Houston >Food & Dining > El Meson
2425 University Blvd, Houston, TX | Directions 7700529.715060 -95.415358
Mon-Thu 11am-10pm; Fri 11am-11pm; Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: University Place, South Central
We first tried this restaurant when our son was a student at Rice and have been returning ever since. The food is always well prepared and we especially enjoy the Cuban specialties---masitas and ropa vieja are not to be missed, and if you have any room left for dessert, the flan is delicious. On our last visit we met the owner, Peter, who ably helped us select a nice Spanish wine to accompany our meal, then continued to check on us throughout dinner to make sure things were wonderful. Niki, our server, was delightful as well, and we felt like close friends rather than occasional visitors. Food is moderately expensive but fairly priced, and the wine list is balanced to provide options at all price points. Great job, Peter and staff, we'll be back often!
We went to try out El Meson for restaurant month and weren't disappointed. I had the pork belly appetizer and it was AMAZING! My husband had the crab cakes which he really liked as well. I had the Paella for main course which was very flavor. Our waitress was very nice and we will be definitely coming back!
El Meson is a classic. Well-cooked Cuban and Spanish dishes meet perfect service in a comfortable and relaxed, yet classy setting. Good selection of wines, and good people watching. Their pollo al ajillo is the best, and I've returned year after year for it. Prices are also good. You'll definitely leave happy!
Excellent Cuban/Spanish/Mexican Food. Extensive menu with tapas and the best black beans and rice. Entree's and Paella's are great. My favorite is the Tampiquena "Cuban" Style. The steak is sooo tasty and it comes with a cheese enchilada. My husband like the Pargo with vegetables. It is located next to Rice University in the Village and we have been going there since the 80's. Great Magarita's too!
Excellent food from start to finish, friendly and warm service with an authentic Cuban atmosphere. Will be back to try the rest of the amazing menu. Won't disappoint!
I thought this place was legit. Great food and tapas. Good location, etc.
Lots of fun choices on the menu, the food was great and they have wine by the glass, carafe or bottle. They serve my favorite Spanish red, Ribera del Duero!
There are 2 tapas places right next to each other here across from a megamall. I tried this one and was reasonably satisfied -- wine prices were very good and they provided a carafe as an alternative to a full bottle. Basic charcuterie platter was a good value. Atmosphere was pleasant -- bit of madrid shabby perhaps but to be preferred to the grand mall.
Superb Paella Marinera. "The real deal" The taste only found in the Mediterranean coast of Valencia, Alicante or Eivissa, Thank you for everything Peter. thank you for using paella rice grain from V......, and real boganvante seafood, It really makes the difference.
Peter, You are one of the best chef's in America.
Gracias por todo Pedro.
We were in Houston for a hospital visit and the hotel recommended this place over a similar nearby restaurant. We were not disappointed. We walked past the other place on the way and it was loud and wild. We were looking for laid back and we got it. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.
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