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Spanish Heart / Southern Soul from the crew at Vin Rouge.
Durham, NC 27701
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
The tapas are interesting, not completely authentic as some have at least one ingredient that changes the direction of the dish. Some are also over priced for the portion. However desserts are fantastic and better than the other tapas place in town. It's noisy because it's a large place that gets crowed; over all worth the visit.
I had heard good things about Mateo so we stopped on our way back from Mebane. The food was amazing! It's tapas style, so you only get a bite or two of each dish, but almost everything we had was so good! I definitely recommend the huevo diablo and the datil. The service was amazing and the atmosphere was very laid back when we went (5pm on a Thursday evening). I definitely recomment!
Outstanding choices! There were so many that sounded good, it was hard for us to decide. We went with a couple of the specials and a couple of regular menu items. Everything tasted fabulous! The service was impeccable. There was a thunderstorm and the power went out while we were there. The people in the kitchen continued to complete orders using their cell phone flashlights. They offered everyone a glass of cava while we waited for the power to come back on. Would certainly go back!
I chose Mateo only because my sons name, Matteo. We spent fathers day weekend together in Raleigh. I've never had Tapas before and didn't know what to expect. My sons are 7 & 8 and foodies like me. Always looking to try different cuisine and love experiencing something new together this was a great choice! Sharing different plates with one another and having that bonding experience is something I'll never forget. Food was off the chart delicious! Very satisfied and will return when I'm in town again!
Whoa. I've wanted to go to Mateo for a long time and, finally, for an anniversary celebration got there. Perhaps if it had been an early anniversary, we could have swung with the loudness of the place, but as we are oldsters, we found it WAY TOO LOUD.
The food was good. I particularly liked the beet salad and pate. I enjoyed the steak as well, but my husband thought it was a bit overpriced for the size. The fried chicken was a disappointment. As for drinks, our old fashioneds were delicious and strong.
While there seemed to be plenty of "servers," there was only one waiter for the second floor dining room and he was BUSY.
Mateo is certainly a hot and hip spot, so a negative review will merely be a blip on its screen, but considering its vaulted reputation, I felt let down.
Had a chance to stop and have dinner with my college age daughter. After her recent trip to Spain she has become very fond of Spanish cuisine. She loves the Durham area, and this is her favorite place to go. We enjoyed our dinner, and our table was ready within minutes of our reservation. We will go again-
Service was horrendous. Took almost an hour to get one bacalao croquette and it was inedibly burned. Fideua was soupy and not even room temperature and the smoked trout was rubbery. Mateo used to be good but has been in a downward slide since 2015 or so, basically ever since Matt Kelly 1) started to focus more on his Italian and Deli endeavors and 2) figured out that he could put crap out on a plate and Durham is so trendy that folks with no taste whatsoever would eat it up. Shame that this place used to be so good.
Lovely place with a funky vibe...exposed brick, the prerequisite chalkboard with specials du jour, servers with tattoos and menus without the last zero on prices. Hits all the right notes without being sarcastic.
It's not a 1st date place in the sense that there are plate mixos that can create hundreds of variations. (What do you want? I don't know; what do you want?) What can be a cute series of miscommunication can quickly spiral into a match of shouting and pointing on par with a Moral Monday at the capitol.
Having meaning conversation was nearly impossible. I thought this might be the case which is why I had reservations @ 8:45. It just got louder as the evening went on though.
Six plates and 4 adult beverages w/ tip set me back $150. If you're cool with having a tasty dinner without having a lot of conversation, this is your place.
And when it comes to parking, may god be with you on your quest.
Waited 45 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation. We had 2 servers who both kept forgetting to come to the table. This wasn't shift change so I don't know why we had 2 servers. It took 15 minutes to have someone coming to our table. After another 20 minutes we finally get our drinks. It takes another 15 minutes to have someone take our order. Food comes out. This is when both of our servers all of a sudden change from neglecting our table to constantly checking up, interrupting conversation and being, well, very annoying.
Aside from that, food was fine, nothing amazing, but it wasn't bad.
It was loud AF in there.
The food is very good but it is so loud that you literally cannot hear the person sitting right across from you. my husband and I sat on the same side of the table and we still had to talk right into each other's ear,and this was on an ordinary Tuesday night. in addition to terrible acoustics for some reason they feel the need to play the music very loudly, which doesn't help. A very different experience if you sit upstairs but they don't open that unless it's really crowded .
Our Second Visit Was a Big Success. We got to sit downstairs among all the buzz this time. Last time we were ushered up a long flight of stairs to a quiet but uninteresting room. Stay downstairs! We ordered 4 Tapas each and shared. What wonderful flavors each dish had. I loved my choices best. I had the following dishes: Rib eye steak tapas, ribs tapas, charred octopus tapas and the butter lettuce salad. All delicious. I had to take the steak home - 4 tapas maybe too much but I got to enjoy it the next day for lunch so nothing lost. My husband had the fried calamari, the chicken croquets, and the shrimp. We shared the salad which was very generous as were the tapas dishes. The service was outstanding, our waitress was very helpful and pleasant. We are looking forward to going back to Mateo's soon.
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