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 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.
Mateo seems to have experienced a mild d ...
Mateo seems to have experienced a mild decline in flavor quality--maybe just an off night. Some of the dishes lacked balance. Examples of such dishes are the charred octopus, and a foie gras special they offered. Service was outstanding. I'm not holding this night against Mateo. I'll be back.
Nice ambiance. Service is a bit spotty. ...
Nice ambiance. Service is a bit spotty. We have been to other Tapas restaurants around the country. Food was good, but the Tapas selection was a bit disappointing and not the usual traditional tapas. We got into a nice conversation with the couple sitting next to us and ended up having a great time! It is a good restaurant but not our first choice for Tapas.
Mateo was recommended to us by friends w ...
Mateo was recommended to us by friends who live in the area. It did not disappoint. We had several different small plates, the deviled eggs, the tomato salad, the octopus, the chicken croquettes, one of the mixed seafood items, and the small cheese plate. The only plate to disappoint us was the chicken croquettes and we live in south Florida where the croquettes are hard to beat. We loved their drink menu as well. The sweet tea sangria was perfect for a summer evening in N.C. Our waitress was lovely and we will definitely be back.
My husband and I love this restaurant an ...
My husband and I love this restaurant and often sit at the bar to enjoy a drink and order food but we made a reservation so that we could dine at a table here for the 1st time. Our server was incredible and made the most delicious wine recommendation that I had 2 glasses when I had originally planned on one. We love the food and every time we go we order 4 - 6 small plates to share which we did this time. The atmosphere was energetic as usual which we love. The only thing I would change would be the barstools and high table stools as they are not the most comfortable seats.
The quality and uniqueness of the food w ...
The quality and uniqueness of the food was astounding. My date and I went in with high expectations and the service, ambiance and food blew away those expectations. In a perfect world, I'd eat at Mateo a few times a week. Unbelievable!!
First time here, came for family birthda ...
First time here, came for family birthday celebration for ages 18, 26, and 84. Great service, fab food and everyone managed to find something they liked. It was a bit of a stretch for the 84yo, but all in all a good time. Only issue was the noise level was a bit much, making it difficult to hear the waitress.
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