like stuffed peppers, quail, bacon wrapped... More 

Thank jswflights
Houston, Texas
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love El Meson. Ate there again last night and the Tampiquena was as awesome as always. As well as the service. But just one request.... I guess the owner is really proud of his wine selections but every time we go, the list is different and it's with wines we don't know. And we go a lot. I would... More 

Thank AJB830
Franklin, Tennessee
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere, great service, and awesome food. The sangria was delicious and the quail outstanding.

Thank Mary Ellen R
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went to El Meson twice while I was in Houston recently. This place was recommend when asked about Mexican Cuban food. We both ate a Cuban Lunch the first time and we enjoyed it so I insisted on going back for dinner before we left. During our lunch visit he had the Cuban Sandwich! It was delisicious and packed... More 

Thank Stacey H
Leesburg, Florida
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Excellent TAPAS, but a limited tapas menu nice wine selection. Very good service. Nice atmosphere and close to the medical center

Thank allergyfl
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner again at El Meson this week. We eat at many of the Mexican restaurants in town and we think El Meson has the best food and is the most underrated in Houston. The Carne Asada a la Tampiquena is fabulous. I get it Cuban style with black beans, white rice and plantains. Many assert this is a Cuban... More 

Thank AJB830
Level Contributor
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 December 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 

Thank Brian N
Temple, Texas
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 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 

Thank Steve R
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 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.

Thank AJB830

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Latin, Spanish, Cuban
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005-3226
  • 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?