Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from the crew at Vin Rouge.
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and 5:00 - 10:30 pm; Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm - 12:00 am; Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am and Sunday 5:00 - 9:30.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a small lot beside our restaurant as well as street parking. There is also a large parking lot located behind Mateo on Ramseur St.
Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Mateo Ratings and Reviews
We always enjoy our experience when dini ...
We always enjoy our experience when dining at Mateo's. They have an excellent list of beer and wine, but their handmade cocktails are perfect. The food is amazing and it is fun to get plates to share so you can experience all the mouth watering options they have. This is a popular spot so be sure to grab a reservation if possible. We have gone without one and sat at the bar which is a great option as well.
Perfect place for a date or a group. Gre ...
Perfect place for a date or a group. Great food. Great atmosphere. Great staff. If you can find something wrong with this place, it's not Mateo that's wrong; it's you...and I'm guessing you probably enjoy meals at Chili's too.
I have been to Mateos a few times. Alway ...
I have been to Mateos a few times. Always the food is good. It is a bit noisy and dark - sometimes hard to read the menu details. Drinks are excellent. I tried the marrow for the first time at this visit and it was really good.
This was my second trip to the restauran ...
This was my second trip to the restaurant and I, once again, found the food to be of a much higher quality than most of the surrounding options. Both food and cocktails are creative and delicious. I will note that service tended to be somewhat inattentive and the group I was with found the chairs at the high-top tables to be so uncomfortable that it distracts from the experience which is unfortunate- Otherwise, decor and overall ambiance are lovely and unique.
Mateo never fails to please. Delicious, ...
Mateo never fails to please. Delicious, interesting food and very knowledgeable, personable, competent servers. With the exception of a few daily specials the whole menu is small plates so like going with a few other people in order to sample more things. This is one of Durham's best restaurants and a great place to take out of town guests.
First time dining at Mateo. I found the ...
First time dining at Mateo. I found their take on Spanish tapas very authentic but with a spin all their own. The calamari was outstanding, as was the Bacalao. The only thing we had that disappointed was the albondigas, they were too dry. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had Sidra on the menu (it was great) and Spanish Vermouth. The only downside of the evening was the parking situation. I drove around for at least 20 minutes looking for a place to park, finally dropping my wife off to secure our table, then drove around for another 10-15 minutes.
Lovely atmosphere, great service and won ...
Lovely atmosphere, great service and wonderful food. Great place for conversing with friends over food. I was not familiar with Spanish wines so I relied on our server for recommendations. Only complaints are the lighting is bad and made it difficult to read the menu throughout the night. I even saw others using the flashlight from their smartphones to get a better view. Also, the noise level makes it a bit hard to hear.
Good food and fantastic service. I don' ...
Good food and fantastic service. I don't have a big appetite, but the tapas seemed very small. For our group of 4, we ordered a whole fish special, 2 date appetizers, and 4 tapas and I would have liked more food. My husband has celiac and it was difficult to order without the gluten free items clearly marked. The food was great and the waiter very helpful and attentive. The restaurant is noisy and busy.
Eclectic cuisine freshly made. Great pla ...
Eclectic cuisine freshly made. Great place to try new things. Service was slow and not helpful but perhaps that's b/c it's a loud environment. Recommend making an effort to reserve a spot at the bar instead of a table in the restaurant.
We had a delightful time celebrating our ...
We had a delightful time celebrating our wedding anniversary at Mateo. Every single tapas we ordered was tasty, flavorful, delicious and memorable. We were also pleasantly surprised there is an upstairs section. We enjoyed the space and its ambience. We'll be back.
I had seen great reviews of this restaur ...
I had seen great reviews of this restaurant in magazines over the past couple of years and we finally went. We LOVED, loved it!! All the selections we chose were fantastic - great in flavor, presentation and unique! I was also really glad to see that their glass of wine prices were super reasonable and were we still proper pours. I cannot wait to go back!
We went to celebrate our aniversary and ...
We went to celebrate our aniversary and had a great experience, food was delicious and servise extraordinary. We will be back soon , we want to try everything intge menu!!!! We love so fay all that we try. For me the best was the morcilla.
The food was tasty but not exceptional. ...
The food was tasty but not exceptional. The restaurant was too noisy to hear the waiter and to enjoy any kind of dinner conversation. The waiter did not explain the specials but referred us to a dimly lit board that was difficult to read and did not have the prices next to them.
Food has great flavor and most dishes ar ...
Food has great flavor and most dishes are worth the price. Incredible ambience. My only criticism is the level of salt and oil in the food. You don't necessarily notice it while eating but I always leave with some degree of indigestion.
We had the lunch special. Also the chic ...
We had the lunch special. Also the chicken sandwich with a salad. Patatas bravas , cheese croquettes and tomato bread was the lunch special. Though you can pick two things from the menu and you get the tomato bread. Excellent lunch to share plus a great value.
Pretty spectacular dishes. The okra with ...
Pretty spectacular dishes. The okra with chorizo ranch was not fried, not pickled, and surprisingly delicious. Had never seen it prepared like that and now I want to try to make it at home. The State Bird (gin and tonic) was great also. Everything was delicious. Great job!
Loved everything about the place except ...
Loved everything about the place except it was too loud - energetic I can handle, but it was too loud for any conversation. Have heard this same complaint from friends as well ... Some softer surfaces in the restaurant could help dampen sound
This was our second time dinning at Mate ...
This was our second time dinning at Mateo. I made reservations several weeks in advanced only to be seated by the kitchen door. Not ideal. and there were open tables elsewhere they wouldn't seat us at. Our waiter was curt, not friendly & seemed to be bothered to accommodate us. Disappointing for sure... However the food was as delicious as our first visit. In future we'll request a table & pleasant wait staff if we are to return.
Mateo continues to be one of my requisit ...
Mateo continues to be one of my requisite venues for special occasions. The food, service, and staff are all wonderful.
This time I was struck by the high noise level, almost at a distracting level, which I would not say is "energetic" but almost a turn off for conversing (we had a table of 6 people).
I look forward to returning, likely not at peak dinner time with a party of 6.
everything the great but the seating was ...
everything the great but the seating was extremely uncomfortable. We would have stayed longer and order more bottles of wine and dessert if it was a comfortable place to sit and enjoy ourselves. For the service, prices, ambiance, and quality of food, I would have expected more than the flimsy uncomfortable seating.
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