El Meson

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Photo by Barbara Kuntz

We're never more bummed about the Cuban embargo and travel ban than after a meal at El Meson. A family-owned gem for almost 20 years, the menu features mostly island-based cuisine with a few additions from Mexico and Spain. The seafood is always a fresh choice, and dishes are filled with traditional plantains, yucca and raisins. For a flavorful lunch, try the solomillo, a pork tenderloin filet with garlic, olive oil and lemon juice served Cuban-style (with white rice, black beans and sweet plantains). Wash it all down with an ice-cold Bohemia Ale, or a selection from the notable wine list. We dare you not to try and dream of Havana.

In addition to the award-winning wine list, El Meson is known for their paella: it's worth the 30-minute prep time.


El Meson
2425 University Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005


Sun: noon-10 pm
Mon: 11 am-10 pm
Tue: 11 am-10 pm
Wed: 11 am-10 pm
Thu: 11 am-10 pm
Fri: 11 am-11 pm
Sat: 11 am-10 pm

Good to Know

  • $$
  • Valet Parking
  • Full Bar