Durham, NC 27701
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 were seated immediately in the upstai ...
We were seated immediately in the upstairs dining room and given a brief history of the building on the way to our table! Our server was friendly and efficient and gave us two great recommendations for wine to pair with our dishes. The food was outstanding! We ordered the grilled whole head of broccoli, the Jamon-wrapped Medjool dates, The Gambas, and two dishes with crostini and homemade pimento cheese and homemade farmer's cheese, and all of it was fabulous and flavorful. Will definitely return!
I have always heard Mateo's was good an ...
I have always heard Mateo's was good and had not taken the opportunity to go there before because there are so many really good eating establishments in Durham. I have now moved Mateo's way up the list to a place on our regulars list!
Very friendly and informed wait staff; q ...
Very friendly and informed wait staff; quick service; the food was fabulously flavorful and beautifully presented - we enjoyed each dish. The desserts (chocolate mousse and banana pudding) were incredible and complex, yet familiar and comforting. Only one small concern to register - the lighting is really so dim that our table and others around us all had to pull out our phones to light up the menus (due to the small print). Not a show stopper - we will be back!
Only wished they advertised portion size ...
Only wished they advertised portion size, until I realized it's a tasting environment, encouraging you to order multiple menu items. The waiter(who was the bomb dignity) leaves the menu with you once you order and you may find it puzzling until you get your dish and find yourself reaching for the menu to order more. It was a little cramped but that wasn't the worst of course.
We had a great time! It was a little har ...
We had a great time! It was a little hard to judge the sizes of each item before they came out, we thought we'd need to order more tapas but wound up not even finishing the few we ordered. We'd recommend ordering a few at a time! My drink was great! My date ordered the Pepino (cocktail) and it might have been the saltiest cocktail we've ever had without a salted rim. Food was wonderful and the dining experience and ambiance we both fantastic.
We have been to Mateo 4 times before and ...
We have been to Mateo 4 times before and thought the food was great. However, this last trip was a huge letdown. The food was not good. They changed there Tortilla española recipe. It was not good. There was too much egg and not enough potato. The egg was still runny. Everything we ordered was just blah. It's a shame because this used to be our go to spot.
We were upstairs which was considerably ...
We were upstairs which was considerably less congested and allowed for some conversation. Food was average, with small potions which allowed a lot of variety. Sharing is key to a meal here. The food was well prepared but not particularly savory. Our server was very attentive and efficient.
After hearing so many wonderful things, ...
After hearing so many wonderful things, I really wanted to love this place. We went for our anniversary on a Tuesday night. I'm not sure if we ordered poorly or if the featured items were just trying too hard. I adore marrow bones, but these had very little marrow. These had tons of add ons that took away from the simple goodness of what little narrow there was. The service was very slow (took 25 minutes to get a wine/drink list), but the wine I had was fantastic. The place is really cool and the ambiance is fun, but sadly it missed the mark for us.
My family, daughters 29 and 26, just LOV ...
My family, daughters 29 and 26, just LOVED our Christmas Eve dining experience at Mateo! We heard great things about this place and we were not disappointed. The whole evening was filled with great atmosphere (we ate upstairs next to the Christmas tree), excellent service and spectacular food choices!! We just loved the décor and atmosphere, staff was excellent, and we couldn't have been more pleased. We'll be back soon for sure.
Excellent as usual, waitress was great. ...
Excellent as usual, waitress was great. We had a variety of plates and each one was delicious, every time we go we are never disappointed. We had a person in our group with Celiac disease and the waitress was well informed about what was safe to eat and we had no issues.
The service was the friendliest I have s ...
The service was the friendliest I have seen in a long time, especially for a place that has a bit of a hipster vibe. We loved every dish--the chorizo deviled eggs were to die for as was the farmer's cheese with hot pepper jelly. Loved this place!!!
I found the food to be very overpriced a ...
I found the food to be very overpriced and a bit pretentious. I really didn't think the food was that great. My husband's mixed drink was also outrageously expensive. Not my cup of tea and I doubt we'll return, although I did appreciate the wait staff - they did an excellent job.
Awesome, awesome, awesome food. Tapas is ...
Awesome, awesome, awesome food. Tapas is tops. Everything good. Fish insane. Meat tender and tasty. Vegetables also great. Really good food. Alton Brown (food network star), declared it was the best tapas in the country! ... In Durham!
Love this place! Food was delectably del ...
Love this place! Food was delectably delicious as always. It's always noisy and crowded, which is consistently my sole complaint. We got the dates + goat cheese, cheese + pepper jelly bread plate, gambas, chicken croquettas, all of which were mouth-watering delicious. Highly recommended!
Can't say enough about this place. I've ...
Can't say enough about this place. I've been perhaps 10 times in the last two years and it's always so good. I'd say the biggest thing I've noticed is the staff turnover is very low. To me that means a lot. It means it's a good gig in more ways than one! l've seen the same bartenders and many of the servers again and again over the last two years. Great atmosphere, great food and drinks... try a sherry tasting flight. Or ask them to make a "Rye Malvado." It's not always on the cocktail menu, but it's the Spanish cousin of the Manhattan and probably the best drink I've ever had.
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