Partners Chef Hector Ruiz and Restaurateur Erin Ungerman took over El Meson in June of 2003. Their objectives were clear: honor the spirit of South Minneapolis’ beloved locale and work to make it even better.

A “meson” is a typical Spanish place, rustically decorated, serving hearty food and wine. Today El Meson Bistro is a warm and earthy restaurant with a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

The fare is authentic Spanish and Caribbean cuisine that matches that of any meson in the famed Cava Baja neighborhood of Madrid. The produce is fresh and all the food made from scratch every day.

Try some of the signature dishes like Paella or Camarones Al Ajillo in one of the little “caves”; enjoy live flamenco music and dance; escape to a pleasant Latin world of flavors.

  • Reservations advised on weekends
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Half portions available for kids
  • Street parking

Check out our other restaurant, Cafe Ena!
More about our chef, Hector Ruiz.

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I write this with a heavy heart. Sadly, we have made the very difficult descion to close our doors at El Meson. We appreciate all of your support over the years and hope to see you at Cafe Ena.

Erin Ungerman & Hector Ruiz


Check out a Great Event this Sunday June 10th!

Latin Style Street Food & Live Flamenco Show On the Patio of El Meson

See Details on our Specials Page

New Happy Hour at El Meson!

Sunday-Friday 4pm-6pm

Saturday Noon-3pm

Check out New Happy Hour Menu under our Specials Page


Best Tapas in the Twin Cities!

by the City Pages"Best of 2009"


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by Todd Nelson, May 11, 2008, Star Tribune


Dining Out: Small plates, not small taste

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