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!
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I went for dinner on a Thursday night and must say I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and flavor of their food. I ordered the Bacalao (cod fish) with rice, beans and sweet plantains. My meal was delicious! My boyfriend had been there before and ordered some type of fish, which he seemed to enjoy. we also ordered the hand shaken margaritas and I must say they were good, just not strong enough! They needed to be stronger for 5 stars. The service was good and the ambiance was nice and laid back. This place is perfect for a date since you can sit close to the window and people watch or have great conversation. I liked El Meson and plan to go back!
We started with the Patatas Bravas for our tapas appetizer. It was fabulous. Just as good if not better than what I had eaten on a recent trip to Barcelona. this was followed by perfectly crusty warm bread butter and a very light mixed baby lettuce salad with a refreshing dressing. Then came the house special paella which was beautifully presented. King prawns, large shrimp, Iberian chorizo, baby octopus, mussels, calamari, and chicken in the saffron rice. It was excellent. Had to try a dessert so we ordered the flan to share with cappucino. It was very fresh and perfectly prepared. A memorable feast.